ByVictor Adame, writer at
Victor Adame

So seeing as this is my first post on here, I'm not exactly sure what I'm doing--but I do know that I've been wanting to share my horror movie opinions on here for the longest time. So here I go...

It sometimes frustrates me when people say "I don't like scary movies because nowadays they're not even scary" or "That movie was dumb because that's not even possible" or when people try to compare a movie to another one--I honestly just want to slap those ignorant people. But I'm sidetracking now! Anyway, the best advise I can give to anyone who's watching a horror movie for the first time is: Take it for what it is and don't go into it expecting anything in particular. I don't mean to say "Don't get your hopes up," but go into a movie with an open mind. Think of it as if what's going on in the plot is feasible in another parallel universe, like maybe in some alternate dimension killer tomatoes do exist! Having an open mind, you might be surprised to find out that you appreciate that movie more than you would.

So for my first post, I just want to share--with whoever decides to read this--my all time favorite horror movies in the different subgenres, which include: zombies, vampires, werewolves, supernatural/paranormal, found footage, and slasher. I'll list just my top for each, and in no particular order. Although this might not be every subgenre out there, I will just write about these ones. So I hope you enjoy reading my post!


This subgenre is a little hard for me just because I can watch any zombie movie and pretty much love it. But here are the ones I can watch over and over again.

Pontypool (2008)

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Plot: When disc jockey Grant Mazzy (Stephen McHattie) reports to his basement radio station in the Canadian town of Pontypool, he thinks it's just another day at work. But when he hears reports of a virus that turns people into zombies, Mazzy barricades himself in the radio booth and tries to figure out a way to warn his listeners about the virus and its unlikely mode of transmission: the English language.

My opinion: Although you don't see the zombies until way later in the movie, the tension and build up of what's going is spot on.

Zombieland (2009)

Plot: After a virus turns most people into zombies, the world's surviving humans remain locked in an ongoing battle against the hungry undead. Four survivors -- Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson) and his cohorts Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg), Wichita (Emma Stone) and Little Rock (Abigail Breslin) -- abide by a list of survival rules and zombie-killing strategies as they make their way toward a rumored safe haven in Los Angeles.

My Opinion: The opening credits themselves are hilarious and show the randomest scenarios to be in during an outbreak. What happens when your at the strip club during an outbreak? What if your beautiful daughter and her 8 year old friends turned? Plus, the cast is amazing--Emma Stone is a goddess, Abigail Breslin is bad ass, Jesse Eisenberg is awkward as fuck (I'd most likely be like him), and Woody Harrelson is Woody fuckin Harrelson!

Dawn of the Dead (2004)

Plot: When her kid neighbor is turned into a zombie, Ana (Sarah Polley) manages to escape, only to realize her entire Milwaukee neighborhood has been overrun by the walking dead. After being questioned by cautious policeman Kenneth (Ving Rhames), Ana joins him and a small group that gravitates to the local shopping mall as a bastion of safety. Once they convince suspicious security guards that they are not contaminated, the group bands together to fight the undead hordes.

My Opinion: The opening title sequence for the movie is also perfect. The song is creepy enough but adding news reports and clips of zombie attacks set the movie up nicely! Of course, George Romero's original movie is a classic, but I love the movie update.


Interview with the Vampire (1994)

Plot: Born as an 18th-century lord, Louis (Brad Pitt) is now a bicentennial vampire, telling his story to an eager biographer (Christian Slater). Suicidal after the death of his family, he meets Lestat (Tom Cruise), a vampire who persuades him to choose immortality over death and become his companion. Eventually, gentle Louis resolves to leave his violent maker, but Lestat guilts him into staying by turning a young girl (Kirsten Dunst) -- whose addition to the "family" breeds even more conflict.

My Opinion: The all star cast put on quite the performance! A young vampire Kristin Dunst is actually scarier than you think. And the scene where she asks Pitt about her origins is Oscar worthy! These are real vampires...

