Some of the best scary movies:
What started as a “slasher film in space” soon became
one of today’s most memorable monster movies ever made. A masterpiece
of tension, atmosphere, tidy special effects and ensemble acting.
It's legacy still lives on in its trilogy of sequels as one of the
most influential movie monsters ever in our pop culture. It remains
one of the few films that I can watch over and over again and never
get tired of.
NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET
Not just a slasher flick, this film has one of most original concepts
ever used in the horror genre. A freaky burnt psychopath with razor
fingernails who preys on his victims in their dreams. I still haven't
recovered from the scene where Tina gets murdered! A true classic
and a very scary film.
David Lynch's twisted journey into the dark side of American suburbia
remains a landmark in cinema history; a kinky, creepy, even erotic
tale which in it’s time was ground-breaking. Lynch united surreal
themes and imagery to create utterly compelling, yet uniquely disturbing
viewing. Bizarre and frequently haunting this is a movie that will
stay with you for a very long time and really is a must see.
The slasher genre was pretty much tapped out by the early 90s when
"Candyman" came along, and despite what would happen to
the series later on (two abysmal sequels), it stands as one of the
most original and terrifying horror films of the 90s. A dark, ominous
figure who appears when his victims say his name five times in front
of a mirror, then mercilessly slashes them to death! Based on a story
by Clive Barker, it rises above most horror films by eerily suggesting
that some urban legends have a spooky basis in reality.
Five teenagers stay at a cabin in the middle of nowhere and accidentally
release an evil spirit that, one by one, turns them all into Marilyn
Manson. A simple yet well crafted schlock horror film with more blood
than a blood bank.
Linda Blair plays a young girl who gets possessed by Captain Howdy
when she plays with a Ouija board. Silly girl! Everyone knows when
a spirit you're communicating with calls themselves Captain Howdy,
they are really the devil!! This film took terror to a new level,
and is so disturbing I love it! A great soundtrack and enough Pea
and Ham soup for everybody.
Jamie Lee Curtis was crowned a bona fide "Scream Queen"
for this horror classic about a psychopath named Michael Myers who
is obsessed with killing his last remaining sibling. The only problem
is he doesn't seem to mind killing anyone else who crosses his path
along the way, bringing to life the urban legend of the “Bogey
Man”. One of the best soundtracks ever used in a horror film
and a perfect predecessor for the many films it inspired.
OF THE LIVING DEAD
George Romero challenged the system in the 60’s when he made
one of the greatest zombie films of all time and changed the course
of independent genre filmmaking. Truly terrifying, it broke barriers
for future filmmakers like Sam Raimi and Wes Craven.
A true classic with Gregory Peck and Lee Remick as wealthy political
figures who come to terms with the fact their child is the son of
Satan. Beautifully constructed this film uses suspense, a powerful
musical score and genuine eeriness to depict a classic tale of good
versus pure evil.
A greedy woman pays the ultimate price for stealing money from her
boss. What more can be said of this Hitchcock masterpiece. Groundbreaking
for its time this film perfectly takes us into the evil of the human
Hideo Nakata's quietly unsettling study in terror with a very original
idea. A grainy, enigmatic videotape has the power to kill people seven
days after they watch it. This brilliant premise fuelled the 2002
Hollywood hit THE RING, and although RINGU has a less elaborate storyline,
the fear is far more primal.
As absolute horror classic which tells the story of a fragile woman
pregnant with the spawn of Satan. The dread and suspense Polanski
creates is nail biting, relying more on atmosphere and ominous tone
than on cheap thrills. A horror fan’s delight delirious with
potions, blood, and chills.
Marking the "re-birth" of the teen horror flick this film
took all the rules and reinvented them. Although the ending may be
a let down for some, this film is more than worth it for the opening
sequence where Drew Barrymore gets it!
This dark and morbid film is a homicide thriller that is guaranteed
to keep you on the edge of your seat. Dark, grey and foreboding its
claustrophobic urban world reveals the dark and masochistic soul of
a serial killer. A must see for anyone who has ever wanted to put
Gwyneth Paltrow’s head in a box.
OF THE LAMBS
A well crafted masterpiece combining well written psychological drama,
suspense, horror and even a love story. Anthony Hopkins showed us
that even a psychopath could be well mannered and cultured, even if
he was just about to rip out your liver and eat it. FREAKY!!
WICKER MAN (1973)
Just when you think that there's still room for originality in today's
industry, imagine the disappointment when you find out that the musical
thriller has already been done!! The Wicker Man is a brilliant, classic
film about a Scottish-mainland policeman who investigates the disappearance
of a girl on a remote island that still practices pagan beliefs, open
sexuality, and devotion to earthly gods.
For some strange reason there are several musical numbers, including
Britt Ekland's singing and beating the wall in the nude.
WHEN A STRANGER CALLS (1979)
When a babysitter receives several threatening phone calls asking
her to "check on the children," she gets the cops to trace
the caller. But when they do, the calls seem to be coming from...
inside the house!! (oohhhhhhhhh!). Although the rest of the film may
be a bit of a let down it sure is one hell of an opening sequence.
But I warn you, don’t watch this one alone. You WILL think there
is someone else in the house I assure you. Well worth a look if only
to see what inspired the opening sequence to SCREAM.
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The good old fashioned ghost story:
“They’re here!” I must have watched this film a
hundred times as a child but you can never tire of this classic suburban
nightmare about a family getting plagued by pesky house ghosts. This
one will teach you not to sit too close to the television.
