coconuts1977 Posted April 8, 2004 Share Posted April 8, 2004 In response to some of the comments I read in a previous thread about bad films, I decided to make this one. Forgive me if it has already been done before. Before I share mine I have to say that I am picking them on their overall quality, which includes story, characters, acting, directing, and and some piss-in-your-pants horror. It can all be pretty subjective though, so I'm expecting responses (if any) to cover a broad range. Anyways, here are mine: [b]1. The Silence of the Lambs [/b] I know some people are going to say that this isn't horror, that it fits in the suspense/drama/ (heaven forbid) comedy department, but this film had the direction, acting, story, and shock value to make it one of my favorites. There are horror films that just use 'jump put at you' shocks, while others use tension and scenery to add the horror. I had goosebumps the whole time watching this film, the first time and everytime. [b]2. Scream & Nightmare on Elm Street [/b] I think Wes Craven is one of the true horror masters. Scream was clever and witty, but at the same time had some genuine chills. The opening has got to be one of the best horror film beginnings of all time. Scream makes the list mostly because of it's clever script, but everything else about it was good. Nightmare on Elm Street is a great 'slasher' flick. It really toyed with something interesting, the whole killin in your nightmares thing. (I assume most everyone is familiar with the story) The directing was a bit crude at some points, but the special effects (esp. for the small budget it had and the time it was made ...I'm assuming) The lead actress, Heather something, I thought did a great job and Johnny Depp did fairly well too. [b]3. The Shining [/b] I seriously like, shat my pants (Ew, okay, well not [i]seriously[/i]) when I first saw this at the tender age of 9. Then it shocked me with it's horror, when I viewed it recently it not only freaked me out with it's horror again but also by the direction and acting. I think the direction verges on genius (like all Kubrick films, I think) and the isolation bit REALLY adds to the tension. This, like the first film I mentioned, builds up rather than just having shock after shock. [b]4. Fatal Attraction [/b] This one goes especially to the guys out there. There is nothing freakier than having an affair (which, you probably shouldn't have done/do in the first place) and having that psycho ***** stalk you, [spoiler] boil your kid's rabbit, and try to kill you. [/spoiler] It contained taut direction, wonderful acting (especially the deliciously devilish Glenn Close), and some really tense moments. There aren't really any shocks, [spoiler] save the ending scene in the bathroom [/spoiler] but it did something else. I'm actually finding it hard to describe right now, I'm actually in my mind relating the horror in the film to having your balls kicked. (Sorry if I offend anyone by that) Well, that's my list. It seems to change frequently, but that's my list as of this moment. AH! WAIT! Let me insert a few honorable mentions: Halloween (the 1978 original), Carrie (Sissy Spacek rocks), Hush Hush Sweet Charolotte, and Misery. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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