Wait, it's Thursday already? Shit.
So Halloween is just right around the corner, and of course, a lot of cable channels have been pimping horror movies fests like crazy.
So with that in mind, here's a quick Top 5 list of my favorite horror movies of all time....or at least this week. Whichever works for ya.
This 1979 classic made us all scared to go into outer space if we had to face the same two mouth-having, acid-spitting, face-hugging, chest-bursting, creepy-ass aliens that Ripley and friends had to. Especially since it was the genius designs of artist HR Giger that created such an iconic movie monster look that still endures today.
In addition to all the numerous sequels and prequels(Prometheus anyone?) it spawned, it all gave us a lot of crossover movies with the Predator franchise, and the many sequels from that s well.
I'm sure the franchise will be around long after the original movie-goers and their kids are long gone.
Well you can't mention scary movies on Halloween without talking about this 1978 indie(yes indie)classic by John Carpenter.
It set the standard that helped spawn the modern slasher-flicks from Jason and Freddie on down the line in the 80's and 90's, as well as a slew of copycats and franchise sequels. Hell it made a star of out then unknown actress Jamie Lee Curtis and the renewal of actor Donald Pleasence.
And who can forget the iconic theme music also created by Carpenter.
The only sour note in the franchise, other than the later sequels in the franchise, would have to be the absolute shit-fest that was Rob Zombie's remake. Good God was it awful! And I went to stoned to go see it!
Otherwise, it remains a horror classic and an essential part of Halloween tradition to this very day.
3). The Shining
This didn't scare me as much as it definitely entertained the hell out of me. If you only watch one Jack Nicholson movie(besides Tim Burton's Batman and One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest) I'd highly advise you to watch this one.
Just his level of acting and how he sells/steals every scene he's in...ooof. Plus he's the master of facial expressions, which also help sell the scene and dialogue.
This movie is of course famous for many reasons, the foremost one being the immortal "Here's Johnny!" quote.
Director Stanley Kubrick really did an awesome job adapting the Stephen King novel, even if King didn't like how the focus was taken off the very real horror of alcoholism, and instead more about a haunted hotel in the mountains.
I say fuck King, because I much prefer this classic version over the one that came out soe years back that fit King's intentions better. Kubrick is King!!!!
2). The Exorcist
Yes, the original, and the one that started the trend that movies like Paranormal Activity and other exorcist movies in general.
It seems relatively tame by comparison nowadays, but when it was first released back in 1973, it wasn't uncommon for some movie-goers to be so scared by what they saw, that they were literally escorted out of the theater courtesy of some EMT's. That's how bad it scared some people. Not to mention the great acting and state of the art special effects for the time.
Few movies can match the iconic scenes of poor little possessed Regan spinning her head around 360 degrees, or fucking herself with a crucifix, or the part where she crawls up the stairs backwards like a demented spider from hell.
It definitely set the bar high for other movies to follow, which they inevitably have. Still, there's only one original Exorcist...and it's still fucking creepy as hell after all these years.
1). House of A 1000 Corpses
Yeah it's not really scary, but the concept is both creepy and funny at the same time. I can't even tell you all the times I've quoted various lines and sayings from the movie. Definitely one of my favorites from Rob Zombie.
This is one movie where I actively rooted for the bad guys to win, and win they do...in spades. Just check out the killer twist ending. If only Rob's Halloween remake was as good as this, I'd still be wanting him to make more movies.
Shit, I'm still waiting for that Nazi Werewolf Women of the SS faux movie that was a trailer that ran during in the middle of the Grindhouse movie double feature some years back.
Plus, and true story, I even dressed up as Captain Spaulding one time while going to Wal-Mart. Should've been drunk or high, but that just shows how much I loved the characters in this movie.
As always, feel free to write in and tell me about which ones did it for you, and what you consider the top horror movies of your all-time.
Have a great weekend guys and gals:)