FINAL GIRL explores the slasher flicks of the '70s and '80s...and all the other horror movies I feel like talking about, too. This is life on the EDGE, so beware yon spoilers!

Oct 14, 2006

Wrap it up

So there you have it- some of my favorite horror films. I can't really put them in order, you know? Let's see what we've got.

Don't Look Now
The Blair Witch Project
Session 9
The Haunting
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
The Ring

What else would I add to that list? Hmm.

Friday the 13th
Friday the 13th Part 2
The Brood

I've talked about those. What else makes the list but I haven't yet reviewed? Hmm.

The Thing
Event Horizon
Romero's zombie flicks (I can't pick just one!)

and the film I was going to watch last night and I will write about at some point but it still unsettles me so much that I put off watching it last night until it was too late:

The Exorcist

I feel that as someone who has her own horror site, I should be able to name my top 5 favorite horror flicks right off the bat, but it's hard. Umm, I'll try though.

The Haunting
Friday the 13th
The Exorcist

Bah! I leave #5 open because it changes all the time. Suddenly this feels like my diary or something. Feel free to list your top 5 in the comments...I like to know what other people dig.


Anonymous said...

I just watched Saw a couple of days ago and it really surprised me. I had been expecting a torture/gore flick and it really wasn't that at all.

There's surprisingly little gore. It was much more of a psychological thriller. I would compare it more to 7 than to Hostel.

I'm not sure I'd recommend it but I was nicely surprised by it so I thought I'm mention it. :)

Anonymous said...

Ringu (better than the US version, though it's close)
The Thing
The Descent

That's about it. The trouble with older horror movies is that the good ones are famous enough that you know what happens before you've seen it. Not their fault, but it loses the mystery.

Anonymous said...

"Favorites" is a loaded term... but these are five of the horror movies I remember enjoying the most:

FREDDY VS. JASON (Yeah, I said it!)

(Yes... I know that's more than five... sorry. I'm a writer, not a counter.)

Anonymous said...

Much love for The Haunting in this house.

It's right up there with Carnival of Souls and The Hills Have Eyes for horror I watch over and over again.

The Vanishing is a must watch, to boot.

and Ginger Snaps.

Anonymous said...

I don't know if I can list the top 5 because my mood changes, but generally I list THE EXORCIST as the one that scares me the most (I saw it at the theater when it first came out and I was 12 at the time-- sheesh, maybe that's why I'm disturbed!) and the original TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE as the most disturbing (oh, crap, she got away-- but that ain't a happy ending..!)

But I remember JAWS made a huge impression at the theater on me, my favorite uncle (only 7 years older than me), and the theater audience I saw it with-- remains one of my favorite films of all times. Afterwards I remember my uncle being nervous in our backyard pool because it was a little murky...

ALIEN was amazing. I saw it when I was attending college in Pittsburgh and me and my fellow Art Institute of Pittsburgh students were so pumped coming out that night onto the empty downtown Pgh. streets after the movie. I remember the rest of the week, walking up the stairs of the small building of AIP every morning to our classes and overhearing excited conversations from other students talking about the movie as soon as they had seen it also. When the Facehugger was on John Hurt's face, I just kept wondering, under what freaking rock did they dig that creature out from?!

I saw Romero's DAWN OF THE DEAD in Pgh., when it first came out, too, and after my baptism of unrated gore, I wondered if this what the ancient Greeks were aspiring to in terms of audience catharsis-- yes, that's the stupid thing I was thinking while standing at the urinal right after the movie, emotionally drained.

I'm glad you told us what that other film was that you put off until too late...

Great series of reviews! Thanks!

Mistah Wade said...

MY FIVE (in any order and it changes from day to day)

The Shining
Session 9
The Ring (Ringu was better-ish but I just love the final Sanora in he loft sequence in The Ring)
Ghost Story (though I think if I watched it as an adult it wouldn't scare me as much)
The Frighteners

Anonymous said...

As you know, these lists are always ongoing. They change from year to year, or even day to day. The first three are pretty much set in stone (ooh, that'd be a good horror movie title):

The Haunting
The Exorcist
From Beyond

Josh DeSlasher said...

Oooo! I love horror lists. That reminds me, I should have updated my blog two week ago! :0 I'm a horrible person!

1. Sleepaway Camp
2. Friday the 13th
3. My Bloody Valentine
4. The Evil Dead
5. Carrie


Stacie Ponder said...

You people have good taste!

I've yet to see the original The Vanishing, though by all accounts I should. The remake sucked, so the original MUST be better!

Series 7...that's one that's been floating around my brain pan but I've yet to see. *makes note*

Randy- Ghost Story is still pretty damn good, surprisingly. And Alice Krige = teh hott!

Anonymous said...

This is kind of off the subject, but it still deals with the nature of fear.
It's curious how some films you WANT to watch because they're so scary or unsettling or even repugnant, and then there's some films that just... make you too nervous to even try.
In the first category, part of me is somewhat curious about Toe tag films' AUGUST UNDERGROUND, which is supposedly structured as a snuff film. I don't even know if it has a narrative structure.
The GUINEA PIG films are like that, too.

But you know what two films make me too nervous to even watch?
John Waters' PINK FLAMINGOS and, from what I've heard, Sacha Baron Cohen's BORAT! That whole improv tension-- man, I give Cohen HUGE respect for maintaining that character in real situations that no one seems to realize is a joke. Which is the point. THAT's scary! The trailer's very funny but it doesn't touch at ALL on what's so inspired (and frightening) about the film. The whole improv with reality (shudder!).
I think it has to do with my fear of anarchy...