10 Horror Movies You Must See This Halloween
With Halloween just around the corner, I decided to put together a list of 10 of some of my favourite, modern Horror films, so if you're stuck for some inspiration, read on, I guarantee these movies will have you hugging the sofa cushions by the end of the night!
What better way to start off our collection than with one of 2011's biggest sellers at worldwide Cinema, Insidious is a jumpy one. Directed by Saw director James Wan and collaboratively produced by Paranormal Activity creator Oren Peli, this is one beast of a horror film! Focusing on the classic ghost story-type plot, with a twist, this time, it's not the creaky old house that's haunted!
2. The Haunting In Connecticut
Second on our list is the 2009 psychological horror film The Haunting in Connecticut, set in northern America as the film title suggests, the movie has true story claims and follows the Campbell's and their cancer-stricken son as they move into their new house where things take a frightening turn, is there more to this house than meets the eye?
3. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning
Where would our list be without a good ol' American slasher? Leatherface is back in the 2006 installment of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre franchise, in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning, a prequel to it's predecessor, the 2003 remake of the 1974 classic The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. The film takes a step back in time to the beginning and development of the cannibalistic murderer that is Thomas Brown Hewitt aka Leatherface.
4. The Amityville Horror
The 2005 remake of the 1979 film of the same name, The Amityville Horror, is another traditional ghost story starring Ryan Reynolds and Mellissa George. The film has ties to claimed actual paranormal events as experienced by the Lutz family after they moved into their new home in Long Island that had a dark and disturbing past, having seen the mass murder of the entire DeFeo family by Ronald DeFeo, Jr. in 1974.
Saw is a horror having seen release in 2004 and has become somewhat of a modern classic amongst avid horror film fans including myself, directed by Insidious director James Wan, the film boasts being one of the most profitable since 1996's Scream was released and follows two men as they both play an unwilling part in John Kramer's deadly game where they're forced to fight for their survival by any means necessary.
6. The Eye
Starring Jessica Alba, The Eye is a 2008 horror remake of the 2002 Chinese film of the same name and sees (no pun intended) successful, blind violinist Sydney Wells as she undergoes a cornea transplant in an attempt to restore some of her eyesight having been blind since the age of 5. The operation is successful but when her eyesight begins to return she starts to witness horrific visions of human suffering and death, and she begins to wonder just who donated the cornea she now possesses.
7. My Bloody Valentine
The 2009 remake of the 1981 slasher My Bloody Valentine was released in 2009 and was one of the successful films among Avatar and others accredited to the start of the 3D film frenzy of 2010. The film sees miner Harry Warden awaken from a comatose on Valentine's Day and commit mass murder. A decade later on Valentine's Day after the supposed shooting and death of the pickaxe wielding mass murderer Warden it would appear that he's back and killing more people with the same pickaxe and miner gear he donned 10 years previously, so is he really dead? And if not, can he be stopped?
8. The Uninvited
2009 saw the American remake of successful South Korean horror film A Tale of Two Sisters in the form of The Uninvited, from the producers The Ring and Disturbia, the film stars multi-award winning actress Emily Browning and sees a troubled teen, Anna, return home after 10 months in a psychiatric institution after having attempted to commit suicide following the horrific death of her at the time terminally-ill mother in a boathouse fire. Having no recollection of what happened the night of the fire after returning home, Anna finds her Dad in a relationship with what used to be her mother's live-in nurse and starts to suspect there may be more to this woman than there first seems.
9. The Happening
The Happening is a horror and almost post-apocalyptic science fiction/thriller that was released in mid-2008. The film follows a high school science teacher, Elliot, his wife Alma, and his friend Julian and Julian's daughter as they attempt to escape the horror of what is believed to be a bio-terrorist attack in the form of an airborne neurotoxin that causes people to kill themselves.
10. The Unborn
Last but not least, the 10th and final film in the list of 10 Horror Movies You Must Watch This Halloween is The Unborn, a supernatural horror that sees a young woman, Casey Beldon who's tormented by the supposed spirit of her evil unborn sibling nicknamed "Jumby" who died in his mother's womb after strangulation by the umbilical cord who now seeks to gain life and physical existence through the death of Beldon.