Okay Horror fans, it's that time of year again and with the demands of life, work, and everything else pulling me in 100 million directions, I decided to get organized.
What did I do?
I made a list of 10 Horror movies that I hope to be able to watch before the big day, October 31, 2006!
Will I do it?
I sure want to... but for now, at least by making this list, I am giving myself something to shoot for that isn't out of the realm of possibility.
If I don't watch all 10 movies what's going to happen?
Probably nothing, but then Halloween will be incomplete and we can't have that now can we?
#1. Halloween III
Okay, I know that Mr. Myers is nowhere to be found in this film, but it is one of the few movies worth watching for the soundtrack alone. While not the scariest film you will ever see, it is actually very interesting in that it attempted to take the franchise in a different direction. John Carpenter's synthetic score once again sets the stage for unleashing the evil inside mankind.
Since the only I own is the third one (I know...) I have this one coming to me from Netflix. What I love about this film is that it is a horror movie that takes place in the suburbs. It's not in a gothic part of another country. It's not in the mountains or along an abandoned dirt road (not that I mind that either, but it does get old). This movie takes place in your own backyard and it never stops being scary.
#3 A Nightmare on Elm Street
Another film in the Netflix Queue. While I certainly enjoy the other movies in the franchise, I think this movie could be classified as a work of art. Forget the groundbreaking special effects. Forget how we are introduced to Freddy Krueger, and that he would go on to become a horror icon. The story being told in this film is strong enough without those other elements, but because it has them it makes it one of the best horror films ever created.
Some people may not call this a horror movie per se, but I think that they might be missing the point. Very few films that are this moody are also not scary. This film features a genuinely interesting killer in The Tooth Fairy, but half the fun is seeing a young William Peterson go after him. This doesn't even take into account Brian Cox's marvelous turn as the first Hannibal Lecter.
Once again, another scary movie that might not immediately fall into the minds of horror fans. While I can't say there is anything about this movie that scares me, there is something engaging about seeing Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman go after the serial killer John Doe (Kevin Spacey). Also, it's nice to see Kevin Spacey before he began acting like Kevin Spacey in every single film he does.
#6 The Exorcist
This is one of those movies that will always be scary. I don't care how old I get. I don't care what other movies come out. I don't care what people try and do with the language of cinema, this movie is just plain creepy. The fact that it doesn't get bogged down by today's music video film style makes it work even more. It seems like William Friedkin has captured this movie in an almost documentary-like way, and due to that, this movie doesn't seem like many horror movies today where actors are shot in slow motion and we see them being directed off camera.
#7 Children of the Corn
Little kids killing adults and taking over a small town... what's not to like about that? While my last screening of this film back in 2003 left a little to be desired, I am going to give this movie another chance because I really loved it when I was younger. To this day, John Franklin who plays Isaac still manages to scare me, and Malachai (Courtney Gains) continues to send chills up my spine.
#8 Trick or Treat
One of the more unsung horror films, I am surprised with the rebirth of arena rock and horror films that this movie hasn't gotten more press. Marc Price plays rocker Eddie Weinbauer with the right amount of good-naturedness that endeared him to people as Skippy on Family Ties. Plus, who doesn't love a good story about a nerdy dude who becomes cool and then has to fight the force that has "helped" him?
#9 The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
How can one bring in the scariest night of the year without watching one of the scariest films ever made? Once again, Tobe Hooper has made the documentary-like approach work quite well for this movie. I also appreciate how we are seemingly just dropped into this world, and then, like the captured characters, we have to figure out the best way to get out. As futile as this becomes, we never give up hope that our protagonists are going to make it.
#10 The New Kids
Once again, horror movie fans might scoff that I didn't include a more bloody film, but the horror on display in this movie is of different variety. James Spader who plays Eddie Dutra leads his group of high school savages with an iron fist. 1980s teen heroine Lori Laughlin is the other recognizable face in this cast. Factor in that, this movie's somewhat obscure nature, and the fact that I saw it as part of a double feature with Friday the 13th, Part 5, and I feel I have more than made my case.