28/10/2014

How to Have an Especially Spooky Halloween {Top Ten Tuesday}


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish, where we get to reveal our top ten of whatever they chose as the weekly topic! Click here for a list of future topics.

This week's topic is books or movies to get us in the Halloween spirit. 

I love horror and love getting scared by films and books, it's kind of my thing. So with that in mind I've come up with five books that'll get your spine tingling and five movies that'll have you hiding behind the popcorn.

Enjoy. And remember to lock your doors!

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/8538030-the-bloody-chamber-and-other-stories
 A particularly gruesome treat from Angela Carter – she can always be relied on to bring the gore for Halloween!

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13077542-anna-dressed-in-blood
If you're a fan of Supernatural, then you'll love Blake's book. Eerie descriptions of ghosts and bloody deaths, make this perfect for when you feel like creeping yourself out on those dark October nights.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/11408650-the-unbecoming-of-mara-dyer
 Probably one of the most unsettling books I've read, this psychologically exhausting book is sure to have you doubting what's real or not And, hmmm, was that your reflection moving all by itself?

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/11500217-angelfall
I don't normally find dystopians scary, but I got seriously weirded out by Susan Ee's series starter. Penryn's mum is deliciously creepy!

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18599667-don-t-you-forget-about-me
With the risk of murder growing in each year, a building made of rats and pages littered with sinister and untrustworthy characters, you won't be able to resist spending Halloween devouring this instead of your candy.



http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0084516/
No Halloween would be complete without the Poltergeist films. I remember watching the first film when I was really young and, as the first horror I'd ever seen, it really did the job in giving me chills.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1457767/
I'm not easily impressed with modern horror films, as they tend to focus more on gore than actual scares. But The Conjuring is a return to form for the genre and really took the time to freak me the hell out. The bit with the ghost on the wardrobe? MY HEART.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3322940/
This doll made a brief appearance in The Conjuring, so I was thrilled to see Annabelle get her own film. This a truly frightening movie that I made the mistake of watching alone. In the dark. Safe to say I regretted that decision!
 
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0298130/?ref_=ttmi_tt
There's just something awful about the idea that the horrible things from movies can actually crawl out of your TV. The Ring brings that fear to life and it's horrifying (in the best way).

 
No Halloween would be complete with out a bit of misery (my puns are the best. Don't deny it). Not a traditional horror, but definitely a film that brings the chills. This thriller always leaves me doubting whether I should actually publish any of my novels (hah). 


What movies, or books do you recommend to get people in the Halloween spirit? Any films that especially creep you out? Any books that you end up hiding under your pillow? Let's talk scary!



 



Allie is a Pimm's-obsessed reader, who dreams of road tripping over America, learning to surf & becoming fluent in all the languages of her heritage (which, sadly, does not include Elvish). If she's not reading or blogging, you can find her catching up on Teen Wolf, or reigning supreme with Scrabble/Mario Kart. Stalk her on twitter, instagram or goodreads.




38 comments:

  1. Eeep I am such a big chicken when it comes to scary movies but I love scary books. Strange right? I love all of your choices!

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    1. Ohhhh, I love scary anything; movies, books, shows, theme parks. I can't get enough!

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    1. Horrors are awesome; another reason why I love Halloween so much is that all the scary movies come on. It's amazing!

      So glad you like the blog!

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  3. YESSS MARA. That was some creepy o_O type of stuff. I think it's the bit where we can't separate hallucinations from reality that freaks me out the most. And Angelfall is pretty creepy for a YA dystopian. I still get unnerved by the zones that Penryn's mum falls in and out of. Strangely enough, I don't watch many horror movies, despite not minding them all too much....

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    1. I was surprised at how much Mara creeped me out! It was a bloody weird book and I hated not knowing what was real or not *shudders* CANNOT. HANDLE. IT.

      PENRYN'S MUM IN THE FIRST BOOK WHERE SHE BASICALLY MUTILATED THAT GUY? DEAR GOD. And I first had it on audiobook before I bought the PB, so that part was even more creepy because HER VOICE

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  4. I've only seen Misery and The Ring out of the ones you chose. I don't really like a ton of scary movies, but I have found myself reading more spooky and thriller type books.

    -Lauren

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    1. Scary movies are my thing, but not many of my friends like them either so I'm always watching them alone LOL. Not a good idea in hindsight!

