Love a few frights with your big screen fare? Does the thought of looking over your shoulder or checking under the bed fill you with glee?
Well, you’re in luck because Halloween is just around the corner and while we Australians may not go in for the whole trick or treat business as much as our American cousins, we can certainly celebrate the occasion by scaring ourselves half to death with a good old horror movie.
In that spirit, if you’re sick of the Freddy Kruegers, Jason Voorhees ad Michael Myers, here are five horror flicks that we here at Newcastle Live reckon are definitely worthy of your time this Halloween!
1. Inside (À l’intérieur) – 2007
This visceral, uncompromising and deeply unsettling French horror flick is probably not the wisest choice if you are expecting a child.
Still recovering from the unexpected death of her husband, pregnant Sarah becomes the target of a deranged woman who wants her unborn baby. It’s tense, claustrophobic, brutal and a definite “no-no” for those out there who just can;t abide blood and gore.
Inside is a brutal-yet-brilliant horror flick.
2. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre – 1974
Much maligned on its release, the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre might seem tame in a post Hostel and Saw world but the genius of this Tobe Hooper classic is what isn’t shown on screen.
The horror here is more psychological than “grand guignol” but no less terrifying thanks to a razor-sharp script and cinéma vérité style.
Avoid the endless reboots, remakes and sequels. The original is where it’s at.
3. Deep Red (Profundo Rosso) – 1975
Italian director Dario Argento is known for producing some of the best Giallo (Italian crime and thriller flicks named after the lurid yellow-covered pulp paperbacks popular at the time) films of all time and Deep Red, or Profundo Rosso is arguably the best of the best.
The story follows a pianist and a journalist who are pulled into a complex web of mystery after the former witnesses the brutal murder of a psychic.
This is a great starting point for those looking to get into Italian horror but also check out other brilliant Argento flicks such as Suspiria, Tenebrae, and The Cat Of Nine Tails.
4. The Witch – 2015
This deeply unsettling flick from director Robert Eggers is methodical in its approach, meandering slowly, letting seemingly small moments of tension build a terrifying whole rather than relying on trite and shallow jump scares.
The story centres around a 17th century puritan New England family cast out of the community due to a religious dispute.
Setting up camp on the edge of a forest, the family’s lives are torn apart by nefarious forces of witchcraft and black magic after baby Samuel suddenly vanishes.
With more atmosphere than you can poke a stick at The Witch is one of those flicks that is likely to stay with you long after the final credits and one that the term ‘scary’ can’t begin to adequately describe.
5. The Babadook – 2014
This brilliant entry from director Jennifer Kent is one of this writer’s fave Aussie movies of the last decade (Kent’s sophomore effort The Nightingale is also definitely up there.)
Very much an internalised horror, The Babadook centres around single mum Amelia (Essie Davis) who is struggling to cope with the death of her husband and her “difficult” son Samuel.
When a creepy children’s book called Mister Babadook finds its way into their home Amelia finds herself in a seemingly inescapable spiral of paranoia.
The Babadook is refreshingly original proof that us Aussies can freak audiences out with the best of them.