Friday, 2 February 2018

5 Horror Films Worth Watching

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If you've been around my social medias for any length of time, you might already know I'm a big fan of horror. I love watching YouTube videos about the weird, the macabre, the paranormal and true crime, and one of my biggest loves in life is watching horror let's plays (I am too chicken to play them myself). Whilst I've yet to really delve into the world of horror novels, I've been binge watching horror movies left, right and centre. Some are good, some are mediocre, and some are downright awful. But I find the best to be the ones that are suspenseful and tense, well-written and psychological, with some jump-scares tossed in for good measure. Today I wanted to share my five favourite horror films with you!

1408

Based on the 1999 short story by Stephen King, 1408 is a movie about a cynical author, played by John Cusack, who investigates supposedly haunted houses and hotels, and finds himself staying at The Dolphin hotel in New York, where in room 1408 nobody has survived for more than an hour. Full of tension, twists, turns and plenty of jumpy scenes, this is probably the best psychological horror I've ever seen. What seems like a pretty predictable plot line is terrifying enough that I don't like to watch this one alone!

The Woman in Black (2012)

One of the most notable films in this list is The Woman in Black, a British film by legendary horror company Hammer Film, and starring Daniel Radcliffe. It is set in the early 1900s (I want to say 1910 but can't quite remember), where Daniel's character is sent to retrieve the documents left by the deceased owner of a property that needs to be put up for sale. The house is set far out into the marshland, away from the main town, and looks eerie, decrepit and generally grim. 

The Woman in Black is by far one of my favourite films of all time, as it features an eerie atmosphere with intense suspense, fantastic jumps and an interesting plot line. Given how tense it is, it's a slower-paced horror but well worth it. I sit on the edge of my seat every time I watch this.

IT (2017)

The newest addition to my favourite horror films list, you've probably seen IT if you're a fan of horror films at all as it was so highly anticipated and talked about afterwards. Another movie based on a Stephen King novel, IT features the famous Pennywise, the creepiest clown you'll ever see, who kidnaps Georgie, a seven year old, in 1988. Fast forward to the following year, and Georgie's older brother, Bill, sets out to find the body of his brother, pushing his group of friends into coming with him.

Disturbing and twisted, the film features a hugely talented cast and the innocence of this group of children, who are facing so many of their deepest fears, makes this horror such a stand out.

Gothika

This 2003 psychological thriller has Halle Berry playing a psychiatrist in a women's mental hospital, where one day she wakes up and is suddenly on the other side of the table after being accused of murdering her husband. Although I've seen this film get a lot of unfavourable reviews, it was one of the earliest hororr films that I ever watched and it stuck with me throughout. Although the plot may seem 'far-fetched', it is, after all, a work of fiction and I really enjoy the story line. It's creepy and dark, and is a much more interesting take on the typical paranormal-horror films of today.

The Eye

Another film that actually received pretty negative reviews is The Eye starring Jessica Alba. It's a supernatural horror film that was based off of the 2002 Hong Kong-Singaporean film of the same name, and as a result this 2008 version is considered to be inferior. I haven't seen the original so I can't comment, but instead I enjoy The Eye for what it is. Is it the best horror film out there? No, but I find it enjoyable. It's another that I watched quite early on and its creepy twists and turns were things that I never forgot and I've often returned to watch the film again. The plot consists of Jessica Alba's character, a blind classical violinist, getting a cornea transplant that causes her eye sight to return, but when it does, she experiences visions and waking nightmares, and even sees the spirits of the dead. It's not the strongest of horror films, but if you like to watch for creep-factor and entertainment, then I don't think you can go wrong with The Eye.

What are your favourite horror films? Leave me your recommendations!

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