Halloween Month Special: My Favourite Horror Movies!

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Taking a break from writing travel blogs, this time I decided to share with you a bunch of scary flicks that ruins my sleep post watching one of them! I guess most of the movies on the list might be outrightly familiar to you so no room for anything called spoilers!! Since its Halloween season, I have decided to indulge in some guilty pleasure by revisiting some of the movies on the list and yeah let go of sleep :p

1. The Conjuring (2013)

Of course the ending is kind of cheesy but who can forget the clap scene from this old-school horror movie! I remember most of the people in the cinema were resorting to laughter during such tense set-pieces, probably trying to cover up their fear, while I simply stared at the screen, taking big gasps to stuff the fright inside me.

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2. The Blair Witch Project (1999) & Blair Witch (2016)

Forget the critics, I like the sequel more- the witch is more  powerful, time inside the forest is in her control and the last ten minutes or so of the film is very scary. This doesn’t discount its sensational predecessor as of a lesser movie in terms of thrills. In fact The Blair Witch Project is one of those few horror movies that terrifies me with its premise and ambiguity.

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3. The Witch (2015)

Ok, so this one you may not have heard about coz even in the states it got a limited release in 2016. I remember watching this late night in an almost empty AMC on Santa Monica Blvd. and the experience was emotionally draining to say the least. I think of it as an origin story of a witch but there’s more to this chilling piece of filmmaking that deals with themes of religious hysteria and social exclusion. And yeah it has one of the most shocking endings!!

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4. Rosemary’s Baby (1968)

Implausible and absurd may seem the conception but it evokes in me this sense of paranoia for the mundane- neighbours, strangers and scrabbles!

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5. Mother Joan of the Angels (1961)

This one is a clearly lesser known film and I couldn’t find any gif image for it :p, however, I think this Polish film needs to be on the list for depicting an event which actually happened in the past with great realism that it even makes a Psych student like me believe in cases of demonic possessions. Highly recommended.

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6. The Exorcist (1973)

Of course this list would be incomplete without the supposedly scariest movie of all times! For me it is not necessarily the scariest one but definitely watching it for the first time late night on cable TV  gave me the creeps and a sleepless night lol!

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7. Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992)

Imagine you are like 10 or 11 years old and have just finished reading an abridged version of Dracula not knowing that its a fiction and then you end up watching this movie! I can tell you its way more frightening than hilarious, in fact I was so scared by the first half of the movie that I stopped watching it that night and instead watched the whole movie the next morning, in broad daylight- with droopy eyes!

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8. The Ornate Lock (1993)

This film is from my hometown and I highly recommend it for those who like the mix of old-fashioned ghost story and scientific reasoning behind the cited unnatural occurrences. Being commercially and critically successful upon release it was later remade in various other Indian languages but I think the original version is the best- it doesn’t go over the top, has one of the best soundscape in Indian cinema and great performances by its cast. I have seen this movie countless times because its sooooo good and it doesn’t ruin my sleep pattern as it has a good dose of humour too!

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9. Suspiria (1977)

This last one doesn’t make a lot of sense in terms of its plot and characters but while compiling this list it certainly pops up to take its place over some of my other favourite horror movies like The Shining (1980), The Others (2001) and The Babadook (2014). There is something very strange about Argento’s film that even though I just saw it once probably like 3 or 4 years back yet I remember some of the spookiest moments from the film like the opening scene, the dog scene and of course the climax. This movie is certainly up in my movie-to-revisit-asap list lol!

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I will end my list on no. 9 and go get some sleep now.

Final edit – 2nd October, 2016; 6:48 am.

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