Halloween is the perfect time to turn down the lights and allow yourself to be thoroughly petrified as the shorter nights draw in. Tired of the classic horrors and thrillers and not being terrified enough, I went in search of films and tv programmes to really get me to sleep with the lights on. Here is a list of six movies and TV series that will truly make you scream this Halloween, may it be terrifyingly creepy! What are your Halloween favourites?
The Last House (House Of Last Things) (2013 Michael Bartlett)
I absolutely love psychological horrors and the House of Last Things is one that gets me checking my doors and windows are triple locked before I go to bed! A young couple house sit for a guy who is taking his wife, who has a host of mental health problems, on an extended holiday. Between drugs and taking in an orphaned boy, things go very wrong very quickly in this nicely juxtaposed tale of and drugs mental health. Starring Lindsey Haun and Breaking Bad’s RJ Mitte.
Funny Games (1997/2007 Michael Haneke)
If you never had any doubt about opening your door to strangers, after watching Funny Games, you’ll probably never trust them again. In this twisted, bloody Austrian horror you’ll be left on tenterhooks as two young men bet with a family whether they will still be alive in twenty-four hours. The original in 1997 or the shot for shot remake in 2007 are just as good as each other as Haneke has a great influence over the look of his films. Watch it.
Goodnight Mommy (2014, Veronica Franz, Severin Fiala)
Children are creepy at the best of times in horror movies, in Goodnight Mommy we have twins which is twice the creep factor. In this recent Austrian thriller set in a beautiful secluded Austrian lake house, twin boys suspect their mother of being an imposter after returning from cosmetic surgery and essentially torture the woman to find out where their real mother is. Why this mother had to have cosmetic surgery is hinted it at an unexpected gory twist at the end. This beautifully shot film stars Susanne Wuest and Elias and Lukas Schwarz.
Freddy’s Nightmares (1998-1990)
Freddy’s Nightmare is for all you 80s kids or those who love Stranger Things. As a prequel to Nightmare on Elm Street, Freddy (played by Robert Englund) is back with a vengeance and narrates how it all began back on Elm Street. The TV series is not very well known but it does incorporate all of the 80s effects and fashion we all know and
cringe love. Notable stars include Brad Pitt and Tim Russ.
Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1960-1965)
When Hitchcock wasn’t making us deathly paranoid of birds, he was producing and directing an anthology of horrors, thrillers and mysteries. Along with some famous directors including Robert Altman and the very influential Ida Lupino, Alfred Hitchcock Presents was a long-standing TV series back in the age of classic horror in the 50’s and 60’s. Among the most famous episodes remains writer Roald Dahl’s “Man from the South” 1960 starring Steve McQueen and Peter Lorre, in which a man bets his finger that he can start his lighter ten times in a row.
Masters of Horror (2005-2007)
This modern horror anthology was the brainchild of legendary Mick Garris after a dinner with other horror directors. With each episode being a different story, there’s never been a more perfect series to binge watch. I recommend Jennifer (S1E4) which is a modern day Lolita/ Siren story and a good Police Officer gets caught in her tendrils (directed by Dario Argento). If you’re looking for something a little more bloody The Washingtonians (S2E12) tells the story of a young man who finds evidence in his recently passed grandma’s basement that George Washington was act a cannibal and goes on the run from those who are trying to protect the secret (directed by Peter Medak)
Sweet Nightmares Folks!