DISCLAIMER: this is by no means a definitive list, more a playlist. Let me know your faves in the comments.
This won’t be the first time Ari Aster’s instant classic makes one of my lists this year. If you have not seen it, I implore you to check it out.
2. The Exorcist
Horror to some, but I look at films about demonic possession as more buddy comedies. This is the original and still one of the best.
3. Let the Right One In
My favourite vampire film. This one is stunning, although aside from it being part of the genre, nothing really horrific here. A beautiful film.
4. The Thing
John Carpenter is the king in this house and his remake of the 1951 movie The Thing is a masterclass in practical horror effects and suspense.
5. The Monster Squad
Look, I know this may be a controversial choice but hear me out. Halloween is all about the kids, so kick start their horror fixation early with this classic from Shane Black. Then you can watch the really scary stuff after they go to bed.