With Halloween just over a week away, we are most definitely in the Halloween season. While Halloween still isn't a big thing here in Australia, I do love getting into the Halloween spirit every year by reading some spooky books and watching some horror movies.
So here today I'm sharing with you my six favourite horror movies/series, and over on my book blog, I'm sharing seven Halloween reads!
It was really only in 2014, my first year at university when I lived on campus with about twenty other people, that I got into horror movies and I was pleasantly surprised that I could handle them. I've definitely seen a few movies that I WON'T be watching again (no thank you, nightmares), but there are some that I've since watched again, or plan on watching again.
The Saw franchise is hands down my favourite horror series - I've watched it every year for Halloween since I first watched the movies, and I really enjoy them. I've come to realise that I can kind of handle gore better than jumpscares, which is probably why I'm more open to rewatching these movies than any of the others.
This series was so fantastically written in how all seven (and probably eight now that Jigsaw is on it's way this Friday) are connected and woven together. On the outside it just looks like another gore-filled movie, but really, it's got a super intriguing and intricate storyline. I'll always remember the feeling when you discover that Jigsaw was the 'dead' body in the room the entire time in the first movie - talk about plot twists! On Monday and Tuesday next week, I'll be marathoning all seven movies before seeing the newest installment in the franchise and I'm really excited!
Haunted dolls and creepy abandoned locations? Sign me up for those nightmares please! This movie is always floating at the back of my head because it's super creepy with a really interesting storyline. Ventriloquist dolls are creepy enough as it is, but after watching this movie, you'll definitely be a little more cautious of them.
The one thing that has really stuck with me since watching this movie, is the poem that the movie is based around, and I think it really sums up how spooky this movie is:
Beware the stare of Mary Shaw
She had no children, only dolls
and if you see her in your dreams
Make sure you never ever scream…
Or she'll rip your tongue out at the seam.
And if you see her remember this,
The only thing that can stop her is…Shhhh
I feel like one of the reasons this movie was one I really enjoyed was because it's also created by the same guys begin Saw.
There's a haunted mirror and you're never really sure about what's reality and what's an illusion. It's probably not good sitting through a horror movie where you don't know what on earth is going on, but for this movie is just seemed to work. I remember watching this with my dorm buddies and we just couldn't take our eyes of the screen. With alternating timelines and alternating realities, there's a lot going on and there's a lot to be scared of. Is this real or just a hallucination caused by the haunted mirror?
Honestly, movies that mess with your mind and keep you on the edge of your seat are fantastic
The concept of this movie's storyline is actually really interesting - in an America that experiences a zero crime rate throughout the year except for one night, when from 6pm to 6am all crime is legal, anything from bank robbery to murder, with no repercussions. Throw in people running around in creepy masks and you've got a good horror movie!
What I most enjoyed about this movie were seeing some Aussie actors in lead roles, which is always a great plus to any movie. Between the interesting story concept and the horror, this is a really good movie.
The most iconic Australian horror movie that is actually influenced by real events that took place here in Australia - in particular Ivan Milat and Bradley John Murdoch. I feel like this just adds so much creepiness to the actual movie. When this movie came out, I heard a lot of adults in my life talking about how scared this movie made them to drive in the middle of nowhere at night, and while my imaginings of this movie were a lot worse than what the movie is actually about, it's still super scary.
Being Australian, I think this influences how I perceive this movie. John Jarrett is a fantastic actor who made Mick Taylor the total psychotic madman he is and he really brought the character to life - I would not want to see him in the middle of nowhere at night, that's for sure! The second movie was just as good, and now I just need to muster the courage to watch the TV series...
The Loved Ones
Final movie is another Aussie creation and one that I think is a little underrated. It's also a very weird movie and kind of a more laid-back horror, although there is some creepy and gorey scenes.
Between an awkward family dinner with a crazy girl, insane father and lobotomized mother, our main character nearly getting lobotomized himself, and the somewhat hilarious downfall of our villain, it's certainly an interesting movie!
I definitely enjoy horror movies that actually have some sort of interesting storyline, rather than just scaring you for the sake of being a scary movie. I also really want to try and watch more horror movies, and try rewatching some of those I watched back in 2014 - even the ones I said I'd never watch again!
Let me know some of your favourite horror movies, and what you'll be watching this Halloween! Also, follow me on Twitter, because I'm sure next Monday & Tuesday I'll be tweeting about my Saw marathon.
Spook You Soon!
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