Recently we held a competition on Twitter asking our followers what their favourite scary movie was. We saw some excellent answers, ranging from the traditional choices that will mostly be featured below, and some not so traditional choices like Killer Klowns From Outer Space. So here are the top five Halloween films, as chosen by you. So grab a glass of wine, microwave that popcorn and sit down to enjoy a good scare this evening.
5) The Ring (2002: US, 1998:Japanese)
If you haven’t seen The Ring then here is the gist. There is a videotape, once you watch the tape you die in seven days. The mystery of the tape and its origins must be discovered to ensure survival. On the surface it doesn’t sound all that creepy, however it’s surprising how scary a simple concept can be. Just watch and see.
4) The Exorcist (1973)
One of the most iconic scary movies in cinematic history, the Exorcist still chills people to the core over 40 years after its premier. Possession has never been quite as scary as it was in the Exorcist. Many films have tried to recreate the tension and the visual effectiveness of the 1970’s classic, but most have failed. It’s remembered for several iconic scenes, if you haven’t seen this film, tonight is the perfect night.
3) Nightmare On Elm Street (1984)
Before he started rapping with Run DMC, Freddy Kruuger was the epitome of evil. Just when you thought sleeping was safe, he made nightmares very real. Wes Craven created this classic horror movie icon and it seems as though he has haunted a lot of your dreams. Words can not describe the creepiness of this film, the song that all can still repeat…even if you haven’t seen the film for years. If you are easily scared, this may be one for you to miss.
2) The Shining (1980)
Ever imagined spending a winter in a luxury hotel, with a kitchen stacked full of food and a bar stacked full of beverages? it sounds lovely. However after watching this movie, you may well reconsider your trip to the mountains. Adapted from the 1977 Stephen King novel, it perhaps has the most iconic moment in any horror film. Although it experienced a slow start at the Box office, it is now considered to be one of the best films in the history of cinema. It’s suspenseful, and very unique in its ability to scare. It may be a little different to the rest of the films on this list, but you voted it as one of the very best.
1) Halloween (1978)
It’s rather fitting that the #1 scary movie that you mentioned was Halloween. Mike Myers is probably the most popular of fancy dress costumes, and his very name would have Jamie Lee Curtis running for the closet. A mixture of intense music, great story and frightening scenes ensured that the number of girls willing to babysit drastically reduced. So if you have time for just one film this evening, make sure it is the one that was voted more than any other by you, our followers on Twitter.