My Scary Movie Recommendations
October has arrived, and therefore it is officially spooky season! If you haven't figured it out already, I am OBSESSED with autumn and Halloween; it's my favourite time of the year. Therefore I thought I would kick off the spookiest month with some of my horror film recommendations. Today I have put together a list of some of my favourite creepy movies, and I have categorised them so you can find the perfect film for your movie night.
A Funny Horror Movie...
Ready or Not (2019) is a fairly new addition to my list of favourite horror movies, and it's definitely a modern horror. Although, I'm nervous to give it this title as it's actually more of a thriller. The film follows Grace on her wedding day as she marries into an incredibly rich family, known for their board game dynasty. She consequently gets involved in a deadly game of hide and seek. It's an incredibly tense film with lots of spooky moments, but the cast definitely know what kind of movie they're in, and there's plenty of light moments too. I won't spoil anything, but this film has one of the best (and funniest) horror movie endings of all time!
A Meta Horror Movie...
Is there any other option than Cabin in the Woods (2011)? I mean, this is the ultimate meta horror film. Borrowing tropes from every horror genre, this is the ultimate love letter to the art form. Starting out as your typical cabin in the woods spooky film, the movie progresses into more modern sci-fi elements. You will definitely spot your favourite film being paid homage to in Cabin in the Woods.
A Scary But Bad Horror Movie...
Everyone loves a film that's so bad it's good. My choice for this category is definitely Lights Out (2016). This film is frustrating in many different ways. Firstly, it's just a bad film; I personally did not find it well done at all. Secondly, it is based off of the best short film I have ever seen (that's actually on YouTube). The creator of the short has even admitted that he was not happy with the end result of the motion picture. I hope one day we will get a remake that does the YouTube video justice. However, despite all this, I must admit that this is the only film that has stayed with me after watching it; it's truly very scary, and I wouldn't recommend watching this film unless you're pretty hardy when it comes to scary movies.
A Genuinely Really Good Horror Movie...
Creep (2014) used to be an undiscovered gem, but now that it's been added to Netflix, more and more people are discovering how amazing it is. A found footage film, Creep follows a film maker hired to make a documentary about a solitary man in the woods. As the movie progresses, it becomes clearer than this man is not what he seems. It's a slow burn, and genuinely incredibly creepy; you really feel as if you're trapped there with him. Creep 2 (2017) came out a couple of years ago, and lives up to the hype of the first.
A Light Hearted Horror Movie...
Even the biggest horror fans want something a bit more light-hearted every now and again, and Tucker and Dale Vs. Evil (2010) definitely fulfils that. This film is so funny; I seriously can't overestimate how much fun you will have watching this film. Tucker and Dale Vs. Evil follows two country bumpkins getting into a series of mishaps, the comedy comes in from the fact that the teens camping in the woods nearby construe every one of their actions as them trying to kill them. This leads to some incredibly funny mishaps. It's a fantastic, lighthearted film that I highly recommend.
The Best Found Footage Horror Movie...
I actually love the found footage sub-genre. I know it's not everyone's cup of tea, but there's nothing more fun to me that getting spooked by some shakey cam! One of my favourites is The Taking of Deborah Logan (2014) (the poster is so scary I didn't even want to show it here)! this film centres around a student crew who are filming a documentary about the effects of dementia on the elderly. It turns out, however, that Deborah Logan's inflictions are perhaps more supernatural than they first thought.
Another top choice (I couldn't settle on just one) is Rec (2007). This was one of the first horror films I ever saw, and it had me hooked. A Spanish speaking film (that was poorly redone in English), this documentary crew follows a team of fire fighters as they tackle a zombie outbreak in an apartment block. This film and its subsequent sequels are so gripping, and I genuinely don't think they get enough credit.
And those are my movie recommendations; enjoy watching! I'd love to hear what some of your favourite horror films are as I'm always looking for new films to enjoy.
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