Halloween is right around the corner, and you know what that means right? No, we aren’t talking about bunny ears and countless hours at the gym trying to bulk up just in time to pull off the perfect Tarzan look – we’re talking about binge-watching horror films.

On Hallow’s Eve, horror films are – quite frankly – a MUST! While most people are partying the night away, we horror film fanatics sink into our couches, turn off all the lights, and start watching some of our favorite hair-raising thrillers till our eyes bleed (perhaps, literally).

This Halloween, we decided to switch things up a little… we thought we’d compile a short list of Egyptian horror films that are so bad, they’re good!

So without further ado…

Anyab (1981)

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A film rarely known to most Egyptians, the plot-line essentially depicts Egypt’s youth and their frustrations in life. The film revolves around a young couple whose car gets stuck in the middle of a road on a rainy night – soon thereafter, they find an old house which consequently turns out to be the home of the infamous Dracula (played by Ahmed Adawya).

In the film, Dracula – with his blood-sucking fangs – personifies the idea of youth’s lost hope as they try to cope with the soul-sucking world they live in. To be quite honest, Adawya’s fake fangs were more interesting to us than the idea Dracula supposedly personifies. No Adawya, stop trying to make faux-fangs happen, they are not going to happen.

El-Ins wal Jinn (1985)

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This film is considered to be a timeless classic among most Egyptians. The movie stars Yousra and Adel Emam. Yousra plays the role of a young woman who catches the eyes of a Jinn who ends up being disowned by his clan for falling in love with a human.

While the movie had its frightening moments when we were but young toddlers – think Adel Emam’s angry facial expressions, and the red light illuminating from behind the curtains – let’s face it, the film is actually hilarious once you re-watch it all grown up.

The acting can arguably be considered good by both leading actors – however, the script itself is quite flawed and melodramatic. The climax of the film is what really takes the cake, however. In order to exorcise the Jinn, Yousra’s fiancee repeated verses from the Quraan and, in mere seconds, the demon was gone. And that’s when you realize you’ve just wasted an hour and a half of your life – if that in itself isn’t scary, then we don’t know what is.

El-Ta3weza (1987)

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Speak of the devil – this film stars Yousra once again. She plays the damsel in distress caught amongst demons of the underworld – only this time, she goes head-to-head with the devil himself.

The film tells the story of a young couple (Yousra and Mahmoud Yassin) living in a family house with the man’s mother (Played by Tahaya Karayoka) and his younger siblings (Played by Marwa El-Khatib and Abla Kamel). One day, a mysterious businessman appears at their door offering to buy their home, and they refuse. The refusal leads to a series of supernatural events such as a blood-dripping shower, and the house bursting into flames out of the blue.

Let’s just say that re-watching this film now will scare you, and make you laugh wholeheartedly all at the same time.

Camp (2008)

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Just as the title implies, the film is set in a camp in the middle of nowhere. A group of friends travel to this camp to celebrate their graduation, and end up being stalked by a psychotic killer.

On the surface, the film has all the right ingredients for a slasher movie – from the ‘whodunit’ vibe, to the drawn out suspenseful music – but it is, unfortunately, poorly acted and horribly written and directed. The movie has you routing for the killer rather than sympathizing with any of the characters.

Rumor has it that a sequel to the film is currently in production. (Dear God, why? At least we’ll have material for next Halloween)

Warda (2014)

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Think The Exorcism of Emily Rose meets Paranormal Activity – and then think about how taking those two concepts and putting them together can be effortlessly ruined.

The film tells the story of a young woman who becomes possessed by a demon, while her husband documents the whole experience.

We’ve got to be honest… the film is not in the least bit scary, but we can’t deny getting a good laugh out of it – especially the scenes in which the woman tries to release the demon inside of her, those were an absolute delight.

We think it’s safe to conclude that Egyptians do not know how to make horror films – and we love them for it.

Happy Halloween!

 

 

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