Cindy’s top 10 horror movies

What makes a good movie is subjective. What I like others might not and vice versa. There are movies people loved and I thought they were a waste of my time and three hours of my life I’ll never get back. Titanic I’m talking to you.

So these are horror movies I found to be what horror movies are supposed to be. Scary. Shocking. And in some cases believable. For a movie to scare me now it has to be something that could actually happen. Some of these movies don’t fit that requirement but when I first watched them it didn’t matter if they could happen or not. They scared the crap out of me.

Here they are in no particular order:

1.  Friday the 13th – The original.

This one was scary to me because it came out just before I became a teen. While the others were unbelievable, this one had a killer with a good motive, a killer that could have actually committed those murders.

2. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre – The original.

Inspired by real life killer Ed Gein this too could happen. Real people kill people all the time. What makes it even scarier is the family members in the movie are definitely not all there, mentally. Ed Gein inspired other characters as well including Norman Bates.

3. Mute Witness

I watched this movie years ago because Siskel and Ebert recommended it. And they were right. I found it to be creepy, scary, disturbing. I liked it so much I bought the DVD.

4. High Tension

This was another one recommended by Ebert. It was scary and creepy. When someone’s mind breaks anything can happen. It was filmed in French and dubbed in English.

5. A Nightmare on Elm Street – The original.

Okay, so not something that could actually happen but still, it made teens in my generation afraid to go to sleep.

6. Black Christmas – The original.

Another one of those it could really happen movies. What I liked about it was the fact that it was set during one of the happiest times of year. Despite the movie, Christmas is still my favourite holiday. Wow, John Saxon was in a lot of horror movies I’m realizing.

7. When A Stranger Calls Back

A sequel to the original When A Stranger Calls, I thought it was scarier than the original. It made me wonder for weeks after I watched it if I was really alone in the house.

8. Scream

This movie brought the dying horror genre back to life. I thought it was clever, well written, a little scary. I loved all of the movies, even the fourth wasn’t too bad.

9. 28 Days Later

I don’t find zombie movies to be all that scary. Zombies are shuffling, dumb creatures. Walk fast and you can survive. But 28 Days Later is a different kind of zombie movie. They aren’t zombies in the traditional sense of the word.

10. Alien

Okay, definitely not something that could actually happen but I tried watching it when I was fifteen. I heard it twice before I ever saw the whole thing because I kept hiding behind the sofa cushions. And it has one of the most famous tag lines of all – In space no one can hear you scream.

So those are my favourites. That list makes me want to watch a few of those again. Hmmm. Maybe we’ll have a movie weekend this weekend.

What about you? Any of your favourites you think should be on the list?

Until next time.


4 thoughts on “Cindy’s top 10 horror movies

  1. Karen Woodham

    Alien scared the hell out of me when I first saw it, mind you I was 9 at the time, but saying that, now that I’m older it still gives me that uneasy feeling, love it to bits though 😉

    1. Cindy

      I love it too! When I first tried watching though it scared the hell out of me too.

    1. Cindy

      I like most of the Alien movies. I liked Evil Dead. Wasn’t a huge fan of the second one.

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