Seeing as it’s Friday the 13th today, it got us thinking at This Is Horror about what films you should consider watching on this dark and cold night in the middle of winter. However, we’re tired of the same old lists that include, admittedly, classic horror films such as The Exorcist etc.
So, if you’ve got the inclination, why not see if you can grab a copy of one these alternative classics, either from your dusty old DVD collection or perhaps from a downloadable – and legal – source when you get home tonight?
Thirty years old now, the anthology directed by George A. Romero and based on Stephen King short stories still packs a punch.
A great independent film that breaks down the barriers of the slasher film sub-genre. Deserves a better following than it already has.
Another anthology, all based around a single Halloween night. Most anthologies have a weaker or comedic tale within their ranks. This film, however, does not. The stories are nasty and nothing short of fantastic.
It may have its haters and detractors, but if you watch this film in the right conditions – lights off, sound system up and just before you go to bed – this is one of the best scary films of recent times.
Love it or hate it, there is no denying the fact that before Wes Craven’s film came along in 1996, the horror genre was falling on its backside, doomed to go direct to video apart from major Hollywood productions like Interview With A Vampire.
The original was a cracking little film. Shorn of all the expectation of the later films to create more elaborate set pieces and traps, Saw was a very clever and twisted tale of not wasting your life. The surprise ending was brilliant and no-one saw it coming.
7. The Descent
Neil Marshall’s follow-up to Dog Soldiers was a very different beast entirely. A claustrophobic tale of a group of female friends who, whilst caving, find themselves trapped underground. While they are trying to find another way to get back topside, a group of subterranean creatures start to hunt them and pick them off one by one. A rather ambiguous final shot left viewers wondering what happened next. The sequel ruined that!
If it’s gore you’re after, then you’d do a lot worse than settling down for the ’80s Italian classic Demons from Lamberto Bava. Yes there are some pacing issues and the deus ex-machina way that the helicopter is introduced near the end is nothing short of head scratching. But, it is worth a viewing if you’ve not already seen it.
9. The Mist
Frank Darabont directs a Stephen King story. The fact that he had already done this with The Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile should only confirm that this must be worth a viewing. Again, a claustrophobic movie, where the extremes of human behaviour are put on show, but with an ending that is pure sucker punch.
10. Evil Dead 2
Just for pure entertainment purposes. Revisit this now 26 year old (!) film from Sam Raimi and remember why it was so good.
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