Top 5 Horror Movies of All Time
This is the month of October and at the risk of potentially wading into some very corny waters I cant help but follow in the footsteps of my 8th grade English Literature teacher, Mr. Pinchment, and steer a good bit of the posts I am getting up to in the direction of a “Happy Halloween” sort of groove. I do this every year since I entered in on my self imposed exile from the motherland (Orange County) and have been far and away. October is Halloween and Devils night. November Thanksgiving, and December is Christmas. They all get their due respect. I give them all props.
Lets get to it….Top five Horror Movies of ALL TIME. If you disagree or agree feel more than free to leave your pat on the back well done remark or your whining sniveling diatribe down below.
This is the freshest thrasher flick I have ever seen and its 31 years old. To this day nobody has reproduced this equation with as much energy or scary crap your pants moments. Jamie Lee Curtis: hot. John Carpenter wrote and directed this with help on the screen play producing an all time Halloween super hit that pre-teens are still watching today at sleep overs and then regretting watching while going to the toilet alone at 3AM. Then Carpenter went about making 30 years of useless crap. Cant win em all.
2. The Shining 1980.
Stan Kubrick threw this one
together from one of
Stephen Kings Books.
Jack Nicholson comes aboard and scares the hell out of everyone, every time we watch it. A fair amount of credit must go to the Hotel itself. A spooky damn place if ever there was one. The music and acting, it is all top top drawer.
Wendy? Darling? Light, of my life. I’m not gonna hurt ya. You didn’t let me finish my sentence. I said, I’m not gonna hurt ya. I’m just going to bash your brains in.
Gonna bash ’em right the fuck in!
“But Eric…this isnt a horror movie!”
Isn’t it? You think Gaspar Noe was sitting around thinking “I am making one hell of a Romantic Comedy here.” Have you seen this? Irreversible is one of the most terrifying, disgusting and shocking movies ever put on the silver screen. Vincent Cassel and Monica Belluci are just amazing. Monica…oh dear Monica how you are amazing let me count the ways. Albert Dupontel effectively plays the wimp until you process it all and see in hind site his tremendous 180* turn at the end…err…beginning. Jo Prestia…if I see this guy in a dark alley I will go the other way. His character “Le Tenia” was like Hitler on Crack and Steroids, not the guy you want to Trick or Treat with. This is the Horror movie you DON’T take a date to…she will never forgive you for exposing her to the material and it also wont be cool when she realizes
that your actually aroused. (Learned both of these the hard way.)
4. The Silence of The Lambs1991
I have written about this Masterpiece of film making already on this Blog but I felt that it deserved to be on this list. It is that good. Some might call this a “Psychological Thriller” rather than a Horror movie but come on….he is chewing peoples faces off.
5. A Nightmare on Elm Street
Is it corny? yes. Is it over the top? Certainly. Did it scare us? Without a doubt. Freddy Kruger managed to keep me scared for about 10 years straight. well done. Wes Craven kicked off a franchise that has continued to remain near the top of the Horror genre for literally decades. It is a scary concept: You dream and within that dream there is someone hunting you and you can actually die. Something about the abstract nature of the movies idea is what made it so nasty. Being over the top was fine because it was all in the dreams.
Still scary today and worth a Halloween viewing.
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