By Shazwan Zulkiffli
It’s Halloween and whether you celebrate it or not, you have to admit it’s been a fun weekend so far. From beverage discounts to the amount of Harley Quinn costumes you see at Changkat and TREC, it’s been one batsh*t crazy weekend of ghost and ghouls, celebrated in the strangest ways possible.
The real nightmare, however, starts today on the 31st of October. We at The Level compiled a list of must-watch Halloween movies for all you movie-junkies who will get the Monday off due to Deepavali. The ones who don’t, well, you’re going to have to watch it at night because the list consists of the scariest movies you’d want to watch. For the light-hearted, we also included mild ones so everyone can have a little fun!
Here’s the list of 8 movies you should watch during halloween:
With the clown craze getting a bit out of control, who can ever forget the origins of the whole fiasco, the man who created the fear of clowns himself: Stephen King. Stephen King created IT, creating a new-found fear of clowns among children in the 90s, and setting up the image of the killer clown for generations after. IT had an everlasting effect towards 90s kids, who can point at the film for their coulrophobia, and the newly announced reboot will possibly do the same for Millenials. The trailer may not look convincing, but IT was revolutionary movie no horror junkie can ever forget.
28 Days Later
Zombies were always the craze since the old days. But it was 28 Days Later that made a zombie plague look like an ever so possible future with director Danny Boyle’s industry-moving storytelling and art direction. The movie featured a young-Ciaran Murphy in the middle of a zombie outbreak in London, with Naomi Harris and Brendan Gleeson as it reimagined how zombies should be – fast and terrifying. Employing a storytelling method that excels at hitting you on a personal level, 28 Days Later remains one of the best horror-zombie movies out there.
Hideo Nakata’s Ring may have brought Japanese ghoul culture to the United States, but it was Ju On that truly spooked Hollywood. Ju On was written and created by director Takashi Shimizu in 2000, who received the green light from his studio to produce one of the most memorable Japanese horror movies to date. Ju On wasn’t just a good movie, it made audience in the United States to pay more attention to Japanese horror craft. Like Ring, Ju On is one of the many greats to ever get featured in the silverscreen.
The success of Ring and Ju On didn’t just help promote Japanese horror genre as it also allowed movies from Thailand to flourish. Shutter, created by Banjong Pisanthanakun and Parkpoom Wongpoom is another one of those films that scared the daylights out of people through one of our favourite modern day habits: the usage of cameras. While cameras are usually used to take pictures of loved ones and sceneries, Shutter added their own function by introducing the idea of taking pictures of ghosts on the camera. It’s a ghostly phenomenon that’s fairly common – though that may just be a stain on the photo. Nevertheless, Shutter is as important as IT, Ju On and 28 Days Later in reshaping how people view ghosts.
The Blair Witch Project
The Blair Witch Project isn’t just scary, it’s eerie, and made the woods such a terrible place to be in. Classified as a found-footage horror film, and the first of its kind, The Blair Witch Project tells the story of three students who hiked the hills to film a documentary of a local urban legend called the Blair Witch. It was so scary that a lot of people started to question its authenticity, and claimed that the story may be based on a real story. No one can prove that theory true, but it’s still something to ponder about, and that’s how good the movie was.
The Taking of Deborah Logan
The Taking of Deborah Logan is a strange one. With 83% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, you might think that you’d be watching a good horror movie, but IMDB on the other hand rates it as 6/10. The Taking of Deborah Logan was ambitious, and aimed to be as impactful as IT, but it could’ve been better. However, the scenes in the film are some of the weirdest we’ve seen, and because of it we had to put the film on the list. Don’t watch this while having dinner or supper though, because you might not feel like eating once you pass the 1 hour mark.
One Missed Call
One Missed Call isn’t the crappy American remake that everyone hated. This One Missed Call movie is the Japanese horror movie directed by Takashi Miike. The movie is about a voice message containing a girl screaming two days before she actually died that caused a vicious change among the characters in the film. One Missed Call will make you scared to listen to those voice notes left by unknown numbers because really, it might just have happened and you or your friends might be next.
The VHS series is by far the scariest trilogy in the list. Also classified as found-footage-themed, VHS isn’t like other predictable horror movies. Viewers won’t know what they’ll get, and the surprises in the movie is simply out of this world. If you have cardiac problems, I’d suggest you to skip this one because the imagery of the ghosts might be a little too much for the faint-hearted. The second installment, VHS 2, featured a long and excruciating scene in Indonesia that you really must not miss out on.
Honorable mentions: Goosebumps/ Hantu Kak Limah Balik Rumah