A lot of people have asked me what my favorite horror movies of all time are so I have decided to create my Top 10 horror movies:
10. An American Werewolf in London.
This movie is what made me want to become a horror writer. Besides the obvious ahead of it’s time special effects, the movie introduced us to a new age of horror, the crossover. This is the first movie to truly succeed in blending two distinct genres, comedy and horror. I know a lot of you may disagree that this should even make a horror top 10 but the truly terrifying transformation to the werewolf and the ample gore compels me to have it on my list. Which leads me to number 9…
9. Shaun of the Dead
Once again, this movie can not be ranked much higher than this on my horror list but I am not ashamed to say this is my favorite all time movie. I could write pages about this movie and how it works as both a stand alone horror movie, comedy and yes a love story. It blended all three aspects seamlessly and was probably the most fun I have ever had at a movie theater. From the writing, to the directing to how it was lit this movie is cinematic perfection…and it has zombies.
8. Rosemary’s Baby
Holy crap did this movie scare me when I was a child, hell it still creeps me out to this day. Roman Polanski’s masterpiece will send chills up your spine and scare the crap out of you. Senior citizen devil worshipers, that’s creepy.
7. A Tale of two Sisters(Korean)
Another suspenseful masterpiece. A heart wrenching tale of loss intermingled with a ghost story that is truly compelling. I love the reveal at the end and the overall feel and look of this movie makes it worth watching alone. I don’t hold out the same hope for the American remake coming out this year.
I know it’s at the top of a lot of lists and believe me I thought about putting it higher but I have to be honest, it didn’t scare me all that much. It was freaky and creepy but a demonic little girl doesn’t scare me…I guess that’s why the Ring and other movies of the ilk don’t rate in my book. The Exorcist makes this list out of respect to how it was ahead of it’s time in regards to the scare factor of a movie…and also because the book is a hundred times scarier.
5. Nightmare on Elm Street
This movie scared the crap out of me when I saw it for the first time at the age of 13. The originality of character and story is what makes this a top 5 movie for me. Freddy Krueger is a horror icon and deservedly so. And for the record he could kick Jason’s ass. This movie still stands the test of time. I watched it recently and it still gave me chills.
4. Texas Chainsaw Massacre
The fact that it looked like a freakin’ documentary was enough to freak me out. I watched this when I was 8 years old, to put things in perspective my daughter is about to turn 8 and I wouldn’t even let her watch the trailer. This movies grim realism and ample gore make it a horror staple. It’s been duplicated many times, and even remade but the bottom line is this… This movie set the bar for horror and gore and very few have come close since.
What can I say about this classic except that it is truly a scary edge of your seat thriller. The first time I saw this movie it was the edited version on TV and it scared me. When I saw the unedited I was shocked at how much scarier it was. I still watch this movie a couple of times a year. The acting was stellar, the monster awesome and it broke the mold by having a female character kicking ass. Gotta love Ripley.
2. All Romero Zombie Movies
The Night of the Living Dead changed horror cinema forever. The social commentary and the brilliant breaking of movie stereotypes alone make these movies all-timers. Romero is a master, a legend, a true visionary and should be held by all horror enthusiasts as such.
“The evil…he has escaped.” Dr. Loomis’ chilling words as Michael Myers drives off. This movie is ground breaking, brilliant, scary, and fun. From the first person perspectives, to the kills, to the fact we don’t know what Michael Myers is and why he does what he does makes this the best horror movie in my mind. I remember sneaking out of my room when I was 9 years old to watch this movie on Prism. I sat on the floor with wide-eyed wonder as I watched John Carpenter’s masterpiece unfold. The music still makes my hair stand on end to this day when I hear it. I loved this movie for the simple fact that all you knew was Michael Myers was evil…and quite frankly that’s all you needed to know.
So there you have it a top 10 list and a few of the reasons why I chose what I chose. Feel free to trash me…it’s all part of the fun.