Friday 13th – 13 film and series recommendations for the unluckiest day of the year

  1. American Horror Story (series)

IMDB: 8.0

Synopsis: Created by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk, American Horror Story is an anthology series where every season has its own new story. Each season tackles different aspects of horror.

Although the latest seasons may not be near the quality of the start of the show, the show’s first few seasons are still compelling and worth the watch. 

  1. Hannibal (series)

IMDB: 8.5

Synopsis: Based on the Hannibal Lecter film trilogy, Hannibal is about Will Graham, an FBI criminal profiler who has a strange ability to sympathise with criminals and mentally picture how a crime took place. Will Graham is particularly close to Dr. Hannibal Lecter, a forensic psychologist. 

For Mads Mikkelson to be able to pull off a memorable performance after Anthony Hopkins in The Silence of the Lambs says enough on the quality of the show. A great series for those who enjoyed the Hannibal trilogy and those who are interested in criminal psychology.

  1. Hellsing Ultimate (series)

IMDB: 8.3

Synopsis: Written and illustrated by Kouta Hirano, Hellsing is a Japanese manga series that was adapted into a 13 episode anime series directed by Umanosuke lida and Yasunori Urata, with the screenplay by Chiaki J. Konaka. 

Inspired by the many adaptations of Abraham Van Helsing originating back to the 18th century novel Dracula, Hellsing takes a more modern approach to the story of vampires and vampire hunters through its main character Alucard. Being a very short anime, it is a good watch if you’re looking for something quick and exciting. 

  1. The Walking Dead (series)

IMDB: 8.2

Synopsis: In a dystopian world where the world is overrun by zombies, AMC’s The Walking Dead follows the life of Rick Graham and everyone around him in their search for survival and safety. 

I’m sure by now everybody knows or has seen at least one episode of The Walking Dead. Similar to American Horror Story, The Walking Dead started out strong, however has not been so good as of late in my opinion… Nonetheless, it’ll go down as a classic for what it was and still remains as extremely entertaining. 

The Walking Dead: World Beyond _ Season 1, Episode 1 – Photo Credit: Zach Dilgard/AMC
  1. Devilman Crybaby (series)

IMDB: 7.6

Synopsis: Ancient demons have returned to take over the world and Akira, a half demon boy, begins his path into a brutal war alongside his friend Ryo.

One of my favourite anime’s, this psychological piece of art is a must see for all anime lovers. 

  1. Tokyo Ghoul (series)

IMDB: 7.8

Synopsis: Based on the famous manga series of the same name, Tokyo Ghoul follows the main protagonist Kaneki after being attacked by a ghoul, surviving, and becoming a demon himself. 

Although the anime drops off in quality after the second season it is still worth the watch and you can continue with the manga if you do not want to continue the anime after season 2. 

  1. The Silence of the Lambs 

IMDB: 8.6

Synopsis: An FBI agent named Clarice Starling looks to Dr. Hannibal Lecter, a former psychiatrist and psychopathic serial killer for help in order to stop another serial killer. 

Anthony Hopkins delivers one of the best performances of all time as Hannibal Lecter in this chilling film which goes into the mind of a highly intelligent killer. 

  1. Red Dragon 

IMDB: 7.2

Synopsis: The third installment in the Hannibal trilogy, Red Dragon follows Will Graham (Edward Norton) who turns to Hannibal Lecter in the hopes of catching a new serial killer.

  1. The Strangers 

IMDB: 6.2

Synopsis: A newly wed couple go to an isolated cabin to spend some time together where they are stalked by a group of strangers. 

An all time nightmare of mine because of the possibility that it could happen terrifies me. Watching The Strangers will definitely leave you sleeping with one eye open. 

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  1. The Shining 

IMDB: 8.4

Synopsis: Jack and his family move into a new home for the winter with a dark past where a sinister presence influences Jack into evil. 

An all time classic starring one of the greatest actors of all time, Jack Nicholson, what more needs to be said? Jack Nicholson displays (probably) his most iconic performance. Heeeeeeeeeere’s Johnny! 

  1. Bram Stoker’s Dracula

IMDB: 7.4

Synopsis: After Elizabeta’s suicide, Dracula (Gary Oldman) swears to avenge her death, however things don’t go quite accordingly when he meets Mina Harker (Winona Ryder) and believes her to be a reincarnation of his deceased lover. 

A captivating performance by Gary Oldman as Dracula was the highlight of this film for me. It was interesting and entertaining to see the romanticized depiction of such a classic story compared to the novel. 

  1. Halloween 

IMDB: 7.7

Synopsis: Six year old child Michael Myers brutally murders his 17 year old sister on a cold halloween night in 1963. After 15 years he manages to escape and returns to his hometown in search of his next victims.

The creation of a classic horror character was born from this film series and anyone into horror/slasher films should atleast watch the first Halloween. An extremely intense and immersive horror which will leave you on the edge of your seat whilst also checking behind you. 

  1. Friday the 13th 

IMDB: 6.4

Synopsis: Camp Crystal Lake, a summer camp that has not been opened for a number of years is reopened by an entrepreneur. However, when a group of counsellors decide to visit, they are killed one by one. 

A surprisingly low rating for such an iconic slasher film which paved the way for so many to come. An unjustified rating for such a memorable and important film. This should be the only film on your watchlist for this particular night.

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