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The Friday the 13th movies you definitely don't (but kind of do) want to watch


So today is the unluckiest day there is: Friday the 13th. Hopefully nothing upsetting has befallen you, but we wanted to get all you Cineworlders in the mood by rounding up some essential horror classics to watch today.

Trust us, these movie victims were seriously unlucky...

Psycho (1960)

Greatest movie death of all time? It has to be Janet Leigh's shower demise in Alfred Hitchcock's groundbreaking classic, the movie that practically gave birth to the concept of the slasher movie.

Set to Bernard Herrmann's infamous stabbing strings it's a plot development that blows apart the entire story of the movie. Who are we supposed to root for once Leigh's character Marion Crane has left this mortal coil? And what does nervy motel owner Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins) have to hide? The road to finding out is deliciously dark and ghoulish.

Friday the 13th (1980)

It's time to bolt those doors because we have here the boogeyman classic that unleashed iconic killer Jason Vorhees upon the world.

Even so, as we were reminded during the opening sequence of Wes Craven's Scream, Jason wasn't the main killer in this first instalment of the hit horror franchise. Instead it's his mother, with Jason's reveal left until that famously frightening climax...

Final Destination (2000)

This was the movie that established an entire franchise around the most elusive enemy of all: death itself. How do you fight an enemy you can't see, one capable of raising the stakes in a variety of gruesome ways?

The first Final Destination introduces us to a group of hapless high school kids (among them American Pie star Seann William Scott) for a creepy and ingenious twist on the standard horror formula. Aeroplanes, showers, buses, kitchen knives and more all come out to play in this horror hit from X-Files writers Glen Morgan and James Wong.

Saw (2004)

Talk about unlucky. The two central characters of this micro-budget, grisly serial killer thriller wake up in a filthy bathroom, bound at opposite ends by unbreakable chains and at the mercy of the infamous Jigsaw psychopath who has ensnared them in one of his horrific torture games.

Made for a pittance at $1 million Saw gave birth to one of cinema's most lucrative and enduring horror franchises, spawning the phrase 'torture porn' and turning Billy the puppet into the stuff of nightmares. Series reboot Jigsaw is on the way this October.

The Descent (2005)

Game of Thrones director Neil Marshall's subterreanean British horror is one of the greatest to come from these shores, a mixture of psychological unease and all-out monster terror.

When a group of women spelunkers venture into an uncharted cave system they're beset by both their own traumas and also the hideous crawlers, flesh-eating cave dwellers that pick off the group one by one. Beautifully directed and strongly acted, The Descent defies its low-budget to craft a memorably terrifying and emotional experience.

What creepy horror will you be indulging in tonight? Let us know @Cineworld.

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