5 Great Horror Films [Spooky Halloween Post]

He warned us about the Twentieth Century.

In the spirit of Halloween, I decided to write a post outlining five of my favourite horror films.  These aren’t my “Top 5” or any nonsense like that – you don’t need my recommendation to go watch Alien – just five films that are on my mind, that are worth checking out.

1. Let Me In (2010)

This is the perfect vampire story.  I’ve referenced it beforeand here is an extensive review and explanation of it – and I really can’t recommend it enough.  The two child actors who occupy 90% of the screen time perform admirably, and the writing is bang-on.  The author understands what the vampire is, what evil is, and illustrates it perfectly.

If you haven’t seen it, and you like philosophical subtlety to your horror films, then this is the one for you.

2. Sinister (2012)

Much as the vampire needs you to invite it into your life, so does the demonic god in this film.  Argent Templar turned me onto this film (I can’t find the specific video), when he argued that horror has an innately right-wing bias.  You will evil into your life through your own corruption; you wind up getting way more than you bargained for, but that’s the way it goes.  That’s why you don’t negotiate with terrorists.

3. The Rite (2011)

Excorcism movie.  Anthony Hopkins as the Excorcist.  Amazing acting job.  It’s pretty much exorcism 101, with a few dramatizations for the sake of narrative flow.  Nothing major to say about this one – it’s just a bloody fine film.

4. Prince of Darkness (1987)

The second in John Carpenter’s “Apocalypse Trilogy” – the other two being The Thing and In the Mouth of Madness (the latter being one of the better Lovecraftian horrors out there, but nonetheless the weakest of the three).  A group of scientists and priests begin receiving a digital recording in their dreams warning about the apocalypse.

5. Twilight

What, you didn’t think this one was a horror?  Good thing I’ll be explaining this in my video tomorrow…



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Davis M.J. Aurini

Trained as a Historian at McMaster University, and as an Infantry soldier in the Canadian Forces, I'm a Scholar, Author, Film Maker, and a God fearing Catholic, who loves women for their illogical nature.

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