Horror Films Through the Ages

105Horror movies have characters like blood-sucking vampires, psychos, scary ghosts, deadly werewolves and man-eating zombies, women with long hair and scarred faces who give you the chills! The best time to watch these movies is late night, all alone (or with a friend, if you get very scared of the horror films) with all the lights off. Given below, are some of the best horror movies of all time according to my preferences.

Here is a list of some of the best horror movies ever made which are a must see for everybody. However, horror films are not all movies for the entire family, so check the rating of the movie before you watch it, especially if you intend to do so with your kids.

Psycho (1960) – This is a classic horror film, and among the top 10 horror movies. This film is made by the famous Alfred Hitchcock and was nominated for 4 Oscars. The movie is based on Robert Bloch’s novel, is about Marion Crane (Janet Leigh), who checks into a motel after stealing a big sum of money from her employer.

The Silence of the Lambs (1991) – This amazing masterpiece is based on a book by Thomas Harris and is about Dr. Hannibal Lecter played by Anthony Hopkins and a young FBI cadet played by Jodie Foster who are trying to find a serial killer.

The Ring (2002) – Ring is a very scary horror film without any of the typical elements of a horror film. This film is about a mysterious videotape, which causes the death of anybody who watches it within seven days.

Child’s Play (1998) – This is the first movie of the Chucky series, with a scary but an unique concept of a serial killer trapped inside a puppet. The movie has many scary and shocking scenes, which will make you jump in your seat. If you like Child’s Play, then you can also watch other movies of the series.

The Sixth Sense (1999) – This is so far the best film created by M. Night Shyamalan, which stars Bruce Willis and Haley Joel Osment. This movie is about a boy (Haley) who can see dead people, and is getting treatment from a child psychologist (Bruce Willis).

Les Diaboliques (1995) – This black and white film directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot, is about the wife of a cruel headmaster and his mistress, who conspire to kill him. But, after they murder him, the body disappears and strange and scary events begin to unfold.

Grindhouse (2007) – These are two feature films directed by Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez. This double bill of thrillers, Death Proof and Planet Terror created by the two directors recall an all time favorite genre – exploitation films. Watch the film to know more.

Haxan (1992) – This bizarre but unique film, is a documentary portraying the history of witchcraft from illustrated incidents to real life events. A must watch for fans of this movie genre.

Alien (1979) – This sci-fi, horror film is known to everybody, and there have been many films on this character. When a crew of mining ship investigating a suspected SOS land on a distant planet, they discover some strange creatures.

Rosemary’s Baby (1968) – This classic Oscar winner horror film is about a young couple who move into a new apartment. They realize that they are surrounded by peculiar neighbors. The couple become concerned about the safety of their unborn child, as the wife becomes mysteriously pregnant.

Carrie (1976) – This scary movie is based on a equally scary novel by Stephen King, is about a quiet and weird girl called Carrie who has telekinetic powers.

The Shinning (1980) – Based on a novel by Stephen King and directed by Stanley Kubrick, this movie is a masterpiece among horror films. A man, his wife and son are staying in an isolated hotel, where their son starts see to see disturbing scenes from the past due to his telepathic ability.

Faust – Eine Deutsche Volkssage (1926) – This is a classic film in the horror, drama and fantasy genre. The movie is about God and Satan who war over Earth and to settle things down, wager on the soul of Faust, an alchemist.

Constantine (2005) – This movie is based on the comic book series called ‘Hellblazer’, is among those horror films which have great visual effects. Starring Keanu Reeves as John Constantine, this movie is about Constantine who has been to hell and back.

A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) – This film is among the best scary movies of all time, and is about the famous horror character Freddy, who killed many children with his razor blades fingers. Freddy is later on burned alive by some people in a boiler room. After many years, he starts tormenting the children of the people who killed him.

The Blair Witch Project (1999) – This is a very unique film among horror films without any typical elements of the horror film genre. 3 student film-makers mysteriously disappear into the woods. This film is about the footage which was found a year later after their death.

