Since I lack the creativity, originality and any form of fun ideas to write about; I have decided to copy Scarlett and share my top ten favourite horror films.
Since I was knee height to a Parktown Prawn, I loved horror movies. They seemed to have pleased some primal urge and would make me paranoid of every little sound in the house. A good horror movie has the ability to manipulate you into a shivering pile of mess.
These days, I have become harder to please when it comes to horrors. I know most of the clichés and plots within the first five minutes in most horror movies these days.
Anyways, enough blab blab . Let’s just get this list started.
Quick note: Numbering doesn’t determine how much I like it, I am simply putting this list down as it comes to my head.
1. Let The Right One In / Let Me In
I am not a big fan of vampire movies and the Twilight series put the nail through the coffin (pardon the pun) when it comes to them, but these movies surprised me. They are both the same movie, just different versions. Let Me In is the American while Let The right One is the European. This movie is basically about a loner boy falling in love with a girl that happens to be a vampire, but unlike Twilight, this was a proper movie. Even though you know she is a vile creature, you still end up rooting for her and the boy. I also found the ending to be quite disturbing; especially when you begin to think about it.
2. 28 Days Later
28 Days Later has pretty much ruined most zombie movies for me since I always end up comparing and becoming disappointed. 28 Days Later is pretty much a post-apocalyptic low budget zombie movie set in London. Not only did 28 Days Later bring back the zombie genre back to life (insert audience laugh track here) but it made critics and the general audience realize zombie movies can be for intelligent people too. It is a beautifully shot film with some of my favourite post apocalyptic shots ever and it makes a commentary on religion, government and even humanity. I consider this to be the greatest zombie movie of all time, and if it wasn’t for 28 Days Later, you wouldn’t have the Walking Dead and all those other zombie related media.
3. Tucker and Dale vs. Evil
I wanted to avoid placing a comedic horror movie in this list since I believe this sub-genre deserves a list of its’ own, but I decided to share this one because not only is it my favourite, but I think it deserves way more recognition and love than it originally received. The general plot of this film is that these two redneck and a group of college students are in the woods; but it is the college kids that do the killing. This movie was so much fun to watch and the characters of Tucker and Dale are genuinely so loveable. I found this movie so likeable. It also has these genius moments where it twists the cliché slasher horror movie moments and makes fun of it.
4. Silent Hill
There are two horror games that I love dearly; that is Silent Hill and Silent Hill 2. When I heard they were making a Western horror movie out of them; I was skeptical. It is safe to say I love the first Silent Hill film. Not only did it capture the creepy atmosphere and gorey creatures perfectly, but it kept to plot as much as a movie can. It was a good stand alone horror movie. Yes, it has cheap acting now and then, but I just love this film so much. Sadly, the same can’t be said about the pile of shit they called a sequel to it.
5. The Babadook
Scarlet is a bad Australian for not sharing this one. This movie was pure horror genius! This movie basically tells this story of a recently widowed mother trying to look after her annoying as fuck son. She soons discovers a creepy children’s book that she reads to her son; and the horror begins. This movie was not only a good horror movie, but it was a beautiful character piece too. For me, this is what a good horror movie should be like.
6. The Blair Witch Project
Now I am probably going to lose a lot of people at this point, but here me out. When I originally watched the Blair Witch Project at the tender age of 10, I knew it was all fake. The thing that I love most about this movie is that it uses this creepy atmosphere that it slowly builds around these characters to deliver the scares. This movie is the best way to educate a director on how to use an environment to tell a story. I recently watched it again and I still found myself getting tense, it is that good!
7. Paranormal Activity
As much as I hate this franchise, I honestly think the first one was horror genius. The scares in this movie were so unpredictable and delivered so well. It also used its environment to its full potential. Too bad the rest of the franchise was crap.
8. The Ring
This movie is one of the few cases where I prefer the Western version to the Japanese version. This movie is a horror classic; whether you like it or not. Apart from being beautifully shot, the scare in this movie are earned . This movie genuinely haunted my dreams as a kid.
9. 13 Ghosts
This is a horror movie a lot of people considered to be bad and it has become one of those forgotten movies. Granted, this movie isn’t great but for some weird reason I love the shit out of this movie. I find the imagery and make-up effects of the ghosts to be scary and I actually enjoyed its weird ass plot. I also loved how you were required to wear special glasses to see the ghosts. The Jackal still terrifies me to this day.
There is a reason why “In space nobody can hear you scream” has become famous. I love Alien, like a lot. Apart from the fantastic set and monster design, it was also just genuinely terrifying. The movie was so claustrophobic and Ripley was such a badass.
That was my shitty attempt at a list of my favourite horror movies. Weirdly enough, this list was quite challenging to make. There might be a lot of shitty attempts at horror movies out there but there are genuinely a lot of fantastic ones too. So it was hard to choose.
So until my next post…