Which supernatural and horror movies does a real ghost hunter watch to get in the mood for Halloween? Barri Ghai, star of 'Help! My House Is Haunted' tell us his top 10.
Find out what Barri has to say about these ten classic supernatural films and find out which DVD will be at the top of his pile this Halloween.
10. The Shining
Based upon Stephen Kings classic horror novel, 'The Shining' is considered by many to be one of the best and most iconic movies of all time. I personally don't find it as scary as some, but it is very clever and just a bit creepy in places. The film is centred around a haunted hotel which is loosely based on the infamous Stanley Hotel in Colorado. Starring Jack Nicholson as Johnny, the film has all the hallmarks of a great classic horror movie. If you haven't seen this, it's definitely worth a watch.
9. Fright Night
When I was just 10 I watched this movie and loved it. Despite the cheesy gore and dated effects, for the time it was made it was pretty slick and very well put together. A classic film and well worth a watch this Halloween if you can handle vampires.
It was only recently I stumbled upon this little gem while trying to find a horror movie I haven't seen. My wife and I watched this and the sequel over two consecutive nights and I was genuinely surprised at how good this story was. It is creepy, and the narrative is simply awesome. I won't say anymore, just sit down and enjoy this one with the lights out on a 'big projector style home cinema'.
7. When The Lights Went Out
I watched this a few years ago after its release and thought 'yeah, this is pretty good as far as paranormal movies go'. It's based on the Black Monk House also known by its street address 30 East Drive. The movie tells the story behind one of Britain's most notorious haunted houses. It's thrilling, scary and thought provoking.
This may not be a scary movie in the same category as the others on my list, but it was my favourite movie to watch as a kid. The library ghost still gets me to this day and the very fact we see a team of paranormal investigators take the reins in this brilliant movie makes it worth watching again and again and again! The acting, music, effects and story are superb. I'm sure we'll never get another iconic movie about ghosts again. Well, not in the same league as this holy grail of supernatural comedies.
5. The Entity
This movie scared me, the real life accounts of this supernatural haunting thrilled me, and it's one of my favourite supernatural horror movies of all time. I loved the scientific investigation in this film and the events which unfolded on screen are more true to life than many of the supernatural movies made to date. It's not a movie for the faint-hearted and contains some graphic scenes which are quite hard to watch.
4. A Nightmare On Elm Street
The first horror film I ever saw, and yes I slept with the lights on for weeks. The birth of the dream stalker Freddy Kruger led to a huge franchise of slasher style movies was started in 1984 when this original hit movie screens. It's very good and an all round scary movie. I remember watching it with my cousins and thinking what if shit like this is real! I should never fall asleep. It is such a classic and nauseating in parts.
3. The Omen
Another film which caused controversy and sent audiences panicking and running to their nearest church for safety or salvation. This movie stirs up all the things we fear the most. The Devil, supernatural forces and world domination. Regardless that the film was made in 1976, it still remains one of the most talked about and scary movies trilogies of all time. The second one actually scared me more so you should watch them both!
2. The Exorcist
'The Exorcist' is perhaps one of the most notorious films of its genre. For the time it was made it was a landmark film that sent shockwaves across the modern world. It brought demons and religion into the spotlight, while scaring everyone silly. The film is still revered as on of the most terrifying films of all time, it's also one of my favourite horror movies. I find it hard to watch these days, but recently re-watched it with my wife and three teenage girls. I was hesitant to allow them, but they honestly didn't find it as shocking as I did back when I first saw it back in the late 80s.
The original movie produced by Steven Spielberg and directed by Tobe Hooper in 1982 is without a doubt my favourite supernatural film of all time. It's well directed, very creepy and still gives me goosebumps when I watch it. It started my passion in the paranormal but also scared the bejesus out of me.