Oct 282015
 

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The parameters of a horror film are often contentious. Some viewers may luxuriate in intense Zombie-eating gore, but go running for the exit when a character is stalked by a ghost. Identifying the most successful horror films is also an identifier of what frightens you as an individual, and everyone is different. For me – isolated settings and creepy noises almost always get me, as does the threat of intense unflinching violence.

There are a few films that would have made my list if I had opened up the range a little – Se7en, which I view as an (excellent) police-procedural thriller, and Shaun of the Dead, which is more of a comedy, are two examples. You may argue that The Silence of the Lambs and An American Werewolf in London fall into these respective categories, but I have included them because I value their horror elements more. If I were pressed I would file them under ‘horror’. Is Come and See a war film or horror? Most definitely a horror.

Then there are the sub-genres of horror – supernatural, psychological, monster, portrayals of true crime. Working out what the most successful examples of these sub-genres (and the genre as a whole) is very subjective. Two years ago I spent the better part of a year working through as many of the classic horror I had not yet seen. While I barely scratched the surface of what is out there, I put together a list I was proud of and felt was an educated assessment of the genre. Please find below an updated version of my ’50 Favourite Horror Films’, a list of sure-fire winners if you’re looking for quality suspense.

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Jan 282014
 

Another year, another Paranormal Activity chapter! I can’t explain why this one isn’t called number 5 officially, though at time of this post, imdb lists Paranormal Activity 5 as being slated for release in October 2014. This installment absolutely loops in with the original films, and is a worthy addition to the franchise. My review after the jump.

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Oct 312013
 

Happy Halloween!

I’m not much of a horror buff, but I can safely say Candyman is the scariest film I have ever seen. I was around 8 or 9 and I crept into the living room where my parents were watching it and hid behind the sofa. This was probably not one of the smartest decisions I’ve ever made…The images from this film haunted my dreams throughout much of my childhood. I still can’t say ANY name in front of mirror multiple times. Come to think of it, perhaps this film is responsible for my irrational fear of bees and wasps (along with My Girl, which still upsets me).

Scream is another film that lingered in my mind for years afterwards. I watched this at a sleepover with 4 or 5 other girls when I was about 11 or 12. I remember trembling and being too freaked out to use the bathroom. I called my Mum as soon as the sun came up and got her to take me home. Stupidly, I also watched Scream 2, which also played with my mind. I felt unconformable using the bathrooms at the cinema for some time after that film. I still feel uneasy when I see people in costume, wearing that mask.
 
What is the scariest film you have ever seen? Is there something that has stuck in your mind, long after the credits have rolled? It may not even be considered scary or a horror, but for whatever reason, it’s one that has had an impact on you.
 
By Sam McCosh

Aug 272013
 

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Horror film scenario: A room full of rich, not too likable white people who spend almost every breath bickering and complaining, notice something strange, something very odd about one of their house guests… Could it be the arrow that’s mysteriously appears pierced through his head? This marks the beginning of a night of brutality, deception, self-awareness and bloodshed of the highest order. My review of You’re Next after the jump.

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Jul 172013
 

It’s 1971 and you’ve recently bought a house for you and your family. However, it should be mentioned; there’s a grotesque stench, the clocks always stop at 3:07 every morning and most nights you feel someone touching your leg, leaving bruises. Do you A) Redecorate and fix the plumbing B) Move out or C) Call a clairvoyant couple? Find out in my review of The Conjuring after the jump.

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May 212013
 

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A crime novelist moves his family to a home where the previous family had been murdered. Like horror film has taught us before, this is never a good idea. Thus begins the terror of Sinister, a new horror film from writer-director Scott Derrickson (The Exorcism Of Emily Rose) and starring Ethan Hawke as the writer at the very bowel of human destruction and depravity. Is Sinister just another gory Hollywood cash grab or is it something really special…and scary? My review after the jump.

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May 162013
 

Evil Dead

Blood, mayhem, tension, fear, addiction and chain saws encompass the new remake of Evil Dead. Written and directed by newcomer Fede Alvarez, and based on the 1981 Sam Raimi original, it has been touted as, “The Most Terrifying Film You’ll Ever See”. Does it stand up to that statement? Find out after the jump.

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