Advertisements

Question Time XXII – Best Horror Movie

question-time22

This week I want to talk about the topic I’m trying to take my site back to. As film categories go, horror is quite a broad term. So if I’m asking you to specify a movie or two, I should at least set some kind of parameters.

Let’s put it this way;

If you had to recommend your favourite horror movie (or movies) to me, what would it (they) be and why?

What constitutes a horror movie? Well, Wikipedia sums it up in a nice way and I figured I’d just steal/borrow their explanation:

Horror is a film genre seeking to elicit a negative emotional reaction from viewers by playing on the audience’s primal fears. Horror films often feature scenes that startle the viewer; the macabre and the supernatural are frequent themes. Thus they may overlap with the fantasy, supernatural, and thriller genres.

Horror films often deal with the viewer’s nightmares, hidden fears, revulsions and terror of the unknown. Plots within the horror genre often involve the intrusion of an evil force, event, or personage, commonly of supernatural origin, into the everyday world. Prevalent elements include ghosts, aliens, vampires, werewolves, curses, satanism, demons, gore, torture, vicious animals, monsters, zombies, cannibals, and serial killers.

My choices to you would be (and please excuse the shameless links to my reviews, any excuse to drum up more love for them)

  • Martyrs – scary, twisted, violent, brutal and containing some jump scares, Martyrs ticks all the boxes and is not for the faint hearted. I only recommend it to those people who like to be shocked and have a strong stomach, but if that’s you, Martyrs will most likely be one of the best films you ever experience.
  • I Saw The Devil – maybe more in the way of Se7en, and whilst considered a thriller first and foremost, any film with this much blood shed and gore counts as a horror movie in my book. And boy, what a movie this is. Phenomenal stuff.
  • Oldboy – see above.
  • Poltergeist – the first film to ever terrify me. Sleeping in a house full of mirrors added to the effect, and I’ve never plucked up the courage to go back to it. I like the thought that this movie terrified me, and seeing it now would only diminish my feelings. A bit like watching The Blair Witch Project as an adult.
  • The Exorcist – the king of all exorcism films, and still years later is terrifying. Spider/crab stairs walk anybody?

What about you? Do you have a standard answer for this whenever a friend/loved one/stranger asks you for your advice? Or is it a genre you rarely venture into? Surely you’ve all been scared or horrified by a movie at some point, and I’d love to know what movie had that effect on you. Thanks for reading. 🙂

page-divider 2

If you would like to see all the other questions from this series, please click HERE and check them out!

Advertisements
Leave a comment

162 Comments

  1. LG

     /  June 25, 2013

    La Cara Oculta! The movie doesn’t really classify as “horror”, but I would put it up there.

    Like

    Reply
    • I had to google it. Hidden Face? Wow, I’ve seen a few people recommend this recently. Unless you’re one of them in disguise…… 😉

      Thanks for posting, welcome to the site 🙂

      Like

      Reply
      • LG

         /  June 25, 2013

        Thank you. I am not new to your site though – been a silent lurker for a while 🙂

        Like

        Reply
        • haha, that’s good to hear. Hope to see you around more now you’ve stopped being silent! I just followed your site, I look forward to reading it 🙂

          Like

      • GaryLee828

         /  June 25, 2013

        Way to start the comment section off! Yeah!!

        And no, that wasn’t me. 🙂

        Think that’s a sign. Hurry up and watch for yourself.

        Like

        Reply
  2. Yep, I have a standard answer: Halloween, The Beyond, Inland Empire, The Thing, Suspiria. Some of them might shift from time to time but Halloween will always be “numero uno”.

    Like

    Reply
    • The Rob Zombie one yeah? 😉

      The Thing, very nearly chose that myself. Such a great movie. As of course is the original Halloween. Thanks buddy 🙂

      Like

      Reply
      • What do you mean the Rob Zombie one? Do you want to get your living daylights punched in the nads????

        😀

        Like

        Reply
      • GaryLee828

         /  June 25, 2013

        The Rob Zombie original remake is pretty decent; but the sequel he did was all kinds of terrible. It was rushed, and you could clearly tell by the end product. I say that if your deadline is up and you don’t have your film where it needs to be then you simply need to extend the deadline; i’d rather wait 6 months longer for a quality film, then get instant gratification and be severely disappointed.

