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Top 5 Recent Scary Movies to Watch This Halloween

With Halloween 2018 right around the corner, we here at the National JFMF headquarters thought it would be a noble idea to recommend you guys few (not great) but decent Horror Movies to watch this weekend. As we already posted the 'Top 5 Horror Movies of 2017 and 2018', discussing few high-profile scary films wasn't such a bad idea after all. So, here we go!

5. Leigh Whannell's - "Insidious: Chapter 3" | Rating - 3/5

Starring - Dermot Mulroney, Angus Sampson, Leigh Whannell and Lin Shaye

Typically, when a movie reaches the third instalment, a major bummer is usually expected. Things get repetitive, tame and lifeless. For this reason, my expectations were pretty low for this movie as I felt sceptical before entering the movie theatre. But, Insidious 3 was surprisingly better and superlative. Writer-Director, Leigh Whannel's impressive screenplay and his approach to craft a petrifying scary scene without any false jump scares is commendable. Insidious 3 was a startling experience and didn't take an asinine advantage of silly jump scares.

4. M. Night Shyamalan's - "The Visit" | Rating - 3/5

Starring - Olivia DeJonge, Ed Oxenbould and Kathryn Hahn.

After making a series of awful movies, people were uncertain when it came to M. Night Shyamalan, most of them thought that there is nothing left in him to contribute, and that helped this film a lot. Story-wise, this movie had nothing new to offer except for the little plot twist in the end. But, on a filmmaking standpoint, Shyamalan maintained that bizarre vibe in each place very well, they're a couple of jump-scares that were well shot and the comedic element in the entire movie was completely hysterical. Overall, The Visit is certainly better than I expected it to be, it was funny, scary and overall an enjoyable movie. A complete surprise!

3. James Wan's - "The Conjuring 2" | Rating - 3.5/5

Starring - Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson 

A tactful James Wan venture which was termed scarier than its prequel, Conjuring 2 was admittedly a level setter for future horror movies. Though the real story of the Enfield poltergeist is much more interesting than the movie, the film was successful in receiving positive reviews from critics and grossed over $320 million worldwide. The story revolves around a single mother raising four kids in North London who experiences the torture of Bill Wilkins who is controlled by the demonic spirit Valak. The actors including Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga and Madison Wolfe have performed extraordinarily and the frequent creepy scenes keep you on your toes the whole time. In simpler words, an ideal film for this Halloween.

2. David F. Sandberg's - "Lights Out" | Rating - 4/5

Starring - Teresa Palmer and Gabriel Bateman

When was the last time you heard your heart beating super fast? This film will get on your nerves and I'm not even exaggerating. The plotline seems simple and quite ordinary on the outside but the constant jump scares and the haunting background music gets to you real easy. The film received positive reviews as well and was a box office success, grossing $148 million against a budget of $4.9 million. Teresa Palmer and Maria Bello are expressive and effective in their performances while the cinematography and music are appreciable. The Diana spirit which appears only in the dark makes each scene more thrilling and gets you gulping tensely in the first 15 minutes itself. Its better than many popular horror movies and surely is worth a watch.

1. David Robert Mitchell's - "It Follows" | Rating - 4/5

Starring - Maika Monroe

Correlating to the trend that is emerging in this contemporary era. It Follows never pursued the hackneyed route with ridiculous jump scares, indolent narration, and insipid direction. The retro narrative style was reminiscent of the 80's horror movies and the director brilliantly used the technical aspects like cinematography and background music to build up the tension in every peculiar and significant scene. Altogether, It Follows enthralled me throughout the runtime and achieved a tremendous standard in the horror movie genre. It had that eerie inexplicable vibe circled around it and is most definitely worth a watch.

-A Top 5 List by Nikitha Kashyap aka WW and Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)
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