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Dan Carrier’s movies news: Halloween horror!

31 October, 2019 — By Dan Carrier

A SAD fact worth admitting this Halloween week is I find the majority of horror films tend to not be very scary, rather childish, tasteless, or funny.

So where do you go if you genuinely want a bad night’s sleep? Here’s our Halloween rundown of top five film scare ’em-ups.

Hereditary. Ari Aster’s film still gives me the collywobbles just typing out its name. Drawing on Judeo-Christian religious myths that are well ingrained in our cultural language, with Toni Collete in the lead as the mother trying to deal with grief and come to terms with a mystery her dead mother has left her to solve, it’s off-the-scale frightening

The Omen. The first in the trilogy has a great performance by Gregory Peck, has plenty of shock moments but its real power lies in the story of the Devil returning and only a few realising what faces humanity.

The Shining. The performances of Jack Nicholson and Shelley Duvall are enough: forget the freaky imagery (though it’s great), the power play between the two is horrific.

Don’t Look Now. Julie Christie and Donald Sutherland are haunted by the death of their daughter in a harrowing opening scene, but life doesn’t get any better when they travel to Venice, see images of their offspring’s red coat round disappearing corners, and are given nasty predictions by a blind clairvoyant…

Black Mirror – USS Callister. The Charlie Brooker-created series is like a modern version of Tales Of The Unexpected or The Twilight Zone: in this episode, Captain Robert Daly of a Star Trek-style spaceship is the brave leader venturing through space… though his crew might have something to say about his place at the bridge when they discover how and why they are on board.

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