Well my giant horror marathon has come to an end after 35 reviews and about 40 film viewings. Now I can say I won't have good dreams for a while. The horror genre is great in many ways. Out of the four main emotions, that cinema can bring to you, being laughter, sadness, happiness and scares; horror excels in suspending your disbelief and taking you into frightful journeys. Many horror films are picked on for not being versatile enough and being filled with 'cheap' scares, like the "Paranormal Activity" series, which in some ways it is. However, the genre is to "horrify" and "scare" you. Many horror films excel in mixed emotions and intertextuality making it a very fine genre. There is no such thing as the greatest genre but horror still has many great films within it. Here are my top 15 all-time favourite horror films.
15. Theatre of Blood (1973)
This film features one of Vincent Price’s best performances and is a comically macabre satire horror film that brings laughs and surprises.
14. Frenzy (1972)
“Frenzy” is shocking, suspenseful and has Hitchcockian humour all over. Alfred Hitchcock’s “Frenzy” is a delightful horror film that will definitely surprise you.
13. The Evil Dead 2 (1987)
If you are looking for a good thrill with a reasonable amount violence, then this film is an ideal choice to watch. Filled with splat-stick gore and an outrageous plot, you will be constantly surprised with every minute of violence.
Ultimately this is film is B-Movie brilliance that is a great directorial breakthrough and highly entertaining.
11. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
Starring Anthony Hopkins and Jodie Foster, he film is horrifically filled with tension and is an excellent crime thriller. Definitely worth seeing before you die.
10. The Invisible Man (1933)
It has wonderful humour, innovative effects and some great classic 1930’s performances. “The Invisible Man” is a classic Sci-Fi horror film that is thought-provoking, mysterious and very exhilarating.
9. The Fly (1986)
“The Fly” has great power to thrill, shock and emotionally involve you and it’s perception will change as time progresses with evolved perspective on moviemaking, modern culture and mankind itself, the fear is now that we don't learn from such experiences.
8. A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
Even after all these years Elm Street manages to give a few frightful chills and may very well stay that way. Elm Street has had a big influence on horror with the invention of Kruger and how the film was made, making it a mighty fine horror film.
7. Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)
This is truly one of Tim Burton’s best directed films and shows even though it’s the sixth film he has done with Depp (and of course some re-appearances of previously casted actors from his past films) a spark of energy can still remain. To total it up it’s a bleedin’ masterpiece!
6. Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror (1922)
As one of the most influential silent films, the film is fascinating to see by today’s standards and has an eerie and creepy presence to it
5. The Shining (1980)
To wrap it up “The Shining” is a story that will most certainly not disappoint. It will bring several questions to you on viewing and will thrill (and possibly scare) you and stay in your memory in some way with Kubrick’s unique construction, which makes it worthy of its status.
4. Frankenstein (1931)
With all of its dark but elegant cinematography, first class direction and classic acting, “Frankenstein” is the must-see horror movie and should remain a classic for a very long time.
3. The Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
This is truly one of the greatest sequels of all time, and easily the greatest horror sequel ever made. “The Bride of Frankenstein” is a near perfect gem of a film that should remain a classic for decades to come.
2. Halloween (1978)
You’re put on constant edge and the film truly sets a standard for modern horror films by far. It is definitive to the genre, amazingly thrilling to watch and is a film that will leave a relatively strong impression on you.
1. Psycho (1960)
During the time, Psycho announced that it was taking the audience to places it had never been before, and on that score what followed would hardly disappoint. On screen, Hitchcock says the thrill and scares seen in the film are pure cinema, and pure cinema it is indeed. “Psycho” is a huge leap in to the horror genre making it aesthetically important and most of all, entertaining. With the strengths of Hitchcock’s actresses, his signature cameo and remarkable suspense, “Psycho” is one of the best horror experiences you could ask for.