Friday 21 October 2016

Top 5 Scariest Films I’ve Ever Watched by Alex Bell

Alex Bell is no stranger to all things creepy. Her first book in the RED EYE series, Frozen Charlotte, has Ouija boards, possessed porcelain dolls, sinister siblings, an old school house with a deadly past, and a family tragedy with a twist. In her novel The Haunting, she takes on Cornish legends and the Waterwitch spirits. But can she handle horror films? 
The answer is absolutely – and here are her top five cinematic frights. 

1. Insidious 
I think the soundtrack alone makes this film worth a mention. That and the fact that I love how they get around the problem of why the family don't just leave the haunted house. 

2. Oculus 
I thought this film about a haunted mirror was a really original take on the genre. I'm also particularly fond of haunted object stories. There's something really deliciously creepy about them. 

3. Woman in Black 
Classic Victorian ghost stories like this are my favourite. I love the whole look, feel and mood of this film. 

4. The Others 
Another great, original take on the haunted house theme. I think Nicole Kidman is great in this, and little spooky kids are always a great addition to horror! 

5. The Ring 
This film really freaked me out and I thought the cursed video in it was one of the scariest things I'd ever seen. 
Alex Bell is the award-winning author of FROZEN CHARLOTTE and THE HAUNTING in Stripes' YA horror series, Red Eye. Alex is based in the New Forest and writes young adult horror books and middle grade fantasy books. Whilst at university studying to become a lawyer, she also wrote a grand total of six complete novels (admittedly there was not much of a social life during this time). Her first novel, THE NINTH CIRCLE was published by Gollancz and came out in April 2008. Deciding to use her Law degree for good, instead of for evil, she also works as a supervisor for the Citizens Advice Bureau. Her favourite things include Siamese cats, Old Crow Medicine Show music, vegetarian tapas and visiting New Orleans. She also has a weakness for any schlock horror film starring Vincent Price. Alex happily dwells in a make-believe world of blood.
BREAKING NEWS: Alex's first novel, Frozen Charlotte has been chosen as one of the Autumn books for the Zoella Book Club!
Published by Stripes in February 2016
Some curses grow stronger with time…
People say that all Cornish inns are haunted, but the Waterwitch’s history is particularly chilling. Built from the salvaged timber of a cursed ship, the guest house’s dark secrets go further back than anyone can remember.
Emma is permanently confined to a wheelchair after an accident at the Waterwitch which took place when she was ten. Seven years later, she decides to return to the place where the awful event occurred. But the ancient inn still has its ghosts, and one particular spirit is more vengeful than ever…

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1 comment:

  1. I haven't seen many of the movies listed, but I have seen The Others- and omg, scary. Sorry to give away the ending to anyone who hasn't seen it - spoilers - but anytime the dead are hanging out like they are alive. Creeeeppsss me out! I'll have to check out some of these others!


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