Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Halloween Week Special: My Favourite Horror Movies

An nyeoung
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I've never made it secret that one of my favourite movie genre's is Horror, my friends used to find it strange that while they loved chick flicks I was a horror nut, and until I had a cinema experience with a few friends I could sit on my own at home and they wouldn't scare me, I would highly recommend seeing a horror film in the cinema to get the full scare experience something that for me was lacking when watching them at home, don't get me wrong watching them at home still gave me goosebumps and sat on the edge of the seat but the cinema is a whole different thing as your with a group of people. A few years ago me and my friend's Kate, Liv and Becky went to watch Insidious 2 and I can honestly say the experience was both good and bad, good because a horror film finally made me jump and scream and bad because it wasn't an experience I was in a rush to experience again I was also banned from making future cinematic choices.

Let me stop the rambling and get on with the point of this Halloween post special and reveal to you some of my favourite Horror movies that could make your Halloween that extra scary and spooky. I kept wondering how to do this for you all so I thought I'd do my Top 10 choices so let's get this countdown started from number 10.

An American Werewolf In London
David and Jack, two American college students, are backpacking through Britain when a large wolf attacks them. David survives with a bite, but Jack is brutally killed. As David heals in the hospital, he's plagued by violent nightmares of his mutilated friend, who warns David that he is becoming a werewolf. When David discovers the horrible truth, he contemplates committing suicide before the next full moon causes him to transform from man to murderous beast.
Written and directed by John Landis I found this film one day after watching the making of movie for Michael Jackson's Thriller music video which he'd also directed and from the first watch of this film I enjoyed it. I'd definitely recommend this film to people that aren't horror fans as it's not necessarily scary plus it's a classic plus there's a song I can't listen to without thinking of this film: Bad Moon Rising.
Released in America in 1981 the film grossed $30.56 million at the box office and over the years has accumulated a cult following and has become a cult classic.
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Bad Moon Rising
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The Fog (1980)
 Strange things begin to occurs as a tiny California coastal town prepares to commemorate its centenary. Inanimate objects spring eerily to life; Rev. Malone stumbles upon a dark secret about the town's founding; radio announcer Stevie witnesses a mystical fire; and hitchhiker Elizabeth  discovers the mutilated corpse of a fisherman. Then a mysterious iridescent fog descends upon the village, and more people start to die.
The first time I watched this film I was doing Artificial Nail coursework for college and while watching this film none of it gone done because I was gripped by the film and wanted to know how it would end. This is one of the oldies that got a modern remake but as often as expected the original is miles better, to this day whenever it's foggy outside I can't help but wonder if something is hidden within it.
Written and directed by John Carpenter this was his first theatrical film after the success of 1978 film Halloween, although The Fog received mixed reviews it was still a commercial success, the film made $21.3 million in America and Canada.
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The Shining
Jack Torrance becomes winter caretaker at the isolated Overlook Hotel in Colorado, hoping to cure his writer's block. He settles in along with his wife, Wendy, and his son, Danny, who is plagued by psychic premonitions. As Jack's writing goes nowhere and Danny's visions become more disturbing, Jack discovers the hotel's dark secrets and begins to unravel into a homicidal maniac hell-bent on terrorising his family.

I've only seen this film a few times but growing up with a mum who is a massive Stephen King fan it was the norm to see a film that had been based on his books. I don't even think you need to have seen this film to know how iconic it, even 30 Seconds to Mars based their music video for The Kill on the movie, and you can't hear of The Shining without getting the iconic scene of Jack Nicholson saying 'here's Johnny'. I wouldn't say this film scared me but it kept me on the edge of my seat.

Released in 1980 The Shining is based on the novel by Stephen King but has some differences, even though the film received mixed reviews, over the years the love of the film has grown and reviews became more favourable in following decades and is now regarded as one of the greatest horror movies ever made. The film grossed $44.4 million in the US.

