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Top 5 Recent Scary Movies to Watch This Halloween

With Halloween 2018 right around the corner, we here at the National JFMF headquarters thought it would be a noble idea to recommend you guys few (not great) but decent Horror Movies to watch this weekend. As we already posted the 'Top 5 Horror Movies of 2017 and 2018', discussing few high-profile scary films wasn't such a bad idea after all. So, here we go!

5. Leigh Whannell's - "Insidious: Chapter 3" | Rating - 3/5

Starring - Dermot Mulroney, Angus Sampson, Leigh Whannell and Lin Shaye

Typically, when a movie reaches the third instalment, a major bummer is usually expected. Things get repetitive, tame and lifeless. For this reason, my expectations were pretty low for this movie as I felt sceptical before entering the movie theatre. But, Insidious 3 was surprisingly better and superlative. Writer-Director, Leigh Whannel's impressive screenplay and his approach to craft a petrifying scary scene without any false jump scares is commendable. Insidious 3 was a startling experience and didn't take an asinine advantage of silly jump scares.

4. M. Night Shyamalan's - "The Visit" | Rating - 3/5

Starring - Olivia DeJonge, Ed Oxenbould and Kathryn Hahn.

After making a series of awful movies, people were uncertain when it came to M. Night Shyamalan, most of them thought that there is nothing left in him to contribute, and that helped this film a lot. Story-wise, this movie had nothing new to offer except for the little plot twist in the end. But, on a filmmaking standpoint, Shyamalan maintained that bizarre vibe in each place very well, they're a couple of jump-scares that were well shot and the comedic element in the entire movie was completely hysterical. Overall, The Visit is certainly better than I expected it to be, it was funny, scary and overall an enjoyable movie. A complete surprise!

3. James Wan's - "The Conjuring 2" | Rating - 3.5/5

Starring - Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson 

A tactful James Wan venture which was termed scarier than its prequel, Conjuring 2 was admittedly a level setter for future horror movies. Though the real story of the Enfield poltergeist is much more interesting than the movie, the film was successful in receiving positive reviews from critics and grossed over $320 million worldwide. The story revolves around a single mother raising four kids in North London who experiences the torture of Bill Wilkins who is controlled by the demonic spirit Valak. The actors including Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga and Madison Wolfe have performed extraordinarily and the frequent creepy scenes keep you on your toes the whole time. In simpler words, an ideal film for this Halloween.

2. David F. Sandberg's - "Lights Out" | Rating - 4/5

Starring - Teresa Palmer and Gabriel Bateman

When was the last time you heard your heart beating super fast? This film will get on your nerves and I'm not even exaggerating. The plotline seems simple and quite ordinary on the outside but the constant jump scares and the haunting background music gets to you real easy. The film received positive reviews as well and was a box office success, grossing $148 million against a budget of $4.9 million. Teresa Palmer and Maria Bello are expressive and effective in their performances while the cinematography and music are appreciable. The Diana spirit which appears only in the dark makes each scene more thrilling and gets you gulping tensely in the first 15 minutes itself. Its better than many popular horror movies and surely is worth a watch.

1. David Robert Mitchell's - "It Follows" | Rating - 4/5

Starring - Maika Monroe

Correlating to the trend that is emerging in this contemporary era. It Follows never pursued the hackneyed route with ridiculous jump scares, indolent narration, and insipid direction. The retro narrative style was reminiscent of the 80's horror movies and the director brilliantly used the technical aspects like cinematography and background music to build up the tension in every peculiar and significant scene. Altogether, It Follows enthralled me throughout the runtime and achieved a tremendous standard in the horror movie genre. It had that eerie inexplicable vibe circled around it and is most definitely worth a watch.

-A Top 5 List by Nikitha Kashyap aka WW and Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)
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Top 5 Creepy Horror Movie Facts That You Need To Know

[The following article is not for the faint of heart, it might contain specifics about death, murder and exorcism. Please proceed with caution.]

Whether you believe in paranormal or not, horror movies are always and will remain a major part of childhood and adulthood for many different reasons. Be it the excitement, fear or fun, watching these films is an experience that no one ever wants to miss. However, they're many bone-chilling facts and inspirations behind the movies that we love and I've carefully selected few best ones especially for you guys. Here we go!