Daybreakers (2009)

Plot: Ten years after a plague turns most of the world's population into vampires, a critical blood shortage causes panic and gruesome mutations among the reanimated. Edward (Ethan Hawke), a vampire hematologist, tries to develop a blood substitute when he meets Lionel (Willem Dafoe) and Audrey (Claudia Karvan), two fugitive humans who claim to have a possible cure. Edward casts his lot with them in the hope of perfecting the cure before it's too late.

My Opinion: I hella enjoyed this movie! When Ethan Hawke finds a way to cure his vampirism without burning up was pure genius.

Queen of the Damned (2002)

Plot: Follows the legendary vampire Lestat (Stuart Townsend), who has reinvented himself as a rock star in the contemporary American music scene. His music wakes Akasha (Aaliyah), the queen of all vampires, and inspires her desire to make Lestat her king. Akasha's malevolent power is so great that all the immortal vampires must stand against her if they want to survive. Meanwhile, a young London woman with a fascination for the dark side (Marguerite Moreau) falls in love with Lestat.

My Opinion: Why wouldn't you want to watch Aaliyah play a vampire? Like seriously!

RIP Aaliyah :(


Late Phases (2014)

Plot: A secluded retirement community is plagued by mysterious and deadly attacks until a grizzled war veteran moves in, rallies the residents, and discovers a beast is behind the killings.

My Opinion: It's kind of like a "whodunnit" movie where we're trying to figure out who's the werewolf! Plus, the main character is blind so that kind of makes it even more interesting.

Cursed (2005)

Plot: In Los Angeles, siblings Ellie (Christina Ricci) and Jimmy (Jesse Eisenberg) come across an accident on Mulholland Drive. As they try to help the woman caught in the wreckage, a ferocious creature attacks them, devouring the woman and scratching the terrified siblings. They slowly discover that the creature was a werewolf and that they have fallen victim to a deadly curse. Now that they have been sliced by the werewolf's claws, they will be transformed into werewolves themselves.

My Opinion: Another "whodunnit" style werewolf movie. Plus, Jesse Eisenberg as a werewolf is kinda entertaining, and Christina Ricci as his older sister? Yupp, definitely something y'all should watch.

Teen Wolf (1985)

Plot: When high school nerd Scott Howard (Michael J. Fox) learns from his father, Harold (James Hampton), that being a werewolf runs in the family, he decides to take advantage of his freakish trait. With his newfound strength and agility, Scott quickly becomes the hero of his school's basketball team while winning over longtime crush Pamela Wells (Lorie Griffin). As he grows more popular, Scott worries he is being celebrated as a novelty rather than for who he is.

My Opinion: No this is not like the MTV show! I think it's a well produced comedy-horror featuring Michael J. Fox--and the transformation is ridiculous in an interesting way. lol


Evil Dead (2013)

Plot: Mia, a drug addict, is determined to kick the habit. To that end, she asks her brother, David, his girlfriend, Natalie and their friends Olivia and Eric to accompany her to their family's remote forest cabin to help her through withdrawal. Eric finds a mysterious Book of the Dead at the cabin and reads aloud from it, awakening an ancient demon. All hell breaks loose when the malevolent entity possesses Mia.

My Opinion: This movie is not a remake of the original Evil Dead, instead it takes place in the same universe with a different set of characters and a different plot. But the events take place much like the original and it is truly gruesome. If you decide to watch this movie, it would be best to do that in the dark. Trust me!

The Ring (2002)

Plot: It sounds like just another urban legend -- a videotape filled with nightmarish images leads to a phone call foretelling the viewer's death in exactly seven days. Newspaper reporter Rachel Keller (Naomi Watts) is skeptical of the story until four teenagers all die mysteriously exactly one week after watching just such a tape. Allowing her investigative curiosity to get the better of her, Rachel tracks down the video and watches it. Now she has just seven days to unravel the mystery.

