Who doesn't enjoy a good horror film? They have been around for decades. People have been enjoying popcorn and snuggling with each other while watching these films. I mean, who wouldn't like a girl wrapped in your arms while hiding from a killer doll or a girl possessed by a demon? Horror movies aren't for everyone. But, for the people who enjoy them, here is my top ten horror movies. Agree, disagree I don't care. Want to add your own? Comment below!
10. The Prophecy (1995)
Lets start with a classic biblical horror film. This diamond in the rough, has a unique story of the angle Gabriel arriving on Earth to find the evilest soul in existence. That soul could end a war in Heaven. Which means Gabriel will stop at nothing to retrieve it. The only people that can stop him is a former priest, and a little girl.
The story is enjoyable and creative. Imagine if the angels that were loyal to God's beliefs, were suppose to protect us from the other side....the angels who saw us as vermin and scum. Overall a good film, special effects are good for the time. The acting is great. Viggo Mortensen stole the film by portraying the fallen angle Lucifer. For only being in the film for no more than ten minutes, he has to be the best part in the film. If you are looking for a adventurous horror film to watch on a rainy day, give this one a shot.
Starring: Christopher Walken, Elias Koteas, Virginia Madsen, Eric Stoltz, and Viggo Mortensen.
9. The Amityville Horror (1979)
This classic horror film is up next. You can't have this film on any list without someone being insulted. For its time, it was true horror film. This film has plenty of sequels and remakes under its belt. Nothing beats the original though. Its a story of newlyweds who move into a large house where a mass murder was committed, and experience strange manifestations which drive them away.
The film consist of windows breaking, psychological effects, fog, thunderstorms, and creepy music. The prefect combination for a horror film. It ranks at number 20 for Top US Grossing Horror Films, according to IMDb. Got a "Must Watch Before I Die" list? Add this one if its not on there yet.
Starring: James Brolin, Margot Kidder, Rod Steiger.
8. The Fly (1986)
Who didn't see this coming? A cult classic making the list. Its time to bring in the obvious films that already are on every list. This Sci-Fi classic still gives many chills this day. The film is about a brilliant but eccentric scientist begins to transform into a giant man/fly hybrid after one of his experiments goes horribly wrong. (Shocker!) Like most horror films it has the classic stereotype of a lab rat making a serum of some sort.
The film's special effects are considered to be some of the greatest ever. High marks for all of the people involved with this film. A true classic in Sci-Fi and Horror categories. The late 70's and early 80's were good to the horror films. With a great cast to bring the film to life, the film will continue to live on.
Starring: Jeff Goldblum, Geena Davis, John Getz.
7. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)
Another classic film in the horror category and a classic film in general. With a terrorizing villain/bad guy the film will scare anyone. The story follows five friends visiting their grandfather's house in the country. They are hunted and terrorized by a chain-saw wielding killer and his family of grave-robbing cannibals. (Oh how inviting!)
Who wouldn't be afraid of that side of beef running at you with full force and wielding a chainsaw or hatchet! The effects and acting are super. When the victims get clubbed over the head with the hatchet and start twitching it looks so good it gives you the willies. The film is cold and creepy which is a perfect fit for the horror qualifications. Don't want to sleep tonight? Watch this one!
Starring: Marilyn Burns, Gunner Hansen, Teri Mcminn.
6. Jaws (1975)
Is this a horror film you ask? Is the Pope Catholic? Yes its a horror film, a creature attacks people while they swim. That would scare anyone! When the movie came out many were afraid to go swimming again. Its a story of a gigantic great white shark begins to menace the small island community of Amity, a police chief, a marine scientist and grizzled fisherman set out to stop it.
The films effects were spot on, even though it was a rubber shark it fooled many into thinking it was the real thing. Steven Spielberg did a fantastic job creating a film that would live on forever and ever. Hell, it created one of the most quoted lines ever..."You're going to need a bigger boat." Watch it because, its that good.
Starring: Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw, Richard Dreyfuss
5. Army of Darkness (1992)
Who is the next best chainsaw wielding maniac? Why Ash from Army of Darkness of coarse! This cult favorite is considered a comedy and a horror. Still the effects and story make it dark. A man is accidentally transported to 1300 A.D., where he must battle an army of the dead and retrieve the Necronomicon so he can return home.
The effects and story make the film have a horror side to it. The writing makes the film have a lighter side with some humor. Not all horror films are strictly to have death, evil, violence, spooky houses, possessions, etc. This film breaks a barrier only a few have crossed.
Starring: Bruce Campbell, Embeth Davidtz, Ian Abercrombie.
4. Leprechaun (1993)
Who doesn't love these little green bastards? An evil, sadistic Leprechaun goes on a killing rampage in search of his beloved pot of gold. (Don't take his Lucky Charms) The film is cheesy and yet still entertaining. A dark spin on a classic little creature of folklore. Yet it belongs on the list, for the fame and glory it got over the years.
We see one or two familiar faces in the movie for you Harry Potter fans, Griphook looks a little different now. The other face is who ended up on the TV show Friends. The film's effects are decent at best. Make up is good, the Leprechaun is very creepy and homely. His little giggle or laugh makes the movie even more disturbing.
Starring: Warwick Davis, Jennifer Aniston, Ken Olandt.
3. Poltergeist (1982)
Who could forget this instant classic? It made a huge mark on the film industry back in the 80's making it one the more famous movies of the decade and the decades to follow. The story follows a family moves into their new home, they notice strange events that mostly affect their young daughter. Now this is also getting a remake like most horror films nowadays. (Evil Dead, Texas Chainsaw, Halloween, Nightmare on Elm Street)
The is done by Steven Spielberg, who made this list once already. With a story so chilling and powerful even Mr. Incredible himself is out of his domain...(You'll get it later) This film is now a cult classic and lives on through the ages. A new version of this film releases soon. Hollywood is being original here, remaking a classic film. (Sarcasm)
Starring: Craig T. Nelson, JoBeth Williams, Heather O'Rourke.
2. The Exorcist (1973)
Well, shocker here isn't folks? Of coarse this is on my list. A true horror film, dark, demented, sadistic, scary, etc. For those of you who believe in afterlife or heaven and believe in some sort of religion. This film will shake you to the core. It did for me at least. The story follows a teenage girl is possessed by a mysterious entity, her mother seeks the help of two priests to save her daughter.
The effects of the time were remarkable in every way. From the pea soup to the head spinning, the spider walk...(Still gives me chills). It all was great, the acting was great even from the teenager who did some disturbing things in the film to get the part right. Yes everyone knows of the curses and bad luck this film was apart of back then I won't go into that.
Starring: Ellen Burstyn, Max von Sydow, Linda Blair.
Well, here it is folks. The number one horror film in my list. Drum roll please!
1. The Thing (1982)
What? Some of you don't agree? Why not? In 1983 it was nominated for a Saturn award for Best Horror Film and Best Special Effects. It should have won for the Special Effects, the creature was remarkable in the film. The story is about a group of scientists in the Antarctic are confronted by a shape-shifting alien that assumes the appearance of the people that it kills.
With a plot so creepy and mysterious, I mean it shape shifts into the people it kills...Who is really dead among the group? The effects and story has to be the best in that era of film making. Sure The Fly was probably just as good. But this film will have a special place in my heart. I tip my hat off to you John Carpenter, kudos on making such a great horror film.
Starring: Kurt Russell, Wilford Brimley, Keith David, David Clennon.
How did I do readers? Got some of your favorite horror movies of your own? Comment below! I would love to hear them. Do you have any comments on my choices? Thanks for reading!