        Like

        Reply
        • Didnt he have to rush the sequel, or was pushed into it? Either way, he wasn’t happy with it and neither were many fans. Shame 😦

          Like

        • GaryLee828

           /  June 26, 2013

          Yeah, it was rushed and you could tell by the end product. If I were him and needed more time I’d have a meeting w/ the studio and explain and get an extension. No way I’m risking to ruin my career; fans will forgive you for a delay, but are more likely to write you off if you put out a bad film.

          I’ve never understood why directors, producers, and studio execs rush a film; it’s just a movie. You’re not saving lives. lol. No one’s gonna die if you delay a few months or even a year.

          I’ve waited for a Dumb & Dumber sequel since 1995 and i’m okay – and I don’t care how long until they release this sequel as long as it’s good when they’re done. Studio execs are so out of touch with the average movie-watcher they have no clue what we really want, which is a strong quality film; not a rushed film.

          Like

        • I agree, I just think Zombie wanted done with it all.

          As for Dumb & Dumber To, I hope its good, seems all systems go. Just hope Carrey promotes it unlike Kick Ass 2!

          Like

  3. I used to think A Nightmare on Elm St but after a recent rewatch, it didn’t have the same impact. As a result, I’ll go with The Shining, The Thing, The Orphanage, Oldboy and Prince of Darkness.

    Like

    Reply
    • Dammit, I meant to have The Shining on my choices! Good call Mr Walker. 🙂

      Like

      Reply
    • GaryLee828

       /  June 25, 2013

      Mark, you’re not alone on your Nightmare on Elm Street assessment.

      Like

      Reply
      • Glad to hear it Gary. I was really looking forward to it after so many years but I found it quite amateurish, to be honest. Great concept, though.

        Like

        Reply
      • I’ve only ever seen the newest one. Original ones all passed me by.

        Like

        Reply
        • GaryLee828

           /  June 26, 2013

          The original is worth watching, as Mark pointed out the concept is creative; it’s just it was much scarier when you watch as a kid (definitely not a kids movie, though), but when you watch as an adult it’s silly – and Freddy is silly; Robert Englund still gives a great performance, though. You should definitely check it out.

          Like

        • If it ever comes on TV again I’ll give it a go. Feel I should see it really.

          Like

  4. Abbi

     /  June 25, 2013

    I am not generally a horror fan but I do have a couple of exceptions… and I am going to go Scream.

    Like

    Reply
  5. davecrewe

     /  June 25, 2013

    I thought it was “The Thing” for a long time (and I see that I’m not alone from the posts already!) but a recent rewatch of “The Shining” has me convinced that Kubrick’s classic has to be my number one. Shout out to “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” though; I don’t know that it’s my *favourite* horror film, but it’s certainly the most gripping/scary I’ve ever seen. One of those films that has such a strong reputation you think it’ll never live up to what you’ve heard about it, and then it blows those expectations out of the water.

    Like

    Reply
    • The Shining & The Thing will be popular choices here, and well deserved ones. 2 films everybody should see and love.

      Nice call with the Texas Chainsaw Massacre. I have seen every version since, but none compare to the original, and especially watching it years ago on the banned vhs. 🙂

      Like

      Reply
  6. Although I’m not a horror fan I have seen a couple of them which I really enjoyed. Also am a big fan of Oldboy and I Saw the Devil. Recently saw The Shining for the first time and that was fantastic. As davecrewe mentions The Thing is also very good.

    Like

    Reply
    • At least you like the best ones Nostra!! Those Korean movies are tough watches, so you must have a decent stomach for some things 🙂

      If I’d done a poll, The Thing & The Shining would be running away with this by now.

      Like

      Reply
  7. The Shining is my all-time favorite, followed by Eraserhead and Psycho.

    Like

    Reply
    • Psycho is another all time favourite. Just watching that without the ending spoiled would still shock people now I imagine.

