A Handful of Frightening Flicks

Frightening Flicks

Last week I shared 5 of my favorite Haunting Reads. I thought it would be fun and fitting to followup with my favorite frightening flicks in celebration of this ghastly holidayUntitled design (1) Who doesn’t enjoy a good scare from time to time?

This list will include some anime as I am a fan of supernatural/horror anime. It is by no means all-inclusive. I love horror flicks (you will notice I favor the foreign films)! I admit I had a difficult time narrowing the list, so I am including 10 today. Once again, in no particular order, I give you a few of my favoritesUntitled design (1)

hightension.jpgHigh Tension (Haute tension)
Switchblade Romance (UK title)
French Horror/Slasher
Released 2003

IMBd Synopsis:

Best friends Marie and Alexia decide to spend a quiet weekend at Alexia’s parents’ secluded farmhouse. But on the night of their arrival, the girls’ idyllic getaway turns into an endless night of horror.

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*This one seriously creeped me the eff out. It is a gory, edge of your seat thrill ride that is not for the faint of heart. And I love every minute of it! 

anotherAnother アナザー
Anime Horror/Mystery
Episodes: 12
Aired 2012

MAL Synopsis:

In 1972, a popular student in Yomiyama North Middle School’s class 3-3 named Misaki passed away during the school year. Since then, the town of Yomiyama has been shrouded by a fearful atmosphere, from the dark secrets hidden deep within.

Twenty-six years later, 15-year-old Kouichi Sakakibara transfers into class 3-3 of Yomiyama North and soon after discovers that a strange, gloomy mood seems to hang over all the students. He also finds himself drawn to the mysterious, eyepatch-wearing student Mei Misaki; however, the rest of the class and the teachers seem to treat her like she doesn’t exist. Paying no heed to warnings from everyone including Mei herself, Kouichi begins to get closer not only to her, but also to the truth behind the gruesome phenomenon plaguing class 3-3 of Yomiyama North.

Another follows Kouichi, Mei, and their classmates as they are pulled into the enigma surrounding a series of inevitable, tragic events—but unraveling the horror of Yomiyama may just cost them the ultimate price.

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*Perhaps more mystery than horror in the eyes of some, Another delivers a suspenseful tale not without several chilling moments. This gruesome story easily warrants a spot among my favorites.

thedescentThe Descent (Original Unrated Edition)
British Adventure Horror
Released 2005

IMDb Synopsis:

A caving expedition goes horribly wrong, as the explorers become trapped and ultimately pursued by a strange breed of predators.

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*Adding the elements of pure isolation and claustrophobia to a horror film really ups the ante, and that is exactly what the Descent accomplishes. I couldn’t breathe through half of the film.

Dumplings_(film)Dumplings (Jiao zi)
Asian Drama/Horror
Released 2004


The infamous Aunt Mei (Bai Ling), a former gynecologist who performed abortions, makes dumplings with miraculous youth-restoring abilities. Mrs. Li (Miriam Yeung), a former actress desperate to make her womanizing husband (Tony Leung Ka Fai) pay attention to her again, initially refuses to eat them. However, after discovering their potency, she offers to pay Mei any price for more. Things are complicated when Mei is forced to flee the country and the dumplings’ power begins to fade.

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*Okay, so I give this one a rating of 4 just for how disturbed I was by the end of the film. This is a prime example of why I love Asian Horror. It burrows into you mind and lingers.

tghoulToykyo Ghoul 東京喰種-トーキョーグール-
Anime Horror
Episodes: 12
Aired 2014

MAL Synopsis:

Tokyo has become a cruel and merciless city—a place where vicious creatures called “ghouls” exist alongside humans. The citizens of this once great metropolis live in constant fear of these bloodthirsty savages and their thirst for human flesh. However, the greatest threat these ghouls pose is their dangerous ability to masquerade as humans and blend in with society.

Based on the best-selling supernatural horror manga by Sui Ishida, Tokyo Ghoul follows Ken Kaneki, a shy, bookish college student, who is instantly drawn to Rize Kamishiro, an avid reader like himself. However, Rize is not exactly who she seems, and this unfortunate meeting pushes Kaneki into the dark depths of the ghouls’ inhuman world. In a twist of fate, Kaneki is saved by the enigmatic waitress Touka Kirishima, and thus begins his new, secret life as a half-ghoul/half-human who must find a way to integrate into both societies.

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*While many found the execution to be less than stellar, I still hold a special place in my heart for this ghoulish anime. I am not sure if that will change when I complete the manga, but for now the concept continues to offer plenty of intrigue and nightmare fuel that deservedly places it on my list of favorites.

p170336_p_v8_alThe Orphanage
Spanish Thriller/Mystery
Released 2007

IMDb Synposis:

A woman brings her family back to her childhood home, which used to be an orphanage for handicapped children. Before long, her son starts to communicate with an invisible new friend.

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*The Orphanage quite honestly just haunted me. This chilling tale consumed my thoughts for days after watching it. Here is an official trailer. Anyone who is familiar with Guillermo del Toro is probably a fan for good cause.


ju-onJu-On: The Grudge 呪怨じゅおん
Asian Supernatural Horror
Released 2002

IMDb Synopsis:

A mysterious and vengeful spirit marks and pursues anybody who dares enter the house in which it resides.

