I’m a big-time horror movie fan, more so of supernatural horror than slasher films, which don’t really work for me. For example, I really don’t care for any of the Jason or Freddy movies because they lack style or imagination compared to, say, the Dr. Phibes films. Here are some of the movies that have scared and enthralled me.
[li]Dawn of the Dead A film of powerful social satire as well as a flatout gore fest featuring some of Tom Savini’s most ghastly effects.[/li]
[li]The Wicker Man A richly evocative take on the Christians vs. pagans theme, TWM has great performances from Christopher Lee and Edward Woodward. The film also has a terrific folk music score.[/li]
[li]Hellraiser Unsophisticated viewers only see the gore and completely miss Clive Barker’s weaving of the themes of sexual submission and dominance, and how there is a very thin line between exquisite agony and unbearable pleasure. I don’t think there has ever been a more capable rendering of the eroticism of pain on film.[/li]
[li]The Addiction Starring Lilli Taylor as a grad student turned vampire, this movie explores the theme of vampire-as-junkie, always looking for the next fix, and it also has strong S/M overtones.[/li]
Evil Dead 2: Dead Before Dawn H.P. Lovecraft meets the Three Stooges.