      Cheers for sharing buddy 🙂

      Like

      Reply
  8. Little surprised “The Silence of the Lambs” hasn’t been mentioned, that’s probably just a given though. Um, in terms, I guess, “Audition”, is the first of the Asia Extreme that I really kinda started being fascinated by them with, so I’ll go with that one. Uh, to name a few, nobody’s mentioned. I’d go with some of the lesser-seen classic ones, like “Diabolique”, the original one, very HItchcockian, even for it’s time. I think everybody has to see Tod Browning’s “Freaks” at least once. Uh, “May” is probably an underrated one, that one’s also a darkly humorous one. I’m sure there’s more, they’re not coming to me right now. I always liked “Don’t Look Now”, as well. I know some don’t think it’s aged well, I always thought, that would be a horror movie, if Antonioni had directed one. (Of course, Nicolas Roeg, great director himself, but still…)

    Like

    Reply
    • So many great movies, I’m annoyed I didn’t mention The Shining, never mind Silence of the Lambs. Such an incredible movie, one I’ve seen countless times and it always amazes me. Hopkins & Foster on top form.

      I remember the first time I saw Audition and I loved it, yet watching it back recently and I noticed I was a little bored, there really isnt much action until right near the end. I never noticed it dragging first time round. Might just of been me having issues with it.

      Some good, unique choices there David. Thanks for joining in 🙂

      Like

      Reply
      • GaryLee828

         /  June 25, 2013

        “Audition” is a great film, but is one that will lose impact upon multiple viewings after one already knows what transpires.

        Like

        Reply
    • GaryLee828

       /  June 25, 2013

      All good choices here.

      Like

      Reply
  9. Being a renowned wimp, I don’t watch a massive amount of horror films although I am slowly starting to get into them a little more. The Shining is probably my favourite although I’d have to put The Exorcist, The Orphanage, Halloween and Let The Right One In up there too.

    Like

    Reply
    • At least you admitted it 😉

      Hey, those are some excellent films you mention, and I have to admit I still haven’t seen The Orphanage, despite nothing but glowing reviews from fellow bloggers.

      Plus you have plenty more to find now you’re starting this horror journey. Try my A-Z page for a start……. 😉

      Cheers Chris 🙂

      Like

      Reply
  10. Another vote for The Shining here, but I also recommend Profondo Rosso, Carnival of Souls, An American Werewolf in London, The Innocents, Noroi, and The Changeling.

    Like

    Reply
  11. Well of course there’s Return of the Living Dead, which is the best movie ever period, then Dawn of the Dead (original and remake), and Night of the Living Dead, Evil Dead, Evil Dead 2, Dead Alive, Brain Dead, Shaun of the Dead, Day of the Dead, Freddy’s Dead, Day of the Dead, The Dead Zone, Dead Ringers, Drop Dead Fred, City of the Living Dead, Dead Heat, Return of the Living Dead Part II, Dead Poets Society, Better Off Dead, Return of the Living Dead Part 3, The Quick and the Dead, and Halloween.

    Like

    Reply
    • Did you know those titles or look them up?!?! Either way, nice work. There’s a theme linking them all, and I will get it soon I imagine. Just need to concentrate more 🙂

      Like

      Reply
  12. I love Halloween, John Carpenter’s version of course. It’s a classic, there’s not much more that needs to be said.
    I was also really into the Scream franchise when I was younger. Those movies age surprisingly well.

    Like

    Reply
    • Halloween really is a classic. 🙂

      I did think the Scream sequels were pretty poor though ……. sorry Smash 🙂

      Like

      Reply
      • Lol, the first one is good. The following two aren’t, but I think they did a good job with the 4th.
        That was the big franchise for people my age back in the day. You’d get all jazzed for the new Scream movie and rush right out to the theatre to see it.

        Like

        Reply
        • Ergh, the new one was terrible! WTF has Courtney done to her face?! 🙂

          Like

        • LOL! Courtney’s face was the real victim it seems.

          Like

        • Haha, definitely. She was so pretty before she messed with it. I do like that small Hayden heroes girl though. And Emma Roberts. They did cast the movie well 🙂

          Like

  13. GaryLee828

     /  June 25, 2013

    “High Tension” no doubt. It was after viewing that film I knew I had to start pursuing screenwriting. Aja’s brilliant directing here takes the audience on an up-close-and-personal viewpoint of what a real-life home invasion would feel like if a merciless serial killer was to surge into your house in the middle of the night. You don’t just watch this movie – you experience it. Aja creates a very surreal atmosphere that makes you feel like you’re in a dream. As I watch I get that empty feeling in the pit of my stomach like I’m the one being chased and as I’m trying to escape I feel like I’m running through quicksand, or something.

