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Meehan’s favourite horror movies for Halloween

From sci-fi scares to gothic gore.

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For those of us who love scary films, Halloween serves as an excuse to get your friends and family to sit their cowardly butts down in front of something spooky. To make it even easier to convince your nervous victims that they’re going to have a good time, I thought I should provide a list of some of my favourite horror films.

What can I say about Ridley Scott’s seminal horror masterpiece that hasn’t already been said by thousands of YouTube video essays? Mostly set on a spaceship populated by employees of a futuristic corporation who are unfortunate enough to come across a deadly extraterrestrial, Alien isn’t just an incredible horror film – it's an incredible film in general.

Despite being over 40 years old Alien has aged amazingly well, largely in part because of the timeless set design and clever use of practical effects. The scene wherein John Hurt’s character is torn apart by a newly born xenomorph is still a masterclass in tension and release, building the audience up – letting them down – before suddenly unleashing full hell upon them.

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Alex Meehan: After writing for Kotaku UK, Waypoint and Official Xbox Magazine, Alex became a member of the Dicebreaker editorial family. Having been producing news, features, previews and opinion pieces for Dicebreaker for the past three years, Alex has had plenty of opportunity to indulge in her love of meaty strategy board games and gothic RPGS. Besides writing, Alex appears in Dicebreaker’s D&D actual play series Storybreakers and haunts the occasional stream on the Dicebreaker YouTube channel.
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