If you’ve invited your significant other over for a movie night, cuddling up to protect each other during a horror film is one way to keep the romance alive. There is nothing that really jolts the senses like a good fright. People seek it on roller coasters, bungee jumps and even ghost walks. But if it’s a rainy winter’s night you can settle for a thrill at home with a good horror movie.
Grab a blanket to cuddle under and light some candles to set the atmosphere, as we take you through our top five choices for a classic horror movie night, inspired by this list over on FilmOracle.
- The Sixth Sense
“I see dead people” is possibly the most iconic phrase ever to be uttered in a horror movie, where a child appears to have the power to communicate with the dead. Haley Joel Osmont starred opposite Bruce Willis in the film when he was just ten years old, and his youthful innocence makes the movie’s storyline all the more unnerving. This is definitely not one to watch alone.
With a mixture of eerie suspense and tension you can cut with a knife, you’ll be squeezing tight when watching this film. What makes it a true masterpiece is that it gets inside your head and isn’t just loud jumpy moments. For a horror movie that connects on an emotional level The Sixth Sense is a must watch.
What is scarier than your average teenage girl in high school? One who’s just discovering that she’s got supernatural powers from the devil in time for prom. Adapted from a novel by Stephen King, Carrie sees a young woman take revenge on those who have taunted and abused her when the full extent of her power becomes clear.
This movie is a little more on the visual side of the horror spectrum. From the initial scenes of Carrie getting bullied from school peers or religious mother, to the gory revenge she takes on all.
- Sweeney Todd
A musical horror movie? Sweeney Todd tells the dark tale of the Demon Barber of Fleet Street, with the title role played by the ineffable Johnny Depp. The movie’s storyline is rather bleak, but there are moments of song and humour that may make it the perfect balance for quality time with your paramour.
The story follows a murderous barber who takes victim’s lives as they relax for a haircut and a hot shave. With a cut-throat razor doing its job literally Todd takes his victims when they least expect it. And as for disposal of the bodies, he turns the corpses into pies and sells them to the people of London.
This is probably not the scariest of movies, but you will certainly squirm seeing throats slit and people ground into mincemeat.
As ghoulish as ghost movies get, a plethora of poltergeists begin wreaking havoc on the Freeling family, who unknowingly moved into a home built on top of an old cemetery. The family starts to realize what’s happening and makes a plan to flee, but they are in a race against time as impatient spirits seek revenge.
This movie will chill any parents watching, as the son gets ‘abducted’ by the Poltergeist and is held captive beyond the family’s control. It’s every parent’s worst nightmare to have their child taken away from them, but add paranormal activity into the mix and it is so much worse.
- The Wailing
A chillingly dark movie, The Wailing was a huge box office hit in 2015. Set in rural South Korea, outbreaks of disease and violence occur after a stranger arrives in town. The plot follows a local police officer as he tries to get to the bottom of the mystery, eventually resulting in his own family falling victim to the dark forces at play.
Without giving away any spoilers this movie is renowned for its skillful buildup to a single climax scene. It keeps viewers gripped, guessing and engrossed in the plot until its fascinating ending.
So, are you ready to be scared out of your wits and find comfort in each other’s arms? Hopefully this list has given you plenty to go on and whetted your appetite to sit in with a good horror movie.
Do you agree with our list? Or perhaps there’s another horror movie you think should have been included. Let us know in the comments or with an email to the editors!