With Halloween fast approaching I've been busy trying to narrow down my choices for a seasonal scary movie night. I've never really considered myself to be a fan of horror movies and, if forced to watch them, spend most of the film peering through my fingers; but over the last couple of years I've tried to push myself to watch more scary films and have even grown to love some of them - like the actually rather funny Nightmare on Elm Street.
This year I've bought The Exorcist and am going to force myself to watch it. I've heard really mixed opinions about how scary the film really is but, for someone who hates anything related to demon children or ghosts, I'm really not looking forward to watching it.
As well as pushing myself to watch new films, I have a collection of favourites which have become a bit of a tradition to watch in the run up to Halloween. On the lighter side of the spectrum is Ghost Busters and Corpse Bride, which always get in me in the spirit of all things ghoulish without leaving me hiding under the duvet too scared to sleep!
On the other end of my Halloween favourites are REC and Let the Right One In. Admittedly still really tame in comparison to a lot of horror films out there, but these are two of the best films I was introduced to at uni and, in the case of REC, are far better than their American counterparts. There's something a lot rawer about foreign horror films that really appeals to me, although I still find Japanese horrors utterly terrifying!
Of all of the films I love to watch on the run up to Halloween, Secret Window has to be my favourite. It's one of Johnny Depp's lesser known films and has an amazing story that still grips me, even after watching it countless times. Although I'll always love Sleepy Hollow and Sweeney Todd, his role in this film is far grittier and the setting is incredibly unsettling, perhaps because it's somewhere you could easily find yourself.
Beetlejuice is another must watch Halloween film. It's eccentric, abstract and all things wonderfully Tim Burton - and let's face it, it wouldn't be Halloween without a good helping of Tim Burton!
What are you favourite Halloween films? Any advice for tackling The Exorcist for the first time?