Get ready for a night of terror because it is Halloween and the best way to celebrate it is with watching scary movies. There are countless titles to choose from so be wary, you do not want to end up with a dull movie. Here is a list of ten scary movies that will make you jump in your seat.
10. Wishing Stairs (2003)
Be careful of what you wish for. This Korean horror film is centered around two best friends, Yun Jin-Sung and Kim So-Hee, who use their schools cursed wishing stairs to achieve their dreams. Of course, every wish has its consequences. Through envy and greed, these girls take you on a psychological ride that shows you how far they would go in order to get what they want.
9. Tales of Terror from Tokyo (2004)
Japan has many urban legends and paranormal stories that have been popularized through movies such as “The Ring” and “The Grudge.” If you are a fan of those movies, then you will love this DVD box set. It compiles many of Japan’s urban legends and paranormal reenactments in four discs. Prepared to get scared because all of these stories are based on real events, so you never know if one day it could happen to you.
8. Stay Alive (2006)
The movie is based on a real serial killer named Countess Elizabeth Bathory who murdered hundreds of teenage girls for their blood. The ghosts of the Countess and her victims appear unexpectedly throughout the movie and the chase scene keeps you at the edge of your seat. This movie shows the importance of working together as a team to stay alive, a counter to the horror movie trope of immediately splitting up.
7. Dead Silence (2007)
“Beware the stare of Mary Shaw, she had no children, only dolls. And if you see her in your dreams, be sure you never ever scream. Or she’ll rip your tongue out at the seam.”
Dolls. You can never tell if they are alive or not. Despite what people tell you, something in the back of your mind tells you that there is a spirit living in it. Mary Shaw, a famous ventriloquist, believed in spirited dolls so much that she would kill for them. She faced the consequences by having her tongue slit, inhibiting her from ventriloquism ever again. Of course, she wanted her revenge.
So be careful, after watching this movie your sleep might be full of nightmares of dolls or Mary Shaw. Just remember, don’t scream.
6. Thir13en Ghosts (2001)
A rich collector leaves his prized mansion to his nephew and his family. Being in a financial stump, he takes the inheritance but does not realize what he signed up for. It is filled with malicious ghosts that can only be seen with special glasses.
This gory movie builds up to each horrific moment until viewers are on the edge of their seats. The stories behind each of the ghosts is interesting and helps watchers understand how and why they kill. Ghosts appear in flashes so you can never expect their next move, leaving you gripped to your chair, wondering what will happen next.
5. Insidious (2010)
Bad luck strikes the Lambert family after they move into their new home. Their son falls into an unexplained coma and becomes the gateway of evil spirits that end up haunting the entire family.
“Insidious” takes you on a little roller-coaster because it builds up suspense then unexpectedly drops you with that scare. “Insidious” creates suspense intelligently through the little things, like creaks in the floorboards or shadows in the corner of a room.
4. The Conjuring (2013)
Based on a true story, the mere idea that someone actually experienced the possession that occurred in “The Conjuring” is terrifying. There have been many movies about possession, but the difference is that you can sense the realism in this film. “The Conjuring” is filled with suspenseful scenarios that are heightened when the plot uses classic terror tactics such as ghosts in sheets and music boxes.
3. The Art of the Devil 2 (2005)
A complicated yet thrilling story, a group of friends reunite only to find out that a black magic curse has been put on them. The movie follows the twisted and obscene fates for each of the characters. Taking place in Thailand, the movie pays tribute to many of the “black magic” rituals that exist in the country, creating a culturally correct horror experience.
2. The Shining (1980)
A family takes a winter vacation to an isolated hotel where the paranormal presences tests their sanity. The characters show you what it is like to slowly lose your mind.
“The Shining’s” made specifically to mess with your sense of perception, quietly adding and removing objects which, in turn, causes the viewer to question their own sanity. Things that should not be there are there and there is no explanation and that, mixed with unsettling characters, creates a movie that will test your sanity.
1. Ringu (1998)
Journalist, Reiko Asakawa, sets out to investigate the death of her niece after learning she died of a cursed videotape. She finds and watches the tape, immediately receiving a call that tells her that she only has one week to live. In a race against time, Reiko and her ex-husband try to track down the origins of the tape to break the curse.
The simplicity of this movie makes it terrifying. The use of silence builds the suspense and tricks the audience into thinking nothing will happen, lulling them into a false sense of security before hitting them with a jump-scare. The movie sparsely uses special effects, making it seem realistic which adds to the paranoia that there could be an evil spirit in your TV.