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As Halloween creeps closer, most people will be so busy looking for Harley Quinn or Joker outfits and preparing their stomachs for the candy to come, that they won't even have time to find an appropriately scary movie to watch. Luckily, we here at Moviepilot have your back (look behind you!) and have prepared a veritable gauntlet of some of the finest horror out there.

Ouija: Origin of Evil is the chilling prequel to Ouija, telling the story of when the haunted witch board first began tormenting those who dared to play. The action takes place in 1965, when a single mother and her two daughters trick people into believing they can communicate with their late, loved ones. The family are in for a nasty surprise when the youngest daughter messes with the dark spirits trapped in the real Ouija board.

Check out the trailer below:

If you liked Ouija: Origin of Evil, out in the US on October 21, we've composed a list of films that have inspired the new scream-fest and discussed what makes them so damn terrifying. How many can you make it through without driving yourself mad with terror?

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1. Babadook

  • Year of release: 2014
  • Rotten tomatoes rating: 98%

Why Is It Scary? Struggling with her oddball, tantrum-throwing son Sam (Noah Wiseman), single mother Amelia (Essie Davis) doesn't think things can get much worse. She's wrong.

When a mysterious book keeps showing up on her doorstop, she tries to ignore it until the odious spirit Babadook is unleashed on them. The Babadook shows us that all a good horror needs is a terrifying villain, as well as the right atmosphere to reveal it in.

2. The Conjuring

  • Year of release: 2013
  • Rotten tomatoes rating: 86%

Why Is It Scary? Possession, haunted houses, creepy demons in the forms of little girls and everything in between – The Conjuring delivers all the best elements of horror and combines them into one marathon of scares.

3. Insidious

  • Year of release: 2011
  • Rotten tomatoes rating: 66%

Why Is It Scary? The 'lip-stick' demon that torments the family in Insidious is hands down one of the most terrifying monsters in recent horror. If you want to be afraid to be home-alone, you came to the right place.

4. Friend Request

  • Year of release: 2016
  • Rotten tomatoes rating: 38%

Why Is It Scary? We go online to find a safe space away from all the madness of the world, a place where we can be comfortable and relaxed. Well, not anymore – Friend Request shows us that even the internet can be our worst enemy sometimes.

5. Lake Mungo

  • Year of release: 2008
  • Rotten tomatoes rating: 93%

Why Is It Scary? Lake Mungo doesn't use fancy, Hollywood effects to produce scares that'll turn your blood cold. Instead, it combines documentary with horror to produce something far more realistic and scary than any blockbuster ever could.

6. Witchboard

  • Year of release: 1986
  • Rotten tomatoes rating: 46%

Why Is It Scary? Witchboard is the film that brought Ouija boards back into popular culture. Although it hasn't dated that well, this film was responsible for so many Ouija parties during sleepovers that although it all started off innocently, everything turned dark quickly.

7. The Unborn

  • Year of release: 2009
  • Rotten tomatoes rating: 10%

Why Is It Scary? The Unborn is full of surprises, most of which are nasty, some are hilarious. Perfect for watching with friends when you want something that's going to give you goosebumps, as well as a couple of laughs.

8. Occulus

  • Year of release: 2014
  • Rotten tomatoes rating: 73%

Why Is It Scary? Just like Ouija: Origin of Evil, Occulus is as mysterious, as it is scary. There are lots of jump scares here but also some crazy twists and turns that may be more devastating than the arm-grabbing moments that shoot you out of your chair.

9. Jessabelle

  • Year of release: 2014
  • Rotten tomatoes rating: 26%

Why Is It Scary? Jessabelle combines "redneck" horror with a haunted house and has so many tricks up its sleeve. None of the characters can be trusted and the film leaves you guessing who is out to get poor, innocent Jessabelle. Undoubtedly, if you're looking for movies like Ouija, this is the one for you.

10. Ouija

  • Year of release: 2014
  • Rotten tomatoes rating: 7%

Why Is It Scary? The first instalment of the Ouija saga, this film brought the demonic witch board back into pop culture. Even though the story isn't amazing, it still seduces the audience with the magical mystery of the Ouija board.

What's your favorite horror film?


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