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Creeping it real

Ghouls galore for a scary night in

Horror movies, my friends, are like a defibrillator for your soul, and guess what? We love every spine-tingling, electrifying moment. But why, you might ask?

Well, it’s not just about the screams and jump scares – although those are pretty darn fun. There’s a whole psychology behind why we can’t resist the allure of a good old horror flick.

First off, it’s that adrenaline rush, baby! When you’re sitting in the dark, heart pounding, and the creepy music is building up, you’re on a wild ride of fear and excitement.

Our brains release a shot of adrenaline that leaves us buzzing, and it’s a legal high we can’t get enough of.

Then there’s the whole “being scared in a safe space” thing.

In the real world, who wants to come face to face with a vengeful ghost or a chainsaw-wielding maniac? Yeah, exactly. But in the cosy confines of your living room or a theatre, you can let your fears run wild without any actual danger.

It’s like a controlled fear experiment, and we’re the mad scientists.

Plus, it’s a bonding experience like no other. It’s a shared thrill that brings people closer, making those screams and nervous giggles the soundtrack to unforgettable memories.

And let’s not forget the rush of conquering your fears. When the credits roll, and you’re still in one piece, it’s like a badge of honour. You faced your demons, even if they were on the screen, and you emerged victorious.

With that, here’s another round of horror flick picks for you!

Dabbe

The Dabbe movie franchise is a bone-chilling Turkish horror series that’s been sending shivers down spines since its debut in 2006.

With a cult following and a growing international fan base, Dabbe has become synonymous with supernatural frights and eerie thrills.

The franchise, created by director Hasan Karacadağ, delves deep into Islamic folklore and the paranormal, with each instalment exploring different tales of possession, exorcism, and demonic forces.

The movie franchise’s uncanny relatability within a Muslim community is what makes it scary from my perspective. That same relatability taps into the deepest fears of the audience, whether it was the first installation of the film or the latest, as it blurs the lines between the ordinary and the supernatural, creating a chilling sense of unease.

Known for its suspenseful storytelling and terrifying jump scares, Dabbe has managed to carve a niche for itself in the world of horror cinema. If you’re a fan of hair-raising experiences and enjoy delving into the unknown, the Dabbe series is a must-watch for any horror enthusiast. Just be prepared to sleep with the lights on afterward!

Qorin

This Indonesian horror flick doesn’t exactly give me the creeps, but it’s got this vibe going on. I mean, when it comes to the visuals and the storyline, it’s pretty darn impressive. There’s something about it that just hits the right notes.

It’s not your run-of-the-mill ghost story; it’s got a unique twist that’ll make you question your sanity. The movie delves deep into the dark realms of Islamic mysticism, and it’s a wild ride from start to finish.

Think eerie rituals, possessed dolls, and a plot that’ll keep you guessing. Qorin doesn’t just rely on cheap jump scares – it’s all about building that bone-chilling atmosphere that’ll give you the heebie-jeebies for days. So, picture this: life at a boarding school takes a nosedive into pure chaos. Why, you ask?

Well, it’s all thanks to a teacher who decides it’s a brilliant idea to have the students do a forbidden ritual that calls forth their doppelgängers. Yeah, you can pretty much guess how that’s going to turn out – a whole bunch of eerie and surreal encounters that’ll give you goosebumps. So, if you’re up for a supernatural scare-fest with a touch of Indonesian culture, Qorin is the way to go. It might not make you lose sleep, but it’s definitely worth a watch for its artistic flair and intriguing plot.

Qorin. PHOTO: NETFLIX

Incantation

Alright, folks, let’s talk about this 2022 Taiwan found footage flick directed by Kevin Ko and co-written with Chang Chewei. 

This supernatural folk horror film is another wild ride.

It hit the big screens in Taiwan on March 18, 2022, and guess what? It smashed records, becoming the top-grossing Taiwan horror film. Now, what’s the deal with this movie? Well, it’s inspired by a crazy incident that went down in Gushan District, Kaohsiung, back in 2005.

Imagine this: a whole family of six starts claiming they’re possessed by Chinese folk religion deities and start accusing each other of being demons in disguise.

Things get seriously weird as they go all out with incense, sticks, spirit tablets, and even faeces and urine in some bizarre attempt to kick these so-called demons out.

The twist? It all ends tragically with the eldest daughter getting attacked until, tragically, she loses her life. The other five family members end up charged with “abandoning a helpless person resulting in the person’s death”.

This real-life madness is like something out of a horror movie, and it’s known as a classic case of mass hysteria.

Incantation. PHOTO: NETFLIX

So, the next time you’re curled up with a bucket of popcorn and the latest horror release, remember that you’re not alone.

You’re joining a community of fearless thrill-seekers, all in it for that electrifying jolt of terror, and we wouldn’t have it any other way. Horror movies, we just can’t quit you! – Izah Azahari

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