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Do you like scary movies? Here are our Top 10 horror films for Halloween!

By Shirl

Trick or treat?

Halloween is coming up on the 31st October so to get into the spirit of things (excuse the pun) we've got Horror Deals where you can save up to 60% off! Why not get your friends round, grab some popcorn and host your own Halloween viewing marathon.

Here's a list of our Top 10 Horror Films of all time to help you decide what to watch:

10. Suspiria
Suspiria is a 1977 Italian horror film directed by Dario Argento. It follows an American ballet student who transfers to a prestigious dance academy in Germany, which she discovers is controlled by a coven of witches. The film is now a cult classic mainly due to the score of the film which was composed by Italian rock band, Goblin. They captured the suspense so well which is key in any horror film. Packed with vicious violence, ultra gory effects and dazzling cinematic set pieces, Suspiria is a gruesomely gothic masterpiece of the macabre.

9. Nightmare On Elm Street
“Don’t fall asleep” – words to live by for Elm Street teens and for anyone that's watched this classic horror. Currently Wes Craven is celebrating 30 years of ‘A Nightmare on Elm Street’ by tweeting facts about the film such as Freddy Krueger's appe­arance was inspired by a man who was staring at Craven through his window one night!

We've got the whole collection available featuring all 8 Nightmare movies released from 1984 to 2003.

8. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
This cult American slasher horror was shot for just $300,000 with a cast of known actors. The film shocked audiences in 1974 with its graphic violence and unforgettable images, like a woman impaled on a meathook, its considered the benchmark of horror movies. It follows five young students who unwittingly meet up with a sinister hitchhiker and stumble across a house of horrors where mask-wearing maniac Leatherface rules with a wooden mallet and the ultimate weapon of torture – a whirring chainsaw!

7. Psycho
Alfred Hitchcock's mas­terpiece of the macabre stars Anthony Perkins as the troubled Norman Bates, whose “old dark house” and adjoining motel are not the place to spend a quiet evening. No-one knows that better than Janet Leigh, the film's ill-fated heroine who is victimised in the now-notorious “shower scene”.

6. Poltergeist
“They're here” – Carol Anne Everything seems fine and picture perfect for the Freeling family living in the suburbs. However the youngest daughter, Carol Anne, starts connecting with a supernatural entity through their television. At first the ghosts are harmless playing tricks and amusing the family but things turn nasty with Carol Anne being abducted into their world.

5. The Evil Dead
Writer/Director Sam Raimi's relen­tless, gore-spattered debut is a landmark in horror cinema, a no-holds-barred onslaught of gruesome terror and nightmarish effects which has earned its rightful status as a legendary cult classic. Five college students travel to a remote cabin in the woods and unwittingly unleash a monstrous evil force hellbent on their total destruction.

We've got The Evil Dead Anthology releasing on December 11. The collection includes the 1978 Evil dead, Evil Dead 2, Army of Darkness and Evil Dead 2013, It also features The Necronomicon Outer, 16 pages of original drawings and a 23 cm replica prop Dagger from Evil Dead 2 PLUS Heaps of bonus features and the premiere of the documentary Invaluable.

4. Alien
In space no one can hear you scream.

Alien is the first chapter in one of the most popular and terrifying sagas in science fiction history. The nightmare begins when the crew of a spaceship investigate a transmission from a desolate planet, and discover a life form that is perfectly evolved to annihilate mankind. Sigourney Weaver stars as the iron-willed Ripley, who is destined to battle the galaxy's ultimate creature. Director Ridley Scott is a brilliant craftsman, letting tension slowly build until it becomes absolutely unbearable.

3. Halloween
John Carpenter set the bar for horrors with masked psychopaths chasing teenage girls. He created a new sense of horror by having the audience get the perspective from the killer's point of view as can be seen in the opening sequence. The film features Jamie Lee Curtis as Laurie Strode, a teenager who's Halloween night goes wrong when her brother, Michael Myers, a psychotic murderer institutionalised since childhood, escapes from an insane asylum.

2. The Shining
Heeeeere's Joh­nny! Stanley Kubrick's mas­terpiece is a must for any horror fan or any Kubrick fan. However when originally screened, it was viewed as one of his minor work pieces but then slowly people began watching it over and over again until it became a cult hit. Many people have come up with all sorts of theories about the real meaning behind the film as documented in Room 237.

The film is about a a family that heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where an evil and spiritual presence influences the father into violence, while his psychic son sees horrific forebodings from the past and of the future. Jack Nicholson plays the father, Jack Torrance and give an outstanding, chilling performance.

1. The Exorcist
The Exorcist paved the way for demonic possession horrors. There have been so many movies similar since then that wouldn't exist if it wasn't for this 70s classic horror.

When The Exorcist first opened in theatres in 1973 it had such a huge impact on audiences that paramedics were being called into some cinemas because people were literally passing out. When little Regan projectile vomited onto the priests, some audience members actually vomited into their popcorn. Nobody had ever seen anything this freaky, and everybody couldn't get enough of it.

What's your favourite scary movie?

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