Friday the 13th, it’s as good of an excuse as any to indulge in a good ‘ole horror flick. Though, truth be told, I really don’t need an excuse. Horror runs a close second to Fantasy as my favorite film genre. Today’s Five for Friday list is dedicated to some of my favorite scary movies. Before we get started, here’s a little disclaimer: Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th, and Halloween are not on this list. We all know they’re awesome and that would make for a pretty boring list. Most of these films suffer none of the acclaim or cult status that those films do. No worries, the only distinction needed to show up on a Five for Friday post is relevance to me! So grab your popcorn, lock the doors, check under the bed and in the shower, and enjoy:
Five Horror Films I Adore
(and a few honorable mentions)
Number 5: Alice Sweet Alice 1976
This one stars a young Brooke Shields. A young girl is murdered during her communion and her weirdo sister becomes the main suspect. This one makes the list because it is the first movie I remember watching that scared the crap out of me. It’s grainy, the soundtrack is creeptastic, and it stays true to the genre.
Number 4: Pumpkinhead 1989
Look at this creepy bastard. How could you not be horrified? In this movie some real douchey “city folk” come out to the country. Naturally they have to stop for gas/car help/refresments/fill-in-the-blank. The head asshat decides he needs to take his motorbike out for a spin and ends up running over the shop owner’s son who naturally goes to a witch to have Pumpkinhead resurrected to enact his revenge. Laughs and fun ensue.
Number 3: Children of the Corn 1984
What’s better than a child cult? That’s right, nothing. When some “city folk” are driving through the country (see a theme developing here) they hit a boy with their car and then spiral into a mess of a situation trying to find a police/place to fix their car/way out of town/fill-in-the-blank. Meanwhile, some demonic force is getting ready to erupt all over the place.
Number 2: Candyman 1992
If you’d like a little revenge against racism sprinkled into your movie mix, this one’s for you. A grad student decides to do a paper on the urban legend of Candyman who is supposedly responsible for many of the murders and disappearances happening over at the Cabrini Green housing project. Spoiler alert, it’s not an urban legend. This creepy mofo is real.
Number 1: Pet Semetary 1989
Pet Semetary tops my list hands down. I’ve seen this movie so many times it’s ridiculous and it still scares me. It appeals to that urge we all have to keep our loved ones with us forever, but as we’ll learn during this torturous unfolding of events, sometimes dead really is better.
Here are two rather recent films that I enjoyed immensely-
Funny Games 2008
No real plot; just a couple of crazy trust fund kids having some fun. I would have loved this based on Michael Pitt and Tim Roth’s inclusion alone.
Dead Silence 2007
This movie doesn’t get a lot of respect, but I thoroughly enjoyed it! Come on, a ventriloquist dummy is an obvious scare!
What are your faves? Let me know in a comment so I can share in the scare!
Stay positive & love your life!
Listening to: Young the Giant – My Body
Random fact: Rachel’s sister on Pet Semetary used to give me nightmares.