Halloween night is fast approaching, and we’re stoked. In fact, you could say we’re pretty gassed up on it! And while we’re breathing deep on the festive fumes, we’re weighing in on our favourite horror movies. Extreme is not a prerequisite for this list – just classic scary movies. Here’s the list.
Talking classic flicks that do the job? Blue Velvet is the one. One of the best jams brought to you by David Lynch, BV has everything to make you squirm in the best and worst ways. You got lush, psychosexual imagery to make your skin crawl and Dennis Hopper freeing the beast. But it’s the darkness on the edge of town that gets me the most. A veiled threat slowly creeping in? Not for me in real life, definitely for me in scary movies. Lynch’s Blue Velvet gets the essential viewing nod from me.
When I think of horror movies, I think of one thing only – vampires. I love vampires. Whether Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Nosferatu or Interview with a Vampire, I really dig the mythology of these bloodsuckers. But my favourite? Joel Schumacher’s The Lost Boys. Facts are facts. This movie has all the damn vampires you need. Basically everyone in the film is or becomes a child of the night. And I appreciate that. Plus, there’s the sick as hell bridge hanging. I’ve watched my cousin do the same thing so every time I see The Lost Boys, I become lost in my own boyhood. And we all know the best part of this movie – Sax Man. ‘Nuff said.
For me, there’s only really one choice. Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining. Aesthetically, this movie rips. When it’s financially viable for me to do so, I’m lining the interior of my home and car with the carpet from the Overlook Hotel. And yes, I mean the actual carpet from the movie. I’m going to purchase it. And who knows? Maybe I’ll make a suit out of it if there’s extra material. Let’s address the other obvious thing: Jack Nicholson kills it as Jack Torrance. Anybody else in the world (except for Daniel Day-Lewis) delivers the line, “Heeeere’s Johnny!” and I laugh. But Jack does it for me. Oh, and the elevator of blood is something I’ll remember for a long-ass time.