My top ten films to watch on Halloween.
Halloween is, for me, almost as exciting as Christmas. It incorporates just about all the things I love: horror, magic, sugar and dressing-up! So if, like me, you have organised a bit of a Halloween gathering and want a list of great films to watch through the night, then look no further. Here’s my top ten frightening movies, without spoilers:
1) Sinister – I originally watched this at the cinema, it scared the hell out of me. It was the first film I’ve ever seen that, when the lights came up, strangers were nodding at one another for comradery! Still scary on the small screen and very apt for me as it features an author as the protagonist.
2) The Conjuring – the fact that this is based on a true story, is the scariest thing of all (the 1970’s fashions are pretty terrifying too!) Visually disturbing as well as thought provoking.
3) House of 1,000 Corpses – A little slow to start, this builds into an incredibly horrific and visceral movie – it’s also has some Rob Zombie tunes in there, as he directed it.
4) Dog Soldiers – werewolves when they were scary rather than romantic. Furry fun with special forces hunks. It also features one of my fav actors Sean Pertwee (who should have been the new Doctor Who!)
5) The Descent – Claustrophobic and down-right bloody; but if you get the DVD you can see the monster dancing on the special features – which kind of takes the edge off a bit!
6) Texas Chainsaw Massacre – both the new versions. Really tense and the only one on the list representing the true slasher genre.
7) You’re Next – Survival horror at its best and most inventive twists and turns.
8) Dawn of the Dead (new version) – zombies and shopping centres – 2 of my favourite things (don’t worry I’m not going to break out into a Sound of Music style song)
9) 28 Days Later/ 28 Weeks Later – I’ve always said it about these films, if it was going to happen, this is how it would go down. Watch and learn, you just might need the information for the future.
10) The Craft – teen witches causing mayhem, what more could you ask for?
I also wanted to give a quick nod to a couple of TV shows too – scares can be just as intense on the small screen. At the moment I’m loving ‘The Strain’ and ‘The Walking Dead’ and am eagerly awaiting the start of the next American Horror: Freak Show.
So settle in, pop some corn, grab a handful of sweets and turn off the lights. Watching a couple of these films through the night on Halloween will not only be entertaining but will keep you awake for the night, and that might be the only thing that keeps you safe…
“I am Britannia. I am your protector. I will fend off the hungry hordes of undead hands that reach toward you. I am your steadfast defender. I will stand between you and the zombie masses as they try to taste your flesh. I am strong, unyielding, and dedicated to your survival. All I ask from you… is your blood.”
A five-hundred-year-old bloody game of vengeance will need to be put on hold if vampires are to survive the zombie uprising. Britannia and Nicholas, bitter enemies and the only two surviving vampires left in London, have to work together to save un-infected humans and deliver them safely to a vampire stronghold in the Scottish Highlands. Unable to drink the zombie ‘bad blood’, the remaining vampires need the humans to stay alive. But will the vampires tell the survivors who they are and what they want from them? Will Britannia be able to hold back her vengeance for the greater good? Is survivor Josh the reincarnation of Britannia’s murdered true love? And can she bring herself to deliver him to the ‘safe’ hold? Survival instincts run deep, but bad blood can run deeper.
I guess I’ve always been a storyteller, not in a ‘liar liar pants on fire’ kind of way, although I do work in advertising! When I was little, kids would crowd around me in the playground and I’d tell them tales of blood soaked horror filled with vampires, werewolves, ghosts and more. Yes, most would consider me a disturbed child, but my playmates couldn’t help themselves, they’d huddle around me every break time like an ancient tribe feeding off the fear; and that’s how I learned that horror stories hold a certain power, no matter what some might say, everyone is addicted to a good scare, especially if it is somewhat rooted safely in unrealistic beings… or are they unrealistic?
Writing was really a natural progression. Right now I’m obsessed with writing: a YA Urban Fantasy novel, a Paranormal Romance novella series, and several short horror stories! So I’m currently living in a functional fiction coma – and loving it!
I’ve so far been published in 5 countries: USA, UK, Australia, Ireland and Canada and had short stories included in 40 anthologies with over 17 publishers.