Remember the time you were scared out of your wits while you were deeply immersed in a horror movie and your friend jumped on you from nowhere? Those late night panic calls to your parents to pick you up because you were too scared to go home alone? We share a love-hate relationship with horror movies too, which is why we have ranked the Top 5 scariest movies you should NOT watch before bed. You have been warned.
The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)
Directed by Tony Hooper, this movie is about Sally, Franklin and their three friends leaving the safety of their world behind them to drive across dusty America to visit their grandfather’s house. They run out of gas on their journey and innocently enter one house looking for help, where they encounter a chainsaw-wielding killer and his psychopathic family looking to torment and kill them.
Paranormal Activity (2007)
The reason why Paranormal Activity was so successful despite being an extremely low budget movie is very simple. You may be sleeping on the most comfortable mattress with your loved one, in your favourite sleeping position but once the lights switch off, you are the perfect prey for whatever is willing to get you. This tense and slowly terrorising flick will never make you feel safe and will most definitely keep you awake at night.
Ari Aster’s feature film directorial debut, Hereditary is one of those movies that never make you feel safe. It’s the story of the Graham family who are mourning the loss of their secretive grandmother when they begin to experience a mysterious presence haunting their lives. The movie is a journey of her daughter and grandchildren unravelling the secrets about their ancestry and attempting to escape their inherited destiny.
The Exorcist (1973)
A Hollywood classic, William Friedkin’s masterpiece The Exorcist is up there with the scariest movies of all time. It’s the story of a pre-teen girl Regan, the daughter of a successful movie actress who finds an ouija board in her basement and begins to play with it. Unbeknownst to her, the ouija board is used as a gateway by her soon to be invisible friend ‘Captain Howdy’ who proceeds to possess her, leading to the central plot of the movie.
The Shining (1980)
Based on a Stephen King novel of the same name, The Shining is popularly regarded as the scariest movie of all time! Directed by Stanley Kubrick, it follows a man and his family as he takes over the role of winter caretaker at a hotel known as The Overlook. The movie gives a constant feeling of dread as it progresses and has a lasting effect on its viewers.
As one of the oldest film genres, horror has elicited nightmares, revulsions, panic, hysteria and terror of the unknown since the turn of the previous century. Although horror films provide an outlet to express fear in a safe environment, it may not be wise to watch scary movies just before you go to bed. Especially if you’re sleeping on a SleepyCat mattress, as you’ll get that unparalleled and blissful sleep your body truly deserves.