    And for Aja to take an actress like Cecile De France who has never done a horror movie, and direct that kind of performance out of her is just amazing! It was definitely one of the all-time greatest horror performances I’ve seen.

    Like

    Reply
    • I dont want to fall out with you here Gary, but this is what worries me about Hidden Face 😉

      I guessed the twist in High Tension pretty early, and I really didnt enjoy it. I felt it was pretty average, although I did watch it in a marathon with Martyrs, Inside, Frontiers etc and it was easily the worst of the lot. For me anyway, of course.

      I’m glad it had such a reaction with you, and inspired you. There are plenty of films I love that others don’t.

      Thanks for sharing that though buddy 🙂

      Like

      Reply
      • GaryLee828

         /  June 26, 2013

        Wait a second!! Wait a second!!

        I didn’t like the twist in “High Tension”…

        But the first 75 minutes was sooooo good that I ignore the last 15 minutes. I had no idea HT was going to end that way, but by the time that implausible twist was revealed I was simply absorbing how great everything else was that I merely brushed it aside.

        It was the chase – the suspense – the directing – the acting; the story had heart: a woman was willing to risk her own life to save her best friend. The locations and the sequences were great. These are the reasons I loved this film.

        “The Hidden Face” is a totally separate story, and the twist is masterful! And the twist comes halfway through the movie and not the end…

        Notice when I talk about High Tension I never mentioned the twist being great; when I talk about HF it’s the first thing I mention.

        So, no, these films aren’t to be compared in any way…

        So in fairness, give me a chance before worrying about me giving you bad recommendations. I created a blog in the first place to give people strong recommendations (i create different recommendations for people based on which genres they like) – and I like to get recs from others, as well.

        I’m just tired of seeing the same types of mainstream movies over and over, as I know you are, too. I don’t know if you’ll like Hidden Face as much as I did, but I know you’ll at least appreciate a film that feels different than most mainstream.

        So, hurry the heck up, and watch it already! Once little Tyson arrives you won’t have time. 🙂

        Like

        Reply
        • LOL – ok, ok, I get you. And I agree, its nice to promote these kind of films, which is why I bang on and on and on and on about LOVE.

          As for High Tension, I know you didnt mention the twist. It just seemed to me that ruined the rest of it. I’m still scoring it like a 6/10 or something, just not on a par with the other french extreme stuff. 🙂

          Like

  14. theipc

     /  June 25, 2013

    REC 3 is staple for the horror industry.

    On another note, I haven’t been “scared” in a movie since I was a kid. If I had to admit anything, I actually got the Heebie Jeebies watching Lovely Molly but I wasn’t actually scared, just kind of nervous.

    My favorite straight up horror movie has to be Exorcist 3.

    Like

    Reply
    • Erm…… Yeah……..

      Anyway, I need to rewatch Lovely Molly as I didn’t find it did much for me. Your overall choice does not surprise me, I figured you’d be unconventional! That’s why we love you 😉

      Like

      Reply
    • Ryan

       /  July 12, 2013

      Exorcist 3 didn’t mess around as far as throwing disturbing imagery at your eyes, that is CERTAIN. Yikes. That scene with the nurse in the hallway holds the record for “…okay, we know something’s going to happen….now?….ok, now?….really? ok, now?…..well, I guess nothing’s gonna-OH MY GOD!!!” Great, fun movie.

      Like

      Reply
  15. I would probably go with The Descent if I had to pick just one.

    Like

    Reply
  16. The Exorcist narrowly tops the Shining in my book. They’re both great movies though. I think something about being possessed probably gives the Exorcist the edge. 😮

    Like

    Reply
  17. My favorites are The Omen, The Exorcist, Rosemary’s Baby and Drag Me to Hell 🙂 Pretty much the only horror films I’ve really liked. This year’s Evil Dead was cool too.