Werckmeister Harmoniak (2000) – This world-wide acclaimed film took over 4 years to be created, and suffered many funding hassles and changes in crew, but the output came out to be brilliant. The movie takes place in a small town on the Hungarian Plain, where the temperature is below zero degree and is accompanied by frost, strangers appearing, and other chaotic incidents happening. To learn more about scary films go through, list of scary movies.

I am sure you must have seen many of the movies from the best horror movies list above but I am also pretty sure that you must not have seen the above listed foreign language horror films. So, rent the unwatched films, but a little advice – do not watch them all together, as the elements in horror films have a long lasting impression. Have a happy-scary experience watching these films!

Horror Movie Q&A With Jeff Caxide of Isis

104Horror Q&A With Jeff Caxide of Isis

TIS: What’s our fascination with horror movies?

JC: I wish I knew but I have been fascinated with them since I was a little kid. I would always look at the VHS covers in the horror section of the video store wishing I were brave enough to rent one.

TIS: What’s the first horror movie you remember seeing and what emotions did it elicit?

JC: I think it was Jaws. I remember seeing the little boy eaten really disturbed me. To see someone not much older than me get killed in a movie was not something I had seen before. It broke the rules I had in my little 5 year old brain that children were safe in movies. And of course like most people who saw the film at my age I have a deep fear of going into the ocean.

TIS: Why do 99% of today’s Horror Movies suck?

JC: I would argue that 99% of everything sucks but I know what you mean. There seems to be a big lack of creativity and I don’t consider coming up with new ways to kill people (Saw) creative. I have read hundreds of short stories from horror writers that would make great movies but instead we are stuck with remakes and uninspired teen driven crap that are made to open big, make it’s money back and not leave a mark. I guess it’s a generational thing. This is what people seem to want so this is what is going to get made.

TIS: What’s the last great Horror movie you saw and why?

JC: Probably “Antichrist” by Lars Von Trier. It really shows the potential for artistry within the realm of horror. If you watch this with a group of friends I can almost guarantee there will be some debate afterward.

TIS: To this day I still get excited when I hear the eerie piano of John Carpenter’s Halloween theme. What are some of your favorite and most memorable horror soundtracks?

JC: The Wicker Man (original) is easily for me the best soundtrack to a horror movie. It’s mostly folk type songs and fits the movie perfectly. If you have not seen this yet, you are really missing out. It is my favorite horror movie of all time.

TIS: What are some of your favorite indie horror films?

JC: I really liked “The Last Winter”. They obviously didn’t have much money and some of the FX are pretty bad but Larry Fessenden still managed to make a nice atmospheric, creepy film. “The Burrowers” is another that comes to mind. It sadly, also suffers from bad FX but the movie has almost a Terrence Malick tone to it. It got dumped straight to DVD, which is too bad because it really is better than some of the stuff that makes it into the theater.

TIS: There’s many genres of horror movies including Monster, Slasher, Supernatural, Zombie, Occult, Gore, Sci-Fi etc. In your opinion which is the scariest & which is the lamest?

JC: I think any genre has the potential to produce greatness as well as total shit. I would say that slasher films are not my favorite but still there are some great ones out there.

TIS: Who is your favorite horror writer & director?

JC: I would probably go with David Cronenberg or Roman Polanski. I wouldn’t consider either of them Horror directors but they have made some amazing films in the genre. That’s usually the case. Stanley Kubrick made “The Shining” and William Freidken made “The Exorcist”. Those guys are definitely not horror filmmakers. Most directors who stick with horror their whole career seem to get worse with time. Look at John Carpenter, Wes Craven, George Romero and Stuart Gordon. They all started strong and each of them has made at least one classic horror film but they haven’t done anything decent in years.

TIS: What the worst horror movie you’ve ever seen?

