Blog #4: Top 10 Favorite Horror Movies
Hey, I’m going to count down my favorite horror movies of all time. This isn’t a list of my favorite movies of all time, so I’m going to just mention a couple of my favorite non- horror movies of all time. Lost in Translation, Rain Man and Citizen Kane are all great. Also in my list, I’m going to mention monster movies as horror, so let’s get to it! Crazy announcer man, give me a number!
Nosferatu. Hands down, the best vampire movie of all time. Nowadays, vampires have had their reputation soiled by movies like Twilight. But back in the 1920’s everyone got scared out of their mind by this movie. The plot concerns a vampire by the name of Count Orlok. It is meant to be Dracula, but the director, FW Murnau was unable to get the rights to use the name Dracula from Bram Stoker’s widow. She never did give permission to use the character’s name or image for a film adaptation until the 1931 version of Dracula from Universal Studios which includes the greatest horror actor ever, Bela Lugosi. Max Schreck gives a brilliant performance as Orlok. Many of his scenes have become famous screenshots for years to come. One day, I wish to see the other vampire movie I know, London After Midnight starring Lon Chaney. This film is lost and will likely never be seen ever. Overall, Nosferatu is a great movie!
House of 1000 Corpses. A lot of you may never have even heard of this movie. It tells the story of four people who are looking for famous roadside attractions throughout America. The only actor in this group who is recognizable is Rainn Wilson who has now gained fame for playing Dwight Schrute on popular NBC mockumentary, The Office. The people meet a pleasant, but eccentric clown by the name of Captain Spaulding who is played by Sid Haig. Haig puts on a phenomenal performance as the insane Spaulding. He is actually one of my favorite actors. The rest of the cast you meet later as the insane killer family, the firefly clan. The only truely recognizable people in that bunch are Bill Moseley who gained fame for playing Chop Top in the Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 and Sheri Moon- Zombie who is married to director/ musician, Rob Zombie. Overall, a scary and hilarious movie that defied the censors. It was actually released in 2003, though it was finished in 2000
Jaws. A great movie with the simplest plot ever put on film. A giant shark attacks people, so three men go out on the waters to kill it. This is the simplest plot, but also one of the best. The three guys are some of the best characters ever put on film. Roy Scheider plays a cop called Martin Brody who is trying to keep the beaches safe. Richard Dreyfuss who also gained fame for another Spielberg movie, Close Encounters with The Third Kind, plays a character called Matt Hooper who is trying to help Martin. Robert Shaw finally plays a character called Quint who’s going out to catch the shark for the bounty put out by a slain boy’s mother. Overall this movie is a crazy ride that will be treasured forever
Halloween. The ultimate camp horror movie. This movie was released in 1978 under the chops of then independent horror movie maker, John Carpenter. It tells the story of a babysitter on Halloween night who has to protect the kids from a psychotic killer who killed his sister on Halloween night 30 years ago. Kane Hodder doesn’t have any lines, but he puts on a remarkable performance as the killer. He is able to communicate solely based on movement. I’m not really a Jamie Lee Curtis fan, but she does an OK job as Laurie Strode, the babysitter. All in all, this is arguably the most important horror movie of the last 40 years. Check it out
Misery. This movie is so good that Kathy Bates actually won an Oscar for best actress for it! It tells the story of a writer named Paul Sheldon that crashes his car and left for dead, but a pleasant nurse named Annie Wilkes picks him up and helps him. When she finds out that Sheldon is killing off her favorite character, she forces him to write a sequel. Bates puts on a “wonderful” performance as Wilkes. I already went into details about this movie when I reviewed the novel in my first blog. So, I’m going to end this one the same way. If you haven’t seen it yet, GO BUY IT!
Saw. This movie is the ultimate movie for people with a fear of enclosed spaces. The whole movie takes place in an industrial bathroom. Two men named Lawrence, played by Cary Elwes and Adam, played by Leigh Whanell, are trapped in a room together, taken for the personal gain of the man who kidnapped him. I can’t give away much without spoiling it. So I’m going to just leave it at that. All in all, best in the series, but fifth best in the world!
A Clockwork Orange. This is the ultimate movie of what is right and wrong with our society. Everything that will and won’t change. The story follows a gleeful anarchist named Alex, played by Malcolm McDowell. Alex gets arrested and sent to prison where they make one of the most disturbing scenes ever put on film. Alex undergoes a treatment when he has his eyes held open and is made watch videos of people being raped and killed. This transforms Alex into a model citizen, but the animal he was before is still there. He is tortured by the realms of the real world. This was Stanley Kubrick’s second movie which was brilliant. It is my second favorite Kubrick movie, the other you will see later on this countdown!
The Devil’s Rejects. This one was a sequel to House of 1000 Corpses, a film that I included earlier in the countdown. Now normally, I’m against sequels when you see such classics as Alien: Resurrection, Halloween V: The Curse of Michael Myers and Leprechaun: Back 2 Tha Hood! Do we even need a sequel to Leprechaun? We needed a Basket Case sequel, but instead we got 7 Leprechauns. But, The Devil’s Rejects surpassed House of 1000 Corpses in every way. The same actors return with Sid Haig, Bill Moseley and Sheri Moon- Zombie reprising their roles as Captain Spaulding, Otis and Baby respectively. We also get a great addition to the cast with William Forsythe as a corrupt cop who’s after the killers because they killed his brother. Rob Zombie directs another knockout of a picture that disturbed me and made me think of great filmakers such as George A. Romero
King Kong. I never knew that a movie that this sort of movie existed. I mean the original 1933 version. I haven’t seen the 1976 remake with Jeff Bridges. I don’t even want to see “King Kong Lives.” I did see the 2005 remake which was OK. I could tell that Peter Jackson was really putting a lot of effort into creating a respectable tribute. In my opinion, it still didn’t hold a candle to the original 1933 Willis O’ Brien picture. The story follows a corrupt filmmaker named Carl Denham who finds a young woman, played by Fay Wray, to play the lead role in his new film. Little did he know, he was going to find something bigger, much bigger. He fins the eighth wonder of the world, Kong. He takes Kong to New York and he runs amok making life a living hell for citizens. The stop motion photography by Ray Harryhausen stands out like a sore thumb because it is amazing! I find it revolutionary today, imagine how revolutionary it must have been in 1933! The best monster movie and the second best horror movie of all time. Second only to one…
The Shining. This is not only the best horror movie of all time, but possibly the best movie ever. The plot follows a man named Jack Torrance who gets a caretaker job at a Colorado hotel. The claustrophobia gets the best of him and he goes crazy and tries to murder his family. The performance by Jack Nicholson is one of the best I’ve ever seen. All in all the best movie!
That’s it! Sorry for making the ending so short!
Also, I’ve been ending my reviews with the words “Beware, Take Care, The Freaks Come Out At Night!” Can anyone guess where it comes from?