When picking your selection of horror movies for a sleepover, you shouldn’t just think of how scary they are. You need to think about how entertaining they’re going to be. You don’t want to choose something like the Blair Witch Project because even though its a great and frightening film, when your sat in a room with a bunch of friends the long tense hand held camera scenes are just going to get boring.
I’m going to be listing my top 10 horror movies to watch at sleepover, based on how entertaining they are and how sleep deprived brains will cope.
Orphan is a fantastic horror/thriller thats going to keep you and your friends on the edge of your seats. You’ll all be trying to guess the ending but spoiler alert: its a pretty hard ending to guess. Even though this is a fantastic horror film I put it as ten on the list since my friend, who is terrified of any horror films, didn’t find it remotely scary but she did actually enjoy it. Also it’s one you have to be focused, so sleep deprived brains wont cope with it to late into the night.
I suggest maybe putting this film on first with your friends. Its a perfect opener to a horror night, having a good plot and keeps your brains alert for just a little while longer.
Signs is one of those horror films, like many, that you don’t really need to concentrate on to understand whats happening. So its perfect for a sleep over. If you’ve got those two annoying friends talking away in the corner you can just put this on and join in talking without having to worry about missing anything important. Plus it’s got some funny moments to. The little girl and boy provide a few giggles through out the film, especially when the tin foil hats are involved.
The third act of the film is the most interesting and most important so as long as your concentrating by that point, you’re good. Bonus: the twist at the end is possibly the funniest moment because it all seems to make sense in the most laughable, eye rolling kind of way.
Unfriended may only have one location but its perfect for a teen sleepover. Watching is a group of five teens being haunted by the ghost of their old friend is great way to make sure you and your friends are throughly freaked out at night. It’s also a pretty good anti-bullying campaign if you ask me. It builds up the right amount of tension and has some gruesome deaths that still leave things to the imagination. Considering your watching it all through Blaires computer screen, its pretty entertaining.
Paranormal Activity is a must see for any sleepovers. Of course, at this point most people have already seen the movie which is why its only seven on my list. But in any case its still a great sleepover movie. Again its one you don’t have to put all your concentration into. It has little details that play into the rest of the series but at sleepovers its great for some good jump scares and creepy goings on.
The Conjuring makes a great sleepover film for more than one reason. It has a great, interesting plot that will keep you and your friends interested without having to look to deep into the meaning. There is a meaning there but it’s not one you have to figure out. The hauntings happening while the girls sleep is another great reason for why its so terrifying to watch at a sleepover, it leaves you wondering what could happen while you sleep, maybe even keeping one of you friends up. It also provides some great jump scares, which are always entertaining with a group of people all having the same reaction.
Marking the halfway point on this list is the Ring. A chilling movie that will not fail to provide nightmares and fears of watching strange movies and receiving odd calls from unknown numbers. It’s another perfect film as its left without a happy ending, leaving you and your friends terrified of the thought of it still being out there. And the opening scene is one of two girls at at a sleepover, better yet one finds the other girl dead. Plus it all happens in the safety of their own home. I doubt any of you would be going anywhere on your own that night.
Sinister is one of those films that will leave you and your friends paranoid and wondering wether thats a person standing in the bush outside your window or just a weird shadow. It’s especially perfect if you have a kid brother or sister that will be around at the time, they’re sure to leave your friends scared of even going near their room. Its got a brilliant story to it that will no doubt keep you and your tired friends interested and entertained through out. The characters are very likeable, especially the cop who will have you all wanting watch the second film before the first is even finished. You will all be rooting for a happy ending but whether or not you get one is a different story.
V/H/S is a movie you and your friends with have been glad to have watched as a group. Its a collection of short horror films that fit in to and interesting and smooth narrative. A great thing about it being an anthology is that it’s bound to cover at least one thing you and your friends are scared of. It it doesn’t, I’d be truly surprised. It’s a film that will leave you feeling a collection of different emotions; scared, disgusted, paranoid, thoroughly creeped out and slightly traumatised. It’s a great film if you and your friends just want to watch one creepy horror film after the other, all of them scary in their own ways. Whether it be a murderer, monster or ghost, its got a little of everything.
Insidious seems to become one of those most watch horror films at every sleepover, it seems whenever one is being planned, the movie’s name always gets said at some point. For good reason to, its a great movie to watch with friends. There some classic jump scares, like the one in the picture above, which always seems to get people. There’s a terrifying ending, that leaves you wondering, but what happens now? There’s the catchy tip toe through the tulips song (i bet you sung the words as you read them, right?) that is somehow completely chilling and so upbeat at the same time. It also provides some good ghosts, some bad ghosts and some truly evil demons that will have you questioning, which one actually is the antagonist. Although, you dont want to be watching it with a friend like me who says ‘Mr. Tumnus has really sunken to a new low.’ when you first see the evil demon…
Yes, thats right, number one on this list is of course Cabin In The Woods. Undoubtedly the best horror film to watch at a sleep over… well if you could call it a horror film. It is the perfect mix of comedy, monsters and gore that will have you and all your friends laughing out loud and watching through your hands all at the same time. The moment the movie opens with the two middle age men on the back of a golf cart, you think, ‘this movie cant be serious?’ which is then answered when the stone guy rolls up in his car using an extended coffee flask as a bong (as an invention it was very clever). It’s a great film with some great celebrity faces and some unknown actors to. Its a clever piece of satyr that will have you and your friends watching the whole way through. My number 1 suggestion when watching this, is to pause the film at the part when the bets are being taken and you can fully see the board of monsters, then get all of your friends to place their own bets on what monster they think will be unleashed. It’s overall a great film that plays with great horror tropes, it is a truly enjoyable film for anyone, whether they like horror or not, your friends will be entertained.