Hello, Miscast Misfits and Miscreants! In honor of our review for The Nun this week, we (your humble hosts, William, JJ, and Greg) thought we’d tell you about some of our favorite horror movies and what makes them…well, our favorites. There are so many to pick from, as evidenced by our honorable mentions, but these are our personal standouts. Don’t be scared to let us know what your favorite horror flicks are in the comments!
Evil Dead II: Dead by Dawn (1987) – This movie, quite literally, is the best horror movie ever made (Although, I have conflicting thoughts with this one and the next one on which is really the best?)! I have been a horror/slasher movie fan since I can remember, and it was refreshing to find this film when not much surprised me anymore at the time. I discovered this movie for the first time right next to the vile “Faces of Death” flicks at the video rental store. As soon as I saw it, I saw perfection: the perfect blend of terror, comedy, and action hero! Frickin “groovy!”
Dead Alive (1993) – This amazing zombie movie is tied for #1 of my top 5 horror flicks. Peter Jackson, like Sam Raimi, is a horror filmmaker at heart! Beneath the legendary Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit lies darkness, death, and mayhem. There is no more heartwarming a tale than that of a Sumatran rat/monkey hybrid spreading the disease of zombieness to the unsuspecting masses of New Zealand! Ahhh… warm, rotten zombie puss and custard, “Rich and creamy, just the way I like it!”
Cabin in the Woods (2012) – I think you can see a pattern here with my choices. Although I absolutely love the horror genre, I don’t scare easily in a movie, mostly because I over-analyze the damn thing and have a hard time, for some reason, getting lost in the “Suspension of Disbelief”. I enjoy a fun story that has a rich blend of campiness, gore, action, and mayhem, which this film delivers in spades! I guess since I have a hard time taking it seriously, I enjoy it when the film plays on its own seriousness with reckless abandon and outwardly makes fun of some of its obvious choices!
The Exorcist (1973) – The director of The Nun should’ve watched this chilling classic to see what a real Catholic horror story is and how it should be done, ‘cause, damn! (To see what I really think of The Nun, check out our movie review on our YouTube channel) There are so many disturbing scenes in this film that it would be hard to choose the one that is the most messed up. However, that scene with the crucifix on the bed is definitely a contender. Whether or not you believe in that stuff, you’ll want to take a shower after watching this film!
The Shining (1980) – Kubrick, King, creepy-ass twins, elevator blood flood, an axe, a baseball bat, “redrum”, and “Here’s Johnny!” ‘Nuff said.
The Witch (2015) – My favorite horror movie right now! There’s a realness to the supernatural aspects that really grounds the movie. The creepy score! That freaking goat! And that ending!
Black Swan (2010) – A horror movie about Swan Lake. Who would have thought?! The movie is unrelenting in its use of music and cinematography to create stress through the entirety of the movie. Plus, it has got a pretty nifty lesbian scene.
April Fools Day (1986) – This movie embodies what I love most about ‘80s horror flicks: a bunch of teens, out to get laid, end up getting killed instead. A great cast, a few twists, and some boobs make this my favorite ‘80s horror film.
Inside (2007) – Jesus, this fucking movie! Halfway through, I gave up watching… I couldn’t anymore. I was so stressed out! The French are churning out some pretty awesome horror movies, but this is my favorite.
The Loved Ones (2009) – A demented love story about a girl named Lola, played by the amazing Robin McLeavy, who just wants to be taken to prom. The movie is equally funny and disturbing.
The Shining (1980) – I remember lying on the floor of my grandparents’ living room, complete with plastic-covered furniture, and watching The Shining for the first time at the probably-too-young age of around seven or eight years old and being mesmerized. That’s pretty much the only way I can describe it. I didn’t find it scary, but it was very creepy and it captured my attention. I didn’t realize it at the time, but what did it for me was the symmetry of just about every shot, the long takes, and that music! It sure wasn’t like anything I had seen up to that point. A masterpiece in my book. Thanks, Stanley!
The Thing (1982) – One of many horror classics from the master himself, John Carpenter (Halloween, The Fog, They Live, In the Mouth of Madness, and so on), and starring his muse, the legendary Kurt Russell. Featuring some of the best and most horrifying practical effects ever put on screen, the tension between characters and the ambiguous ending elevate this film to classic status.
Let the Right One In (2008) – An excellent Swedish horror film that spawned an excellent American remake (Let Me In (2010) – directed by Matt Reeves (Cloverfield, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes)). It tells the story of a bullied young boy named Oskar (Kåre Hedebrant) who meets a strange young girl named Eli (Lina Leandersson) that ends up being a vampire. Atmospheric, well filmed, and shocking at times, the pool scene alone makes it worth a watch. Both versions, for that matter.
Poltergeist (1982) – Yet another horror movie where I could relate to the kids in it, this one scared the crap out of me when I was a kid. Although Texas Chain Saw Massacre’s Tobe Hooper is given the director credit, it’s been stated that producer Steven Spielberg did a lot of the directing himself. In any case, between the creepy clown, the evil tree, that guy ripping his face off, and the little girl getting trapped in the TV, this movie gave me nightmares when I was younger.
Army of Darkness (1992) – Many people will argue that the third entry in the Evil Dead series isn’t a horror movie, but I don’t care. It’s got Deadites, and that’s enough to qualify for me. Besides, it doesn’t get any better than a time-traveling Ash Williams taking on an army of the undead while dishing out some the all-time best one-liners ever to grace film.
Honorable mentions: The Babadook (2014), You’re Next (2011), A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984), The Gate (1984), The Wolf Man (1941), Frankenstein (1931), The Invisible Man (1933), Dracula (1931), Nosferatu (1922), Shadow of the Vampire (2000), The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974), Halloween (1978), Alien (1979), Dawn of the Dead (1978), Get Out (2017), Jaws (1975), 28 Days Later (2002), The Descent (2005), The Fly (1986), An American Werewolf in London (1981), Psycho (1960), Rosemary’s Baby (1968), Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale (2010)