I am not claiming that the list i am about to compile is the list of best horror films, but this is my personal favorites. I know horror and fear is subjective and one person can be pushed over the edge by some blood or guts, someone else is partial to the occasional zombie. The list is of the horror films which i have either gone back to time and time again for a scare, or films that i spent watching between my finger tips.
1) IT (1990)
One for the clown lovers (haters) out there. I watched this two part series/film when i was about 7 years old and it scarred me for life. The sewer scenes are ones that are etched into my eyelids and every time i close my eyes the images haunt me. It is such a well done film that i think this could scare the younger generations for years to come. It is very long, at 195 minutes and the first half is definitely more interesting, but a great horror film none the less.
2) REC (2007)
This film genuinely gave me nightmares after watching it. Even with Spanish subtitles, this film is very easy to follow, the acting is amazing and the hand held cameras add tension. Focusing around an apartment building where all the residents are being kept in quarantine, a local presenter follow around the Spanish firefighters for the night, where they are led to the building. It is scary, jumpy, and you will be digging your fingernails into the sofa, so it is well worth a watch. The Americans did an awful remake called Quaranine, i am not a fan on remakes in general, but the acting sucked so bad i gave up after 10 minutes.
3) Switchblade Romance (2003)
Not too much romance is in this film, so don’t be fooled by the title. This French thriller is everything you don’t expect it to be. Blood and guts spend a good amount of time being oozed out of most of the characters, but the right amount of chase and tension give this film the edge. I guarantee you will be shocked by the ending, and will be sat there wishing you could watch it again! It wont necessarily give you nightmares, but it has a very interesting story and does make you think. Go on, use your brain for a bit.
4) Martyrs (2008)
Another French film on the list, and the 3rd foreign film. I am sensing a pattern here. A young girl who was abused as a child goes in search for her captors to seek revenge……but that is far from the whole plot. It is disturbing and stomach churning, but the story is so captivating that you are forced to stare at the screen from beginning to end. This film will leave you with a million questions, but in a good way, you wont forget this film in a hurry.
5) The Blair Witch Project (1999)
One of the original films to popularise the ‘Found footage’ genre’. The Blair Witch Project raised the bar for horror movies by creating a very ‘real’ feel to the movie. Fantastic marketing and publicity helped set the illusion that this film was indeed found footage from 3 students doing a project on the Blair Witch. Although you dont actually ‘see’ what is tormenting these students, the atmosphere created is tense and scary. Fantastic film.