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Monday 24 November 2014

The ten best horror films

1. Paranormal Activity
You won't find maggoty skulls or malevolent children's toys here, it's all taut thriller-esque action filmed in a mocu-real manner.
Price: £19.95, thehut.com
1. Paranormal Activity
You won't find maggoty skulls or malevolent children's toys here, it's all taut thriller-esque action filmed in a mocu-real manner.
Price: £19.95, thehut.com
2. Drag Me To Hell
From the director of Spider-Man comes that rare thing: a horror movie that makes you laugh out loud while also scaring you out of your wits. Long on old women throwing around supernatural curses and people getting their comeuppance.
Price: £19.99, blockbuster.co.uk
3. Don't Look Now
'Haunting' is the best way to describe this rendering of Daphne du Maurier's story about a bereaved couple in Venice and their brushes with the occult. Plus, if the action doesn't scare you, Donald Sutherland's facial hair certainly will.
Price: £17.99, zavvi.com
4. Ring
Who knew a VHS video tape could induce such terror in audiences around the world? The simple, atmospheric film is considered to be the scariest Japanese film of all time - and that's saying something.
Price: £4.99, hmv.com
5. Silent House
A yelp inducer, if ever I've seen one. The one-shot Uruguayan masterpiece follows a father and daughter's move to a creepy farmhouse - and their inevitable descent to the depths of madness. Lots of strange-noises-in-the night action.
Price: £17.99, moviemail-online.co.uk
6. Insidious
Despite being made by the director of Saw, there are no bloodied entrails here, just an intense, prickly tension that pushes this things-go-bump-in-the-night film to ever higher pitches of scariness.
Price: £16, very.co.uk
7. The Shining
Lonely, eerie, terrifying and one of the few horror films to spawn its own catchphrase. Stanley Kubrick's rendering of Stephen King's chiller is a stand-out classic of the genre.
Price: £12.99, hmv.com
8. The Orphanage
Spanish director Guillermo del Toro goes easy on gore with this film, instead concentrating on evoking a ghostly other worldliness which he punctuates with half a dozen seat-jumping moments. Slick and stylish.
Price: £6.47, tescoentertainment.com
9. The Exorcist
Priests with their cassocks flailing, a green goo-spouting girl and an unspeakable act with a crucifix, The Exorcist still grips like a vice 37 years after it was first released.
Price: £5.49, play.com
10. Audition
One word to describe this Japanese film about a widower who auditions girls to be his new wife: unflinching. People fainted at the Irish Film Festival in 2001, so graphic was the action.
Price: £14.99, thehut.com

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