With Halloween just around the corner, we’re all having a ball while gearing up for fright night. To make sure you’re scared straight for October 31 this year, we suggest that you revisit some of the classic horror movies. But if you think that horror movies have only scared the bejesus out of us in the distant past, think again; there are many movies over the past 10 years that have earned their stripes in the scary Hall of Fame.
Here is our pick for the top 5 scariest movies over the last 10 years (or so):
Director: Eli Roth
Starring: Jay Hernandez, Derek Richardson
Hostel was released at a time that the so-called splatter or gore films (also known as “torture porn” such as Saw were gaining in popularity among horror filmgoers. While this film has received some criticism for its unsubtle focus on guts and gore, it’s also a film that undoubtedly scared audiences. The film is about 2 college students travelling across Europe who are preyed upon by a fiendish and mysterious group that provides a service for paying clients in which they torture and kills kidnapped victims.
The Cabin in the Woods (2012)
Director: Drew Goddard
Starring: Kristen Connolly, Chris Hemsworth
This horror comedy intended to both revitalise the slasher film genre while critically satrising torture porn films. The plot revolves around a group of college students who, while retreating in a remote forest cabin, fall victim to backwoods zombies and two technicians that manipulate the ongoing events from their underground facility base. The film does not take itself too seriously, and is as hilarious as it is gory.
The Conjuring (2013)
Director: James Wan
Starring: Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson
The first in the Conjuring film series is supposedly based on a true story, with paranormal investigators and authors Ed and Lorraine Warren being associated with prominent reports haunting that inspired the Amityville Horror. Regardless of whether the plot is true or not, the film is an instant and timeless classic. If you want a horror film that will make you jump at the slightest floorboard creak, then this is the film for you.
The Babadook (2014)
Director: Jennifer Kent
Starring: Essie Davis, Noah Wisemant
While this film was only a minor commercial success, its value is entirely underrated. The Babadook is based on the 2005 short film Monster (also directed by Kent) and relies more on psychological terror than overt physical violence to scare viewers. This approach works a charm, as some of the most chilling and unnerving and moments in the film don’t relate to the creepy creature, but to how the little boy seems to be losing his mind.
Director: Scott Derrickson
Starring: Ethan Hawke, Julie Rylance
This modern horror classic be spoken of in the same breath as the likes of Halloween and Psycho. Hawke stars as fictional true-crime writer Ellison Oswalt, who puts his family’s life in danger when he discovers a box of home movies in his attic. Sinister is perfectly paced and extremely well-acted, which perhaps explains why it grossed $77 million off a modest budget of only $3 million.
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