Want to know the top ten horror movies that are the go-to’s for TheWeevilDead? I thought you did. On my list you will find movies that are considered “trash.” You will also find some that are considered “classics”. Well my friend, one person’s trash is considered another’s treasure…..
Without further ado, here they are, and of course, they are always subject to change. I’ve also included my favorite lines from each movie. God, I love a good quote.
- Jennifer’s Body
“You’re lime-green jello.”
This movie is a blast. The dialogue is excellent, and come on, it’s a hot movie. Megan Fox, Amanda Seyfried, AND Adam Brody? I must be dreaming.
- The Strangers
Poor Liv Tyler and her elven voice. She gets terrorized this whole movie. It’s on the list because this movie scares me, and it’s my favorite home invasion movie. These killers are sick. They kill just to kill. And that is scary to me. Especially the part where Liv is getting a drink at the sink, but behind her back is the man just watching…*turns around*.
- An American Werewolf in London “Have you tried talking to a corpse? It’s boring.”
This probably should be higher on the list. I like this movie because it combines two great things….yes, humor and horror. American Werewolf is probably the best example of a horror comedy in my opinion for a few reasons. It incorporates the humor without losing the creepy vibe, the humor is relatable, and the humor is not forced. Those are some major things that are hard to pull off, and AAWIL does all three.
- Paranormal Activity
“I feel it. I feel it breathing on me.”
Good God this movie. I saw it during Halloween season, at a midnight showing. It is one of the only movies that has kept me up all night after seeing it, and something about it still doesn’t sit right with me, and I’ve seen it fifty times. This film was revolutionary in that there really wasn’t anything like it up until 2009. It was scary as hell, and even if you don’t agree that it’s a good movie, you can at least acknowledge that it plays on the fear “What really happens when I’m asleep?” Along with the urban legend of getting a body part licked by a serial killer if I have it out of the covers, now I need to worry about being dragged out of bed by a demon. As if I needed any reminders that I’m not allowed to be cool at night.
- The Blair Witch Project
The other movie that kept me up all night. I’m actually watching this movie as I write this article…on VHS ‘GASP!’ This was a groundbreaking movie at the time, sparking the found footage craze that has gotten a little out of control. The things I love about this movie; they never show the witch, the natural flow of dialogue, and oh yeah, the f****** children crying in the MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT IN THE WOODS. I saw this movie much too young, like any good horror fan, and never could look at the woods behind my house the same. The score at the end during the credits is disturbing, I actually had to turn it off! I just hope the new Blair Witch doesn’t mess up.
- Rosemary’s Baby
“What have you done to him? What have you done to his eyes, you maniacs!”
Ah, now we start getting into movies about the Devil. So Rosemary’s Baby isn’t terrifying, it is unsettling. The French Horn soundtrack that is a satanic form of jazz along with Mia Farrow’s lullaby…yikes. Between Rosemary’s dreadful excuse of a husband, her scary New York City apartment, awful pestering old neighbors, AND being raped by Lucifer? Oh and giving birth to the Son of Satan? Yeah I’m going to need to pack a suitcase and wander through Manhattan too Ro’.
“She might have fooled me, but she didn’t fool my mother.”
Need I say any more?
- Halloween (1978)
“Death has come to your little town, sheriff.”
Is it weird that this is a comfort movie for me? No, I didn’t think so either. I will always defend Michael Myers as being the best slasher, because damned if I’m not on the lookout every Halloween for that William Shatner mask. Yet, I never see one….odd.
- Stephen King Movies (It, Salem’s Lot, Christine, Pet Sematary, Cujo, Misery, Children of the Corn, The Shining, A Good Marriage, Carrie)
Okay, I cheated. But if I were to count some of these separately it would take up the whole list. These are my favorite Stephen King movies that everyone needs to see. This is a case where the movies AND books are both great. If I could only pick one from this list I’d be in bad shape, because I can’t. But currently, it would have to be Christine. I can never watch enough movies about classic cars and classic rock and roll.
- The Omen (1976)
“”Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast; for it is the number of a man; and his number is 666.” Book of Revelation Chapter 13 Verse 18”
The original Omen movie is my number one. Gregory Peck is true good old-fashioned talent. One of the things that makes a movie scary is the score, which not many people realize. I am a big music buff, so score is something I pay attention to in every movie. If the underscore isn’t there to drive the movie home, or is unnecesary, the vibe can be killed. But the score in this movie exists to provide two emotions, dread and defeat. Which it does, excellently. And the ending? Sheesh.
There you have it! My list! Below are my honorable mentions that ALMOST made the list!
Rob Zombie’s Halloween– Yes I like it.
The VVITCH – Epitome of an independent film, and creepy. “I be the witch of the wood!”
A Nightmare on Elm Street- Classic one liners
From Dusk Till Dawn– Hot
Child’s Play– Again, classic one liners
The Nightmare Before Christmas– Tim Burton, 90’s.
The Exorcist- (NOVEL by William Peter Blatty) Everyone needs to read this book, then come talk to me about the movie. The book is better, ‘nuff said.