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Feast on fright & Screaaam

Annabelle Comes Home has opened to mixed reviews, with some critics saying it’s just not frightening enough. Here are some films down the ages that still scare...

By Ushnota Paul
  • Published 15.07.19, 9:18 PM
  • Updated 15.07.19, 9:18 PM
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The Shining (1980) Take Stephen King’s writing, Stanley Kubrick’s direction and Jack Nicholson’s unhinged acting — can anything go wrong? You get a cult like The Shining. The maze, the axe, the blood smeared walls screaming ‘REDRUM’, Room number 237 of The Overlook Hotel, the freaky twin girls, the blood filled elevator — everything about this film is iconic to say the least. And oh yes, the term, ‘All work and no play...’ has never be the same since this film.
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Halloween (1978) Director John Carpenter’s Halloween follows the story of the evil Michael Myers, who killed his own sister as a six-year-old, dressed in a clown costume. This terrifying masterpiece is cult in the horror film genre in its own right.
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Scream (1996) In the late ’90s, Wes Craven made a whodunit-style mystery with every slasher cliché in the book, but it worked. And how! Starring Neve Campbell, David Arquette, Rose McGowan, and Drew Barrymore as teenagers with Courtney Cox as news reporter Gale Weathers, Scream was funny and scary at the same time — a difficult balance to successfully achieve. It eventually spawned three sequels and a TV spin-off. Enough said.
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Evil Dead II (1987) This is one of those rare sequels that was better than the original. Director Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell as Ash Williams were better, more mature and together they created one hell of a ride!
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The Others (2001) The story follows the post-World War II era, when Grace Stewart (Nicole Kidman) retires to a manor with her two young photosensitive children. The several twists and turns in the film, especially the shocking end, will keep you sleepless for days. The Others was the first English language film to have won a Goya Award (Spain’s National Film Awards) for Best Film without having a single word of Spanish spoken in it. Also, Nicole Kidman should be in more horror movies, we believe.
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The Exorcist (1973) Based on William Peter Blatty’s 1971 novel of the same name, The Exorcist follows the possession of a 12-year old girl and her mother’s attempt to exorcise her of the demon with the help of two priests. William Friedkin’s cult film is unpredictable, anxiety inducing and something you’d go back just to feel the chills again and again.
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Paranormal Activity (2007) LA couple Katie and Micah face some odd activities going on in their house, so they set up a camera at the foot of the bed to record what happens at night. What follows is pure terror for the viewer — it’s like watching two people sleep at night like a voyeur and wishing the hours tick by faster!
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Friday The 13th (1980) The slasher franchise that has 12 films (the first one released in 1980) is iconic because of its demented villain Jason Voorhees. Directed by Sean S. Cunningham and written by Victor Miller, the story follows a group of teenage camp counsellors who get killed one by one when they try to re-open an abandoned summer camp.
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The Conjuring (2013) The Conjuring that has now become a full-fledged franchise follows the story of the Perron family who face unusual occurrences at their Rhode Island farmhouse in 1971. Directed by James Wan, it stars Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga. Masterfully shot, you cannot help but go along the ride with this family and come out terrified.
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Blair Witch Project (1999) Blurring reality and fiction, Blair Witch Project was one of the first films to give us a peek into the found-footage horror technique. Following the story of three young documentary filmmakers Heather, Mike, and Josh in Burkittsville in Maryland, we see them interviewing the locals about the fabled Blair Witch. There’s no way you won’t believe that footage is a film and not real. True horror. Which is probably why the film that was made on a mere $60,000 budget, eventually went on to gross almost $250 million worldwide.