When I was a younger I couldn’t stand horror movies, I always wondered why people liked being scared. But this time of year it’s hard to escape the creepy films, so here’s my top 3 horror movies for people who don’t particularly like them.
Silence of the Lambs (1991)
I honestly haven’t seen that many movies where the leading pair are as dynamic and strong as in Silence of the Lambs. Jodie Foster plays the promising, young, and slightly reserved FBI agent-in-training, who must question the incarcerated/institutionalised psychiatrist-turned-cannibal Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins) in order to help track down a serial killer on the prowl. Hopkins embodies this role so convincingly, and this is what makes the film so iconic, and so creepy. His character is highly intelligent, yet also very volatile, making for a tense and twisting film that will grip anyone who watches it. He contrasts the soft spoken Foster, whose character we see blossom slowly throughout the film, becoming a force to be reckoned with.
Shaun of the Dead (2004)
Shaun of the Dead is a classic ‘scary’ comedy about a pair of best friends who are thrown into the midst of a zombie outbreak. However, with Shaun’s relationship crumbling and his life becoming even more dull, this couldn’t have come at a better time. Becoming the leaders of their small brigade of survivors, this film leads you on the epic quest to smash zombie heads, and get that refreshing pint. It’s a must see if you’re looking for a Halloween film that isn’t all doom and gloom.
You're Next (2011)
I must admit, You’re Next is not the best thriller/horror movie I’ve ever seen, but that doesn’t mean that I didn’t enjoy it. It is set in a wealthy house in the middle of nowhere, where an estranged family try to reconnect over the celebration of the parents’ anniversary. If this doesn’t scream cliche, I don’t know what does. Regardless, the ensuing murderous events are actually incredibly unnerving, with one man hiding out in the house for days, unbeknownst to the family, it honestly felt a little too real. It isn’t far fetched that an incredibly wealthy family could be murdered in their own home for some ulterior motive, and although the acting and cinematography are average, the mechanics of the film are actually really enjoyable. It’s a definite watch if you want something realistically creepy, without having to get stuck into a meaty plot line.
Have a spooky (but not too scary!) Halloween!