My Current Top 25 Favorite Horror/Suspense Movies starting with #25
- XXV. The Omen (1976) (Directed by Richard Donner)
- XXIV. Suspiria (Dario Argento)
- XXIII. Se7en (David Fincher)
- XXII. Rosemary's Baby (Roman Polanski)
- XXI. Scream (Wes Craven)
- XX. Hellraiser (Clive Barker)
- XIX. Wes Craven's New Nightmare (Wes Craven)
- XVIII. The Descent (Neil Marshall)
- XVII. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1973) (Tobe Hooper)
- XVI. Night of the Living Dead (1968) (George A. Romero)
- XV. The Thing (1982) (John Carpenter)
- XIV. The Birds (Alfred Hitchcock)
- XIII. The Shining (Stanley Kubrick)
- XII. Misery (Rob Reiner)
- XI. The Evil Dead (Sam Raimi)
- X. Dead Alive (Peter Jackson)
- IX A Nightmare on Elm Street (Wes Craven)
- VIII. Halloween (1978) (John Carpenter)
- VII. Psycho (Alfred Hitchcock)
- VI. Dawn of the Dead (1978) (George A. Romero)
- V. Alien/Aliens (Tie) (Ridley Scott/James Cameron)
- IV. Poltergeist (Tobe Hooper)
- III. The Exorcist (William Friedkin)
- II. Silence of the Lambs (Jonathan Demme)
- I. Jaws (Steven Spielberg)
Sunday, April 27, 2008
One of the best religious themed horror films in history is Richard Donner's 1976 chiller "The Omen" starring Gregory Peck. The movie revolves around the character Damien who is a young boy and happens to be the Antichrist. There are plenty of shock moments throughout the film highlighted by one scene in which a character is decapitated by a sheet of glass. Donner keeps the scares and suspense in high gear throughout the movie. What are your thoughts on "The Omen?"
One of the most stylish and artistic horror films in history is Dario Argento's "Suspiria." The Italian director is known for creating fright films that are long on style and short on substance or plot. "Suspiria" is a surreal nightmare of a movie. It is full of sensory images many of which are horrifying. It is a film that is very dreamlike in its nature. The music by "Goblin" is mesmerizing and perfectly suited for this bizarre world Argento has created. The music is chilling and it is among the best music in horror film history. There is plenty of gore and violence in this film like most of Argento's films. Argento is a master of colorful images and "Suspiria" represents the best this director has to offer. There is no horror film quite like "Suspiria." What are your thoughts on "Suspiria?"
Saturday, April 26, 2008
Director David Fincher has crafted many good thrillers but his "Se7en" stands above all of them. It is an excellent crime thriller about a psychopath played by Kevin Spacey, who indirectly murders people who have committed one of the seven deadly sins (Pride, Sloth, Gluttony, Lust, Envy, Greed, and Wrath). This is a very suspenseful film with plenty of tension. The acting from Morgan Freeman and Bratt Pitt is very solid. The ending to the movie is unexpected and quite memorable. It is the best serial killer film since the masterful "Silence of the Lambs." What are your thoughts on "Se7en?"
Friday, April 25, 2008
One of the best psychological horror films in history is Roman Polanski's chiller "Rosemary's Baby." Polanski doesn't go for cheap thrills but instead sends shivers down your spine with scenes of psychological terror. There is very little blood and gore in the film but there is a disturbing scene in which Mia Farrow's vulnerable character is raped by the devil himself. This is one of the best horror films that has a religious or occult theme. The other films would be "The Exorcist" and "The Omen." This particular film focuses on Mia Farrow's character giving birth to the Antichrist. The entire film is suspenseful, unsettling, and very well directed and acted. What are your thoughts on "Rosemary's Baby?"
Thursday, April 24, 2008
The film that revitalized the horror genre in the 1990's is "Scream" which was directed by Wes Craven of "A Nightmare on Elm Street" fame. The film is a horror film about people who like horror films and know the rules about how to survive if they were a character in a horror movie. The movie is fun, cool, and stylish. The opening scene in the movie is masterfully conceived by Craven and writer Kevin Williamson. There are some nice plot twists in the film which surprise the viewer. There are plenty of references to other horror films throughout the movie which make it even more entertaining. The movie is violent but most of the gore is contained to the opening and closing scenes. All of the actors in the film seem to be enjoying themselves. This is one of the best horror/psychological thrillers of the 1990's. What are your thoughts on "Scream."
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
"Hellraiser" is Clive Barker's directorial debut and it is also his best film. This is one nasty film out of Great Britain. It is gruesome, gory, gooey, and gross. Characters attempt to summon pleasure, but instead wind up summoning pain and agony through a puzzle box. They are basically ripped to shreds by hooks that come flying out of nowhere. The Cenobites are the villains in "Hellraiser" and they are lead by the incredibly intimidating Pinhead played by Doug Bradley. He is one of the most evil characters in the history of horror films. He wants nothing more than to keep his victims in perpetual agony. The film is quite violent, but the story is definitely interesting and Barker's direction keeps the horror movie enthusiast entertained throughout the film's run time. What are your thoughts on "Hellraiser?"
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
The second best film in the "Nightmare on Elm Street" series is in my opinion "Wes Craven's New Nightmare" which happens to be the seventh film. The original film, also directed by Craven, is my favorite but "New Nightmare" is one very clever and scary film. Craven, who also wrote the script, blurs the line between reality and fiction. The hideously scarred villain Freddy Kruger crosses over from the popular horror movies into the lives of the actual actors who played the characters in the movies. The movie is a great deal of fun. Craven keeps the scares and suspense coming. There is violence and gore but nothing too sickening for viewers with weak stomachs. What are your thoughts on "Wes Craven's New Nightmare?"