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The 10 creepiest movies to watch on Halloween

Give yourself a fright on Halloween with a classic thriller or spooky tale.
Give yourself a fright on Halloween with a classic thriller or spooky tale. Max Fleet

WITH Halloween just around the corner, online movie company, Quickflix, has revealed its list of the scariest horror movies of all time.

According to Quickflix movie buff Simon Miraudo, with witches, demons, psychos, serial killers and ghosts making up the collective cast, it's certainly not a collection to watch on your own.

"For better or worse, these flicks stick with us, with even greater lasting power than our favourites from any other genre," he said.

"Halloween can't be contained to just one night, and this collection will give even the most dedicated horror fan evenings of viewing pleasure.

"Each one will fuel your nightmares for weeks - and years - to come."

Simon Miraudo's ten scariest movies of all time

  • The Shining

The first time I saw Stanley Kubrick's The Shining, I had to turn it off during three key moments before returning to it hours later with enough courage to face its more terrifying scenes.

I'm not sure why I thought walking away from the TV would keep it from creeping into my nightmares. It didn't work.

The Shining is a truly disturbing, disquieting, disorienting, and upsetting, yet entertaining, and freakishly funny watch. 

  • Suspiria

Dario Argento's blood-strewn phantasmagoria Suspiriatells of a witches coven hiding in plain sight as a ballet school in Munich.

Argento's inimitable colour-palette is so striking it's practically nauseating. Suspiriaalso contains my favourite ever tagline: 'The Only Thing More Terrifying Than The Last 12 Minutes Of This Film Are The First 92.'

Look, don't think about it too hard.

  • Mulholland Drive

David Lynch has the unique ability to bring our nightmares to the screen.

Mulholland Drive (like Blue Velvet and Eraserheadand even Twin Peaks before it) might not be a traditional horror story - with zombies, demons, murderous machete-wielding monsters or Kardashians - but it is very much horrifying.

It's a broken-hearted love story in which a young actress (Naomi Watts) invents a fantasy-world to block out an unthinkable act she had committed in real life, only for reality to creep back in on her.

Unsettles at every turn.

  • Rosemary's Baby

You need only look to Roman Polanski's personal life for a series of terrifying stories.

Nonetheless, his 1968 masterpiece, Rosemary's Baby, is a suffocating and dread-inducing tale, in which the kindly, meek Rosemarie (Mia Farrow) is unwittingly turned into a Satanic vessel by her actor husband (John Cassavetes), who has made a deal with his cult-leading neighbours for professional success.

Hey, that's why they call it showbusiness, not showmarriage.

  • Psycho

Even scarier than this Alfred Hitchcock classic is the knowledge that, following its 1960 release, people probably stopped showering for a good, long while.

  • The Exorcist

For many years, William Friedkin'sThe Exorcist held the reputation of being the scariest movie ever made.

What it still doesn't get quite enough credit for is its central, thoughtful story about two priests seeking to understand their faith through a young girl's demonic possession. Probably because it was so freaking scary.

  • Halloween

Michael Myers begins his rampage in John Carpenter's 1978 feature Halloween.

Opening with a first-person shot for the ages, we see a girl brutally slain, only for the camera to pan out at the end of the sequence and reveal the assailant is a child, dressed in a clown costume no less. Chilling.

  • Carrie

Brian De Palma's Carrie is widely regarded as one of the bloodiest movies.

It's forgotten, though, how little of it is concerned with gore.

The only 'horror' on display in the first hour is that of a girl's awkward, supposedly shameful sexual awakening and the frequent bullying by her awful classmates.

Carrie is one of the most cringe-worthy high school dramas ever made, and that's before she even gets to her apocalyptic revenge.

  •  Lake Mungo

Joel Anderson's little-seen Australian flick from 2009 is the best of all the recent found-footage features.

The family of late teenager Alice Palmer (Talia Zucker) try to figure out what happened in the weeks leading up to her drowning at the local dam.

A documentary crew assists them on their quest, and together they uncover secrets that would have been better left buried.

Despite the tiny budget, Lake Mungohas one of the most unforgettable and freakish climaxes ever.

  •  The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

Tobe Hooper's counter-culture-classic begins as one thing and ends as something else entirely. I love when that happens.

The grainy road movie - in which a bunch of teens unwisely pick up a hitchhiker - descends into chaos when they're targeted by cannibal cook Leatherface and his ravenous family.

What follows is basically a home movie for the world's strangest dinner party. Delish!

Honourable mentions:

28 Days Later, Audition, Alien, An American Werewolf in London, Black Sabbath, The Blair Witch Project, Deep Red, The Descent, Eyes Without A Face, Jaws, The Innocents, Les Diaboliques, Night of the Living Dead, Repulsion, The Silence of the Lambs, The Thing.

 

Topics:  halloween, movies




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