Monday, October 13, 2014
My Top 10 Horror Films
With this month being October what better time of the year then to give a list of my top 10 horror films are. now I know everyone has their own opinion when it comes to things like this so just remember this Is my list and if you have a top 10 that differs from mine please feel free to comment your list in the comment section.
Alright lets do this...
10. Alien (1979)
Ridley Scott's sci fi thriller burst onto the screen back in 1979 scaring fans with its this isn't Star Wars mentality. it brought us an new a interesting monster that's very different from a lot of other alien creatures even though its been a little over 30 years and this film has spawned 4 sequels and most recent a prequel. probably one of the most iconic character in Sigourney Weaver's Ridley. Alien even though not really looked at as a threw and threw horror film is very much so with the Xenomorph stalks and kills off members of the crew.
9. A Nightmare On Elm Street (1984)
Wes Craven's 1984 classic about the dream demon Freddy Krueger played perfectly by Robert Englund is one of those films that sticks with you after watching. the way that Craven tricks not only characters but audiences with not knowing weather your in reality and dream world is done to perfection. A Nightmare on Elm Street has spawn 7 sequels and a unnecessary remake, but this original film is still the granddaddy of the franchise.
8. Hellraiser (1987)
Clive Barker put an brought an unique and interesting concept when he did 1987's Hellraiser. "Angel's to some, Demon's to others" is the best way to describe the cenobites led by fan favorite Pinhead (Doug Bradley) I think the overall theme of this film gets loss when its discussed because even though in this film the Cenobites aren't really the main focus they get the most shine especially during the final act. even though its produced a lot of bad sequels after the first two. Hellraiser is probably the most underrated film on this list.
7.The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)
Before Freddy, Jason, Michael Myers there was Leatherface (Gunner Hanson) Tobe Hooper's 1974 cult classic turned the horror genre on its head with the "Based On A True Story" film about a group of friends who take a wrong turn and come across the cannibal Sawyer clan. even though Leatherface gets the biggest praise and does a lot of the dirtywork, its really Jim Siedow as The Cook who steals the show especially during the iconic dinner scene. its spawned 4 sequels, and a 2003 remake starring Jessica Biel. after watching this movie you'll feel dirty because of the very low budget and almost documentary feel it has but after 40yrs this film still stands up today.
6. The Exorcist (1973)
William Friedkin's The Exorcist is one of those movies that every fan of the genre should see, its a very religious film thanks in large to the fact that the main plot deals with a young girl (Linda Blair) being possessed by a demon and two priest Father Merrin(Max Von Sydow) and Father Karras(Jason Miller) try and do their best to save the girl life. In recent years there have been countless imitators with possession themes but all of those fail in comparison to this film. for some the first half of the film might feel slow but the last half hour is where this film keeps fans on the edge of their seats all the way to the final moments.
5. Night of The Living Dead (1968)
George A. Romero's little zombie film created a new sub genre of horror in which every zombie film/TV show still follows his formula for success. even though there have been different versions not only of this film but the genesis of the zombie itself has changed in the past 46 years. the impact of Night of The Living Dead still remains intact. the social community has always been the strong foundation for why this film was and still one of the best ever made. the fact that it was filmed in black and white at a time that it didn't really need(but had to be since it was a low budget film) adds to what makes this movie such a classic.
4. Evil Dead II (1987)
Sam Raimi's Evil Dead II isn't just any sequel its more of a remake/sequel which is very rare, but if you are a fan of the original you know what I mean, Bruce Campbell returns as Ash but the demons that were released from the book of the dead return as well. I think what sets this film apart from the original is that it takes everything that the 1st film does right and makes it better 100x. Bruce Campbell carries the movie(literally for the first half of the movie) and shows why he probably should've had atleast some what of a better career then what he had but being the best B movie actor isn't such a bad thing either.
3. Dawn of The Dead (1978)
George A. Romero's follow up to hi 1968 zombie film Dawn of The Dead really takes that ball and runs it into the endzone. where Night is very serious in tone. Dawn seems to take some what of a lighter approach but still driving home those social commentary points most notably the craze of consumers(which has even become worse today) this movie is a lot of fun in parts and the special effects are very cool thanks to special effects guru Tom Savini who also has a small part in the film.
the remake of this film is good for the more updated generation but this film is still just as good now as it was back in 78' probably more so when you think about Black Friday type sales that are done every year.
2. Halloween (1978)
What can be said about John Carpenter's Halloween that hasn't already been said. the fact that Carpenter made a film that sums up a holiday to perfection at the same time making the boogeyman real is something that rarely happens anymore. where a lot of other slasher killers either talk or so a lot of emotion with their kills the character of Michael Myers (Nick Castle) is probably the one that stands alone with how Carpenter decided to show him. Dr. Loomis (Donald Pleasance) is right there along side Myers with Iconic statues with his delivery of lines and his pursuit of stopping Michael Myers before its to late is some of the best in any horror movie. I know Rob Zombie "expanded" Michael Myers backstory which might be good for some but for fans of this film. Carpenters less is more approach is what makes this movie perfect and why every Halloween this films is the one that fans watch.
1. The Thing (1982)
John Carpenter between 78 and 82 made what I consider 3 quality horror entries starting with number 2 on my list, The some what underrated ghost tale The Fog and 1982's The Thing. John Carpenter's The Thing is more then just an horror film its one that a lot of people can relate to by taking human emotions and letting the paranoia run wild. the fact that every character in the film at different points are or could be consider The Thing is what helps make this film the cult classic its become over the years, every character is well written and gets spotlighted threw out but its Kurt Russell as Helicopter Pilot MacCready that steals the show, but the star of the film is The Thing itself, we don't know exactly what it is but whatever it is its weird and pissed off. the special effects(Rob Bottin) in this movie are hands down some of the best and I would put them up to and CGI produced effects that has come along and in a lot of ways has ruined the art of Special Effects.
The Thing takes everything that you would want and blends it perfectly together, even though at the time of its release it didn't connect with large audiences because of its graphic violent alien attacks(people were to busy liking the little nice alien from E.T.) this movie did find its audience on home video and continues to scare years later.