I’ve been a horror film geek since age 13, so I thought I’d share my top picks!
Yes, I used to watch the worst horror movies I could find just to say I’d watched them. Not sure why I thought that was a good idea, because it has probably done some serious damage to my psyche…
But on that note, we all know the best horror/thrillers are those that screw with your mind and make you feel a little crazy, right?
Here are my favourites of the psychological horror/thriller genre that you should definitely check out this weekend for Halloween:
You probably already have seen this classic, but if you haven’t you totally should! It popularised the whole ‘found footage’ Paranormal-Activity-esque genre; a trend that is still being flogged to this day. But it was the original freak-your-mind-crazy handheld horror!
PS. Has anyone seen the sequel in cinemas yet? I’m not sure whether to go see it or not!
I will always stand by my high regards for this film, no matter what anyone says. I thought it was great and it had me on the edge of my seat the whole time. Plus it’s Leo – who doesn’t love Leo?
Another older cult movie, The Shining was one of the original psychological horrors that focuses on the deteriorating sanity of Jack Torrance (played by Jack Nicholson). You won’t be able to shake the image of his insane face for a while…
Is this even a horror/thriller? Like with many films of the ‘psychological’ genre, it’s actually quite hard to place them into a category like that. Donnie Darko is one of my favourite films of all time (and I promise it’s not just because of Jake Gyllenhaal) and will definitely give you the creeps. You won’t understand what it’s about, but it’ll give you the creeps.
I was hesitant to include two particular movies in this list: The Butterfly Effect and Requiem for a Dream. They often come up in psychological thriller movie lists and I guess they are, but more than that, they are the most miserable films. The Butterfly Effect is just endlessly miserable, and I honestly don’t think I’ve ever felt so emotional as I did at the end of Requiem for a Dream – it had a pretty big effect on me!
Just saying – if that’s what you wanna watch, then go ahead, but I felt those two particularly needed a warning!