I have continued my steady watching of horror movies over the past year and I thought I would share with you some of my favorites.
First off, in my opinion what makes a movie a good horror? Well usually it has to have blood and gore. Generally I tend to like unrealistic gore, but any will do. Shock factor is big with me. If at any point throughout the movie I say “ohhhhhh shit, did you see that” and bite my knuckle, chances are it’s a good movie. I’m not big on cheap scare tactics like things jumping out at you or loud noises that are meant to scare. However, I do believe music is paramount, and a good music or ambiance track can up the scare factor tenfold.
I tend to like horrors with whacko characters. I don’t know why, I have always just been a Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Hellraiser, or Saw kinda guy. So without further rambling, here are the best movies I have seen this year.
Haute Tension (aka High Tension)
Somehow I had avoided the spoilers for this movie for years. I used to participate regularly on a Horror forum called Crazy Mazey’s House of Horror (which has since ceased to exist) and there was a lot of talk on there about it. One day I just decided to download it and man was I sorry I hadn’t done it sooner. The movie is stock full of psychos, insane gore, and knuckle biting fun.
Highlight: Man gets his head forced through the rungs on the staircase railing. A piano is pushed down the hall and decapitates him.
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This movie was a $6.95 purchase from Best Buy. I saw it, read the back, and decided to take a risk. I am glad I did. It is not your run-of-the-mill werewolf movie. I think it added a cool twist to the tired werewolf plot and there is even a surprise ending.
Highlight: Dude gets sliced open by a werewolf. As his buddies try to drag him to safety the werewolf grabs onto his intestines and pulls on them like it’s a play toy in his masters hand.
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