It Follows (2015)
Director: David Robert Mitchell
After a girl sleeps with her boyfriend, she realises that she has been passed a curse that can only be passed on through sex. The curse transpires that a ghoulish demon is due to begin following her endlessly unless she can pass on the curse through sex or end the whole thing.
This is a great new concept that really takes the ‘sex equals death’ ideology and runs with it into a new and exciting narrative that works really well and is shot beautifully.
The movie recalls a retro 80’s feel of horror but with a fresh new concept.
The Purge: Anarchy (2014)
Director: James DeMonaco
The Purge: Anarchy focuses on a police sergeant who is out for revenge on purge night, a 12 hour slot where all crimes become legal. However, his mission changes in order to help a group of people stuck outside who need help surviving the evil people out for blood and money.
The Purge franchise narrative has a political statement on the violence within society and how we maybe only hold back because of the law. It is a shockingly real representation of society that makes it all the more terrifying to watch.
A Quiet Place (2018)
Director: John Krasinski
A family is imprisoned in a society where making the smallest of sounds means instant death from a blood-thirsty creature plaguing the world. Even family matriarch Evelyn (Emily Blunt) must give birth in total silence.
This is a tense film from the moment the it starts to the end credits; one throughout which your heart is in your mouth as you watch the characters scrape through daily life, the soundtrack being one of the only thankful breaks in the otherwise deafening silence.
A Quiet Place is definitely worth watching with the lights out.
The Conjuring 1/2 (2013-2016)
Director: James Wan
The Conjuring 1 and 2 are based on a true story from the demonologists Lorraine and Ed Warren who investigate two cases of possession. The first film features a family moving to a secluded farmhouse with a dark history, where an evil spirit soon latches itself onto the mother, resulting in a position that threatens the lives of the entire family. The second film focuses on the famous English case of the Enfield haunting, and the Warrens are again called in to assess the situation – though it soon turns from helping the young girl from the evil spirit to a fight for their own lives.
The Conjuring is a widespread franchise with spin offs such as Annabelle and the more recent The Nun, making the entire series a top choice to watch this Halloween.