What did you think of the playlist? Will you be busting out to it this Halloween? Are there any essential Halloween songs I’ve missed out? Let me know with a quick comment!
Okay, here me out. Before they started releasing millions of sequels that refused to clear up or answer any questions we had about the series, the first one (or two) was kind of really scary. I absolutely loved how it went back to basics and was, at it’s heart, a film about a haunted house. There was no blood and no murders…just odd happenings going on around the house. It was extremely realistic and definitely freaked me out.
NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET
Both the original and the remake of this film are super scary with dark undertones and a seriously messed up killer. Whilst the remake takes on a less humorous approach then the original and is definitely more gory, the original has some real old school scares and pretty much set the path for the ever so famous slasher genre. The original might seem dated now but can still scare me silly, and there’s always that underlining fear of Freddy Kruger visiting me in my dreams…
Insidious is another film that kind of goes back to basics and even does some serious throwbacks to those old, classic Psycho era horror movies, with the loud violins and almost medieval font when it comes to the title screen. Based around again, a haunted house and things that go bump in the night, this film draws you in and it’s so easy to find yourself in the shoes of the main character Renai, stuck at home all day and a husband that doesn’t believe her when she knows something is going on in the house. The film then takes a twist to include the idea of astral travelling (that’s kind of like when someone goes to sleep and can travel to another realm in an out of body experience to me and you), which is so diverse and different – and certainly creepy. Insidious also draws upon the old horrors to build up the tension really well, so the perfectly timed jumpy parts in this film are bang on.
Teeth isn’t scary per sa, but it’s kind of creepy and again, a very original idea. If you have seen it then the less said about it the better really, although I do think it’s a very good film, just not one I’d necessarily talk to my family about. If you haven’t seen it, google it. Why does it work as a horror movie? Well, it’s just the thought of it all really. Can you ever imagine being in her position and having teeth, well, there? No, me either, but luckily this film showed me what it would be like so I wouldn’t have to think about it myself. But it did really bloody scare me.
And finally, Signs. Signs probably wouldn’t be described as a horror movie – in fact, probably more so a family film or even a thriller (I lied. It described as a thriller on Wikipedia) – but it is creepy and disturbing and WILL get you thinking. My favourite scene is towards the end when a character drops a flashlight and the camera focuses on it, and all you can hear is the scuffle of whats going on. It’s super freaky because of what you CAN’T see – it’s your mind really that conjures up the worst. It’s incredibly smart and the whole film will play on your emotions and make you believe in aliens. Ever wondered what creates crop circles? Well, now you know.
THE EVIL DEAD REMAKE
Not that the original wasn’t good – because it was – but I watched the remake first and loved it. So much blood and gore! So many jumpy parts! So disturbing! I’m not really one for blood and gore – I agree, it works, but it makes me sad when films have to resort to that to become scary instead of using more classic techniques. But this film works damn well, even if it it’s more of the type of film you’d see on a date in the cinema instead of at home by yourself hiding behind a cushion. And it has the sex god that is Shiloh Fernandez. That fact should sell the film to you alone.
These are just seven films that both tend to scare me AND be some of my favourite films but to be honest, this is just seven of many. Ginger Snaps scared me as a child, and even Tremors.
Known as one of the most famously haunted places in the US, Waverly Hills Sanatorium has often appeared in paranormal media, such as Ghost Hunters and Most Haunted. Inside, room 502 is perhaps the most famously haunted, legend stating that a nurse hung herself with a light bulb wire outside of the room upon discovering she was pregnant by the owner of the sanatorium and that she had also contracted tuberculosis. It’s also well known for its ‘death tunnel’ which was used to remove bodies discreetly from the building without other patients seeing. Visitors can book themselves onto tours of the buildings and paranormal investigations are also offered there. Plans are also being developed to turn it into a four star hotel come scare attraction.
|How scary is this?! Just further proof of the attention to detail at The 13th Gate
DEFINITELY not for the faint haunted, this creepy scare attraction is less haunted house and more torture chamber…and what’s more, people seem to like it with over 24,000 people on the waiting list to endure the experience that can last up to eight hours. Brave hearts can suffer anything from being duct taped over their eyes and mouths or even being shoved into a clothes dryer. This manor – among many advertised along the lines as extreme attractions – features actors that can touch and shove you, shove things into your mouth. Other similar attractions force visitors to be gagged and bound, sometimes partially clothed. It’s certainly not a walk in the park but I suppose I can imagine how bad ass someone must feel managing to survive an ordeal like this…
DR FRIGHTS HALLOWEEN NIGHTS, NORTHAMPTONSHIRE, UK
Closer to home, and perhaps a more suitable combination of a London Dungeons style scare attraction and extreme attractions – is probably more ideal for someone who wants a good (and funny) scare without going too far. Much like The 13th Gate, visitors make their way through different scenes and settings with amazing attention to detail (I went last year and entered a haunted woods complete with twinkling stars in the ceiling, a bridge over an actual water feature/mini river and a caravan we had to climb through) all whilst getting jumped out on and in general very scared. At one point I got chased around hay bales with a fake chainsaw and the sound itself freaked me the f*ck out – seriously, I bent down and covered my hands over my ears as this crazy man waved the chainsaw at my head. Looking back, it seems silly to be scared of something so trivial but at the time it was damn scary. However, this was the perfect amount of scare for me and I love horror movies so I think I’m quite brave when it comes to these kind of attractions.
So no matter what your dream plans are at Halloween – to visit an actual historic haunted location, to be borderline tortured in the US or simply a pretty scary – and beyond fun – mix between the two, these five are some of the best and most varied around the world.
Of course there are a lot more on offer, with new scare attractions popping up everywhere, each determined to be as scary as the last. But this is just a small pick of many.
Would you ever attempt any of these attractions? Let me know!
I love being scared but I think the attractions that are borderline torture may be just a TAD too much for me…
|A delicious cocktail – one of the yummiest I’ve ever had…|
And honestly? Doing barely anything else. Which is just how I like it.
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