It is Friday the 13th so here’s our Top 5 spooks to get you excited for Halloween!
Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)
I don’t know if there’s even a soul alive right now that doesn’t know about the Rocky Horror Picture Show but it’s definitely one of my favourites. It’s not scary but it’s definitely an experience – one that you’re unlikely to have anywhere else. Around this time of year, lots of small theaters play the show and the tickets are usually pretty cheap.
If you’re in Ottawa, the Mayfair theater has a bunch of showings for Halloween weekend and I totally recommend!
I know the movie just came out but I really liked it! A lot of people I know didn’t think it was very spooky but I’m the biggest scaredy-cat I know and it scare the hell out of me. Pennywise is one mean clown and I never, ever want to see his face again. The acting was great and there were some comedic scenes that definitely took the edge off.
The Conjuring (2013)
A lot of scary movies tend to be mostly about the thrill or the gore but the Conjuring is different. It has a well thought out storyline and that messes me up even more. Not only did I scream through the whole thing, I crushed my boyfriend’s hand and after all that, I had to go home thinking, ‘Holy shit that seemed too real’. Nope.
The Cabin in the Woods (2012)
This movie was a little bit of scary and a little bit of comedy, which is probably why I liked it. It also pokes fun at typical horror movies with their archetypal characters (the jock, the burnout, the nerd, etc). Plus, Chris Hemsworth is in it so… 🙂
Train to Busan (2016)
I literally procrastinated watching this movie for months. All my friends told me it’s really good and I should definitely watch it but for some reason it didn’t catch my eye. Finally, months and months later, I watched it and let me tell you, I don’t know why I put it off for so long because it was gooood. There was drama, love, action and a shit ton of zombies – the perfect recipe for an instant favourite! (SIDENOTE FROM JULIA: Great movie! Watched it in South Korea as well and it is HUGE over there too!)
The Shining (1980)
I have seen The Shining almost every year for Halloween since high school and it STILL gets my palms sweaty! Kubrick really knows how to mess with your psyche. It has to be one of my favourite thrillers of all time. I can never get tired of it and the more you watch it, the more stuff you discover about it.
Saw Series (2004)
I remember having to sneak into the theatres, underaged, with my best friends to see these movies. Sure, some of the traps are really gimmicky and gory (especially once they hit 3D) but the plot was what got me – completely shrouded in mystery and deceit. I’m alllllllll about those games but don’t me wrong I’d run the other way if I saw Billy.
Okay, so yes is a sci-fi movie BUT HAVE YOU WATCHED IT?! TERRIFYING! That chestburster scene… I have the same reaction as the actual actors themselves! Every. Single. Time. As much as I love space, there’s something about it that spoopy as well and I think this movie is the main reason why that wide unknown creeps me out.
The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
Watching this was something that was like “Mom & Dad are Watching a Movie While You Try to Do Homework in the Background But Get Pulled Into Something You Shouldn’t Be Watching But You Watch It Anyways”. Eventually I grew up and watched the uncensored version and it sparked my interest in the Hannibal Series (books/tv/movie franchise). If you haven’t watched the tv series I recommend it – Bryan Fuller is a macabre genius.
28 Days Later (2002)
I’m pretty sure this is the first Cillian Murphy movie I ever watched… and weirdly enough I was in love. I watched this – and was reading zombie books – while everyone hopped on the Twilight/ vampire train and I’m not mad about it. It’s been awhile since I’ve seen this movie so… maybe it’s time for a rewatch!
(Bonus): What We Do in the Shadows (2014)
This movie has been on my Watchlist for ages and I finally got the chance to watch it this past year. Like The Cabin in the Woods it pokes fun at the horror genre. It’s a hilarious mockumentary, created by Taika Waititi (Boy) and Jermaine Clement (Flight of the Conchords), about the lives of some domesticated vampires. I promise you that it’s not scary at all (here’s looking at you, Alia) and it will have you cracking up!