My Opinion: This movie will always have a special place in my heart because the first time I watched it, it was raining my dad didn't go to work and my siblings and I decided to throw it on. I love this movie, and when the girl comes out the tv I nearly crapped my pants!

The Exorcist (1973)

Plot: When young Regan (Linda Blair) starts acting odd -- levitating, speaking in tongues -- her worried mother (Ellen Burstyn) seeks medical help, only to hit a dead end. A local priest (Jason Miller), however, thinks the girl may be seized by the devil. The priest makes a request to perform an exorcism, and the church sends in an expert (Max von Sydow) to help with the difficult job.

My Opinion: This movie traumatized me for a while. Linda Blair is such an amazing actress at that tender age. She put on quite the performance and I will never forget the pea soup scene!

Found Footage

Paranormal Activity 2

Plot: When the Reys move into their new Southern California home, little do they realize that the house is already occupied. After coming home one day to find the house in disarray -- but with no signs of forced entry or robbery -- they install a video surveillance system to catch the perpetrators. But nothing prepares them for what happens next.

My Opinion: Although the first Paranormal Activity set up the franchise for its success, the second installment proved to be more frightening. I've seen each Paranormal Activity in theaters, but this one was by far the scariest! When Katie shows up, I literally jumped up from my seat from excitement. Lmao

Grave Encounters (2011)

Plot: The crew of a ghost-hunting TV show goes insane after being locked in an abandoned psychiatric hospital.

My Opinion: I've always wanted to investigate an abandoned building but after watching this movie I don't know if I would still be willing to do that!

V/H/S (2012)

Plot: Hired to steal a rare VHS tape from a remote house, a ragtag band of crooks finds a dead body, old TVs and a lot of cryptic footage.

My Opinion: A Succubus, that's all you need to know. But seriously, the segments within the movie are pretty original and make the movie more than just the typical found footage film.


Scream (1996)

Plot: The sleepy little town of Woodsboro just woke up screaming. There's a killer in their midst who's seen a few too many scary movies. Suddenly nobody is safe, as the psychopath stalks victims, taunts them with trivia questions, then rips them to bloody shreds. It could be anybody...

My Opinion: One of the first, if few, horror movies that's self-aware and outlines the "rules of horror". I have always enjoyed the nature of the film because it dissects not just itself but all slasher movies! The two films that follow live up to the original and I've always appreciated that. Too bad the fourth installment sucked and the tv series is boring af!

Psycho (1960)

Plot: Phoenix secretary Marion Crane (Janet Leigh), on the lam after stealing $40,000 from her employer in order to run away with her boyfriend, Sam Loomis (John Gavin), is overcome by exhaustion during a heavy rainstorm. Traveling on the back roads to avoid the police, she stops for the night at the ramshackle Bates Motel and meets the polite but highly strung proprietor Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins), a young man with an interest in taxidermy and a difficult relationship with his mother.

My Opinion: A classic. Alfred Hitchcock is one the horror movie genre fathers. This movie is probably one of my top all time favorite horror movies!

Sorority Row (2009)

Plot: Cassidy (Briana Evigan), Jessica (Leah Pipes), Ellie (Rumer Willis), Claire (Jamie Chung) and Megan (Audrina Patridge) are sorority sisters and true-blue friends to the end -- until a prank gone wrong results in Megan's demise. Rather than risk their futures by reporting the crime, the friends agree to cover it up. Cassidy and company come to regret the decision a year later when someone begins sending them videos of the night Megan died, and they fall victim to a deadly stalker.

My Opinion: Who doesn't love seeing a bunch of hot sorority sisters being killed off one by one?? I definitely enjoyed this movie and did not see the ending coming at all! Ellie did get on my nerves though because she pretty much just cried and screamed the entire movie.

Well there you have it. These are just a few of my favorite horror movies. Like I said, I love horror movies and will probably go through my own list and watch some of these now! LOL

If you have any movie suggestions or want to let me know about your favorite movies, please tell me!! I love checking out movies I haven't seen before.


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