So it's extremely close to Halloween, everyone's getting ready for the night ahead. Whether it's taking children trick or treating, decorating the front of your house or visiting relatives, everyone wants to simply have a good time. But it's Halloween, so it means that a Horror or two needs to be put on! With this in mind, I've decided to try and help out those who might be stuck on what to watch by creating a list of TEN Horror's that I feel any Horror fanatic MUST watch! Let's begin!
10. The Burning (1981)
To begin my list, I'm going to start with a classic '80's Slasher that you may not have heard of. It's in the same style as Friday The 13th, with the plot being basically the same. A group of teens go to a summer camp where a horrible accident once happened and now there's a killer roaming about the place chopping everyone to pieces. A simple enough plot that has been seen a thousand times before, with make-up effects even being done by Horror make-up maestro, Tom Savini (the guy who was, not so surprisingly, also in charge of make-up for Friday The 13th). I was debating whether to replace this with Friday The 13th however I feel like this film is better and is also lesser known, making it earn its place at number ten. If you're a lover of senseless violence and want to get your '80's groove on then look no further than this Tom Maylam classic that will have you gasping, jumping and even laughing throughout! Also, there's a brief glimpse of Holly Hunter, who appears in a blink-and-you'll-miss-it moment so be sure to look out for that!
9. Trick 'r Treat
Seeming as this is list of Horror's to watch this Halloween, I felt like it would be criminal to leave this one out. If you have never heard of this before now, I suggest grabbing a copy and sticking it into your DVD/Blu-Ray player immediately, as you won't be disappointed. The film is a small Horror Anthology, each section focusing on one particular story, all of them intertwining at the end. As the title suggests, all of the short stories involved in the film are based around Halloween, all of the events happening during the same night. What makes this film so excellent is how each story is creative and how varied they all are. Each one keeps you intrigued, making you love every second of it. Also, the character known as Sam is by far one the best Horror characters I have ever witnessed, killing all those who break Halloween tradition. As you can expect, it's some pretty strange stuff that's stupid amounts of fun to watch. If you want to make Halloween feel even more Halloween-y, then this film is most definitely for you!
8. The Beyond
Here's another '80's Horror you may not have heard of but is one you should most definitely check out. Directed by Italian Horror Maestro, Lucio Fulci (The House By The Cemetery, City Of The Living Dead and Zombie Flesh Eaters), The Beyond is hailed as his true masterpiece. As with most of his other films, this is another violent and twisted tale, filled with things that only his creative genius could think of. It's story is simple: a woman buys an old hotel and begins to renovate it, only to discover the hotel is built on top of one the seven gateways to Hell. Safe to say, Hell (literally) breaks loose and then it becomes zombies galore! Except, with a twist. Instead of a mass invasion, most of the action takes place inside the hotel and the film contains a lot of Catholic imagery. I don't want to ruin the film for you but there's a scene that contains man-eating tarantulas... so if you hate spiders, you might want to look away from that particular part. On another note, the ending is also pretty spectacular and is one of the finest moments I've seen in a Horror film. I'm going to put it simply, this is not just the best film Fulci has ever directed... this is probably the greatest zombie film of all time. If zombies are your thing, give this a spin. You won't regret it.
7. The Lost Boys
Now we're moving on from the zombies and onto the vampires! The Lost Boys is a Horror/Comedy and is one of the funnest Horror flicks of the '80's. A mix of the coolest vamps ever committed to film, the two greatest (and funniest) vampire hunters of all time and one of the greatest soundtracks to grace a film, The Lost Boys has everything! It can provide you with thrills whilst making you try not to die with laughter. Kickstarting the careers of Kiefer Sutherland, Corey Haim and Jason Patric, the film has since become a landmark in Horror/Comedy, showing you how to get the perfect blend between the two genres. In equal parts chilling as it is rib-tickling, The Lost Boys will forever remain in my heart as one the greatest films of all time. If you love vampires, Horror and Comedy then this film will be right up your alley. Get to it!
6. A Nightmare On Elm Street
Now we're starting to get to some classic Horrors! A Nightmare On Elm Street is one of the best Horror films ever. Period. Everyone knows it and for those who don't... well, now you do. Nightmare gave the Slasher sub-genre a good old kick in the backside after a few years of nothing but cheap rehashes of better Slashers by bringing us a different way to be terrified. Although mostly a straight up Slasher, ANOES is also psychological, no longer making you feel safe even when sleeping in the comfort of your own home. Oh yeah, it also gave birth to one of Horror's most recognizable, beloved and funniest legends, in the face of Freddy Krueger. Wes Craven has never been one to shy away from doing something a bit different, whether it be something like Scream or something more akin to The Hills Have Eyes. Craven has helped change the face of Horror more than most Horror directors ever have by constantly unleashing something a little new. And with ANOES, he shows us just how capable he is of shocking you whilst also adding in a few laughs. If you're stumped on what to watch this 31st, then stick in this classic and relive the film that helped shape Horror into what it has become.
