On Halloween, we bring you our HT Entertainment Desk writers’ most hated (in a good way) horror movies of all time. Consider these for your watchparty tonight if you love a good spooky challenge.
There have been several better and more memorable horror films made around the world than The Exorcism of Emily Rose. The Exorcist was scarier, The Omen creepier, and A Nightmare on Elm Street more chilling. But Emily Rose had the perfect element for spooking one–realism. At its heart, Emily Rose was a courtroom drama based on a real incident. The attention to detail in presenting both the scientific and legal aspects of the story made the supernatural horror element all the more shocking. The film grounds the viewer in relatable things and then springs up one of the most gruesome and violent jump scares in cinema history. Jennifer Carpenter’s more than capable performance has meant that even 17 years on, the film continues to ‘haunt’ me (and 3 am has never been a safe space since the first watch).
Train to Busan stands out from the other films in the zombie genre with its gripping and edge-of-the-seat story. The action horror film takes place in the confines of a train that is on its way from Seoul to Busan. Gong Yoo and Ma Dong-seok along with Choi Woo-shik face the army of zombies as they battle the undead to save their loved ones. With its nail-biting plot, the film manages to create terror as almost every scene brings in a new twist. Along with the tension in the film, the viewers also feel empathy for the characters. As I watched characters turn within a few seconds, after being infected, I was horrified and terrified.