Today is Halloween and to celebrate, I wanted to share my favorite horror films. I was raised on horror films, and am literally named after the Stephen King novel, so horror is very important to me. There are many different types of horror films, and all of them have place in my heart. The list below, however, are my top favorites across all the genres. These are listed in no particular order.
1) Fright Night
Fright Night has been one of my favorite movies since its release in 1985. Written and directed by Tom Holland (Thinner), Fright Night was a story of the Boy Who Cried Wolf with a twist. Charley Brewster is a normal teenage boy with an obsessed for old horror films. When a stranger moves in next door, he begins to connect the odd behaviors of his new neighbor with a series of disappearances in the area. Charley eventually comes to the conclusion that a vampire has moved in next door to him. He has a hard time convincing anyone of what he believes, but eventually they all are forced to listen. Fright Night stars William Ragsdale, (Herman’s Head), Amanda Bearse (Married with Children), and Chris Sarandon (Child’s Play).
The original Halloween is hard to beat in terms of classic horror films. It really redefined the entire genre, and was the beginning of the slasher craze. All of the Halloween movies (with the exception of 3.. we don’t talk about 3… too many roaches.. can not handle) are great in their own rights. However, the first is by far the best out of the series. It is the only one that truly scares me. The second Halloween was also great, but still not quite the same standard as the first. Directed by John Carpenter (Big Trouble in Little China), Halloween stars Jamie Lee Curtis (Scream Queens), Donald Pleasance (Escape from New York), and P.J. Soles (Carrie).
3) Evil Dead 2
All of the Evil Dead movies are fun, but Evil Dead 2 is by far my favorite in the franchise. Evil Dead was true horror, Army of Darkness was comedy, and Evil Dead 2 was the perfect blend of the two. It was scary while still being funny and ridiculous. I tend to think of Evil Dead 2 as the “porridge that Goldilocks ate” as far as how perfectly it blends horror with comedy. If you haven’t seen any of the movies in the series, go ahead and start with this one. You’ll thank me. Directed by Sam Raimi (Spider-Man), Evil Dead 2 stars Bruce Campbell (Burn Notice) and Ted Raimi (Xena: Warrior Princess).
4) Ghost Story
Ghost Story is an oldie but a goodie. The movie revolves around a group of old men who realize that a secret they’ve held for 50 years has come back to haunt them… literally. This was one of the first ghost movies I ever saw, and it is still one of my favorites. If you haven’t seen it, you won’t regret spending time on it. The cast alone is enough to make it worth it. Ghost Story stars Fred Astaire (Funny Face), Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. (Little Caeser), and Alice Krige (Star Trek: First Contact).
5) The Exorcist
The only movie that every truly scared me was The Exorcist. I think my real fear of this movie came from my extreme fear of demonic possession when I was little. I suffer from sleep paralysis, but when you’re 5 years old, it’s as close to what you can imagine being possessed is like. Because of this, I had a serious fear growing up of being possessed. I know, I know, it’s super silly, but it doesn’t change how it was for me at the time. Even still, despite being terrified by this movie, it has always been among my favorites. It’s like riding a roller coaster, you’re terrified when you’re on it, but you can’t wait to go again. The Exorcist stars Max von Sydow (Strange Brew), Ellen Burstyn (Interstellar), and Linda Blair (Supernatural).
These movies are just my top five of all time, but there are so many more worth looking into. Fright Night 2, Shutter (the original Thai version), Let the Right One In, Ringu, Silent Hill, and Nightmare on Elm Street are all great examples of some more of my favorite horror films. What are your favorite? Let me know in the comments below, on our Twitter, and on our Facebook page!