If you’ve moved house in recent memory, this one’ll hit you where it hurts.
, but it also has plenty of ideas of its own – and at least half a dozen moments that’ll make your heart leap into your mouth.
Spooked, the guests start recounting their own stories of the uncanny, each more unnerving than the last. Nina (Fiona O’Shaughnessy) died in a car crash, which is bad enough, but when he tentatively begins a relationship with his co-worker, Holly (Abigail Hardingham), he finds himself haunted by Nina. She materialises in his bed every time he and Holly have sex – she might be dead, but she’s not letting go.
Well, except for the one about the golfers, but that one’s just there for light relief before the film hits you with the scariest ventriloquist’s dummy ever committed to film. 'Creepy' doesn’t feel like a strong enough word to describe this film – 'devastating' might do it.
Films can be scary simply by using loud noises and sudden movements to make their audiences jump; they can play on primal fears and physical reactions to give you a thrill. To be effectively creepy, a film needs to establish a certain atmosphere; it needs to draw you in and make you care. I love most kinds of horror movies, but creepy films are probably my favourite. The artist is a recluse, but his bizarre sculptures have made him world famous.
It needs to give you something to think about when you’re trying to drop off to sleep at night; to make you wonder whether that creaking noise down the hallway was just the house settling, or something lurking in the shadows. Or rather, my least favourite, because they give me nightmares and make me paranoid and afraid to look into mirrors in the dark. Here are 70 genuinely creepy movies (in no particular order). When a documentary maker and his girlfriend stumble across what looks like his workshop, they become obsessed with finding out the truth about Mr Jones, but the truth isn’t particularly easy to stomach.
Yes, it’s found footage, and yes, it’s a little bit on the silly side – it chucks in quotes from Dante and a few too many sad-faced ghosts – but some of the scares along the way are properly frightening. Eleven years ago, Alan (Rory Cochrane) bought an antique mirror… According to the police, they were murdered by their 10-year-old son.
It’s a sensitive and horrifying portrayal of grief, with a sense of humour as dark as the inside of your eyelids, and some extremely upsetting gore. When she moves away from London to a tiny country cottage, Norah (Anna Cropper) expected the change to be a bit strange, but nowhere near as weird as it ultimately turns out to be.