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  5. Every time Halloween comes around, I feel the desperate need to read Anna Dressed in Blood. But my library doesn't carry it and I'm on a book ban, lol. Perhaps next year xD

    YES to Mara Dyer. I'm SO READY for The Retribution of Mara Dyer.

    Great picks, Allie!

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    1. You should just order it from Amazon! I literally only read it a week or so ago, and I thought it was amazing! Why have you book banned yourself? Don't dooooo it!

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  6. Angelfall was awesome! I never thought it would turn out to be so bloody and freaky, I loved it. I really can't watch scary movies.. I saw The ring when I was younger and I couldn't sleep properly for two weeks, haha.

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    1. Yeah, I expected Angelfall to be the standard dystopian, but it was far creepier!!

      The Ring just freaked me out so much, because it gave me that irrational panic that all of the movies I watch could have things crawling out of them. NO THANK YOU

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  7. The films you put down here, I'm like NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPPPPPPPEEEE. I had to scroll down fast because the film posters are scary! (Which tells you that I stay away from really scary movies because I am easily scared. Ha.)

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    1. LOL. Yeah, the posters are creepy, especially Annabelle's because DOLLS *shudders* That doll in the movie is crazy scary. It's ridiculous

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  8. Ooh, I love the artwork of that Angela Carter book! I've never heard of her before, so definitely checking her out. I also really need to read the Anna books - I'm seeing them around the blogosphere a lot this week. I actually received both books for Christmas, so this month would've been the ideal time to read them.

    Ughhhh. Mara Dyer. I NEED RETRIBUTION. Lucky I'm sure I pre-ordered it this time, unlike Blue Lily... and I should really try to read Angelfall again. I got that one for Christmas, too, but read 160ish pages and put it down. I really want to read Don't You Forget About Me (that bloody Simple Minds song gets stuck in my head EVERY TIME!), so I'm glad to see you recommending it. :)

    Fantastic film recommendations, too. I've actually seen them all except for Annabelle. I honestly don't know if I'll be able to watch Annabelle though. Dolls already creep me out enough, haha.

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    1. She was one of the authors we read a lot in secondary school as part of our A-Level course. And one of the only ones I actually enjoyed reading! They're a bunch of different gruesome versions of fairytales that really explore the exploitation of women. They're kind of like gory feminist stories LOL.

      MARA DYER. I pre-ordered too! I need that in my life. I NEED NOAH IN MY LIFE

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  9. I absolutely adore Kendare Blake's Antigoddess series, but for some reason I haven't picked up Anna Dressed in Blood yet, but I am definitely anticipating reading it!

    And YES to (Don't You) Forget About Me! It has such a weird and almost dream-like atmosphere to it. I guess it's not scary in the sense that you'll scream and run from it; but it definitely makes your spine tingle.

    Great choices Allie!

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    1. Read Anna! It's honestly so good and really gets the balance between horribly gruesome and subtly creepy.

      Forget About Me isn't 'scary' per say, it's more creepy and dream-like, like you said. Spine-tingling for sure!

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  10. Oh God nooooo don't remind me about The Ring. I had nightmares about that for MONTHS. Blame it on watching it as a kid. I foolishly picked up the original Japanese title because it looked "interesting" and I had NO idea what it was about.

    Poltergeist also freaked me out. I am such a wimp when it comes to horror movies and yet I'm so drawn to them! Haha..

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    1. Oh God, the original Japanese films are always SO MUCH SCARIER. Like the Grudge *shudders*

      The Poltergeist film that creeped me out was the second one with that scary-ass old man. OMG. Nightmares

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  11. Totally agree with Angelfall. I didn't anticipate it feeling SO dark. And I cannot wait to start reading Don't You Forget About Me, I was kind of hoping I'd have time before Halloween. I rarely watch scary movies, but I *think* I might have seen The Ring? (I am SO bad at movies!) Great list!

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    1. If you haven't seen The Ring, you should for sure watch it! It's been YEARS since I've seen it, but I remembered being gloriously freaked out

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  12. I cannot watch Annabelle, just creeps me out! Great list though, I love Anna Dressed in Blood. I should reread the Mara Dyer series soon, I remember thinking it was crazy!

