I spotted another listing of Top Five (top ten, top twenty top. . . insert whatever number you want) Horror movies. Janis Rivera's article at examiner lists the Top Five Horror Movies of all time. Rivera's List:
5. Nightmare on Elm StreetShe links to a cool rare trailer of The Exorcist. About The Shining, Rivera writes:
3. The Shining
2. Rosemary's Baby
1. The Exorcist
One of the things people tend to remember most about this film is Jack Nicholson’s near flawless portrayal of Jack Torrance, a writer who takes an off season job as a caretaker at a hotel. There are many memorable scenes, from “Here’s Johhny!” (which was improvised at the director’s encouragement) to the twins standing in a hallway. While it did not have a solid beginning, it has steadily gained popularity over the years. Stanley Kubrick, who is known for his strange and often controversial films, directed “The Shining” after reading the Stephen King story. The film has become a financial success as well as a cult classic. Not only did it explore the paranormal but it looked at what isolation can do to a person’s mind and how it can cause them to go completely mad. One thing Kubrick helped make popular was the use of the Steadicam, which is a mount for cameras which help to make scenes look more fluid and less staccato. This film helped the horror genre become more mainstream and show more ways to present a movie to the audience.Rivera's article is HERE.
HERE is a list from the Boston Globe that is fun.
Of course, these lists are totally subjective! There is no "top" horror movie, anymore than there is a single movie that can claim to be the greatest movie ever. (And yes, I do like Citizen Cain.)
So, let's have fun! Make 2 lists: First your list of "Top Five Horror Films Of All Time." Second, your list of Top Five Stephen King Horror Films. (Yes, stick to genre here, okay).
Consider this: Each of us have a different list, because we were impacted in different ways by what we saw, how we filtered it and what was happening around us when it was taken in. About the scariest TV movie I ever saw was Fatal Vision, because I was a child, and the thought of people being murdered in their own home freaked me out! That woman's voice still sets me on edge, "Acid is groovy, kill the pigs."
My List is my opinion only, which I change as often as I change socks.
Talk Stephen King's "Top Five non-King Horror Films Of All Time"
4. The Amityville Horror
3. Silence Of The Lambs
2. The Sixth Sense
1. PsychoTalk Stephen King's "Top Five Stephen King Horror Films"
5. The Dark Half. Brutal, scary on many levels -- this one is often under-rated.
4. Carrie. The movie makes you love Carrie, and after building and building, the movie peaks and lashes out with real power. And, if nothing else, the ending is enough to keep us coming back.
3. The Shining. Kubrick was a true artist, and his version of The Shining is truly haunting. I think he mixes Jack's craziness with the power of the evil hotel over him masterfully.
2. The Mist. I love this movie, and it is truly scary.
1. Pet Sematary. Yes, I think this is stronger than The Shining in terms of sheer horror movie. Playing on the theme of a dark, evil, resurrection, the movie is both gory and scary.My family casts a vote for IT and CUJO. Might as well throw in 1408 -- because they like it. . . I think it has. . . problems.
Your turn. Have fun.