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The best scary films to watch for a Halloween night in.

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As we know that seems Halloween won’t be the same for anyone who enjoys this spooky time of the year. Coronavirus hasn’t stolen our spirit, and Autumn will be spent with COVID regulations whilst still having fun. However, I am gutted that we won’t be dressing up and heading down to the frog & frigate in Southampton this year. So anyway, it got me thinking and I thought instead of our normal Halloween partying It would be awesome to have a cosy night with a scary movie. Then I started pondering, what is the best scary films to watch?

As much as I am a Disney fanatic, When it comes to horror films and thrillers I’ve got to admit I’m pretty obsessed. I’m always watching the latest scary films as they come out on Netflix and Sky Cinema.

so since we’ve already watched so many. I thought I would share my favourites and best horror/thriller films with a scary/Gory rating.

The best scary films to watch for Halloween

1. 13 ghosts

There is a really good reason why 13 Ghosts made it to the very top of my list! That is because I still remember the first time I watched this film. I was still in Junior school, and feeling really chuffed that I was getting to watch a horror movie with a friend for a sleepover. So genuinely it is one of the best scary films that I have ever watched.

13 ghosts horrified me, and a few years later I watched the film again, to feel as horrified as the first time. 13 ghosts, and a family locked in a ghost house, trying to escape. It is a gruesome and weird film!

2. US

The film ‘us’ When a family travels to Santa Cruz, where they are having a vacation, the husband and children filled with excitement for a fun-filled time away. The wife, however, has bad memories of where they are going. With no real clarity of something, she may have seen as a child. The vacation suddenly turns sour when the family is attacked by another family of four. They realise that the people attacking them look very much like them. In fact, they are exactly like them. They now must fight for their lives. Soon to realise it isn’t just them with a doppelganger problem.

3. The Perfection

I had never been so confused about watching a horror film before, and then I watched the perfection. rated to me by my 16-year-old cousin, this film gave me the chills!

The film is a Netflix original, about a troubled musical prodigy that meets an upcoming new star pupil who then embarks her down a sinister path leading to psychotic illusions forced by the other. To seek revenge the scorned musician tricks the other into removing her own arm forcing her out of the musical school. You will literally need to watch this one to understand it fully.

4. Mother!

What can I say about the film ‘Mother!’. Just wow. I am not going to lie I found this film really confusing at times, but yet it also had me tied into an ‘I need to know what is going on’ kinda thing.

The explanation of Mother! is really hard to write, Confusingly about God and the Earth. Drawing on stories that have come from the Bible, The Giving Tree, mother! It is one of the films that you need to see to believe, however, I wouldn’t recommend this film to anyone who is triggered by abuse, or pregnancy-related topics.

5. Nightmare on Elm street

‘1…2… Freddy is coming for you’ you must know this story… right?
5 neighbourhood friends who share the exact same dream of a horribly disfigured man who wears a tattered black and red sweater. He has a glove made of knives. That man, of course, Is, Freddy Krueger, who then terrorizes them in their dreams, and the only escape is to wake up. However, if Freddy catches them, they are dead. For real. As you watch deeper into the film you then learn why Freddy seeks revenge by death from these 5 particular children.

You do have a choice when it comes to this film. There have been many different films and versions of this movie. The newest version released in 2010 is the one I most enjoyed. Mainly because the newer film was more informative in the story and the special effects were way more satisfying to watch.

6. Saw 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8?

So many Saws, so little time. If you really fancy binging on horror movies for the night, how about watching all the Saw movies in chronological order. I did question putting this in my best scary films post, however, I thought about it, and thought, yep! Halloween horror, I think of Saw.

if you haven’t heard of the saw movies, well I’m shocked. Saw is the series of movies where a cancer-ridden psychopath plays a game with carefully picked players till they are either all dead. Or survive by the skin of there teeth. With his games and traps, Surviving Jigsaw is unlikely.

7. Annabelle

Honestly the creepiest looking doll you will have ever seen.
Annabelle is part of ‘The conjuring’ series of films who tell the story of how a satanic worshipping couple use the dolls evil spirit to make another couples life hell.

