To start off let me just say I normally keep my posts more towards the Superhero, Sci-Fi, Fantasy areas. However, in the spirit of broadening my writing base, I decided to talk about another genre that I do enjoy quite a bit.
Like most red-blooded Americans, I thoroughly enjoy a good scare every now and then. I grew up during the biggest push of some of the biggest horror characters out there, along with the big name directors such as Barker, Craven, Carpenter. So, as a child of the 80's, I have a great appreciation for these movies. I also enjoy the push that horror has gotten on TV as of late. American Horror Story, The Strain, The Walking Dead, MTV's Scream and Teen Wolf. Fox will also be bringing Scream Queens out this Fall. So it's a great time to be a horror fan, in my opnion.
Here are my favorite horror flicks, be it supernatural/slasher/sci-fi/whatever.
10. You're Next
This is a low budget indie flick with a great premise and a nice twist. This instantly became one of my favorite horror films the moment I watched it. The mix of action, suspense, and nice kills make this a definite recommendation for anyone who hasn't seen it.
9. Psycho - The Original One
This will always be one of the greatest for me. Almost anyone who likes horror movies has this as one of the greats. The music, the twists...everything. Hitchcock was a master. Bates Motel on A&E has really been an interesting show to watch, and hopefully it will only bring more people back to this masterpiece.
8. Deliver Us From Evil
Scott Derrickson has quickly become one of my favorite new directors out there. I came close to either putting The Exorcism of Emily Rose or Sinister on this list. I chose this film because, of the three, it just stood out for me. I am honestly a sucker for anything based on true events. The story of a police officer who comes across spiritual forces and has to battle against them, in my opinion is a compelling story to tell, and I felt that Derrickson told it wonderfully.
7. The Strangers
This is a movie so elegant in its simplicity. Your attackers have no rhyme or reason behind it. They are just twisted people.
"Why are you doing this?" "Because you were home..."
It is simply chilling.
"What's your favorite scary movie?"
The line that launched a franchise. A franchise that reinvigorated a genre. A film that probably led to a record setting number of prank calls. It's hard to find much wrong with this classic. Its self-referential witty humor makes it all the more enjoyable.
5. Cabin In the Woods
Man....I don't know what it is about this movie, but I just LOVE it. It breaks all the rules. It even makes fun of its own genre. The twist is FANTASTIC!! There are so many things about this movie that I just can't get enough of.
4. 28 Days Later
A zombie movie that isn't exactly a zombie movie. Solid stuff. Danny Boyle really blew it out of the park with this film. Another one that was extremely simplistic in its approach, but really delivered. The sequel went a bit overboard for me, but it definitely had its moments as well.
3. Shaun Of the Dead
The first film in Edgar Wright's Cornetto Trilogy, this one is just about the best. Although Hot Fuzz was fantastic. Witty, well-scoped, and absolutely HILARIOUS, Shaun of the Dead delivered on all sides.
I know, the first one was a GREAT movie....and it really was. It's a classic. But this is MY list. The sequel took the first one, and respected the hell out of it. Then it took things to the next level without overdoing it. Solid cast and some great action, it still has all the little scares to keep you with it. The showdown with the Queen makes it all worth it.
Now let me say this, I appreciate what Rob Zombie did with his remake. He told a great story and really dug in deep, but nothing beats the classic. The plan and simple story of a psycho who, for whatever reason, wants to kill teenage girls. Now as the series goes on we learn more about things, eventually they try to explain his craziness. But taking it back to the start, the original just does it all.
1b. The Conjuring
Now yes, I have two number one's. It's my article, I'm allowed to, haha. This film is probably the scariest I've ever seen. As I said, I am a sucker for films based on true stories. The Warrens have inspired numerous horror films, but this one takes the cake for me. From start to finish I thought this story was masterfully told. The cast was great, right down to the youngest girl. And the effects made everything completely real. I still have trouble sleeping every time I watch it.
So there you have it folks. What are your 10 favorite horror films? Do you like my list? Hate it? Why? Tell me below.