Friday, April 2, 2010

Friday's Five Favorites: Horror Movies

I decided for this week's "Five Favorites" that I would let you know what my favorite horror movies are. I know that I am going to get some shit for this list, but these are the horror movies that bring me joy time and time again. These are not the movies that I consider the scariest or even the best (those topics will have separate lists, coming soon).

5. Toxic Avenger (1985) This is the movie that started Troma on the path that currently head down today. By mixing horror and comedy, Troma found a perfect mix for the movies that they wanted to make. Also, by making the monster the good guy, we don't have to feel bad for rooting against the victims.

4. Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) This is one of the few Wes Craven movies that I think is actually good- I think the man is a joke, but that is my own opinion- and scary. Craven crafts a terrifying tale of a child murderer and the girl who has to stop him. Sure, it treds thin towards the end- did John Hughes get the idea for Home Alone from watching the climax of this movie?- and the ending is terrible, but the movie works in making us scared to go to sleep and it's pretty good too.

3.Candyman (1992) I am a big fan of Clive Barker- he shows up later on this list- and I think that this is one of the best movies based on his work. The movie brings urban legends to life and creates one of horror movies scariest icons.

2. Evil Dead II (1987) This is one those rare sequels that actually improves on the original. The movie is wall to wall antics and mixes horror with comedy in a very unique way. A classic that ever horror fan knows by heart.

1. Nightbreed (1990) This is the movie that really got me into horror- I had watched horror movies before, but this one stuck with me- and I watch a few times each year. Clive Barker does an excellent job at turning his book Cabal into a dark and twisted movie. There is a director's cut out there, but the rights owners-Morgan Creek, I believe- won't release it. What a shame.

So there you have it. These are my favorite horror movies. There are many more movies that I like, but are plenty of lists to come for those.

1 comment:

  1. Hey, that's a nice list! I know what you mean. I have my classics and the ones that I watch over and over again and again. I have to admit, I've never seen #1 and #5, so now I have to pop those into my Netflix queue. I think my fav's would probably be:
    5. The Changeling
    4. The Howling
    3. Legend of Hell House
    2. Dead Silence
    1. The Haunting