It’s no secret that I looooooove the fall! Fall brings so many exciting things – cool weather, fall fashion, everything apple and pumpkin, bonfires, and Halloween. With Halloween coming up soon, it’s the perfect excuse to have multiple scary movie marathons on repeat until November 1 (because we all know what happens then… Hallmark Christmas movie season!)
My best friend and I love scary movies. Every time we have a girl day, we plan to watch at least one or two scary movies. My husband doesn’t like scary movies all that much, but my girl, Rika, does, so we have made it our thing. When we watch scary movies, we always try to watch the indie films or the lesser known ones that the majority of people have never heard of. We just think that makes it a lot more fun, and many of those movies are even scarier. They just don’t have the notoriety as the mainstream horror movies that are released in theaters.
Okay. Since we are talking about Halloween, I have a confession. Are you ready? I HAVE NEVER SEEN HOCUS POCUS!! I know, right? I’m plenty old enough to have watched it when it first came on television. I just don’t recall watching it when I was younger, but I do remember seeing commercials for it!
The only Halloween/scary type of movie I remember watching as a kid was Ernest Scared Stupid, but regarding television shows, I loved Goosebumps and Are You Afraid of the Dark? As I got older, I began watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I even remember when it premiered on the WB back in 1997! But I have always been a huge fan of scary movies!
Like I’ve mentioned before, I think there are some really good hidden gems out there that haven’t, and will never, be released in theaters. Just because a movie wasn’t made by a big studio doesn’t mean it’s trash. It could be a lot scarier than you imagine!
15 Scary AF Movies You’ve Probably Never Heard Of:
1. The Poughkeepsie Tapes: The Poughkeepsie Tapes is a faux documentary-style horror film. What makes this movie unique is that it is filmed from the killer’s perspective. There are jerky camera angles as if something was filming what they were actually doing. The film documents the murders of the serial killer, and the film also is told through interviews and footage from the killer’s snuff movies.
2. It Follows: It Follows is a supernatural horror film that follows a teenage girl, Jay. She is pursued by a supernatural entity after a sexual encounter. Something is following you around and if it catches you, it will kill you. You are the only one that can see it and it can take different forms. Your solution? You have to sleep with someone else and then they have to sleep with someone else. IF that person dies, then It comes back to you. This film was inspired by the director’s recurring dreams he had in his youth about being followed.
3. V/H/S: V/H/S is an anthology horror film. This film features a series of found-footage shorts built into a frame narrative, which acts as its own short horror film (There are two sequels, V/H/S 2 and V/H/S: Viral, and a spin-off, SIREN).
4. The Den: The Den is a slasher film about a woman who discovers a murder via webcam. The movie begins by Elizabeth logging onto the social media site, The Den, which allows you to chat randomly with strangers across the world. Then she meets a stranger with a “broken” webcam. Her life then starts to spiral out of control.
5. Lake Mungo: This is an Australian psychological horror film. This movie is told in a faux-documentary format. It uses actors in place of interviewees to tell the story of a family trying to come to terms with drowning death of their daughter. They also tell about the potentially supernatural events that occur after her death takes place.
6. Creep: Creep is a found footage horror film. The film follows a guy named, Aaron, who is a photographer. Aaron answers an ad on a site similar to Craiglist for a one-day job in a remote town to record the last messages of a dying man. Aaron and Josef, the man who created the ad, grow closer together. Aaron soon discovers that his client is not who he was expecting (There is a sequel, Creep 2. There is supposed to be another sequel, Creep 3).
7. Goodnight Mommy: Goodnight Mommy is an Austrian horror film (but don’t let that scare you!) Twin boys, Lukas and Elias move into a new home with their mother after she has cosmetic surgery done to her face, but under her bandages is someone the children don’t recognize. Who could it be?!?
8. Contracted: Contracted is a body horror film. A young woman was raped and then later finds herself suffering from a mysterious sexually transmitted disease. But it actually isn’t a STD – it’s much worse (Contracted: Phase II was a sequel that was released in 2015).
9. Hush: Hush is considered to be a slasher film. A deaf writer, Maddie lives a solitary life in the woods. Maddie has lost her ability to hear and speak. Now, she must fight for her life when a masked killer appears at her window. How will she do this if she can’t scream for help?!
10. The Bay: The Bay is a found footage horror film. The movie explains that the footage from the film was confiscated by the U.S. government and was leaked by an anonymous source for the entire world to see. What was the government keeping from us?
11. The Houses That October Built: The Houses That October Built is a found footage horror film. Five friends go on a road trip to find underground haunts for a good fright on Halloween. However, strange things start happening and they realize that the Haunt has come to them instead (The sequel, The Houses of October Built 2 was released in September 2017).
12. Campfire Tales: Campfire Tales is one of the older movies on the list from 1997. This is an anthology horror film that is made up of three individual short segments. These are presented in an overarching narrative and told by a group of friends around a fire after they crashed their car in the woods.
13. Hell House LLC: Hell House LLC is a found footage horror film. This film is shot like a documentary and follows a group of haunted house creators. In 2009, they are preparing for their opening of their popular attraction, Hell House. However, tragedy strikes and on opening night, fifteen people die due to an unknown malfunction. This film reveals what led up the tragedy and what exactly what went wrong that night.