JC: Anything that Rob Zombie has done. I thought the Halloween remake was his best movie but I also thought it was terrible. He seems to think there is nothing more to a horror movie than violence and vulgarity. All the Saw movies that I have seen have all been laughable as well.

Steel Cage Match: Pick a winner for each match with the reason why.

Round I:

1. Michael Meyers (Halloween) Vs. Pinhead (Hellraiser)

Winner: Micheal Meyers. Why? Pinhead talks too much.

2. Freddy Krueger (a Nightmare on Elm Street) vs. Possesed Reagan (The Exorcist)

Winner: Reagan. Why? Was in a better movie

3. Norman Bates (Psycho) vs. The Birds (The Birds)

Winner: Norman. Why: He’s crazy but smart. Could probably outsmart birds.

4. Jason Vorhees (Friday the 13th) vs. The Shark (Jaws)

Winner: The Shark. Why: I hate the Friday the 13th movies

5. Pennywise the Clown (Stephen King’s “It”) vs. Xenomorphs (Alien)

Winner: Alien. Why: Alien doesn’t have awful band named after it.

6. Ash (The Evil Dead) vs. Shaun (Shaun of the Dead)

Winner: Ash. Why: Shaun is great but me and Ash go way back

7. A Zombie (28 Days Later) vs. A Zombie (Night of the Living Dead)

Winner: Zombie 28 days. Why? Faster, still breathing

8. Leatherface (Texas Chainsaw Massacre) vs. Candy Man (Candy Man)

Winner: Candy Man. Why? Street cred.

Round II:

1. Micheal Meyers vs. Regan

Winner: Regan. Why: Has the devil on her side

2. Norman Bates vs. The Shark

Winner: The Shark. Why: I’ll just assume this battle takes place at sea. Guy with knife doesn’t stand a chance.

3. Ash vs. Alien

Winner: Ash. Why: If he can take on a hoard of demons, he can take on an Alien.

4. 28 day zombie vs. Candy Man

Winner: Candy Man. Why: Is supernatural. And has street Cred.

Round III:

1. Regan vs. The Shark

Winner: The Shark. Why: Shark can’t be intimidated by Regan’s insults of its mother.

2. Ash vs. Candy Man

Winner: Ash. Why: Perfect opportunity to say “Gimmie some sugar” before he kills a guy called Candy Man can not be passed up.

Final Round:

1. Ash vs. The Shark

THE CHAMPION

Ash
Why: If Chief Brody can kill it with a six shooter and an air tank, a guy with a chainsaw for a hand should do just fine.

Top 10 Classical Horror Movies

103I’m curious to know the top ten best scary films of all time. A lot of scary movies made a definite success with viewers. To celebrate the month of Halloween Here are a few of the classical scary films and also a quick description, simply to remember their history.

1. Aliens(1986): directed by James Cameron, this film shows a colony within a distant planet that’s having problems with threatening creatures

2. The Blair Witch project(1999): Students get lost in the forest and therefore are victims of invisible lunatic. This movie is shown as it was filmed by college students.

3. Jaws (1975): Every time a huge terrific white shark starts to menace the little island community of Amity, a police chief, a marine scientist and grizzled fisherman fixed out to stop it.

4. Pet Cemetery(1983): Close to their residence, local kids have come up with a cemetery for the dogs and cats murdered by the steady stream of transports on the busy highway.

5. The Texas Chain Saw Massacre(1974):Tobe Hooper movie that spawned the creation of numerous sequels and remakes. It is known for always been censored, also for his amazing achievements.

6. The Exorcist(1973): A possessed girl is struggling with the devils that make him do horrible things. The story in this movie is based upon real events.

7. Psycho(1960):Directed by Alfred Hitchcock, Psycho is a scary and also a thriller shot in white and black, and also the very first thriller in motion picture history.

8. A Nightmare on Elm Street(1984): Directed by Wes Craven. The first of a series of movie with Freddy Krueger, the horrible man using the scary burn face that haunts the dreams of his victims.