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*I am not even going to lie, not to be mistaken with the US adaptation, this film kept me up with the lights on for days. I even screamed a few times. I love it and yet, I can hardly stand to watch it!

lettherightoneinLet The Right One In
Swedish Romantic Horror
Released 2008

IMDb Synopsis:

Oskar, an overlooked and bullied boy, finds love and revenge through Eli, a beautiful but peculiar girl.

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*Yes, this one just made my 5 favorite haunting reads list and for good reasons. The film manages to hold a candle to the novel and is terrifying reminder of why vampires are and should be viewed as scary creatures.

the-lady-in-white-.jpgThe Lady in White
American Fantasy Horror
Released 1988

IMDb Synopsis: 

An author tells the story of how, as a young boy growing up in a 1960s small town, he was haunted after witnessing the murder of a little girl.

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*See, I appreciate American Horror 😉 Ok, so this one maybe makes the list more for nostalgia purposes as it might not hold the same fear factor so many years later, but that does not discredit the fact that this is an outstanding ghost story I feel everyone should experience at least once.

thedevilsbackbone.jpgThe Devil’s Backbone
Spanish Gothic Horror
Released 2001

IMDb Synopsis:

After Carlos – a 12-year-old whose father has died in the Spanish Civil War – arrives at an ominous boys’ orphanage, he discovers the school is haunted and has many dark secrets that he must uncover.

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*Guillermo del Toro makes my list again with this immersive and dark film. Oddly enough, I cannot put my finger on what exactly chills me the most with this one. But he always presents something atmospheric and psychologically gripping.

What are your favorite fright flicks or Halloween films?

Have you watched any of these? If so, I would love to know your thoughts! This is simply a handful of my favorites. I could spend days discussing horror films. Do you enjoy them?

Happy Halloween!

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38 thoughts on “A Handful of Frightening Flicks

  1. Dumplings?! Bwahahahaha!😂 What a name for a horror film!😂

    Let the right one in is awesome, so is the descent and the grudge, I like both the original and the US remake. The del torro films are both fantastic, he’s such a great director, the Devil’s backbone is great and the Orphanage is creepy AF, I’ve got the DVD somewhere, it’s been ages since I watched it. I do like Pans Labyrinth the best by him though.

    One of my favourite horror films is Mimic, with Mira Sorvino, wanna say it was released in 1997. It’s a bit cheesy and not outright horror but it’s awesome.

    Hhhmmm…is Krampus a horror film?! Christmas horror?! I love that film, so funny, it’s on Sky this week, need to tape it so I can watch it again.

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    1. Not so much a fan of Mimic but can appreciate why some are 🙂 I love del Torro and yeah, Pan’s Labyrinth is my fave as well! I watch it often.

      Krampus is totally a horror film! I love campy, cheesy horror. I love all of it really. But was aiming more for the ones that actually frightened me a bit here 😉 Don’t knock Dumplings haha.. Asian horror is creepy AF!

      Have you seen High Tension? If not, I cannot recommend enough. It surely messed with me head bahaha.

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  2. Ooo Ju-On! I’ve watched that movie countless times but the final scene (the one where Kayako is crawling down the stairs) gets me everytime (I can never quite pinpoint exactly when she pops her creepy little face around the corner). Great choice! Have you seen the second one? That’s equally as terrifying!
    I tried to watch The Orphanage a few years back, but the moment I saw the kid with the sack thing over his head, I was like “Nopenopenope” and had to switch it off 😛
    I’m a massive fan of Asian horror movies so I’m definitely gonna check out Dumplings. Have you ever seen the Thai movie, Shutter? That’s a favourite of mine. One to watch in the day time with the lights on!

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    1. Haha, yeah the sack mask is kind of a huge creep factor with me as well. It certainly makes me peak through my fingers at the screen 😉

      I think I have seen Shutter. It sounds familiar. But I will look it up just in case. I love Asian horror. It is creepy as all get out! I cannot remember if I saw the sequel to Ju-On. I know I saw the American version I believe. Will look that up as well haha.

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  3. Horror movies always make me laugh more than afraid 😀 I remember watching some horror movies at an old mansion- I was sitting in between my friend’s legs and she jumped every time I was laughing at the movie- ended up with blue ribs, so I did 😀
    Yeah, the creepiness defo makes me laugh because I’m like- this is ridiculous! But at the same time I do believe in all sorts of paranormal.. so I am a bit wishy-washy on that. I don’t mind core.. but what does always get me 100% are the minf#cks! Out of all the horror I’ve seen I would say Paranormal Activity got to me, like eyes watery, hair standing kind of way and The Blair Witch Project… man that Blair movie really messed with my head for a loooong time especially as all my family live in wooded areas and it made the dark winter time walks to and from very bloody creepy indeed 😀
    LOVE Krampus movie though! What a gem!