THE AMITYVILLE HORROR
Supposlying based on actual events this 70's horror classic is a must
see for the now famous wall-bleeding scene. A family realise their
home is haunted when they discover that their basement dwells above
Hell (or something like that). Unfortunately, the frights are hardly
as good as they could be but still well worth a look.
A potent combination of the mystery and horror genres, which avoids
horror and cheap shocks in exchange for a subtle creepiness. When
a recent widower moves into an antique Washington mansion, his realisation
that he may not be the only resident leads him towards a deadly secret
that refuses to remain buried. This movie is in the same vein as WHAT
LIES BENEATH, which unfortunately should have paid more attention
to this old classic which far surpasses its predecessor.
After a few disastrous attempts in modern times (i.e. THE HAUNTING
remake to name just one) this film came along and finally showed them
all how it was done. A finely crafted story which favours atmosphere,
sound, and suggestion over flashy special effects. Together with terrific
performances, this film provokes well-earned goose bumps that will
have you sitting on the edge of your seat until the very end. Nicole
Kidman is terrific as the highly-strung yet brittle compulsive in
a house which seems to occupy some unwanted house guests.
Stanley Kubrick’s gothic depiction of an unhinged writer manipulated
by the dark forces within a remote hotel. Jack Nicholson plays one
of his most demented personalities striking terror into the heart
of his fragile wife and their tricycle riding young son. Jack wielding
an axe into the bathroom door is most probably one of the most terrifying
scenes in horror film history.
THE UNINVITED (1944)
A terrific old-fashioned ghost story that is genuinely creepy. Most
40s horror flicks give you Bela Lugosi transmogrifying into a gorilla
in a castle full of crackling machinery, but this film builds with
nervy anticipation and is guaranteed to give you the shivers. A supernatural
thriller of unrivalled subtlety, about a young girl haunted by the
ghost of her dead mother.
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Scary movies you might not have seen but should:
A group of friends stumble upon the settlement of a bizarre cult-like
family of religious fanatics who have a few screws loose to say the
least. Rod Steiger and Yvonne De Carlo are parents to a bunch of mentally
retarded adults with a hunger for human flesh - creepy! The friends
are, predictably, served up for slaughter by the bizarre family but
don’t think that this is merely a slasher flick, it’s
far more sinister than that. If you're in the mood for something completely
off the wall insane, I highly recommend this forgotten Canadian gem.
APRIL FOOL'S DAY (1986)
A young woman, Muffy, invites her friends to her island home getaway
for a bit of April Fool's fun. Of course this involves killing them
all off one by one. An amusing tongue-in-cheek slasher flick, full
of laughs and an unexpected twist at the end.
You may never have heard of this neglected 1974 gem, but you've probably
seen one of its many imitators. This film was the first to successfully
take the common prank call and turn it into something to be really
afraid of! A female sorority house is slowly emptying as Christmas
approaches but the jolly atmosphere soon fades due to an ongoing series
of menacing telephone calls. This film is a perfect example that the
unseen is far scarier as tension builds beautifully, making good use
of ominous shadows. If you're lucky, you may find this film gathering
dust at your local video store but don’t let its tacky b-grade
appearance deter you from checking it out.
A female doctor who investigates the reason for her healthy friend's
decline into a coma during a routine operation. She soon finds herself
amongst a conspiracy of murder and other unethical procedures. It's
a slow but genuinely creepy movie, especially the hospital designed
to store coma patients by suspending them from the ceiling. Equally
unnerving is the Institute's supervisory nurse - but that just might
be her 70's uniform clashing with the carpet.
When his Aunt commits suicide, a successful horror novelist travels
to her home and decides it's a perfect place to write a book. It doesn’t
take long before he finds a monster in his closet, followed by yet
another monster that is a hideous mutation of his wife… I think
you get the picture. House is a fun movie with a great mixture of
horror and comedy with some great effects that will either scare you
or have you bursting out with laughter. Well worth a look if you like
the laughs with your gore.
THE DEAD OF WINTER (1987)
As a dead ringer for the actress who walked off mid-production, a
struggling actress travels upstate to star in the small independent
film. However, she soon discovers that the movie role was just a pretence
to get her up to the isolated snowed-in house, and that she has become
a pawn in a very deadly game of cat and mouse.
A somewhat underrated old-style thriller that deserves to be seen
for its suspenseful twists and turns, as well as Mary Steenburgen’s
A particularly scary horror/thriller about a psycho trying to build
himself what he perceives as the perfect family. When things start
to fall apart he has no time for therapy, he kills them all and moves
on to the next unsuspecting family. Definitely one of the better chillers
of the 80's.
Someone told me this film is Australian but I couldn’t see a
single Aussie reference. Otherwise this is a true classic and probably
the best werewolf movie ever made. A couple go away for a therapy
weekend at a woodland community only to discover the place is crawling
with werewolves. Too bad the rest of Howling instalments sucked!
HAPPENED TO AUNT ALICE?
A newly-widowed socialite finds out her husband has left her with
nothing. She is forced to pack up and move to Arizona and buys a small
house in the middle of the desert. Here she devises a simple plan
to solve her money problems by convincing her housekeepers to invest
their life savings. When their investment begins to pay off, she steals
the cash, kills them and buries their bodies under trees in her garden.
A simple but very enjoyable little thriller that will still run chills
up your spine even though it's over thirty years old.
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