Halloween is just around the creepy corner, which means many of you are well underway with horror marathons and testing out how much your bass adds to the scare-factor. You may have a list of your usual must-watch movies during this time of year, but in case you're tired of the same head turning a three-sixty, here's a list of 10 horror movies from this past year that are worth your attention.
If you're the kind of person who needs to a spare pair of pants on hand for the scary stuff, don't worry - there's something on here for everybody. Or just go watch The Nightmare Before Christmas. You'll find no judgments here.
Synopsis: Paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren work to help a family terrorized by a dark presence in their farmhouse. (112 mins.)
Recently reviewed by AVS's own Ralph Potts, The Conjuring ended up being a box office hit and a critical darling. The TV commercials were reason enough to bring a spare pair of pants to the theaters.
Synopsis: As the Barret family's peaceful suburban life is rocked by an escalating series of disturbing events, they come to learn that a terrifying and deadly force is after them. (97 mins.)
If you want to watch good-girl Kerri Russell completely mortified and distressed, then you should see this movie. Plus, demonized children are always a great scare tactic.
Synopsis: Five friends head to a remote cabin, where the discovery of a Book of the Dead leads them to unwittingly summon up demons living in the nearby woods. The evil presence possesses them until only one is left to fight for survival. (91 mins.)
Decently reviewed and a box office success, this is sort of a no-brainer for Halloween. Just make sure you can handle blood. A lot of it.
Synopsis: Annabel and Lucas are faced with the challenge of raising his young nieces that were left alone in the forest for 5 years.... but how alone were they? (100 mins.)
Jessica Chastain helped this movie become a critical and box office success, which means it's worth watching - and what better time than the present Halloween season? None.
Synopsis: In the future, a wealthy family is held hostage for harboring the target of a murderous syndicate during the Purge, a 12-hour period in which any and all crime is legalized. (85 mins.)
Starring Ethan Hawke and Lena Headey, this movie might've bombed with the critics, but with a running time of 85 minutes, can you really go wrong? Sneak it in your Halloween marathon.
Synopsis: United Nations employee Gerry Lane traverses the world in a race against time to stop the Zombie pandemic that is toppling armies and governments, and threatening to destroy humanity itself. (116 mins.)
You can't go wrong with zombies for Halloween, and why not watch the biggest zombie movie of 2013? This one is sure to test your home theater bass. See it in 3D for extra squirming.
Synopsis: As Nell Sweetzer tries to build a new life after the events of the first movie, the evil force that once possessed her returns with an even more horrific plan. (88 mins.)
Although the critics panned it, this movie is not for the light of heart. It won't strike you the way The Exorcist is known to, but for the purposes of watching a new movie this Halloween, it certainly suffices.
Synopsis: An FBI agent and an Interpol detective track a team of illusionists who pull off bank heists during their performances and reward their audiences with the money. (115 mins.)
Sure, this isn't your standard "OMG BEHIND YOU" horror movie, but if you're looking for something clever and surprising (or you have family or friends who aren't into true horror), you should watch this.
Synopsis: After India's father dies, her Uncle Charlie, who she never knew existed, comes to live with her and her unstable mother. She comes to suspect this mysterious, charming man has ulterior motives and becomes increasingly infatuated with him. (99 mins.)
Influenced by Hitchcockian themes and critically admired, here's your super weird movie for Halloween.
Synopsis: Heidi, a radio DJ, is sent a box containing a record -- a "gift from the Lords." The sounds within the grooves trigger flashbacks of her town's violent past. Is Heidi going mad, or are the Lords back to take revenge on Salem, Massachusetts? (101 mins.)
Directed by Rob Zombie, so this will creep you out and give you nightmares. Enough said.