Halloween is coming! It seems like it was yesterday when we all welcomed the year 2017. Now, we are hitting the 11th month of 2017.
Halloween is an interesting month for everyone. For kids, Halloween is an eat-all-you-can month of candies and chocolate bars; while for teenagers, Halloween is about partying all night wearing their sluttiest costume that their parents’ probably don’t know exist. But for most, Halloween is a day where they remember and honor their loved ones’ memories who left in this world.
As for me, I usually started my day visiting my relatives in the cemetery and at night, I’m having horror movies marathon. I’m not considering watching horror movies as a tradition on Halloween since I’m always watching horror movies. I’m a fan. And as much as possible, I want to watch all of it no matter how weird their title is. There was one time I watched a movie and turns out it was porn that has a horror-themed on it. My sisters asked me if we were watching the right film.
Anyway, for those who love horror movies, these are the movies that I consider a must-watch on Halloween.
The Grudge (Japan)
I always watch this one with a promise that I’ll finish it. But I guess promises are really made to be broken because I never have the courage to finish it. Every time the all-white kid show up, my heart gave up and I turned it off. I’m not sure if this is the case for everyone, but if you’re brave enough, go watch it. And I’ll appreciate it a lot if you tell me the ending.
The Ring (Japan)
Since I don’t understand Nihongo, I waited for this to be dubbed in English or Tagalog. Luckily, one of the TV networks here in the Philippines dubbed it in Tagalog, so, I’m able to watch it. Big mistake! The movie itself is terrifying and since I’m able to understand the story, I just feel 3X of that terror when I watched it. I ended changing the channel to a religious mass whenever I feel scared.
Shake, Rattle & Roll: LRT (Philippines)
There are lots of Filipino horror movies but I never feel so scared upon watching it. I don’t know if I’m not just easily get scared, or it is not scary at all. So, when I watched one of the movie installments of Shake, Rattle & Roll, I didn’t expect too much. Shake, Rattle & Roll consists of 3 to 4, I think, short stories.
But I stand corrected when I watched LRT. LRT is a train station here in the Philippines and the story evolves on its last trip. I will not tell you the story but after I’ve watched it, I never rode on the last trip of LRT for few weeks.
Battle Royale (Japan)
This movie is not scary but disturbing. A group of students is forced to kill one another. The last student standing or alive will be declared the winner.
When I watched this movie, I was in college and we have an upcoming field trip. One of my classmates told me that we will end up like those students in the movie. I swear, I almost back out from that field trip because I know I will not survive if that happens.
Insidious 1 & 2 (U.S)
I didn’t get scared with this movie but I love the story. The creator did a great job on connecting the story together. Not all movies can do that, so, I’ll give them that credit.
The Autopsy of Jane Doe (U.S)
I’m bored when I discovered this movie. I just want to watch a horror movie that time. So, even the synopsis is boring, I still decided to watch it. And I must say it was a good decision because the movie is great. I love the story. The best part of it is the revelation.
Jeepers Creepers 1 (U.S)
The only part of this movie that I get scared is whenever the song is playing because I know in any second the Jeepers Creepers will snatch people.
IT (U.S 2017)
This is a Stephen King’s work, obviously, this is scary and great. But I think what makes this scarier is the portrayal of the children. Once upon a time, we were all kids so we know how helpless we were to be scared of something that no adults could see or understand.
Urban Legend and the Sixth Sense (U.S)
This might be old movies but when it comes to good story matched with good acting, this is still two of the best horror movies, in my opinion.
A Nightmare on Elm Street (U.S)
Halloween will never be complete without Freddy Krueger messing around in your dreams.
The Exorcism of Emily Rose (U.S)
All exorcism-related movies are indeed scary. But this one… I’ll just say after I watched this, I become paranoid every time I woke up 3 in the morning.
If you love both animated and horror movie, Coraline is a good movie to watch. The movie isn’t that scary. But the story is great.
Alma is a short animated film and it is scary beyond expectation. Just watch it for yourself.
Lights Out (U.S)
I’m not a big fan of the storyline but I still ended sleeping with lights on few weeks after I watched this.
I still have a long list of great horror movies to watch on Halloween but I don’t want to make this post lengthy. So, I’ll just leave the rest for your personal picks.