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Review – The Purge: Anarchy (2014)

2013’s The Purge was a fresh and scary premise about an annual night of crimes and  killing in the U.S to keep law and order throughout the rest of the year, and this sequel is a solid entry in the franchise.

At first it starts a bit mehhh – the characters aren’t that captivating, the dialogue is slow and the lead, flawed hero the Sergeant (Frank Grillo) isn’t very exciting – but something changes about 40 mins through where we’re suddenly in a contemporary version of Escape from New York (well, LA), The Warriors, Judgment Night and The Running Man. The Sergeant leads a group of non-purgers through the suburbs of LA to survive the night against various would-be murderers. But there’s something more chilling yet to come…

A neat turn is how rich people enjoy the purge, and the group is caught and sold to the elite and they have to enter a killing ground to be hunted down. It’s all very sinister and a bit Society-esque.

From a dodgy start, Anarchy pulls it back and actually becomes a very tense film.

GORE RATING: 2/5
SCARES: 2/5
DISTURBIA: 3/5
RATING: 7/10
Watch it for: The elite hunting ground
Watch out for: A sharp shooter in the back of a truck

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31 scary movie moments – 31) Michael Myers wakes up behind Laurie in Halloween (1978)

There couldn’t be anything else. This is our scariest moment in horror, when supposedly out for the count Michael Myers (Nick Castle) – the ultimate Boogeyman – wakes up behind unsuspecting Final Girl Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis). It’s the ultimate jump, a masterpiece by John Carpenter of scary things happening just out of your main gaze, a classic of evil never being dead/the persistent threat never-ending, and a seminal slasher.

31 scary movie moments – 30) They’re Here in Poltergeist (1982)

When little Carol Anne Freeling (Heather O’Rourke) utters those infamous horror movie words – ‘They’re Here’ – this is the reason why static has haunted us for 30+ years and we still have issues with a blank TV screen. Kids in horror flicks are inherently scary too so Poltergeist has the perfect combination for Halloween viewing. There’s also the myth around the ‘Curse of Poltergeist’, with the tragic deaths of many of the movie franchise stars – including Heather O’Rourke, at just 12 years old.

31 scary movie moments – 29) London is empty in 28 Days Later (2002)

One of our biggest fears in humanity is change that is out of our control, and Danny Boyle’s 28 Days Later deals with that on a massive scale for lead Jim (Cillian Murphy) as he wakes from a coma in a deserted St Thomas’ Hospital, London. As he leaves the hospital, he finds the streets of London empty – something so sinister, something portraying a disaster of epic proportions. It really is very unsettling. You’re put slap bang in Jim’s shoes as you know how you would feel in his situation.

31 scary movie moments – 28) Mother is revealed in Psycho (1960)

One of the greatest chillers of all time, we all know about THAT famous shower scene. The part that really scares us is when Lila Crane (Vera Miles) – the sister of missing Marion (Janet Leigh), the motel shower victim – discovers what really happened to Norman Bates’ (Anthony Perkins) mother. She may be sitting in a chair, but as she’s turned around she’s revealed to be a mummified corpse…and then Norman bursts into the room with a knife, dressed as his mother. Yikes!

31 scary movie moments – 27) The plan is revealed in The Human Centipede (First Sequence) (2010)

Director Tom Six is a very bad man. A very bad man indeed. The Human Centipede (First Sequence) is quite the mouthful to get through and completely revolting but also a brilliant watch. There’s some moments of sheer black comedy but when the scary Dr Heiter (Dieter Laser) reveals his gross-out plans for his human centipede to his three helpless victims, it’s a scene of absolute horror and very frightening. When you see it for the first time, it really is something else. My sweet three dog.

31 scary movie moments – 26) The raven attack in Damien: Omen II (1978)

Oh God. In Omen II, devilish Damien (Jonathan Scott-Taylor) is 12 years old and still as nasty as ever. One of the most scary and horrific scenes comes to poor journalist Joan Hart (Elizabeth Shepherd) who suspects Damien could well be, y’know, the bloomin’ Antichrist. She gets attacked by a raven, has her eyes pecked out and is then run over by a truck. Sad face for Joan.

31 scary movie moments – 25) Caleb’s death in The Witch (2015)

Scary children, a scary lady in the woods, a scary…goat – The Witch is one of the best contemporary horror films for some time and will definitely give you the creeps. A Puritan family are banished from a plantation in 17th century New England. They set up a farm, complete with the goat from hell, and one day their newborn baby/sibling disappears. A bad thing in the woods likes to do bad things to babies. Unfortunately peril also comes to the other children, including Caleb (Harvey Scrimshaw) who falls prey to some ‘orrid witchcraft. It’s an outstanding performance from this young actor and absolutely terrifying.

31 scary movie moments – 24) They’re coming to get you Barbra in Night of the Living Dead (1968)

And this is where it starts. We lost George A. Romero this year – the father of the zombie movie – and boy will he be missed. This is the seminal opening of the highly influential, game-changing and much copied Night of the Living Dead and it never stops being scary – siblings Barbra (Judith O’Dea) and Johnny (Russell Streiner) are on their annual visit to their father’s grave. A strange man appears. There were zombie films before but this is where the modern zombie flick truly begins.

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