I bought popcorn for strangers, slipped boxed wine into cinemas and stole patron seats to watch the latest horror flicks. Now, I wait patiently for the Stan release, lights dimmed, baby in bassinet, jellybeans in hand. And then, at some ungodly hour I press play, forwarding the extremely gory details, only watching on if the story line is layered.
The horror genre has forged its own unit in the nooks and crannies of my being. The relationship simple, evolving and eternal, so, I felt it deserved a solo post. With that said, here are my current horror favourites of all time.
I was 13 when I first watched the shinning. I slept with the lights on for a week! I was terrified yet amazed as Jack gradually descended into madness and Dan ran past haunted hallways. I promised never to subject myself to anything like that again. So like a true glutton for punishment, at 15 I watched it again and at 18 and four more times after that. It remains not only a horror favourite but a masterpiece, deservingly placed in my top 10 favourite films of all time.
In the last 3 years I read 2 fiction books, Doctor Sleep was one of them, finished in a fortnight, all 556 pages. For context, the last book I read was 150 pages and took me 3 months to complete. So when the movie was released last year I watched. And when Netflix released it, I watched it again.
The director did a great job adapting the King book and giving lovers of the Kubrick film adaptation of “The Shining” (1980) a cinematic sequel. King wrote an amazing book, but dare I say, I enjoyed it slightly more than the novel.
This is a multidimensional masterpiece by Jordan Peele, a skilful hybrid of blended genres that explores identity, privilege and racism.
Hitchcock delivered almost every time and psycho is no exception, very deserving of the hype.
Let the right one in
This Swedish miracle of work caught me off guard. It’s likely I wouldn’t have found it if I hadn’t dated a Swede in a life past. Set in an icy vampire backdrop, this peculiar love story still finds a way of warming the heart.
Another love story between the oddest of pairs, zombie and human. Another story that carries a sunny narrative that absolutely warms the soul.
World War Z
I always thought I’d survive a zombie apocalypse until I watched world war Z. Those things are fast!
The ultimate summary is ironically captured by Andrew Fassabach, one of the shortest lived character’s in the film, “Mother nature is a serial killer, no one’s better, more creative, but like all serial killers, she can’t help the urge to want to get caught.”
IT and IT 2
It’s no coincidence King, the king of horror, appears on my list three times. IT and IT 2 are the scariest features on this list. I was a triggered mess, as I sat through the scenes, engulfed in shear terror, anxiously aching to do something about the deaths and fears faced by the young. I loved these two but I’m not likely to watch them again.
The Invisible Man
Domestic violence is dark enough, but this movie goes deeper, shuttering everything we believe to be true, as we follow the victim through escape, then loss, relief, extreme fear and potential madness. Is she victim or perpetrator? Is her abusive dead husband really haunting her?
This gory opulent feast explores the pretentious American art scene, where spheres are sold for millions and everyone is trying to source the next big thing. When an art curator sources some amazing paintings from a deceased neighbour she and some select others think their luck has turned for the better but the exact opposite follows as they begin to die, one by one.