ROKIT's favourite Horror films
From stone circle rituals to ballet school witch covens, get in the mood for fright night with our favourite horror films from the '60s and '70s.
From bullied school girl, to blood-thirsty banshee unleashing hell at the school prom - we love cult horror classic Carrie! Adapted from Stephen King's first published novel, the film stars the incredible Sissy Spacek (Badlands, 3 Women) as the shy and awkward Carrie who develops supernatural powers and gives her class mates and teachers a night to remember. As a side note, make sure you watch the original 1976 version and give the remake a miss!
If surreal and bizarre is more your bag than blood-and-gore horror then David Lynch's first feature-length film Eraserhead will make your skin crawl. Set against a bleak industrial backdrop, the film is filled with haunting imagery, from a wailing mutant baby, to a writhing and bleeding cooked chicken. Its nightmare-ish vibe is so disturbing that we guarantee it will pervade your dreams for weeks to come.
The Wicker Man (1973)
Certified-creepy cult film The Wickerman follows policeman Sergeant Howie, who is called to a remote island off the west coast of Scotland to investigate reports of a local girl's disappearance. At first, nobody on Summerisle seems to have heard of Rowan Morrison, but it soon becomes clear that there are more sinister goings-on at play as Howie uncovers a Pagan community, where residents get naked in graveyards, lick toads and convene for stone circle rituals. Keep an eye out for the incredible pagan costumes at the midsummer festival!
With its hallucinatory visuals and an occult storyline, Suspira has to be one of the most spine-chilling horror films ever made. Set in a German ballet academy filled with odd and menacing characters with dark motives, the film follows budding American student Suzy Banyon as she arrives to find witchy going-ons. With a prog-rock score, spectacular decor and eye-popping colours, the Italian-made horror film is an assault on the senses!
Rosemary's Baby (1968)
Rosemary's Baby was a Hollywood debut for director Roman Polanski, and is often considered to be his most chilling film. Starring Mia Farrow as Rosemary, a young mum-to-be who's just moved into a new apartment with her husband. She grows increasingly suspicious of her creepy elderly neighbours, and a series of strange occurrences is set in motion. This film is proof that Polanski is the king of psychological horror!