Real-life paranormal investigator, Jayne Harris, shares her list of the ten supernatural horror films that should be included on every Halloween movie marathon and tells us why these ghostly flicks give her chills.
Jayne, who appears in the British ghost hunting show 'Help! My House Is Haunted', said, "I cannot possibly put these into any kind of order. I love them all in different ways... it would be like asking me to choose my favourite child!"
As for Jayne's choices, don't expect any slasher movies. She says, "I'm not a fan of blood and guts, preferring a more psychologically intense thriller to a bloodbath."
So, in no particular order, find out what Jayne has to say about these ten classic supernatural films that are her go-to ghostly flicks during the spooky season.
1. House On Haunted Hill (1959)
This has all of the ingredients to make the perfect supernatural thriller. A haunted house, a group of people locked in with no knowledge why they are there...and Vincent Price! The mood is perfect, and with a double twist in the tail at the end this is a film everyone should see.
2. The Shining (1980)
No list would be complete without Stanley Kubrick's masterpiece. I could talk for ages about the genius of this film but I'm sure many of you reading this will already feel the same. The fact that Shelley Duvall actually needed therapy after filming due to the productions intensity and genuinely unhinged nature of Jack Nicholson's character speaks volumes. Artistically and psychologically brilliant I doubt there is anyone out there who hasn't seen it...and if there is - you're in for a treat! (Oh for the joy of seeing this again for the first time!)
3. The Uninvited (1944)
The first time I saw this film I was blown away. It's one of the most accurate portrayals of a haunting I've seen from any film and given it's age it really is remarkable. It's the subtlety that really gives it the edge...it doesn't rely on jumps or over egged reactions. The paranormal activity builds gradually until at the end of the film the spirit manifests and the special effects are outstanding for it's age...remember this was 1944! A MUST SEE for any lover of a good haunted house story.
4. The Craft (1996)
Not scary, not spooky just pure nostalgia for me this one. As a 14 year old I quickly became obsessed with Nancy and even today it remains one of my favourite films of all time. Oh and YES my friends and I tried “light as a feather, stiff as a board” and NO it didn't work.
5. The Devil Rides Out (1968)
Obviously there had to be at least one Hammer Horror offering in my list! There are many reasons I love this film, not least Christopher Lee's performance as Duc de Richleau. For me it completely captures the era and the fears mainstream society had (and still do to some degree) with all things occult.
6. Shutter Island (2010)
Oh my, I did NOT see the end coming! If you haven't seen it I won't spoil it. Just watch it.
7. Stigmata (1999)
I recently rewatched this and had completely forgotten just how good it is. If any actor was born to play a Catholic Priest it's Gabriel Byrne!
8. Psycho (1960)
Alfred Hitchcock arguably at his best. The vision of Norman Bates dressed as his mother used to haunt me and even now it retains something quite chilling. It's the iconic shower scene however, which understandably caused huge waves at the time, that I find so disturbing...and who'd have thought the blood was melted chocolate! (Thicker than stage blood so more realistic apparently).
9. The Haunting (1963)
The inspiration behind the Netflix series 'The Haunting of Hill House', the iconic Hill House exterior shots were filmed at one of my favourite places, Ettington Park Hotel. This film uses clever techniques to make the viewer feel uneasy and at times claustrophobic which really immerses you
in the groups attempts to prove (or disprove) that ghosts exist. A really great example of a classic haunted house film!
10. The Silence Of The Lambs (1991)
"It puts the lotion on its skin..." *shudder*
If you're looking for disturbing with a capital 'D'...you're welcome. Maybe don't open that bottle of red just yet though.