Too often have I used Google to recommend me horror films worth watching and since some of the films listed in this post didn’t appear, I felt like sharing my personal list of “Best horror films”. Ever since I was 17 I have repeatedly attempted to write down a list of my favourite horror flicks but it wasn’t until this year that I really got serious about it and started thinking about possible candidates. As with any of these “best XYZ” lists, my picks are the result of my personal taste and thus the ranking is highly subjective. Therefore consider this list as my personal opinion on what makes a horror film “good”. 1-10 are basically my favourite films (films I have watched more than 4 times).
————————30 horror films worth watching (IMHO)———————
1) -Event Horizon: Great mix of sci-fi with horror.
2) -Identity: one of my all time favourite horror films. Excellent acting (and cast). The film also features one of the most incredible and smart plot-twists imaginable.
3) -Cube, Cube: Hypercube and Cube Zero: The ultimate mindfuck-movies. Ever tried solving Rubik’s cube? Imagine you’re trapped in one of those, but this time it is an inmense cube with thousands of squares (rooms), some of them filled with deadly traps. It isn’t as gory as other entries on this list, but it is nevertheless an outstanding movie, as it relies more on psychological horror.
4) -Eden Lake: I am not a big fan of Michael Fassbender, but his acting on this movie is excellent (don’t take my word for it, I am not a connoisseur in this field). This movie exploits the “evil children concept” in a smart way. As with any good horror film, the environment in which the plot takes place is felt by the viewer as claustrophobic, lonely and pretty much far away from safety. This film is as immersive and exciting as it is depressing and upsetting. Great ending, too.
5) -In the mouth of madness: strongly recommended. If you are into all things Lovecraftian, you will surely enjoy this one.
6) -The Shining: It goes without saying that this film is a must-watch for anyone interested in horror films.
7) -Chernobyl Diaries: One of the highlights of 2012. Featuring an excellent OST by virtuoso sound designer Diego Stocco, the movie is both depressing, upsetting and exciting to watch. Despite featuring a cast of less-known actors and lots of “too dumb to live” moments, the movie succeeds at being extremely immersive and absorving. The ending is probably one of the best one could imagine.
8) -1408: Watch it. That’s all I’ll say.
9) -Frozen: very, very depressing. Three friends, a frozen mountain, lots of darkness. This film isn’t as scary as it is disturbing.
10) -Sphere: A psychological horror film with a great cast and story. Not everybody’s cup of tea, though.
11) -Hostel 1: Another film that started a trilogy and even a whole new genre. The film that pissed off half of Slovakia and made seasoned horror fans feel disgusted is sure worth watching.
12) -Train: This is a film that follows the path set by Hostel and other torture porn movies (that’s apparently a new genre of film making): You’ve got a group of young, party-obsessed Americans trying to make their way across Ukraine (yes, Eastern Europe again). The train they have boarded suddenly turns into the worst place to be. I personally enjoyed this one much more than hostel, although they differ in some aspects, as this one is less about naked women and more about brutal, pointless violence.
13) -Sunshine: This film isn’t as scary as it is absorbing and fascinating. A great mix of horror and sci-fi, “Sunshine” is the kind of film you’d call “beautiful”, and not only did the visual aspects of the film appealed to me, but also the soundtrack.
14) -Men behind the sun: This is the kind of film I wouldn’t recommend to people that are easily disgusted. The most disturbing thing about this film is the fact that it is based on real events. Not really the kind of film you’d want to watch more than twice.
15) -House of 9: Not suited for gore-enthusiasts, House of 9 is the perfect film for fans of claustrophobic environments filled with neurotic, unpredictable people.
16) -The midnight meat train: Probably as gory as Cannibal Holocaust. Vinnie Jones delivers. Even though the effects look cheesy and very unrealistic at times, the film succeeds at being a visual rendition of Clive Barker’s less scary story of the same name.
17) -Trick n´ Tale: This one is fun to watch. Not as scary and as gory as the other films, but the acting is superb and the stories are original enough to keep you interested throughout the film’s length.
18) -Dreamcatcher: Yet another film based on a tale by Stephen King, this one is more on the sci-fi side of things.
19) -Cannibal Holocaust: The fact that it was banned in around 10 countries says enough.
20) -Final Destination 1: The one that started a saga of films that for some reason kept getting worse. Definitely worth a watch.
21) -The house on haunted hill (remake): I like this one mainly because of the actors. You have seen each of them in more “normal” movies before and now it’s all about surviving a night in a haunted mansion. By the way, this is one of those few horror movies where the black guy doesn’t die in the first half. Amazing.
22) -Ghosts of Mars: more like a sci/fi-horror movie. Great for watching with friends.
23) -Descent 1: Very interesting film with a great ending.
24) -Se7en: A classic in its own right. Pretty much a go-to horror film.
25) -Virus: Very good mix of sci-fi and horror.
26) -Ghost ship: kind of a cheap film, yet effective.
27) -Mindhunters: Great mix of action and horror. A go-to horror film, actually.
28) -House of Wax: I believe most people watched it solely to see Paris Hilton being impaled by that creepy guy wearing a wax mask. It is good, in spite of the now abhorred “teenagers/youngsters driving alone through the country get assaulted by mentally deranged maniacs”-schema which seems to be the foundation of 80% of all horror movies nowadays.
29) -The girl: Might be too disturbing to some. It is the kind of film that makes you hate the victims and empathize with the “evil” guy (or rather girl).
30) -May: From the same director/producer of “The girl”, this one is kind of slow, but does the job.
OK, that’s it! I hope at least one or two of these films were unknown to you before reading this post. If none of these movies prove to scare you, then I’d suggest having a look at Dir en Grey’s videography.