    Like

    Reply
  18. Jaws, Suspiria, and Evil Dead II!

    Like

    Reply
  19. I’d follow others and just give one answer: Halloween. John Carpenter created many of the genre standards yet did it with a lot more skill and patience than many directors. It still holds up too.

    Like

    Reply
  20. My top ten are:
    1) Dawn of the Dead (1979)
    2) The Shining
    3) Phantasm
    4) Halloween (original version)
    5) The Thing (1982 version)
    6) Night of the Living Dead (original version)
    7) 28 Days Later
    8) An American Werewolf in London
    9) The Exorcist
    10) Let the Right One in / Let Me In (both great)
    Honorable mention: The Descent, Dog Soldiers, Near Dark, Evil Dead, 28 Weeks Later, 30 Days of Night, Horror of Dracula, Bride of Frankenstein, Nosferatu, The Others, The Birds, The Fog (Original version), Frailty, REC, The Orphanage, Zombieland, Shaun of the Dead, Ringu, The Devil’s Backbone, Land of the Dead, The Dead, Trick R’ Treat, Return of the Living Dead, Carrie (original version), The Lost Boys, Jacob’s Ladder, Stake Land, and Mulberry Street. If you count Jaws, Alien, and Aliens as horror films (which I do) then somehow they also have to squeeze themselves into my top ten.
    I guess those are actually my top 40 horror movies! My favorite genre.
    Thanks for the idea,
    Bill

    Like

    Reply
    • May as well wrap this post up, you have compiled the perfect selection there Bill!! REC was the main one that stands out, I nearly chose that too. Having them all like that makes me realize just how great this genre is 🙂

      Like

      Reply
  21. garryarmstrong

     /  June 25, 2013

    My childhood horror fave was the Vincent Price – 3D version of “House of Wax”. Those cheesy 3D glasses almost jumped off my face in the very first scene. Mom was pleased that I was scared. The most recent film to scare the bee-Jeezus out of me was “Jurassic Park”. My Wife was very pleased that I was scared.

    Like

    Reply
    • Haha, gold as always Garry!! 🙂

      Jurassic Park, I guess Dinosaurs would qualify as horror. Loved the film, although it didnt scare me. Quite the opposite, I’d go visit a dinosaur island for sure! 🙂

      Like

      Reply
  22. THE THING!!!!!

    Like

    Reply
  23. I always refer to the same one EVERYWHERE! My all-time favorite horror movie (in my mind) the best one is The Eye (original version). Not that rip-off American remake. Its done incredibly well and scared the hell out of me and does a great job and being creepy as hell!

    Like

    Reply
    • Is Jessica Alba in the remake? Or is that something else? Either way I’ve seen her in something……..

      I haven’t seen the version you mention though. Will look out for it. Thanks for the tip Kim 🙂

      Like

      Reply
  24. For technical brilliance, I’d say ‘The Shining.’ For the scare factor, I’d say something like ‘A Tale of Two Sisters.’ Having said that, I have a soft spot for the American classics i.e. ‘Halloween,’ ‘Friday the 13th,’ ‘A Nightmare on Elm Street,’ ‘The Thing,’ etc.

    Like

    Reply
    • I’ve seen a few fellow bloggers praise that ‘sisters’ film, I really have to get it watched. Good choices, thanks for playing 🙂

      Like

      Reply
  25. I would definitely go with The Shining, The Thing (Carpenter version), Evil Dead (I actually like the 1st on best, less black humor, more atmosphere), Nightmare on Elm Street (1st one before he turned into a stand-up comic) and Halloween (Carpenter).

    Like

    Reply
    • Getting clear what the best films our genre offers are. The Shining is pretty much most picked. Rightly so.

      Nice choices buddy, thanks for playing 🙂

      Like

      Reply
  26. Easy one for me, the Directors Cut of the original Wicker Man. That version does such a great job of building up an incredibly creepy atmosphere for the film and the audience is in fear over just how crazy and horrific things could get. It’s definitely a slow-burning horror film but when it reaches its peak at the end, it is horrifying what happens.

    Like

    Reply
  27. Checked out your A-Z review list. Nice to have it available, though you’re going to drive me crazy with the leading articles (The Blair Witch Project starts with B and A Prophet starts with P according to us traditionally-taught alphabetizers 🙂 ).

