Guys. I’m embarrassed. I am a horror lover. I am always looking for the next film that will scar me for life. Almost exactly 2 years ago, I wrote a post titled The Best Horror Movies of All Time and wow, re-reading that I realize that my tastes have changed A LOT. I really wanted to do a better updated list of my favorite horror flicks and hopefully be a little more true to what I really love (although I still won’t apologize for putting ‘Saw V’ on my original list).
‘The Orphanage’ (2007)
‘The Orphanage’ is a recent favorite of mine, and one that I probably would not have watched a few years ago. In the past year I have broadened my horizons to include foreign films, and wow this one was worth it. Produced by Guillermo del Toro, it really has that eerie tension of a del Toro film, but also has so much heart and left me with tears in my eyes. Please, if you haven’t, give this movie a watch.
‘The Strangers’ (2008)
I can’t believe this movie wasn’t on my original list. I used to bring my DVD of this movie to every sleepover, and we wouldn’t sleep all night. Don’t let the horrible sequel tarnish your memory of this film. It is still just as terrifying. Every once in a while I still look over to my kitchen and hope that there isn’t a dude with a bag on his head standing in it.
‘The Conjuring’ (2013)
‘The Conjuring’ has to stay on my list. I believe that it started the recent horror movie renaissance and set a higher standard for the movies coming out today. Also, if you haven’t actually played the clap game, I highly recommended it.
‘As Above, So Below’ (2014)
This movie is criminally underrated. I think that people were sick of found footage movies after the age of ‘Paranormal Activity’ and just lumped this movie in with all of the films trying to capitalize on the trend. In reality, this movie has a really interesting plot with plenty of earned scares and some great twists.
I totally understand how some people might not get this film, but oh my god I think it is a masterpiece. It has some of the most haunting scenes I have ever experienced in my life, and the detail is just magnificent. I cannot wait to see what director Ari Aster will do next, and patiently wait for the next movie to haunt my dreams.