Everyone’s Entitled to One Good Scare

When Halloween comes around everyone suddenly wants to be scared. People who don’t watch scary movies or read horror novels want to be terrified. I’m happy to oblige. All year is about what is and isn’t scary for me; my vice is a good horror movie.  I now present you with some movies for your perfect Halloween scare. I will then rate them and there will be no spoilers. All movies are available on Netflix.

It's Halloween

Housebound 

Housebound

This movie showed up on my recommendations feed and I added it to my queue weeks before I watched it. The cover art looked a little cheesy and I wasn’t sure if I would like it or not. When I finally got around to watching, I realized that those Kiwis are awesome at making scary movies. Housebound is a haunted house story. It’s also one of the most enjoyable scary movies I have seen in a long time. I’m excited to see what else Gerald Johnstone has in store for us.

Leah’s Rating: 4/5

Cropsey 

Cropsey

I saw Cropsey a few years back, but I still love it. This is a documentary about the urban legend of Cropsey, an insane man/myth who steals children. There is so much more to this story, though. If you like documentaries and want a good, real scare, this one is for you.

Leah’s Rating: 5/5

Killer Legends

KillerLegends

The same duo who gave us Cropsey came back with Killer Legends and I was definitely on board. Instead of one urban legend, this documentary goes through several legends, attempting to flush out the truths behind them. It’s an interesting documentary.

Leah’s Rating: 3/5

The Taking of Deborah Logan 

TakingofDeborahLogan

Everyone loves a good possession movie. I am no different. This movie is different, though. The Taking of Deborah Logan is a documentary-style movie based on an elderly woman’s life with Alzheimer’s disease. This one is definitely scary. The documentary style of direction along with the understanding that one day we will grow old has a bigger impact on the audience. This movie will leave you unsettled.

Leah’s Rating: 3/5

The Pact 

ThePact

The Pact is a movie about two sisters who are forced to come home to the house they grew up in and settle their now deceased mother’s affairs. I’m not going to say much more about this one. You decide how you feel about it.

Leah’s Rating: 2/5

American Mary

AmericanMary

American Mary follows Mary, a college med student and her trials. Mary has a mountain of student loan bills and is barely surviving. This movie is not for people who cannot handle gore. The movie is meant to be entirely uncomfortable. That said, this is a movie that I really liked. It haunted me and my dreams for a little while. Mary is a badass in my book.

Leah’s Rating: 4/5

It Follows

ItFollows

It Follows is another story about young love and premarital sex. The young, sweet, beautiful virgin who makes one mistake and has to live with it. It’s not a new story, but the retelling has a different twist. If you want to scare your teenager into abstaining, then try this!

Leah’s Rating: 3/5

Creep 

Creep

This movie will make you incredibly uncomfortable. Creep tackles the idea of nothing being sacred and the anonymity of people. If it is too good to be true, then it is, and you should always follow your instincts! This movie is bizarre. I did laugh, though.

Leah’s Rating: 3/5

Jug Face 

JugFace

A strange backwoods cult/community sacrifices one of their own every year to a beast at the bottom of a pit. Yep. That’s what this is about. Jug Face gets its name from the man who is in charge of making the jug out of clay and baking it to show the community. The person on the jug dies in order to satisfy the monster.

Leah’s Rating: 2/5

Pontypool 

Pontypool

So, this movie is beyond explanation. Basically, a shock-jock radio DJ is working on Valentine’s Day. Pontypool is the town where the DJ does his morning broadcast. Set almost entirely in the radio station, Valentine’s Day has brought a blizzard and a set of bizarre circumstances to the quiet town. If you like words and meaning, this is your movie.

Leah’s Rating: 4/5

What do you think? What scary movies have you seen lately? I’m always down for more scary movie binges.

If you liked this post and you trust my horror movie instincts, then go here for a list of my favorite scary movies.

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