The time of year has come again where we can all nestle under our blankets and prepare ourselves to be scared silly as we watch those suspenseful films that are guaranteed to make us jump. For me, some of my favorites are the ones I think I have all figured out while watching, but then end up being totally hoodwinked at the end. So, here are some of my favorites (don’t worry, the endings will remain spoiler-free)!
The Sixth Sense (1999)
This one remains a classic in my movie collection. The plot follows a young boy (Haley Joel Osmond) who can see and speak to the dead. However, after he encounters a psychologist (Bruce Willis) who strives to help him cope with his ability, we realize this man may not be what he seems.
The Village (2004)
Can you tell I’m a fan of M. Night Shyamalan suspense? For those of you who loved the book The Giver, this film is right up your alley. In it, we meet a village of people (including stars like Joaquin Phoenix and Bryce Howard) who are terrorized by the legendary monsters that inhabit the surrounding woods. However, things are not as they seem to be…
Stonehearst Asylum (2014)
A young doctor (Jim Sturgess) arrives at an asylum determined to help the beautiful patient (Kate Beckinsale) that was presented to his board of doctors. However, he soon learns that the hospital has been taken over. But before you think I’ve ruined the premise, there are far more disturbing twists to be discovered. Unlike Shyamalan’s films, I did not expect a twist when watching this film, but I think it made it all the more engaging. This movie did what it was supposed to do in mystery thrillers by presenting subtle clues at the beginning and throughout the story that made the resolution more powerful. My thought I wonder why they showed that? was answered in a way I did not expect.
House at the End of the Street (2012)
When a young woman (Jennifer Lawrence) and her mother (Elisabeth Shue) move in to a new home on a street that recently witnessed a brutal murder, she befriends her new neighbor (Max Thieriot), who is the son of the couple that was killed, in the hope of learning more about the mystery surrounding him. However, what seems like innocent friendship soon turns deadly as she realizes that he has something in mind for her that will unveil the mystery surrounding him and his family. This film offers clues first-off, making us believe that we know the story, only to have more surprises pop up later during the grand reveal during the film’s conclusion.
Convinced that the ghosts of past victims of the Winchester rifle are haunting her, the old heiress Sarah Winchester (played by Dame Helen Mirren), feels she must continually build a house to trap the spirits, so they will leave her in peace. Dr. Eric Price (Jason Clarke) gets more than he bargained for as he investigates the eeriness surrounding the famous Winchester Mystery House and we learn that he too has a stake in this twisted ghost story. What I liked about this plot was that it had a few main characters, but the story hit home for our male protagonist, who I initially thought was just an observer to Sarah Winchester’s story.
Harry Price: Ghost Hunter (TV Movie 2015)
I found this Peacock Original by chance and liked it a lot more than its un-unique title would suggest. It takes place in the Edwardian era and follows ghost-hunter (Rafe Spall) and his quest to try to right a wrong made by him toward a previous client. When he meets a new challenge, a young woman (Cara Theobald) who claims she hears the voices of ghosts in her home, he learns the woman’s past is tied to the situation more than he initially realized.
If you like suspenseful movies with a twist and a satisfying resolution, I recommend that you check out these films this Halloween! If you know of other films in this genre that you think I may like, please comment below. Happy Haunting Season!