My Top 100 Horror Films: 30-21

These introductions are getting boring to write. If you missed #40-31 go have a look and return to experience more of my amazing taste in films.


#30 – Død snø (2009)

It’s not so much a zombie film, but a slasher film with zombies. For some reason all Norwegians hate it, but I think it’s hilarious and plays around with the tropes of the genre in a really fun way.


#29 – The Prowler (1981)

I’m getting sick of saying it now, but ‘tense and atmospheric’. Nice kills and stuff as well, but it mainly works because of how amped up the atmosphere is.


#28 – Deliria (1987)

A stylish, creative and atmospheric slasher. The tension is built-up well and it doesn’t rely on twists to create interest. The characters feel fairly realistic for a horror film – not so well developed that you’re crying when they’re killed, but well enough that you want them to live – and the decisions they make aren’t completely stupid. The owl mask is oddly creepy, though it should be ridiculous. Interesting slasher also because the characters are aware there is a maniac in the building with them, rather than a mysterious killer picking them off one by one without anyone knowing.


#27 – The Cabin in the Woods (2012)

Ridiculously good fun. The most annoying thing about it is that it’s sort of two films in one and I wanted to see both films fully explored and played out and we only got half and half. It doesn’t pander to the audience, but it’s definitely made for them and doesn’t stop short of giving us a damn good time. That button scene is one of the most beautiful and amazing things I’ve ever seen.


#26 – Teeth (2007)

The acting is a bit awkward, but it still works because it gives the characters an extra sense of innocence and naivety. Men seem to dislike the film thinking it’s ‘anti-men’, but I didn’t get that vibe from it at all (but then, I don’t have a penis, so…). Jess Weixler is an immensely likable lead and everyone else is very good too. And it’s also just really damn funny.


#25 – Dagon (2001)

Should be crap, but isn’t because the atmosphere is so fecking amazing. When they’re creeping about the village/town/whatever near the beginning, the atmosphere oozes from the screen. So great.


#24 – Wishmaster (1997)

Andrew Divoff is amazing, he’s creepy as hell as the Djinn, yet also really funny and charismatic. The concept is pretty old, but it’s just played so fresh.


#23 – The Last House on the Left (1972)

One of its weaknesses is also one of its strengths – the villains are too damn interesting and ‘likable’. When you’re rooting for the people doing the raping and killing, there’s probably an issue, but they – Hess and Lincoln, especially – are amazing in their roles and they really feel like they could be real people. The rape scene is one of the best I’ve seen, focusing on their faces, removing any kind of sexuality involved, making it feel really intrusive and personal and disturbing. Because the villains were so interesting, I don’t think the revenge part works quite as well as it should, but it’s not much of a problem. I also really like the music.


#22 – Cloverfield (2008)

I saw a trailer on TV for it, thought it looked rubbish but reluctantly went to see it at the cinema. I was on the edge of my seat in the first 5 minutes and never left. Amazing build-up, great tension, and just amazing.


#21 – The Fly (1986)

I really, really, really love The Fly, though I consider it a sci-fi over a horror film. Cronenberg’s body horror fetish comes out in full force, with Brundle Fly looking amazing. Jeff Goldblum is surprisingly sympathetic and likable – even though his character is a douche – and for some bizarre reason the last time I watched it I cried at the end. I’ve never cried any time I’d watched it previously, so I’m not sure what that was about.


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