Get your horror on kiddos — kind of.
As we say goodbye to Summer the trees will have turned colours and every television channel will have Hocus Pocus on a loop.. which we ain’t mad about. The atmosphere will get much spookier, American Horror Story will be back to have us all questioning what qualifies as scary — and a lot of chocolate will be consumed.
Right now, you’re probably getting your Halloween outfit idea sorted or sorting out a horror movie marathon. We mean, nothing says spooky more than a horror film during a season meant to bring out your inner fears, right? Yay nightmares.
If you’re anything like us — terrified of horror films, and lose countless nights of sleep on silly films like Chuckie, Texas Chainsaw Massacre or anything with evil spirits really — you most likely avoid horror films at all costs. But, there’s one genre we tend to always watch: psychological thrillers (or of that sort). There is just something about a movie that has you questioning everything, and constantly on edge — without blood and gore. These movies mess with our heads and leave us with an abundance of questions and theories.
Here are 10 films that creep us out every time:
From the brilliant mind of director Guillermo del Toro, this 2015 mystery tells the story of Edith (Mia Wasikowska) who marries Sir Thomas Sharpe (Tom Hiddleston) and moves into his remote gothic mansion. Also residing with the newlyweds is Thomas’ sister, Lady Lucille (Jessica Chastain) — who hides all of their dark secrets. As Edith tries to settle into the new home, she has ghostly visions that haunt her new home that influence her to try to decipher the mystery surrounding the house. The film set in a gothic time reminds us how creepy this period really is.
U Want Me 2 Kill Him?
The film based on a true story follows Mark, a teenage boy who plots revenge on behalf of an online friend can only be described as intense and shocking. While we’d much rather not go into great detail about what happens throughout this film — we highly recommend it if you’re up for a story that’s unusual and different then the rest.
Mark Wahlberg has never been so creepy. This 1995 thriller follows sixteen year-old Nicole (Reese Witherspoon) as she falls in love with the older, David (Mark Wahlberg) — but the charming and exciting David turns to be exactly what Nicole’s father suspected of him being: a violent sociopath. This film won’t have you scared but it will have you on edge, wondering how far David will go.
The Sixth Sense
Ah. The source of the iconic “I see dead people.” In this 1999 film Malcom Crowe (Bruce Willis) is a child psychologist who tries to help Cole Sear (Haley Joel Osment) get rid of the ghosts that visit him. The turns that this film takes are not to be underestimated — unless, you know, you already know the twist (which is still impactful if you know it…because we all know it).
This film — also from director Guillermo del Toro — is set in 1944 Spain, where Ofelia and her mother arrive at her mother’s new husbands post. When Ofelia finds a maze when exploring, she also meets a faun … who tells her that she is a legendary lost princess and that she must complete three dangerous tasks to claim her immortality . What sounds like an innocent children’s film, is most certainly not. Toro knows exactly how to creep us out.
A film so well received by fans that it has a fourth instalment hitting theatres in the new year, is Insidious. The film following Patrick and Renai, parents of the comatose Dalton — who is possessed by another entity — is like no other horror film. As the parents deal with new haunting that has come over their home they also try save their son who is about to be trapped by evil spirits in a different realm, leaving us thoroughly creeped out and.
This film may have a horrible rating on Rotten Tomatoes (who really cares), but it’s a personal fave. Chatroom offers a different look on online messaging and meeting strangers online. The film follows five teens who meet online, who all are fighting certain problems — but one, much, much darker than the rest.
Requiem For A Dream
We’re not sure how this film is just classified as “drama” — it’s definitely more terrifying then many of the horror films we’ve seen. This Darren Aronofsky directed film follows four individuals who all have a drug addiction, bringing each character into world full of nothing and loneliness. Uplifting. Thanks Aronofsky.
Two years ago we spent Halloween night watching Gone Girl — and regret nothing. Who needs trick or treating when you have this brilliant film. This psychological thriller based on Gillian Flynn’s novel of the same name, follows Nick (Ben Affleck) as he becomes the focus of the disappearance of his wife Amy (Rosamund Pike). The movie has everything you want out of a thriller — it makes you question everything possible and ensures you will be wrong and surprised at each twist and turn.
The Butterfly Effect
The sci-fi film that sparked a franchise from the 2004 hit movie follows Evan (Kutcher) who suffers blackouts during important things in his life. As he gets older and rereads his past in his journal, he gets taken back to the time and tries to alter his life all in attempt to get the girl of his dreams back. A film to reminds us to never time travel — if we ever had the ability. Doctor Who can consider this a cautionary tale.