I am a bit of a wimp I have to admit, but I still love a good horror film.
Here’s my Top five favourite horror films.
1. This 1976 classical staring Gregory Peck, Lee Remick and Harvey Spencer Stephens, ‘The Omen’ tells the story of a boy called Damien. Wherever he goes, strange things happen around him, including the public suicide of his nanny. He is also adverse to being near churches. Damien’s father is visited by Father Brennan (Patrick Troughton), who warns him that his son isn’t all that he seems.
‘The Omen’ isn’t just full of jump scares, but has a great plot too.
2. Also featuring in Last week’s ‘Favourites’ list, the 1976 adaptation of Stephen King’s novel ‘Carrie’, stars Sissy Spacek as Carrie White. In 2013, there was a further re-make of this classic novel but in my opinion, you can not beat Spacek’s quirky version of the main character. Full of blood and gore, this is not for the faint hearted, but it tells the story of a bullied and abuse girl, finding out who she really is.
3. The 1970’s seems to be a decade of classic horror films because at number 3 is the 1978 film ‘Dawn of the Dead’. The influx of zombie films and programmes like ‘The Walking Dead’ were probably inspired by films like this one.
Mainly set within a shopping mall, this film tells the story of a group of people trying to survive a zombie apocalypse. This is a gory film, but full of action. It’s guaranteed to keep you on the edge of your seat.
4 ’28 Days Later’ is another zombie film, but I have included this in my list, because the scares are quite surprising. You see, it’s not just a traditional zombie film. What I find scariest about this film are not the zombies, but what a group of survivors find, when they supposedly find safety in an army base.
Oh, and if you have the DVD of this film, I wouldn’t suggest watching the extra documentary. It might give you nightmares!
5. The first (and best in my opinion), film within the ‘Scream’ Franchise, ‘Scream’ is a ‘tongue and cheek’ comment on the horror film genre. It has a lot of jump scares, but also gives nods to horror film clichés, such as the woman alone in the house going to investigate a straight noise and others, making this quite a sophisicated, film. The other films in this series are terrible, but this is a fun, but gory movie.
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