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13 Classic Horror Movies You Need To Watch This Halloween

10 October 2019

In the era of countless TV show and movie remakes, it’s clear nothing beats the original! No one loves a remake better than the horror movie genre and in anticipation for Halloween, we narrowed down the top 13 classic horror movies you have to watch this scary season.

Bring out the popcorn, get the blankets and cuddle up with your gal pals together for an epic scare fest sleepover.

The Exorcist, 1973

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The original movie caused people to faint and vomit in the theatre. Some cinemas even provided barf bags for the audience. It was even believed that the film was cursed with unfortunate events happening to the cast and crew. Coincidence or not, this movie caused an uproar and was got itself banned in some countries.

Silence of The Lambs, 1991

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You’ve most likely heard of the name Dr. Hannibal Lector, a psychiatrist and cannibal serial killer in the movie Silence of The Lambs. Jodie Foster plays an FBI trainee who interviews Hannibal Lector to help in the investigation of another serial killer known as Buffalo Bill. What’s even creepier is that Buffalo Bill is based on an actual person called Gary Heidnik who kidnapped and tortured women in his basement.

The Shining, 1980

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Jack Nicholson totally improvised the “Here’s Johnny” line that has become one of the most famous lines in movie history. Based on the Stephen King novel of the same name, the basic plot follows Jack Torrance played by Nicholson who descends into madness after his son begins to have psychic premonitions.

A Nightmare on Elm Street, 1984

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This classic is in fact based on a real life medical condition called Asian Death Syndrome. According to a Los Angeles Times report in the 80’s, around 130 people of mostly South East Asian descent mysteriously died in their sleep screaming out but had no severe medical conditions prior. This nightmare death scenario inspired director Wes Craven to create the iconic Freddy Kruger.

Halloween, 1978

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The original slasher film starring scream queen Jamie Lee Curtis inspired 11 other movies in this franchise. It’s about one of the most famous horror movie villains, Micheal Myers. Myers goes on a killing spree, murdering a babysitter and her friends after escaping prison where he was convicted of killing his sister on Halloween night. It’s one of the most profitable independent films which had a budget of $300K but grossed over $70 million worldwide.

Scream, 1996

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Scream is inspired by a series of gruesome murders by killer Danny Rolling in the early 90’s. Screenwriter Kevin Williamson, watched a TV special on the murders and it scared him so much that he imagined a masked killer outside his house and that is how Ghostface was born.

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, 1974

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Heralded as one of the most influential horror films, this classic was inspired by The Butcher of Plainfield, who dug up corpses and made momentos from their bones and skin. How lovely! Detectives found masks made of human skin in his house and this discovery prompted the creation of the horror movie villain Leatherface.

Poltergeist, 1982

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Written and produced by Steven Spielberg, Poltergeist is a horror movie about a family whose daughter is abducted by ghosts. It was nominated for three Academy Awards for sound editing, film score and visual effects.

Friday the 13th, 1980

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This movie franchise is responsible for 12 slasher films. It brought to life the super scary character of Jason Voorhees and his recognisable hockey mask. In the first movie, Jason who was born deformed drowns at Camp Crystal Lake due to the negligence of staff. Since then, the lake is supposedly cursed and so a series of killings begin to take place.

House of Wax, 2005

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The original House of Wax was released in 1953 and is about a disfigured man who murders people, coats them in wax and displays them in his museum which is a bloody brilliant idea for a horror movie. It was later remade in 2005 starring Chad Michael Murray, Jared Padalecki and Paris Hilton. Totally worth watching to see Paris Hilton get a pole thrown through the middle of her head, sorry, spoiler!

Child’s Play, 1988

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There are 8 slasher movies revolving around the killer doll, Chucky. If you want to be traumatised and forever scared of dolls, go ahead and watch all of them. The premise is that a serial killer performs a ritual so that his soul is transported into a doll. Even as a doll that doesn’t even come up to your knees, he still manages to terrorise people and brutally murder them.

Ring, 1998

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The original movie is actually Japanese and is just as good as the 2002 Naomi Watts version. The story follows a reporter who investigates a cursed videotape that kills whoever watches it in 7 days. The creepy killer entity would make for a great Halloween costume!

I Know What You Did Last Summer, 1997

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The movie begins with a group of teenagers who accidentally run over a man with their car, killing him. Instead of reporting it like a normal person, they end up disposing of him in a lake. A year later, they are all stalked and killed by a hook wielding killer. While this one is totally fiction, it is however, inspired by the urban legend of The Hookman.

Spooky season line up by Tamara Bose.