Chano, and I were having a discussion the other night about one of our favorite
topics… horror movies.We debated back and
forth and created our list of the top fifteen horror movies of all time.
Warning - there
are no appearances of vampires, werewolves, Jason, Freddy Krueger or Pinhead on
our list.However, we did include three
zombie films, two British gems, three Stephen King classics and four movies that
were made before I was born. Feel free
to comment on our picks or tell us which favorite horror movie of yours was
So, with no
further avail, here are our top fifteen horror movies:
1.The Night of the Living Dead (1968).Let’s face it, The Night of the Living Dead, was world changing.Romero invented the zombie genre (sorry,
Voodoo zombies are just not zombies in my book).Granted, the movie is in black and white and
was made on a barely there budget, but no one had ever made a movie like
it.It was revolutionary.And for that reason, I’ve put it at number
one.Side note:We have to give a shout out to the 1990
remake (it was actually directed by Tom Savini - and every horror buff knows
him).It’s completely faithful to the
original and its nice seeing the story slightly updated and in color.And it has Tony Todd in it (and let’s face
it, everyone loves Candyman).
2.The Shining (1980).Pure horror.That’s what I feel every
time I watch this movie.Jack Nicholson
brought crazy to a new level.Blood
pouring out the elevators?The creepy
twins?The random man in the bear suit?Chilling.And I love saying “REDRUM,” in my Danny voice.
3.The Exorcist (1973).This one will make you go to church on Sunday.I’m sure The Exorcist is on many horror movie
lists and there’s a reason why.It’s frightening!
Linda Blair’s performance will make you
pee your pants.Really.
4.28 Days Later (2002).OMG fast zombies!My mom hates
fast zombies.Her rationale is correct -
“At least I have a chance with the slow ones.Who can run that fast?”This
British zombie movie with Cillian Murphy is a heart pounder.It took the genre to a new level.We no longer had the peace of mind that we
could simply outrun them if they came.Side
note:We didn’t add the sequel, 28
Weeks Later, but it’s a great film, too.
5.Dawn of the Dead (2004).This remake, in my opinion, is better than the 1978 original.Its quick paced (again, we have fast zombies)
- it starts off running (literally) and doesn’t slow down.That little girl zombie is terrifying!The cast is superb - Sarah Polley, Ving Rhames
and Ty Burrell (the dad from Modern Family).Definitely one of my all time favorites.
6.Pet Sematary (1989).Before you comment, that is the correct spelling. I had to double check it twice to make sure.This Stephen King favorite is a true
gem.At the end of the movie, when
little Gage comes…well, I won’t ruin it for those who haven’t seen it.And if you haven’t seen it, what are you
waiting for?Side Note: We did
not include Pet Sematary II.We all love
Edward Furlong, but let’s admit it, Pet Sematary II was garbage.
saw this movie at the theater when it first came out.This was before it caught on and became a
huge Hollywood hit.I don’t particularly
like torture films (scratch that, I don’t like torture films), but Eli Roth’s
movie was more than that.It made you
think - could this really happen?Is
this really happening?Hostel is a truly
chilling movie that made American backpackers think twice about where they were
staying in Europe.Admit it, you were
cheering on Jay Hernandez in that final bathroom scene, weren’t you?
8.Silence of the Lambs (1991).Two words: Hannibal Lecter.
9.The Descent (2005).The Descent is a small budget British horror film.The reason I put it on this list, wasn’t the
creepy albino creatures, but because of the way the film made me feel.It’s every claustrophobic’s worst nightmare.These women crawl through the tiniest of
spaces in a cave hundreds of feet below ground.The way they filmed the movie makes me hyperventilate.I literally had to pause the movie so I could
catch my breath.If you haven’t seen it,
this movie is a definite watch.
(1996).Before you roll your eyes, remember back when
this movie first came out.Wes Craven
killed Drew Barrymore in the first five minutes!She’s a movie star! It was a new take on the
horror film - a parody on the generation that grew up with the 1980’s slasher
films. Not to mention it spawned a
million Halloween costumes.Side note: We omitted all of the
Ring (2002).The Ring was the first time that Americans
got a glimpse of the Japanese horror market (The Ring was a remake of the 1998
Japanese horror movie, Ringu).It was
also the first time ghosts moved in that freaky, jerky way.Countless knockoffs came after, but The Ring
was definitely a game changer.
(1978).John Carpenter’s classic.They play it over and over towards the end of
October and, without fail, I watch it every time.Who would have thought a William Shatner mask
could be so scary?
Strangers (2008).This couple had a rough night.And what’s different about The Strangers is
how it ends.Very disturbing.
(2004).Just the first one.I didn’t bother to see the other 395960038573
that they made after that.
(1990).I have to confess - I’ve never seen this
movie.I know, I know, it’s on the list,
but it’s one of my brother’s picks.And
he’s a horror movie pro.So what he says
goes.Hey, it has a clown in it, right?It has to be terrifying.
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