My Top 25 Horror Films (All Time)


This is just a list of my top 25 horror films, now they may not be what you would call scary and admittedly some may not be scary but not all horror films need to be scary, they could be creepy or thrilling, and yes they are different things. I like to get into horror films and by that I mean when i’m watching them I like to feel like i’m there otherwise it is too easy to pretend it’s not scary, what’s the point in watching it if your not going to commit to the film….

25. Alien (1979)

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This was a unique film when it came out and i’d probably argue that there hasn’t been any like it since, even the sequel’s or prequel didn’t give off the same fear as the original. The tagline for Alien really summed up the atmosphere and feel of the film, ‘in space no one can hear you scream.’ It was such a clever line and while it was both scary and true it also showed just how hopeless and suffocated you would be in that situation. A must watch.

24. 28 Days Later (2003)

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Zombies, that can run. I love Zombies, probably one of my favourite types of the horror genre. Danny Boyle did a fantastic job with this and in my opinion was a dirty, gritty horror with some fantastic scene’s and great performances by Cillian Murphy and Christopher Eccleston, I loved every second. The opening scene’s were unbelievable with London looking dead and empty, leading to the typical question we all ask ourselves during films, what would you do if that was you? It really highlights what the world would be like after an apocalyptic event and the struggles of survival. 28 weeks later was good and I wouldn’t mind a third installment to maybe finish it off.

23. The Wicker Man (1973)

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This ‘Cult-horror’ is nothing short of terrifying, although throughout the film it can seem relaxed and there is less tension the many parts that do have tension are brilliant. The story really works well and it is scary to think that this happen somewhere or has happened in the past, obviously it’s a fictional story but that’s what horror’s are about, what if this happened? Christopher Lee is just fantastic and the music throughout the film could make anyone a bit uneasy. This film is just thrillingly crazy and brilliant.

22. Dawn of the Dead (1978)

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George A. Romero is most likely known as the best zombie-horror movie writer/director and this was one of his great collection. This was a brilliant zombie film and was head and shoulders better than the remake version which is a average. Some the effects that they had for that time were great some really believable stuff, Zombies are scary and so was. I enjoyed how the film also had a sense of humour in it, this came across in the music also.

21. Let Me In (2011)/ Let The Right One In (2008)

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Yes I know that they are not the same film however, they are based on the same plot. Let the right one in was a brilliant film that I’ve only seen twice, it’s hard to fully appreciate it as I did have to watch it with subtitles. Let me in is an British-American adaptation of Let the right one in, purely based on the fact it’s easier for me personally to watch, I felt like Let me in was better. The film is very strange and awkward I felt, after all the film is a romantic horror and based around a 12 year old boy and a Vampire. I would recommend watching both if you can as you appreciate Let the right one in a lot more after seeing it in English in Let me in.

20. The Ring (2002)

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The Ring was one of the first Horror movies I watched and it really scared me, bare in mind I was only about 9 years old when I first watched it. I remember staying up all night after watching it staring at the Television, it gave me the creeps big time…anyway, this was a unique film to me at the time and I still feel that even when I watch it now that it deserves to be up there with the best horror films as it’s truly horrifying at times.  The second wasn’t bad however wasn’t as good as the first but both are worth a watch.

19. The Phantom of the Opera (1925)

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So ever since I decided I loved horror films I have tried to watch as many as I can, especially the classics and I was informed this was a classic, so I watched it and it was good. This is a silent film, there is music all the way through, but speech comes up on the screen, bit boring and it makes the films running time longer. I can imagine that not many people now would want to watch it however when it first came out this must have been horrifying, the music is incredible and some of the scenes are scary. I think the silent aspect of the film makes it more shocking, especially when you actually see Erik’s (The Phantom) face it was creepy. I probably wouldn’t ever feel in the mood to watch this because of all the reading you need to do, but it’s good and it’s classic.

18. Frankenstein (1931)

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Everyone knows about Frankenstein and it’s fair to say that it’s another classic film that really took the horror genre to another level. As always the music plays a huge part throughout the film, making that extra bit scary, if you’ve not seen it check out the trailer!

17. The Omen (1974)

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The Omen was a fantastic horror film and was different take on how we interpret an evil force (the exorcist). I seem to keep going on about it but the music but it was brilliant in this movie, the dude who wrote the music won an Oscar and it was deserved, I did find the newer version a little easier to watch and I enjoyed how it was modernised, i’m aware that it didn’t get a great reception but it wasn’t that bad. I would recomend watching both, I think the remake came out in 2006 if you want to find out more about it.

