Fright Night: Our Top Halloween Film Picks | Living North

Fright Night: Our Top Halloween Film Picks


Be afraid, be very afraid. We take a look at the top Halloween film classics that are guaranteed to scare yourself silly…

The Shining (1980)

Based on Stephen King’s classic novel, psychological thriller The Shining has been terrifying audiences since its release in 1980. The film follows Jack Torrance – played by the legendary Jack Nicholson – who takes a job as a winter caretaker in the isolated Overlook Hotel, Colorado, in an attempt to cure his writer’s block. He settles in with his wife, Wendy, and son Danny – who is plagued by unsettling psychic premonitions. As Danny’s visions become increasingly disturbing, Jack discovers the hotel’s dark secrets and begins to descend into a homicidal maniac – with the sole aim of terrorising his family. 

The Conjuring (2013)

The first film of a truly terrifying series. Set in the 1970s, The Conjuring follows world-renowned paranormal investigators Lorraine and Ed Warren as they attempt to help a family terrorised by an evil paranormal spirit. As events escalate in increasingly horrifying fashion, the Warrens are forced to confront the chilling history of the family’s secluded farmhouse. Distinctly spine-tingling, we won’t judge if you decide to keep the light on when you try to go to sleep after watching it. 

Psycho (1960)

If you have an unexplained aversion to taking showers, this film could be the reason why. Featuring one of the most classic cinematic scenes of all time, Psycho was produced and directed by the godfather of film, Alfred Hitchcock. When it was first released in 1960, the film shocked audiences with its nightmarish themes of corruptibility, confused identity and Oedipal murder. Still proving a hit amongst film enthusiasts 58 years later, it’s guaranteed to keep you in suspense. 

The Addams Family (1991)

Featuring everybody’s favourite, delightfully morbid family, this 90s classic – based on the 60s sitcom– is the perfect family film. When Uncle Fester returns after a long absence, the eccentric clan soon begin to suspect he is an impostor, as he cannot recall the details of their uncle’s life. Mixing comedy with a distinct sense of macabre sensibility, it’s the perfect Halloween choice for all the family. 

The Ring (2002)

Based on the Japanese hit Ringu, The Ring is a true urban classic. The film follows Rachel (Naomi Watts), a skeptical journalist investigating the death of four teenagers who all died after watching the same video tape. According to the rumours, the video tape is filled with nightmarish images and leads to a phone call foretelling the viewer’s death one week after watching it. Before long, Rachel allows her curiosity to get the better of her and has just seven days to solve the tape’s mystery

Published in: October 2018

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