Films that made us scaRED!

We’re getting into the spooky spirit at RED. As it’s Halloween we’ve put together a list of our all-time favourite scary movies! See our top picks below: 

Nicole – Get Out (2017)

Plot – Get Out is a psychological horror and social commentary about a young black man visiting his white girlfriend’s family. The storyline centres around her family’s strong stance against racism, but all is not what it seems and there are a lot of strange things happening behind closed doors.

It’s hard to give a good synopsis without giving too much away, so I’ll leave it at that. However, it has a 98% rotten tomatoes rating – so hopefully that is enough to convince anyone to give it a watch. I love anything that gets me thinking and trying to guess the plot twists (I also love M. Night Shyamalan) – which is why I enjoyed this film so much.

Livvie – The Conjuring (2013)

Plot – Paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren work to help a family terrorised by a dark presence in their farmhouse.

One of my favourite all-time horror films is “The Conjuring”. I love it for its masterful combination of suspense, paranormal terror, and compelling storyline based on real-life paranormal investigators, Ed, and Lorraine Warren. The jump scares and eery atmosphere keep me on the edge of my seat every time I watch it. The film’s ability to build tension and suspense is remarkable, with the jump scares being perfectly timed to create a heart-pounding experience.

Becca – Paranormal Activity (2007)

Plot – Soon after moving into their new home, a couple become increasingly disturbed by what appears to be a supernatural presence. Hoping to capture evidence of it on film, they set up video cameras in the house but are not prepared for the terrifying events that follow.

The horror movie that stuck with me and gave me a few sleepless nights was definitely Paranormal Activity. The film works on the creepy idea that the characters are happily filming themselves while at risk from some unseen danger. Like The Blair Witch Project (another one of my spooky favourites), Paranormal Activity uses home-video style footage, making it feel very believable and the jump scares all the more unexpected! 

Kerrie – Strictly Come Dancing: Halloween Special

Plot – costumes, dancing and glitter!

I can’t handle horror movies… long after the credits have rolled, I’ll still be too scared to go upstairs without all the lights on. I’ve seen parts of a few horror movies, but I don’t think I’ve managed one all the way through! I remember watching The Nightmare on Elm Street as a kid, maybe that’s where it all started. The spirit of a serial killer (with a bladed glove) visits teenagers in their dreams… I’d rather watch the Strictly Halloween Special.

Tony – Dawn of the Dead (1978) 

Plot – Something makes the dead resurrect with a craving for human flesh and the main protagonists take refuge in a shopping mall. It is also a social commentary on material society.  

I saw this at a young age, definitely too young to have been watching it, and I loved the epic scale of the movie. There are also fun elements interspersed between the graphic gore created by Tom Savini, one of the greatest special effects artists of all time.

Steve – Bone Tomahawk (2015)

Plot – It starts out as quite a conventional western. A sheriff forms a posse to retrieve some townsfolk who have been abducted. So far so normal, then with about a quarter of the film to go it segues into basically some sort of cannibal horror movie.

My choice of horror film is Bone Tomahawk, although some might say it’s not a horror film, it’s just ‘horrific’! I went to the cinema to see this film not really knowing what to expect, which is one reason why it had such shock value.  It is really gruesome in places and includes one of the most shocking, notorious scenes in recent cinema history. You’re not expecting when it comes! It’s a great film, really well made and acted – watch it if you dare, and if you have a strong stomach. You have been warned!