16. Saw 1,2 & 3 (2004, 05 & 06)

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Now the reason that I had the three together is because individually I don’t think that they are that amazingly special however, together the films really are special and don’t let the gore dictate your opinion on the films. The horror genre at times struggles for fans but when you make a film gory as well, you could be aiming at a very small audience. Luckily these films are incredibly clever and had so many twists and turns that it could keep many people interested despite the gore, it is a shame that it’s so gory, not because I don’t like it but because many people won’t watch it because of the gore. I didn’t pick the whole of the Saw series due to the fact that I felt the first 3 linked really well and better than the rest of the films, it’s as simple as that really.

15. The Evil Dead (1981)

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As far as I know there had been nothing like this before the film was released and anything released after isn’t as good. The evil dead was excitingly scary and was the start of a good series, that admittedly got worse as it went on. What made the film so special was how good it was despite the low budget, the film had a great balance of dark humour as the film was funny at times as well as full of scares and gore. The remake wasn’t bad but no where near as good as the original.

14. Scream (1996)

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This was a bit more of a horror-slasher-comedy in my opinion and they pulled it off a treat. Everyone knows what Scream is about and if you don’t then maybe you should find out because it really is great, they were also filled with good twists which you can’t really moan about, at least they tried! Scream really is a great film and a great series, I don’t remember ever watching any of them and feeling disappointed. Watch them all!

13. Carrie (1976)

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Carrie was an unbelievable film that I really found fascinating, I didn’t find it overly scary but it was quite thrilling. Carrie is the story of a young girl that is bullied and seen as strange and to be honest she is strange, but she’s about to get whole lot stranger to everyone else in the film. Again the music is great in this film and the story is brilliant, it’s not as good as the book. I was impressed by the remake, I didn’t feel like it flopped and is worth a watch.

12. Poltergeist (1982)

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The Poltergeist is brilliant and was one of the first films that explored the idea of poltergeists, and it is probably pretty famous and led to many films today that are about ‘ghosts’ or ‘entities’. The film could have been better, there were some really cool scene’s that may not have been really scary but they were very original and imaginative.

11. Sinister (2012)

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Sinister was a film like nothing I had seen before if i’m honest, it had a very scary feel all the way through and I felt the main character really did act well. The story is really good and the film is really creepy a lot of the time. I think that this film may have been in the top ten if the ending had been better as I found it disappointing.

10. Insidious: Chapter 2 (2013)

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This film really made up for the poor ending to the first Insidious film, the story is very clever and links to the first brilliantly. To fully understand this second installment you need to watch the first, which is enjoyable. Chapter 2 is reasonably scary but it’s story line is miles better and is what made this film so good.

9. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

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Horror, thriller and crime all in one. This is an amazing film that could send shivers down anyone’s spine, Hannibal Lector is one creepy guy and the story to this movie is even creepier. If you’ve not seen this, change that and watch it. Anthony Hopkins and Jodie Foster are both amazing in this film and deservedly won awards for their roles in the film. The whole series is brilliant, however Silence of the Lambs is my personal favourite.

8. Psycho (1960)

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An Alfred Hitchcock classic and probably his most famous film, it was like nothing that had been seen before, the horror and suspense that Psycho provided will probably be never captured again. The killing was just so shocking, but not because of the way people were killed it was how it could happen at anytime and at anyplace, no one was safe. This was shown when one of the lead characters died in the shower (that famous scene) and along with the music, it really is scary. If you’ve not seen this film then you need to because it’s a classic that changed horror.

7. Night of the living Dead (1968)

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Another zombie film, probably the best ever in my opinion, George A. Romero hit the nail on the head with this film, everything in the film worked and the zombies are terrifying, along with the music it was easy to feel unnerved while watching. Romero is just a master at making something from very little, the budget was small but was able to create on of the best horror films. If you’re a fan of zombies, this is your kinda film, watch it, love it.

6. Nosferatu (1922)

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This is honestly one of the most disturbing films I have ever seen. As far as I know it’s actually the original film adaptation of the Dracula novel however were unable to get the rights so ended up changing the names. This silent feel has you on edge from start to finish, Count Orlok is unbelievable scary and to think that this was released over 90 years is mad and people watching it then must have been horrified. This is a must watch horror film, I loved it, reading the screen does become annoying but it’s worth it.

5. The Sixth Sense (1999)

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Bruce Willis and Haley Joel Osment were the two lead males for this film, and they were superb. This thriller really did well and deservedly so, it was nominated for six Academy awards however ddin’t win any, the film is a must see for people that love a great story. I won’t talk to much about this because I don’t want to give too much away.

