Friday, October 7, 2011

Freaky Friday:
Top Ten Horror Flicks for Halloween!

OCTOBER IS HERE! OCTOBER IS HERE! And that means... HALLOWEEN! It is by far and away my favorite holiday. The fun costumes, the trick-or-treaters, the candy, and the horror movie marathons! I'm giddy for the spooky spirit. To kick off the first Freaky Friday of October, I'm counting down my top ten favorite horror flicks.

10. Blair Witch Project (1999) - The film that capitalized the use of viral videos and shaky camera technology as well as relaunching the found footage genre. If you haven't seen it, it's a must watch, but not more than once.
9. Friday the 13th (1980) - Classic slasher flick meets camp time horror with a villain that rises from Crystal Lake. A lesson for all camp counselors to treat their campers nicely.

8. Sleepaway Camp (1983) - Another camp time horror and an ending image that will haunt your dreams for all time. Trust me. Not pretty.

7. Evil Dead (triology) - Bruce Campbell, demonic possession, creepy trees, a hand with a will of its own, a boom stick, and witty banter. Do you need anything else?
6. Halloween (1978) - Jamie Lee Curtis as Laurie Strode faces off against her evil brother, Michael Myers, and launches a series of sequels that propel her career for the next two decades. The haunting piano keys and Myers slow stalking stride create more fear and tension than blood and gore could ever hope to do.

5. Dracula (1931) - Don't mess with the classics. As much as I love Gary Oldman - with the fire of a thousand suns - you can't beat the master, Bela Lugosi, when it comes to portraying the iconic vampire.
I want to suck your blood!
4. Paranormal Activity 1 & 2 (2007 & 2010) - Arguably two of the most successful films in the found footage genre - with a third coming out in two weeks! The clever sequel it beat out its predecessor - Blair Witch Project - in its ability to come up with a film that did not betray the original movie.

3. The Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) - "One, two, Freddy's coming for you..." Who hasn't gotten chills down their spine hearing this bastardized version of a children's rhyme?

2. Saw (saga) - Every one of these films in the series is incredible - except maybe for the 3D flick, haven't seen that one. The puzzles, the twisted games, the more than what they seem victims, the endings, it's all incredible.
1. The Exorcist (1974) - Hands down the best of the best. It stays with you long after it ends. It makes you look over your shoulder and squint into the darkness. For over three decades, its claimed a top spot on the majority of horror movies lists, and definitely stays in the number 1 spot for me.

How about you readers? What are your favorite horror films of all time? Not a horror buff, that's okay, tell me about your Halloween plans.


  1. Halloween is definitely on my list! The People Under the Stairs is another creepy one, I also like the Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and Dawn of the Dead.

  2. I LOVE horror movies! The Evil Dead trilogy is made of awesome. Candyman freaked me out years ago, so did Event Horizon, and of all things~The Grudge. I loved the Scream movies and the two I Know What You Did Last Summer movies. This is the best time of the year. :-)

  3. Thanks! Adding People Under the Stairs and Event Horizon to the list.

    Candyman! Forgot about that one. Freaked me out too. Also loved the original Scream and I Know What You Did Last Summer. Dawn of the Dead and Texas Chainsaw Massacre are definite classics. :)