Horror movies are up there with holding spiders, riding Nemesis at Alton Towers, and camping alone in the woods for some people. Whether you require a fright night come Halloween or simply your ideal night involves sitting with a giant tub of popcorn and arming yourself with a pillow for the gory scenes from the movies, there are thousands of horror films awaiting your screams.
1. Vanilla Sky (2001)
A tale about a millionaire (played by Tom Cruise) who is disfigured in a car accident and comes to question the reality of his circumstances. Vanilla Sky isn’t scary so much as it is eerie. The film moves between genres—from romantic comedy to erotic drama to sci-fi thriller—while always seeming a little … off. It’s an excellent one for those who might balk at traditional horror.
2. Happy Death Day (2017)
This surprisingly witty Blumhouse hit has all the elements of a slasher movie: a masked killer on a college campus, goofy jump scares that exist mostly to fake out the audience. Also has a ditzy cheerleader named Tree Gelbman (Jessica Rothe) who is the first to die. Except that Tree is killed again and again—and each time, the movie jumps back in time to the start of the murderer’s rampage, Groundhog Day–style. Happy Death Day is both an excellent example of its subgenre and a smart parody. It’s taking the kind of character that is usually cruelly dispensed with and turning her into a self-aware heroine.
3. Ginger Snaps (2000)
This ingenious Canadian werewolf film was an instant cult classic that deserves to be discovered by every new generation of teenagers. Twenty years on, it’s still a remarkable blend of humor, teen angst, and bloody frights. It’s following two teenage sisters (Emily Perkins and Katharine Isabelle) who are fascinated by death and bored by their small-town life. When a werewolf attacks the older sister on the night she first gets her period, she starts to physically transform into a strange new creature.
4. The Cell (2000)
The film follows a psychologist (Jennifer Lopez) who uses future tech to delve into the mind of a serial killer (Vincent D’Onofrio) in the hope of saving his next victim. Every bizarre mental tableau she wanders through is as freaky as the last. The film is Inception if every dream sequence had the aesthetic of a Nine Inch Nails video. While the screenwriting is sometimes excessively grim, the aesthetics are striking enough to make up for it.
5. The Invisible Man (2020)
The plot follows Cecilia Kass who escape from a violent relationship to stay with her sister and childhood friend. But when her ex is believed to have died and leaves her a great fortune, those close to Cecilia become haunted and she’s convinced she’s hunted by an invisible man.
Horror movies means something different to everyone, but can give these a try!