Tuesday, 3 October 2017

My Favourite Horror Films



Anyone who knows me will be aware that I'm all for a good horror. There are few things I love more than lighting a couple of candles, curling up on the sofa and watching something that's guaranteed to give me goosebumps. Therefore, with Halloween fast approaching, I thought it'd be fun to list my favourite scary films.

In no particular order, here are my top 8:

The Lost Boys (1987) I wouldn't say this was particularly scary - it's more of a dark comedy - but I had to include it as it's one of my all time favourite films. The Lost Boys centres around two brothers who are resentful about their move to Santa Carla; the self-proclaimed 'Murder Capital' of the world. Shortly after arriving, they discover that their new home is overrun by a gang of leather clad, motorcycle-riding vampires.

This is 80's cinema at it's finest - the soundtrack, the costumes, the mullets - I love it! I never grow tired of watching it, despite the fact I can quote it word for word now.



Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007) This is my favourite musical and also my favourite Johnny Depp film (I fancy him even when he's portraying a crazed, Victorian serial killer). I'm sure the majority of you know the story, but for those who don't, it's about a vengeful barber who murders his customers by slitting their throats with his razor. His infatuated accomplice, Mrs. Lovett, then bakes the corpses into meat pies. The plot is bizarre and the film is unlike anything else I've ever seen, but that's part of the reason why I love it so much! The cast is amazing, too.



The Mist (2007) Based on the novella by Stephen King, The Mist centres around a group of ordinary people whose lives are disrupted when a mysterious fog envelopes their town. Terrified, they take refuge in their local supermarket. Whilst debating rescue tactics, they discover that the mist contains otherworldly monsters, and anyone who wanders outside is slaughtered.

After many disagreements, the group soon begins to turn against each other and many members become unhinged in their desperation. The last scene is one of the most disturbing movie endings I've ever watched, but it's what makes the story so powerful. The Mist is grossly underrated in my opinion - go watch it, you won't be disappointed!

The Others (2001) Grace (Nicole Kidman) is a strict and religious mother who lives in a large, gloomy house with her young son and daughter. Due to the children's extreme sensitivity to light, Grace remains indoors most of the time, leaving her feeling desperately isolated. Upon the arrival of new servants, she begins to notice strange goings on within the house and soon believes it to be haunted.

This film remains one of my favourite ghost stories ever - it keeps you guessing throughout and the ending is so clever. Nicole Kidman is also one of my favourite actresses - she's fab!



House of Wax (2005) This film is a bit of a guilty pleasure - there had to be one trashy slasher flick on the list though, hadn't there?! House of Wax is about a group of teenagers who end up stranded in the middle of nowhere on their way to a football game. When venturing out to find help, they fall victim to two brothers who want to capture and preserve them for their infamous 'House of Wax.'

Despite the bad reviews, I love this film - it's so eerie and kept me on the edge of my seat throughout when I first watched it. Also, contrary to popular relief, I really don't think Paris Hilton is that bad an actor. If that doesn't persuade you, Chad Michael Murray and Jared Padalecki provide enough eye candy to keep just about anyone enthralled, I promise!

The Ring (2002) I watched this film when I was really young and it gave me nightmares for months on end. This is without a doubt the most frightening horror I've ever seen - it's so, so scary! I'm sure everyone and their dog has watched this by now so I won't go into too much detail about the plot, but for those of you who don't know, it's about a cursed video tape that kills whoever dares to watch it.

I love the fact that this film doesn't rely on gore or cheap jump scenes in order to scare - just fab acting, lots of tension and an amazing story! My hairs still stand on end whenever I see/hear white noise!

Gothika (2003) This is another movie I believe to be massively underrated. Dr. Miranda Grey (Halle Berry) is a brilliant and respected psychiatrist. Then, one day, she wakes up incarcerated in the mental institution where she once worked. She is told that she is responsible for the murder of her husband, although she has no recollection of the crime.

This film is super creepy - definitely not once to watch alone - and pretty disturbing in parts, but the plot is so clever and the acting is amazing. Not to mention Robert Downey Jr gives me all the feels. Sigh!


An American Werewolf in London (1981) Another 80's classic, An American Werewolf is about two backpackers who are attacked whilst walking along the Yorkshire moors. Whilst Jack dies from his injuries, David escapes with ferocious bites. Doctors claim that an escaped lunatic was responsible for the mutilation but David insists it was 'some sort of animal.' His fears are confirmed when he is told he was indeed wounded by a werewolf and will therefore transform when the next full moon rises.

I'm not usually a fan of werewolf movies but this one is an exception; it's so cleverly done. The London underground scene is one of the best moments in horror, in my opinion (no blood, no CGI - just sheer tension!). I always think of it whenever I get the tube!

Although pretty gruesome, the film is also really comical in parts. It's such a fun watch!



Honorable mentions: Scream, The Grudge, Shaun of the Dead (again, more of a comedy than a horror but I love it too much to not include it!), The Conjuring 2, What Lies Beneath, The Strangers, Paranormal Activity, The Blair Witch Project, Cloverfield, Final Destination, The Woman in Black, The Crazies and Jeepers Creepers. 

Are you a horror movie fan? What are some of your favourites? x

4 comments:

  1. Erm, hi hello? I've just stumbled across your blog and the layout it stunning and you're from Newcastle too, small world!
    Gothika and Sweeney Todd are two of my faves, though scary or not, my number 1 has to be The Nightmare Before Christmas!
    jen, velvet spring x

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  2. I've actually never seen any of those films, might have to plan a halloween horror film night and watch some of them!

    Chloe / Mojichlo

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  3. Gosh I can't deal with horror movies... the absolute worst and then I don't sleep at all haha

    xx Sofia | SOFIAADOT

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  4. I think The Mist is really underrated as well, that ending! So many movies to add to my watch list now!

    Sara - Flemingo

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