What can you say about Freaks (1932)? This is a movie you really have to see for yourself to make your mind up about. I feel a bit uncomfortable calling it a Horror movie. The films stars real circus performer ‘freaks’ from the time, but you will have to watch it to understand where the real horror comes from.
House of Wax (1953) is a remake of the 1933 film, Mystery of the Wax Museum. In 2005 there was a somewhat 2nd remake but it actually had little in common. Anyway, of the 3, House of Wax (1953) starring the excellent Vincent Price is my favourite. Filled with great scenes, dialogue and twists: House of Wax comes highly recommended.
The Exorcist (1973) often gets called the scariest movie of all time. In 1973 I’m sure it probably was. This is a great horror movie on all levels. The effects are great, it shocks you visually but also is chilling on a more cerebral level too.
Day of the Dead (1985) is the 3rd in the George A Romero Zombie series. We talked about the importance and influence of the original in the second part of our horror history series but unfortunately the sequel, Dawn of the Dead is not currently available on VOD services. The films don’t follow the same characters so, missing out on the second doesn’t spoil the enjoyment of the 3rd however. And how enjoyable the 3rd is. The film is full of tension and plenty of blood and guts.
The Sixth Sense (1999) is about a boy who sees dead people. I’m not sure there is genuinely a soul out there who doesn’t know how this one ends. If you happen to be in the the tiny minority of people who haven’t seen this modern classic - check it out. It’s certainly worth a re-watch anyway for those who have seen it.
The Blair Witch Project (1999) popularised the handheld camera style. The appeal and terrifying thing about this film is how real it all looked. Shot for a very low budget, this became the model for the cheap scare horror movies we have been completely inundated with in recent years- I’m looking at you paranormal activity.
Zombies are as popular as ever today, and a large amount of the credit can be given to Danny Boyle’s 28 days Later (2002) for the genre’s revival. This is a cracking horror movie with some real stand out scenes and memorable imagery.
The Descent (2005) is a brilliantly original and entertaining movie. There hasn’t been much like it before hand. It follows the cave diving exploits of a group of female thrill seekers. The claustrophobic nature and supernatural turns will have you watching this one from behind the couch
Drag Me To Hell (2009) was Sam Raimi’s triumphant return to the horror genre. Simply a solid horror flick, with all the scares and demonic activity you could ask for.
The Cabin in the Woods (2012) is a great one to end with. Much like scream- the film is totally aware of all the cliches that come with the territory. This one falls into the horror comedy genre, but is an extremely entertaining watch the whole way through. It’s a love letter to the horror genre: don’t hesitate to check it out.