Saturday, October 31, 2009

Thrills, Chills and Kills for Halloween

No costume, no party, no problem! Whether you are stuck at home giving out candy, or merely having a quiet night in, here are some of my favourite scary movies.

Big Thoughts From A Small Mind's Top Films to watch on Halloween

11) Saw – The yearly, and vastly weaker, sequels has caused many to forget that the original Saw help to bring new life into the modern horror genre.

10) Ginger Snaps – Here is the first proof that the life of a teenage girl can be far scarier than any monster under the bed.

9) Carrie - Here is the second reason why you need to be wary of your teenage daughter. I am not ashamed to admit that the ending scared the heck out of me when I was younger.

8) Scream – Similar to Saw, the sequels have ruined this franchise for many. Yet Scream proved that you could bring the “slasher genre” back to life through witty deconstruction.

7) Night of the Living Dead – Still the best zombie movie ever made in my opinion!

6) Halloween – This one is all about the build up for me. There were many great slasher films I could have included on the list, but this one edged out the competition.

5) The Blair Witch Project – Forget the marketing hype that got bigger than the film itself. In an era of elaborate death and gore, all The Blair Witch Project needed was nature and a handheld camera to scare millions. It still holds up for me all these years later…yes even the highly debated ending.

4) Rosemary's Baby – A true horror classic. While not gory, the chills are all of a mental nature. The ending is both disturbing and fantastic all at the same time.

3) Child's Play – Yes the series has become a parody of itself over the years, but Child’s Play still remains one of my favourite horror films. In my opinion there is nothing scarier for a child than a creepy looking toy. Of course they may be a result of growing up in the era of “my buddy” and “kid sister”.

2) Let the Right One In – Not only was this my second favourite movie of 2008, but it is one of the best films to be released in the last decade. Forget Twilight, if you want a truly engaging vampire love story, that is equally disturbing at the same time, look no further than this underrated gem.

1) The Shining – Stephen King may not have loved this adaptation of his story, but I think Kubrick did a brilliant job. This is the one film that I never get tired of watching.

Honorable Mention: The Fly, Friday the 13th, Nightmare on Elm Street, Jaws, Psycho, Videodrome, The Descent, Misery, Shaun of the Dead, The Exorcist, Vertigo, The Eye (Japanese version).

Did your favourite scary movie not make the list? List your top horror films in the comments section below.

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1 comment:

  1. Similar to your comments on The Blair Witch Project - perhaps the scariest movie I have ever seen is 1963's The Haunting, which has not a bit of gore in it. What it does have is mood and the suggestion of Something Evil lurking about.

    (If you saw the 1999 remake, forget about it. The original is far better.)


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