Favorite Horror Films – 5 out of 5 Skulls

5  OUT OF 5 SKULLS – nightmare fuel



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The Ring (2002)

When I first watched The Ring at a middle school sleepover, I was rattled to my core. I rewatched it later in life thinking that it couldn’t possibly be as scary as I remember, and yeah no, its really scary. The Ring is an American remake of the Japanese horror classic, Ringu, and is a classic in its own right. It stars a fantastic Naomi Watts as a young mother who watches a creepy cursed VHS tape (remember those), that will kill you 7 days after you watch. Immediately she begins investigating the tape and trying to figure out how to survive. When her strange son watches it, the quest becomes twice as drastic.

The film is a mystery as well as a terrifying film. As you follow along on the quest to find the origin and meaning of the tape, you become even more engrossed with each creepy element of the video and the surrounding circumstances. The more it pulls you in the more it gets to you. There are a couple jump scares, and a little bit of gore, but its the psychological grind that really makes this film so scary.

Horror as a genre has produced a ton of awful remakes, but also a few that separate themselves and perfectly execute their vision, The Thing, The Fly, etc. The Ring belongs with those among the best of the best. PS, if you have the guts, The Ring 2 stars the same cast and is somehow nearly just as good, as it continues with the story of the tape. – Henderson

Sinister (2012)

Sinister is a movie that is legitimately scary, and I say that as someone who watches a lot of horror movies. It’s a bit of a mindbender and follows a writer, played by Ethan Hawke, who begins to find videos of horrific murders. Each of these murder tapes is a creepy little snuff film, and yet you (the viewer) and Ethan Hawke (the character) are both engrossed by them. Ethan sets out to solve this mystery of how these murders occurred and why they are connected, but unfortunately what he learns is not good news for him or his family. Great performances, a dark screenplay, and some true scares make for a seriously frightening film that might just have you leaving the lights on for a while. – Henderson

PS if you can handle the first one, the sequel is somehow nearly just as good, and builds on the mythology of the tapes.

The Babadook (2014)

As a mysterious children’s book presents itself in the home of widow Ameilia and her son Sam, their world shifts out of reality. Dealing with the loss of her husband, Sam’s father, Ameilia is exhausted and is trying her best to cope with her son’s behavior on top of her looming grief. The main character of the book, the Babadook, haunts Amieilia and Sam, beginning in the night and transitioning into daylight as the hauntings become more severe.

The Babadook symbolizes mental illness, and the film makes for a very thoughtful discussion of living with struggling mental health, but on a more direct level, it is an incredibly creepy and scary story. The Babadook, lurking in the shadows, is never for than 1 bad day away. The Babadook does an excellent job of keeping viewers on the edge without losing track of the deeper message. – Sarah

Hereditary (2018)

Hereditary was one of the most talked-about horror movies of the last decade, and with good reason. A slow-burning family drama as much as a terrifying demon possession film, Hereditary relies not on jump scares or gore but on a feeling of dread that permeates every scene. It follows the disintegration of the Graham family after the death of its matriarch and portrays starkly the realities of loss. After another unfortunate accident strikes the family, things really start to take a turn for the worse. – Zac




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