1. The Exorcist is Real

Based on a novel by William Peter Blatty, the real story of The Exorcist stemmed from real-life incidents of a boy named 'Roland Doe'. In early January 1949, shortly after his beloved Aunt Harriet’s death, Ronald began to experience scratching sounds and water dripping from the floors and walls of his room. In addition to that, the most outlandish thing is that his mattress would move mysteriously. Ronald's family consulted doctors, psychiatrists, and their local Lutheran ministers which resulted in a myriad of unexplained events.

Additionally, the production of the film didn't go as planned either, a baby got injured by a motorcycle, people from the crew unfortunately died, and a baffling fire accident horrified the entire crew out of nowhere and left only Regan MacNeil’s (Linda Blair) room intact. These incidents made the team believe that the set might be cursed.

2. Ripper Behind the Scream

Daniel Harold Rolling aka 'The Gainesville Ripper' who mercilessly murdered five college students in Gainesville, Florida over four days is the inspiration behind 'Scream (1996)' directed by Wes Craven and written by Kevin Williamson.

The incidents initiated in August 1990 when Daniel Harold Rolling first broke into 17-year-olds Christina Powell and Sonja Larson's apartment. Surprisingly, none of The University of Florida students or security didn’t hear Rolling enter the building. First, he found Christina Powell asleep on a couch downstairs and left her alone. He then quietly went upstairs to Sonja Larson's room, taped her mouth, held her wrists behind her back and let loose a series of violent blows with a knife.

He then went downstairs to Powell, and she sadly experienced the same violent conduct as her roommate Larson, in addition to being raped. Powell was barraged face-first onto the ground, and Rolling stabbed her five times in the back.

The next day, things took a horrific turn, when Rolling murdered an 18-year-old Christa Hoyt by cutting off her head and sat her up in bed. 23-year-olds Tracy Paules and Manuel Taboada were also destined with the same fate as Police mentioned were in the wrong place at the wrong time. The series of horrific college murders by Rolling horrified the community and later became the inspiration behind the cult-classic.

3. The Real Deal of 'The Conjuring 2'

Similar to the events in The Conjuring 2, the Hodgson family in Enfield, London were haunted by a creepy old man's spirit named Bill. Bill did, in fact, die in the recliner chair due to a brain haemorrhage. A rare disturbing video is still available on YouTube where Janet speaks with a deep voice as Bill. Additionally, inexplicable knocks on the walls, things moving and the police officer reporting that she saw a chair move opposite to her was all real. Images of Janet 'levitating' were also captured and the most interesting part is that the role the Warrens played a much smaller role in the Enfield Poltergeist case as opposed to what was shown in the film. They're simply one of the many paranormal investigators who visited the family during these horrific times.

4. Annabelle: The Notorious

In real life, the Annabelle doll is gifted by a mother to her daughter and the owners had no satanic cult relations and never ever tried to cast away the notorious doll as opposed to what we saw in the film. But, they're several reports from the owners describing that the doll moved from one room to another without any help and real blood was found on the doll's head and chest. After performing a seance, the medium detailed that the evil spirit possessing the doll belongs to Annabelle Higgins, who had died at the age of seven and her body was buried under the victim's apartment. Ed and Lorraine Warren disconfirmed the statements and affirmed that the little girl died in a motorcycle accident outside the apartment building.

Warrens also recount messages like 'Help Us' would appear on a paper with a childish handwriting around the owners' home. Warrens also claim that the evil doll also took the life of a young lad who visited their possessed Occult Museum years later and got into a mysterious motorcycle accident after taunting the doll.

5. An Absolute 'Psycho'

During the production of 1960 classic horror movie Psycho, a horrendous incident took place as one of Janet Leigh's body double was murdered on the set brutally. It was later revealed that one of the handymen working on the production slaughtered her to impress directed Alfred Hitchcock.

Sources (Thanks) - All Thats Interesting, Factinate, news.com.au, Buzzfeed, TV Over Mind, Buzzfeed.

-A Top 5 List by Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)
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