(By Andrew Henderson)

The Kill

Pet Sematary

Doctor Louis Creed moves his family to Maine, where he meets a friendly local named Jud Crandall. After the Creeds' cat is accidentally killed, Crandall advises Louis to bury it in the ground near the old pet cemetery. The cat returns to life, its personality changed for the worse. When Louis' son, Gage, dies tragically, Louis decides to bury the boy's body in the same ground despite the warnings of Crandall and Louis' visions of a deceased patient.

I think I've seen this film twice and is up there with scary and creepy, it's every parent's worse nightmare to lose a child, it's even scarier to think about your child being resurrected and being an empty shell of who they were before. Could you bring yourself to kill your child all over again when they are murdering people around you. I think because a child is the one that's doing the killing makes this film a whole lot of scary.

Another film based on a Stephen King novel, defying critics the film opened in 1989 as a blockbuster and grossed $57 million.
(Paramount Movies)

A Nightmare On Elm Street
In Wes Craven's classic slasher film, several Midwestern teenagers fall prey to Freddy Krueger, a disfigured midnight mangler who preys on the teenagers in their dreams -- which, in turn, kills them in reality. After investigating the phenomenon, Nancy begins to suspect that a dark secret kept by her and her friends' parents may be the key to unravelling the mystery, but can Nancy and her boyfriend Glen solve the puzzle before it's too late?

I love all The A Nightmare on Elm Street franchise minus the remake, why they had to remake an already amazing horror film was beyond me. We all have nightmares but how many have you had to wake yourself up from before it ended badly. I think if I'd had seen this films when I was younger I would have been petrified to sleep. When I was younger I had a reoccurring nightmare of my primary school flooding and sharks being let in to which all my family was eaten and my dream always ended with the shark appearing from the water about to devour me (I always woke up at the exact same point) this nightmare made me petrified of sharks and my worst nightmare was Jaws, it's only been the last few years I could force myself to sit and watch those films. But thinking back on nightmares how often did you wake yourself within your dream or wake up just as you were about to reach your demise, bringing forth the point of A Nightmare on Elm Street if you died in your dream what would happen in reality. I've never dreamt of my death so I don't know but I don't believe if you end in your dream so does reality

Written and directed by the late Wes Craven (R.I.P) the film hit immediate success, the film grossed over $25 million in America. The film went on to make a significant impact on the horror genre, spawning a franchise consisting a line of sequels, a television series and crossover with Friday the 13th (Freddy vs Jason).

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The Ring
It sounds like just another urban legend -- a videotape filled with nightmarish images leads to a phone call foretelling the viewer's death in exactly seven days. Newspaper reporter Rachel Keller is skeptical of the story until four teenagers all die mysteriously exactly one week after watching just such a tape. Allowing her investigative curiosity to get the better of her, Rachel tracks down the video and watches it. Now she has just seven days to unravel the mystery.
A westernised version of a Japanese release titled Ring, I've seen both the Japanese and American releases and as much as they can often get it wrong when they remake an Asian film The Ring was pretty good, it definitely scared me when it was released. I definitely recommend watching both releases of the film.
Based on the novel Ring by Koji Suzuki who also helped co-write both the Japanese and American scripts was released 2002 and received critical acclaim, the film grossed $249 million, the film has two sequels one released in 2005 and another set to be released 2016.
(Paramount Movies)

