Top 5 Must Watch Horror Films [VIDEO]
Hard to believe next week it’ll be October, Fall is on the way, the temperatures are getting cooler & before you know it Halloween will be here! For me Halloween ranks right up there with Christmas. The decorations, candy, costumes, parties & of course horror films! I’ll spent every spare moment possible all month long watching my favorites. For me there’s nothing quite like the wholesome, quality, family entertainment of a good horror film. Everyone’s got their favorites but for me it just isn’t Halloween until I watch the following films at least once.
Starting Saturday I’ll begin my annual unhealthy diet of snack foods & horror films, damn I love this time of year! This could easily be the top 100 must watch horror films, it’s hard to narrow down the list to just 5 There’s so many great films out there & I’m a fan of most of them. So many different genres, characters & stories to choose from. The following are the bare essentials, the movies I must watch during the Halloween season. Yes it’s a season as far as I’m concerned, here’s some of my favorites:
5.) NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD: A true horror classic released all the way back in 1968 this film forever changed the zombie genre. We can all thank director George Romero for this groundbreaking movie that to this day is considered the standard to which all others are compared to. When the zombie apocalypse happens, it’s not a matter of if, it’s a matter of when. This will be the official training video on the behavioral patterns, diet & ecology of the undead.
4.) THE EXORCIST: Ranking high on the creep out factor released in 1973 & directed by William Fredkin “The Exorcist” is one of the scariest if not creepiest movies of all time. This film made “The Omen” & “Rosemary’s Baby” it’s bitches. Sure the subject of demon possession & the devil had all be covered before but not like this. Not only an incredible film the score is as creepy as the movie itself. Everyone knows the melody to Tubular Bells by Mike Oldfield. Sure the name isn’t too familiar but as soon as you hear it all you can think of is “The Exorcist”. Plus all the unusual, if not other worldly issues the crew faced both during & after filming. Everything from accidents, fires, suicides & deaths. It all adds up to one hell of a horror film!
3.) FRIDAY THE 13TH: Back in 1980 the slasher film genre was revitalized by what would become one of the biggest horror franchises of all time “Friday The 13th”. It was inspired by John Carpenter’s “Halloween” so it certainly wasn’t the first slasher film of it’s kind, but it built upon what was already there & took it much, much further. Directed by Sean S. Cunningham & written by Victor Miller it’s a true all American success story. The film takes the audience on a blood & gore thrill ride while Jason Voorhees dismembers the counselors of Camp Crystal Lake. Our villain Jason Voohee’s has become one of the most recognizable characters in horror with not only films to his credit there’s books, T.V. shows, comics, action figures, video games & more.
2.) HELLRAISER: No list would be complete without 1987′s “Hellraiser” it’s one of my all time favorites. Written & directed by the one & only Clive Barker it’s one of those films that was not only ground breaking but left critics & fans wondering what the hell category does this film fit into? None, it’s in it’s own category all by itself. Horror defined, this movie introduces you to an all new but ancient evil the Cenobites! Leading this demonic clan is Pinhead played by the incredibly talented actor Doug Bradley who’s voice & posture brought a very real & sinister nature to the film. The lines this guy delivers with the masterful script & screen play provided by Mr. Barker make the Cenobites the most terrifying demons of the underworld. I love all these films!
1.) EVIL DEAD 1-2 & ARMY OF DARKNESS: Hail to the king baby! These films are indeed royalty & always end up at the very top of my list of horror movies I have to watch during the Halloween season. It’s just not Halloween without “Evil Dead” 1 & 2 plus the comic horror masterpiece “Army Of Darkness”. Sure they’re not the scariest or even goriest but they are without a doubt the funniest horror films ever made! Written & directed by Sam Raimi & staring Bruce Campbell the “Evil Dead” series got it’s start back in 1981 and have some of the most memorable lines & slap stick comedy ever. Who hasn’t proudly displayed their shotgun above their head & loudly declared “This is my boom stick”, sure we’ve all been there. If there’s any truth to the remake rumors Sam Raimi & Bruce Campbell must return!
Honorable mentions for other horror films that won’t go unwatched include: Nightmare On Elm Street, Halloween, The Thing, Alien, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Howling, American Werewolf In London, Shaun Of The Dead, The Shinning, House Of A 1000 Corpses & The Devil’s Rejects just to name a few. Every year the list grows to include newer movies & almost forgotten classics. It’ll take me all month to watch them…I gotta get busy!
What are some of your favorite horror movies?