If you’re like me, it can take more time to flick through the masses of horror films streaming than it does to actually watch a film.
With this in mind, I thought I’d throw together a weekly top 5 list of horror to watch for the weekend.
These will range from newer releases, to classics, and even the ‘so bad, they’re good’, in case you’re into that.
Without further delay, here’s what I’ve picked for you this week:
Newer Release: Cursed Films (2020)
This five-part documentary series explores 5 films that have been said to be ‘cursed’.
It turns out whether or not they are actually cursed, or if you even believe in that, is totally irrelevant.
This series is so much more than talking about the possibility of curses, or just bad coincidences. It’s emotional and full of heart, and throws in quite a few laughs, as well.
It’s a really interesting watch with some great inside information. I almost skipped the Poltergeist episode because I thought I knew the whole story. Boy, was I wrong.
So Bad, It’s Good: Uninvited (1988)
What really grabbed my attention with this film was the one review titled “The greatest horror movie ever made about a killer mutant cat on board a yacht”. I mean… how can you go wrong with that?
Sometimes searching through Amazon Prime’s horror titles can be exhausting. And, with many of the titles having an IMDb score in the sub-4.0 range, it can be a bit of a gamble. Luckily I took the chance on this one, and it did not disappoint.
It’s pretty terrible, don’t get me wrong – but, that’s the fun of it!
Underrated Gem: Dead Silence (2007)
Written by Leigh Whannell and directed by James Wan, I’m surprised this film isn’t more popular than it is.
“Beware the stare of Mary Shaw
She had no children only dolls
And if you see her in your dreams
Be sure to never ever scream.”
It’s not perfect, by any means, but it is a great horror with some good scares and some nice twists. For me, it doesn’t get much creepier than a haunted ventriloquist dummy.
Classic Horror: House on Haunted Hill (1959)
Sure, the 1999 remake with Geoffrey Rush playing the over-the-top theme park mogul is fun, in a ‘so bad, it’s good’ kind of way. But, if you haven’t seen the far superior (in my opinion) Vincent Price original, you are doing yourself a huge disservice.
If black and white films aren’t your thing, you’re in luck – Prime is streaming the colourised version.
The premise is the same – a rich man offers people cash to survive the night in a supposedly haunted house. However, the older version is much more subtle. Not surprising, seeing as the remake was made in the height of 90’s gore and CGI. Also, in the ’59 version, you’re not getting the Nazi-like experiments backstory.
Man… I’m actually making the ’99 one sound pretty awesome. Still, you should check out this classic horror.
Modern Classic: Sinister (2012)
This film was pretty popular, so you have probably already seen it. But, I’d like to argue that it’s worth a revisit, especially if it’s been a while.
It’s genuinely creepy, thanks in part to the lack of CGI, and Ethan Hawke puts on a pretty believable performance.
The cinematographer, Christopher Norr, is due a lot of credit, as well, as much of the eeriness comes from the tension and paranoia building shots. They almost have German Expressionism elements to them. *cough* selfpromotion *cough*
Bonus Short: The Monster (2015)
Last, but not least, I’d like to recommend a quick, indie short to watch. This is one of my favourites and, at only 15 mins, why not check it out?
Written and directed by Bob Pipe, this short gives a whole new perspective on those monsters that star in our favourite genre films.
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