There are certain movies every self-respecting horror fan should see at least once in there life. Each week I will delve into a sub genre of horror and provide a list of 15 horror movies that are a must see. This week, we will begin with the sub genre that spooks me the most, Supernatural horror.
-The Exorcist (1973)
A young girl suffers from demonic possession. Two priests set out to exorcise her demons in a battle for her soul. The Exorcist is one of the most important horror movies ever made! If you watch it, beware, you will never be able to eat split pea soup again.
-The Shining (1980)
The Shining is based on the novel by Stephen King of the same name, which was fantastic! Jack takes a job as a care taker for a remote resort (bad idea). Jack’s wife and son join him as they settle in at the closed resort for a long hard winter. The resort is far from empty, it’s full of spirits. These aren’t Casper like friendly ghosts. These ghosts have a habit of driving people insane and the family are about to find that out the hard way. “All work and no play, makes Jack a dull boy.”
-Evil Dead (1981)
Raise your hand if you haven’t seen Evil Dead….now slap yourself . Bad horror fan, bad! Sam Rami and Bruce Campell and a group of friends made the film, never imagining that it would become a cult classic. The movie tells of 5 collage students who go to a remote cabin (when will they learn) for holiday. The group discovers an ancient book and like idiots, they read it out loud and all hell breaks loose. This movie is “Groovy Baby”!
A family moves into a newly constructed subdivision, not knowing they have made a grave mistake. Soon the youngest daughter Carol Ann begins hearing people talking though their television. Things quickly go down hill for the family. Poltergeist is a must see for every horror fan!
-The Amityville Horror(1979)
A family purchases a big house on the lake at a very cheap price (that should have been a red flag). Through the baby sitter the family learns of the fate of the family that owned the house before them. Paranormal events begin to happen. The father becomes influenced by a dark force. This is a great movie. Once you realize that it is based on a true story, it gets even more interesting.
-The Omen (1976)
I can sum this one up pretty quick, the antichrist is born.
-Pet Semetary (1989)
A Doctor and his family move into a county home. After the death of the family’s pet their neighbor tells the father of a special place where if the dead are buried they will return. The old man was right about something, “sometimes dead is better”. When you bury something up there it comes back, but it’s not the same as it was. The doctor finds out the hard way when he buries a family member a they come back. This move deserves the award for creepiest kid. The novel this movie was based on was written by Stephen King.
A man seeks a puzzle box, he craves a new, exotic experience. Upon solving the puzzle a group of horrendous beings are unleased. The group is lead by a character known as “Pinhead”, whose face is covered with hundreds of pins. This horror comes from the mind of Clive Barker.
What ever you do, don’t play with the puzzle box.
-Event Horizon (1997)
Scientists create an engine to travel through space. The ship disappears on the first flight . Some time later the ship appears. During the reclaiming of the ship the crew experience paranormal activity. The ship actually traveled to hell.
-13 Ghosts (1960)
A man builds a machine fueled by the dead. The machine requires 13 particular spirits. One of the spirits has a family connection that creates a nice twist in the story line.
-Child’s Play (1988)
The “Good Guy” doll is on the wish list for every kid. Unfortunately , serial killer Charles Lee Ray has possessed one of these dolls with a Voodoo ritual. The doll “Chucky” s a vicious little sh*t. The movie may forever alter the way you see dolls.
-Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
Many years after a pedophile is murdered he begins to invade teenagers dreams. In your dreams Freddy can get you. Freddy has more personality than any other horror icon. Robert Englund will forever be Freddy Krueger.
1..2..Freddy’s coming for you…3..4..Better lock your door…5..6…Wear a crucifix…7..8…Stay up late…9..10…Never sleep again!
-Skeleton Key (2005)
A nurse, looking for a change leaves her life on Bourbon Street to act as a hospice nurse for an elderly man living on the bayou with his wife. Kate Hudson’s character has no clue of the world she is about to enter. Hoodoo plays a big part in this movie. This film definitely put a spell on me, it’s one of my very favorite movies.
-Drag Me To Hell (2009)
A young banker is looking to get a promotion when she turns down an elderly ladies request for an extension on her mortgage. Things quickly get very bad for the young banker when she begins seeing visions and is plagued by horrible events. After going to a medium she learns that she is suffering from a demonic curse. There is a lesson in this movie, don’t piss off old gypsy women. The movie really is fantastic.
-A Haunting in Connecticut (2009)
A mother relocates her family to a rental home so that her son can be closer to the hospital where he receives his cancer treatments. When the family learns that the home was once a mortuary where a psychic held séances, the unexplained happenings become more intense. This movie was also based on a true story.