Whether you’re a horror film buff or a scaredy cat seeking a thrill this Halloween, these movies will definitely be seared into your minds. Some scenes might even make you start looking over your shoulder to see if you have… extra company. Sweet dreams!
#1 Sinister 2
Escaping from her abusive ex-husband, a mother resorts to hiding out in a rural house with her twin sons, thinking life would return to normal. Then Dylan, one of her twins, starts getting late night visits from a group of young other-worldly children, who forces him to watch gruesome movies of family murders. Paranormal phenomenas start unfolding and it is not long before the local Deputy realises that Bughuul (aka the Eater of Children) has returned — with new victims and a new plan. You don’t have to watch the first movie to catch on quickly, but we’d totally recommend it for that immersive spooky experience.
#2 The Conjuring II
What’s a Halloween movie marathon without this “classic” of a horror film? Set in 1977, notorious paranormal investigators, Ed and Lorraine Warren, are called to verify a single mother’s claims that her youngest daughter was being possessed by a demon, amongst other unexplained happenings. The couple then uncover a bigger force of evil at play that leaves them and the entire family fighting for their lives. If you loved The Conjuring, this sequel is guaranteed to have you bid sleep goodbye.
Brought to you by the same producer of the nerve-wracking Ouija, you know your horror-tooth is in for a treat. After witnessing how a mysterious mirror psychologically manipulated and drove their parents to their deaths, the young siblings are taken into custody and separated. They reunite a few years later and are determined to find out what was the evil force responsible for their family’s tragedy.
As if partying at an abandoned asylum wasn’t creepy enough, a group of foolhardy teenagers decided to push paranormal boundaries by conducting rituals – their “innocent” experiment unleashed a violent evil that lay within the depths of the old building. In order to get out alive, they will have to pry into the secrets of the asylum, which ends in an utter bloodbath. Going to a Halloween party? Be extra careful!
#5 Insidious: Chapter 3
After several horrifying visits to the dark spiritual world, parapsychologist Elise Rainier wishes to put all that in the past by keeping her psychic abilities contained. But after a teenager starts showing obvious signs of demonic possession by a malicious spirit posing as her late mother, Elise is forced to return to the exact grounds she wished to never set foot on again — The Further — in order to save the girl, and to ensure her own survival. Psst: this Halloween, we dare you to watch all three chapters of Insidious.
#6 The Strangers
Inspired by real events, the thriller starts off with a young couple spending a relaxing weekend away in their summer home to attend a friend’s wedding. However, the peaceful illusion was broken when three strangers shows up at their doorstep with twisted intentions. They want to get in and they will, one way or another. Be careful who you open your doors to, especially on Halloween. Even if you hear “Trick or treat”.
#7 The Possession
Based on a true story, a young girl comes into possession of an old wooden box with Hebrew letter engravings on it. Initially locked shut, no one is able to pry it open till that night, when Em starts hearing dark whispers from the box – she finds only a tooth, a dead moth, a figurine and a ring inside. Em’s behaviour grows increasingly sinister which leads her father to connect Em’s violent acts to the box. Can the family stop the evil before it consumes Em entirely?
#8 Lights Out
Ever wondered what really lies in the shadows? Rebecca has long forgotten the presence from her childhood, lurking in the dark every time the lights are switched off. But her fears are brought back when she has to protect her brother and mother, who suffers from a mental disorder, from an evil entity manifested from her mother’s secretive past. Whatever was in the shadows is still there… You might wanna watch this one with the lights on.
Spooked out? What are some of your horror movie recommendations? Let us know in the comment box below.