With Carrie coming out next week, I look back on all of the horror films that became popular in the world of Hollywood cinema. Carrie is a remake of the 1976 film, which was a book written by Stephen King. Wait, let's talk about Stephen King for a little bit.
Stephen King is always the center for horror films, since his most popular books become horror/thriller. One film that freaked me out was the Shining, with Jack Nicholson saying "Here's Johnny!" One that is I can see happening in real life is Misery, with Kathy Bates, because come on, there are people like that. Then the alien invasion film The Mist, which I didn't really like because the ending sucked, but I read the short story instead which was good. And don't even get me started on Pet Cemetery; I just saw a clip (A CLIP!!!!!!!) from the film and it was a scary weird. Christine was weird, because basically the car was haunted and it killed people! And if you watched the end of Christine, it just creeps you out.Then their are film series such as the Saw films and the Evil Dead franchise. These films have such a cult following that I am always hearing about it. Personally, I never got into these films. I like action and violence, but I am not a big fan of gory killing scenes that make me sick to my stomach, such as the 2013 remake Evil Dead. The Saw films I never really got into, but I have read about them.
Lets talk about the classic and legendary director Alfred Hitchcock. His movies aren't necessarily horror, but more of a thriller. Movies such as Psycho, The Birds, Rear Window, and Vertigo are legends. You haven't lived until you watch Psycho, which I have seen about five times and is probably the #1 film of Hitchcock's films that people mention when asked "what is your favorite Hitchcock film?". After watching The Birds probably three times, I don't look at a whole bunch of birds on electrical lines the same again!
There are films that I don't watch because of the topic of cannibalism. I don't watch The Hills Have Eyes, the Texas Chainsaw movies, or any of the Wrong Turn films, because it seems to real for me. But don't get me wrong, I love The Silence of the Lambs, and I've seen it about three times. But even then, some scenes in that film creep me out.
The films series such as Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th, and Halloween films are the basic horror, thriller, slasher film that you pay to see because not only does it look good, but you know that nothing like Nightmare on Elm Street will ever happen (maybe Halloween, but I'm not sure). I have seen all of the original Nightmares, but haven't seen Friday the 13th or Halloween.
Then there are films that have that over the top violence. Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill 1 and 2, but mostly in the first one, has violence where it grosses you out but you know it's just too fake to appear real because it is used too much. Zombieland is your everyday zombie film where the violence in it was stupid, but its suppose to be. Joss Whedon's The Cabin in the Woods was basically a comedy horror film that makes fun of those horror films that are just stupid. I watched the trailer to Cabin in the Woods and it's stupid, but its suppose to be.