13 Best Horror Movies To Watch On Friday The 13th

13 Best Horror Movies To Watch On Friday The 13th

Take advantage of this ominous-sounding date and indulge in all things horror.
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Have you always been intrigued by the allure of superstition, and enticed by the idea of spooky things happening on Friday the 13th? Have you ever wondered how you could take advantage of such an ominous-sounding date and indulge in all things horror - but not so far as calling upon spirits or throwing a party in a graveyard? If lower-key thrills are your thing, satisfy your horror-loving needs and watch one of these 13 chilling movies tonight!

And no, sorry, Friday the 13th is NOT one of them.

1. "A Nightmare on Elm Street" (1984)

Fewer things are more terrifying than encountering Freddy Krueger - a scorned man destined to kill anyone and everyone - for revenge (and for fun). Arguably, he's the king of all horror villains. I mean, what's scarier than going to sleep to escape from your day just to realize there's no way to escape imminent death in your dreams? Bummer.

2. "Don't Breathe" (2016)

What could be worse than three ne'er-do-wells breaking into a blind man's house to rob him of his life's possessions? Maybe it's the fact that he's blind, or that he's all by himself and only has a dog to keep him company. Or maybe it's the secrets he has hiding in his basement.

3. "Sinister" (2010)

A true-crime writer moves his family into a house where multiple brutal murders have taken place. He's there to write about the latest murdered family for his new book. As he writes, he finds old-time home videos in the attic with innocent-sounding titles, like "Pool Party '66" and "Family Hanging Out '11". Soon, he discovers that the titles are quite literal when strange things begin happening around the house.

4. "Insidious" (2010)

Not long after a family moves into their new home, one of the older sons hits his head during a fall and becomes comatose. A few months after, apparitions can be seen walking through the house, one of whom lingers over the son's at-home hospital bed. Soon, a medium and two ghost-hunters come to see what all the fuss is about, and the family discovers their son's incredibly rare ability to travel outside of his physical being and encounter spirits in the "Further".

5. "The Ring" (2002)

You know those chain letters we all shared back when MySpace was still a thing? Well, this is the real-life version of the after-effects of not sharing a chain letter: you watch a video. You get a phone call. You're warned that you will die in seven days. You die. Or do you?

6. "Drag Me to Hell" (2009)

You know how some days at work, especially if you work in a customer service heavy industry, you get blamed for EVERYTHING by one pissed off customer? Well, here's a tale about a loan officer who informs a seemingly sweet old woman that her home will be foreclosed on and the home loan cannot be extended any longer. Before leaving, the old woman publicly begs and pleads for the loan officer to extend the loan. She doesn't. So naturally, the old woman places a horrific curse on the loan officer, subjecting her to the depths of hell in three day's time.

7. "The Babadook" (2014)

Don't you just love when you get so immersed in a book that the entire time you're reading it, the story and its characters feel so...real? You might love it a bit less if you're being stalked by a demonic monster from a child's storybook. For one recently widowed mother, her son takes story time to a whole new level. He begins to believe that a monster from his picture book, The Babadook, is real. Could her son be envisioning this monster as a tangible representation of his grief at the loss of his father? Could he be playing a cruel trick on his grieving mother? Or could we entertain the possibility that the Babadook is indeed real?

8. "It Follows" (2014)

From the minute we start learning the basics of sex ed and how to practice safe sex, we're always dissuaded from sleeping with random people. It Follows more than challenges the idea of safe sex in a wild, wild way. In order to get rid of "IT," the titular demon, the "infected" person must have sex with another person to deflect the demon's actions from killing the initially infected person - still following? Basically, "IT" can never be stopped - only deflected. So, the whole spiel Coach Carr gave in Mean Girls couldn't hit the nail on the head much better than this. Because if you have sex, you might not get pregnant, but you'll probably die.

9. "The Orphanage" (2007)

Originally titled El Orfanato, this Spanish-to-English-subtitled film includes all of the best aspects of a good horror movie: a creepy orphanage, sickly children, an unsung past with an ominous history, a child with a so-called imaginary friend who wears a sack mask, a mystery disappearance...you know, the best things. Plus, you get a balance of real-life tragedy plus impossible, unrealistic supernatural occurrences. Chilling.

10. "Final Destination 3" (2006)

Oftentimes, horror movies that turn into series usually get less appealing as the number of films increases. But in the Final Destination series, third time is most definitely the charm. For those who are familiar with the FD series, you know that one person in the group has a premonition of foreboding danger, and inevitably, whatever they saw comes true in one way or another. In a similar vein to It Follows, death cannot be stopped, but it can be deflected. And as you can likely assume, deflecting death never ends well.

11. "Saw" (2004)

Short for "jigsaw," the name of the mastermind creator behind the game, Saw is one of the more psychological AND gore-filled films on this list. Not many movies can combine a good balance between messing with your mind, forcing you to take sides, and equally grossing you out with an abundance of blood, severed limbs, and the choice between the better of two outcomes - neither ending happily. Do you want to play a game?

12. "Carrie" (1982)

Adapted from the Stephen King novel, Carrie epitomizes the horrors of high school in a multitude of ways. I mean, what really is more horrifying than being in high school all over again, having your first "time of the month" - (and everyone knowing it), dealing with a neurotic mother who says all things are done in sin, and being surrounded by the meanest of the mean girls every single day for four non-stop years? Not much. Well, maybe being doused in pig's blood. Maybe.

13. "Lights Out" (2016)

Initially, Lights Out's corny headline: "you were right to be afraid of the dark" was super off-putting, but if you're looking to truly question what lies in the darkness, search no more. Darkness is elusive, and menacing at that, so when a creepy figure's silhouette appears in the dead of night, you've got a right to be terrified. Especially when your mother's "friend" is the reason you're now afraid of the dark.

