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The Very Best of Horror

Updated on July 24, 2017

My Horror Picks

I'd like to consider myself a bit of a horror connoisseur. Halloween is my favorite holiday. I never miss the chance to walk through a haunted house - fake or supposedly real - and I LOVE horror movies. I don't care if the trailer for an upcoming horror movie looks like crap, I'll still watch it. Low-budget? Don't care. That doesn't mean I'm not into the high end horror also. I love it all. It's hard to break down all my favorites but I'm a bit of a collector. I collect not only the horror movies I love but also figures and memorabilia that goes along with it. First I'll break down my favorite overall Horror picks and then break some more down by genre and lesser known films. Stay scared friends ;)

  • The Shining (1980)
  • The Devil's Rejects (2005)
  • The Cabin in the Woods (2012)
  • Annabelle (2014)
  • Dawn of the Dead (2004)
  • The Descent (2005)
  • The Amityville Horror (2009)
  • Cabin Fever (2003)
  • The Conjuring (2014)
  • Wrong Turn
  • I Spit on your Grave (2010)
  • You're Next (2011)
  • A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)
  • Evil Dead (2013)
  • Friday the 13th (2009)
  • The Exorcist (1973)
  • The Cell (2000)
  • Gothika (2003)
  • Halloween (2007)
  • Jeepers Creepers (2001)
  • The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003)
  • Wrong Turn (2003)
  • 30 Days of Night (2007)
  • Saw (2004) + all Saw films
  • Hostel (2005) + Hostel 2
  • House of Wax (2005)
  • The Mist (2007)
  • The Hills have Eyes (2006) + Hills have eyes 2
  • Turistas (2006)
  • Sinister (2012)
  • High Tension
  • Would you Rather
  • Hush
  • The Last House on the Left
  • It Follows (2014)
  • Final Destination
  • Hannibal Rising
  • The Blair Witch Project (the old & new)
  • The Strangers
  • It

I'm sure there were some good ones that I missed but those are my top picks and please excuse the ones without a year, I had forgotten the year those were released. Sorry :( Scroll on to see why these are my top horror picks and more about lesser known scary movies.

We'll see if they are up to standards

Would you Rather? : Underrated Horror Flick

I found this film by accident one night while looking through movies on Demand and decided to give it a watch. I was pleasantly surprised to come across a gem. This film, starring Brittany Snow, (who you might recognize from the overrated 'Prom Night' remake'), is really well written despite not being advertised at all. It was released in 2012 and has quite an interesting plot.

We've all heard of the game 'would you rather' where you have to pick between doing one of two things. This movie takes that notion to a whole other level.

The main character is left alone to care for her brother who is battling cancer and is running low on options. She has no money and no job prospects that would come close to covering his treatments. By chance, she is invited to a rich dude's house with some other people where they are said to go into a 'competition'. You guessed it - it's "would you rather". However, the rich dude is a twisted sadist who likes to watch people get hurt so you can imagine the type of choices the cast is forced to make. Instead of picking an option and that being that - these people down on their luck are forced to go through with their choice. Yikes!

It's gritty, it's gory and it's scary. I'd never heard of this movie and yet it winds up being one of my favorites. I always do like the underdogs. This one is full of twists and blood and it's a must-watch for all horror movie buffs.

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Unique Horror

I'm all about new ideas when it comes to Horror but I'll always be down with the old, favorite elements. Sometimes though, it would seem, a lot of people don't want to embrace the new. Either that or they are ready to embrace it too eagerly. I did add It Follows to my list only because I really like the premise of the flick. The idea that there's a 'horror STD' out there is an interesting concept. On the other hand, I feel like they kind of dropped the ball on an amazing idea. There were just too many screen pans and not enough 'oh shit' moments. That being said, there are some unique horror movies out there - good or bad - I'll mention a few:

Paranormal Activity

No it didn't make my list but not because it wasn't innovative. It was. I liked the idea of a home shot horror flick using home security cameras and nanny cams. I just didn't think it was scary, (even though I did go to the theater and see almost all of them). I think another film that followed suit better than this was V/H/S. It didn't make my list either but there were some scary ass parts to it. It was a low budget film, as was paranormal activity and I hope to see some better story lines come out of this way of filming a scary movie. Know any? Let me know!

The Devil's Rejects

I'll admit, I'm a huge Rob Zombie fan but his last few movies have really missed the mark for me. BUT, Devil's Rejects is probably one of my favorite movies ever. The reason? You actually start to empathize with the villains! I know, seems crazy right? They are a bunch of sadists who photograph their brutality but somehow, someway, he shows them in a light that makes us feel bad that the cop wants to get them, (even though he does have a right to get his hands on them considering what they did to his brother). That's revolutionary! I can't think of another movie where you actually start to see it from their side and, dare I say, almost root for the villains? Genius.

Rob Zombie also pulled a bit of that sorcery when it came to his remake of Halloween. (The first one...the second one he did was terrible, sorry Mr. Zombie). You started to see why Michael Myers was so F*cked up and you actually felt bad for him - seeing the kid version of him and all. That's great story-telling.

Boy the next word that comes out of your mouth better be some fucking brilliant Mark Twain shit. Cause it's definitely getting chiseled on your tombstone.

— Otis Driftwood, The Devil's Rejects

The Future of Horror

I always get super pumped when I hear about a new horror movie coming out, even if the trailer is terrible. Lately, some of the newer horror flicks have really been sub-par and this is highly disappointing. I watched Get Out and though the concept was kind of interesting, I felt like the movie fell flat.

I want those 'Holy shit' moments like we got to see in the new Blair Witch Project, where there was shit popping out unexpectedly and people dying at the very moment we think they're safe.

I want to see new concepts that build on the old 'slash and dash' horror and add to t the suspense. I want to be grossed out and terrified at the same time. I am incredibly hopeful for the 'It' remake as the trailer looked pretty awesome.

So...the future of horror may be in the hands of those of us that love it. Maybe we need to get our asses in a computer chair and bang out the next great script. Maybe it will be me, maybe it will be you. Let's get the future generations scared.

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    • KrissyCross profile image

      Krissy Cross 6 months ago

      Thanks! I can't wait for the new 'It' to come out either. I think it's going to be really good.

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      Ryan Fuller 6 months ago from Louisiana, USA

      Great list of horror movies. I am currently reading the book IT and cannot wait for the new film. I am glad to see Sinister on this list. I enjoy horror films and I do love the old cheesy ones as well.