Ermahgerd, we’re almost there. Go have a look at #30-21 and prepare to be astounded by #20-11…
#20 – Ginger Snaps (2000)
A childhood favourite, though I didn’t get all the ‘layers’ back then. It’s not exactly a deep film, but not a pointless one. Katharine Isabelle and Emily Perkins have great chemistry and give good performances (especially Isabelle, her transformation is a lot of fun to watch).
#19 – Jeepers Creepers (2001)
Another late childhood favourite that shouldn’t be as creepy as it is. Although some of it is a little silly, it does have a genuinely tense and creepy tone.
#18 – Pitch Black (2000)
Oh look! Another childhood favourite. It was my favourite film for some time when I was 9/10 and I watched it constantly and it still has not lost a speck of awesomeness. The planet is cool, the concept is cool, the characters are fairly realistic. It feels like it is genuinely taking place on another planet, in another time, yet is still grounded enough to be believable. And the Kabutops creatures are creepy.
#17 – Alien (1979)
A classic for a reason. Strong cast of characters, strong direction and lots of creepy halls for the alien and our characters to roam about in. While I don’t find it terrifying like some people seem to, it is effectively creepy and a nice mix of sci-fi/horror/action.
#16 – Eraserhead (1977)
One of the most bizarre things I’ve ever seen due to its really disturbing and bleak atmosphere. The whole thing just feels like a nightmare and is pretty damn creepy.
#15 – A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
Freddy is one of my favourite horror villains because he has a personality. He’s fun, enjoys haunting and killing and toying with his victims. The cast of victims aren’t particularly great, but Englund puts enough charisma and energy into his performance to drown them out. The kills and such are creative and fun as well.
#14 – The Return of the Living Dead (1985)
When I first watched this, I wasn’t aware it was a comedy and thought it was hilarious (so was relieved to find out it was intentionally funny). Although I love comedy horror, not many films strike the right balance – but this is a perfect example of how to do it well.
#13 – Cabin Fever (2002)
An amazing, visceral, intense ride drenched in atmosphere. It had a weird feel to it throughout (further exaggerated with stuff like the ‘PANCAKES!’ scene), but it seems to help rather than hinder, by giving it a sense of humour (without being silly or overly comedic). I find the disease angle in films really effective since it’s really an unstoppable and uncontrollable force.
#12 – The Thing (1982)
A rare film that gets better on every rewatch. I had the luck of seeing this at the Prince Charles before I left London and it was an awesome experience. It’s just such a well-made film. Snow is a great backdrop for a horror film and really helps with the claustrophobia/cabin fever/isolation. And the ‘testing’ scene is SO. FECKING. GREAT.
#11 – Dèmoni (1985)
If you’re looking for a film that goes all out in havoc and chaos, look no further than Demons. Everything about it is amazing; the effects, the ‘action’, the blood, the craziness. It’s just a non-stop intense ride of awesomeness from every direction. It does dip for a bit in the middle, there’s a weird calm and some subplots that don’t fit in properly, but it picks itself up again for an awesome finale.