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    1. Oh yeah, it is the ones that crawl in your head an linger that really do it. I am a huge fan of horror and very few unsettle me, but this list does haha. Each for their own reason. I am obsessed with the paranormal and things that go bump in the night 😉 Paranormal and Blair Witch both shook me up when they first released. I still get the heebies with Paranormal Activity haha.


  4. Another looks good (partly tempted by the fact that I could actually watch that one without having nightmares 😉 ) And even though The Orphanage trailer creeped me out (yes, I’m easily scared) and The Devil’s Backbone is probably equally scary, I just know I have to watch both of those one day, cos Pan’s Labyrinth is one of my all-time favourite movies (and yes I was scared in that movie too- it’s a bit of a trend 😉 ) I’m glad Let the Right One in held up to the in comparison to the novel too. Fantastic post!

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    1. Del Toro is awesome! I cannot recommend both the Orphanage and The Devil’s Backbone enough 🙂 If you enjoyed Pan’s, you will appreciate them. Another should be an easy watch if you do not mind the animated gore here and there haha 😉 Thank you ❤

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      1. He seriously is!! Brilliant- I’ve wanted to watch more of his films for years now!! And yeah I think I can handle that 😉 (it’s actually easier for me to handle gore than people in masks jumping out at the screen 😉 I get jumpy 😉 ) You’re welcome! ❤

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  5. How is it that I have only seen the Grudge of all these! I do know of Tokyo Ghoul and have been meaning to try out the manga for quite some time too. Well, it definitely makes this list that much better though. There’s some really great stuff to check out on this! 😀 Something about Another is also very enticing.

    I’m going to go with The Nightmare Before Christmas as the best Halloween movie of all time though. 😀 😀 😀

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    1. I really enjoyed Another. I would not rate it super high on the fear factor, but the supernatural and mysterious air made it very compelling for myself. I feel it is underrated. I hear Tokyo Ghoul fails in execution if you have read the manga, but I have not started them yet. I enjoyed the series. Recommend the Del Torro films above all though if you have not seen them 😉 And I love the Nightmare Before Christmas ❤ We are watching it tomorrow to celebrate. It is a favorite of mine. Huge Burton fan. I have the pops and book as well. It would have made the top of the list if I were not trying to keep it scary. great choice!

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      1. Ouuuh, I see. As for Del Torro, I’d definitely check out the ones you recommended, but I just quickly assumed that it was based on a book (but it seems that The Orphanage isn’t?) and told myself that I should try his books before trying his movies (exception made for Hell Boy). I heard great things about The Strain, for example!

        Awwwww yeeeee! Glad to hear you’re a Burton fan too! I’d have tossed in Beetlejuice in the mix too, but then people would have called me biased!! 😀

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  6. Awesome list! 😀 I especially enjoyed Let the Right One In and The Descent. Several of these movies are on my to-watch list. I rented a copy of The Devil’s Backbone years ago when I was working at a Blockbuster Video and the dvd was all scratched up so I couldn’t even watch much of it. I was so bummed out because it seemed like it was going to be a good one.

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      1. Yes! 😀 I absolutely love Pan’s Labyrinth. I’m really looking forward to seeing his new movie, The Shape of Water.
        Haha Yeah, it’s been a while since Blockbuster was around. I always loved going to pick out movies and games. We still have a couple “Family Video”s around here, and Redbox like you mentioned, but that’s about it, sadly. Plus working there was cool because you got 5 dvd rentals a week, and I think it was 1 or 2 game rentals as well. 🙂

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        1. My first job was in a family owned video store 🙂 I loved it because I was able to watch all of the “advance preview” videos.

          I did not know of The Shape of Water! As soon as I saw your comment, I jumped over to watch the trailer and am very excited now. I am not sure how I missed this. Thank you for sharing 🙂

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          1. Nice! Yeah, it was always cool getting to see the movies before they officially came out. Blockbuster called ours “Pre-Street” movies. 😛
            I’m so glad you got to go check out and enjoy the trailer for The Shape of Water! It looks like it is going to be amazing. 😀

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  7. Was Another made into a live action movie? It sounds really familiar. I am definitely adding it to my anime list. I love Asian Horror, too. Ju-on is one of my all time faves. I usually love Del Toro, but The Orphanage didn’t grab me quick enough and I never finished watching it. I should try again. I had never heard of The Devil’s Backbone. Thanks for the heads up. Let the Right One In, and The Lady in White are favorites of mine, too. I think my son has been watching Tokyo Ghoul. Thanks for the list and happy Halloween. 🎃

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    1. I am not sure about ANother, but if you find out that it was please let me know! I devoured the anime. I hope you enjoy it if you watch. The Orphanage is a bit slow, but in the end it really delivered for me 😉 Del Toro always does haha. I have been dying to watch Lady in White again. I may have to splurge and pick it up. Happy Halloween!

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  8. Okay, first of all, THANK YOU for mentioning The Orphanage! One of my all time faves, even though it makes me SOB every time (especially now, as a mom, though even when it first came out and I was much younger, I bawled). This is such a good list! I’ve seen a few of these, but have gotten out of anime over the last several years and wanted to get back into it lately, so I’m bookmarking this for the recs!

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