    As for the best horror movie… well, despite an annual effort, I’ve yet to have a horror movie actually scare me or give me nightmares. But I’d have to go with the original Halloween, Alien, and The Shining as the peak of what I’ve seen.

    Like

    Reply
    • Amen on the alphabetizing! Sorry man, I had to echo that.

      Like

      Reply
    • I don’t tend to get nightmares either, but as a child a room full of mirrors watching Poltergeist was terrifying!! You’ve chosen some solid picks though, more Shining love. 🙂

      As for the a-z, yep I was torn how to list them so went for how I thought I’d search. After chatting with Phobos I know the error of my ways, and ill improve the index tomorrow. Thanks for the heads up Morgan, hope you approve of the new one tomorrow!! 😉

      Like

      Reply
  28. If we’re just talking recommendations, I’d say you should watch Lovely Molly and Citadel. Two pretty excellent movies, IMO. It’s even better since you mentioned The Blair Witch Project. Lovely Molly was directed by Eduardo Sanchez.

    Like

    Reply
  29. Ty, your list is really perfect. I honestly am floored at how amazing it is, seeing you include Martyrs AND I Saw the Devil. Those two alone make for an impeccable anything. I’d also throw in House of the Devil, Halloween (the original of course), and another French flick, Inside. And I’d top things off with The Descent.

    Like

    Reply
    • Thanks Nick!! Was waiting for your sarcastic comment but you were too nice 😉

      Combining mine with yours is the perfect set. More love for The Descent which is great to see, although I bet your ending was different to the dark, better Uk version 😉

      Like

      Reply
  30. While that Wiki description of horror is true, I never go into a horror movie looking for scares. I love horror movies because they’re so much fun. I’m at my highest level of entertainment when I’m hooting and hollering, laughing and yelling “Oh Shit!” at the screen. There’s definitely the “good” horror movies like The Shining, which I also love, but I always think of over-the-top, inventive gore and black comedy when I initially think of horror.

    I hate having to answer favorite movie questions because my mind inevitably goes blank. So… hmm… here’s a few, in no order:
    Dawn of the Dead – probably my favorite horror ever. Such a fun movie.
    Bad Taste – Peter Jackson rose to many greater heights, but his first film is still probably my favorite.
    Bewitched – an ’80s Shaw Brothers gross-out horror that is just INCREDIBLE. Its sequel The Boxer’s Omen is even more wild (but not as good, in my opinion).
    A Nightmare on Elm Street – Freddy is such a great character. To me, he’s on the level of the legendary monsters like Dracula or The Mummy.
    Hellraiser – Unhinged Clive Barker is so good. Shame there aren’t more good adaptations of his work.
    Evil Dead 1 & 2 – Cuz, of course.
    Halloween & The Thing – because I love John Carpenter too much to leave him off.

    Like

    Reply
    • Yeah I dont normally ask for an all out favourite, I do try and narrow the question down 🙂

      Great list Will, good mixture and appreciate your reasoning. Thanks for playing along buddy 🙂

      Like

      Reply
  31. Well, my answer isn’t original, but I’d say The Shining. I’m not very knowledgable on horror films, but that and Psycho are without a doubt the best ones that I’ve seen. I really want to look into I Saw the Devil though, since I do like thrillers that mix in a little horror as well. 🙂

    Like

    Reply
    • All that matters is you chose the best ones!

      I Saw The Devil is phenomenal. At least I though so. My wife hated it. Fool 🙂 Hope you like it and be sure to review it so I can praise or unfollow you 😉

      Like

      Reply
  32. Exorcist was my immediate response to this question. I was raised Catholic, and even though I’m not religious at all, I’m open the possibility that angels and demons might exist in some form; plus, toss in the “based on a true story” tag, and regardless of what creative liberties are taken, I’m thinking, “This happened just like this!” It doesn’t help that I was high as a kite when I first saw this.

    My other horror go-to is The Shining, despite the ending making no sense whatsoever. Just all-around creepy.

    Like

    Reply
    • Love your explanation!! Also that you were high. Bet that made it even more surreal.