Annabelle is a real doll. Kept in a glass cabinet at The Warrens’ Occult Museum in Monroe, Connecticut.

8. The invisible man

A woman who has escaped an abusive relationship, with a controlling personality (narcissist) fears that he has faked his own death, and haunting her.

He is a crazed scientist who has achieved the impossible and made himself invisible. He uses his power to stalk and terrorised her. Of course the police refuse to believe her story, so she decides to take matters into her own hands and fight back. This film I highly recommend, It is less a horror but more suspense/thriller! and it will keep you hooked to the TV set.

9. IT – Chapter one & two

Ok, I have something to admit. I am yet to watch the original IT movie. However I have watched the newest 2 IT movies. And honestly, I loved those. In the first movie 7, helpless and vulnerable children are forced to face their worst nightmares. A shapeshifting clown, known as Pennywise, is an ancient evil torments children before feeding on them.

In the second movie, ‘Chapter 2’ The children are all grown up and have to return to the home town to face the evil Pennywise who haunted them as children, as the clown has yet again returned.

10. Insidious

The best thing about Insidious is that is is actually a film that was successful in being actually scary. It’s something that a lot of horror movies are failing to do recently. Insidious has many intense moments that actually scared me whilst I was watching the films, leaving me hooked wanting to watch more.

The Insidious series currently has 4 movies to its name! A rumoured 5th movie may be on its way! Insidious is quite long to explain however what I did want to talk about is how to watch Insidious in the correct way, for it to actually make sense. Enjoy.

How to watch Insidious films in timeline order so they make sense:
  • Chapter 3
  • The Last Key
  • Insidious (The first one) 
  • Chapter 2

11. Happy Death Day

If you’re wanting to watch a horror, but you are not the biggest horror movie fan, Happy Death Day is the perfect Horror Comedy. You could almost call this film, a horror comedy parody to Groundhog day. A sassy girl, filled with the wrong attitude Wakes up to the same day, being killed by the end of every day. Not knowing who or what was killing her. She learns to become less of a bully to her friends and family whilst she realising her behaviour was causing her issues.

12. Get out

An African American man plans to meet with his white girlfriend’s parents for a weekend in their secluded estate in the woods, should be fine, right? Not for this poor but before long, the friendly and polite ambience will give way to a nightmare.

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13. Split

Arguably Split is classed as a horror movie. However its more of a psychological thriller and it isn’t much of a gory movie. 3 girls have been kidnapped by a man that has been diagnosed with 23 distinct personalities. The girls must now try to escape before the apparent emergence of a frightful new 24th. One thing I do say about this movie is James McAvoy plays such an amazing part of this film, with each personality strongly displayed.

14. Hostel

The hostel film is where Three backpackers head to a Slovak city for a group getaway, it should be the time of their lives. However, their adventure is cut short when their vacation turns to a hellish deathly experience.

Hostel is a very gory film, with a lot of horror included in the film. Admittedly the Hostel movies are one of the best scary films I have ever watch, because I genuinely did poo myself watching these! If you don’t like too much gore! This one you should give a miss!

15. The Cabin in the woods

5 Average college friends find themselves taking a trip to a remote forest cabin for a little vacation. As you can imagine The cabin in the woods is not exactly as it seems, and many horrors are awaiting them. One by one, the youths fall victim to backwoods zombies, but there is another factor at play. There are 2 scientist geeks that are manipulating the ghoulish goings-on, as they watch the events unfold from the safety of a screen.

This is a horror that is genuinely scary and at the same time funny. Also, the Film has been co-written by the Buffy the Vampire Slayer creator Joss Whedon. So if you are a Buffy fan you appreciate this film.

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16. Escape room

I am not going to lie, I have watched a few ‘Escape room’ films. and I am now debating whether I would actually like to take part in an actual escape room. In this version, Escape room 2019, 6 completely unrelated people are participating in an escape room competition they have been invited too, in order to win ten thousand dollars. However, Once all of the participants arrive to their location things changed when they find themselves in some horrifying circumstances.

