Halloween season is right around the corner and it’s time to dust off the plastic pumpkins and proceed to scheme all sorts of ghastly and ghoulish pranks on your unsuspecting friends and family. As an avid fan of the Halloween traditions, I also make sure to poison my brain with countless hours of horror movie marathons. After all, it just wouldn’t be Halloween without a little gore here and there. So I hereby devote this article in the welcoming of my favourite season with this tribute to The Top 10 Greatest Horror Films according to me.
The views on the occult and the supernatural written about in this article are not necessarily those of the Tarantino Archives and it’s originators.
10. THE RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD
The 1985 zombie comedy is a fresh and welcomed instalment into the living dead genre. While the film is incredibly ghastly and gory, it’s much in it’s consistent sense of humour that make it such an entertaining and fun horror movie. What is so unique about The Return of the Living Dead is that even with an incredibly low budget and with little to no plot to speak of, it’s fantastically creative and so intentionally funny that you ought to be labelled a zombie yourself if you had trouble enjoying this one.
9. THE SHINING
A lot of people consider this to be the definitive horror film and respectfully so as it’s much The Godfather of the horror genre in a lot of ways. Stanley Kubrick’s hauntingly atmospheric and claustrophobic approach to Stephen King's popular novel which tells the story of the Overlook Hotel and the man brought to insanity over a long winter caretaking at the resort with his wife and son, is both brilliantly directed by Kubrick and acted by Jack Nicholson in the title role. From beginning to shocking end, The Shining continues to proudly hold the crown as
the epic horror movie masterpiece and a remarkably vivid delight for the eyes, the ears, and the mind.
Another superb horror film based on a Stephen King novel, Christine is a dark and brooding highlight for director John Carpenter and a shockingly absorbing thriller. An unpopular young high schooler is obsessed with his vintage 1958 Plymouth Fury named Christine, and progressively becomes more and more isolated from the rest of the world as his obsession slowly grows into deep derangement. Much to the fear of those closest to him, they all soon suspect that there is more to Christine than meets the eye. Apart from being an effective horror movie, Christine is also a slick and edgy teen thriller expertly directed by Carpenter and with the masterful writing of Stephen King as the backbone. It’s often evident in Christine that Quentin Tarantino borrows heavily on that style in “Death Proof” and almost equally matches each other on that note. However it’s in Christine’s undeniable respect of the genre that make it such a brilliantly portrayed horror classic.
7. NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD
I’m often conflicted as to which version of Night of the Living Dead I prefer. The original low-budget production directed by George A. Romero is a greatly respected piece of work and I’ve learned to appreciate it more as time goes on, and especially in this day and age of horror films. In the early 90’s, horror movie make-up artist Tom Savini leant his talents to the direction of remaking the classic film and although it, understandably, is not as popular as the original, I still feel it’s one of the best horror remakes of all time. For those of you who have been living on the moon, Night of the Living Dead is the original living dead/zombie film to be seen by the world and is considered to be the definitive horror movie of all time. I can respect that, and although it’s certainly not my absolute favourite horror movie, both the original and the remake should be viewed by anyone who claims to be a fan of the genre.
6. THE EXORCIST
The one film that literally scares me shitless even to this day, The Exorcist remains the absolute most terrifying and disturbing horror movie of all time. A helpless young girl becomes possessed by what is believed to be a demon or perhaps Satan himself, and what follows is a supernatural battle when two priests fight for the girls life and for her heartbroken and helpless mother. Brilliantly acted, remarkably realistic and incredibly shocking, The Exorcist has a comfortable spot in the short list of quintessential horror films.