I love scary movies! Ghosts, demons, werewolves, vampires and more; they're all cool in my book. Check out 10 of my favorite horror movies that I think you should see before you become a ghost yourself! Readers beware! - Hazel
The Shining, based on Stephen King's novel, is my number one horror movie staple. This takes "cabin fever" to a whole new level. What could be more fun than staying at a haunted hotel in the secluded snowy mountains? The answer to that is: literally anything else. Not to mention Jack Nicholson as Jack Torrance can make me whimper just with the raise of one eyebrow—and he does a lot of eyebrow raising. And axe-swinging. If you like terrifying hotels, extensive hedge mazes and frightening ghost twins, this movie is for you.
Christian Bale plays Patrick Bateman, a handsome, wealthy and overall savvy New York businessman and psychopath in the movie American Psycho, based on the Brett Easton Ellis novel of the same name. It's a pretty graphic movie, but god damn it's hilarious. Half of the time you don't know whether to laugh or cry at all the horrible things Bateman does. And, because Bateman likes to axe his victims to '80s pop, get ready for a hilarious soundtrack to some of the film's bloodiest scenes.
Roman Polanski's Rosemary's Baby is just downright spooky. Rosemary and her husband move into their new apartment to start an exciting new life together. Soon, Rosemary gets preggo but wait! Something's up! Maybe it has something to do with that weird nightmare she had where she was having sex with a demon? I mean, just a possibility? I could be wrong (spoiler: I'm not wrong.) This trippy '60s film is all about paranoia, satanism and really cute outfits (seriously, Urban Outfitters needs to recreate Mia Farrow's entire wardrobe in this movie).
This 90's classic sounds like every other high school slasher film (a masked killer is murdering teens in town!) but it's so perfectly meta, referencing horror classics left and right. It's hilarious but also has its genuinely terrifying moments. My favorite scene is when Randy (Jamie Kennedy) explains "the rules" of all horror movies. It also stars a perfect cast: Drew Barrymore, Neve Campbell, Rose McGowan, Matthew Lilliard and more. The best way to watch this movie is at home, completely alone and making popcorn with the caller ID off. Can you do it?
The Canadian indie film Ginger Snaps is really just your typical Judy Blume-esque coming of age tale. The movie follows Ginger Fitzgerald as she gets her first period, begins to fool around with boys and morph into a vicious blood-thirsty werewolf. You know, normal teen girl stuff! This truly original horror film is super snarky and, surprisingly, a really accurate portrayal of being a macabre teen girl. I would know, I am writing this list. Why I haven't I been bitten by a werewolf? Can someone arrange this for me? K cool thanx.
Suspiria is a horror movie from the '70s shot by Italian director Dario Argento, who is known for his bloody technicolor movies. Suspiria isn't really scary, but if you want a good, campy horror film this one is perfect. It's about an American student who is studying dance in Italy, but discovers that the dance studio has a history filled with witches and dark magic. The movie is famous for its psychedelic art direction and awesome soundtrack by the band Goblin, but there's plenty of (bright red) blood to be had in this.
Let The Right One In
Forget about Bella and Edward (oh god, please forget about them forever), this is the best vampire love story ever told! Let The Right One In is a Swedish film about a bullied boy named Oskar who befriends a mysterious young vampire named Eli. It was remade for American audiences as Let Me In but the Swedish version is the one to watch. It's quiet and scary but also undeniably cute. Aw, young vamp love!
The Exorcist is about a girl with a really bad mattress. Oh, wait, my bad, it's about a girl who gets possessed by a demon after playing with a Ouija board. Don't lie, you totally just threw out your Ouija board when you read that sentence. Haha, loser, it's too late! You're totes gonna get possessed now! Anyway, this movie is famously terrifying. It had people vomiting in the theater when it came out. There's vomit in the film though, so don't worry. There's also crying priests, spinning heads and a whole lot of dirty talk from one angry demon. Gosh, I am so glad I'm a blogger for UO and not a professional exorcist. Actually, now that I think about it, it's basically the same job but with more internetting.
Hausu is probably the weirdest horror film ever made. I will never understand Japanese horror films because they are always bonkers, and this one is no exception. Hausu is about a school girl who takes her friends on vacation to her aunt's haunted house. There, the girls are attacked by a mattress, eaten by a piano, fight firewood, are possessed by lamps and more. Spoiler alert: it's awesome. Bad acting and cheesy '70s vibes aside, this movie is too freaking weird to be terrible. Seriously, horror film directors must have been on so many drugs in the '70s...
Nightmare On Elm Street
In most horror films, you can just run away from the bad guys. But, in Nightmare on Elm Street, you can't run away from Freddie Krueger 'cause he haunts your dreams! One minute you could be dreaming about eating burritos with Claire Boucher and then suddenly, Freddie will appear! Not only will he probably slice your burrito open with his long-ass knife fingers (ugh, not cool man) but he will also kill you. Lame! Seriously though, Nightmare On Elm Street is really scary. Freddie Krueger is the disgusting-looking ghost of a child-killer who haunts the dreams of teenagers living in the town. The opening murder sequence is intense, I can barely sit through it. Have fun with this one!