Hello Horror Fans! I'm baaaaaaack! It's been a while since my last horror article, but I'm back in the saddle again and ready to bring you some TRUE QUALITY HORROR! It's almost refreshing to write about movies that are genuinely awesome, especially since I usually write about Exploitation flicks that often fall into the category of "So-Bad-It's-Good"! Well, not today! It's time to bring you my Top 6 Supernatural movies! This will include anything involving ghosts, spirits, witches, or really anything to do with the occult, so buckle up, grab a crucifix and some holy water, and HANG ON, because it's about to get spooky up in this article! By the way, shout out to Cheyenne Bajjada for the suggestion! This is my first ever article based on a request, so feel free to send me one if you have something you specifically want to read about! HERE WE GO!
#6: Dark Water (2002)
First on the list is an entry from a legend among Japanese horror directors, Hideo Nakata (Ringu, Ju-on). Dark Water centers around a woman named Yoshimi who has just won custody of her young daughter. The pair move into a fairly shoddy apartment, and that's when the proverbial shit hits the fan. Water begins pooling in the ceiling and constantly dripping, and the walls are sopping wet. Strange other happenings plague Yoshimi and her daughter, and, of course, the landlord won't do a thing about the water damage. No, this is NOT a drama about the difficulties of dealing with water damage! It's actually pretty damn creepy, and the entire concept of being trapped in a room while it fills with obviously-haunted water and a freaky spirit is some serious scare material.
What I love about this movie is how atmospheric is it, and how slow the burn is until things start picking up about halfway through. It's definitely a fun paranormal drama, but it has some legitimately food acting in it too, and the mother especially does a great job conveying not only the overt horror, but the difficulties associated with starting a new life after divorce. Can Yoshimi save herself and her daughter from the horrors of their new life?! Can I convince you to watch this movie?! HOW ABOUT NOW?! And DON'T tell me you don't watch subtitled films, because THEY ARE WORTH IT! It's DEFINITELY better than the remake, I can tell you that!
#5: The Shining (1980)
The first time I saw The Shining, I was 16 and just getting into the horror scene. I had read Stephen King's novel, upon which this is loosely based, and had some high hopes. The novel was a great read, but I must say it was topped by Stanley Kubrick's "adaptation". I may be in the minority camp here, but I liked the deviations from the novel and thought they made a killer story even more horrifying to watch. If you disagree on this point, I present to you Exhibit A of my evidence: The Stephen King Mini-Series. Adapting a novel DIRECTLY does NOT GUARANTEE QUALITY! Where were we again? Oh yeah, the movie! The Shining takes place in the ominous mountainside Overlook Hotel, where Jack Torrance (played insanely by Jack Nicholson), his wife Wendy (played somewhat weakly by Shelley Duvall), and his son Danny (one of the premier childhood acting performances delivered by Danny Lloyd) are charged with the care of the hotel for the winter. They soon find out that the Overlook isn't as empty as it's supposed to be, and the spirits within begin to warp Jack's mind, putting Wendy and Danny in GRAVE DANGER! I feel like Jack Nicholson was really just playing another "Jack Nicholson being bat-shit crazy again" role, but it TOTALLY WORKED for this movie! Plus, the cinematography is great, as per usual for Kubrick, and the movie has some genuinely creepy moments. The Shining is a classic for good reason.
#4: The Others (2001)
Before this movie, I thought I'd never watch a movie with Nicole Kidman that I actually liked. I can tell you (and my past self, for that matter) that The Others is LEGIT! There are four big reasons why I absolutely adore this movie. First, we have Kidman playing a mother of two who brings REAL EMOTION and desperation to the role as things around the house get dark and spooky.
Second, the tension in the movie is certainly prevalent, unlike the majority of horror from the last 20 years. You will shudder watching this movie, at least once. Third, the movie ISN'T COMPLETELY RELIANT ON JUMP SCARES!!! There's ACTUAL TERROR!!! I can't tell you how fucking excited I was to watch this movie and have the plot itself unsettle me. Oh wait, I ALREADY HAVE! Fourth and finally, arguably most importantly, THE ENDING WAS GREAT!!! For those who haven't read the source material, this ending will be VERY satisfying. FINALLY an American movie with a GOOD ENDING (other than the obvious The Sixth Sense and a few select others)!! Ghost lovers rejoice, for I present you with a fabulous flick! For the love of all that is scary, you MUST treat yourself to this horror story!
#3: The Exorcist (1973)
When one thinks of horror movies, especially one who doesn't typically indulge in such films, The Exorcist will probably one of the first that comes to mind, and for good reason! This movie is one of the highest grossing horror flicks of all time, and is certainly always near the top of critics' "Top Horror" lists, but it's not just an exercise in cinematic success. It's a MASTERPIECE in its own right. The tale of a young possessed girl and the priests who take it upon themselves to exorcise the demon within is one chock-full of terror, great dialogue, and unforgettable imagery. For instance, THIS:
Now that I've made one-third of the readers physically ill, you can understand the truly legendary status of this demonic display. This entry brings everything we need in a spiritual flick: dastardly effects, excellent acting (especially from Max von Sydow and Jason Miller as the priests), and a chilling score to accompany the scenes of terror on the screen. If you haven't seen this movie for some reason (Really, if you're reading this list, you have no excuse), GET ON IT!!! This movie is not just worth your time; this flick is UNREAL! Check it out, folks!
#2: Ringu (1998)
Hey look, another Hideo Nakata flick! Is it any wonder why American studios persist with the incessant remakes of this and other entries in Nakata's filmography?! This is probably his most famous film, other than Ju-On: The Grudge, and it's actually freaky as hell! The story centers on a mysterious VHS tape (I know some of you younger readers may not understand that, so Google it) which, when viewed, triggers a curse and a phone call informing the viewer that he/she has seven days to live. What follows is a dangerous dip into the past of the girl in the video, and an attempt to find a method of breaking the death curse. The cinematography is on par with Nakata's other work, but the scares are slightly more effective in this movie than in Dark Water, and those who demand more death in the J-Horror will be slightly more satisfied with Ringu. If you REALLY CAN'T DEAL with subtitles, SHAME ON YOU! There is an American remake, because OF COURSE THERE IS, and it's actually watchable. Barely. DON'T WATCH IT! The original, however, is ALMOST my favorite supernatural horror flick. So what, if not these classics, could POSSIBLY be my favorite?
#1: Suspiria (1977)
If you haven't experienced Dario Argento's masterpiece in psychedelic, color-infused, nightmarish horror entry yet, PLEASE GO WATCH IT!!! It's being adapted into a T.V. series, so watch it NOW before the adaptation comes out! I'll give you five reasons to watch the movie right now, and then you'll have no choice but to see it! First, the story is wild, weird, and awesome. A young dance student enrolls in a German dance academy and CRAZY SHIT HAPPENS, including murder, mayhem, and possible witchcraft. Second, the soundtrack is awesome. 'Nuff said on that point. Third, the dubbing (I know, I know, I hate dubbing too usually!) is workable. It's a little bad, but it works for the aesthetic of the film, and I'll explain why very soon. Fourth, the kills are BADASS!! If you decided to neglect the previous link, here's just a taste of the madness:
OUCH! Finally, and again, most importantly, the cinematography in this movie is disorienting, colorful, masterful, and lends itself to the idea that this movie plays out EXACTLY LIKE A NIGHTMARE! The strange, almost unreal nature of the events themselves, coupled with the way the scenes are framed and shot, makes this a film experience to behold. As far as supernatural flicks go, and horror movies in general, this is certainly my FAVORITE!!
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