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Oh yes it’s that time of year again – Halloween! It comes a close second to my favourite time of year, Christmas. The best thing about Halloween is the dark Autumn evenings that have arrived, making it perfect for cuddling up on the sofa with lots of scary movies.
I have always been a huge horror fan since I was about 13. I used to read Stephen King books in English reading time at school. My favourite Halloween reading book as always been The Shining by Stephen King. I do have to say that the movie starring Jack Nicholson is right there at the top to watch this Halloween for that scare!
I’m an old school horror fan. Some of the new ones out just don’t have the scare factor like the original Nightmare on Elm Street and The Exorcist.
Top Horror Films to Watch this Halloween
- Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining – My top pick
Jack Nicholson plays struggling novelist Jack Torrance who decides to take a job as an off-season caretaker at the Overlook Hotel. He disregards warnings that the isolation over the Winter drove a previous caretaker mad. Jack along with his wife Wendy and son Danny all move in looking forward to spending time there. Danny has a special gift that can sense evil that is present in the hotel and this becomes apparent when the cold Winter snow shuts them off from all civilisation.
Life is pleasant for the close-knit Freeling family until a host of otherworldly forces invades their peaceful suburban home. Soon their house is transformed into a supernatural sideshow but the forces are anything but friendly. If the family don’t clear out soon, they’ll be swept into a chaotic nightmare.
A 12-year-old girl is possessed by an evil spirit. Actors Jason Miller and Max von Sydow are perfectly cast as the priests who risk their sanity and their lives to administer the rites of demonic exorcism, and the girl’s mother, can only stand by in horror as her daughter’s body is wracked by satanic disfiguration.
When American teenager Nancy Thompson begins to suffer from nightmares, she discovers that many of her friends are having similarly disturbed nights’ sleep. Their dreams are haunted by the hideously scarred former child murderer Freddy Krueger who, it soon transpires, has the power to kill them in their sleep. Freddy is out to exact his revenge on the children of those who burned him alive in retribution for his crimes. The only way to avoid Freddy’s reprisals is to avoid sleep, but Nancy knows that she can’t stay awake for ever.
A group of fun-loving teenagers take jobs at a recently re-opened summer camp, unaware of the circumstances that had led to its closure: the drowning of a young boy named Jason and subsequent murder of two counsellors over twenty years before. No sooner has the camp re-opened for business than the killing begins again, as the teens are picked off one by one
I hope you enjoyed these top picks for must see Halloween films. Are there any on the list you haven’t seen? What is your favourite scary film?
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