Tuesday, October 8, 2013

horror films, a mild obsession

I love horror films. I don't mean I like watching scary movies because OMG FALL. I mean, I used to sit in my pitch black dorm room alone watching the most horrifying, gory foreign horror films the internet would allow me to track down any day of the year. (And also remakes of Romero classics.) I don't have the free time to do that as often, but on occasion if I find something that peaks my interest I do make time to watch. Now that it's October everyone is embracing scary movies and it seems more appropriate to discuss my love for the genre. Major television networks are re-running classics non-stop, there are always several new theatrical releases, and local haunted attractions are pulling much of their material from well-known films.

If you're not into horror at all, this may not be the blog post for you. I have a few friends that can't even stand to watch trailers for horror movies, not everyone loves it or even likes it. If  you do like horror movies however, below you'll find a few lists, in no particular order, of films that I love and think all horror fans should see. They could be so much longer, but I tried not to go overboard even though I wanted to select movies that represented different types of horror.

There are a two lists: domestic and foreign. For any films that have remakes produced under the same title I've included which year I prefer. For the foreign films I included their translated names and languages - they are worth reading the subtitles, promise. Some are classic slashers, some are zombie films, and others are psychological horror, but the one thing they all have in common is that they are creepy and awesome.

28 Days Later
Night of the Living Dead (1968 & 1990)
The Devil's Rejects
Dawn of the Dead (2004)
The Exorcist
The Omen (1976)
Rosemary's Baby
Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)
A Nightmare On Elm Street
Evil Dead (2013)
Saw (I pretend the sequels do not exist)
The Descent
The Conjuring
The Ring

À l'intérieur / Inside (French)
REC (Spanish)
REC 3 (Spanish)
El Orfanato / The Orphanage (Spanish)
El espinazo del diablo / The Devil's Backbone (Spanish)
Låt den rätte komma in / Let The Right One In (Swedish)
A Tale Of Two Sisters (South Korean)
Ringu (Japanese)
Martyrs (French)

I also have a list of horror films I want to watch as soon as I have the time. If any of them are good enough I may come back and add to this post. I've seen a lot of movies that didn't make this list, some real stinkers that probably should have never been made, and others that had potential, but just didn't quite pull it off. It's always interesting to see what other fans enjoy and which films are successful, because I honestly believe it is the easiest genre to screw up. There are so many terrible horror films for every good one.

If you're a horror fan I would love to hear your favorites - domestic, foreign, old, new, remakes, originals - doesn't matter! If there's something you think should make one of my lists, or that I need to see leave a comment below - I would love to make additions to my 'to watch' list.


  1. I love love love 28 Days Later.

    I definitely get you with this, although I always regret it afterwards, I never learn.

    Hmm maybe...

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