October is the perfect time of year for embracing all things creepy and spooky. It’s fun to frighten yourself a little, to feel that burst of adrenaline pumping through your veins. One of the best ways to give yourself a little scare is to watch a creepy movie. What could be better than curling up under a fluffy blanket to watch a film by candlelight? Not many things, I’d wager. If you aren’t sure which movies to choose, here’s a list of my favourites to get you started:
The Village: A small, tight-knit community is plagued by the threat of “The Creatures”. These furry, clawed beasts terrorise the inhabitants of the village, forcing them to live by a set of strict guidelines to keep themselves safe. This movie is chilling and filled with suspense.
The Corpse Bride: Victor, a young man on the brink of an arranged marriage, unwittingly finds himself wed to a corpse. This stop-action masterpiece by Tim Burton is witty and sweet, with catchy songs and vivid animation.
Scream: This teen-horror classic is perfect for watching with your mates to relive the memories of your high school slumber parties. Sydney Prescott is terrorized by a ghost-faced killer who is intent on killing her, even if it means picking off her friends one-by-one first. I adore this movie purely for Jamie Kennedy’s performance as Randy Meeks. Drew Barrymore’s cameo is also a highlight.
The Addams Family: More funny than creepy, The Addams Family is the perfect film to giggle along to. Raul Julia and Anjelica Huston are fantastically ghoulish as Gomez and Morticia, and Christina Ricci is incredible in her role as Wednesday.
Beetlejuice: When Barbara and Adam Maitland are killed in a car accident, they find their spirits confined to their old home. All is well until an obnoxious family of New York hipsters move in. Desperate to reclaim their home, the Maitlands enlist the help of Beetlejuice- a creepy, pervy bio-exorcist, to scare the new family away.
Carrie: This horror classic is perfect for you if you’re looking for a film that’s unsettling rather than out-and-out terrifying. Carrie is an awkward teenage girl with telekinetic powers. All is well until a prank on prom night provokes Carrie to use her powers against her tormentors.
Halloween: This film uses the power of suggestion to create an atmosphere of suspense and terror. Jamie Lee Curtis stars as a babysitter who is tormented by escaped mental patient Michael Myers. This film is a perfect example of the fact that sometimes, hinting at something frightening is far more scary than showing a gory scene.
Edward Scissorhands: Another Tim Burton masterpiece, starring Johnny Depp and Winona Ryder. A kind-hearted Avon lady stumbles across Edward, a creation with scissors for hands. She adopts him and takes him to live with her family. Shy Edward must adjust to life in suburbia, and come to terms with the fact that his differences may prevent him from ever fitting into this perfect scene.
Shaun of the Dead: This film has everything you could want in a movie: romance, comedy, friendship and thousands of rotting corpses! Shaun and his foul-mouthed friend Ed must save themselves and their mates from a zombie apocalypse. With a stellar cast that includes Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Bill Nighy and Dylan Moran, Shaun of the Dead is a great film to watch with your friends over a few pints.
What are your favourite Halloween films?