So I thought I’d use the fact that it’s Halloween as an excuse to talk about my favourite film genre…Horror! And according to IMDB I’ve seen hundreds of horror films so I really struggled to get this list down to just 10. Though I admit most of the horror films I’ve seen were a bit rubbish but I guess that’s what makes them fun to watch, right? But anyway all of the following I gave 10/10 and would highly recommend you check them out.
1) The Divide (2011)
| Survivors of a nuclear attack are grouped together for days in the basement of their apartment building, where fear and dwindling supplies wear away at their dynamic. |
Now The Divide is not only my favourite horror film ever, but also one of my all time favourite films of any genre, ever! It’s quite a hard watch at times because it’s not really a typical post apocalyptic film about survival. It’s more about how humans could react to being put in such a stressful situation where they all have to live together in a small space.
Also Milo Ventimiglia and Michael Eklund are terrifying in this. As the days go on they escalate from being typical boisterous lads to taking control of all the food and being incredibly cruel (also one of them starts wearing a dress randomly which is off putting). Exactly the type of guys you would not want to be locked in a basement with!
2) The Descent 1 & 2 (2005/2009)
| A caving expedition goes horribly wrong, as the explorers become trapped and ultimately pursued by a strange breed of predators. |
Ok so I know I’m cheating by considering both of these as one but I could not choose between them! Also I’ve just realised both are also about people being trapped together in a small space, like The Divide…this might say something about me?
This time though it’s not the humans which are scary but the things living in the dark and tight spaces of a cave. And the tension does not let up for the entire film. We meet the nice group of girls who are supporting a friend suffering after a family tragedy, and then bam!, we’re stuck in the dark. If you ever had the urge to go caving this’ll put an end to that straight away!
3) Planet Terror (2007)
| After an experimental bio-weapon is released, turning thousands into zombie-like creatures, it’s up to a rag-tag group of survivors to stop the infected and those behind its release. |
Ok so this film should not be taken seriously. It’s very dark and grimy, but also very (very!) cheesy. I mean Rose McGowan, who plays Cherry Darling, has a machine gun where her lower left leg should be. And yes, you read that right. A machine gun for a leg!
If you like The Walking Dead but wish it was faster paced and more gory and crazy. Then Planet Terror is for you!
4) [Rec] 1 & 2 (2007/2009)
| A television reporter and cameraman follow emergency workers into a dark apartment building and are quickly locked inside with something terrifying. |
Firstly, I need to say that you SHOULD NOT watch Quarantine (the remake) before you watch [Rec]. [Rec] is by far the superior horror film and watching the remake first will ruin the surprises…
And also the start might make you think “meh” but just wait until the characters get into the apartment building. Because from the moment they enter the suspense is immediately ramped up and up over the next hour until it’s just all out terror.
Oh and the fact it’s in Spanish actually makes it seem more claustrophobic to me. And I think other non Spanish speakers will feel the same. Then of course it’s filmed in the “found footage” style which just makes the whole film feel very real. And very scary!
5) 30 Days Of Night (2007)
| After an Alaskan town is plunged into darkness for a month, it is attacked by a bloodthirsty gang of vampires. |
The vampires in this are the most terrifying monsters from any movie I’ve ever seen! They’re exactly what I think Vampires should be. Ugly, cruel, intelligent, no remorse, no empathy. They play with their food. Use humans as bait to get others to come out of hiding. Just, terrifying.
Oh and don’t watch the sequel, which is bad. Watch the one with Danny Huston (American Horror Story fans will know how good he is at being scary!) who plays the “head” vampire. And I don’t even know how to get across how chilling he is. He doesn’t speak English accept to say “no god” one time. He has a whole mouth full of pointed and yellow teeth. And the nails!
Just watch it!
6) Them (Ils) (2006)
| Lucas and Clementine live peacefully in their isolated country house, but one night they wake up to a strange noise… they’re not alone… and a group of hooded assailants begin to terrorize them throughout the night. |
This film will have you guessing what genre you’re even watching, it’s that good. Are the “hooded assailants” ghosts/aliens? Are they a group of men? Do they know these people? Or are they something else entirely? What do they want? And when it is all revealed in the final scene you will be shocked! I won’t say anything else because it’s really much more fun (and terrifying) going into this film not knowing anything.
7) You’re Next (2011)
| When the Davison family comes under attack during their wedding anniversary getaway, the gang of mysterious killers soon learns that one of the victims harbours a secret talent for fighting back. |
Anyone else love it when the victim becomes the aggressor? Because it’s my absolute favourite thing to see in a horror film. And honestly it doesn’t happen that much. Sure a victim might fight to survive but in You’re Next she actually goes out of her way to pick off the killers. And in incredibly creative ways too!
And if you like this I would also recommend Shut In (2015) which is another home invasion horror where the victim is not as weak as she first seems. She suffers from agoraphobia which means she can’t leave the house so you sort of think well she’s done for then. But there’s a twist!
So definitely check both of these out!
8) Hush (2016)
| A deaf writer who retreated into the woods to live a solitary life must fight for her life in silence when a masked killer appears at her window. |
Another home invasion horror film but this one is a bit different because the victim is deaf! Which I thought put an interesting twist on the usual thing of running round a house trying to get away from the killer. Because obviously a deaf woman can’t hear what’s going on.
And Kate Siegal, who plays the lead, is fantastic. You really feel for her. Especially when she doesn’t realise that the man is watching her at times. At one point she’s trying to load a crossbow but isn’t strong enough and he’s just looking through the window at her. Really creepy.
Still doesn’t put me off wanting my own little house in the woods though!
9) House Of Wax (2005)
| A group of unwitting teens are stranded near a strange wax museum and soon must fight to survive and keep from becoming the next exhibit. |
Now this is the film that my friends and I used to watch all the time as teenagers. We loved it! And after watching it again recently I still think it’s pretty terrifying. Like people being made into wax figures, whilst alive, is probably as scary as it gets!
Plus a certain Paris Hilton scene is fantastic! If you’ve seen House of Wax you’ll know what I’m talking about. And if you watched this in 2005 you will know how annoying Paris Hilton was in real life, at the time, so will have enjoyed it 100x more haha.
10) The Skeleton Key (2005)
| A hospice nurse working at a spooky New Orleans plantation home finds herself entangled in a mystery involving the house’s dark past. |
My favourite thing about this film is probably the setting. The huge plantation house is incredibly creepy! And straight away you know something isn’t right about it. Something horrible is going on.
Oh and the twist is probably the most haunting twist in a horror film, ever! Seriously sometimes I’ll just randomly think about it and get the heebie jeebies. Definitely worth watching all the way through just to find out what the hell’s going on. Even if Kate Hudson is a bit rubbish.
Have you seen any of these? What did you think? Also I’d love to know what your favourite horror film ever is? I’m always looking for new ones to check out!
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