      The Shining’s ending leaves so many things open to interpretation. Thats why I love it. No one really knows what was going on. King admits himself he was drunk when he wrote it 🙂

      Like

      Reply
      • Oh! I never read the book, but I was under the impression that Jack Torrence appearing in the old 1920s photo of the Overlook Hotel was a creative choice by the film’s director (I think its Kubrick, but I’m not positive, nor will I look it up.) I guess that’s what I get for not researching.

        Like

        Reply
        • Well, Kubrick adapted it from King’s script, but King disliked it and eventually made his own version for TV years later. Which I haven’t actually seen. If you ever get chance to read King’s book called ‘On Writing’ it explains all his early books were written whilst he was intoxicated, and he cant remember much about them. Obviously worked for him 🙂

          Like

        • That is a pretty awesome fact (about On Writing). I’ll check that out. I do know of The Shining TV mini-series. It had the guy from Wings.

          Like

        • Its a good book, kind of like his teaching manual to help wannabe writers. How he got his inspirations when he wasn’t wasted. Stuff like sneaking into a girls locker room, wondering what the hell the weird machine on the wall was, then realising it was for tampons, then he saw the empty shower cubicle…….and an idea for Carrie was born 🙂

          Like

  33. First the reason for all my pics…To me a qualification for a good Horror flick (any movie really) is, does it draw you in and keep you rooted to the spot…where you can’t look away…where you want to see every iota of detail and nuance and be immersed in it. Like your right there in the room with the characters and you feel what they feel…these movies did that for me:

    1. The Grudge
    2. The Thing
    3. Exorcist
    4. Jeepers Creepers
    5. Paranormal (1st one)
    and for the kids
    6. Ernest Scared Stupid
    7. Halloween Tree by Ray Bradbury (Animated )
    (BOTH OF the last two are very good ones surprisingly to break in the little ones with say 7 to 10yr olds – at least around my house) I love them as an adult. Now that would be a good blog post…your favorite Horror movies for kids. Snce your gonna be a Dad and all..:) it seems appropriate….unless you already did one and I missed it.

    Like

    Reply
  34. My list would include A Tale of Two Sisters and The Descent. Oh and Shutter (the Thai original)

    Like

    Reply
  35. The Shining has been on my mind a lot lately, so I think I’d go with that. Although, I have to show some love for zombies and name check the original Dawn of the Dead.

    Another honorable mention for me would be Trick r Treat, only because it perfectly encapsulates the the atmosphere of Halloween.

    Like

    Reply
    • Everyone should be walking round thinking about The Shining all the time! Perfectly normal behavior 🙂

      Trick R Treat is great fun, took a few views for me to fully appreciate it but I got there eventually.

      Thanks for the comment Matt 🙂

      Like

      Reply
  36. Since Jaws is my favorite movie of all time, if we count that as horror, then it would definitely be my #1 pick…but when I was a kid, it was the 1958 version of The Fly that gave me actual nightmares after I watched it (damn that pale, screaming little bug!). For my favorite classic horror, though, I’d go with the original Invasion of the Body Snatchers. On a smaller scale, there’s a scene from Dario Argento’s Deep Red that still makes me vomit with fright, and my brother and I still carry the mental scars from seeing the preview trailer for Magic back in 1978. However, if I had to disqualify Jaws, then John Carpenter’s The Thing would be my all-time favorite.

    Like

    Reply
    • Sure, you can have Jaws 🙂

      Great choices and reasons Todd, although I’m curious now as to what made you vomit?!?!

      The Thing must be tied with The Shining as the most popular choice here now 🙂

      Like

      Reply
      • By the way, that would be figuratively vomit (only The Fiendish Plot of Dr. Fu Manchu ever made me truly nauseous), and the scene would be when that damn giggling puppet busts out of the door and prances towards the guy who’s staring at it in disbelief. Ugh! If that sort of thing ever happened to me, I’d all at once barf, shit, release my bladder, and faint.

        Like

        Reply
    • Ryan

       /  July 12, 2013

      Gah, that trailer for Magic was indeed horrifying, up there for me with the TV spot for Halloween 3. Holy crap!!!!!!

