The Frighteners

The Frighteners

Turn off the lights and hold on tight. If the newly released movie, Silent Hill, hasn't scared you out of your wits, try the Young Post team's chilling picks to help get you in the mood this Halloween

Frankenweenie (2012)

I must admit that I'm rather faint-hearted. I daren't even look into the hollow eyes of the possessed child with blue skin in the poster for Ju-on: The Curse, not to say watching the movie in a pitch-black environment. But you don't need to be screaming to enjoy Halloween. Try Tim Burton's latest 3D film Frankenweenie. Frankenstein-looking characters, freaky experiments to bring back the dead, and Godzilla will give you a night of frightening fun.

Joyee Chan

Return to Oz (1985)

Like Joyee, I'm a bit of a wuss when it comes to scary movies. One of my most scary moments as a child was seeing Miss Gulch on her flying bicycle during the tornado in The Wizard of Oz - and then becoming the Wicked Witch of the West. Maybe that's why my pick is the cult film, Return to Oz: it may be officially a "children's film", but the Wheelers and the sight of all those body-less heads? Halloween horrors a-go-go.

Karly Cox

4bia (2008)

I'm definitely not a big fan of horror movies, but the horrible images from the few I've seen are practically burned into my memory, haunting me from time to time. The worse ones come from this 2008 Thai horror film. Before I saw it, I thought having four short films pieced together into one was quite a refreshing and interesting concept. However, as I watched, I realised that each got progressively scarier, so by the fourth one, I wasn't even looking at the screen anymore. Thanks YP for making me remember the movie. Hmmm. Now, how am I going to sleep tonight?

Leon Lee

Jacob's Ladder (1990)

There is nothing better than a movie that psyches you out. Sssh ... come closer, let me tell you about Jacob's Ladder, which you should track down only if you are a serious fear addict, and over 18. It's the story of an American Vietnam war veteran, Jacob Singer (Tim Robbins), who is involved in a savage battle. From then on he begins to see awful hallucinations. It could be post-traumatic stress disorder, or something more sinister. But what is real and what is fantasy, and what is "Jacob's Ladder"? You'll be guessing until the end. You might even have to see it twice. You've been warned.

Susan Ramsay

The Omen (1976)

Some scary movies make you scream for maybe two seconds by feeding you gruesome, or surprising scenes. Others use a clever plot with suspense and give you chills all over, like The Omen. After watching it years ago, I can still see the face of an innocent boy, who is actually the Antichrist, and how he eventually kills everyone, including his parents, and the very last scene when he turns towards the audience and gives a sinister smile. The Omen is possibly the best of all horror-film classics.

Mabel Sieh

Scream series (1996, 1997, 2000, 2011)

Horror movies aren't my favourite, but somehow I managed to watch all four films of the Scream series. The scary thing about the movies is that it is not evil spirits or demons doing the killing: it is people. I don't believe in supernatural stuff. Even if there are evil spirits, I don't see why they would want to harm humans. Sometimes humans can pose a bigger threat to others than evil spirits.

Wong Yat-hei

Shutter (2004)

This Thai movie is about how cameras can sometimes capture spirits and supernatural objects, which the naked eye can't see. One day, the protagonist finds himself followed by a ghost. He wants to get rid of it, but doesn't know how. He then figures out he can spot its existence by taking pictures of his surroundings. On the brink of a mental breakdown, he needs to find a way to escape before he literally goes mad. This movie also has an unexpected twist. The ending - without needing to show a single ghostly face - can still be disgusting for days afterwards.

Chris Lau



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