14. Grave Encounters: Grave Encounters is a Canadian supernatural horror film. This is another found footage film. The footage follows the crew of a paranormal reality television show. The crew locks themselves in a haunted psychiatric hospital in search of evidence of paranormal activity… except what they are filming becomes their LAST episode (There is a sequel called Grave Encounters 2).
15. The Taking of Deborah Logan: This is an American found footage supernatural horror film. This film tells the story of a documentary crew making a movie about Alzheimer’s patients. However, they uncover something sinister while documenting a woman who has the disease.
20 Modern Scary Movie Classics (and their sequels):
1. Halloween: Halloween is a horror franchise consisting of eleven films. The newest Halloween movie will be released in the United States on October 19, 2018.
2. The Nightmare on Elm Street: A Nightmare on Elm Street is a horror franchise created by Wes Craven, which consists of nine slasher films. The 2010 version is a remake of the original from 1984.
3. Friday the 13th: Friday the 13th has many sequels, including twelve films. The 2009 version of Friday the 13th is a reboot of the series.
4. Paranormal Activity: Paranormal Activity is a supernatural horror film series consisting of six films.
5. Scream: The Scream horror franchise was created by Kevin Williamson and Wes Craven. It consists of four movies.
6. The Ring: The Ring Two was released as a sequel in 2005. Another sequel, Rings was released in 2017.
7. The Amityville Horror: The Amityville Horror franchise consists of 10 films and 11 other related films. The Amityville Horror is based on and inspired by the murders committed by Ronald DeFeo, Jr. as well as the paranormal experiences by the Lutz family. The Lutz family lived in the house where the murders took place.
Amityville: The Awakening is the tenth installment in the main franchise and a metafilm taking place in the “real world” outside the continuity of the series which establishes The Amityville Horror (1979), the sequels from 1982 to 1996, and the 2005 remake of the original as fiction.
8. Sinister: Sinister is a supernatural horror film that also has a sequel. This movie was inspired by a nightmare that the cowriter had after watching the movie, The Ring. The plot revolves around fictional true-crime writer who discovers a box of home videos in his brand new house. The movies depicts grisly murders and they put his family in danger. There is a sequel called, Sinister 2.
9. The Conjuring: The Conjuring is a supernatural horror film that has spurred the sequel, The Conjuring 2. There have been reports that another sequel is in development.
10. The Blair Witch Project: I remember seeing The Blair Witch Project in theaters. This is a horror film franchise with two sequels, Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 and Blair Witch. This film is to believed what popularized the genre of found footage.
11. Cabin Fever: Cabin Fever is a horror comedy film co-written and directed by Eli Roth. There is a sequel to the first film, Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever. There is a third film, which acts as a prequel to the first two films called Cabin Fever: Patient Zero. A remake of the first Cabin Fever was released in 2016 and Eli Roth was also the writer and director of that film.
12. The Ruins: The Ruins is a supernatural horror film based on the novel of the same name, which was written by Scott Smith.
13. Saw: This film has spawned many sequels, including: Saw II, Saw III, Saw IV, Saw V, Saw VI, Saw 3D: The Final Chapter, and Jigsaw.
14. I Know What You Did Last Summer: The film was followed by two sequels: I Still Know What You Did Last Summer and I’ll Always Know What You Did Last Summer. The second sequel actually has very little to do with the first two movies, other than the premise, the villain.
15. Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is a slasher franchise. This franchise consists of eight horror films. The films include: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, Leatherface: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre III, Texas Chainsaw Massace: The Next Generation, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Texas Chainsaw Massace: The Beginning, Texas Chainsaw 3D, and Leatherface.
- The 2003 version is a remake of the original.
- Texas Chainsaw 3D serves as a direct sequel to the 1974 film The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (ignoring the events of the subsequent installments).
- The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning’s story takes place four years before the timeline of the 2003 film.
- Leatherface is a prequel that takes place before the original 1974 film.
16. House on Haunted Hill: The original House on Haunted Hill was released in 1959. The remake was released in 1999.
17. The Strangers: The Strangers: Prey at Night is a sequel to The Strangers. One of the killers in the sequel is actually from my city!
18 The Hills Have Eyes: This franchise consists of four slasher films: The Hills Have Eyes, The Hills Have Eyes: Part II, The Hills Have Eyes (2006), and The Hills Have Eyes 2 (2007). The 2006 version follows the same story as the original film.
19. The Babadook: The Babadook is an Australian supernatural psychological horror flick. A disturbing storybook called, ‘The Babadook’ turns up at their house and Samuel is convinced that this is the creature that he has been dreaming about.
20. The Hitcher: The Hitcher is a road action horror film that was released in 1986. In 2003, The Hitcher II: I’ve Been Waiting was released as a sequel. A remake that was produced by Michael Bay was released in 2007.
As y’all may, or may not have noticed, there is a trend in the movies I’ve picked. As you can tell, I’m a huge fan of the faux-documentary and found footage horror films. I feel they bring something different to the table, It gives us that element that maybe… just maybe… it could be real and that it actually happened, opposed to an over-the-top bloody, gory slasher flick that’s sole purpose is to shock people.
Do you like scary movies?
What’s your favorite scary movie?