Friday the 13th is only around the corner, and the team at Dessert Boxes has made it their duty to take the guess work out of deciding what horror movie to watch on the spectacularly scary day.
We have worked hard to limit our extensive list to a well thought out top 10 list. These films will have you sleeping with the night on and one eye open.
The 2019 critically acclaimed horror classic by innovative director, Ari Aster, will have you questioning your relationship with your own friends.
Midsommar is set in a picture perfect European village, in a town that is the furthest thing from perfect. Florence Pugh’s stellar performance is also harrowing and truly captures the chaos of the films plot.
M. Night Shyamalan truly understood the assignment in this slow but somehow gradually paced film that looks into a slow descent into madness.
James McAvoy plays the role of a kidnapper and grotesque sociopath who has 23 distinct personalities inside of him, with the 24th being the most bat-shit crazy.
Based on the Stephen King novel of the same name, the 1970’s classic is considered one of the scariest movies to ever be made.
The central plot focuses on Carrie being bullied and tormented by her classmates for getting her first ever period makes for one of the most satisfying, yet gruesome revenge stories to be adapted from King’s work.
This supernatural Spanish horror film follows a small family struggling to make ends meat. The eldest daughter, Veronica, uses an Ouija board to contact her late father, this of course does not go to plan.
The film reaches peak madness when it is revealed that the movie is based on the true events of the first police report in Spain where a police officer certifies having witnessed paranormal activity at a crime scene.
6. THE INVITATION
A smaller and possibly unknown cult classic is, The Invitation. The films central plot focuses on a dinner party which sees old friends come together after not seeing each other after two years.
Dinner parties are scary enough, but when they are thrown by your ex-wife who has clearly joined a cult disguised as a support group, you know madness is about to take place.
5. THE OMEN
From the get go, The Omen proves to be one of the strangest, most horrifying films ever made. The film opens with the death of a child during childbirth. The hospital chaplain convinces the father of the child to accept another child whose mother died in childbirth and not tell his wife about the unusual predicament.
The child is soon revealed to be the prophesied Antichrist, and this is when the true chaos ensues.
Another Ari Aster classic that follows the seemingly normal lives of a family who is grieving the loss of their families matriarch.
The families bad luck gets even worse after the death of their youngest daughter causes tension between the lead, Annie, played by Australian actress, Toni Collette, and her son, Peter, played by Alex Wolff, who she blames for the death of her daughter/his sister. With her resent resulting in one of the most horrifying final acts in a modern horror film.
3. GET OUT
Horror films do not generally win Academy Awards, however, Jordan Peels masterpiece, Get Out, took home the gold for Best Original Screenplay.
Once the movie gets underway and the plot twists begin to take place, it is understood why Get Out is so much more than your average horror movie. It blends in social commentary and realism and let’s the true villain, racism, stand tall.
2. THE EXORCIST
Another critically acclaimed classic which was the first horror film to be nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Award was, The Exorcist.
The Exorcist to this day is considered one of the most controversial films ever to be made. The film follows the exorcism of Regan MacNeil by Dr. Damien Karras and Father Lankester Merrin. The film also drops the C-bomb on three glorious occasions, something unheard of in cinema today, let alone in 1973.
1. FRIDAY THE 13TH
We thought we should leave the reason the date, Friday the 13th, has become so prolific to the very end. The horror movie of the same name was released in 1980 and became an instant classic.
Friday The 13th does not have the intricate plot devices and thematic structure like some of the other movies on our list, however, is does have some of the best jump scares you will ever experience in the comfort of your own home.