Spare yourself the ordeal of watching Halloween H2O for the 26th time. There’s plenty of thrills to be had off the beaten track of tired Halloween re-runs. CRAVE Curates selects our pick of the ghouly bunch for the best alternative fright fest.
1. Sleepy Hollow (1999)
Given his repertoire of stellar dark visual delights, we had a hard time picking just one Johnny Depp offering. (Further reading: The Ninth Gate, From Hell, Secret Window, Edward Scissorhands… oh, we could go on).
2. Beetlejuice (1988)
Coming to terms with being recently deceased can be traumatic. This pair of ghosts suffer even more after eliciting the services of a stomach churning-ly brilliant Michael Keaton. Another Tim Burton masterpiece (see #1). We’ll pretend Dark Shadows never happened. Noteworthy appearances include an emo Winona Ryder grooving along to Jump in the Line by Harry Belafonte. You just can’t make this stuff up.
3. Lady Vengeance (2005)
‘Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned’ is the essential premise of this great work. Part of The Vengeance Trilogy, which also contains that other well known tale of revenge, Old Boy, we think this Korean scare-fest is well worth a watch, Halloween or not.
4. Misery (1990)
A Stephen King classic taking fandom to it’s most spine chilling extreme. Harry Styles, be afraid, be very afraid.
5. Ringu (1998) (the movie that inspired The Ring, 2002)
Generally, the original is hard to beat. Just ask the makers of Scary Movie 2, 3 and 1457. The intensity of this Japanese original wins hands down over it’s 2002 doppelgänger.
6. A Clockwork Orange (1971)
Omitting Stanley Kubrick’s cult classic from this list is not a crime we wanted to commit. Or any crime, for that matter. Just look what happened to poor Alex.
7. Se7en (1995)
The original biblical horror story ‘The Seven Deadly Sins’ underpins this relentlessly grimy jaunt through the cautionary creed. Excellent all the way through, suffice it to say, you probably won’t see the twist coming.
8. Let the Right One In (2008) “Låt den rätte komma in” (original title)
The original dark and broody Scandi version of the hauntingly disappointing ‘Hollywood-ised’ “Let me in” (2010). ‘If it ain’t broke’ we think.
9. The Loved Ones (2009)
As if being an actual teen the first time around wasn’t horrifying enough, The Loved Ones relives the terror of it all in this classic tale of teen angst at it’s worst. We think this fright night gem is severely underrated.
If you’ve ever found yourself in the situation of having missed the last tube home (and facing the horrifying prospect of sharing the night bus with the 2am zombie population), this will do it for you.
11. Parts: The Clonus Horror (1979)
A predecessor to modern dystopian cautionary tales, this is all about politicians who scheme to clone themselves, assuring immortal life. Sounds terrifyingly plausible!
12. Shaun of the Dead (2004)
Some of the best fright night staples include a heavy dose of humour to relieve the tension, even if it’s not always intentional. This however, delivers every chuckle with deliberate and spectacular intent. Original cast of Spaced, we salute you. An ‘appointment to view’ worthy addition to our list.
13. American Psycho (2000)
Excessive male grooming can at times be terrifying (see TOWIE) but set that against the backdrop of the hedonism of investment banking (pre banker-gate) and we have ourselves a very contemporary horror story… Granted, there’s no shortage of gory stabbings either.