With Halloween right around the corner and despite the recent pandemic there’s no reason why you can’t enjoy the holiday in your home. The Vulcans will be celebrating Halloween together by watching Round 5 of the Six Nations in the comfort and safety of our own homes and then will be taking part in a special Halloween themed team quiz that we will be hosting on Zoom followed by more Rugby and our famous Quiz After Dark.
But, just in case you’d rather jam your hand into a blender than take part in another Zoom quiz (which we strongly oppose – for your own safety), the Sheffield Vulcans have got together to recommend 10 Must-See Horror Films For Halloween 2020 just in case you needed a little inspiration to watch something spooky instead.
Our first recommendation comes in the form of Wes Craven’s iconic slasher SCREAM. A year after her mother was viciously murdered, Sidney Prescott becomes a target for a masked killer and everyone is a suspect. Despite its simple set up, SCREAM is a well-made slasher film that revived horror for mainstream audiences thanks to way it uses tired horror clichés as references before terrifying its audience with its thrilling chills. If it wasn’t for Scream, horror would not be the genre it is today and the film’s opening sequence still remains one of the most tense viewing experiences ever seen on film.
REC is a found footage horror film that works hard to terrify its audience. The film follows Angela, a late night reporter who is invited along to spend a night shadowing a team of Firemen working the twilight shift at the local station. After one fateful call sends the group heading towards an apartment building to come to the aid of an old lady trapped in her apartment. On arrival Angela soon finds herself coming face to face with an unstoppable virus that turns its host into a unstoppable killing machines. There’s no doubting the raw power that REC possesses. It knows what it takes to induce fear in its audience and every minute of the film will leave you perched at the edge of your seat and that’s why you should check it out.
According to a new scientific study, SINISTER is the scariest horror film ever, apparently. Now, everyone will know that when it comes to horror that it’s definitely a case of different strokes for different folks but there’s no denying just how unnerving SINISTER really is. Telling the story of a true-crime writer who moves his family into the home where a gruesome murder took place, only to be met with a supernatural enemy whose work dates back to the 1960s. If you like superbly executed jump scares and horrific visuals then this will be right up your street.
Storming the festival circuit around the world, Graham Hughes’ DEATH OF A VLOGGER is one of the most creative shockers out there. Telling the story of Graham, an ambitious vlogger who experiences fame when a video featuring an alleged haunting goes viral. What starts out so casually builds momentum very quickly and becomes wonderfully unpredictable. That’s all you need to know about this flawless indie horror. It’s now available to stream for FREE on Amazon Prime which will make for perfect viewing for those who have ever suspected their home to be haunted.
Long before The Conjuring was released, James Wan and Leigh Whannell teamed up to create Insidious, a genuinely scary haunted house thriller that stays with you long after the credits end. The film follows the Lambert family who desperately look to prevent evil spirits from trapping their comatose child in a demonic realm. With a pitch perfect musical score and stunning cinematography, James Wan cemented his place as a modern master of horror by throwing the rule book out of the window to create something so uniquely special that it has continued to terrifying audiences with genuine chills instead of relying solely on jump scares. If this is your first watch, be prepared to spend the night sleeping with the lights on.
Our next recommendation comes from our Captain Innes MacLeod who describes it as deeply unsettling and creepily atmospheric. Although more artistic than a conventional horror film, Eraserhead follows a man called Henry Spencer as he tries to survive his industrial environment, his angry girlfriend, and the unbearable screams of his newly born mutant child. If you want to try something more cerebral this Halloween then why not check it out.
Our next recommendation comes from our very own Chris Moore. GREEN ROOM is a real tour de force from director Jeremy Saulnier who directs an all-star cast including the likes of the late Anton Yelchin, Imogen Poots and Patrick Stewart. The film follows a punk rock band who is forced to fight for survival after witnessing a murder at a neo-Nazi skinhead bar deep in the woods. Every bit as violent as you are led to believe, Green Room shows no mercy to its audience as every gut wrenching moment is unbearably tense from the very start. Certainly not one for the faint of heart, the real monsters here are people.
From Paul W.S. Anderson (yes, that one who gave you the likes of Mortal Kombat, Resident Evil and Death Race), EVENT HORIZON has been hailed as one of the most underrated best sci-fi/horror films ever made. It follows a rescue crew as they investigate a spaceship that recently disappeared into a black hole only to return with someone or something new on-board. Despite dividing audiences, Event Horizon exists as a perfect blend of sci-fi action and deep rooted scares which provides plenty of nightmare fuel and sleepless nights.
If you’d like to experience something lighter that cheerfully celebrates sexual freedom, murder and cannibalism, then The Rocky Horror Picture Show will be the mental mindfuck that you’re looking for. The feature adaptation of Richard O’Brien’s musical, Rocky Horror has cemented it’s place as the ultimate cult classic and stars Tim Curry as the wonderfully twisted Dr. Frank-N-Furter. The film also sees Susan Sarandon and Barry Bostwick as a newly engaged couple whose car breaks down in an isolated area only to seek shelter at a creepy castle on the night that a new life is born. You know the rest…
We have plenty of high praise for John Carpenter’s classic slasher HALLOWEEN. Set fifteen years after the murder of a young woman on Halloween night, Michael Myers escapes from a mental hospital and returns to the small town of Haddonfield to kill again. Although it is now 42 years old, Halloween was the first and the best – the Godfather of slasher movies. Perfectly framed with Carpenters iconic theme, Halloween remains a masterpiece from start to finish and gave birth to one of the most intimidating modern horror icons that still scares us to this very day.
Honourable mentions: MIDSOMMAR (2019), HEREDITARY (2018), PSYCHO (1960), ALIEN (1979), EL ORFANATO (2007), THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS (1991), CHRISTINE (1983) and the ultimately terrifying CATS (2019).
There you have our 10 Must See Horror Films For Halloween 2020. If you would like to share your recommendations with us let us know on social media by using the hashtag #VulcanVoice. Thanks for reading.