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7 scary movies to get you hiding behind the couch this Halloween
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HALLOWEEN IS MERE days away, and there is no better time to curl up on the couch with all the lights off (or on, if you’re not so brave) and scare yourself silly.

Here are some genuinely terrifying movies that’ll get rid of any chance of sleep from now until November 1.

28 Days Later

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Cillian Murphy wakes from a coma into a UK overrun by the ‘Rage’ virus in this 2002 zombie film, directed by Danny Boyle.

28 Days Later introduced the concept of ‘fast zombies’ – infinitely more terrifying than the shuffling, foot-dragging undead of yore.

The Descent

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Claustrophobic? Not too hot on caves? You might want to stay away from The Descent.

In it, six women are hunted by creepy flesh-eating humanoids after getting trapped in an unknown cave system. As one staffer puts it, after watching The Descent you won’t visit the Ailwee caves again.

Let The Right One In

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This Swedish ‘romantic horror’ film tells the story of a bullied boy who develops a friendship with a vampire child in a Stockholm suburb.

Though the film focuses on the relationship of the two leads (yes, an actual plot!), it doesn’t slack on the old-school shocks.


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Dario Argento was the king of European horror in the 70s, and Suspiria is considered his finest work. It centres on an American ballet student, who enrols in a prestigious German dance academy only to discover it is run by a coven of witches.

If you like your horror with a side of gore, there is plenty to be found here.

The Woman in Black

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Yes, it’s relatively recent, and yes, it stars Harry Potter actor Daniel Radcliffe, but don’t cast The Woman in Black aside. Radcliffe plays a widowed lawyer who must investigate strange happenings at house in the English countryside.

What’s interesting about The Woman in Black is that it forgoes gore in favour of old-fashioned chills yet has, as can confirm, scared the pants off many a grown man.


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The Japanese are masters of the horror genre, and Audition has just been slated for a glossy Hollywood remake.

It tells the story of a widower who discovers a seemingly perfect woman by staging mock ‘auditions’ for a new wife, but as we have come to expect, all is not as it seems. Even American horror director Eli Roth says he found Audition difficult to watch – and he is absolutely no stranger to gore.

The Cabin in the Woods

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The premise sounds fairly familiar – a bunch of young, attractive friends decide to spend the night in a remote cabin in the woods. Big whoop.

But director Joss Whedon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) turns the genre on its head, taking horror clichés we know and love to hate and fashioning something much more sinister.

What scary movie is guaranteed to have you hiding behind the cushions, every time? Let us know in the comments.

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