5 Top Scary Movies To Get You Ready For Halloween
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It’s that time of year again – sweater weather, changing colors, pumpkin spice everything (if you insist). And, of course, a rewatch of all your favorite scary movies in anticipation of All Hallows’ Eve. While you probably have a list of your own personal favorites, this list of my top scary movies can point you to a couple that may have slipped under your radar.
For fans of foreign film, this South Korean psychological horror was released in 2003. Centered around a pair of teenage sisters grieving the loss of their mother, the two girls are forced to deal with their father’s hasty remarriage to a new woman who they both begin to distrust. A very cleverly-constructed thriller with several twists and turns, it was remade in 2009 under the title The Uninvited.
Keeping in line with sibling-centered horror, We Are What We Are follows two sisters who are confronted with taking over their late mother’s role in their family’s ancient and peculiar ritual. Without giving anything away, the film is tense and dread-inducing, with generous helpings of gore and references to the little-known disease kuru. Best to go into this one blind.
This 2016 release is a great example of what one can pull off on a limited budget. A rag-tag team of patients, civilians, and police officers are trapped inside a remote hospital by a horde of mysterious cloaked cultists. The cult’s aims, however, are much more grand and twisted than anyone inside can imagine. An effective piece of cosmic horror, this movie would be appreciated by fans of Clive Barker and H.P. Lovecraft.
Don’t be turned off by the direct-to-Redbox B-horror title. This underrated flick from 2015 combines impressive cinematography, set design, and score to create a mood board of a film that transcends the limitations of its genre. Part haunted house story, part satanic horror, part serial killer thriller, The Devil’s Candy finds ways to subvert expectations in this chilling meditation on evil and human frailty.
While it may not exactly be overlooked, this 1992 adaption of the vampire classic is likely underseen by younger audiences. Helmed by Francis Ford Coppola and featuring a transformative performance by Gary Oldman as the Count himself – as well as stunning costume design by art director Eiko Ishioka – Bram Stoker’s Dracula is a gothic Grand Guignol of excess and melodrama. A must-see for fans of maximalist horror.
What are your go-to top scary movies? Let us know which ones on this list you’re going to watch in the comments below!
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