And now, for no particular reason other than that I’m writing a blog everyday to get into a habit of writing and because I love horror movies- here are the top 5 horror movies which changed my life (please note: these are not necessarily the scariest horror movies)
5. Dark Water (Japanese version)
Director: Hideo Nakata
Dad and I first watched this movie when I was still living at home so I guess about 5 years ago now.. shit I’m getting old.
It’s made it into the top five because it was interesting, it keeps you on edge and the end is an absolute dream in terms of unconventional horror movie tropes.. also because it’s still a running a reference between Dad and I, especially when I’m talking about going to Japan soon.
A woman escapes her abusive husband and moves into a derelict apartment building with her five-year-old. But a little red bag and a spreading damp patch on their ceiling means no peace for them there.
4. House of 1000 corpses
Director: Rob Zombie
I have been obsessed with this movie since I was 15… so, for almost ten years (there’s me feeling old again).
Now again this movie is not especially scary, but it was the first pulpy/kitsch horror movie I ever saw and inspired me in so many ways. It inspired me to want to make movies, write and made me see the beauty in the macabre for the first time, which has ended up being a huge part of my identity today.
Teenagers clumsily stumble across bizarre family of psychotics. Murder, cannibalism and satanic rituals are just a few of the horrors that await.
3. The Ring (American)
Director: Gore Verbinski
Okay, okay. So you’re probably like, ‘what the hell, Holly? I thought you said you were into horror movies – why is this in your list?’.
It’s in here because it was the trigger for an epiphany that haunted me from the tender age of 13… until this very day.
I was really scared for at least a month after watching it, so I made Caitlin sleep in my bed every night. Then I realised, hey I’m scared of an unnatural force.. what’s to stop that unnatural force coming in and possessing Caitlin and making her murder me.
From that moment on when I was scared I slept in my bed alone, holding me breath with the sheets tucked in over my head- the only safe way to sleep.
2. The Last House on the Left (1972 version)
Director: Wes Craven (a favourite of mine)
This movie was based on a swedish movie called, Virgin Springs by Ingmar Bergman. I rented this film (yep rented, was about 10 years ago) because I saw it had been rated as controversial because of scenes of sadism and violence.
It was the first time I was truly horrified by a movie and it was because there aren’t really any conventional horror movie tropes – the victims are two young girls and their parents. The gritty quality of the film makes it feel very real, almost like a home movie and it’s a type of feeling modern films can’t replicate.
1. The Craft
Director: Andrew Fleming
Look I’m serious.
Mum and I watched this movie when I was about 9.
I was pretty into witchcraft (in the way a 9-year-old who still spells out the word S-E-X can be) and Mum was worried I’d get the wrong idea about paganism, so we watched The Craft together. I think it was the equivalent of having a child who can’t swim and throwing them into the deep end of the pool…and I’m sure Mum will leave some long winded comment on this blog about how I begged to watch it or something, which I probably did because I was a witch.
The majority of this movie was fine, there was one part which completely scared me for life. When Nancy’s feet were dragging across the carpet.. oh yeah and also when she’s walking on water. WTF, that is just damn unrealistic and there is nothing scarier than that.
It’s now one of my favourite movies and I comfortably identify myself with the pagan religion… though I was so scared for a while Mum had to paint over my bedroom window so no one could see through in the night. But, alas, I had been bitten by the bug and I am now a horror movie addict.
OR IS IT?