Top image: Still, ‘Scream’ (1996) dir. Wes Craven

Above all else, Halloween is about digging out those ultimate frighteners and getting a bit jumpy. The hardest part of it all? Deciding which horror flicks to make up your hair-raising movie marathon. No fear, we’ve heard your howls and asked some of Hollywood’s most exciting young names for their horror film recommendations. Welcome to The Collective Scream of Young Hollywood: an insider’s guide to crapping your pants. Fill your  boots. Or underwear.

Having first introduced himself in Matt Ross’ whimsical 2016 success Captain Fantastic, Hamilton has gone on to star in Strangerland – a rural thriller starring Nicole Kidman and Joseph Fiennes – and sci-fi epic The Dark Tower alongside Idris Elba. Yet Hamilton’s modesty is genuine, stemming from a deep-rooted love of cinema – and a set of friends who keep him level-headed.

On the opposite end of the personality spectrum, Hamilton’s most recent role saw him cast in last year’s remake of Stephen King’s cult classic, It, playing a psychotic school bully who not only has the audience momentarily pitying the psycho, but also incites a fair amount of mullet envy. Little surprise therefore that Hamilton has opted for another cult favourite in Wes Craven’s original 1996 flick, Scream, from the self-parodying slasher franchise.

Nicholas Hamilton selects Scream (1996) dir. Wes Craven:

Scream. I’m not a huge fan of scary movies because of my love of uninterrupted sleep patterns, but I love meta and 4th-wall-breaking movies. Scream is the perfect blend of humour, mild horror and meta references. Still gave me nightmares though.”