We have 7 scary tips for you


Do you prefer to spend Halloween at home? Then we have seven horror film tips for you. Image source: Capelight Do you prefer to spend Halloween at home? Then we have seven horror film tips for you. Image source: Capelight Do you prefer to spend Halloween at home? Then we have seven horror film tips for you. Image source: Capelight

Halloween is a wonderful occasion to dress up and scare other costumed people at parties. But if you find social interaction scary or just prefer to spend a cozy evening at home – whether alone or with friends – you might find our Halloween list useful.

Because in this overview we have for you our personal horror film tips collected that might even send a shiver down your spine when you watch them. So let’s not waste any time, let’s get straight to the point:

The GameStar editorial team’s 7 favorite horror films

The thing from another world

Release: 1982 | Director: John Carpenter | Cast: Kurt Russell, Keith David | Duration: 109 minutes | Where to stream? Amazon Prime Video (rent or buy only)

Peter Bathge: I can’t wait to have a child. Then I can sit the little one in front of a television when they’re teenagers, put on a film that will probably be 60 years old by then and disturb them for the rest of their lives. Just like “The Thing” did to me.

It is the rare horror film that combines good acting, a clever script and, for the time, sensationally terrifying practical effects to create a real shocker. The result is unmatched to this day and I would still recommend “The Thing” to anyone, regardless of whether they like exciting chamber dramas, piercingly dense atmospheres or grotesque splatter. Because this film has everything and can do everything.

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Saw

Release: February 3, 2005 | Director: James Wan | Cast: Leigh Whannell, Cary Elwes | Duration: 1 hour, 47 minutes | Where to stream? Joyn Plus+

Mary Marx: Since I believe that Stephen King horror works a hundred times better in his books than on the screen, I won’t recommend It or The Shining, but the first Saw film.

In contrast to the subsequent films, which mostly degenerate into an orgy of disgust without the victims having a real chance to save themselves through cruel self-mutilation, the opening of Saw still offers an exciting story with a clever twist.

Doctor Dr. Lawrence Gordon and photographer Adam Stanheight wake up chained in a bathroom. A corpse lies between them. With no idea how they ended up there, the two keep finding clues over the course of the film as to how they can free themselves from their misery – and why they ended up there in the first place.

I like horror that is more than just jump scares and splatter. Saw hits exactly that mark and manages to make you think about the depths of human nature, moral dilemmas and the disgust factor.

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The Descent – Abyss of Horror

Release: 2005 | Director: Neil Marshall | Cast: Shauna Macdonald, Natalie Mendoza, Alex Reid | Duration: 99 minutes | Where to stream? Amazon Prime Video & Apple TV (rent or buy only)

Heiko Klinge: As a rule, I only keep one thing away from horror films. And to this day I don’t know what possessed me to watch this nasty shocker. I last saw it over 15 years ago… and I still can’t forget it.

The premise of this horror film, which only cost $6.5 million, could hardly be more clichéd. Six young women meet up for a cave expedition, during which an accident occurs, which is why the safe way back is blocked and they fight their way back through the dark depths to the open. It is logical that there is much more lurking in the depths than the fear of the dark…

The film’s strengths, however, lie completely beyond the usual clichés. Firstly, because the pitch-black, claustrophobically narrow cave passages are more nerve-wracking than any monster, no matter how nasty. Secondly, because the real terror of The Descent is mainly played out in interpersonal relationships. The consequent ending will also be etched in your memory forever. I warned you!

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Sleepy Hollow

Release: 1999 | Director: Tim Burton | Cast: Johnny Depp, Christopher Walken | Duration: 101 minutes | Where to stream? Paramount+

Soren Diedrich: If you’re watching Sleepy Hollow for the first time as an adult, you’ll probably find Tim Burton’s film to be more exciting than scary. But I was only 11 years old when I discovered the film, and it left a mark.

