Deranged serial killers. Vengeful witches. Resurrected mummies. Bloodthirsty vampires. It was that time of the year again, when the dormant skeletons rattled out of the closet and did a sinister duet. And if you didn't have plans for Halloween, here&
Halloween isn’t Halloween until you’ve encountered a couple of wicked witches and sinister zombies. Then again, if the mere thought of rustling up a costume wore you out, just huddle up on the couch with a couple of horror flicks for company. And rather than your girlfriend talking you into watching Paranormal Activity and Scream, (Both of which are excellent movies no doubt, and perfect for the occasion – if you are aged thirteen or below) we list down some petrifying horror flicks, of the sleep-with-the-lights-on variety, that HAVE to be a part of your movie marathon for your post Halloween hangover.
Monsters, darkness, claustrophobia, killers, enclosed spaces and more. The Descent manages to pick up every phobia you’ve ever had and gleefully turns your nightmares true. The film follows six women who, having entered an unmapped cave system, become trapped, and are hunted by flesh-eating crawlers. As if being hunted down by a group of savage flesh eaters wasn’t enough, director Neil Marshal takes away the only element of safety – the light. Surrounded by a pack of crawlers, the six start groping their way out in the dark… And that’s when the real fun begins!
One fine Halloween night, back in the year 1963, a six year old murdered his older sister by stabbing her with a kitchen knife. Fifteen years later, he escapes from a psychiatric hospital, returns home, and stalks teenager Laurie Strode and her friends. It is now up to Michael's psychiatrist Dr. Sam Loomis to prevent him from an encore. And even though the 2007 remake of the movie is popular, we recommend you to watch the original as it manages to scare the lights out of you without resorting to blood, gore and graphic violence.
Even though the Exorcist franchise has released a couple of instalments in recent times, watch the first part to get a feel of the fascination it exercises over horror film fanatics. Based on a 1949 novel, The Exorcist deals with the demonic possession of a young girl and her mother's desperate attempts to win back her daughter through an exorcism conducted by Father Damien Karras and later, Merrin. Our favourite scene? Watching Regan throw up soup even as she levitates and spins her head 360 degrees. Yes, the scene may have been parodied a million times but it gives us goose bumps till today.
Ever since The Ring released in 2002, people started taking broken TVs a whole lot more seriously. Based on a Japanese novel, the movie is centred on a mysterious cursed videotape that contains a seemingly random series of disturbing images. After watching the tape, the viewer receives a phone call in which a girl's voice announces that the viewer will die in seven days. The scariest bit has to be when Samara materializes out of the static TV, strand by strand and shoots Noah her look of death.
Friday The 13th
If slasher flicks are your thing, it’s about time you reacquainted yourself with the founder of this genre. Friday the 13th was made all the way back in 1980 and went on to spawn twelve sequels as well as a television show. When a group of young adults discover a boarded up Camp Crystal Lake, they soon encounter Jason Voorhees and his deadly intentions. Watching them fall prey to an ominous hooded figure in black, one by one, is enough to make you scream, “Yes, there’s a demented serial killer in the area. Get the hell out of there already!”
Nightmare on Elm Street
We are ready to bet our golden hat, sleep will be the last thing on your mind after watching this movie. Featuring Johnny Depp in his film debut along with Robert Englund and John Saxon, the plot revolves around several teenagers who are stalked and killed in their dreams by a burned apparition, Freddy Krueger. The teenagers are unaware of the cause of this strange phenomenon, but their parents hold a dark secret from long ago. And while the movie has a whole lot of blood curdling moments to its credit, the horrid sound of Freddy’s large, metallic nails screeching along the wall is something we’ve never quite been able to put out of our minds.
28 Days Later
A notch higher than your usual zombie apocalypse flick, 28 Days Later starts when chimpanzees carrying the man-made Rage virus infect the population of Great Britain, leaving only four survivors to cope with the destruction of the life they once knew. Jim, our hero, wakes up from a coma 28 days later (justifying the title) to an isolated London. However, the coolest bit comes when Jim stands at the foot of the church, trying to decide whether to jump into the sea of hungry zombies or wait for the crazed priest to run him over!
On behalf of the entire team at MTV, we wish you a spine chilling Halloween hangover. A huge hello to the supernatural world from us and make sure to lock your doors tonight.
Just in case.