Top 10 films: A beginner’s guide to horror
You’re either here because you’ve tested how hardcore a horror fan you are, or you’re keen to find some great movies that you might have missed.
If you’ve not yet taken our quiz, why not test your knowledge of some of cinema's scariest moments, as we see who will survive and what will be left of them.
Already taken the quiz? You’re obviously new to this. With Halloween quickly approaching, this list should serve as an adequate “beginner’s guide”, to help get you in the mood for the festivities.
So, in no particular order…
1. Orphan (2009)
A psychological horror co-produced by Leonardo DiCaprio, Orphan is centred around a young couple, who, following the stillborn birth of their child, decide to adopt a Russian girl named Esther. However this seemingly angelic little girl is not as sweet and innocent as she appears.
2. The Others (2001)
The Others includes all the staple features of an old-fashioned ghost story —a haunted mansion, creepy ambivalent servants and afflicted children.
Awaiting the return of her husband, Grace lives in semi-seclusion on a remote island with her two children. After hiring some rather mysterious servants, there suddenly seems to be more to the old house than Grace had previously sensed.
3. The Shining (1970)
Stanley Kubrick directs this chilling adaptation of the Stephen King shocker. Disregarding the warnings that the isolation drove a former caretaker mad, Jack takes a job as an off-season caretaker at a remote hotel, where he moves with his wife and son Danny. As winter storms cut the hotel off from civilisation, Jack gradually becomes murderously insane.
4. It (1990)
A group of childhood friends must reunite to combat a mysterious threat which they had thought was long since buried. Lurking in the shadows, and preying on their innermost fears, It prepares to strike again.
5. Poltergeist (1982)
Things start going bump in the night in a suburban home, much to the consternation of its resident family. When the youngest daughter gets sucked into the television screen, her parents call in an eccentric psychic for assistance.
6. The Exorcist (1973)
After completing her film, Actress Chris MacNeil has every reason to be content. However, she becomes disturbed by the changes taking place in her 12-year-old daughter, Regan. Regan becomes aggressive and blasphemous, with no medical cure the family turn to the local priest for help.
7. The Blair Witch Project (1999)
Three students head into the woods to investigate the local legend of the Blair Witch; a spirit blamed for the deaths of various children. However, soon after setting out, the trio run into trouble...
8. The Omen (1976)
After a stillborn child of their own, American diplomat Robert and wife Katherine adopt Damien. After Damien's first nanny hangs herself, Robert is warned that Damien will kill Katherine's unborn child. As Robert eventually investigates Damien's background, he begins to realise just who his adopted son actually is.
9. Carrie (1976)
Physically abused at home and shunned at school, an unexpected Prom invitation seems to be Carrie's first chance at happiness. But when the Prom night ends in a vicious practical joke, Carrie's despair manifests itself in a fiery telekinetic revenge.
10. Saw 1-7 (2004 – 2010)
Saw is an American horror franchise that consists of seven feature films. The franchise revolves around the main antagonist, John Kramer (aka Jigsaw), who rather than killing his victims outright, traps them in situations that he calls "games" to test their will to live through physical/psychological torture.