10 Flicks: Horror Movies With Great Stories

October 27, 2011 at 7:03 am

10 Flicks: Horror Movies With Great Stories

I love horror films. There’s nothing like genuinely being scared at the movies.

It’s like riding on a roller coaster: You’re terrified to ride it but in the end you’re always happy you did.

Note: Except the rides that spin. Those shouldn’t exist.

Many non horror fans complain that most horror films are too gory or pointless. That the stories are never good. They say that characters only exist so the killer can fold them in half.

I agree that some horror films are like that.  They simply don’t give you a chance to connect to the characters before they meet their gruesome end. Stories merely exist to get you from one kill to the next.

However, there are fantastic horror movies out there that have incredible stories to back up the thrills. That’s why this post exists.

Here are my top 10 horror movies with great stories:

The Ring

10 Flicks: Horror movies with great stories

Every once in a while a movie comes along and does things differently.  There are so many ‘messed up demon kid’ stories out there. (Some are classics)  The Ring came along and put a modern spin on it and scared the crap out of me. Something about that horse going crazy still gives me the creeps.

Exorcist

10 Flicks: Horror movies with great stories

You can’t make a list like this and not include one of the greatest horror stories of all time. I saw this movie for the first time in college simply because I avoided it until then.  Needless to say, it still terrified me but it was the story that resonated…  Okay I’ll admit that girls messed up face did as well.

The Shining

10 Flicks: Horror movies with great stories

So many people adore this film.  Horror fans especially.  How can you not be pulled into a story featuring a crazy Jack Nicholson and made by the legendary Stanley Kubrick?

Alien

10 Flicks: Horror movies with great stories

Alien is a phenomenon.  Those acid filled jerks have terrified millions of people for years and inspired so many films since it’s release.  Alien made the list for pairing a great story with one of the scariest creature designs in movie history.

Scream

10 Flicks: Horror movies with great stories

When I was asking around for people’s ideas on this list, many turned their noses up at Scream.  I think they’ve blended all three together in one film.  I told all of them to think about how much fun it was to watch the original for the first time. I didn’t know who the killer would be.  Did you?  The mystery was also wrapped up in countless movie references and nods.  Scream deserves to be on this list.

The Exorcism of Emily Rose

10 Flicks: Horror movies with great stories

This movie stuck with me long after I left the theater. Films that deal with this subject have always fascinated me and this one stood out because of it’s court room premise.  It’s a horror movie but also a drama that forces you to choose who you believe.  Audience participation in a horror film.  Genius.   Also, when she speaks as 6 different people at once I almost cried.  Just saying.

Silence Of The Lambs

10 Flicks: Horror movies with great stories

Arguably the best film on this list with Uncle Oscar backing it up.  Who knew delving into the mind of a psychopathic killer would be so much fun.  It’s truly fascinating to watch the exchanges between Anthony Hopkins and Jodie Foster on screen.  They are filled with intensity and fuel the horrifying scenes to come.   Brilliant flick.

Jaws

10 Flicks: Horror movies with great stories

I’ll be honest.  When I made this list, I completely forgot about Jaws and then kicked myself for my lack of respect for one of the greatest movies ever made.  People who haven’t even seen the movie are afraid of it.  That’s how powerful the story is.  Thankfully, I smartened up before posting and avoided any hate mail it may have caused.

Saw

10 Flicks: Horror movies with great stories

The moment the big ‘twist’ is revealed my face dropped and I actually yelled “What!” in the theater. Normally that’s rude but people around me were just as shocked.  All of the sudden the death traps, gore and mayhem meant more than just the usual ‘horror candy’ we love.  This movie is on this list purely because of how much fun I had watching it and learning about Jigsaw’s world.

The Sixth Sense

10 Flicks: Horror movies with great stories

Speaking of incredible twist endings.  This film was ruined for me and yet I was still captivated by the story. It’s a shame that M. Night Shyamalan is too afraid of being type cast as I would gladly welcome his talent back into the genre.  He’s not making too many friends in the other genres anyways.  Come back Night!

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The Scream Trilogy & My First Horror Movie

April 13, 2011 at 11:25 am

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ONCE UPON A TIME…
WHEN KETCHUP WAS STILL USED AS FAKE BLOOD…

The original Scream redefined the horror movie for a new generation of movie fans.  My generation.  All of the jumpy moments, the chases and the countless references to the movies we adore came together perfectly.  I loved Scream.

So much so we decided to create our own slasher movie.  The only way we knew how.

THE MAKING OF CAMPUS CRIES

The release of Scream 4 got me thinking about the horror movies we used to make when we were kids.  Scream inspired a short film we called Campus Cries.

XTRA: Action movie brings back memories of cardboard props and fire.

We used to make movies in sequence, making things up as we went along and simply rewinding the tape until we got the shot we wanted.  There was no editing involved.  Each time we had to do a new take we would lose a few frames on the previous shot so the pressure was on.  There were no scripts when we made movies and Campus Cries was no different.

It was simply a matter of asking ourselves what happened next.  Essentially, our story was quite similar to Scream.  A group of kids had to figure out who a masked killer was before they all suffered a gruesome fate.  Except there was only three of us.  It’s amazing how ‘convincing’ changing your shirt can be.  I think I died at least 3 times in different costumes.

The story changed at every turn and even we didn’t really know who the killer would end up being.  It was like a choose your own adventure book on VHS.  When you’re younger and making movies simply because it’s fun you don’t think about building suspense and character development.  You aren’t concerned with production values as long as it looks cool in your eyes.  Using ketchup as fake blood made sense because we didn’t have access to corn syrup and red food coloring at the time.  Except nobody wants ketchup smeared on their face.  It smells really bad after a while but these were the sacrifices we made for the good of the movie.

We made a war movie a long time ago and I had to spit up blood in my death scene.  Let me tell you, waiting for someone to say action with a mouthful of ketchup is absolutely disgusting.  Too much ketchup.  It looked cool but it was extremely gross.

Our movie would have gone on all night but eventually we took the hockey mask off the killer.  I’ll never forget that amazing shot.  We had reached the end and only a few people were still alive.  (Of course there had to be because there were only three of us after all.) The mask comes off and my friend couldn’t play dead.  He had a huge smile on his face.  Not the most realistic ending of our horror film but we didn’t care.

All that mattered was making movies.

10 Flicks: Movies With Rules

October 28, 2010 at 9:46 am

10 Flicks: Movies With Rules

There are so many movies that take you to an amazing new worlds you’ve never seen before.

Films that challenge your imagination to believe in the impossible.

Sometimes, there are clear sets of rules to help you navigate these worlds.

  • Rules to survive a horror movie.
  • Rules to pick up women.
  • Rules to stay alive.
  • Rules to keep you safe.

Movies with rules…

Here are 10 of the best:

Saw

Beetlejuice

Wedding Crashers

i Robot

Alladin

Zombieland

Gremlins

Scream

Speed

Fight Club

All Time Worst: Movie Theme To Get Stuck In Your Head

August 27, 2010 at 9:16 am

All Time Worst Movie Theme To Get Stuck In Your Head

I got a song stuck in my head the other day.

It was the Dewey theme from the Scream movies.

Dewey Scream Theme

You know the one:

don DON don DON…  ting ting ting ting ting ting don DON don DON…

I may as well just show it to you.  The song is actually the theme from Broken Arrow by Hans Zimmer.

Note: There’s your fun fact of the day.

Here it is:

I’m not saying I dislike the song. I’m just saying it was stuck in my head for the entire day and lets face it, any song will grow old eventually.

That’s how I feel.

I’m thankful it’s gone.  Hopefully it doesn’t get stuck in your head now.