17. Sinister

When looking for inspiration An ambitious, however currently stumped writer discovers a roll of film showing the deaths of a family, that has been brutally murdered. The writer aims to solve the mystery and decides that he will move his own family into the victims home.

If it was me I would not be happy if my partner chose a home to live in that had been the place of death. However, He does not realise what he has done until he learns from clips of the murder has connections with the presence of a supernatural force, he learns that living in the house may be fatal. This film is brilliant at suspense that has you guessing what will happen next.

18. Velvet Buzzsaw

I am not going to lie to you, Velvet Buzzsaw is not the best scary film I have ever watched. However, I did enjoy the film and thought it was quite an interesting film to watch.

Basically, after some interesting looking paintings by an unknown artist are discovered, a supernatural force enacts revenge on anybody who has let their greed to get in the way of the art worth. Which is pretty much all of the museum staff who have got their hands on this painting. It is a bit psychedelic which is what gives the film edge.

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19. Polariod

A camera fanatic and High school loner Bird Fitcher finds a vintage Polaroid camera that holds dark and mysterious secrets. She is soon to realise that those who get their picture taken by it meet a tragic and untimely death. I did enjoy this film. It has a very standard story line however. As in group of friends being picked off one by one. However I’d still recommend this.

20. Halloween

From a classic original horror film, this film has been modernised and explained in so many ways, they surely couldn’t do it again? Well they did and they probably will again if rumours are right. The 2018 Halloween is the best of these scary films however. IMO After a nearly meeting her match over four decades ago, Laurie Strode comes face-to-face with Michael Myers yet again, after he has escaped from captivity. She must confront her worst fears and putting an end to his killing spre and fight back.

21. Paradise Hills

A group of young women have been taken to an island where their families have sent them to, to train to become the perfect woman. However unbeknown to them the girls are not actually being trained but studied until they are no longer needed. The girls then band together to escape from a seemingly perfect island that holds a rather sinister secret.

22. Truth or Dare

A game of truth or dare turns into a game of murder when a group of friends realise that the ones who lie or do not follow the rules of the game end up dead, mysteriously. It isn’t long until they realise what is going on and have to find a way of escaping the torture. It’s another of the best scary films I have watched that has actually had my heart racing.

23. Unfriended – Dark Web

This is a brilliant film filled with suspense. There is definitely a more creepy feeling about watching horror movies based on the internet and social media, I find this anyway. As the concepts mostly used are too connected with reality.
unfriended is a mainly computer shot film, so your need your glasses for this one. I did.

When a teen finds himself with a laptop he thinks he has hit the jackpot, but when he gets into the computer he discovered a cache of hidden files, and that the previous owner has access to the dark web. He soon realises that they are watching over him and his friends.

24. The Platform

One thing I want to say about this film is, it’s a weird one. It took me a while to get it, but once I got it. I got it. The film is based In the future, where a bunch of people Volenteer red themselves in an experiment. This turned out to be a prison where they prisoners suck in vertical cells. The lower levels forced to watch as inmates in the upper floors are fed while those below starve.

25. American Horror Story

Ok So no this is not a movie! Should I be including this in a list about the best scary films to watch though? Yes. American Horror Story is a brilliant scary, gory and weird to watch at times series and if you love a horror movie. Your love this. You could easily binge on a few episodes on a cosy sofa night!

What is your Favourite scary films to watch?

Out of all of my best scary films to watch, I have watched so many more. So what are your favourite horror movies to watch? and what will you be planning to watch this halloween?

Let me know in the comments below! I would love to hear one I have not watched before!

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  1. November 16, 2020 / 8:34 am

    13 ghosts, annabelle, and It 1 and 2 are my absolute favorites! Thanks for the recommendation 😊

    • AlexaJade
      November 17, 2020 / 1:35 pm

      Your very welcome, Horrors are really fun to watch sometimes!

  2. September 14, 2021 / 5:05 am

    Halloween means James Wan I will watch James Wan Movies on Halloween. Because all the movies are so unique. And I love to watch all James Wan movies. The right movie to watch this Halloween is James Wan”s creations. Does anyone like me?

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