In the spirit of Halloween, we rounded up some of the top horror movies…
And these are the real deal. We’re not talking about those low-budget films with poorly shot action scenes, cheap scares and laughable storylines.
These movies will make you feel uncomfortable, check your cupboards before you go to bed and make sure you’ll never trust anyone again.
Disclaimer: If you’re not into intentionally giving yourself anxiety or sleeping with the lights on for a week, then these movies are not for you. Maybe don’t even watch the trailers…
Top horror movies to watch:
Green Room (2016)
A punk rock band unwittingly become witnesses to a murder by white supremacists… and that’s how this horror begins.
Starring: Patrick Stewart, Anton Yelchin, Imogen Poots
‘Scrape off the scum, and you’ll find Green Room full of visual artistry, dark humour, smart writing, and glints of humanity.’ – Lenika Cruz (The Atlantic)
The Babadook (2014)
A single mother is horrified to discover that a children’s book monster her son fears is real.
Starring: Essie Davis, Tim Purcell
‘The line between terrifying reality and terrifying fantasy isn’t so much blurred as altogether obliterated.’ – John Semley (Globe and Mail)
Kevin’s 23 personalities seem to be in a disagreement about the abduction of three young teenagers and what to do with them.
Starring: James McAvoy, Betty Buckley, Anya Taylor-Joy
‘Shyamalan’s popcorn picture is head-scramblingly strange – a chiller where both the bad guy and his victims are, well, victims.’ – Amy Nicholson (MTV)
Get Out (2017)
A meet-the-parents film with a sinister twist – Bizarre experiences at his girlfriend’s secluded family house leads to the unimaginable.
Starring: Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Catherine Keener
‘All considered, Get Out is the sharpest, most thoughtful, and against all odds, the funniest horror film that Hollywood has churned out in a long old while.’ – Nick Reilly (Metro UK)
It Comes At Night (2017)
Post-apocalypse survivors are forced to come together to fight a new evil, but it turns out that the enemy might be closer than they think.
Starring: Joel Edgerton, Riley Keough, Christopher Abbot, Carmen Ejogo
‘[A] spare but savage horror movie …’ – Dana Stevens (Slate)
The Witch (2016)
In 1630 New England, a family start turning on each other after their baby boy goes missing and their daughter is accused of witchcraft.
Starring: Anya Taylor-Joy, Ralph Ineson, Katie Dickie
‘See it with someone you enjoy arguing with.’ – M. Faust (The Public)
After a crime writer watches home videos showing the brutal deaths of families, an ancient, supernatural deity starts haunting the writer’s family.
Starring: Ethan Hawke, Juliet Rylance, Fred Dalton Thompson, Clare Foley
‘An occult thriller that scares with an absolute relentlessness.’ – Scott Tobias (AV Club)
The Gift (2015)
A bully meets up with a victim of his taunts many years later, all seems to be forgiven until a plan of wicked revenge is put into motion.
Starring: Jason Bateman, Rebecca Hall, Joel Edgerton
‘It’s a concept that’s more often the basis of arrested development comedies about late bloomers who finally come into their own, but there’s nothing funny about how the past looms over the adults that Gordo and Simon have become.’ – Alison Willmore (Buzzfeed News)
Pennywise gets a makeover as a new generation is introduced to the spooky world of Stephen King.
Starring: Bill Skarsgård, Jaeden Lieberher, Finn Wolfhard
‘It is [a] study in trauma to match the best of them.’ – Josephine Livingstone (The New Republic)
It is currently showing in South African cinemas so you’ll be able to get the full experience of this horror.
A Cure for Wellness (2017)
A mysterious wellness centre, located in a remote area of the Swiss Alps, turns into a terrifying nightmare after a young man learns more about its treatments.
Starring: Dane Dehaan, Jason Issacs, Mia Goth
‘Completely fearless in blasting past good sense and good taste in its attempt to capture morbid, weird moments.’ – Tim Brayton (Alternate Ending)
The Conjuring (2013)
Paranormal investigators encounter a supernatural presence that is beyond their expertise. Despite their best efforts, the hauntings at a family’s farmhouse escalate…
Starring: Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Lili Taylor
‘The trailer for The Conjuring is scarier than most horror features of recent vintage, and the feature makes good on the promise.’ – Scott Marks (San Diego Reader)
The Strangers (2008)
Three masked torturers show up at a holiday home… It does not go well.
Starring: Liv Tyler, Scott Speedman, Gemma Ward
‘Clearly influenced by slashers such as The Texas Chain Saw Massacre and The Last House On The Left, there’s a decent sense of claustrophobia in the first hour.’ – David Edwards (Daily Mirror UK)
Eden Lake (2008)
A young couple confronts a group of up-to-no-good teenagers on a weekend getaway that quickly turns nightmarish.
Starring: Kelly Reily, Michael Fassbender
‘A well acted, smartly directed horror flick that’s gory, disturbing, terrifying and topical.’ – Matthew Turner (ViewLondon)