Happy Halloween! In honor of the holiday (it's my personal favorite and yes, those are my decorations above), I’m sharing a bit about my favorite horror movies. Although this is off my usual topic of writing, writing and movies are connected - after all, every movie begins with a story idea! (And don't forget, I write horror fiction - check out my short stories on my site: www.KelliWilkins.com.)
I recently watched a show on AMC where Stephen King shared his views and ideas about various genres of horror movies. He talked about the classics and went into his favorites by subject. So I figured, why not do the same?
Horror movies (like ice cream) come in a variety of flavors, and horror movie fans/buffs have their personal likes and dislikes. Some people are devoted to the classic 1930 and 1940 Universal Studios films starring Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff. Others enjoy the British Hammer films of the 1960s. Other types of fans are attracted to a specific genre (torture porn, mutant families, clowns) or a monster (vampires, werewolves, and zombies). Still other folks are loyal to a specific character (Jason Voorhees) or franchise (Halloween, A Nightmare on Elm St.)
So what are my favorites among these categories? I have my list of “classics” but I have a special fondness for 1970s horror films. Some are considered classic or revolutionary and others are just plain bad. (The “so bad they’re good” kind.)
I could go on and on (really!) but here’s a short list of my favorites in alphabetical order by genre. They’re not all necessarily gory or scary, but they have a good story, tense camera work, or are just plain cool.
The Bad Seed (1956) – An 8 year-old sociopath fools everyone (almost!)
The Other (1972) – Often overlooked story about creepy twins – need I say more?
The Shining (1980) – Red-rum! Would you stay at the Overlook?
The Amityville Horror (1975) – Some houses are cheap for a reason!
Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark (1973) – When someone tells you not to open something, don’t! And the 2011 “remake” was pretty good too!
Werewolves & Other Monsters
Dog Soldiers (2002) – Best werewolf movie ever.
The Mummy (1932) – Don’t mess around in tombs
King Kong (1933) – A classic for its time, and the island part is the best!
Dark Night of the Scarecrow (1981) – Spooky TV movie that still creeps people out.
Frogs (1972) – One of my favorites – original poster had a hand hanging out of the frog’s mouth. (Not scary, but worth watching! Killer frogs?)
Murder & Mayhem
Halloween (1978) – An instant classic - Watch this, then check out Rob Zombie's version.
Rosemary’s Baby (1968) – Paranoia and persecution = Polanski
Twisted Brain (1974) – Horror in high school (makes a great double feature with Bad Ronald!)
Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) – The horror classic about a dysfunctional family – and there’s no blood – really!
Black Christmas (1974) – The first really creepy Christmas movie – still holds up after all these years
The Hills Have Eyes (1977) – A family goes out into the desert and meets another, stranger, family
Race with the Devil (1975) – Again, while trying to go camping, a group meets up with trouble (anti-camping movies are their own genre!)
Enjoy them – at your own risk!
And don't forget, if you like paranormal romances, check out these titles:
Beauty & the Bigfoot
Confessions of a Vampire's Lover
Killer in Wolf's Clothing
The Viking's Witch
Excerpts & reviews are on my site: www.KelliWilkins.com
I love hearing from readers, so drop me a line (or comment) here and let me know your favorite fright films!