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29 October 2020

Horror Movies and Games for a Stay-at-Home Halloween

While we may not go around our local neighbourhood in scary outfits demanding for treats like our Western friends, many of us in the Asian region still celebrate Halloween in our own little ways. Whether it’s attending a Halloween-themed party at a bar or attending Sunway Lagoon’s fright night, we always know how to have a good time even when it involves getting spooked! 

This year we experience a different kind of spooky. The eeriness won’t be from the crowds of people donning their scariest outfits at different parties but rather, the stillness in the air as we all work together to fight the scary demon, COVID-19, by staying home during the CMCO. However, the spirit of Halloween doesn’t need to die!

Whip out your laptops and brave your hearts. We’ve got a list of scary games and horror movies, specially curated by Taylor’s Esports Club and Taylor’s Flix Society, that will keep you up all night!

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FOR THE GAMERS

1. ALIEN: ISOLATION

Alien: Isolation is highly regarded, in the gaming community, as one of the greatest horror games to exist! Developed by Creative Assembly, Alien: Isolation follows Amanda Ripley as she tries to find out about the disappearance of her mother. She finds her way to Sevastopol station before discovering that something has gone terribly wrong. Acting as Amanda Ripley, you must find the answers, survive the increasingly volatile situation in the station, and avoid the terrifying creature stalking and killing in the shadows.

Taylor’s Esports Rating

5/5

Fun Fact

The game is based on the science-fiction horror franchise, Alien.

2. RESIDENT EVIL 7: BIOHAZARD

There may very well be no other horror game franchise that has lasted as long as the Resident Evil series has. Returning to its roots, Resident Evil 7: Biohazard directs itself as a truly horrifying experience for the player. Emphasizing horror and exploration, the player controlling Ethan Winters goes through the Baker’s house in search of his missing wife. The first-person perspective of the game and photorealistic style brings an unprecedented level of immersion and horror. 

Taylor's Esports Rating:

5/5

Tip

Try playing it on PlayStation VR for a very immersive experience. We’ve even done it during one of our club’s gatherings so we’re sure it’ll give you a 5/5 experience!

3. AMNESIA: A MACHINE FOR PIGS

 

“This world is a Machine. A Machine for Pigs. Fit only for the slaughtering of Pigs.”

Released in 2013, Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs is an indirect sequel to Amnesia: The Dark Descent. The game was developed by The Chinese Room and published by Frictional Games. This first-person survival horror game takes place in 1899 where you’re wealthy industrialist Oswald Mandus waking up in your homesick and haunted by visions of catastrophe.

Taylor's Esports Rating:

3/5

4. OUTLAST 2

Outlast 2 is the sequel to the acclaimed horror game, Outlast. Though both games are set in the same universe, Outlast 2 has a different set of characters and a different setting. Developed and published by Red Barrels, it introduces the player to Sullivan Koth and his followers. Playing as Blake Langermann, you follow a trail of clues related to the murder of a pregnant woman. This takes you through a journey of psychological horror and violence unlike anything else.

Taylor's Esports Rating:

4/5

5. DEAD SPACE 2

Developed by Visceral Games and released in 2011, Dead Space 2 is the sequel to the critically acclaimed Dead Space. In this science-fiction survival horror game, you’re spacecraft engineer Isaac Clarke. Waking up on a giant space station, called the Sprawl, 3 years after the horrific events on the Ishimura, you have to survive another outbreak of Necromorphs and find the truth that sparked the chaos. 

Taylor's Esports Rating:

3/5

Tip

Don’t forget to watch the two movies, Dead Space: Downfall and Dead Space: Aftermath after playing the game.

BONUS: SHORT CREEPY TALES: 7PM

Who doesn’t love our local heritage? Cellar Vault Games, an indie Malaysian game developer, gives you Short Creepy Tales: 7PM. The stunning wayang kulit-like graphics showcases our culture in a unique way. The game is set during the Chinese Hungry Ghost Festival and follows the experience of three children where strange events begin to unravel as you move along the storyline. Throughout the game, you’ll get to choose between different options that will influence what happens to them.

FOR THE MOVIE GEEKS

1. THE CONJURING (2013)

Set in the early ‘70s, The Conjuring is an American supernatural horror film based on a true story directed by Malaysian-Australian director, James Wan. The movie showcases the paranormal activities happening to the Perron family after moving to their new farmhouse. Ah. That typical horror set up.

Husband and wife, Roger and Carolyn Perron, decide to call paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren to examine the malevolent spirits plaguing their farmhouse. Once the Warrens discover the satanic presence targeting the Perron family wherever they go, they call upon their spiritual strength to destroy the spectral menace.

Taylor’s Flix Society Rating

3/5

2. ANNABELLE (2014)

A prequel to The Conjuring, Annabelle, which was directed by John R. Leonetti and produced by Peter Safran and James Wan, spooked many when it premiered in 2014. Inspired by the story of a real doll, Annabelle begins with a happily married couple preparing for the birth of their first baby. To celebrate their newborn’s arrival, John, the husband, gives the perfect present to his wife, Mia, a vintage Victorian doll, Annabelle, to add to her treasured doll collection. However, their idyllic marriage soon falls to pieces, when, on that very same night, a vicious home-invasion by the deranged members of a local cult infuses the inanimate porcelain doll with the blackest of evil.

Taylor's Flix Rating:

4/5

 

Tip

Ready for a frightening marathon? Start with Annabelle, continue with The Conjuring, and end the night with The Conjuring 2. Good luck trying to sleep!

3. HEREDITARY

Written and directed by Ari Aster, Hereditary begins with a family grieving for their recently deceased, mentally ill grandmother. The mother, Annie Graham, prepares for the funeral until unsettling occurrences and palpable spiritual manifestations start nestling in the secluded dark corners of their house. Slowly, the sinister secrets of emotional trauma and their history of mental illnesses become apparent as Annie’s daughter, Charlie, and her older brother, Peter, begin to feel relentless anguish of culpability. Annie is then challenged in a cruel sacrifice in exchange for glorious rewards.

Taylor's Flix Rating:

3/5

Tip

Take this opportunity to watch Aster’s other horror movie, Midsommar, inspired by real-life traditions.

4. US (2019)

If you’re a fan of thriller and usually shy away from the supernatural genre, this one’s for you! Written and directed by American comedian Jordan Peele, the 2019 Us follows a family’s beach vacation to Santa Cruz, California. However, mother-of-two, Adelaide is reluctant due to her past and gets an ominous feeling that she might live through her traumatic childhood experience again when they arrive at their destination. That night, four mysterious people break into the home where they're staying which leads to a shocking revelation. 

Taylor's Flix Rating:

5/5

Tip

If you’re a fan of scary yet funny but thought-provoking movies like Us, watch Peele’s other movie Get Out.

5. THE SHINING (1980)

Based on Stephen King’s 1977 novel, The Shining, which came out in 1980, depicts novelist Jack Torrance who, in need of a quiet place to write, takes up the offer of looking after the isolated Overlook Hotel during their off-season in winter. He then brings his wife and son, Danny. As the hotel manager gives Jack a grand tour of the hotel, the facility chef, the aging Mr. Hallorann, warns him about the abandoned rooms, and in particular, Room 237. Little by little, Danny begins to have incessant voices in his head, feeling trapped in an environment of seeming snowstorms, and an enormous prison filled with strange and eerie visions.  

Taylor's Flix Rating:

3/5

Did You Know?

The Shining’s sequel, Doctor Sleep, featuring Jack’s son, Danny was released, 39 years later after its predecessor! (No, the original Danny wasn’t recast in the sequel.)

Enjoy your spook-tacular Halloween at home!

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