Welcome boils and ghouls, sorry I get excited around Halloween. I am extremely happy to be able to write an article of my top ten horror films. I know most of you probably have your own list, some of your picks may be on here, then again they may not be. But there’s nothing to it but to do it so let’s get into the list.
Number 10. The Frighteners (July 19th, 1996) Now while it is technically a horror comedy this movie still has a great deal of scares. It stars Michael J. Fox as Frank Bannister a ghost-buster who is in cahoots with the ghosts. Frank is psychic after a near-death experience and he uses it to make some quick cash. This film is a personal favorite of my brother and I. It’s special effects are quite dated, especially the CGI, but it’s still awesome. It’s also directed by Peter Jackson the man behind the camera of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, personally I like this film more. It’s scary and funny so give it a look sometime.
Number 9. Friday the 13th (May 9th, 1980) The first is still the best. It’s slasher film at its best. Camp counselors stalked by an unknown killer, who may be the child that drowned years earlier. It also has one of the biggest surprise reveals of all time. Who would have guessed the killer was really…oh, never mind that would be cheating giving away the ending. The ending also has one of the best scares ever put on film. If you haven’t seen it you really need to and quick. Even better wait until an actual Friday the 13th to watch, it’s a great deal of fun.
Number 8. A Nightmare on Elm Street (November 16th, 1984) This movie still terrifies me. Freddy Krueger is one of the best remembered horror monsters for a reason. The last time I watched this film, which was quite a few years ago, it still gave me nightmares. I’m not the only one I know quite a few people who freak out when one of his movies comes on. This film is easily the best in the series. As the series went on it just got dumb. Freddy kills someone with a Nintendo Power Glove, really? That’s the best you’ve got. Skip the rest watch the best, I even gave you a little rhyme there.
Number 7. Seven (September 22, 1995) This is possibly the most messed up movie ever. I know technically it’s a thriller but shut up it’s my list. A movie about a serial killer who kills people according to the seven deadly sins, it’s a brilliant concept. It’s not only scary but it’s disturbing. It’s one of those movies that makes you feel dirty for watching. The whole film has a dirty creepy vibe, it makes New York seem like a gigantic haunted house. There isn’t a single location that doesn’t look freaky. Simply put David Fincher is a genius. Watch this movie with a friend or you’ll be up all night clutching a flashlight.
Number 6. Black Christmas (December 20th 1974) The originator of the slasher genre, sorry folks it’s not Halloween. A killer terrorizes a sorority house during Christmas break. It starts with frightening calls that develop into murder. This is a scary movie for one main reason, it could actually happen. That’s more frightening than anything. All the supernatural stuff is fine but reality is always more terrifying than anything else. And this movie doesn’t have a happy ending either folks, prepare for disappointment but a truly frightening experience.
Number 5. Scream (December 20th 1996) I was in High School when this film came out and that’s all anyone was talking about for weeks. This movie was a phenomenon everyone was talking about it, newspapers, critics, everybody. It was a return to classic slasher films but it had an added twist the victims were horror movie buffs and knew the rules. It also has a great twist ending. It was also directed by Wes Craven the master of horror. I watched this movie recently and it still stands up. This is one of the best there is you need to see it if you’re a horror fan.
Number 4. Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (September 1990) Another film that’s frightening because of reality. This movie is based off of the real life story of Henry Lee Lucas and it is scary as…you know what. It was filmed in 1986 but was so controversial the director fought for four years for an R-rating and still didn’t get it. It was eventually realeased in September of 1990 with no rating. Forget all of the torture porn junk that’s been coming out lately if you want disturbing this is the film for you. It’s a terrifying trip into the world of a killer.
Number 3. The Evil Dead (April 15th, 1983) This is one of my all-time favorites. Made for just fifty-thousand dollars this movie is awesome. It is still frightening after all these years. It’s another controversial film. Sam Raimi, who directed the film, was brought to a British court to testify about the violence in his film. I showed this film to a friend one day and when they showed Linda getting stabbed in the ankle with a pencil she almost passed out. If you only know Raimi as the director of the Spider-Man movies you need to get to know him in his original genre.
Number 2. The Exorcist (December 26th 1973) Movies about possession and exorcism have had a slight resurgence of late, but the original exorcism film is still the most terrifying. The head twist, the vomitting, everything about this film is iconic. It may have ruined Linda Blair’s career (Have you seen her lately?) but it is horrifying. It will give you nightmares for a long, long time. And yes it does not have a happy ending. The best horror films don’t. I dare you to try and watch this movie alone at night, you won’t make it past fifteen minutes I guarantee you.
And now for my pick of top horror film of all time…
Number 1. Halloween (October 25th, 1978) The absolute best movie the horror genre has to offer. It has it all. Iconic villian? Check. Teenagers lined up for the slaughter? Check. Unforgettable theme music? Check. Something that could actually happen? Check. This is the ultimate scary movie, John Carpenter is a true genius. Not only did he write and direct the movie but he created its famous theme as well. Black christmas may have been the originator but Halloween is this genre perfected. Forget Rob Zombie’s take and all the others and sit back and enjoy a true classic. It is, and will always be the best horror film of all time.
Now I know that this list doesn’t neccesarily contain everyone’s favorite films. No list is perfect, this list just happens to be mine. so make your own list. Post it in the comments, tell me what you think. Did I make good choices? Did I leave a true classic out? Let me know. If you mention one I haven’t seen maybe it will be my next review. You never know. But try out a few of my picks you might just find a gem you’ve never seen. And if you like televised horror check out American Horror Story on FX Networks it is absolutely terrifying.
Well that’s all I have to say on the subject of Horror films. Happy Halloween!