Halloween is here again, and what better way to get into the spirit by indulging oneself with a big bowl of popcorn, great company and a good horror film scream-fest, writes Adeline Kintono.
Australia’s leading online movie company, Quickflix, has revealed its list of the scariest horror movies of all time. Witches, demons, psychos, serial killers, ghosts, you name it – this list has all the excitements and guaranteed to exercise some heart muscles.
“For better or worse, these flicks stick with us, with even greater lasting power than our favourites from any other genre. Halloween can’t be contained to just one night, and this collection will give even the most dedicated horror fan evenings of viewing pleasure. Each one will fuel your nightmares for weeks and years to come,” says Simon Miraudo, Quickflix’s resident movie expert.
Simon Miraudo’s ten scariest movies of all time
1. The Shining
“The first time I saw Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining, I had to turn it off during three key moments before returning to it hours later with enough courage to face its more terrifying scenes. I’m not sure why I thought walking away from the TV would keep it from creeping into my nightmares. It didn’t work. The Shining is a truly disturbing, disquieting, disorienting, and upsetting, yet entertaining, and freakishly funny watch.”
“Dario Argento’s blood-strewn phantasmagoria Suspiria tells of a witches’ coven hiding in plain sight as a ballet school in Munich. Argento’s inimitable colour-palette is so striking it’s practically nauseating. Suspiria also contains my favourite ever tagline: ‘The Only Thing More Terrifying Than The Last 12 Minutes Of This Film Are The First 92.’”
3. Mulholland Drive
“David Lynch has the unique ability to bring our nightmares to the screen. Mulholland Drive (like Blue Velvet and Eraserhead, and even Twin Peaks before it) might not be a traditional horror story – with zombies, demons, murderous machete-wielding monsters or Kardashians – but it is very much horrifying. It’s a broken-hearted love story in which a young actress (Naomi Watts) invents a fantasy-world to block out an unthinkable act she had committed in real life, only for reality to creep back in on her.”
4. Rosemary’s Baby
“You need only look to Roman Polanski’s personal life for a series of terrifying stories. Nonetheless, his 1968 masterpiece, Rosemary’s Baby, is a suffocating and dread-inducing tale, in which the kindly, meek Rosemarie (Mia Farrow) is unwittingly turned into a satanic vessel by her actor husband (John Cassavetes), who has made a deal with his cult-leading neighbours for professional success.”
“Even scarier than this Alfred Hitchcock classic is the knowledge that, following its 1960 release, people probably stopped showering for a good, long while.”
6. The Exorcist
“For many years, William Friedkin’s The Exorcist held the reputation of being the scariest movie ever made. What it still doesn’t get quite enough credit for is its central, thoughtful story about two priests seeking to understand their faith through a young girl’s demonic possession – probably because it was so freaking scary.”
“Michael Myers begins his rampage in John Carpenter’s 1978 feature Halloween. Opening with a first-person shot for the ages, we see a girl brutally slain, only for the camera to pan out at the end of the sequence and reveal the assailant is a child, dressed in a clown costume no less. Chilling.”
“Brian De Palma’s Carrie is widely regarded as one of the bloodiest movies. It’s forgotten, though, how little of it is concerned with gore. The only ‘horror’ on display in the first hour is that of a girl’s awkward, supposedly shameful sexual awakening and the frequent bullying by her awful classmates.”
9. Lake Mungo
“Joel Anderson’s little-seen Australian flick from 2009 is the best of all the recently-found-footage features. The family of late teenager Alice Palmer (Talia Zucker) try to figure out what happened in the weeks leading up to her drowning at the local dam. A documentary crew assists them on their quest, and together they uncover secrets that would have been better left buried.”
10. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
“Tobe Hooper’s counter-culture-classic begins as one thing and ends as something else entirely. I love when that happens. The grainy road movie – in which a bunch of teens unwisely pick up a hitchhiker – descends into chaos when they’re targeted by cannibal cook Leatherface and his ravenous family.”
Honourable mentions: 28 Days Later, Audition, Alien, An American Werewolf in London, Black Sabbath, The Blair Witch Project, Deep Red, The Descent, Eyes Without A Face, Jaws, The Innocents, Les Diaboliques, Night of the Living Dead, Repulsion, The Silence of the Lambs, The Thing.
Don’t watch these by yourself! You’ve been warned.
For more information on the movies and QuickFlix, visit www.quickflix.com.au.
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