With two weeks to go until Halloween it’s time to unleash the scariest celluloid creatures, gruesome ghouls and merciless monsters that will make your blood curdle as you reach to cover your eyes with your trusty blanket. The devilish demons at The Handbook have concocted up a potion revealing the creepiest, most horrifyingly gruesome horror films for you to feast your eyes upon this Halloween, but only if you dare…
There are certain things that haunt you in your sleep at night and for me, it’s the ‘Jigsaw Killer’ (Tobin Bell) from the gruesome Saw franchise. It’s his fiery red eyes that’re always following you, the red swirls across his stone cold puppet-esque face, and more horrifyingly, the echoing of ‘do you want to play a game?’ that taunts your mind as you fall rapidly into an unconscious state of sleep. Most will know the general outline of the massive eight movie franchise but the sadistic serial killer ‘Jigsaw’ ridicules, terrorises, and ultimately, tortures his victims while they’re chained to pipes across a disgustingly filthy bathroom. The real question is though: would you want to play a game with Jigsaw?
The Texas Chain Saw Massacre
When films label themselves as being based on a true story, I always get a chill running down my spine (and I try and steer clear of them whenever possible because I’m a major wimp) but The Texas Chain Saw Massacre is one we’ve probably have the pleasure (or displeasure) of viewing. When Sally hears that her beloved grandfather’s grave has been vandalised, she sets out with her paraplegic brother and friends to investigate. After a slight detour, they discover a group of murderous outcasts are living next door to their family’s farmhouse. The group try everything in their power to survive but end up being attacked one by one by the chainsaw-wielding Leatherface.
Meeting your partners parents for the first time is always incredibly daunting, but things get a little different for Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) meets his girlfriend Rose’s (Allison Williams) parents for a weekend getaway. At what first seems like overtly accommodating behaviour from the family turns into a weekend of ridiculing discoveries that lead him to a truth you could never even imagine.
If you’re a fan of non scary masks then Scream is probably going to be the best bet for you. Or so you think, although his mask isn’t the most haunting, Scream is a modern horror classic that every Tom, Dick and Harry has seen. Mysteriously a year after her mother’s murder, Sydney Prescott (Neve Campbell) and her friends start receiving peculiar calls that’s later known to be coming from a known serial killer…
It / It Chapter Two
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There’s an influx of clown crazed films filling our screens but the most horrifying will always be Pennywise (Bill Skargård). His razor sharp teeth, clown cladded rosy red hair and pointed devilish smile that leaks up to his forehead never fail to taunt your nightmares. If you’re not familiar with the famed Stephen King novel, and Andrés Muschietti’s film adaptation, count yourself lucky. Back in 2017, we saw the Losers Club defeat Pennywise. Or did we? IT Chapter Two reveals otherwise as Pennywise returns to terrorise the town of Derry 27 years later. Expect disappearances, trauma, and hopefully triumph.
The Cabin in the Woods
Venturing out into the wilderness with a group of friends always seems like a good idea but you never know what you’ll find lurking in the depths of the shadows. Well, the five college friends in The Cabin in the Woods certainly didn’t when they arrived at their cabin nuzzled deep into a dark forest. As with all good horror stories, one by one, they become victim to the backwoods zombies. Would you dare to survive?
The Shining doesn’t need much introduction. Partly because it’s defined the psychological horror genre but mainly because it’s become a blanket brimming with cultural memes that millennials have grown to love. And let’s face it, who can’t help but laugh at Jack Nicholson’s line ‘Here’s Johnny!’. After moving to an isolates hotel in Colorado hoping to reignite his passion for writing, Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson) uncovers the hotel’s darkest secrets and turns into a homicidal maniac who begins terrorising his poor family.
If The Conjuring taught us anything it’s that you should never mess with mystifying dolls… All seemed normal when the Perrons family and their five daughters headed for a new life in a secluded (already signals warning signs) farmhouse, where a gormless supernatural presence makes its way out from under the cracks in the walls. As you can expect, the events unravel into chaos as the Warrens discover the house’s history…
When the original is so good, you shouldn’t taint it with a remake, and that certainly goes for Carrie. Of course, it’s already a glorious adaption of the king of horror himself, Stephen King‘s novel, the 1976 film is so much stronger and more horrifyingly brilliant than Kimberly Pierce’s 2013 remake. Shy teen Carrie White is ridiculed by her classmates and abused by her mother at home, so when she shows signs of supernatural powers, it’s hardly surprising things get a little confusing. Despite this, a strapping young boy asks little Carrie to prom and begins to let down her guard, but it’s only then that things take a dramatic turn for the worst…
Growing up, finding somewhere you feel you truly boo-long is tricky. But I think we can all agree, the same doesn’t quite go for Regan (Linda Blair) in The Exorcist as she starts speaking in tongues (maybe it’s where J.K. Rowling sought inspiration?). Her mother seeks professional help and brings in a local priest (Jason Miller) who suggests she’s been seized by the devil. It’s only when an expert is sent to perform an exorcism that things get a little unearthly…
A Quiet Place
There’s no denying we’re all a little scared of the dark but it’s very rare you’ll find someone haunted by sound. Well, John Krasinski’s The Quiet Place is a little different. If they hear you, they’ll hunt you. There’s one family who must lie their life in silence to avoid terrorising creatures hunting them down. Even the faintest whisper or cry will result in death. Will they survive?
A Nightmare on Elm Street
Wes Craven is back at it again this time with an American slasher film, and let me tell you this, you won’t want to be on the wrong side of Freddy Krueger. His terrorising presence will linger in your dreams and taunt you through the night – or if you’re not lucky enough to escape, these dreams will kill you in reality. Will Nancy and her boyfriend Glen (Johnny Depp in his younger days) solve the puzzle before it’s too late?
If you’re yet to make plans this Halloween, check out our guide of things to do on and around the 31st October here.