Category Archives: Our Favourite Horror Films
Horror films are a scary (pun intended) subject for me. For perspective: My best friend’s mom took her and I to see Jurassic Park in theatres when we were nine. I had nightmares about about being chased through my kitchen by velociraptors for almost an entire year. IT ALL SEEMED SO REAL AND POSSIBLE!
That was the first – and last – movie that even resembled frighting that I watched for a decade.
Of all the genres of film that exist, the one that I am least qualified to write about is horror. I’m just not a huge fan of horror films. Of the original Friday the 13th films, I have only seen Jason X. Of the original A Nightmare on Elm Street films, I have only seen the first and last installments and for the most part, any staple of the genre that I am supposed to have seen, I most likely have not. In fact, I will go so far to say that there are not a lot of horror films that are actually good. I know I’m going to get ripped apart for that comment, but for me it’s rare to find a horror film that I can recommend that others should go and see. I’m not a big fan of slasher films, as I don’t find them scary. When I watch them, they are more to see the inventive death scenes then for being scared. What I do appreciate is a good horror film that doesn’t resort to a ton of violence. Recent films like Paranormal Activity, Paranormal Activity 2 and The Strangers did an effective job of this and earned their scares. As much as I enjoyed those films, there is no better horror film than Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho. This was a film that I saw at a young age, and was one that I watched behind my parents back, which turned out to be a very bad idea as images from the film stayed with me for months on end.
I love horror movies. As a lot of people have, I started watching them when I probably shouldn’t have been. I would sneak down into the living room when my parents were watching them and watch through the railing, scaring my self like crazy and then running back up to my room, scared out of my mind and having to get myself to sleep with visions of ghouls and ghosts dancing in my head.
There are some scenes that I can remember being the scariest that I have seen, the ones that really stick with you. Here they are in no particular order.
We’ve all had varying experiences with the plethora of faux-documentary horror flicks this past decade, all the result of the true (and worthy) progenitor of the genre, The Blair Witch Project. Many of those films, unfortunately, have been lackluster and uninspired; either watered-down derivatives of the original or poorly made copies of lesser offerings.
Still, very occasionally, a film is made that brings something new, something truly – and deliciously – terrifying to the genre. In the case of the 2007 Spanish movie REC, it was something even more than that.
Despite the fact that I am no longer a kid (damn!), Halloween remains my all-time favourite holiday. I live in a condo so unfortunately I don’t get to decorate or hand out candy every year – so I indulge in other ways. Mainly by scaring the crap out of myself with horror movies! (Oh okay, and maybe also by inhaling mini chocolate bars like they’re going out of style..but that’s irrelevant).
I’m an amature horror buff year-round but there are a few key films I watch every Halloween. Some of them are scary (to me anyway!), some, not so much. Without further hesitation, I present you with a few of my MUST-WATCH Halloween favourites:
It’s been a wild month here at Biff Bam Pop!, slowly working our way towards the greatest and most fun of all the dates on the calendar: Hallowe’en.
We’ve explored the dark realms of H.P. Lovecraft and the twisted recesses of Stephen King’s imagination. We’ve celebrated the greatest villains and now, each of BBP‘s contributors are picking their favourite horror films of all time.
My choice might be predictable. It’s one of the few instances where I’ll side with the masses, but it’s for a reason:
It’s that damn good.
Year after year, this film is at the top of every list of scariest horror films of all time.
If you’ve seen it, you know why.
If not, it’s time to find out what you’ve been missing.
As a caveat, I have been watching horror films for almost as long as I can remember. I love monsters; I love the dark; I love to get creeped out by things I cannot fathom. My favourites are legion: Hellraiser, The Omen, The Shining, Shaun of the Dead, Alien, Psycho, Horror of Dracula, The Thing… So I decided to limit it to horror films I’ve seen in the past few years that scared the living shit out of me. Two sprang to mind: 1408 (the only horror film to date that made me cry) and the scariest film I’ve seen since I sat down to watch something burst out of John Hurt’s chest, The Descent.
During the summer you may have read the Nine Weeks of Kubrick series I put together after purchasing the then new Stanley Kubrick Limited Edition Blu-Ray box set (if not, you can find it here). Among the films discussed just happened to be what really amounts to my all-time favourite horror film. Why, you may ask? Well, when you think about, there’s just so much to love and dread about The Shining.
I’ve been watching horror movies since I was… well, too young to be watching them. So coming up with my favourite is no easy feat. It’s like trying to decide which one of your kids you love the most. At best, I can tell you what my favourite horror movie is right now. Actually, it makes my top spot most days.
Flashback: I’m ten years old and I’m excitedly hustling over to my friend’s house with some of the other neighbourhood kids after lunch on a summer day. We head straight downstairs into the cool basement, closing the door behind us. Extra pillows are stuffed firmly into window frames to blot out any afternoon sunlight. The lamps and ceilings lights are shut off and and we pop the latest (rented) horror film into the VCR, our wide eyes illuminated only by a gray-blue haze emanating from the sixteen inch tube television screen in front of us. A static image reads “Rated R”.