I love October. In fact, it’s my favorite month of the year. The temperature cools, the air is a bit more crisp, and the leaves change colors. I’m red/green colorblind. For the three weeks or so that the leaves hang around after changing colors I actually get to see something much different than the bland green color of the summer months…which I don’t see as green at all. It’s difficult to explain. For a couple of weeks I see an explosion of colors, or what I would consider an explosion of colors even though it’s very different from what most folks see.
The best part of the month is the non-stop horror movies on television. I’ll bust out my DVD collection (yes, I’m that guy) and stack up a couple dozen horror classics and swallow about two dozen bags of popcorn and more pizza than should be allowed. So let’s get this blog/show on the road. You didn’t come here to read about fall colors and pizza. You came here to see what movies I was dumb enough to leave out of THE TOP 10 HORRORS MOVIES OF ALL TIME!!! Insert evil laugh here!
So these may not be the greatest horror films of all time and are in no particular order, but these are a list of the ones that gave me a case of the willies! Just to be fair, this list is subject to change from day to day. Don’t forget to comment with what makes your top 10 list.
10. Salem’s Lot—Made for TV but damn this movie was good. This might have been one of my earliest experiences with a Stephen King story.
9. The Shining—Funny how Stephen King stories dominate lists like this. Heeeeere’s Johnny!
8. Nightmare on Elm Street Part 3—Why part 3, you ask? Well, let me tell you why! This was about the time in my youth that I really started getting into horror. But, I’ve always have this weird sense of humor, too. Freddy started dropping one-liners in this one. Oh, and they brought Nancy back for this one.
7. The Evil Dead franchise—Yes, the entire franchise. The first one actually scared the hell out of me. I watched it when I was a kid and the amount of blood and demon possession really freaked me out. I was a bit older when I watched the second one, but in that one I sort began to understand that Sam Rami and the others were trying to do with these movies. They were just having a good time. Everything was over the top. The blood, the gore, the demons…just thinking of Good Ash talking to Bad Ash and all of those laughing and talking objects in the cabin during that one scene. Oh, and let’s not forget the middle finger from the severed hand. Army of Darkness was the perfect end to the series.
6. Halloween—A classic. It was a classic from the instant it was made, always will be. I know some folks love the Rob Zombie version, but I’ll stick to the original. This movie just comes to show you that horrible things can happen, even on your street in your small town.
5. Scream—This is likely the most unpopular choice for my list if you’re reading this. You’re thinking, “What is this guy thinking about. Scream was good…but top 10 good?” Well, to each their own. There was a serious dry spell of good horror in the culture at that time and when this came out it was an instant hit! Long live the Scream franchise, long live the 90’s, and Rose McGowan, if you’re out there…call me J
4. Friday the 13th Part III—Why Part III, you ask? Well, if you recall this is the episode where little Tommy Jarvis puts a machete into Jason’s head. Also, this is the movie where Jason tries on a well fitted hockey mask for the first time.
3. Nightmare On Elm Street—As good as Dream Warriors was, it’s hard to top the original. In my opinion, this movie defined and set the tone for horror throughout the rest of the 80’s. Jason and Freddy…BFF’s.
2. The Fog—Bet you didn’t see this one coming! I absolutely love this movie. History comes back to haunt the town and the heirs to the founders have to pay the price for the sins of their forefathers. This theme is so basic, but it is at the heart of many a great suspense and horror movie.
Exorcist—Hands down the scariest movie I’ve ever seen. There is no need for anyone to try to do a remake of this one. Anyone would be foolish to try. Even to this day I get a bit nervous when this movie is on and I’ve seen it a zillion times already. Some scenes and some sounds you can never get out of your head.