5. The Exorcist
I'm going to be open here and say I've never understood this films hype... it's a film that I absolutely adore but yet I don't know why people still big it up in this day and age, when almost anything goes. However, to deny the huge impact this film had, not just on Horror, but on cinematic history itself would be silly. This film has a lot going for it, making it an experience like none you will ever see again. It's a slow burner and one that will haunt your dreams for weeks to come. Watching as an innocent Linda Blair gets possessed by the Devil himself is something that is, in equal parts, horrifying yet hauntingly beautiful. It's something you feel like you should turn away from yet you continue to stare at the screen, immersed in what you are watching. The atmosphere is cold and chilling, making even the most hardcore of Horror fans feel a bit uneasy as they sit through a film that has impacted cinema in such a huge way. If you need something that is creepy as hell to watch then stick this good old classic on and become engrossed in the horrors that await you.
This next film is the second modern Horror to be featured on this list. The reason why it ranks so highly is due to how truly horrifying this experience is. I've seen all kinds of Horror films, ranging from the classics to the downright strange but nothing has been as brutal, as engaging or as disturbingly stunning as this. This is more than just a Horror film, it's a masterpiece, well crafted and well executed. Starting off as a revenge tale, it swiftly transforms into a Hostel styled torture porn flick with one huge difference: the character is someone you truly want to see survive. As you watch, horrified and sick to the stomach, as our victim is beaten and tortured within inches of her death, you realize how strong and powerful this film is. It grips you from the beginning and never lets up. It is a brutal experience to watch but is one that is a must. Without ruining the film for you, let me tell you that its ending is one of the most powerful things you will ever witness. If you want to watch a Horror that will stick with you for weeks on end, find this and watch it. But let me tell you, it is a shocking experience that is unique and brutal, being something that is hard to watch. You have been warned.
3. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
Moving on from French Extreme Horror masterpieces and onto a masterclass in Horror. If you do not know this film then you probably shouldn't consider yourself a Horror fan. One of the most critically-acclaimed (and controversial) Horror's of all time, Tobe Hooper's The Texas Chain Saw Massacre pushed the boundaries of what Horror could show. Starting out with probably the most disturbing opening sequence of all time, Chain Saw Massacre slowly builds up, featuring a tense scene with a messed-up hitch-hiker, until the characters meet their destination. From then onwards, the film feels like a bloodbath, surprising for a film that contains very little blood. Featuring a pulse-pounding chase scene and giving birth to the Horror legend that is Leatherface, Texas Chain Saw is a no-holds-barred experience that is terrifying to watch whilst being extremely exciting. If you need solid Horror this weekend, this will surely provide.
2. The Evil Dead
A cult classic in the Horror genre, The Evil Dead is widely praised by critics and Horror fanatics alike. Made on a tiny budget, this Sam Raimi directed debut stars B-Movie legend Bruce Campbell as Ash Williams, a teen who goes away to a cabin with his friends. Once there, they discover the Necronomicon and... well, you know the rest. The Evil Dead is an old school Horror, relying on cheap make-up effects and genuine scares instead of continuous jump scares. Blending suspense, gore, scares and black comedy, The Evil Dead was something that as way ahead of its time, gripping you by your private parts and never letting go, not even in the last few seconds of the film. The film is a masterpiece and is something that never seems to get old, no matter how many times you watch it. Helping Raimi to go on and direct hits such as Army Of Darkness and the Spider Man trilogy and getting Campbell started on his career path to B-Movie stardom, The Evil dead is a unique, twisted yet fun little gem that you will watch again and again. So if you're bored this Halloween and need a film that can simultaneously gross you out, make you laugh and cause you to shit yourself then grab some toilet paper and stick this in. Hail to the king baby!
Come on, you already knew this would be first! If you have not watched this film then stop reading this damned article and watch it at once. That's a damn order! Halloween is one of the most influential Horror films of all time, widely considered one of the greatest films of all time. It's story is simple. Michael kills his sister at age 6. Fifteen years later, Michael escapes from Smiths Grove Sanitarium to wreck havoc in Haddonfield, Illinois once again. Following Laurie Strode throughout the night as she encounters Michael, Halloween is filled with suspense, never letting up on the tension. The build-up during the film is excellent, slowly unfolding as Michael makes his return known to the community by slaying a few horny teens. Starring acting masterclasses Donald Pleasence and Jamie Lee Curtis, Halloween is gripping from start to finish spending 3/4's of the film building up to Michael's big reveal. It's well made and is considered by many Horror fans as the first true Slasher film. Halloween is the reason why I love Horror as much as I do and will forever remain my favourite film. Featuring a stellar cast with brilliant direction, a soundtrack so haunting that it will get stuck in your head, some truly terrifying scares and a Horror legend that almost anyone can recognize, Halloween, above everything else, is the one Horror film you NEED to watch this 31st. So what are you waiting for?
So, time to wrap this little article up! I hope you've enjoyed this and maybe I've given you some inspiration on what to watch this Halloween! Heck, maybe I've even introduced you to a new film or two! Remember guys, this is all opinion based and this was not my top 10 Horrors of all time. I'll save that list for another day... until then, let me know what you think of my list and what you plan on watching this Halloween! Thanks again for reading and have one heck of great Halloween!