Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans - John Lennon
Published October 28th 2014
With Halloween just around the corner, what better excuse than now to dig into some good ol' horror films? I am a self-professed horror junkie and I would like to think that I have watched enough horror films to come up with a convincing list of movies to watch this Halloween. With a love for unorthodox stories and unpredictable plot twist, here are my top 10 favourites (in no particular order and subject to change).
Saw is a horror movie franchise consisting of 7 instalments. Like any good hardcore fan, I watched all of them. The twist at the end of every movie makes them worth watching. If you can't be bothered watching all of them then watch the first one, where the goriness was kept to the minimal. Despite the excessive amount of explicit gore, Saw is essentially a psychological thriller about a terminally ill man who 'plays God'. Although unlikely a fan favourite, I thought Tobin Bell really shone as an antagonist and I actually developed a liking for his character.
This is not a typical story about a group of travellers getting stranded in a remote location. The unconventional selling point about this movie is that the ultimate culprit is not human nor a flesh-eating mutant. You can probably tell from the movie poster what it is, but I will leave that for you to find out.
I became a fan of Justin Long after watching this movie. It had me on the edge of my seat right from the very beginning. There is something eerie about a faceless man who can smell your fear... and does not stop looking for you.
Another horror franchise with 5 instalments. The first movie was the best due to the novelty of the idea. What kept me interested was the plot twist in every film, particular in the last movie.
An Australian production which is on par with international standards. The fear was compounded by the fact that it is inspired by true events. In my opinion though, the second movie was better than the first movie.
Asian movies may have some work to do to catch up on CGI effects, however one cannot deny that Asian horrors are some of the best goosebumps inducing movies. Shutter is one of them and is definitely one of the more unforgettable movies. The truth, as you will find out at the end, is enough to leave a mental scar.
Dumplings (Hong Kong)
Seemingly a light-hearted movie about dumplings based on the title, there is something more sinister that resides in the dumplings. The director of this film did not need to insert any unnecessary jump scare because the idea of consuming foetus to preserve your youth is enough to make you tremble. The movie was interesting in that it explored the lengths a woman will go to remain youthful and attractive for her husband.
The Snow White (aka Tai Tang Klom) (Thailand)
This movie involves foetuses and black magic. Black magic is something that one would rather stay away from regardless of whether they believe in it or not. What's really spooky is that while you might think the whole premise is crazy, and then you read about it in the news.
This is probably the most twisted and sadistic movie in the horror genre. I applaud the person who came up with the originality of this wicked idea. Although a word of caution, only the first movie is worth watching as the second movie is just downright disgusting and stretched too far beyond the realm of sanity.
The best horror movie in recent times. However, if anyone is interested in watching Annabelle thinking that it will be as good as The Conjuring, then I say don't waste your time as it is at best a mediocre film.
In the spirit of Halloween, please feel free to share your favourite horror movies, any horror stories you have encountered, or your opinions on the above list!