Horror is subjective, as is film in general, but we all enjoy watching it from time to time. You may not like to admit it, but you do. You've all had that one traumatising night where your friends invited you over, sat you down and made you watch something you know you'd regret. Thankfully for you, I've put together my top picks for your halloween viewings, and I've got a little something for every type of horror fan. Whether you're into gore, remakes, campiness or some more family friendly content, there's a horror movie or two for you.
However, one may argue that beneath the surface of that movie, there's not a lot to it. People get killed, it's a lot of fun to watch and then the movie ends. There's no sophistication to anything. So, if you were after more of a thought provoking horror experience, The Shining may be more up your alley. It's a film with so many interpretations that a documentary was made about it. Not only is the film exciting and haunting, it really gets your mind working, and the final shot still has people talking about it 35 years later. The Shining is a work of art and all of you need to watch it at some point in your life. You really won't regret it.
Genre blends can be fun as well, as evident from the many sci-fi/horror films we've had over the years. For some reason, the two genres seem to work extremely well together, and there's two films that really stand out in my eyes. Ridley Scott's masterpiece of cinema, Alien, is not just one of the best sci-fi movies of all time. It's not just one of the best horror movies of all time, either. It's one of the best movies of all time. Period. My other pick for this category is The Thing. Not the Joel Edgerton one from 2011, the 1982 classic. It's pure tension for the entire runtime and it goes in directions you won't see coming. Films don't get much more suspenseful than this.
Most of the films mentioned so far are all a bit more on the dramatic side. For those wanting to have a bit more fun with their horror, it's films like Child's Play that come as the biggest recommendation. I have a soft spot in my heart for Chucky as the Child's Play franchise was one of the first horror franchises I really got into. Sure, some of them are absolutely atrocious, *cough Seed of Chucky cough* but nothing can take away from the joy I got out of watching the original. It's a black comedy that works. Plus, the director of that film follows me on twitter so I never ever want to insult the franchise. Thankfully I do like it quite a bit.
And for my final category, I've decided to go with a horror remake. There's a lot of them out there and most of them, unfortunately, are complete rubbish. That's why 2013's Evil Dead remake was a big surprise. It takes the premise of the original film and creates something that feels fresh, all while showing respect to the original film. It doesn't do everything over shot by shot, but instead creates something worth watching in its own right. It's a horror remake that's able to work without comparisons to the original, and that's one of the highest praises you can give a remake.