With Halloween being almost-a-tradition and yet another excuse to party on our little red dot, what happens to those who’d like a little time-out from company?
This All Hallows’ Eve, non-party goers and tired souls beware… Turn the A/C on at full blast, slip under some comfy blankets in the dark, and renew that Netflix subscription for a bone-chilling weekend with your eyeballs to the screen. Here are six of our recommended favourites for a nail-biting experience… and remember… don’t look away. You never know who’s watching with you…
Wolf expert Russel Core is summoned to the small village of Keelut, Alaska, to hunt down wolves blamed for the disappearance and death of 3 children. In his pursuit of the wolves things get go sideways as the person who hired him, Medora Sloane, and her husband, Vernon Sloane, makes him centre of a bloody trail of murders including that of their son. Is this the doing of psycho killers, or that of a wolf-demon called the Tournaq? Hold The Dark is based on a novel of the same name by William Giraldi and stars Jeffrey Wright (Casino Royale, Hunger Games), Alexander Skarsgard (The Legend of Tarzan), James Dale (The Departed, Iron Man 3) and Riley Keough (Mad Max: Fury Road).
Let’s take a shortcut through an unknown forest – what could possibly happen. To honor the wish of a dead friend, four friends embark on a hiking trip in Sweden but when one of them gets injured they decide to take a shortcut through an unknown forest. Their perilous journey only gets worse by the minute as they come face to face with mutilated elks, horrifying nightmares, and strange symbols carved into trees foreshadowing some form of evil that lurks in the forest. Faced with adversity from the beyond the friends try to survive and head back to civilisation – if that is even possible. The Ritual is based on the novel of the same name by horror writer Adam Nevill.
Stephen King’s legacy as one of horror’s finest writers, is further cemented by the sheer volume of his work becoming film adaptations. King’s work has inspired so many of today’s psychological thrillers and supernaturally themed shows – the likes of Stranger Things and even 1922 . Gerald’s Game is one of King’s most minimalist books, and its tight narrative allows for succinct and visceral on-screen storytelling. When a steamy sex game takes on a macabre turn in classic King style, things aren’t as straightforward as they seem. Forced solitude, coupled with the sensations of thirst, hunger and insomnia, leads the protagonist to hallucinate after her husband dies mid-play. Is she truly alone, or is this all part of the game?
It’s one to watch supernatural horror, but it’s another when it’s a childhood horror story come to life. Bringing fresh blood to the small screen, Ghoul pulls off chunks of inspiration from Arabic folklore and disintegrating political relations to craft a tightly-knit, provocative, monster miniseries. When a new prisoner arrives at a military detention center exhibiting eerie behavior, young interrogator Nida Rahim searches for the truth. Her quest becomes a battle for survival when the prisoner, sect leader Ali Saeed, turns the tables on Nida and the other interrogators, exposing their most shameful secrets. Nida ultimately discovers a ghoul inhabiting Saeed and after telling her colleagues about it learns the alarming truth about what its presence reveals. Scripted entirely in Hindi and Urdu, Ghoul is proof that supernatural horror transcends language.
There’s no place like home. It’s where we return to everyday to relax, unwind and spend quality time with our families. It’s where we escape the demanding clutches of the world and sink into a comforting peace. It’s where we explore and expand on our other interests and hobbies and can truly be ourselves. Well..that is unfortunately not the case for the Crain family. The Haunting of Hill House, dubbed the mother of ghost stories is based on the best selling novel from
celebrated writer, Shirley Jackson, of the same name. Directed by Mike Flanagan, we follow the treacherous journey of the Crain family who try to make a home of their house, but end up in a mind twisting, body bending gothic horror story that will plague them for decades. Flanagan expands on Jackson’s narrative concepts, addressing current issues of mental health, trauma spiced up with body jolting horror whilst remaining true to the spirit of the original. The horror is shown, rather than told and promises to make you jump out of your skin.
When Horror stories are told factually, it usually make them less spooky – or so we thought. Ghosts can’t actually be real. Right? Hinting at an invisible yet palpable presence, horror non-fiction invites audiences to second-guess the supernatural and fill in the blanks with their own imagination or experiences.. Haunted shakes viewers from their preconceived notions, leaving no point of reference for when to expect a scare. Based on first hand accounts, Haunted re-enacts these thrilling experiences of people who have had supernatural encounters, revealing their secrets for the first time with friends and family on camera. It’s the reality of it all that makes it so much more haunting.
So sit tight, lock the doors, and pray you’re alone… Sweet dreams!