I am very excited to have a list from our buddy Motown TNT. This guy is simply awesome and always has great insight into the horror genre. Let’s see what his picks are and I will discuss a few things at the bottom.
Asking for a top 10 list of horror films is like asking a kid in a candy shop to choose just one piece of candy from the entire store, however we all have our favorites and below is a list of mine. After reading through quite a few “top 10” lists whether it be for the year, the decade, or for all time, you often come across 3 types of choices.
Choice #1 – You have seen the movie listed and like it.
Choice #2 – You have seen the movie listed and disliked it.
Choice #3 – You have not seen (or maybe even heard) of the movie listed and are intrigued.
It’s the variety of options that keeps all horror fans a close knit bunch. We’ve all shared our “passion” of horror with other would-be-friends who eagerly say that they are a horror fan as well only to find out that their definition of horror includes making “The Strangers” one of the scariest movies they have ever seen. Once again, horror is objective and horror has variety so who am I to judge. That being said, my list is sure to include a movie or two you disagree with, but that’s okay. We can still be friends when all is said and done.
One last caveat to my list; I’ve tried to stay off of the beaten path of movies like Jaws, The Exorcist (a movie surely to make many “top” lists), FT13th, TCM, Nightmare on Elm St., etc. with the hopes of adding a few choice #3’s as mentioned above.
10. The Grudge – I know, I know. Right off the bat I start off with a movie that many horror fans are going to say “REALLY?!” Yes, it’s true. I ate the corn bread with this one, but the reason it’s on my list is because I saw it at the movies as a sneak preview with a friend and we had an awesome audience that made that movie so truly enjoyable and scary that it was instantly etched in my brain for all time. I mean really, all you have to do is make that throaty growl from the movie and everyone knows what you are talking about.
9. Evil Dead- For some reason a lot of people think that the Evil Dead series is fully comedic, and while parts 2 and 3 moved to more of a horror-comedy style genre, the original movie was nothing to laugh about. This movie was terrifying, gory, and overall scary as hell. Sam Raimi was absolutely terrific in this long time favorite.
8. Ravenous – Disturbing is one of the only adjectives I can use to describe this movie. I had no idea what to expect when I watched it, and when it was over I felt a little nauseous (not to mention that freaking music was playing over and over in my head), but as all good horror fans know, you suck it up and watch it again. And that’s what I did, again, and again. The movie is cannibalism at its most primal state but still very entertaining.
7. Children Shouldn’t Play with Dead Things – This is the first movie on my list that will show you how my childhood was developed. As a kid my mother (yes, my mother) loved horror films and kung-fu films thus I did also. I remember seeing this one on a Saturday afternoon on a Creature Feature special and was freaked the f*^k out. The movie has held up well over time and remains a classic in my mind. If you haven’t seen it, give it a shot.
6. The Fog (1980) – An oldie but goody. I think certain scenes and soundtracks have a tendency to stick with me and this was another childhood favorite. Listening to Adrienne Barbeau as the voice of a sexy Stevie Wayne pleading for anyone in the listening vicinity to help her son whose house was being completely enveloped by the fog is my memorable scene. It was one of the first movies I can remember where a child was actually in mortal danger of being killed by the monsters. Then of course the soundtrack has stuck with me through time. I really like John Carpenter’s soundtracks for spooky ass movies.
5. Demons – The first time I watched this movie by Bava, I didn’t know what to think (why the hell is a helicopter falling through the roof of a movie theatre?). However after letting the mind go and letting the movie entertain, it became one of my all time favorites. The creatures were scary as hell, the kills were pretty brutal, and the scene where all of the demons are coming over the top of the aisle and all you can see are silhouettes and red eyes was amazing. A lot of people will poo poo this movie, but for me it is indeed a classic.
4. Dead Snow – If you enjoy good old fashioned gory fun, then this is the movie for you. This movie made me laugh and cringe on more than one occasion which, to me, is a sure sign of entertainment. This is a DEFINITE must see for any horror fan out there. Sit back with a tub of popcorn and enjoy.
3. Zombie (1979) – Lucio Fulci’s best film IMO. How can you forget about a movie with so many memorable scenes? Zombie versus live shark, wood splinter in the eye, hundreds of zombie’s crossing over the bridge about to enter NY? And damnit if there isn’t that music again. As a kid I saw the trailer for this movie and the words “We’re going to eat you” flashed across the screen and just like that, it had my attention. Memorable, gory, and also fun. I love this movie.
2. Don’t be Afraid of the Dark – As a “Made-for-TV” movie this one has haunted me for decades. To this day I am still a bit leery of the dark and if I sit long enough, I swear I can hear those little bastards whispering “join us.” I mean seriously, they were small but so damn creepy with their wrinkled faces, furry bodies, and those whispers. Damn those whispers.
1. Shaun of the Dead – This should really come as no surprise as this movie coined the phrase Rom-Zom-Com (Romantic Zombie Comedy). The acting is top notch, the story is funny as hell, and the gore is surprisingly effective. I will watch this movie every single time it’s on.
Thank you, once again, to Motown TNT, for this great list. There are a lot of really great titles on here. On a side note, I am really looking forward to the remake of Don’t be Afraid of the Dark. I cannot imagine that it will top the original, but you never know. Of course, seeing Shaun of the Dead on here is always music to my ears.
There are some really awesome titles in here. Children Shouldn’t Play With Dead Things is a classic. This is another one getting a remake soon actually. I still remember renting this film for the first time and just having a good time in my friend’s basement watching it. It quickly became a favorite of mine. Whenever you remember an experience like that so vividly, the movie becomes that much more near and dear to you. I still remember sitting there drinking grape soda and eating stale potato chips all making fun of the movie while I was secretly enjoying it (and the stale chips).
Ravenous – what can you really say about that movie. That is one of those true underground gems. There are so many memorable moments in there. Just thinking about movies like Ravenous makes you remember why we watch all of the horrible movies that we do. Every once in a while, you will run into one of those gems that you tell everyone about. This is one of them.
Demons, Dead Snow, etc. are all great films too. I really enjoyed this list very much. If you want to get your list in here, just send it on over to me. I am easy enough to get a hold of. Check out the contact page.