On All Hallow's Eve, the monsters shall rise...
Last week we counted down the Top 10 Best Horror Video Games, and just in time for Halloween, we have the Top 10 Best Horror Movies!
Fun fact, every Halloween, I always make it a tradition to have a horror movie marathon. I grab a couple of friends, we get a plethora of candy and Count Chocula, and just watch a lot of classic horror movies. This year I'll be watching The Shining, Nightmare Before Christmas, and Seven, but it just goes to show how much I like horror movies. In fact, I always make it a point to get a few new horror movies every year just so I could have a good time on Halloween.
I feel like I don't even need to explain why I'm making a list of the best horror movies. I can't begin to count how many horror movies have impacted cinema as a whole or even why so many people make it a tradition to go see at least one horror movie during October. It just feels right to scare the shit out of people during this time of year, and there's no better way to do that then sitting in a dark room and watching monsters and killers do what they do best.
Now without any delay, here's the best movies to watch today that will really get the chills going and make you cautious about walking down a dark hallway in the middle of the night. Happy Halloween...
|#10: The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)|
Midnight screenings of this movie litter movie theatres around October, and all of them encourage massive audience participation. I even went to my first one last year dressed up as Brad Majors, and I married someone in the first scene of the movie. I also got into a huge line and forcibly passed a dildo around between my legs, but that was because I was an RH virgin! Take a step back though and think about that, as much as you don't want to imagine me passing a dildo between my legs. A literal cult has developed around this movie where situations like this are not only normal, but encouraged. I will always call Brad an asshole and Janet a slut, and that's not even getting into the other bizarre traditions that Rocky Horror fans have created for the midnight screenings.
Then you have classics like "Science Fiction Double Feature", "Sweet Transvestite", and of course "The Time Warp" that are sung and performed at nearly every Halloween party in existence. Rocky Horror has become such a cultural landmark that even the idea of remaking the movie is seen by some to be heretic. And for good reason! You don't mess with Tim Curry! If you have no idea what Rocky Horror is like, go to a midnight screening and see for yourself what all of the fuss is about.
|#9: Evil Dead 2 (1987)|
When I asked myself which was the best movie in the series, I know there are a lot of people who love Army of Darkness, but there was no doubt in my mind that Evil Dead 2 is the best in the series. This is an action movie so over-the-top that it becomes a comedy. It has so many dark and grizzly scenes in it that are taken too far, but not in an offensive way. Instead, it's just hilarious to watch it. I've always been fascinated by horror-comedies, because by their nature, they should not work. Horror is meant to elicit fear and terror from the viewer, so why would you make a horror movie that evokes joy and laughter? Well, because no one else would do it. Give me three examples of horror movies that are also really good comedies, and I don't mean children's movies that are kinda funny and whimsical, I mean piss your pants funny. Chances are, you probably can't. Evil Dead 2 fills a niche that we never knew needed filling.
Then there's Bruce Campbell. Bruce Campbell is just fantastic in this movie as Ashley Williams. He's manic, badass, funny, scary, and everything that a horror movie action star needs to be. After all, if he's stuck in a single house for the entire movie with monsters swarming around this one house, he's gonna have to pull some serious effort to make us care about him. And he does. How can you not love a man with a chainsaw for a hand? What else to say besides... groovy.
|#8: Coraline (2009)|
On the surface, it looks like a pleasant kids movie, but something never seems right with the animation style or the character designs. Our story is about Coraline, a young girl who wants to find a perfect world away from her drab and boring one, and she does. She finds perfect versions of her family and friends in this magical world, and they constantly invite her to stay and live with them for real... and then everything goes south fast. When the shit does hit the fan, I always knew it was going to happen, just because every character looks... wrong. Every person in the other world has buttons sewed on their eyes for an unexplained reason, and when its finally time for the movie to go full nightmare mode on it, IT HOLDS NO MERCY.
I saw this movie when I was 17, and it still gave me the creeps. It looked absolutely horrifying when the movie changed gears, and made it instantly unforgettable. The Other Mother is a terrifying antagonist, and watching her physically go through a metamorphosis is not only memorable, but piss inducing. I know most people don't really care about movie ratings anymore, but this movie earned a hard PG when it came out. Remember when that used to mean something? Hunchback of Notre Dame got a PG rating for showing heavy scenes of lust and attempted murder (both done by Judge Frollo), and The Secret of Nimh got a PG rating for its intense violence that showed mice murdering each other. Most kids movies now a day are PG because of the occasional swear word, lewd situation, or sexual joke, but that's nothing compared to this. Coraline earns it PG rating because this movie will probably screw your kids up. And I love every second of it.
Seriously, this is a movie that's been underrated for the past few years because of how recent its been, but it is a horror classic sort of like the same way that Silent Hill is a horror classic. The movie gets into your head and turns pleasant imagery into ungodly nightmares. Do yourself a favor and find Coraline and watch it with some friends and just see how they feel watching someone have buttons sewn over their eyes.
|#7: Alien (1979)|
I feel like Alien doesn't really require an explanation at this point. It's the definitive space horror movie (well intentional space horror movie coughgravitycough) that was done so well, no one has ever tried to replicate it since. The Alien franchise has had its peaks and valleys, and while a lot of people will debate whether Alien or Aliens is better, I went for the original just due to its atmosphere.
I can't stress enough how this movie feels so much different than any other horror movie because of its space setting. Everything feels lonely. Everything feels hopeless too, and adding in Xenomorphs is enough to make anyone shit their pants. No joke, when I was looking up the posters for the entries, I just typed in "alien" into google, and the first thing that came up were Xenomorphs instead of the grey headed, stereotypical alien design. That's how pervasive this movie is into our cultural psyche.
Sometimes, words fail me when it comes to describing an entry, so here's the original trailer for Alien. It should perfectly explain everything.
|#6: Oculus (2014)|
|#5: The Thing (1982)|
|#4: Misery (1990)|
|#3: The Babadook (2014)|
|#2: A Clockwork Orange (1971)|
|#1: Silence of the Lambs (1991)|