Thrills Not Chills – The Films To Raise Your Heartrate This Halloween

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It might be Halloween, but that doesn’t mean it has to be wall-to-wall horror marathons when you pop a film on the telly; in fact, while the nights are dark and full of terrors it’s a perfect chance to draw the curtains and leap into a adrenaline-filled thriller! So if you fancy something that’s more about getting the blood pumping than seeing the blood spilling, try these five on for size…



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Sci-fi thrills and spills are the name of the game as the long-loved franchise gets the feature-length treatment. There’s plenty of action – as you’d expect – and the special effects are layered on thick, while the performance of Amy Manson adds a little bit of humanity to a story that’s otherwise utterly out of this world!




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Smart writing, strong acting, and some seriously snowy weather prove the perfect cocktail in this Western mystery, which sees a pair of agents brought together to solve a murder on a remote reservation. It’s a compelling story at the surface, with emotion, warmth and depth too, and while it might not be a conventional story, it’s one that everyone should see!




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Losing a phone on a night is already a nightmare scenario for plenty of people – and that’s before the freaky calls and texts start rolling in! The awesome Arnie Hammer is the unfortunate bartender who ends up on the line, in a film that delights in its ability to unnnerve and unsettle; you might need to sleep with a light on after this one!




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With a star-studded cast – led by Mel Gibson – and a neo-noir aesthetic simply dripping with style, this gritty and gripping crime drama is edge-of-the-seat stuff. Uncompromising in its brutality, it’s not one for the faint of heart, but those brave enough to give it a go will be rewarded with a visceral experience to live long in the memory!




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While Yorgos Lanthinos is known for his ability to tickle funnybones, the director is also plenty capable of getting hearts racing – with this a fine example of how to do it! The air of mystery is thick in a carefully crafted drama that puts two of Ireland’s finest talents, Colin Farrell and Barry Keoghan, together to tell the story of a bereaved boy who might be a little more than meets the eye…



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