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Dawn of the Dead (2004)
When her young daughter is turned into a zombie and attacks her father, Ana just manages to escape, only to realise her entire Milwaukee neighbourhood has been overrun by the walking dead. After being questioned by cautious policeman Kenneth, Ana joins him and a small group that gravitates to the local shopping mall as a bastion of safety. Once they convince suspicious security guards that they are not contaminated, the group bands together to fight the undead hordes.
With my love of The Walking Dead did you not expect a zombie film to appear in my list and for the 2nd time it's a remake. I've not seen the original but I'm sure it's just as great as this one. My worst fear is at the start of them film with what would I do if my daughter or loved one became a walker (sounds so much better than zombie). Throughout the film I was on the edge of my seat willing Ana to survive and find away to end the zombie apocalypse. The film also has one of the best ending credits song ever used.
The film grossed $102.4 million with the budget for the movie being $26 million.
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The Cabin in the Woods
When five college friends arrive at a remote forest cabin for a little vacation, little do they expect the horrors that await them. One by one, the youths fall victim to backwoods zombies, but there is another factor at play. Two scientists are manipulating the ghoulish goings-on, but even as the body count rises, there is yet more at work than meets the eye.
This was recently on TV in the UK and from people's responses that were watching it, they weren't too fussed about it and went on about how stupid it was and how scary it wasn't. If your a fan of Joss Whedon then you know how epic he can make things. One thing I think people missed about this film is that it's not just a horror film it's got some comedic value to it all I will say on this matter is Unicorn spearing man if you've seen this wonder of a film then you know exactly what I'm talking about. The film does seem a little hectic with all different things happening at once, I honestly think this film is a much watch and a bonus is Chris Hemsworth is in it.
The film was released in 2012 and grossed over $66 million worldwide.
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A Tale of Two Sisters
After being institutionalised in a mental hospital, Korean teen Su-mi reunites with her beloved sister, Su-yeon, and they return to live at their country home. The girls' widower father has remarried, and the siblings are immediately resentful of his new wife, Eun-joo. As Su-mi and Su-yeon try to resume their regular lives, strange events plague the house, leading to surprising revelations and a shocking conclusion.

My friend Kate told me to check this film out and it was my first Korean horror film, by the end of the film I was left feeling uncomfortable with what I'd watched and even though I didn't think it had really scared me, a day later I found out it had influenced me more than I thought. On arrival to Disneyland Paris Halloween week last year (2014) we were rudely awaken by the fire alarm going off in our hotel and on returning back to bed was when the sleepless nights started. I dreamt about one of the scene's from the film and it took place in our hotel room making me feel rather uncomfortable to be in the hotel on the evenings, thankfully I eventually got past it but as much as I enjoyed the film I am petrified of watching the film again in case the nightmare reappears.

The film is loosely based on a Korean fairy tale "Janghwa Hongryeon Jeon" In the original folklore the sisters are called Janghwa and Hongryeon (Rose Flower and Red Lotus), in the film they are called Su-mi & Su-yeon (still meaning Rose and Lotus). Released in 2003, it is both the highest-grossing Korean horror film and the first to be screened in American theatres, it gained mainly positive reviews and grossed $72,541. 2009 saw an American remake titled The Uninvited.

(By MrBungle79)

The sleepy little town of Woodsboro just woke up screaming. There's a killer in their midst who's seen a few too many scary movies. Suddenly nobody is safe, as the psychopath stalks victims, taunts them with trivia questions, then rips them to bloody shreds. It could be anybody...
The first time I watched this film I watched it 3 times in a row because I thought it was really good only to find that same night I was too scared to sleep, being a young teen this film was scary at the time for me. I don't find it scary anymore but I do love this film and it has to be my favourite horror film, I'm sure even if you haven't seen this film or any of it's sequels you will know the famous line "what's your favourite scary movie?"
Released in 1996, over the years Scream has been accused of inspiring many copycat crimes and violent acts, the release of Scream also trebled the use of Caller ID in America. The film has since grossed $173 million
(By Nick B.)

Honourable Mentions:


Carrie (1976)
The Strangers
The Devils Rejects

I hope you liked my little countdown and remember this is my personal favourite horror films so if you don't see yours in my list then please comment your favourite Horror films below.
See you soon!

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  1. I'm happy to say I've seen almost all of these... Except for Scream! I love Drew Barrymore though so I should probably check it out.


    1. I sill get nervous seeing people wearing the scream mask, I did find it creepy the other week though as I was watching a Netlfix original series of the scream film and got home and Scream was on tv too haha.