We have another top ten list to talk about, and it is another good one. Thanks to our friend Richard for this one. He talks about his top ten horror anything. Great topic.
To introduce myself I am Richard and I started really getting into horror about 15 years ago. My list is what I consider the best things in horror. Now, you may notice that a lot of it is newer and a lot of older stuff is left off. Not because I hate it by any means, but more so because I didn’t grow up with it.
10. Movie Maniacs – This toy line done by Spawn creator Todd McFarlane (started in the late 90’s) opened up a lot of doors, I believe, for merchandising horror icons. The toy line isn’t around much now but during its run, it covered everything from Pumpkinhead to Snake Plissken and Ash to Ghostface. This line opened up and proved that people would be willing to buy their favorite horror icons in action figure form.
9. The Devil’s Rejects – I love this movie. Some of the most memorable characters ever in a horror movie. Great acting, dialogue and lots of violence.
8. Tales From The Crypt – Gotta give credit to this HBO show. Well done with lots of guest stars and scares!
7. Living Dead Dolls – Created by Ed and Damien these are 10″ plastic dolls with horror themes sold in coffin shape boxes. They are manufactured by Mezco. They started in 2000 and are still going. Series one had a lot of tributes like Eggzorcist and Damien but following series had more original characters. They even did a seven deadly sins theme. Also, they do Living Dead Dolls Present which have featured Jason, Leatherface, Beetlejuice, and even Captain Spaulding himself!
6. Hack/Slash – This is a comic book that focuses on a horror victim named Cassie, who strikes back at the monsters, known as “slashers”, with Vlad, a disfigured “gentle giant” who frequently wears a gas mask. A great book with lots of tributes to the horror genre including a nice Re-Animator multi-part storyline. It was under Devil’s Due Publishing but is now with Image Comics.
5. Stephen King – I have to admit that I am not a huge fan of his writing style, but who can argue what he has contributed to the horror world.
4. Silence Of The Lambs – I know. I know. The big debate is whether or not this is a horror movie or a thriller movie. In my opinion, it is indeed a horror movie, I mean come on. The main villain is a friggin’ cannibal. Parts of this movie still gives me chills and everybody has their favorite lines from this one!
3. Hostel – When I first saw this movie, I was truly scared. I don’t have much more to say. Some people love it and some hate it. I, for one, love it!
2. The Saw Series – That’s right. I am including every SAW movie in this one. This is the one horror series where the sequels are really, really good. I mean, there may be a just okay movie, but that’s better than some horror franchises.
1. Dead Snow – This one surprised me to be my number one, but bottom line is I Love This Movie!! It’s funny, gory, has amazing zombies and it’s just a blast to watch! I can watch this movie over and over and it never gets old.
Thank you to Richard for this great list. It presents a very original theme and offers up a lot to talk about. Everyone has their favorite movies, kills and killers, but horror in general, is always fun to think about.
I will mention a few movies that were referenced to in this post. First off, Silence of the Lambs. I think that it is a Psychological Horror/Thriller. I know that is probably being extremely liberal with the horror genre, but it has many horror elements in it. I have no problems having it in the horror genre. It just makes horror look that much better.
The Devil’s Rejects is one that keeps popping up on people’s lists. I love seeing it.
Hostel is one that I would not expect to see on many people’s lists, but I love seeing it here. I am a big fan of both Hostel movies, but I may actually like Hostel 2 over Hostel. Both were exceptional movies though.
The Saw franchise is always fun to talk about. A little ways back on the FearShop.com Horror Podcast, we did a Saw retrospective. The funny thing that we learned about the Saw series was that we rated the movies higher than any other horror franchise out there. That did surprise me. As a whole, the series really is amazing. I can see where people started to get lost with the series, but at the same time, if you pay close attention to how the stories are so intertwined, you can really enjoy the series as a whole. Every film has memorable characters, scenes and kills.
Dead Snow is such a fun movie. Once again, back on the podcast, our friend, Paul from the UK, told us about this little know UK gem called Dead Snow. No one in the States had even heard of it yet. After such a recommendation, we had to seek out the DVD and both fell in love with the film. We reviewed it on the podcast and everyone wanted to see such a highly touted film. Finally, people were able to pick up the DVD recently and the word keeps spreading about the film. Thanks again for that one Paul. You da man.
I love the mention of the toys, the comics and, of course, the legend, Stephen King. Without Stephen King, horror would not be the same. Also, the early Tales From The Crypt are always fun to look back on.
As always, if you want to send in your top ten list, please do so.