For as long as I can remember, I have loved movies, my favorite genre being horror. I have a section of a shelf in my house that is literally nothing but movies and I continuously add to the collection lol. Some of my friends and family even call me a movie hoarder.
Anyways, as I said is my last post about American Horror Story, since I want to start writing reviews of movies, books and TV shows (might throw in some restaurants in there too), and since I love scary films, I decided to start off my review process by giving my readers a list of my top 10 horror movies that I would recommend to add to you watchlist, especially if you’re an adrenaline junkie like me. Due to how long this post will be, I decided to separate it into parts. This is part 1, so part 2 will be up shortly after this one.
This list consist of some of my all time favorites, in no particular order and a few extras at the end that I like to call my honorable mention list. I measure the scare factor by four main things…Creepiness, gore, storyline and how realistic it is. five * marks is the highest rating and one * is the lowest.
1. Scream! **** (4)
There are 4 movies total in this series and the storyline follows along with each movie. The plot is pretty much about psychotic people going insane in the small town of Woodsborrow and killing the towns people, including some of their friends. In each movie, there is one simple reason for the killers murderous spree, but each killer in each movie has a different reason than the one before. However, they all have one thing in common, their target and the main character in every movie, Sydney Prescott.
The reality to this movie is what really freaks me out. Lets face it, anyone can snap one day and go on a crime spree, you never know what can happen. To this day, I extremely dislike the killers costume in the movies, which is now a popular Halloween costume (Ghostface). A few years ago, due to someone wearing said costume, I ran and locked myself in a car and refused to come out! LOL at me!
2. Saw ***** (5)
When these movies first came out (7 movies total), I wanted absolutely nothing to do with these movies, simply due to lack of interest. After the first few movies were released and had been out for a while (playing on TV), I watched a few minutes of two of them simply out of boredom really. After just those few minutes, I made the ultimate decision that I wanted no part of them (extremely gory).
However, my opinion changed after I met my current boyfriends, Chris.
He had seen all of them and loved them! For the longest time, he was shocked that I had not seen them (being such a lover of thrillers). Eventually, after hearing “we need to watch them” so many times, I decided to watch them with Chris so we went to Wal Mart and found an entire box set of all the movies for only $10. Each weekend after, we would sit down and watch one and we finished every single one.
I literally have 2 words that could very accurately describe these movies, MIND GAMES!
The plot plays out in all 7 movies, each movie leaves a piece that fits into the next one. A man, who everyone calls jigsaw, creates traps and kidnaps people to test them in his creations. He does so in very clever way, the Annabelle is based around spiritual activity, as in ghost, demons and such. The storyline is abot a family being tormented and ironically enough, everything starts to happen when they come in contact with a doll, Annabelle. movies will give that away for you, as well as his reasoning. At the end of the first one, I was uterly shocked! I had no idea what was coming.
While these movies are not scary, they are pretty gruesome so I would not reccomend them if you are not a fan of seeing the insides of a human. After watching all of them and figuring everything out, I can honestly say I would watch them again.
“Don’t judge a book by it’s cover,” stands good here.
3. Annabelle *****(5)
Me being interested in spirits and loving horror films, I absolutely had to see this when it come out in theaters. Chris and I went to see it with a group of friends. Lets just say I was pretty worried within the first 10 minutes of the movie and it really kept me on edge the entire time!
I am a jumper too when it comes to being scared, so I defintely jumped a few good times and probably cut Chris’s circulation from his hand along with it lol. What I find a lot of newer horror films don’t do though is make your skin crawl or send chills through your body. Annabelle is one of the very few movies I’ve ever seen that did this. There were at least 2 instances during the film when I literally felt shivers goig up and down my spine!
In conclusion, lets just say I slept with a light on the night I watched it!
4. Sinister ***(3)
Sinister is a bit of a challenge to descrie but I will do my best. It is based around a family in which the father is a crime book writer. The family moves into a new home and weird things start appearing in the home. In the midst of the father writing his book, he uncovers disturbing things. As everything unfolds, the unthinkable happens.
I can definitely say I jumped a few times. The first time I watched this, I was in theaters with my best friend. In one instance, I could feel that something bad was about to happen and put my hands over my face. When something popped out, I jumped and smacked myself in the face causing my best friend to hysterically laugh at me in the middle of the movie. LOL at me!
Anyways, I would defintely recommend this to those who like to be creeped out and like a slght challenge as to what’s really going on.
5. The Strangers ****(4)
The plot of The Strangers is about a woman and a man (not too much a couple), who stay the night in a cabin owed by the woman’s family. Everything is fine unti a knock on the door is heard at a late hour in the night. The knock had come from a strange woman who claims to be looking for someone. Of course, they answer the door and everything starts to go south from there. The strange woman, along with others, begin to torment the couple in the cabin leaving them fighting for their safety as they try to escape.
The scariest part, to me, was the reason for all the thrills and chills, but I won’t give that away.
I would recommend this movie to anyone who likes a more realistic sense to scary movies.
Bonus Tip: Don’t try to watch this alone!
Since I decided to separate my list due to length, part 2 with my other 5 recommendations will be up soon!
Thanks for reading Ladybugs and Manbugs!
If you decide to watch any of the movies listed above, let me know what you think in the comments 🙂