9. Child’s Play (1988): A toy doll that appears quite cute is totally dangerous.

10. Halloween(1978): A Halloween party which turns to anguish. The first of a number of movie with Michael Myers, Halloween happens to be the most successful independent motion pictures of all time.
Here’s a little something to lighten up your Saturday night!

German Horror Movies

102As a nation, Germany has gone through many difficult times and survived two of the largest wars ever to take place on our planet. Understandably, after having endured so much real life terrors, the horror movie genre didn’t exactly flourish there following World War II. In fact, it wouldn’t be until the 1980’s that filmmakers would begin to emerge from the German underground film scene and begin making their mark on our favorite genre.

Today I’d like to introduce you to five influential German directors who’ve made the German horror genre what it is today. While you may not recognize them all, I bet you’ll know at least one name from this list.

We begin our journey with a man by the name of Andreas Schnaas, said to be the pioneer of Germany’s ultra-violent underground film scene. Herr Schnaas was born in Hamburg, Germany in 1968 and fell in love with cinema at a very young age. Since his local theaters were lax in their exclusion of young people from more horrific films, Schaas grew up on a steady diet of high caliber martial arts movies and zombie flicks. While his parents didn’t necessarily approve of his cinematic tastes, they did recognize his artistic leanings and by age twelve

he’d shot his first amateur horror film in which he and a friend starred.

It wouldn’t be until 1989 that Herr Schnaas would work up the funds needed to shoot his own movie (5,000 German Marks, roughly $2,000 USD), but when he did his first film he made quite a splash. Violent Sh*t, his initial full length film was so named because it’s precisely what Schnaas’ friend accused him of making. The story involved Karl the Butcher and obviously the movie itself was heavily gore-oriented. Fans loved it and it instantly became a cult hit inspiring many a midnight showing. The German government, on the other hand, banned it once it hit video as the country’s very first straight-to-video release. It’s gone on to spawn three sequels: Mother Hold My Hand, Infantry of Doom (known as Zombie Doom in the United States) and Nikos. Even

though the band never sued for the copyright infringement, the first film did include an unauthorized use of the W.A.S.P. song ‘The Torture Never Stops’.

That same year, writer director Jörg Buttgereit of Berlin, would bring the world yet another controversial film. Nekromantik was described by famous filmmaker John Waters as the world’s “first erotic film for necrophiliacs”. The story in Nekromantik involves a sort of tragic “hero” who’s job it is to remove bodies from public places. This gives him the perfect opportunity to pursue his favorite fetish: romancing the dead. As you can imagine, due to its

subject matter, the film found itself banned in several countries. However, unlike the Schnaas films, Nekromantik intends to be a social commentary. The basic gist of the story shows the main character as abused and tormented by society at large, thus triggering his withdrawl into the sick fantasy world he’s built to hide within. In his fantasies he can exercise ultimate control over the world and essentially ‘puppet’ the dead the same way that he perceives society to be the all-controlling master of his existence.

While Herr Buttgereit’s film can be defined as horror since that’s clearly a strong element in the film, many viewers find it to be more clearly classified as a transgressive film which is in itself a genre of avant garde filmmaking. The film itself contains many scenes that will be difficult for any audience to swallow, but hard truths about life often are. For stark symbolism, Buttgereit’s cinematic debut certainly pushes all boundaries.

Shortly before the 1990’s, one more force arose in the German movie landscape: Olaf Ittenbach. Black Past, Herr Ittenbach’s first film, proves to be not only his directorial debut, but also his introduction as an actor. He plays a teenage metalhead who’s a heavy drinker and obsessed with death, tortured by nightmarish visions. Of course, from there it’s a total spiral down into madness. Many consider Ittenbach to be the first German ‘splatterpunk’ filmmaker and have compared his works to Resident Evil, Toxic Avengers and other more recognized films. He certainly pushed German horror further into the public spotlight, but not as much as our final director featured in this article.

