Halloween is around the corner and since watching horror movies is a classic in these spooky thematic parties, we have decided to take a look at some of the scariest movies in the last 10 years. We have chosen the 5 movies that scared us the most and that would fit the best for watching with your friends.
We have also added indications for what kind of horror it contains (gore, jump scares, psychological… etc). The list is in no particular order.
Year of release: 2007
Synopsis: “A television reporter and cameraman follow emergency workers into a dark apartment building and are quickly locked inside with something terrifying”.
Type of horror: Some jump scares and a lot of tension due to the POV of the viewer. 100% immersion.
Why you should watch it: This movie was a nice experiment and got a lot of attention when it first came out because everything you see is from the point of view of a cameraman. We, as the viewers, are in charge of following the reporter around a building full of nervous neighbours where strange scary things are happening. This original technique allows for a very unique experience where things like the camera shaking, night vision or being chased by someone feel much more real. This movie is Spanish, we recommend watching the original version with subtitles.
Year of release: 2013
Synopsis: “Annabel and Lucas are faced with the challenge of raising his young nieces that were left alone in the forest for 5 years…. but how alone were they?”
Type of horror: There are a few jump scares here and there. Also a VERY creepy creature.
Why you should watch it: This movie tackles the usual question of what would happen if you were to be raised in the woods alone and whether it would be possible to go back into civilization later on. It also tackles motherhood and the love of a mother towards her children… in a creepy, twisted way. The scariest moments are towards the end of the movie.
Year of release: 2013
Synopsis: “A single mother, plagued by the violent death of her husband, battles with her son’s fear of a monster lurking in the house, but soon discovers a sinister presence all around her”.
Type of horror: There is no jump scares or gore in this movie. It’s all about creating the atmosphere of something not being right in the house. Oh, and prepare for the drama. You will feel very sorry for the mother.
Why you should watch it: The Babadook isn’t just a great horror movie, it’s a great movie, period. The movie plays with your own fears of the Babadook. It’s not so much about showing something scary, but more about implying it. If you want to be a parent someday, you will probably re-think your decision during the first half of the movie, though.
Year of release: 2010
Synopsis: “A family looks to prevent evil spirits from trapping their comatose child in a realm called The Further”
Type of horror: This movie has A LOT of jump scares. Also, it’s a pretty gloomy movie. TW: a demon tries to sexually assault a woman.
Why you should watch it: Insidious is one of the most popular horror movies made in the latest years. As a matter of fact, it got a couple sequels. While it might not be that highly praised by critics, we cannot deny that this movie is, in fact, scary, and a definitely a must-watch for any horror-themed party with your friends.
Year of release: 2012
Synopsis: “Washed-up true-crime writer Ellison Oswalt finds a box of super 8 home movies that suggest the murder he is currently researching is the work of a serial killer whose work dates back to the 1960s”
Type of horror: Most of the horror of this movie is psychological. There is some violence, disturbing images and minor gore.
Why you should watch it: Sinister might fall into the typical horror clichés sometimes, but it still delivers. This movie is genuinely scary and most of its horror relies on its psychological storyline. Like The Babadook, many scary things in this movie are left to the imagination.