Top Ten Horror Movies

It might seem early for this with Halloween not until next weekend, but I figured it would give you a chance to check out a few movies before then. Some descriptions have very minor spoilers.

10. The Wicker Man

Not a “jump-out-and-say-boo” horror film, but it’ll creep you out. Part thriller and part mystery it builds to a great ending. And it’s got Christopher Lee, so how could it be a bad movie?

9. Dawn of the Dead

Dawn of the Dead

The best of Romero’s zombie films. Night of the Living Dead is an absolute classic (and you should watch it too), but Dawn of the Dead was able to take the series to the next level. Because of their selected hideout, it’s easy to start wondering, “What would I do if I was in a mall for a month?”

8. 28 Days Later…

The best of the newer “zombie” movies. Cillian Murphy has a great performance as he struggles to survive some mean, flesh eating monsters. Contains some fantastic shots of a completely devastated city, with that feeling of isolation on more than one level.

7. Cannibal Holocaust

Widely considered one of the most stomach churning films, Cannibal Holocaust was filmed out in the jungle where there are no laws. Most people won’t come back for seconds on this one, but for some reason I’ve watched it four times. Done in “found footage” documentary style, each act builds on the last. This movie has one of the best soundtracks for a horror film.

6. The Shining

If you know anything about film history, all I have to say is that this movie was directed by Stanley Kubrick. If that isn’t enough reason for you to see it, this movie is probably the best horror movie judging from a non-horror viewpoint. Some of the most classic scenes and images in horror history.

5. High Tension

High Tension

I actually figured out what was going to happen in the end part way through this one, but that’s no reason not to watch, nor did it make it any less enjoyable. The title is quite fitting; there are some scenes of absolute tension.

4. The Devil’s Rejects

While House Of 1000 Corpses didn’t really do it for me, its sequel The Devil’s Rejects is fantastic. Rob Zombie’s directing, like his music, is excellent (thumbs up for Halloween as well). The Devil’s Rejects contains one the coolest, most depressing scenes ever, but I can’t spoil it so I’ll just say, “tractor trailer.”

3. Saw

There’s been a lot of complaints about the Saw series as it continues for installment after installment, but the first one was pretty darn awesome. The acting is good, the gross factor is through the roof, and the ending… well, you know.

2. Cabin Fever

Judging by the 5.4 rating on IMDB, there are a lot of people who missed the point or are just out of their mind. Eli Roth does those “eww” moments better than anyone, but this film is also genuinely hilarious. The characters are the strongest factor because there are so many moments that just leave you thinking, “Wait, what!?”

1. The Blair Witch Project

The Blair Witch Project

The Blair Witch Project contains virtually no acting. It’s actually a better movie if you some of how it was made. The directors, Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sanchez, purchased a camera at their local Circuit City and hired three people to make a documentary about a legend known as the Blair Witch.

Unknown to the trio, they interviewed planted actors about the legend. Then ventured into the woods, set to make a documentary about a legend they thought was real and a fake map given to them by the directors.

It didn’t help the trio’s nerves when Myrick and Sanchez secretly followed them into the woods and threw rocks and sticks at their tent in the middle of the night. All filming was done by the trio, who was legitimately scared and believed the legend throughout the eight days of shooting. When filming was completed the camera was returned to the store, having filmed the best horror movie ever.

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2 thoughts on “Top Ten Horror Movies”

  1. Cool list. Don’t really agree with 3 and 1. I just didn’t like them. And I might swap out The Devil’s Rejects for Texas Chain Saw Massacre. THANK YOU for not including Paranormal Activity though. Worst horror film I ever saw.

  2. Hey Robert, thanks for reading. Texas Chainsaw was a good one, too bad the director couldn’t get that PG rating he was after, hah. I didn’t think Paranormal Activity was too bad, but it wasn’t top ten material.

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