You may’ve guessed what’s coming: Uwe Boll. Herr Boll is a filmmaker whom critics love to hate. He’s a man who seemingly single-handedly took dark German films to the true international level. He’s not only a director, but also screen writer and perhaps most notably a producer of his own work. Unlike many Hollywood directors who receive outside funding, Herr Boll tends to fund his own work. He studied at both the University of Siegen and the

University of Cologne and holds a doctorate in literature.

So it may come as a surprise to many that he’s so despised in the film world. While there are as many potential reasons as there are minds to think them up, critics often take aim at what they see as his emphasis of style over substance. The films of Uwe Boll often take direct inspiration from videos games like Alone in the Dark, Postal, BloodRayne and House of the Dead. While they may not boast the finest acting or most realistic effects in movies today, Herr Boll’s films most certainly offer up a solid fun factor and that’s made him something of a cult hero among fans of both horror movies and video games in general.

In true maverick style, Uwe Boll rarely stands down when criticized. He’s notorious for publicly insulting his critics and even challenging them to get into a ring and box him! This compliments his legendary ability to raise funds for his films as opposed to seeking funding from established studios. Most of his investors are German because in his native country he enjoys a tax shelter that helps him be able to finance the films more easily. Despite all the

harsh criticism and downright mean things said about his films, he continues to produce them and they arguably improve. While he may remain a magnet for media spite, Uwe Boll stands proud for his fans and refuses to give up his passion.

That’s a wrap on this look at four influential directors on the German horror movie scene. I hope I’ve opened your eyes to what the land that brought us Volkswagens and Dachshunds has to offer when it comes to dark cinema. It may take some work to find the titles featured here, but you certainly won’t fail to be shocked if you choose to pick a few up for your own viewing pleasure!

List Of Popular Horror Movies

101The Exorcist is probably one of the most well known and most popular horror movies of all time. Decades later it still brings chills to those who watch it. The Exorcist is about a young girl who becomes possessed by a demon. It is up to the exorcist to remove this demon from inside the little girl. Even though this movie is quite old, the cinematography is quite good. That, and the combination of the intense music can make some scenes incredibly scary.

The Exorcism of Emily Rose is a more recent horror movie that also did quite well at the box office. It involves a teenage girl who is considered possessed by the Catholic church. This movie was quite popular despite several poor reviews from movie critics.

The Shining is another classic horror movie. It stars Jack Nicholson as a tired and frustrated writer. He feels like he can never concentrate on his writing so he takes a job as a winter caretaker in a hotel. Ironically it turns out the hotel is haunted, so he does not get to do a lot of writing.

The Blair Witch Project is a very low budget horror film. It involves a group of people filming a movie in the woods. For a good portion of the movie it is just a bunch of young adults talking and exploring. But near the end it does get quite suspenseful.

The Ring is arguably one of the scariest movies to come out in the last ten years. It is still extremely popular. The villain in this movie is a young girl who was trapped down a well and eventually died there. She comes back to haunt a young woman, her son and her boyfriend.

The Saw series has been a very successful franchise. The original movie received the best reviews from critics, but all of the other movies have done great at the box office. The original saw movie starts off with two guys who wake up in a room together. They do not know how they got there and they are handcuffed to a pipe. They are soon given a series of tasks which must be completed within a period of time or they will be killed. This movie is not as much scary as it is gruesome and suspenseful.

Texas Chainsaw Massacre starts off by stating that it is based on a true story. It is often debated on how true the story really is though. Five people in their 20’s go on a long road trip. It is supposed to be a lot of fun until their car breaks down and they find themselves stranded in a small rural town.

Scream is a horror movie that is actually very well done. It involves a group of high school students who are growing up in a time when a serial killer is on the loose. The serial killer wears a costume that resembles a ghost. This costume has become extremely popular as a Halloween costume choice for many kids and adults alike.