For those who have a sweet tooth, the 31st of October is a day to rejoice! For those who get a kick out of horror movies, Halloween is their favorite day of the year, too. Yes, people will voluntarily make themselves watch slasher films! Whether you indulge in All Hallows’ Eve or not, it would not be a spooky day without a movie marathon! Here are our top 6 picks – these flicks are sure to leave you and your friends scared by the end of the night.
Synopsis: Who ya gonna call? Peter, Raymond and Egon, a team of scientists, get kicked out of Columbia University and decide to become “Ghostbusters!” The oddball friends stumble upon a gateway to another dimension and the Ghostbusters rid New York of its undead.
It is a comedy, with a sci-fi base and an incredible cast of actors! Ghostbusters is a cult classic that has been around since the 1980s, and it is not going anywhere anytime soon. Sit in front of the television and watch it again, or view it for the first time – you will not be disappointed!
Synopsis: For Christmas, a gadget salesman, Randall Peltzer, wants to give his son a special gift, and buys him a rather strange creature – a mogwai named Gizmo. Upon purchase, Mr. Peltzer was warned that he must strictly follow three rules: to never expose Gizmo to bright light, water, or to feed him after midnight.
A horror comedy, director Joe Dante put his own little twist on Christmas tales. With the use of animatronics, it was easy to giggle and get frightened by the hairy little monsters.
3. The Sixth Sense
Synopsis: Little Cole, who is just 8 years old, has a secret: he sees ghosts. Traumatized by his “other sense,” he closes himself off from the world. Evidently too afraid to tell anyone about his special gift, he only opens up to his psychologist.
Do not be fooled! Although the film starts as a thriller, it quickly turns into a horror drama that will have the hairs on your body standing – and yes, you might jump a few times, too. Although Willis’ performance in the film is not the type we are accustomed to, it is perfectly simple, somber and scary!
4. The Conjuring
Synopsis: A horrifying and real-life story, renowned personal investigators, Ed and Lorraine Warren, are called to help a family terrorized by a dark presence on their farm.
If you want to jump as high as the ceiling, this Halloween movie is for you! With chilling music in the background, the director gives viewers no time to breathe before the next devilish scene unfolds. He deliberately wants movie-watchers to feel anxious about paranormal activity! A third chapter is coming out next fall.
5. Drag Me To Hell
Synopsis: In an effort to impress her boss, Christine, who works as a loan officer, evicts an old woman from her home. She does this to prove to her boss that she is able to remain firm and make hard decisions. In retaliation, the elderly woman places a curse on Christine, which turns her life into a complete nightmare.
Director Sam Raimi, who mixes a little humour with terror, made a movie that is both frightening and delirious. Including gore and black comedy, the film is simply exhilarating.
6. The Others
Synopsis: In 1945, after World War II, Grace, a young woman, is left to raise her two children on her own in a mansion on the island of Jersey, off the British coast. To the house one day come three servants, who say they are responding to Grace’s advertisement for domestic help. Grace, who desperately needs support, hires them to take care of the house. It is then that odd things start occurring…
The languorous and dreamy atmosphere that director Alejandro Amenabar created, with Nicole Kidman, is quite disturbing. Kidman did a perfect job at convincing us that her character is “normal!”
What are you waiting for? Get some popcorn, close the lights and let out a few screams with your friends and family!
Do you have a favourite Halloween horror film? Let us know in the comments below!
Adapted from French by Tania Di Palma