Check under your bed, you may not be alone! It feels a little chilly nowadays and that’s because the greatest time for a horror movie marathon is here again! While hungry ghost festival may be over, the upcoming Halloween gives us more reasons to indulge in some hair-raising paranormal movies! In fact, anytime is a perfect time to watch a horror movie! Scroll on down for a list of spine-chilling horror movies you NEED to catch!
1. For the silent killer: A Quiet Place (2018)
Turn off the lights and put on your headphones (they are a MUST), this is a horror movie that will pique your senses to the extreme. Starring celebrity couple, John Krasinski and Emily Blunt, A Quiet Place talks about a small family who lives in a town of dead silence. They must not make any sound or a mysterious creature will hunt them down. However, how do they hide from death when Evelyn goes into early labour?! While many horror films depend on loud sound effects and jump scares, A Quiet Place induces true fear with 90 minutes of eerie silence. You’ll find the need to hold your breath throughout.
2. For the KPop fanatic: Train To Busan (2016)
Starring popular Korean actors, Gong Yoo and Ma Dong-seok, this heart-wrenching horror-thriller will keep you on the edge of your seat. In Train To Busan, passengers board a bullet train to Busan in hopes of hiding from a countrywide zombie apocalypse. Little did they know there’s horror lurking in the carriages. Besides the effective and tasteful horror elements, what really shines in this movie are the well-developed characters. It doesn’t take long for the audience to develop a connection with the characters and even fear for their survival. This is a must-watch horror movie even after hungry ghost festival. You’re guaranteed to enjoy the film, whether you’re a KPop fan or not! Bring a box of tissues, it’s zombie time!
3. For the wanderlust: Long Weekend (2013)
With a nice blend of comedy and horror, Long Weekend is a great movie for novice horror movie-goers. An outcast teenager was dragged on a vacation to an infamous cursed island against his will. While on an expedition, he gets locked up in a haunted cell overnight by his friends. Things start to go awry as his friends will eventually pay the price for their ruthless pranks. While the movie doesn’t offer anything we’ve never seen before, it manages to take its audience on a roller coaster ride with nerve-wrecking plot twists at every unexpected corner. Pack your bags and go on a vacation with these youngsters, but remember, always watch out for evil lurking in the darkness.
4. For the steel hearted: The Conjuring (2013)
We all love a good ol’ haunted house tale during hungry ghost festival, don’t we? That is until we’re told the haunting in The Conjuring are based on true events. Directed by James Wan, the brains behind other famous horror films such as Saw and Insidious, The Conjuring talks about two famous paranormal investigators and their horrifying experience at the Perron’s family home. Embark on this movie journey with caution, for the mention of hide-and-seek will have you breaking out in cold sweat.
5. For the coulrophobic: It (2017)
Based on Stephen King’s terrifying novel, It is a petrifying movie disguised as a harmless little coming-of-age film. A shapeshifting monster haunts the town every 27 years, taking on the form of a clown named Pennywise. On a brief encounter with the clown, a little boy, Georgie gets dragged into a sewer, never to be seen again. Traumatised by his brother’s disappearance, Bill sets off with his group of friends to investigate the hauntings. This movie will undoubtedly have you gripping your seat, whether you suffer from coulrophobia (fear of clowns) or not. We’ve got to applaud the realistic movie effects and creepy face paint which brings the sinister plot up a notch. This is definitely not a film to watch with your children, unless you want to send them screaming in fear the next time they eat at McDonald’s.
6. For the unexpected: Get Out (2017)
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Get Out is a horror movie that’s as dark as racism can get. In a sweet interracial relationship with his white girlfriend, Chris embarks happily on a weekend getaway with his future in-laws. However, things seem amiss when the family takes extra interest in Chris, who’s about to find out the family’s disturbing truth. Besides addressing one of the most common societal problems we face in our daily lives, Get Out manages to blend light comedy with bizarre horror. True darkness lies in our hearts, and the director conveys this message with incredible wit. This is a great horror movie to watch with your friends and family even after hungry ghost festival. You’ll definitely appreciate having company to discuss everything you just witnessed at the end of the reel.
7. For the satirical horror fan: Scream (1996)
No horror movies to-watch list is complete without this classic film, Scream. Like its title suggests, this film is jam-packed with all the thrilling elements to give you a scream-worthy movie experience. Something sinister is on a killing spree and Sidney survives after a close escape. Things do not stop here, as the murderer leads her and her friends on a wild goose chase, turning them against one another while on the hunt for the real killer. This horror movie is entertaining and satirical at the same time. More often than not, the characters escort themselves down the plank of death which may be frustrating (or funny) to watch. Nevertheless, the well written plot will keep you glued to your seat as you try to solve the mysterious identity of the masked murderer.
8. For the strong stomach: Saw (2004)
Fair warning, this is not for the faint hearted (or those with a weak stomach). In Saw, you’ll get to witness how far humans will go when forced into desperation. Two seemingly unrelated men are chained to pipes in a filthy toilet. The only way out? To complete the bizarre puzzles quizzed by the sadistic killer, Jigsaw. As the directorial debut of horror filmmaker, James Wan, this crafty and gory film will make you squirm in your seat while you pray for the wellbeing of the two main leads. We honestly believe it’ll be long after the hungry ghost festival before you can finally get Jigsaw out of your head.
9. For the sadistic movie-goer: Final Destination (2000)
Final Destination is a great horror film that’ll get your adrenaline pumping this ghostly season. Hold your breath as you nervously anticipate for the next unexpected turn of events – they are waiting for you at every corner. It all began when Alex had a premonition that the plane he and his classmates were boarding would explode in mid-air. After a series of events, Alex and his friends were kicked off the plane moments before it blew up – as predicted. After cheating death once, these students are swirled into a series of unfortunate events that lead to their gruesome deaths, one by one. The suspense builds up as viewers try to figure out who’s next on Death’s list. What’s more frightening is how an unsuspecting flow of events could lead the characters to their literal final destination.
10. For the photography enthusiast: Shutter (2004)
Grab the shutterbugs for a night of hair-raising horror and watch with a heavy heart as you unveil the darkness behind the plot! This is one of the best horror movies you’ll enjoy even after hungry ghost festival. Involved in a hit-and-run accident, a photographer and his girlfriend, Jane, began noticing a mysterious figure in the background of their photographs. After several spooky accounts, Jane finally uncovers the dark truth behind the hauntings. While the movie indulged in several horror cliches, the smart twist towards the end will leave this film etched in your heart. If you’re experiencing neck pains after the screening, it may be the Shutter effect.
11. For the jump scare prognosticator: Drag Me To Hell (2009)
This is a movie that truly challenges your cardiac health and bravery with endless jump scares lined up to spook you off your seat. In Drag Me To Hell, Christine heartlessly evicts an old lady from her home to gain the upper hand at a job promotion. As revenge, the old lady places an evil curse on Christine’s button, causing her great distress. Christine has to find a way to lift the curse within three days, or she will be dragged to hell for eternity. Besides the frightening jump scares, this movie features realistic graphic effects that are bound to leave you feeling appalled. Drag Me To Hell breathes new meaning into the quote, ‘Do to others as you would have them do to you’.
Watching horror movies with your friends or loved ones can be a great bonding activity! Find out how you can plan a Netflix party with horror movies lined up with your friends! After you’ve had your fill of spooky plotlines, remember to check against our list of things to avoid doing during hungry ghost festival to keep yourself well informed for the next hungry ghost festival!
This article originally appeared on Shopee Singapore.
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