I love a good scary film and know how difficult it can be to choose a film, so in readiness for Halloween Night I wanted to put together a list of my Top 10 Horror and suspense films. Hopefully you might find a new film to watch.
Don’t Breathe is an excellent film, I love a film with a good amount of suspense. The premise of this film is three teens who make a living breaking into houses, they learn that a man has just received $300,000 as a settlement and he is actually blind. Thinking it would be an easy steal, they go for the money. The blind man is awoken when the teens shoot a lock to try and get the money launching a whole host of events and the suspense builds. The film has a beautiful sense of tension and does well at story building without going overboard.
I love to watch those really bad paranormal shows like Most Haunted and Ghost Hunters, Grave Encounters serves as a parody to these kind of shows and then it takes a very big turn. This whole film is so unsettling and The Vicious Brothers did such a good job of writing the storyline. As a found footage film it works really well and as much as I object to jump scares, this film is not subtle in the slightest like Paranormal Activity, it just goes straight in. Yes, this kind of film has been done before, but you just need to let go and just enjoy it.
If you’ve not seen Scream, you need to. Scream satirises the horror genre and is very self aware. It’s intensely violent (50 gallons of fake blood was used during the whole recording), which of course isn’t for everyone, but the twists that take place are excellent, this film is a masterpiece. Due to the film winning the Best Movie of 1997 by the International Horror Guild, you can’t escape the fact that this is a brilliant film. The acting is done brilliantly, and the characters are so easy to connect with. It’s a refreshing change from your default typical horror flick.
I have to admit, I didn’t watch Friday the 13th until about a year ago. Me and my boyfriend found out that our local theatre were showing the film on Friday 13th of October, and since he loved the film and I’d never seen it, it was the perfect time to go and watch it. This is a classic for a horror night. There are three classic films that helped to shape horror and this is my favourite, that’s why it made it on this list. I don’t really think I need to say much else about it, if you’ve not watched it, give it a try. I was surprised by the twist and shocked by the brilliance.
The Conjuring films are some of my favourites, James Wan has done a great job directing and Vera Farmiga does an excellent acting job. As with any “Based on a true story” film, they take their liberties and go a bit further than necessary in some parts. Usually horror sequels never stand up to the original, but The Conjuring 2 is very deserving of being made. All of the scares were done in such a clever way, they were actually scary. Wan does a real service to creating actual horror and not just relying on jump scares.
The one time I saw a film in the cinema and you could actually hear a pin drop. A Quiet Place is so well written, and does such a good job at creating suspense. Krasinski did a great job at directing this film, of course there are flaws as with every film, but they don’t detract from the story line. A lot of people seem to think that the film is completely filled with plot holes (which it is) but they dont take the time to just enjoy it. This is where everybody differs, some people get very caught up in the logic of a film, which is fine, and others can just watch and enjoy a film, which is what A Quiet Place is. If you watch this film, just don’t get caught up in the logic you will enjoy it.
4. Alien (1979)
Ridley Scott created something which is truly terrifying. As old as this film is, it’s stood the test of time. It creates a terrifying sense of unease and the tension is unparralleled. The way the film is shot works very well to add to the feeling of unease, using shadows and lighting in such an effective way. The film feels fresh, even after 40 years. We’re in a time where visuals are everything and film makes feel they have to show everything, they’ve lost the art of how terrifying the unseen can be. The xenomorph has truly gone down in history, partially due to the excellent design by H.R Giger and at the end of the day Alien is an absolute classic and is possibly one of the greatest horror/suspense films made.
Battle Royale is one of my favourite films and books of all time. This was Hunger Games before Hunger Games existed. A whole class full of kids are taken to a deserted island and are forced to fight by the Japanese government until there is only one survivor. As similar as it is to Hunger Games there’s a lot of differences too, for one Battle Royale is a lot more gruesome, there is also a lot less focus on the romantic side. This film is a must watch. You can become very quickly immersed into the story and the reality of the situation.
Hereditary is possibly one of my favourite films from this year. There’s a lot of mystery and suspense throughout the film and it builds up so well. It was strangely emotionally heavy and disturbing at times. The whole film reminds me of mother! when thinking about the mystery, it’s just a lot less pretentious. The marketing for the film was intentionally misleading, and when a certain event happens (You’ll know when) you will know exactly what I mean. I don’t even know how to describe the premise, all I could do is suggest you watch it. A lot of horror films aren’t scary to me because they’re all about jump scares, where as Hereditary is all around unease and suspense.
I’ve never been a big fan of Zombie Films, they’ve never made me care for the characters as much as I did in Train to Busan. The story in this film is so well constructed, well done South Korea. The ending is a complete tear jerker and the feels are strong with this one, but the gore and horror is also strong. Considering this is the first film of it’s kind made in South Korea they’ve done a much better job than any american zombie thriller film. This is an absolute must watch.
And here we are at the end, Hopefully you can take something from this and maybe you’ve found a new film to watch! If you have any changes you would make or suggestions for films, leave them in the comments.