Halloween is almost upon us, and although not everyone celebrates this spook-tacular holiday, the people who do have a lot of options such as Halloween Parties, Trick-or-Treating, or Horror Film Marathons. If you know me, a self-proclaimed film buff/connoisseur, then you would already know what I would pick among those choices: Horror Film Marathon!
On my 22 Random Facts About Me entry, I mentioned that the main reason why I like horror films is because I like the feeling of the thrill that jump scares give, so this is another subject matter that I would consider myself an expert at. With that, I decided to feature my Top 5 All-Time Favorite Horror Films for this week’s Top List. Let’s begin!
I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997)
One of the two slasher films that made this list, I Know What You Did Last Summer is an adaptation of Lois Duncan’s novel of the same name. It’s about four high school seniors who got involved in a hit-and-run incident where they decided to dispose the body as they assumed that the fisherman they hit was dead. Gruesome events then followed, in a typical slasher film fashion, as they discovered that the fisherman didn’t really die.
To most people, the film may be considered a flop. Other than the solid cast, there is something about the energy of the film that made me like it. I think it’s one of the horror films that introduced me to the genre, along with Urban Legend which I also like.
The Cabin in the Woods (2012)
If you’re a fan of horror tropes, The Cabin in the Woods is the horror film for you. The film follows the story of five friends who go to a remote cabin in the woods who summon and experience the terror of the zombified Buckner family controlled by scientists.
Drew Goddard and Joss Whedon nailed the horror comedy genre as the film represented itself very well. The hilarity and gruesomeness is the main reason why it has great entertainment value. True horror fans who understand the genre and its cliché will surely appreciate the film.
The Shining (1980)
The Shining, a film based on a novel by Stephen King, follows Jack Torrance, follows a writer who become the winter caretaker of the Overlook Hotel, with his wife Wendy, and son Danny.
If it’s based on a novel by Stephen King, you’re definitely in for a treat as the man knows how to please horror fans. In fact, before I continue talking about The Shining, the only reason why It didn’t make it on this list is because it’s a miniseries.
Watching the film will not only give you the scares of a typical horror film, it’s also going to take you into a psychological rollercoaster as you try to decode the madness that is slowly taking over Jack. Being a classic horror film and regarded as one of the greatest horror films ever made, The Shining influenced the horror genre today.
The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
Two words: HANNIBAL LECTER.
Whenever I try to think of iconic horror film villains, the psychiatrist-cannibalistic serial killer Dr. Hannibal Lecter is always the first one that comes into mind. He’s one of the reasons why I like the film, and I think the rest may be explained by the fact that the film won the Big Five Academy Awards.
A classic slasher flick where the killer is also a horror film fan, Scream has a strong beginning, middle, and end. Directed by the great Wes Craven, the film will take you to the town of Woodsboro where a psychopath is on the loose asking horror film trivia questions before going for the kill.
The main factor of the film that made it extra scary is the idea that nobody is safe, while at the same time, the killer could also be anyone. With a strong opening scene that featured Drew Barrymore as Casey Becker, a strong plot line that showed us the characters get killed one by one, and a satisfying ending that revealed who the iconic Ghostface is, Scream earned a cult status, and revitalized the horror film genre in the 1990s.
That’s it for this week’s Top List. What are your favorite horror films? Let me know in the comments below!
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