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The best horror films to grace the silver screen, in my opinion, are just below:

5. Hellraiser

Clive Barker's masterpiece starring Doug Bradley as the iconic Pinhead is a low budget, bloody masterpiece. The simplistic story of a man's escape from hell and his reemergence into being human again is still fresh and fantastic to watch. Even though the cenobites are only in the film for a short period of time, their presence on screen is worth the wait. If you haven't seen this classic then what are you waiting for?

4. Alien

The original Alien film was up against the sequel in my mind, but this one took the fourth spot because this is a true sci-fi horror film while the sequel is more of a science-fiction action movie. Ridley Scott is at his best with this film and H.R. Giger's creation is of one of the most terrifying creatures to emerge from cinema, or a person's chest for that matter. I was really looking forward to a fifth film, but it seems those dreams have vanished with the studio putting the brakes on pre-production.

3. The Evil Dead (1981)

Now we can argue until the sun rises about whether this film or the 2013 tale is better, but since this came first and a lot of the 2013 version's source material came from this movie I'm going with the original. Ash Williams made his debut in this film, before the chainsaw and boomstick, as a student whose unknowingly driving towards the life changing event of battling deadites for the rest of his days. Sam Raimi's directorial debut was made on a small budget and brought us a style of filmmaking that can be seen again in the new Starz series Ash vs. Evil Dead.

2. A Nightmare on Elm Street

The original Nightmare is one of my favorites for the pure fact that everyone has had a bad dream and everyone knows the feeling of one after waking up in a cold sweat. Robert Englund brought to life one of the scariest villains in Hollywood history. I know a lot of people would probably choose Jason or Michael Myers instead of Freddy, but how many people running around with a mask and wielding a knife do we actually need? Freddy is different, a little funny, very scary, and still is to this day.

1. Jaws

How can you have a Top 5 list and not have Jaws among the best horror films of all time? This is the film that literally made people afraid to step foot in an ocean, the first film to ever cross $200 million domestically, and the film to make Spielberg a household name. It's probably one of the best films ever made and the scares came, not from seeing a shark, but hearing those two simple musical notes from John Williams while people thrashed in the water. Considered a classic by many and a must see by me.

Now for the worst horror films we wish to never see again.

5. The Happening

For some reason this terrible film by the once great director, M. Night Shyamalan, is considered a horror film when it seems to be more of a comedy than anything else. Mark Wahlberg even says he wasn't sure why he made a movie where plants were the enemy; I mean, he even begged a fake tree not to kill him in the film for crying out loud. If you want a night of laughs from bad dialogue and terrible delivery then check this out, and make it a drinking game while you're at it.

4. Poltergeist 3

This was the last film of Heather O'Rourke, the blonde headed girl that told her family, "They're here," in the original film. The third one tried but failed in capturing the same magic. The low budget and lack of Craig T. Nelson and JoBeth Williams really made this film lose a lot of what the original and second film had. This was the last from the original films before a remake came out last year with Sam Rockwell, and it was close to making the list but this one took the cake with its terrible acting and less than stellar effects.

3. Troll 2

This film probably has the best bad one-liner delivery of all time, look it up and laugh for yourself. The effects, horror, acting, writing, and directing are all terrible in this film and probably worth watching just for the pure pleasure of laughing at every terrible thing it has. It's not as bad as The Room for the most laughs in a non-comedy, but it ranks in a top 5 list for that category at least.

2. Hellraiser: Revelations

Sometimes Hollywood makes me wonder why it makes such terrible films like this one; is it because they just want a quick payday, or is it just to keep the rights to a once beloved franchise? They should have stopped with the fourth film, but they really should have stopped when they couldn't get Doug Bradley to play Pin Head again. A low-budget spiral down the toilet is the best way I can describe this movie that makes going to hell seem like a vacation, compared to actually watching this film all the way through.

1. Plan 9 From Outer Space

Yes, this is considered to be a classic among many, and yes, it has it's good qualities, but you have to admit that if it wasn't so bad, it probably wouldn't be considered so good. Does that make sense? This movie is so bad even Tim Burton had to make a film of the worst film ever made, which turned out to be a pretty good movie coincidentally. If you haven't seen Ed Wood, by the way, check that out.

Anyway, that's my list. What are your top 5 worst and best? Let me know by commenting below.


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