Fresh of the release of their scary-good new single “Halo”, Blackpool, England-based rockers Boston Manor are quickly building hype for their forthcoming sophomore studio recording, Welcome To The Neighbourhood. Pencilled for release via Pure Noise Records on September 7th (pre-order here), the album sees a monumental change for the group, musically.
Once all about the pop punk, the fivesome have traded in former sound for a heavier, post-hardcore vibe that’s sure to win them a whole truckload of new fans. With a much darker sound, lyrical focus, and even imagery (see the cover art below), we felt it was super-logical to talk about horror movies. Here are, according to guitarist Ash Wilson, the ten scariest movies guaranteed to leave your undies in need of a washing machine.
The album Welcome To The Neighbourhood drop on September 7th, via Pure Noise Records.
10. The Others (2001)
– This was the first horror film I ever saw, and I remember watching this film when I was about 10 years old; it scared the shit out of me. I was physically behind the sofa with both my hands over my face. I actually haven’t watched it since then, but I’m not really sure I want to, it might spoil how I felt about it when I first saw it, I doubt it aged too well.
09. It Follows (2014)
– I watched this film right before it got very over-hyped and I absolutely loved it. I fell in love with the cinematography and the ‘80s electronic OST more than anything. The idea itself I feel was captured really well. It definitely follows.
08. The Conjuring (2013)
– I like this film a lot. I’ve always been into ghost hunters and paranormal researchers, so this hit the nail on the head for me. A horror done very well. Jump after jump.
Peep the trailer for The Conjuring from Warner Bros. Pictures.
07. Ringu (1998)
– I watched the Americanised versions of The Ring and thought they were great, then heard about the original. It’s so minimalist and really intense, the original definitely trumps the others, it’s just bloody terrifying.
06. A Quiet Place (2018)
– I’m a big fan of John Krasinski and Emily Blunt, so to hear of a horror film with both of them in was right up my street. I love the almost post-apocalyptic feel to this film, and the complete lack of soundtrack, which just makes any sounds 10x louder than they would be. The ending was actually super interesting too.
05. Let The Right One In (2008)
– I’m not really a huge vampire guy; I think they come across super cheesy, especially thanks to Twilight. This film was actually super dark and sinister, even though the element of romance was still in it, it didn’t spoil it for me. Really compelling and worth a watch.
04. [REC] (2007)
– The fact that this is all in Spanish actually scared me more. I love how tense it is all the way through, and the found footage just makes everything super manic and keeps you on the edge of your seat. This film gets straight to the point early on and you’re just like “well I guess it’s gonna be like this.”
It’s not number 1 on this list, but [REC] cab be pretty damn terrifying.
03. 28 Days Later (2003)
– An absolute belter of a British horror film. This film was one of the first films I’d seen where zombies were actually rapid. It’s one of those films you watch and then if it’s ever night and you’re outside, alone you just run anyway. The soundtrack is just great, I actually did a module at Uni about the main theme (“In The House – In a Heartbeat” by John Murphy). Really chilling.
02. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
– Anthony Hopkins. Anthony Hopkins. Anthony Hopkins. Such a disturbing thriller, I was kept in suspense the entire film, completely and utterly unnerved. This film relied a lot on close-ups and is weirdly terrifying but humane all the same.
01. The Shining (1980)
– I watched this film a long time ago but recently re-watched it after our producer Mike Sapone told us how obsessed he was with Stanley Kubrick (and rightly so). The Shining is such a good ghost story and adaptation of Stephen King’s novel. I think it’s such a gripping film throughout; Kubrick truly nailed it, right down to the long tracking shots and the insanely well-put together set design. The soundtrack, the blood pouring out of the elevator, Room 237, the twins, it’s just terrifying. I can’t believe such an old film can still be scary to this day. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.
Woot! You made it to number 1, so we’re rewarding you with The Shining trailer. You’re welcome.
“Welcome To The Neighbourhood” Tour Dates:
09/21 – UK, Bristol – Thekla
09/22 – UK, London – Electric Ballroom
09/23 – UK, Birmingham – Mama Roux’s
09/24 – UK, Nottingham – Rescue Rooms
09/26 – UK, Liverpool – Hangar 34
09/27 – UK, Glasgow – SWG3
09/28 – UK, Leeds – Key Club
09/29 – UK, Manchester – Gorilla
10/01 – France, Paris – Le 1999
10/02 – Germany, Cologne – Luxor
10/03 – Germany, Hamburg – Headcrash
10/04 – Germany, Berlin – Musik und Frieden
10/05 – Poland, Warsaw – Hydrozagadka
10/06 – Germany, Wiesbaden – Kreativfabrik
10/08 – Austria, Vienna – Arena
10/09 – Italy, Milan – Legend
10/10 – Switzerland, Zurich – Hafenkneipe
10/12 – Netherlands, Haarlem – Patronaat
10/13 – Germany, Munich – Uncle M event – Feierwerk + Hansa 39
There’s something angelic about the band’s new “Halo” video.