I recently wrote a blog about how awful the Chernobyl Diaries was, and I wanted to link to a previous blog about the best horror movies of all time. I realized as I looked through my archives that I had never written one! I don’t know how this oversight could have happened. I am rectifying it immediately.
These are in no particular order.
- A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984): There’s nothing else quite like a villain who can find you in your dreams. Sleep is a basic human need, and not having it can make you crazy. I literally had nightmares about this movie for months after I saw it. That didn’t stop me from seeing the others in the series, but none of them matched the terror of the first.
- A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010): I was skeptical when I saw that they were re-imagining this iconic horror movie. Someone other than Robert Englund as Freddie Krueger? Blasphemy! However, Jackie Earle Hayley did a spectacular job as Freddie, and it was close enough to the original to satisfy fans like me, yet edgy and different enough to keep my interest.
- Shredder (2003): This is camp horror at its finest. A group of young, attractive adults go to a remote cabin for some snowboarding. Murder comes to visit, and they… can’t… escape… (insert maniacal laugh here)
- Dead Snow (2009): I thought I’d seen everything when it comes to zombie movies, but apparently, I hadn’t. This Norwegian movie is subtitled, but well worth the effort. A group of med students go to a remote cabin and find some treasure under the floor. Zombie Nazis kill the students to get their gold back.
- Rec (2007): The one is a another subtitled zombie movie, this time in Spanish. The fire department gets called out because an older woman is acting strangely. They later get quarantined in the building, and the group struggles to escape.
- The Descent (2005): Nothing is scarier (to me) than being trapped underground in a small space. The women in this movie went underground on purpose, spelunking. After that, it just gets creepier as they explore this uncharted cave and find thing that probably should have stayed buried.
- The Blair Witch Project (1999): This movie redefined the genre. Many of us think of the shaky camera and first person shooter point of view in horror movies as nothing special, but in 1999, this was all new. When I went to see it, I actually believed it was from actual footage, and it scared the socks off me even after I realized it was fiction. I lived in woods just like those! And since you never saw the Blair Witch, you didn’t know exactly what was coming for you. It’s a classic for a reason.
- Paranormal Activity (2007): I had a friend who thought this movie was real. It was so well done in a realistic manner with unknowns, that it fooled her, even in this era of movies trying to pass themselves off as documentaries. There were good jumpy moments in it, and some things that stuck with me for weeks. Even knowing it was just a movie… I wondered.
- The Shining (1980): Based on the Stephen King novel of the same name, this movie is scary because it’s one man turning against the family he loves. Ghostly influences convince him that his family is against him, and they’re all trapped in this huge, isolated hotel.
- Psycho (1960): If you’ve never seen this movie, I highly recommend renting it. It’s classic for a reason. I’m very interested to see the new movie coming out about the making of it.
Honorable mention: Dale and Tucker vs. Evil: It’s not a “real” horror movie. It’s a spoof of horror movies, a comedy of errors. It’s one of my favorites for the way it nails the genre.