4. The Shinning (1980)

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I think it would be fair to say that everyone at least knows about The Shinning if not seen it and the famous “here’s Johnny” scene, but the film is much more than a horror movie, it’s an amazing horror movie that scares most people. When first released it wasn’t overly popular however with time did become increasingly popular and considered a classic, I think that a big issue that most people had was that the film didn’t follow the book, I have read the book and I did feel that the book was great however i found the film scarier.

3. The Conjuring (2013)

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This is a film that after watch I had a lot of love for, I felt it had a great balance of horror and story. Patrick Wilson who stared in the Insidious films was again great in this horror and teamed up with James Wan who directed the Insidious films also. There are many great scene’s and idea’s that are in this film, I can’t help but feel like it should be a classic in the future, the story has typical cliche’s in it however they seem different which is hard to do, so a lot of credit needs to go out to everyone working on the Conjuring for that.

2. A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

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One of the first ever horror films I watched, and I was petrified of the infamous Freddy Krueger. The idea that someone could come into your dreams and attack you, even kill you was something had me staying up all night however, it is just a horror movie and a bloody good one! The series is good, however did become quite silly as they went on, the first few were top quality but the later were getting silly and I felt that the fear factor wasn’t there so much.

1. The Exorcist (1973)

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The scariest movie of all time? I honestly don’t know, but it’s my scariest film of all time and I know my opinion is the same as many. When this was released unfortunately I wasn’t born however i’m aware that it was nothing short of shocking for anyone that went to see it. One of the most influential horror films ever has lead to many films that look at possession by demons or the devil, this is a film that deserves to be timeless and for me it is.

This is just my opinion on the top 25 horror films, let me know what you thought? Any films that you would change? There is one film that I completely forgot about that may have been around the top 15 area and that was Ju-On: The Grudge (2002).

 

 

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Thor: The Dark World (2013) Film Review


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This is the second Thor film and it was pretty good, I enjoyed the first movie but I felt this was just a better all round film. The story worked well in relation to linking things together and helping the story develop, it did feel a bit lengthy at times, the film wasn’t over 2 hours but it felt longer than that. As much as I enjoyed the story I did feel like there was a lot going on, especially with the portals to the other worlds. The main villain in this film is Malekith (Christopher Eccleston) who is a brilliant character that’s played really well and the idea of him looking for revenge on Odin (Anthony Hopkins) is really emphasised.

I think my enjoyment of this film is increased by the fact that I love Thor as a character, I think he’s pretty bloody cool! Also Dr Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) is beautiful and I could watch a film with her in all day, so the fact it has both of those in, i’m happy before it’s even started. The film decided to show a bit of the Asgardian history which was a good move in my opinion, it seems that a majority of people, especially over the last 10 years, do like discovering the history and back story of heroes, however this has happened quite a bit in horror’s too recently. I like one of the messages that is sent in this film, your actions in the future will have a consequence.

I don’t want to talk to much about what actually happens in this film because at times it was predictable and if i start talking about specific things the plot will become clear. It’s not overly different from a typical action film really, there is and object or weapon that’s bad and the bad guys want it. However, the good guys are trying to keep it away from the bad guys, very predictable but not in a bad way. Loki (Tom Hiddleston) is amazing and really takes this film to another level, I would go as far to say that I enjoyed this film more than The Avengers movie. Oh (little spoiler) there is a funny scene with Loki and Thor where they are walking and Loki is trying to be better company for Thor and starts appearing as different characters which includes Captain America which is a really cool part and showed some brotherly banter.

I think if you liked the first then you’ll love this second, it’s different in the way that you seem to learn more about Loki than you do Thor which was a really bold move that paid off. I’m not sure if this happens at the end of all Marvel but I love it at the end when it just reads ‘Thor will return’. I wasn’t fortunate enough to see this at the cinema but if I had I probably would have gone numerous times. Let me know what you thought of Thor: The dark world, did you like it? Did anything disappoint you?

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Rating: 8/10

Do we know enough about Man of Steel’s Superman to introduce a new Batman?


