I love Horror movies. The problem is I’m picky about them. I dislike Torture/Porn, Horror/Comedy, Horror that has been watered down to get a PG-13 rating and remakes. Horror movies should only be rated R! I’m also not interested in ghosts or aliens that much. If I don’t believe it could be real it doesn’t hold my attention as much. There have been exceptions to the rule. I never say never. Here we go. If you are offended don’t blame me I just watched.
- Feed- 2005 I’ll warn you now. This movie isn’t for the squeamish. It was so bizarre, disgusting, and disturbing, I couldn’t stop thinking about it. From the music to the twisted ending. First you have an extremely hot man force feeding morbidly obese women while broadcasting it online. People place bets at what weight the women will die. But that isn’t really the focus of the movie. The man “feeds” these women as if he is in love with them or has other buried issues. It makes it uncomfortable to say the least. There’s a scene where he’s singing that is particularly unusual. The film is original, the twist at the end was brilliant and when you find out what he’s been “feeding” these women it’s a game changer.
- The Cell- 2000 Jennifer Lopez, Vince Vaughn, Vincent D’Onofrio- When I first saw Jennifer Lopez was in this movie I wasn’t going to watch it. The reason I did is I’m such a D’Onofrio fan I had to give it a chance. The reason I am probably one of the few people to find this film impressive is due to the fact it is one of the few that shows the viewer how and why. D’Onofrio’s character is complex and we first get a childish rendition of his psyche. Psychotherapist Catherine Deane (Jennifer Lopez) has a front row seat inside his comatose mind. She can also interact with him. We see the evolution of a serial killer. The very definition of Nature VS. Nurture. The Cinematography and Visual Effects are also stunning.
- Hellraiser/Nightbreed- 1987/1990 I’m a huge Clive Barker fan. I’ve read all of his books and often wondered what kind of mind comes up with this stuff. Hellraiser is brilliant in it’s sadomasochistic satire. There is a price for everything. I love Pinhead and always will. The very idea of this “other realm” before/between Hell is so original because of the characters written by Clive Barker. Nightbreed is different. There is more humanity to it if that’s possible. The characters were beautiful in their monstrosity. Outcasts forced underground into a world only Barker could imagine.
- Creepshow 2- 1987 I just have this to sum up Creepshow 2 “Thanks for the ride lady”.
- The Descent- 2005 This film came out at a time where there had been a slump in this genre. There were remakes of older horror films and remakes of Japanese horror films so this was at least seemed original to me. I also have a hard time watching anything underwater or in underground caves. It’s a breathing thing. I can’t count how times I jumped or realized I was holding my breath. I watched it in the theater alone the first time. For fun I talked my mom and Aunt into going with me again. I had more fun watching their reactions than anything. They could have some potty mouths on them when provoked. Then at one point I thought I would I would have to call 911 but they also had a flair for the dramatic. It’s why I miss/love my mom and love my Aunt.
The rest I’m going to list in kind of a favorites order but I’m not going to go into detail or we’ll be here forever.
- You’re Next- 2014
- Freaks- 1932
- Near Dark- 1986
- Frailty- 2001
- High Tension- 2003
- The Devil’s Backbone- 2001
- The Dead Zone- 1983
- Wolf Creek- 2005
- The Serpent and The Rainbow- 1988
- The Mist- 2007 Thomas Jane
- Brotherhood of The Wolf- 2001
- Pet Sematary- 1989 The Ramones!
- House of 1,000 Corpses- 2003
- The Cabin in The Woods- 2012
- Altered States- 1980
- The Strangers- 2008 Because it happens.
- The Thing- 1982
- Seven- 1995
- Phantasm- 1979
I’ve specifically left some off my list. The reason why is because they are on EVERY LIST. I’ve seen hundreds of good and bad horror films and I wanted to offer a few that some may have skipped over because they’re old or have not heard of. Also the films that received bad reviews from critics that only give a good review to a mainstream movie.