I don’t know about you, but I like horror movies. I don’t especially care for gore, but I can tolerate it so long as it’s not the whole point of the movie. Anyway, every year when the weather cools down and fall makes its way to the south, I inexplicably begin to ready myself to watch horror/scary movies. Perhaps it’s because of Halloween’s near (it’s fun to watch the kids dress up, but I don’t really care for the day otherwise) and I know that AMC and other channels will be offering up all kinds of frightful fare. Unfortunately, I usually don’t see a lot of stuff that I really like, but there’s always a handful that I enjoy seeing.
Some of my favorites in the genre are:
- Halloween – John Carpenter’s original is still one of the best in the genre and remains one of my favorite horror movies of all time. Though the first sequel was ok and a couple of others later were decent, they really can’t even compare to the first. And, I’ve yet to see Rob Zombie’s remake.
- The Exorcist III – The first in this series is obviously the most memorable, but I would take this one over the original any day.
- The Omen – Child Antichrist Damien is just plain, well, scary.
- The Amityville Horror – Sure, it’s probably all a hoax, but the movie has a dreadful sense of foreboding and some very creepy moments. When a voice in a room tells you to get out, it’s time to vacate the premises!
- The Descent – A well-made and claustrophobia-inducing thriller that will give you pause before you go spelunking.
- A Nightmare on Elm Street – Undoubtedly the best in the series (some of the sequels are hardly worth sitting through) and one that still brings the fear all these years later.
- The Ring – Though many movies have followed that could be lumped with this one, none of them are quite as eerie as The Ring. Good thing VCRs are becoming a thing of the past!
- Insidious – While admittedly not a terribly original take on ghost stories, it’s still an effective and enjoyable chiller (dimwitted ghost hunters excepted).
- Poltergeist – A movie that scared the bejeezus out of me as a kid–a classic that continues to stand the test of time.