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I thoroughly enjoyed the latest Superman film, Man of Steel, obviously like all films it has it’s issues but overall it was decent enough for me to buy on blu-ray.  However, what do we know about this Superman, one of my criticisms of the Man of Steel film was how I felt we didn’t get to know Superman, he hardly spoke throughout the film really. I also felt like it went too fast at times, I did enjoy the back story of the first film but I would have preferred this second film to confirm everything we think we know about superman, maybe even give a bit more of a story when we went travelling around? Unfortunately, that’s not what’s happening, the film is going to have Batman (who i love) in it and I won’t get into the whole Ben Affleck playing Batman debate because it’s not going to change anything, I just hope he does a very good job. I feel that it’s too soon to try and introduce a new older batman and continue the introduction of Superman, because I don’t feel Superman has been fully introduced to us yet. This Batman is going to need considerable time to get across the fact that he’s aged and a lot more experienced compared to the Batman we saw in The Dark Knight series, I fear that this is going to be too much to fit into one film. I think everyone has got the impression that it’s going to be a Superman Vs Batman movie, which is a great story, and it would be interesting to see it on the big screen, how is it going to work in the context of the whole film, is it going to be solely based on those two characters or will there be main villain, I’m aware Lex Luthor will be in the film but it doesn’t necessarily mean he’s the main villain, might just introduce him. If it’s not just introducing him, will it end up with Batman and Superman going against Lex? Then that’s a lot going on in one film, introducing a new Batman, Lex and continuing Superman’s story and his ‘relationship’ with Lois Lane.

Knowing that Batman is going to be in this second installment leads to so many questions….how much of a role will batman have? Is it too soon to introduce Batman? Do you feel like we know enough about Superman? What will the story be? Anyway, let me know what you think, are you looking forward to it? How do you feel about Ben Affleck taking on the role as Batman?

The Cabin In The Woods (2012) Review


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WARNING, there are a few spoilers in this. Sorry.

This was a good solid film that is enjoyable, however when looked at in depth there were a few things that I wasn’t keen on. Through this film I felt like I was watching a film I had been seen before, the main example being the scene when a character is reading from a book, which summons some Zombie-like creatures (sound like The Evil Dead much?). Anyway the film was about five college students  Dana Polk (Kristen Connolly), Holden McCrea (Jessie Williams), Marty Mikalski (Fran Kranz), Jules Louden (Anna Hutchison), and Curt Vaughan (Chris Hemsworth) that are all going to stay in a cabin…in the woods. However all is not what it seems as Gary Sitterson (Richard Jenkins) and Steve Hadley (Bradley Whitford) are senior staff in controlling everything that happens, even drugging the students through the air vents to influence them to do certain things.

In this fairly fast paced film, the story is laid out pretty well for the audience without it having to give a huge speech at the end, a lot of the story is given when the security guy, Truman (Brian White), for the senior staff area which has Hadley and Sitterson in, asks a few questions which seem realistic if someone was in his situation which gives away a lot of the plot. This was good because it’s disappointing when you have the ‘bad guy explaining everything at the end’ cliche however, the end is made more complicated and gave the film more depth than needed and ended up needing the ‘bad guy explaining everything at the end’ cliche, which I will talk a little more about later. This film is an odd one for me personally, it’s entertaining and I don’t ever remember being bored throughout which must be a good thing, however I wasn’t overly impressed. Whilst watching this film it did feel like someone had taken many different ideas from other titles and put them into one film, another film that I felt this was similar to was Thirteen Ghosts in regards to the cage/box’s that were holding many monster type things under ground and having structures move around like one big puzzle.

One thing that the film did do very well was make it kinda funny, which i’m hoping it was meant to do because Marty was probably the funniest guy in the film. He was the typical ‘stoner’ character and did make this film considerably more enjoyable, with a few funny moments coming from the other characters too. There were times when I felt like it wasn’t scary enough, the film was never scary for me, I can imagine people would be scared by zombies, but I didn’t find it scary at all and I didn’t feel like it tried to be scary which is what’s most puzzling for me.

I enjoyed the film more than the story, I felt that it had so much depth towards the end that it didn’t have enough time for the audience to fully understand the idea of the ‘ancient ones.’  Did we really need the ‘ancient ones’ in this film? It could have just been a crazy idea which I think would have made it a bit more shocking, it almost went a bit Sci-Fi towards the end. I’ve got nothing against this film as I probably would watch it again, but I’d probably still get a little mad at the ending. Overall this film is good, I’m not keen on the fact that it’s taken many good things and put them into one because many people i know and many things i’ve seen about this movie claim this makes it original, well in my opinion it doesn’t make it original at all, it’s basically copying someone else (I appreciate that most ideas have been taken for the Horror Genre). I wish I had gone to see the first 80-85 minutes in the cinema and missed the end because for me it did ruin it a little. Cabin in the Woods was good, the ending let it down but it was still decent and it’s still watchable even though I know the ending sucks, I probably will buy it on DVD.

Rating: 7/10