    Ashley @ The Quiet Concert

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    1. Yeah, Annabelle legit scared me to death and I did NOT expect that. Normally I'm not scared at all while watching movies, I get scared after when I'm in bed thinking about it. But Annabelle had me doing that 'covering my eyes' thing which I NEVER do

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  13. Yay so many spooky books and films for Halloween! I've read and enjoyed Anna Dressed in Blood and Angelfall actually did get quite gory as well! I hope to read Don't Forget About Me though. The Ring was definitely creepy although it was more of the tension and I will never be able to watch Annabelle. I'm scared of dolls D:

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    1. Jeann, you have to watch Annabelle. It's gloriously scary. I think everyone is a little scared of dolls, especially dolls like THAT. Why anyone would want that doll in their house in the first place, I'll never know

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  14. guuuurl
    why would you watch Annabel in the dark? Alone, nonetheless? *shakes head* You deserved all the nightmares you got from that. Silly girl!
    LOL and YES to your book choices! I just reread Unbecoming and love it for a Halloween pick! I still haven't given Anna Dressed in Blood yet a try but I've been dying to get my hands on it!

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    1. BECAUSE I AM A MENTAL PATIENT WHO LIKES TO TORTURE HERSELF OKAY? I clearly have issues :P

      Give Anna a go, love! It's really awesome and both creepy and funny and scary and gory and actiony and swoony and ALL THE THINGS

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  15. Horror movies scare me shitless. I just can't go there.
    But horror YA? Bring it on. Most of them are pretty mild in comparison and always looking for awesome recommendations. Anna Dressed in Blood is one of my favourites, along with Mara Dyer. I'm so excited to see what the epic finale brings. It's probably been one of the series that has surprised me most. I didn't expect it to be so engaging. Sucked me right in.

    Angelfall was a strange one. I loved it, but starting it, it seemed ridiculous and I honestly thought by those few opening chapters that I would have hated it. The mother reminded me of an Alice in Wonderland character. I love when their so deliciously batty like that. I haven't heard of a few on your list, off to check them out now.

    Brilliant list Allie, thanks for sharing <3

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    1. All of my friends hate horror movies so that's party why I watch them alone; NO CHOICE LOL. My parents love them though, so maybe it's in the genes!

      Mara Dyer is one of my faves, it's such a mind f*ck! I can't wait for the third book – only a couple more days!

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  16. I'm really bad with scary films - I cried when I saw The Woman In Black!

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    1. I loved that version! Dan Radcliffe is amazing in everything

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  17. EW YOU PUT SPIDERS THERE NOPE THAT'S NOT WORKING FOR ME I HATE SPIDERS EW. It's funny because horror is where you and I differ a lot seeing as I hate everything horror. Ok, not hate, but I'm easily scared so nope. Keep that away from me too :D UNLESS IT'S MARA DYER LOL! I loved Evolution more than Unbecoming (which was imo below average even though my initial rating was 3.5) I'm super excited to read Angelfall even if you say it's creepy O.O Have you seen The Madhouse? It came out 2004 I think. It's probably nothing for you, but it's disturbing and so creepy and I couldn't sleep for a whole week. Yeah. LOL.

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    1. It's quite funny because I have the WORST phobia of them. Like, seriously, even money spiders. I used to shake and have fits and be genuinely OCD about having to look at the places that I knew spiders had been spotted in my house previously, to make sure no more were there. I'm a lot better with the compulsive thing these days but I still am TERRIFIED. And yet . . . I put them there :P LOL. HALLOWEEN BUDDY!

      Have you not read Angelfall? Dude, UNACCEPTABLE. You should, really. RAFFE <3 Like, I mean, RAFFE MAN.

      The Madhouse? Nope. Googling!

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  18. ANNA DRESSED IN BLOOD! ANNA DRESSED IN BLOOD! ANNA DRESSED IN BLOOD!

    This book is so underrated, I'm glad you like it. And I've meaning to watch Annabelle for a while.

    You should check out "If Horror Movies Weren't Scary" by nigahiga. It's great, it shows the opposite side of Halloween!

    Ivana @ Bookish Teens

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    1. I've only just read it! Can't believe I didn't before, but I think like you said, it's underrated, so I didn't hear much about it to be desperate to read it. I only picked it up on a whim for Halloween!

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  19. I'm terrible at Halloween because I don't do scary movies, they scare me far too much. I went and saw The Woman in Black and basically hid behind my jacket the whole time. Hocus Pocus is my go to Halloween movie, haha! I am excited for Anna Dressed in Blood, I'm planning to read that soon once I can get my hands on it.

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    1. Ohhhh, scary movies are my thing. The Woman in Black was an amazing adaptation! I actually thought the movie was creepier than the play, which is rare for me!

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