The 7 Best British Halloween Films Because It's Time To Get Spooky
Halloween might be my favourite time of the year. Trick or treating, pumpkin carving, dressing up like a complete fool — I am there for all of it. As Oct. 31 just so happens to fall on a Wednesday this year I am thinking Halloween night may be slightly low key. Whilst I am all for spooky fun it may have to wait until the weekend. Nothing gives me nightmares more than a hangover at work. So if, like me, you’ll be having a quiet Halloween night here are seven of the best British Halloween films. You may be safely indoors, but it doesn’t mean you won’t be scared silly.
For someone who is a massive baby and doesn’t deal well with spooky situations I really enjoy horror films. Well, at least while they're on: once they're off and I have to go to bed with my overactive imagination, I love them less. Halloween is the perfect time to get the crew round, carve some pumpkins, eat all of the Halloween sweets you bought for trick or treaters, and watch scary films. We are also truly spoilt for choice with scary movies. There are ones that are so cheesy all you’ll be able to do is laugh, child-friendly ones, and some that will chill you to the bone. So, whoever you are spending Oct. 31 with here are the seven best British Halloween films.
1. 'The Awakening' (2011)
The Awakening is straight up terrifying. If you don’t like creepy child ghosts this is definitely the Halloween film that will scare the socks off you. Set in the 1920s, the story follows Hoax exposer Florence Cathcart (played by Rebecca Hall) as she visits a boarding school to explain why a child ghost has been spotted. She soon realises she is in way over her head as "the missing" start to appear. Even writing this sent shivers down my spine.
2. 'The Rocky Horror Picture Show' (1975)
The Rocky Horror Picture Show is amazingly camp, a little spooky, and embodies Halloween fun. It stars Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon, and Barry Bostwick as well as a whole host of other creepy residents. It tells the story of a young engaged couple (Curry and Sarandon) whose car breaks down in the middle of nowhere. With no other choice they have to seek the help of the only resident near by. They happen across the mansion of Dr. Frank-N-Furter and get dragged into his bizarre world. Whilst The Rocky Horror Picture Show won’t have you hiding behind a blanket you will be dancing around your front room.
3. 'Shaun Of The Dead' (2004)
Whilst Shaun Of The Dead is more likely to have you crying with laughter than out of fear it is still regarded by many as one of the best British horror films of all time. Simon Pegg and Nick Frost will have you in fits of giggles. The films follows Shaun’s (Pegg) hapless attempt to get his life back on track, with the help (or hindrance) of Ed (Frost). The plan is to rebuild his relationship with his mum and get back his ex-girlfriend. But first they have the small task of dealing with a community of zombies that have taken to the streets to eat the living. No big deal.
4. 'Corpse Bride' (2005)
If you are living the nightmare of babysitting this Halloween or, like me, are a massive baby yourself, Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride is the perfect Halloween film. It is sweet, spooky, and a little bit sad and with an all-star cast of Emma Watson and Helena Bonham Carter. Burton tells the story of an excruciatingly shy groom-to-be who is practising his marriage vows. Only he doesn’t realise he is doing it in the presence of a deceased woman who rises from the grave assuming he has married her. Light-hearted, but still very much in the spirit of Halloween, Corpse Bride is a great Halloween film.
5. 'The Descent' (2005)
Combining my fear of unknown predatory killers with my severe distaste of nature holidays, The Descent is literally my idea of hell. It is an all-woman cast which rocks, it is just a shame that not a lot of them survive to see the end of the movie. The Descent tells the story of a group of friends who go on a caving expedition. It all starts out fine but takes a turn for the worst as the explorers become trapped and tracked by a group of mysterious killer predators. This one will put you off going walking in the woods for a good while, but if you like jumpy films this is definitely the Halloween movie for you.
6. 'Woman In Black' (2012)
Do not be fooled, while the Woman In Black stars Daniel Radcliffe, his harmless days of Harry Potter are long behind him. This film is no joke, it will have you jumping out of your skin. It has all the makings of a great horror film; spooky empty house, dead owners, a creepy lake. Radcliffe stars as Arthur Kipps, a solicitor who travels to a village to discover that there is a ghost of a woman terrorising the locals. Instead of running for the hills he sticks around to see why she is so vengeful with terrifying consequences.
7. 'The Hallow' (2015)
Last but not least if you’re serious about being truly freaked out this Halloween then The Hallow is the film for you. It is straight up terrifying. Following Adam (played by Joseph Mawle) and Claire (played by Bojana Novakovic) as they move into their new secluded house in Ireland it becomes abundantly clear they may have made a mistake. The entire family ends up fighting for their lives against demonic beings that live in the woods. This film is truly chilling and perfect for Halloween. But you were warned here, you will have nightmares.
So there you have it. A full round up of the seven best British Halloween films to cosy up with this Oct 31. I can’t promise I will be brave enough to settle in with The Awakening but whatever you do this Halloween, it has to be slightly spooky, so I might make a push for The Rocky Horror Picture Show.