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11 Things You Understand If You Hate Physical Contact

Please keep your hands and feet away from me at all times.
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We currently live in a world where EVERYONE LIKES TO TOUCH EACH OTHER. People enjoy hugs, high fives, tapping others on the shoulder, pokes, ect. For someone like you and me (I'm assuming you too since you clicked on this article), this is the WORST thing in the world. Whenever I think of someone touching me (even just a poke) without my permission my reaction is like Sofia Vergara in Modern Family.

I mean, when I take that love languages quiz, physical touch is always on the bottom of my preferences. So I thought to my self, you know I can't be the only person in the world that hates physical touching. So here are 11 things every person who hates physical touch will understand:


1. When people tickle you

I don't care that it's just for fun and jokes; I'm not laughing because I want to, you are literally forcing me to laugh. I hate you, get your greasy hands off of me before I make you get them off of me.


2. When people think they need to tap your shoulder to get your attention

As if simply saying "Hey" followed by my name wasn't enough. I don't need your grubby little fingers touching me. Now I'm annoyed with you before this conversation even started, what do you want?


3. When someone you barely know reaches in for a hug

I don't know who the heck you're thinking you're about to hug because it sure isn't going to be me. Hugs are reserved for people I know well and like, not you. Okay release me now, I am not enjoying this. LET ME GO.


4. When people tell you that you aren't an affectionate person

Are you aware there are ways to show my affection without constantly being all over you like a koala bear? Yes, I'm affectionate, hop off.


5. When someone is in your personal space

We could be best friends, we could be complete strangers. We could be lovers, I could hate your guts. We could be in private, we could be in public. I don't care what the situation is, if you're in my personal space uninvited GET OUT. There is no reason to be so close to me unwarranted.


6. You don't know how to comfort people

When you see an upset loved one, most people think they you should comfort then by pulling them into a long lasting hug. But, that's the kind of things that your nightmares are literally made out of. So, you stand there confused how you should comfort your friend/relative while also not sacrificing your touch moral code.


7. When people say you "look like you could use a hug"

Um no. I never could use one, get off of me. I will let you know when I want one.


8. When you're hugging someone wondering how soon you can release

Please end my suffering.


9. When you arrive at a social gathering and people rush to greet you with hugs

Let's not.

10. When you try to leave a social gathering by just waving to get out of goodbye hugs

Please no one make me hug you.


11. That one person who is allowed to hug you/touch you

This person, typically a significant other or best friend, gets to break all the "no touch" rules and we gladly accept their hugs and cuddles and public displays of affection. But only them, no one can copy them.

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7 Reasons 'Starset' Deserves To Get Big

The main reason they deserve success is that they love everything they do.

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Starset consists of four members, Dustin Bates, Ron DeChant, Brock Richards, and Adam Gilbert. The band was formed in Columbus, Ohio in 2013. Their music has influenced my and several others lives.

Here are a few reasons why they deserve to go down as one of the biggest bands in history.


1. They're the most original band I've heard in awhile.

Starset's content is unlike any other band I've heard or seen before. They classify themselves as "space rock", creating a type of music that many have never heard of before. They use your regular guitar, bass, and drums, but they also incorporate the use of violins, cellos, and synthesizers to create the unique, one of a kind sound. The lead singer, Dustin Bates, even created his own microphone that distorts his voice to use in live shows, so that you feel as though he's speaking to you through a radio in a space station.

2. They're all a bunch of nerds/dorks.

Starset is the kind of band that you'd love to be friends with. Not only are they wicked smart, they also have an amazing sense of humor. They incorporate their knowledge into the songs that they write, leaving you wanting to learn more about what it is they write in their songs.

3. Their songs are lyrically and melodically beautiful.

Ricochet is one of their most impactful and meaningful songs. When you first listen to it you can hear the emotion in Dustin's voice, but as you take a minute to listen to the lyrics, you realize it has so much more meaning than what you assumed. It represents the struggle of a relationship gone sour, the internal struggles within yourself, and the effect it has on both people in the relationship. It's a song that a lot of people can relate to, and I find that amazing.

4. They interact with and care about their fans.

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Before their shows, they do eat and greets where they hang out with their fans, eat pizza, perform some acoustic songs, and take pictures with them. They have genuine conversations with them, asking us our names, what we like to do, and just keep up small talk. My brother, pictured here, had a conversation with Ron, the bassist, before the show started and they got along phenomenally. I don't know many bands who take that much time to get to know their fans and they even interact with them on Twitter.

5. Have comics with Marvel.

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Not only does Starset create music, they also have their own comics with Marvel. The comics are based on an alternate world they created through their music. Each album has a story, but now it's come to life through their comic, The Pros Transmissions. How dope is that?

6. Created their own society to inform the world of various things.

The Starset Society is a mission, created by Starset, to inform others of the up-coming technological advances happening in the world today. The main goal of this society is to make sure we're well aware of the things happening in the world, and it's not just aimed for the fans of Starset. It's influenced by the idea of Thomas Jefferson that says the first step toward a guided future is an informed public.

7. They love what they do.

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The main reason they deserve success is that they love everything they do. They put so much work into making their shows interactive and enjoyable, and they spend years working on albums so that they and their fans are pleased with the final product. Knowing that they put so much passion and effort into their work makes it obvious that they deserve to be one of the biggest bands in history.

After learning more about this amazing, influential band, aren't you intrigued to hear more of their music? To learn more about their society and their comics? They're great people with a great purpose driving them to continue creating some of the most unique, epic rock sounds in history. Check out Starset. You won't regret it.


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