This time of year, with its cold weather and long nights, is the perfect time to curl up on the couch with a stack of DVDs. As we’re coming up to Halloween, I thought it would be both fun and fitting to consider some sort-of-scary films to watch over the next few days. As I’m not crazy about horror movies in general, I always tend to steer clear of the obvious choices. After some deliberation, we settled on five films that fit the bill.
They’re ideal if you’re looking for a bit of a scare and a thrill, but don’t want to contend with vengeful masked men and excessive gore. As well as having some great jumpy moments, they have likeable credible characters and interesting plots that really make you think. I genuinely enjoyed each and every one of the following films; I’d highly recommend them if you’re looking for some fun alternative movies to watch this Halloween.
The Mist (2007)
Absorbing apocalyptic-style entertainment
A man and his young son are left trapped in a supermarket when a mysterious mist descends over their hometown. It’s immediately clear that danger lurks outside but threats within the four walls are soon revealed as well. As this film is based on a novella by mastermind Stephen King, you know to expect mystery, suspense and twists aplenty.
The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
Rousing and unsettling action
Anthony Hopkins is truly disturbing as Hannibal Lecter, an imprisoned sadistic killer who was once a brilliant psychiatrist. A young FBI agent must seek Lecter’s help in order to locate another killer. This is a classic thriller that spawned an entire franchise as well as dozens of imitations.
Tense and thought-provoking drama
Eight individuals must sit an exam in order to earn a prestigious position within a company. They don’t know the question but they have eighty minutes to come up with their answer. As the minutes tick by, it becomes a test of endurance as the candidates get competitive.
Another Stephen King classic
While on the road, novelist Paul Sheldon is caught in a blizzard and crashes his car. He is badly injured but Nurse Annie Wilkes comes to his rescue and takes him to her secluded home to recover. It’s not long before Paul realises that Annie isn’t so much his guardian angel as she is his biggest (and most deranged) fan.
Nail-biting good fun
While visiting a ski resort, three college students are accidentally left stranded on a chairlift. They are one hundred feet above ground in sub-zero conditions, it’s Sunday night and the resort won’t open again until Friday morning. The students are forced to make drastic decisions and take extreme risks, in a desperate attempt to survive against all odds.
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