      Like

      Reply
      • I remember seeing that ‘Halloween III’ trailer on TV…it’s what got me to see the movie! That serious creepy guy at the end saying “Happy…Halloween.” I don’t remember much about the movie, but that one moment from the trailer has remained stuck in my brain for thirty years.

        And I just checked out the trailer again for ‘Magic’. Yep, it’s still whacked-out creepy!

        Like

        Reply
  37. I have my top three, which are big for a lot of people, Psyhco, Halloween, A Nightmare on Elm Street – the originals of course. Those always get some kind of horror vibe out of me. There are so many I could mention because this is my go to genre. I keep thinking of The Changeling with George C. Scott. It isn’t that obscure, but it doesn’t drop on too many lists. Poltergeist still gets me and I understand why Oldboy would be a horror movie – that ending alone made my hair turn grey.

    Like

    Reply
    • Solid picks buddy. Couple here choosing Changeling which is nice to see.

      As for Oldboy…… Yeah I can’t wait to see if the remake keeps such a dark ending 🙂

      Like

      Reply
      • I know it won’t. An American movie would never be that brave, not if it has a big budget attached to it.

        Like

        Reply
        • Normally I’d agree, but there’s a tiny hope Spike Lee will go for it. Great cast too, normally not excited for remakes but this could be the one.

          Like

  38. Jaws, The Shining, The Bride of Frankenstein, The Creature From the Black Lagoon, Pitch Black, Psycho. Hard to pick just a few lol

    Like

    Reply
  39. Good question! I think my favorite “classic” is either Halloween or Alien. For more recent films, The Descent is where it’s at.

    Like

    Reply
  40. As you know, horror isn’t my genre but I did see The Exorcist and that remains THE scariest thing I’ve ever seen. Regan’s face still sometimes haunts me to this day … hiiiih 😀

    Like

    Reply
    • Lol!!! Scary film for sure, often imitated never matched!

      Ill ask a Romantic movie themed question for you next time Ruth 😉

      Thanks for joining in 🙂

      Like

      Reply
  41. The Exorcist and The Descent. The Ring was the scariest movie I ever saw (first night release, midnight showing, didn’t know what it was about), but does not hold up to even a second viewing, so it does not count. I would round out top 3 with Jaws I think…

    Like

    Reply
    • I need to review The Descent, so many people love that movie, need to point even more people onto it!

      Only seen The Ring once, I’ll avoid a second viewing then. Thanks for joining in 🙂

      Like

      Reply
  42. Alien. I saw it in the middle of a day, nearly shat myself either way 🙂

    Like

    Reply
  43. Ryan

     /  July 12, 2013

    Been a fan of horror movies all my life, so I have a few answers for you-
    Scariest movie I saw as a kid-The Shining, age 9. Waaaaaaay too young for that.

    Scariest movie I saw as an adult-this is for sheer emotional impact, remember. The Blair Witch Project. I know, I know, it was all bullcrap, but I actually knew that already going into the theater. I was apparently the only person I knew who had seen that MTV Summer Movie preview with the producers where they described it as their tribute to In Search Of. But dear god, the entire theater was dead silent for the last 20 minutes, because everyone, just like me, was gripping their armrests to the point of tearing them off and trying to push themselves through the back of their seats.

    Best Ever-dead tie between PSYCHO(original) and The Haunting(original). Just gorgeous and scary and everything else you could want.

    Like

    Reply
    • Haha, never too young for The Shining!! 😉

      The Blair Witch was terrifying, just dont watch it again as I dont think its held up very well.

      Thanks for joining in Ryan! 🙂

      Like

      Reply
  44. Ryan

     /  July 20, 2013

    May is sooooo good, glad to know it has another fan out there. Ana Ferris is usually such a joke-nozzle, she actually manages to be at least a 2-d bitch in that one, Jeremy Sisto and everyone else is pretty good too. “If you can’t find a friend, then make one.”….taken to great extremes. A great horror movie about loneliness.

    Like

    Reply

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Advertisements
  • RECENT POSTS :

  • Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

  • Daily Top 10 Most Viewed

  • Every Movie Reviewed A-Z

  • Follow me on Twitter

  • Most Used Tags

  • Random Cool Sites

  • Meta