By Yanni Vouroutiotis
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is one of the most influential horror movies of all time. It first came out in 1974 and changed the genre forever. Directed by Tobe Hooper (TCM franchise, Poltergeist), he created one of the longest lasting franchises of all time.
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is loosely based on American serial killer Ed Gein; however, the plot is completely fictional. It takes place in Kingsland, Texas and tells the story of a girl named Sally Hardesty and her friends who are checking on the grave of her grandfather due to reports of vandalism. Little do they know that their weekend getaway will soon turn into a living nightmare.
Even with a low budget, and it is a much older movie, it remains one of my all-time favorites, with Hooper combining tense moments and jump scares to create one of the greatest horror movies of all time. With the creation of the killer Leatherface, Hooper originated many slasher film elements such as the utilization of power tools to kill, and more importantly, the creation of the villain as a big, strong, intimidating figure. It is not as violent as the recent remakes, so this is definitely one to look out for in terms of horror movies to watch for this Halloween.
“Good night daddy”
Sinister is a 2012 supernatural horror movie directed by Scott Derrickson (Exorcism of Emily Rose, Deliver Us From Evil). It stars Ethan Hawke as a true crime writer who has just moved his family into a house where a family was just murdered, in the hopes of solving the case which is the basis of his new book.
The family experiences many strange occurrences, accumulating into an unforgettable last 15 minutes. Sinister is noted for resurrecting the psychological horror genre, as most horror movies in the 2000 era consisted only of jump scares, as opposed to extremely tense moments. This is a movie that will keep you tense all the way through, and an ending to leave you with your jaw wide open.
“You don’t understand. He’s not gonna let you leave, and he’s not gonna stop till he has you. Until he has all of you!”
This is the only supernatural splatter film on my list, as I felt it would be nice to get some variety for horror movies. I have never felt that splatter films are that scary. They’re merely disturbing; however, this movie is unique.
Before I begin the review, I must warn you all about this movie. This is the most violent, gruesome, and vomit-inducing movie I have seen in my entire life. It is not for the faint of heart. This is a movie that would reduce Eli Roth to tears. I myself have never found splatter films scary, as I don’t find gore scary, but this movie is so disgusting I was truly terrified.
I recommend this for people who are at least 16+, and that’s if you are accustomed to these kinds of films. Please don’t go into this movie unprepared. It will scar you. Don’t be dumb like I was in grade 9. Don’t watch it if you are squeamish. I cannot stress enough how disturbing this movie is. If you still believe you can handle it, then keep reading below.
Evil Dead was first created by Sam Raimi (Spider-Man Trilogy <3) in 1981, but I will be talking about the remake. The Evil Dead remake was directed by upcoming horror director Fede Alvarez (Lights Out, Don’t Breathe) in 2013 as an attempt to revitalize the franchise, with an entirely new ensemble of characters. In Evil Dead, a group of friends takes their friend Mia to an isolated cabin in the woods (of course) for a weekend to help Mia overcome her heroin addiction. There, the group discovers an ancient book of evil and accidentally awaken an ancient evil. They then have to use their strength and wits to survive the night. In terms of the genre, I believe it is one of the better entries, which if you are interested in splatter films, then this is the way to go. Oh, and after watching this movie, you will join in on my long-standing fear of vines.
There, the group discovers an ancient book of evil and accidentally awaken an ancient evil. They then have to use their strength and wits to survive the night. In terms of the genre, I believe it is one of the better entries. If you are interested in splatter films, then this is the way to go. Oh, and after watching this movie, you will share my long-standing fear of vines.
Oh, and after watching this movie, you will share my long-standing fear of vines.
Also directed by horror superstar James Wan (Saw, Insidious) in 2013, The Conjuring took the world by storm. The horror genre had been stuck in a rut for a while after horror’s golden age of slasher movies had ended, and a dark ages of found footage horror movies occurred (elch). Thanks to Wan(<3), a rebirth of supernatural horror movies took place, with The Conjuring leading the way.
The Conjuring is the real-life story of paranormal investigators Ed (Patrick Wilson) and Lorraine Warren (Vera Farmiga), on their famous Perron Case. The Perrons were an ordinary family who had just moved into a new house in a dilapidated farmhouse in Harrisville, Rhode Island. Strange events began to occur, leading them to ask the Warrens for help. This turns out to be my favorite supernatural horror movie, as not only is it scary, but it has an exceptional plot backing it up as well mixed with terrific acting. This leads me to conclude that over all of the movies to chose from this list, this is my number one pick.
This turns out to be my favorite supernatural horror movie, as not only is it scary, but it has an exceptional plot and terrific acting. This leads me to conclude that of all of the movies to chose from this list, this is my number one pick.
“I met him, fifteen years ago. I was told there was nothing left. No reason, no conscience, no understanding; even the most rudimentary sense of life or death, good or evil, right or wrong. I met this six-year-old child, with this blank, pale, emotionless face and the blackest eyes… the devil’s eyes. I spent eight years trying to reach him, and then another seven trying to keep him locked up, because I realized what was living behind that boy’s eyes was purely and simply… evil.”
If horror movies were like physics, then Psycho would be Aristotle, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre would be Isaac Newton, and Halloween would be Albert Einstein.
Directed by horror legend John Carpenter (The Thing), Halloween created almost every single horror stereotype. He inspired the idea for the final girl, the unkillable villain, and created one of the greatest horror icons of all time.
Halloween is about a cold-blooded killer named Michael Myers who, after being locked up in a psychiatric institute for 15 years, returns home to terrorize the town of Haddonfield. It’s up to Dr. Loomis (Donald Pleasance) to stop Michael before he kills Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis).
This was the breakout role for Curtis, which propelled her to international superstardom. She became the very first in a long line of actresses to be called “scream queens.” The resulting movie is a horror masterpiece that grips you from beginning to end and changed the horror genre for years to come.
Fun Fact: Jamie Lee Curtis is the daughter of Janet Leigh, another prominent actress, who starred in the first ever slasher movie: Psycho. So she followed in her mother’s footsteps to become the first ever “Final Girl” in her own successful horror movie, Halloween.
This is a clip from a TV show called Scream Queens, where Jamie Lee Curtis recreates her mother’s famous shower scene from Psycho.