Yes, it’s another movie post, isn’t it grand? This time we’re doing our favorite horror movies of all time. Two mini-lists, one for Grace and one for myself, of our top 5 favorite horror movies of all time.
Lilyn’s Top Five Favorite Horror Movies of All Time
(and yes, they are in order from least favorite to most favorite.)
Wes Craven’s New Nightmare is always going to be on my list of favorite movies. Directed by Wes Craven, and bringing back Heather Langenkampf. The synopsis was “A demonic force has chosen Freddy Krueger as its portal to the real world. Can Heather Langenkamp play the part of Nancy one last time and trap the evil trying to enter our world?”
I think it’s extremely well done (for a Nightmare on Elm Street movie, at least), and it made Freddy scary again.
Directed by Paul Anderson, released in 1997, and starring he whom shall forever be known as Jurassic Park guy in my mind, Event Horizon was about “a rescue crew investigates a spaceship that disappeared into a black hole and has now returned…with someone or something new on-board.” And it is one of the few truly scary sci-fi horror films out there. That scene with the naked lady with no eyes? Gaaah. Or where the one dude gets ‘turned inside out’? No, thank you!
This 2002 remake of the popular Japanese horror film was directed by Gore Verbinski and starred Naomi Watts. The Ring operated under the simple premise that “A journalist must investigate a mysterious videotape which seems to cause the death of anyone in a week of viewing it.”. And it scared the ever lovin’ bejebus out of me.
I did not EVER willingly watch the very end of this film, where Samara’s face gets exposed. I always covered my eyes. And then I saw it quite by accident sometime last year, and turned the air blue.
Oculus is the ‘newest’ of my favorite horror films of all time, and probably one of the few truly good horror movies that have emerged in the last 10 years. Directed by Mike Flanagan and starring Karen Gillan, it’s about “A woman tries to exonerate her brother, who was convicted of murder, by proving that the crime was committed by a supernatural phenomenon.”
This movie is so good that as soon as we got to the end of it, my partner and I immediately restarted it to watch it again. This is just a fantastically well-done movie.
Ah, Thir13een Ghosts, how I love you. Released in 2001, and staring Tony Shalub, the synopsis is: “When Cyrus Kriticos, a very rich collector of unique things dies, he leaves it all to his nephew and his family. All including his house, his fortune, and his malicious collection of ghosts!”.
GracieKat’s Top Five Favorite Horror Movies of All Time
I have to say I agree with Lilyn’s list, particularly Event Horizon and The Ring. Like Lilyn’s list mine is also in order from most to least.
In the Mouth of Madness
Sam Neill makes the list again. I will forever be indebted to @NikkatsuNoir on Twitter for finally making me sit my butt down and watch this. It rapidly shot to the top of my favorites. The synopsis: “An insurance investigator begins discovering that the impact a horror writer’s books have on his fans is more than inspirational” doesn’t really do it justice. With all of the Lovecraft and King references this movie is a horror lover’s dream. Come back to horror, Sam, we miss you.
This movie has so much cool stuff in it that it heavily inspired one of my favorite survival horror game series of all time, Silent Hill. Even without the fun of reference hunting this movie is still amazing with a crazy twist to the end. If you haven’t seen this yet DO NOT READ ANYTHING ABOUT IT. People love to spoil this movie and it really does it an injustice. It’s about Jacob “mourning his dead child, a haunted Vietnam War veteran attempts to discover his past while suffering from a severe case of dissociation. To do so, he must decipher reality and life from his own dreams, delusion, and perception of death” but the whipsaw of the jagged story and awesome effects takes it much further than the outline suggests.
I honestly have to say I wasn’t expecting much when I first watched this. One of the few movies directed by Bill Paxton (and it’s a shame that we’ll never know how much better he could be) and starring Matthew McConaughey and Powers Booth this movie, about “A man confesses to an FBI agent his family’s story of how his religious fanatic father’s visions led to a series of murders to destroy supposed “demons” is deceptively simple. A lot of it is two guys talking in a room but the tension is at an even pitch throughout and just keeps going up until the end. I was almost afraid to watch until the ending because I thought “There’s no way they can end this in a good way.” Well, I was wrong and the ending made us want to immediately re-watch it. Which we did.
“A mysterious black, sleek automobile terrorizes everyone it comes into contact with in a small town in Utah. The local sheriff may be the only person who can stop this menace which has been possessed by pure evil”. That pretty much sums up The Car. The cheese level might run a bit high now and then but there are some truly creepy and startling parts in it. Plus the car is freaking cool.
The level of acting in this movie is so good that it can b hard to watch. At least the one scene. But everything else is pretty remarkable. Great acting, excellent atmosphere and the creature? Definitely an awesome reflection on the special effects team. And it even has a great story! The synopsis: “After a tragic accident, a man conjures up a towering, vengeful demon called Pumpkinhead to destroy a group of unsuspecting teenagers”.
What about you? What are your 5 Favorite Horror Movies of All Time?
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