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Top 10 Scary Films To Traumatise Yourself With This Halloween

by Emmy Griffiths Published on 29 October 2014

Since it's Halloween on Friday and it's the only time of the year we're encouraged to scare ourselves sh*tless, we've asked around and come up with the ten scariest films that will keep you awake for nights to come. So grab a toffee apple and a witches hat, switch off all the lights and get ready to be scared out of your wits...

The Strangers

A gang terrorise a couple for absolutely no reason whilst wearing horrifying clown masks. Based on the true stories of random and seemingly motiveless murders, this is what makes this film so scary. It’s jumpy, yes, but the fact there is a no reason for it is SO much more disturbing. Forget ghosts and ghoulies, this is what you should be scared of when you're alone at night...

DON'T WATCH IF: You always think there's someone else in your house when you're alone. This won't help.

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The Ring

You watch a videotape, then seven days later you die when a creepy girl crawls out of your television to kill you. Good thing DVDs were invented and the nightmare was vanquished forever! But really though, this film must have caused millions of sleepless nights.

DON'T WATCH IF: Small children scare you. This will only confirm your belief that they are EVIL.

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Wolf Creek

Ever gone backpacking in Australia? Yeah, don’t. You could get stuck in the middle of the desert, an axe murder could come along and you’ll have NOWHERE to go. Based on true events. TRUE EVENTS.

DON'T WATCH IF: You're about to go travelling.

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The Others

Creepy little children who aren’t allowed in the sunlight, servants who hide tombstones, and a huge dark house in the middle of nowhere. It has all the elements of a classic scary film, and it succeeds in being utterly horrifying.

DON'T WATCH IF: You live in a big old house where the floorboards squeak and the plumbing clanks...

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28 Days Later

If the idea of a zombie apocalypse has you breaking out in a cold sweat, this incredibly realistic Danny Boyle directed zombie movie is NOT the way to go. A man wakes up from his coma to find out that London has changed because of a rabid monkey infection that got HORRIBLY out of hand.

DON'T WATCH IF: The thought of zombies makes you want to cry.

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The Conjuring

The Conjuring follows two paranormal investigators as they take on one freaking horrifying house. Just friendly advice anyone could use: NEVER GO INTO THE BASEMENT.

DON'T WATCH IF: You believe in such things as haunted houses. This will stop you from ever purchasing a gorgeous big old house on the cheap because the previous family was brutally murdered in there, which would be a shame.

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Babadook

“If it’s in a word or it’s in a look, you can’t get rid of the Babadook.” Creepy children story books? Monsters crawling towards you in the dead of the night? BASEMENTS? All of the nopes.

DON'T WATCH IF: You still suspect a hand with grab your ankle when you stick a leg out of your duvet...

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The Descent

If claustrophobia and the dark are both big old nopes for you, this is one to stay away from (or scare yourself sh*tless with, depending on how you feel). A group of friends abseil into some previously undiscovered caves and find something terrible living down there.

DON'T WATCH IF: The idea of going in a lift makes you tight-chested, you won't be able to handle this.

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The Last House on the Left

This slasher movie follows two parents who exact revenge on the group that tortured their daughter and left her for dead. If you are permanently suspicious of every single stranger you meet, this will only confirm your suspicions that everyone is out to murder you.

DON'T WATCH IF: You faint at the sight of blood. This isn't for the faint of heart.

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Martyrs

Martyrs is a French film in which a once-kidnapping victim named Lucie wrecks revenge of the people that who once-tortured her, before her best friend discovers that Lucie was actually kidnapped by a secret society who take her as their next victim.

DON'T WATCH IF: You hate the idea of getting a paper cut.

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What's your favourite scary movie? Tweet us @sofeminineUK!

This article was written by Emmy Griffiths. Tweet her @emmyfg!​

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