It’s one of the first real horror movies that I ever saw, and it’s a timeless classic. Hannibal Lecter is a sophisticated psychopath, and I don’t mind saying that I’m a little bit enamored with him. He’s an elegant killer, who really tried to make murder artful.
For me, Michael Myers is one of the scariest horror movie creations. He’s human, but he’s completely devoid of any human emotions whatsoever. People who kill out of anger or hatred (or love, for that matter) can be sick and twisted, but for someone to kill indiscriminately just because they like to kill … well, that’s far scarier because there no possibility that they could be reasoned with.
3. Nightmare on Elm Street
A killer who gets his strength from your fear? Awesome. A killer who kills you in your dreams? Even better. You have to sleep. You can’t avoid it. And when you do, you can’t control your dreams. It’s the perfect vulnerability for a serial killer to exploit. All you have to do is believe in him, and he’ll keep coming back. He’ll never really die.
4. Resident Evil (all of them!)
I love zombies. There’s really not much else to say here. I also love the Resident Evil games. I’m awesome with a sniper rifle.
5. Night of the Living Dead
This is the movie that sparked my love of zombies. I’ve also always kinda liked the fact that there’s no ridiculous viral backstory in this zombie apocalypse. When there’s no more room in hell, the dead will walk the earth – it’s pretty simple. Of course, that has religious connotations. But I can overlook that for the sake of zombies
This movie reinvented the slasher genre. It was well-written, it was funny, and I was inspired to write horror scripts because of it.
7. Evil Dead
Yes, this movie is cheesy. Yes, it was cheaply made. But, come on. Bruce Campbell is fab, and this is a horror classic.
8. Bride of Chucky
This movie was HILARIOUS. First, I love Chucky. He’s a doll (well, a serial killer trapped in the body of a doll) who kills people, and that’s both ridiculous and awesome at the same time. See, on the face of it, a doll doesn’t seem that threatening. But then you see all the carnage this 3ft high psycho can bring to the party, and all of a sudden you’re suspending disbelief and enjoying every minute of his bloodthirsty antics. Not to mention, there’s also something oddly romantic about watching Chucky and Tiffany kill together.
9. House of 1000 Corpses
Gore. Gore. Gore. Gore. Gore. Vulgarity. Gore. Gore. Depravity. Gore. Gore. And then I think there was a bit more gore. Do I need to say anymore than that? I love Rob Zombie.
10. The Ring
Samara Morgan is, visually, one of the creepiest horror movie creations ever. I love the look and feel of this movie. It was the first time I’d ever seen those kind of visual effects, and it’s on my top ten list just ‘cause of that.