Saturday, June 6, 2009

My Favorite Horror Movies...

Everyone seems to have a list of their favorite movies, so I thought I would put up my own list. The movies listed below are in no particular order, however, I will tell you up front that The Shining is my favorite "horror" movie of all time. I was reading a post on The Vault Of Horror the other day that dealt with this movie and found the post to be very well done. Brian made some very good points as to why the movie is such a classic even though Stephen King and many fans of the book don't like the movie because it deviates from the book. I find that "book readers" tend to be a very passionate group when it comes to books they love. When a movie is made from that book, they come out of the woodwork and scream about how much the movie is so inferior to the book. My opinion has always been that they are two vastly different mediums and cannot be compared. I find it a little arrogant on the part of "bookies" to be so judgemental. You should check out the post on The Vault Of Horror blog. Copy and paste this link:

Back to the list... The list has one TV show as well as a movie that is really a psychological thriller in Identity. The John Cusack and Ray Liotta movie has so many elements that keep you on the edge of your seat and guessing throughout the movie. EVERYONE should watch this movie... it is so good!

The TV show is Dark Shadows. As a kid, I would run home from school so that I wouldn't miss my favorite vampire Barnabas Collins. This show had it all... vampires, werewolves, ghosts, and witches. All wrapped up in a stylish Gothic set. A horror soap opera... what a brilliant idea! I loved the show as a kid and thanks to Netflix, I have watched over 84 hours of the show on DVD. Great stuff!!!

This Movie is in the thriller/sci-fi genre, but it is awesome! The Predator is one of the best "horrorish" creatures I've ever seen on film. When he takes his helmet off and opens up those claws... it is frigging cool! The whole concept of a predator, alien hunter makes for a very interesting story line. The fact that Arnold is in it and fits his role well is a bonus. Carl Weathers, Jesse Ventura, Bill Duke, and Sonny Landham pull this whole "special forces" against an alien that only hunts/kills those that are armed idea together to make one butt kickin' movie. It's a competition for "him" and he keeps parts of the bodies as a trophy. I have seen this movie so many times and enjoy it every time.

I will discuss more about my list tomorrow!

Wishmaster (1999)
Underworld (2003)
The Shining (1980)
Saw II
The Ring (2002)
Predator (1987)
Identity (2003)
House on Haunted Hill (1999)
The Hitcher (2007)
Hellbound: Hellraiser II (1988)
Hellraiser (1987)
Dog Soldiers (2002)
Dark Shadows: Collection (1967)

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