Fear is spreading in the small town of Sleepy Hollow because three headless bodies have already been found. The culprit is said to be a headless horseman. Truth or fairy tale? This is what criminologist Ichabod Crane, who is coming from New York and who doesn’t believe in ghost stories and such, is supposed to clarify. A mistake? He soon finds out.

I think Sleepy Hollow is an excellent film. The film does a lot right, especially in terms of dramaturgy, still looks passable today thanks to many practical effects and, like most of Tim Burton’s works, manages to walk the fine line between horror aesthetics and adventure story with great grace.

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A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night

Release: 2015 | Director: Ana Lily Amirpour | Cast: Sheila Vand, Arash Marandi | Duration: 1 hour 40 minutes | Where to stream? Amazon Prime Video and Sky (rent or buy only)

Valentin Aschenbrenner: Okay, I admit it. I fibbed a little about my favorite horror film. Because strictly speaking, A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night is not a classic horror film, but rather something to scare you. In other words: it’s not one shocking moment after another, but instead Ana Lily Amirpour’s story is much more captivating because of its intense atmosphere. The black and white images are picturesquely staged, and the musical accompaniment is incredibly atmospheric and intense.

A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night is slow and a bit idiosyncratic, but worth every second of its 100-minute running time. Yes, you definitely have to get involved in the film and maybe even be willing to read subtitles. The story isn’t all that complex anyway: outlaws and criminals, as well as a vampire, roam the streets of the fictional Iranian ghost town of Bad City in search of new victims. I don’t want to give away any more about the plot at this point.

In my opinion, A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night is one of the best new vampire stories and perhaps even one of the best vampire stories ever – especially because of its almost minimalist story and intense imagery. I always enjoy getting lost in the streets of Bad City, so why not read it again for Halloween.

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Paranormal Activity

Release: 2007| Director: Oren Peli | Cast: Katie Featherston, Micah Sloat, Mark Fredrichs, Amber Armstrong | Duration: 1 hour, 25 minutes | Where to stream? Amazon Prime Video

Gerald Wessel: I’m not a fan of horror at all, but I have a soft spot for scary films that are made with simple means. Especially when they are set in a relatively small space and have only a few actors. There is no need for splatter, expensive effects and certainly no explicit violence.

Paranormal Activity is a great example of such a creation with simple means, which knows how to place believable characters in a tangible environment. I like the slow but steady build-up of tension. I enjoy the rather casual, even absurdly everyday silliness between people, which contributes nothing to the plot, but all the more to the height of the fall later. The horror increases gradually, but at the same time gives itself more and more into each scene, simply great.

And yes, the rather amateurish way in which the footage was filmed is a bit of a problem. But as a stylistic device it seems appropriate here and underlines the action in a stylish way, and the hand-held camera is also indispensable for the dramaturgy.

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Nightmare before Christmas

Release: 1993 | Director: Henry Selick | Cast: Danny Elfman, Chris Sarandon, Catherine O’Hara | Duration: 1 hour, 13 minutes | Where to stream? Disney+

Tillmann Beer: Horror films aren’t really for me, I can do without jump scares, blood and all that. But I do want to get a little (harmless) scary on Halloween and that’s why I like to watch The Nightmare Before Christmas.

The stop-motion film is based on a story by Tom Burton and is a charming mixture of horror, comedy and musical, which I particularly like because of the brilliant music (you’ll never get This is Halloween out of your head) and the wonderfully grotesque characters.

Main character Jack Skellington (who is, of course, a skeleton) lives in a town of scary characters who celebrate Halloween every year, but he wants to experience something different. He accidentally finds the Christmas world and then plans to kidnap Santa Claus and celebrate his holiday himself. However, not everything goes as planned.

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Have you seen any of the films on our list? If so, how much did you like them? What films, TV series or video games would you recommend to horror fans who want to get a little scared on the couch this Halloween? Let us know in the comments – we’re looking forward to your tips and recommendations!

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