All-time Favorite Horror Movies (Part II)
Another set of horror movies that I love. This'll probably just be an unending series.
- •Halloween III: Season of the WitchThis movie is unfairly maligned. Carpenter's idea for a recurring yearly Halloween installment was dashed when people didn't understand why the infamous Michael Myers wasn't involved this time around. When taken at face value, however, this is a very good movie. The target being children makes it a bit more unique, especially in a time when the evil in horror movies was generally geared more towards irresponsible teens.
- •HellraiserHellraiser houses the iconic Pinhead and various other nightmarish Cenobites. This was the first horror movie that really felt like a disjointed acid trip. Pinhead's ability to blur reality for both the characters and viewers makes this an unique movie, especially for its time. It also holds the distinction of having a pretty strong amount of sequels.
- •Halloween IIThe sequel to my favorite movie is unflinching and one of my favorite horror sequels. Dr. Loomis is hands down one of the creepiest characters ever.
- •The ExorcistMy first horror movie as a kid...yeah. It certainly made its impact on the era it came out of, but I still believe to this day that it one of the creepiest movies of all time.
- •InsidiousInsidious is a modern horror classic by a modern horror master. James Wan created a slick, stylized scarefest that made the term 'jump-scare' not such a bad word. The world that he and writer Leigh Whannell created spawned two excellent sequels, and the success of the movies were largely due to the believable characters and terrifyingly engaging plots.
- •Goodnight MommyThis foreign psychological thriller is as freaky as they come. Tense and shrouded in mystery, you spend the whole time wondering exactly what the hell is happening between this mother and her two twin boys. The cinematography and direction in this one is near-perfect.
- •Dawn of the Dead (remake)While the original is an absolute classic, this ended up being one of my favorite movies. The first scene of this movie has to be my all-time favorite zombie scene, and this modern take on a classic mixes humor and horror perfectly while maintaining a serious tone throughout.
- •The WishmasterOkay, okay. I know this isn't in any way objectively a great movie, but I still revisit this one quite a bit. The Djinn does an excellent job of being charming and witty while also being evil as fuck. It's a blast watching him mow down multitudes of characters, and the special effects are pretty impressive.
- •Wes Craven's New NightmareThis meta-as-hell installment of the Nightmare on Elm St series is one of the best. Wes Craven, Robert Englund, and Heather Langenkamp all play themselves in this movie, as Freddy becomes real and starts killing people. The notion that the original movies are referenced as movies in this one is trippy and very unique.
- •NightbreedThis dark fantasy/horror is ripped straight from Clive Barker's imagination, and that is precisely why it works so well. There is plenty of gore to satisfy, and David Cronenberg does an excellent job in a supporting role.