The world has fallen silent. A year after the arrival of an extraterrestrial threat, a few survivors cling on by adhering to a simple rule: don’t make a sound. The aliens hunt using their super-sensitive hearing, and even a whisper could be fatal.
On their remote farm, Lee (John Krasinski) and Evelyn (Emily Blunt) have adapted to this harsh existence, along with their two children – fearful Marcus (Noah Jupe), and teenaged Regan (Millicent Simmonds), whose deafness makes her even more vulnerable.
Haunted by the losses they’ve already faced, the family must prepare for an impending arrival which could bring hope or tragedy.
Only Lovers Left Alive is rated 15 for strong language. The film is available on DVD.
Eve (Tilda Swinton) and Adam (Tom Hiddleston) have been alive, and in love, for centuries. Spending their days immersed in literature, music and obscure scientific knowledge, they’re cultured and effortlessly cool. They also happen to be vampires.
At her home in Tangiers, Eve receives a steady supply of black-market blood via her friend and fellow vampire Kit (John Hurt). Adam, who records albums from the seclusion of his crumbling Detroit house, gets his blood fix from a local hospital. He’s a connoisseur of vintage guitars, acquiring a collection from naïve human fan Ian (Anton Yelchin), but this passion is starting to lose its appeal. In fact, Adam has begun to wonder – not for the first time – whether his endless life is really worth living.
Getting wind of his suicidal mood, Eve comes to visit him in Detroit. Before long, they’re joined by her younger sister Ava (Mia Wasikoswka), whose recklessness could put them all in peril.
High-Rise is rated 15 for strong violence, sex, very strong language
The Scoop – Stylish, gripping, possessed of a powerful nasty streak, High-Rise is not for the fainthearted.
Handsome, inscrutable Dr. Laing (Tom Hiddleston) moves into an apartment in a newly built high-rise block. The tower has every amenity, from a gym to a swimming pool and supermarket. He meets people from the floors below him – Wilder (Luke Evans) and his pregnant wife Helen (Elizabeth Moss) – and from the better-appointed floors above, including Charlotte (Sienna Miller) and the building’s penthouse-dwelling architect, Royal (Jeremy Irons).
Something is wrong in the tower. The extravagant lifestyles of those on the upper floors lead to simmering resentments beneath, spilling over into violence and anarchy. The thin veneer of civilisation will be peeled back to reveal the horrors beneath.
I scare easily. I’m not ashamed. (OK, maybe a little bit.) I don’t watch ‘proper’ horror films because my poor overactive imagination can’t handle it. But I do enjoy a bit of menace and weirdness and darkness in my fiction, so it’s a constant toss-up between watching what I want to watch and getting a good night’s sleep afterwards.
In honour of this spooky time of year, here are a few of the scariest films I have ever subjected myself to.