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10 Horror Movies to Watch in Spooky Season

Sheena Joseph | Oct 11 2020
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October is the season for horror movies. Halloween sets the mood of spookiness all over the world. In recent years, Halloween parties are becoming a trend in India too. While Indian Halloween parties are not as crowded or include an entire residential area, there are still ways to have fun. You can throw in a couple of horror movies to the mix along with costumes and horror-themed foods. Here are some horror movies from across the world.

1) Bulbul

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Bulbul is one of the best women-centred Indian films Netflix ever streamed. Coming from the director-producer duo Anvita Dutt and Anushka Sharma, it was expected. But, Bulbul exceeded the expectation with the story of a child bride who grows into the saviour of the village after undergoing the horrors of patriarchy. 

The movie questions the myths about 'chudail' (a witch) and poses the question of whether she is fighting against injustice. Set in the 19th century Bengal Presidency and signified by the stories of Goddess Kali and blood moon, Bulbul was especially praised for the nuanced performance of Tripti Dimri in the titular role.

2) Pari

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Pari is another production venture by Anushka Sharma in which the actress played the main character. It is a typical supernatural horror film based on satanic cults but first of its kind in India. Rukhsana is born as the result of a satanic ritual in which innocent women are raped by a demon called Ifrit. 

Rukhsana's mother runs away with her and raises her solitude. She is found by Arnab which leads to the events of the movie. The film was praised for sticking to the horror plot instead of going for a happy ending.

3) Gerald’s game

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If you want a movie without ghosts or satanic cults, but still wants to be scared, Gerald's Game is your bet. This 2017 American movie is a psychological horror thriller. Carla Gugino and Bruce Greenwood play a married couple who arrives at an isolated couple for a holiday. During the foreplay, the husband dies of a sudden heart attack leaving the wife handcuffed to the bed without a key. The rest of the movie revolves around Jessie battling her inner demons and trying to find a way to survive as well as reach out to the outer world.

4) Us

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This Jordan Peele movie is known for creating terror unlike others in viewers. The film is centred around a group of menacing doppelgangers. The said doppelgangers are called 'the Tethered' and share a soul with their counterparts. The Tethered want to break the connection by killing the originals. It is later revealed that the doppelgangers are clones once created by the government to control humans. But the project failed and the clones were abandoned underground for generations.

5) Annihilation

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Annihilation is a science fiction horror film based on the novel of the same name by Jeff VanderMeer. The plot follows a group of people (a physicist, a geomorphologist, a paramedic, a psychologist, and a cellular biology professor Lena) who enter a mysterious quarantined area called 'The Shimmer'. The four women are the latest expedition team. The Shimmer emerged from a meteor that landed inside a lighthouse and is gradually expanding its boundaries. And none of the teams who ventured into it has come back, except Lena's husband.

6) Anandabhadram

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This Malayalam language dark fantasy film is influential to date for the popularity it created back in the day. Being the directorial venture of popular cinematographer Santosh Sivan, it is a visual treat. The plot is based on the novel of the same name by Sunil Parameswaran. The movie was inspired by the paintings of Raja Ravi Varma and local art forms - Theyyam and Kathakali.

The story takes place in an ancient village that is responsible for protecting nagamanikyam (a jewel on a divine serpent's head). The village is also terrorised by a powerful evil magician. The movie is a treat for those who enjoy exotic tantric paraphernalia and mythical magic spells and Kathakali movements.

7) Rosemary's Baby

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Rosemary's Baby is a 1985 horror film by Roman Polanski. The story is based on the novel of the same name by Ira Levin. The plot is inspired by themes related to paranoia, psychological changes during pregnancy, women's liberation, the occult, and Christianity. Set in a large Gothic building called Bramford in New York City, Rosemary's Baby is a hallmark for art-horror. As the name suggests, the plot involves a coven that uses an innocent woman (Rosemary) to bring Satan's baby to the world.

8) Night of the Seagulls

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Night of Seagulls (La Noche de las Gaviotas) is a Spanish movie that starts in medieval times. The movie is part of the 'Blind Dead' series. The story begins when a young couple moves to a primitive coastal town where locals meet them with distrust and hatred. The town harbours an ancient evil that demands human sacrifice every seven years.

9) Memento Mori

 

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Memento Mori is a 1999 South Korean horror film. It is part of a series called 'Whispering Corridors'. The title is a Latin phrase that translates to 'remember you must die'. Set in an all-girls high school, it is one of the first commercial films in South Korea to depict lesbian characters. The story revolves around the spirit of a high school student who haunts the school after dying by suicide due to the social isolation faced due to her homosexual relationship. Being ahead of its time, the movie did not perform well in theatres but remains one of the first movies to take the risk.

10) Frankenstein’s Army

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Frankenstein’s Army is a Dutch-American-Czech film made in 2013. The plot revolves around Soviet troops invading Germany during the final stages of World War II. They are faced by undead mechanical soldiers created by a scientist who is a descendant of Frankenstein.

It is a found footage film in which the events on screen are typically seen through one or more cameras. It could be news footage or surveillance footage.