October is the perfect month to watch the films that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Check out these creepy films you can watch with your friends, significant other or by yourself (if you’re brave enough, that is).
I Will Follow You Into the Dark, releases Oct. 11: Sophia (Mischa Barton) undergoes severe depression after her parents’ deaths. She feels she no longer needs to live until she meets Adam (Ryan Eggold), who pulls her out of her depression. When he mysteriously disappears in a haunted house, Sophia enters the house, determined to find him even if that means crossing to another supernatural realm.
Where the Devil Hides, releases Oct. 11: The small town of New Bethlehem is a tight-knit community. So tight-knit, in fact, that six girls were born on the same day by different mothers. However, some find this as an omen for something evil to come. On their 18th birthdays, the girls go missing one by one...are they dead? The town wonders if it is the work of a town elder or something more sinister.
Carrie, releases Oct. 18: This is a remake of the 1976 film Carrie based on Stephen King’s famous novel of the same name. In the film, Carrie (Chloë Grace Moretz) lives with just her mother (Julianne Moore) in a small town where her peers pick on her at school. One day, she discovers she has a telekinesis power, and she begins to practice it in hopes of living a normal life. However, prom night comes and her religious mother forbids her to go. With her power, Carrie locks her mother in the closet and heads out to prom. At the prom, Carrie wins prom queen, but there is an awful surprise waiting for her: a bucket of pig blood drops and splatters all over her. Furious and embarrassed, she unleashes her power, bringing hell to anyone who stops gets in her way.
Haunter, releases Oct. 25: In this reverse ghost story, teenager Lisa Johnson (Abigail Breslin) and her family died in 1986 under sinister circumstances but remain trapped in their house, unable to move on. Over a period of six “days,” Lisa must reach out from beyond the grave to help her present-day, living counterpart, Olivia, avoid the same fate Lisa and her family suffered. Starring Breslin, Stephen McHattie (300), Peter Outerbridge (Silent Hill: Revelation), Michelle Nolden (Red) and David Hewlett (Rise of the Planet of the Apes).
Skinwalker Ranch, releases Oct. 31: This film is based on the true story of Skinwalker Ranch, a mysterious place where paranormal activity occurs. The cattle rancher’s 10-year-old son disappears into thin air and more strange activities happen. A scientific team is sent to the ranch to explore and find out the cause of these supernatural events.
If you can’t make it out to the theaters this Halloween, no worries! There are other films that are a must-see that you can rent or watch on Netflix. Here’s my list of spooky movies.
Ju-On: If you’ve seen the movie The Grudge, you have to watch the original. Ju-On is from Japan and is split into two short movies. They’re not long, but they have just enough suspense to creep you out. The story focuses on the house where a woman and child’s death occurs. Their spirits haunt the house and will kill anyone who sets foot inside. This Japanese version will send chills up your spine. Please note that it’s in Japanese but also has English subtitles. It’s available on Netflix.
Orphan: In this film, a mother and father decide to adopt a little girl named Esther from an orphanage. Esther is not welcomed by the couple’s son, Daniel, but his little deaf sister, Max, is fascinated with her. The seemingly happy story unfolds into a nightmare as the mother becomes suspicious of Esther. The father ignores the mother’s worries, so she does some research and finds something shocking about Esther’s secretive past. Rent the DVD, and check it out.
A Nightmare on Elm Street: There is a reason why classic movies are the best. In this film, the nightmare of a horrendous man with knife-like claws keeps four friends awake throughout the night. What they don’t realize is that the man is coming to get them. Freddy creeps into their dreams (or nightmares?), feeds off their fears and makes their reality a living hell. Nancy, one of the four friends, must learn how to defend herself from Freddy if she wants to avoid death. This movie may be old, but it still brings back nightmares. Find it on DVD or watch it on Netflix…if you dare.