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Our picks for Halloween horror movies and frightening flicks

Halloween is just around the corner and there are plenty of fun Halloween events in Hong Kong! For those of us who love horror movies, Halloween provides the perfect excuse to indulge in some spooky and scary cinema. Meanwhile, The Expat Living team shares some of their favourite scary movies for those who like thrills and chills. For the faint of heart – feel free to use this as your cheatsheet of what flicks to avoid when someone invites you over for a Halloween movie night! And if you are hosting a kids’ movie night, here is a list of not-so-scary films.

The Expat Living team’s top Halloween horror movies

The Shining was very clever and nobody did anything stupid – like leave everyone else and go in to a dark place on their own! I remember being really scared during Friday 13th, and Picnic at Hanging Rock is high up on the creepy meter.


I first saw Jaws at the age of 11 or 12, at the very start of a long summer spent in an Australian beach town. Needless to say I didn’t do a lot of swimming on that holiday. Ironically, the bit that scared me most didn’t involve the shark at all. (I’ll let you try to remember it!)


Silence of the Lambs is top of my list.

-Kate W

The Hand that Rocks the Cradle and Dead Calm are thrillers which had me on the edge of my seat.


I can’t handle anything – even The Sixth Sense was too much!


The Shining always gets meRed rum!


I don’t do horror movies at all. I saw The Shining as a 14-year-old, one dark Saturday night in my boarding school common room. Ten minutes into the screening, I knew it was a mistake, but I was too frightened to walk back to my dorm down the long, dark corridor. So, I had to watch the whole movie and it scarred me for life.


IT terrorised my entire childhood – and I can’t believe the remake is coming out soon!!


Nightmare on Elm Street … who would forget Freddy Krueger?!


Silence of the Lambs … that mask still scares me!


Shutter from 2004, this Thai film is still the best scary movie to me!


I absolutely love scary movies, always have! I started watching them when I was 10 (my parents didn’t know). My first was Jaws – and that stopped me wanting to swim for about five years. I think Halloween, with Jamie Lee Curtis, is terrifying – then of course there’s the classic Psycho, directed by Hitchcock. More recently The Conjuring is pretty terrifying, and I’m looking forward to seeing the re-made IT.

-Amy B

Exorcist, Halloween, The Shining. I happen to love scary movies, but can’t think of anything recent that scares me more than these!


Annabelle – some people think it’s funny but I’m yet to finish it as I’m so scared!


The Scream series, The Blair Witch Project and Labyrinth


I love scary films! It Follows was a recent one I watched that definitely gave me nightmares!


I love the cult classic Scream – it still manages to spook me every time! I still can’t walk into a row of empty bathroom stalls without being a bit scared!

-Amy G

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