By Erin Coley
There’s a chill in the air, and I’m not talking about the weather! It’s that time of the year when a series of new horror films make their way onto the big screen–and I, for one, could not be more excited. For as long as I can remember, I’ve loved the ghosts, the ghastly, and the feeling of fright.
As a child, you could often find me hiding underneath a blanket with a flashlight reading the latest Fear Street novel by R.L. Stine, binge-watching episodes of VHS recorded Are You Afraid of the Dark? or hosting a Psycho-themed slumber party with my best friends.
The times may have changed, but my predilection for the macabre has not. Maybe you can relate? While it may be tempting to head to the theatres to catch newly released horror films such as IT Chapter Two, why not consider staying in and watching a movie while curled up on your sofa? Here are six classic horror films that are sure to give you the shivers!
Friday The 13th
If you’ve ever been scared to spend your summer vacation at camp, Friday the 13th’s Jason Voorhees is most likely the culprit. Friday the 13th takes you back to the hot summer of 1979, as Steve Christy works diligently to reopen Camp Crystal Lake with the help of a few new camp counsellors, despite multiple warnings from an eccentric old man.
Soon a mysterious stalker is discovered prowling around the campgrounds, and bodies start dropping like flies. Who is the killer? What do they want? Who will survive the summer nightmare and live to tell the story?
Orphan Laura has spent her early years being cared for by the staff of a large orphanage in Spain. Thirty years later, the former charge returns to the long-abandoned, ramshackle institution with her family and a dream–to reopen the orphanage as a safe haven for disabled children.
But something menacing haunts the hallways of the eerie estate. Soon Laura’s son, Simon, begins communicating with an invisible new friend, and Laura is tangled in a disturbing web of repressed memories from her past. As opening day draws closer,their situation grows precariously grim. Will Laura and her family unearth the terrible secret that lurks in the old house? Or will it inflict catastrophic damage on both her and her family?
A historical thriller set in the New England wilderness circa 1630, The Witch tells the gripping story of one family’s frightful plight. With the threat of banishment from the church, an English farmer abandons his colonial plantation and relocates his wife and children to a remote area on the edge of a spooky forest.
The film is full of witchcraft, black magic, possession, and other unknown evils that will keep you mesmerised until the very end.
The Omen is a 1976 supernatural classic that can’t be missed by any horror film lover. The US Ambassador to Great Britain, Robert Thorn, and his wife Katherine seem to have the perfect life.
The happily married couple wants nothing more than to have a child. When Katherine tragically gives birth to a stillborn child, Robert decides to take in a healthy newborn whose mother has died in childbirth leaving Katherine none the wiser. After settling back at home, a series of strange events lead Robert to wonder–is the child he brought home from the hospital evil incarnate?
The Cabin In The Woods
A weekend away with friends at a remote cabin in the woods sounds serene, right? Wrong. For five teenage friends, a relaxing weekend escape quickly turns into their worst nightmare. In this mind-blowing horror film, the friends arrive to find their cabin is quite isolated, with no way of communicating with the outside world.
After discovering an assortment of ancient relics and books down in the cellar, the teens accidentally awaken a family of dangerous zombie killers. However, there is much more going on than meets the eye. Who will make it out of this weekend in the woods alive?
In an effort to rebuild their troubled marriage after the loss of their baby, John and Kate Coleman, decide to adopt a child. When the couple meets 9-year-old orphan Esther, they immediately fall in love with the little girl. Their son, Daniel immediately clashes with his new sister, but their deaf-mute daughter, Max, is captivated by her–at first. With trouble brewing at home, Kate begins to dig into Esther’s past. As more of Esther’s troubled and mysterious history comes to light, Kate finds that Esther may not be nearly as innocent as she professes to be.
Are you brave enough to binge all of these scary horror films? If you’re ready for adventures into the paranormal, then check out these six chilling movies–they just might haunt you long after the credits have finished rolling. Happy Halloween everyone!