Staying in for Halloween this year? Gonna camp out in front of the television/computer with popcorn and pray you’re not disturbed by trick-or-treaters? Not sure which movie you should watch? Never fear, we’ve got you covered – and with recommendations from six different sub-genres, there’s something for all tastes in this list.
With special thanks to our guest contributor & full-time horror enthusiast Georgia, who can be found on twitter at @GeorgiaMaeSixx.
Psychological Horror Films
GEORGIA’S PICK: 1408 (2007, dir. Mikael Håfström)
1408 (2007) © Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc
It’s very hard to keep an audience captivated when the majority of your film is one actor in a single room, but John Cusack sells it. An unconventional story about a haunted hotel room with one of the most solid twists in recent memory, this film is definitely unsettling. Mike Enslin, a skeptic who writes about the ‘haunted’ locations he has stays in, decides to visit the eponymous room 1408 in The Dolphin hotel, and the fun ensues. The director successfully adapted the Stephen King short story whilst putting his own twist on it. The film does not rely on the grisly details or gore and instead goes for imagery that truly disturbs. Samuel L. Jackson also stars as the owner of the hotel and also delivers a strong and unnerving performance. The film also features three endings including the theatrical release so make sure to watch all three as they offer very different resolutions to the film.