Halloween is just around the corner, and people like to celebrate the spooky season in many ways. Some like to dress up and spend the evening out, while others prefer to stay in and watch a scary movie at home. If you choose the latter, this list of movies you shouldn’t watch alone may be helpful.
Across the Paranormal Activity horror franchise, seven films have appeared since 2007, re-popularising found footage for a new generation. Paranormal Activity beautifully illustrates the principle of “less is more” in the horror genre. In this small-scale and low-budget poltergeist tale, a loving couple comes under increasing attack by supernatural entities. While later sequels hit greater heights, the original Paranormal Activity remains eerie despite its simplicity. Not a movie to watch alone; this film will get under your skin and make you feel paranoid and uneasy.
This film tells the story of a young family who moves into a new house only to discover their child, who is in a coma, is being inhabited by evil forces. At the same time, his consciousness remains in the dark and frightening realm known as “The Further.” The movie came out in 2011, and since then, three other films have appeared with incredible jump scares and storylines, which you can stream on Netflix.
The Ring, released in 2003, is a horror film about a videotape that causes anyone who views it to perish within seven days. The Ring continues to gain momentum as the plot unfolds and is sure to scare you. Japanese horror films and foreign remakes have often been cited as being inspired by The Ring due to its groundbreaking success. There is something utterly chilling about the haunted video. It will change how you watch television forever.
The Leprechaun film series is an American horror comedy featuring eight scary Halloween horror films. There is an evil, sadistic Leprechaun searching for his favourite pot of gold on a rampage of killing and chaos, very different to the cheery Leprechaun that inspired the slot Rainbow Riches Megaways. No matter how much of a horror fan you are, it would be best if you did not watch this movie alone.
Released in 2018, Hereditary is a haunting tale about grief, mental illness, and inherited trauma. Following the matriarch’s death, the Graham family’s daughter and grandchildren reveal increasingly terrifying secrets about their ancestry, whilst trying to escape the dark fate inherited by the family. If you’re watching this movie, you’ll almost certainly be looking over your shoulder to ensure nothing sinister is happening.
You can watch many other scary films this Halloween, including The Conjuring, The Hills Have Eyes and The Blair Witch Project. Watch whatever you like, but make sure you have the popcorn ready and a companion to keep you company through the scares you encounter.