It occurred to me while I was reading the reponses to my drive-in thread that there are no more horror movies. Oh, sure, recent flicks like Resident Evil and Blade II have featured humans fighting zombies and vampires, but those movies just use monsters as targets in a shooting gallery. They aren’t truly horror films by my definition.
Whatever happened to terror in the movies? Nobody is making really scary movies like The Evil Dead, Dawn of the Dead, The Exorcist, or Reanimator anymore. I wish movie studios would revive the horror genre and scare the pants off me again.
It’s a shame we have no horror actors like Vincent Price or Boris Karloff to frame a movie around. We need more old pros to scare us again.
My top 5 horror films (althought these change daily)
Dawn of the Dead. Flesh-eating zombies and gore combined with social commentary.
The Abominable Dr. Phibes. Stylish, campy horror with gruesome deaths and a charmingly evil villain.
In the Mouth of Madness. While I’m not a big John Carpenter fan, I think this movie is the best H.P. Lovecraft-inspired movie ever. Great depiction of the Elder Gods at the end.
** Rosemary’s Baby**. A truly terrifying movie without one bit of gore or violence. The chills come from Polanski’s direction, Levin’s writing, and Mia Farrow’s acting. A feast for the paranoid.
The Wicker Man. While not strictly supernatural, pagan worship and human sacrifice, combined with the exotic Scottish landscape, make this a horror movie. It’s Christopher Lee’s best work, next to playing Saruman.