Stay in for a night of horror - and try not to hide behind the pillow
Do you remember the last time you had to turn off the TV because you were too afraid to watch any further? We’ve all done it: one moment you’re sitting home alone, stuffing your face with popcorn, ready to watch that series you’ve been excited about for days, only to resort to turning it off after five minutes because you’ve scared yourself silly (and are now under the covers with your mobile phone). If you’re not one for dress-ups then celebrate Halloween on October 31, by grabbing some company and bunkering in for the night with these box sets that are sure to make your face go pale. Lights on please!
The Twilight Zone (1959-1964) This popular part-thriller-part science fiction US series first aired in 1959 and went on to scare the wits out of Baby Boomers for a solid five years with its unsettling time travel-inspired stories. The theme song will make the hair on the back of your neck stand up, but if that’s not enough, the eerie black and white filming in the style of Alfred Hitchcock will definitely spook you. From Dhs330 for all five seasons www.amazon.com
Unsolved Mysteries (1987-2002) If the amount of plastic surgery that Robert Stack’s face underwent during his 15 years as host of this real-life series doesn’t terrify you first, his voice will definitely run a chill down your spine. With a tone more gruff than a late-night love song dedication radio DJ, he previews the terrifying actual missing person cases and supernatural events that make watching an episode even in the daytime near impossible. From Dhs22 for a box set of the best episodes www.amazon.com
Twin Peaks (1990-1991) David Lynch’s murder mystery follows FBI Agent Cooper’s investigation into the killing of high school student Laura Palmer in the creepy mountain town of Twin Peaks. It will put most on edge for its bizarre characters (actors include Kyle Machlaclan), and the storylines get more other-worldly as the mystery unravels. From Dhs154 for the complete series www.amazon.com
The X-Files (1993-2002) ‘The truth is out there’. Well, that’s what Agent Scully and Mulder would have you believe every time you tune into an episode of this hit ‘90s series that explores bone-chilling conspiracy theories and the paranormal. Some of the creepiest episodes designed to make you jump out of your seat include ‘Elegy’, where those that are about to die see visions of those who are dying and one in which a serial killer emerges from hibernation every 30 years in order to eat human livers. Lovely. From Dhs73 for season six www.amazon.com
Supernatural (2003) This horror series about two demon-hunting brothers is the type that will make you stop, sit up and listen twice to any strange creaks or noises in the night. Not for the faint-hearted, there’s suspense, gore, violence, ghosts, zombies and yes even weird body possessions. Having been fascinated with urban legends since he was a child, the show’s creator Eric Kripke has a good idea of how to instil fear in his audience. Episodes include one in which a monster dresses up as a clown and befriends his way into kids’ homes to kill their parents. Season six is now showing on OSN Network.