It’s almost Halloween and I am a total horror film nerd! In order to celebrate the spooky occasion, I thought I’d talk you through some of my favourite films to celebrate the scary event with…
A Nightmare On Elm Street (1984)
This film centres around four high school friends; Nancy, Glen, Tina and Rod, who keep experiencing nightmares which all have one central theme – the villain. All four of them dream about the same man who is trying to kill them.
That man is Freddy Krueger. In my opinion, one of the creepiest horror villains of all time, played amazingly by Robert Englund. Freddy is covered head to toe in horrific burns and goes after his victims with a bladed glove. If Freddy manages to kill you in your dream, that means you’re not waking up. Ever.
As the teenagers fight against Freddy, it appears that their parents also seem to know of his existence… what is their secret?
I’ve loved this film for years. There’s been many a sequel in the Nightmare… franchise but to me, the original is definitely the best. I feel they got a bit silly as time went on and Freddy sort of became a parody of himself, which was a shame. A Nightmare on Elm Street features many inventive ways of people meeting their deaths which I know makes me sound a bit twisted, but I really appreciate!
Also, check out a very young Johnny Depp is his first ever film appearance:
The Entity (1983)
Barbara Hershey plays Carla Moran in this film. She is a single mother who claims that she is being physically harmed in her own home by an invisible attacker. As well as physical attacks, other parnaormal events also take place, which leads Carla to a trip to a psychiatrist.
Dr. Sneiderman does not believe Carla’s versions of events, even accusing her of inflicting the injuries upon herself. This is despite things such as bruises and bite marks appearing in places on Carla’s person that she would not be able to reach.
In the end, Carla turns to two parapsychologists in a desperate bid to not only be taken seriously, but to rid herself of the demonic presence which has gripped her for so long.
The Entity was adapted from the book of the same name, which was based on the real life case of Doris Bither in the 1970s. Doris claimed that she was physically attacked by what she believed to be the presence of three men.
I think the fact that this was based on a real life story makes it all the creepier for me!
The Conjuring (2013)
The Conjuring follows the experiences of Roger and Carolyn Perron and their five daughters; Andrea, Nancy, Christine, Cindy and April.
The family move into a farmhouse and it isn’t long before they start to encounter strange goings on, which worsen over time. Initially it’s hearing strange noises and all of the clocks in the house stopping on a certain time. Things take a turn when the family’s beloved pet dog, Sadie, is found dead and then the children begin to get attacked by spirits.
Roger and Carolyn call on the help of Ed and Lorraine Warren, who are paranormal investigators. Ed and Lorraine are a real life couple who have genuinely investigated many cases of paranormal activity over the years, including the Amityville hauntings. I really liked this aspect of the film, in that Ed and Lorraine are not just fictional characters.
The remainder of the film focuses on how Ed and Lorraine attempt to drive the evil spirit out of the Perron household. The Conjuring has been my favourite horror in the last 10 years, which is a big shout, so make sure you give it a whirl if you haven’t already!
Hocus Pocus (1993)
And finally… this classic! Fair enough, not much of a “grown up” kind of Halloween film but still thoroughly enjoyable. I think everybody loves Hocus Pocus, no?!
This film is about the Sanderson sisters; Winnie, Mary and Sarah, three witches who were caught and hung on the Halloween of 1693. The local townspeople hunted the sisters down after they had killed a child named Emily Binx and turned her brother, Thackery, into a black cat.
Prior to the death of the Sanderson sisters, a spell is cast meaning that the witches would be brought back to life if a virgin lights the Black Flame Candle on All Hallows Eve.
This story is repeated within the town forever after as folklore, until 300 years later, Max Dennison decides that it is “just a load of hocus pocus”. In his bid to impress his crush at school, Max lights the Black Flame Candle to disprove the tale, and inadvertently resurrects Winnie, Mary and Sarah who are back to wreak havoc once again!
Given this is a Disney film, it isn’t high on scares but it IS very high on laughs. The Sanderson sisters are hilarious, especially as they try to adjust to modern life, three centuries after their demise. Bette Midler plays Winnie and she is one of my all time favourite actresses. There’s also a brilliant musical number in the film that you need to look out for.
Hocus Pocus is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year and rumour has it that the cast will be reuniting – I can’t wait!
Other films I would recommend for Halloween are:
* Paranormal Activity
* Halloween (obvs)
* The Ring
* The Shining
* The Babadook
* The Others
What are your favourite Halloween/horror films, let me know in the comments, you may even introduce me to some I’ve not seen yet!