Since Halloween is this month, I decided to finally post something about it. Horror movies these days play such a major role in Halloween culture. Turn on your TV and you can find some type of horror movie marathon. Below are my top ten horror movies of all-time. Nothing on my list (besides one flick) came before 1970. So for all you hardcore horror movie nerds, take it easy on me. You will also be shocked by the lack of werewolf and vampire movies – I hate them all.
10 – The Leprechaun
Not scary at all. The movie however, is fun. They took a character these days best known for drunkenness and made this little bastard mean as hell. Don’t forget how sexy Jennifer Aniston looks in those daisy dukes.
9 – The Night of the Living Dead (original)
This movie influenced the way we see zombies today. Instead of brain-dead boring creatures, George Romero transformed them into brain-dead creatures with a craving for human flesh.
8 – The Ring
I’m always ten years behind in seeing things. I have yet to see the Japanese’s original “Ringo”. The Ring was cool. This movie was scary, tons of suspense and very unpredictable. A few days after seeing the Ring, I can recall walking through a long hallway at work one night and passing a TV that was nothing but static – I won’t lie; my heartbeat probably beated 10% more.
7 – Christine
I love how Stephen King can take something so easy and make it scary. We all know an “Artie”, the man that loves his car. Lucky for us, their cars aren’t jealous bitches that run over everybody they dislike.
6 – Dawn of the Dead (original)
How can you make the Night of the Living Dead better? Simple, add 80% more zombies, 100% more blood and instead of the humans kicking ass, have the zombies defeating mankind.
5 – The Texas Chainsaw Mascare (original)
I love how the movie was shot like a documentary. In horror movies today, that’s very common. Back then that was original and still a very new style in movie making. The movie is crazy, very violent and nasty. As a kid I was terrified, very terrified of this movie.
4 – Gremlins
A father buys his son a cute little “pet”. He’s so nice and cuddly. Everyone loves him. Then he multiplies into more cute little creatures. These however, aren’t so sweet. They become evil creatures that attack humans with no remorse. This made kids across the world never want a puppy or kitten again in fear it would transfer into something mean.
3 – Nightmare on Elm Street
We all sleep. So what happens when a crazed serial killer haunts your dreams? Simple, you don’t wake up. Instead, you die. This movie caused children like me, to lose hours of sleep. Too bad the mass majority of sequels sucked when compared to this classic.
2 – Maximum Overdrive
The movie was a complete box office flop. Even Stephen King made the joke that the movie was so bad that at least he is credited for making a “cult classic”. Arcade games, lawnmowers and semi-trucks all kill people in this movie. Best scene is when a steamroller runs over a kid. That is beyond awesome. As video game and movie critic James Rolfe pointed out, the all AC/DC soundtrack makes the shitty movie great.
1 – Dawn of the Dead (remake)
Horror movie nerds across the globe will roll their eyes at this pick. I love this movie. The zombies are fast and meaner than ever. The first attack scene when that kid girl zombie rips a chunk out of his neck is classic. I even love how it ends. There is no sign of a happy ending. Instead, we see the remaining survivors running out of food, fuel and ammo. They are then attacked by a herd of zombies. When you watch a horror movie, who gives a shit about a happy ending? I sure don’t!