It’s never too early to prep yourself for Halloween, not when Halloween Horror Nights (HHN) at Universal Studios Singapore returns this year with an evil trinity of sisters. With these girls lurking in our haunted houses, this year’s edition promises more screams and, of course, scares.
Warning: HHN3 may be too intense for some. Preparation is highly advised. This list of terrifying films should be able to psyche you up for the horrors ahead.
Probably the one that kick started a slew of Japanese horror flicks such as Ju-On and Dark Water, Ringu (not to be confused with its poorer Hollywood cousin, The Ring) is considered one of the scariest Asian movies of all time.
The setting is simple: watch a cursed video, get an eerie phone call and die rather hideously after seven days. Throw in a desperate mother trying to save her son from the clutches of a grotesque spirit and we have a movie so freaky, there’s just no way of watching it all alone. If there’s only one movie to watch to psyche you up for Halloween Horror Nights 3, this is it. In fact, you will never view a TV the same way again.
The Shining, 1980
The terror is almost palpable in this Stanley Kubrick masterpiece. The Shining revolves around a caretaker and his family at the infamous Overlook Hotel.
As days go by and the temperature dips, the caretaker, played with absolute deranged fervour by Jack Nicholson, goes bonkers while being haunted by the evil aura of the hotel and its “inhabitants”. This spooky classic remains a much talked about movie even after 23 years. A documentary, Room 237 (named after the haunted room in the hotel), discussing the different motifs and hidden meanings of The Shining, opened last year.
The Others, 2001
Everyone loves a good twist and we have a pretty good one here with The Others. Though not as scary as the others (pun not intended) in this list, this movie punches above its own weight with some terrific acting and tight pacing. This Nicole Kidman vehicle is a must-watch if you prefer something slow burning without the usual cheap scares.
The Eye, 2002
When a blind girl can finally see after years living in darkness, it calls for a celebration right? No, not really. Not when she sees more than humans; she is cursed with an evil eye that can see dead people, loads of them.
Directed by the Pang brothers, this Hong Kong flick inspired two remakes: a Hollywood version and an Indian one. Littered with images of ghouls throughout the film, blink once and you will miss some of them. It’s tough but be sure to keep your eye fully open (pun fully intended).
The Tale of Two Sisters, 2003
You know things will always get irrevocably terrifying when sisters are involved. Like Halloween Horror Nights 3, A Tale of Two Sisters make full use of the blood bond to create a blood curdling movie.
You know what to expect from this Korean scarefest. It has all the ingredients of an instant classic: blood, vengeful spirits, evil stepmother and of course, two tightly knit sisters. Watch it with your sister (or brother) and we are sure you will appreciate each other more in the future.
All set for HHN3? Get your early bird tickets at only $60 (usual price $68) here.