Luke’s List: 5 Favorite Horror Movies

Luke’s List: 5 Favorite Horror Movies

Luke’s List: 5 Favorite Horror Movies

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There are a lot of horror movie fans out there, they love the horror genre year round not just during the Halloween season. I am one of those fans, but seeing as its getting to be the Halloween season I thought I would put together a list of my personal favorites. I have always loved horror movies, I love the way they make me jump, the way I can feel my heart pounding, and the adrenaline rush a well-crafted scene can give me. Some people jump out of planes, I watch horror movies late at night by myself to get a rush. I remember my first experience with a scary movie as a kid, it was when I stayed the night over at a friend’s house, had to be one of the first times I did that too, and we stayed up late to watch a scary movie. That movie, was Leprechaun the one starring Warwick Davis and Jennifer Aniston. Yeah I know, terrifying right? As a kid though that movie was insanely scary, I had nightmares for a good year or so after that, and even to this day I get a little uneasy when that movie is on. So that was my first scary movie, now on with the list!!

5. Paranormal Activity (2007)

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Paranormal Activity staring Katie Featherston and, Micah Sloat as a couple who were being tormented by a spirit or demon in their house. It was released in 2007 in theaters across the country, only after they did a pretty amazing and inventive marketing campaign. They showed the crowd reaction to the movie (that they played up as found footage material) being scared out of their minds. They then asked for the viewers to demand the movie in their theaters, and it worked! The thing that made this movie so scary to me was they did a very good job with making something as simple as night vision on a camera and objects moving slowly absolutely terrifying. It was to the point that every time it was night in the film I could feel the tension creep into me. They have gone on to make a few sequels that, to me, have not really had the same effect on me.

4. Friday the 13th (2009)

51bf8611bab7aFriday the 13th has had a boat load of remakes, but the one that I enjoy the most is the 2009 remake starring Jared Padalecki (Sam Winchester himself!), Danielle Panabaker, Amanda Righetti, and Derek Mears as the iconic Jason Voorhees. This is another slasher film remake that has been popular as of late but I feel that this one does a good job of staying true to the original movies but also has its own story. The first thing is that in the original Friday the 13th Jason was not actually the killer, it was his mother. So in this one they already had Jason with a pre-dead mom ready to go on his killing spree. Another really cool thing that was in this movie was the tribute to the old Jason costume. He starts out with the overalls and bag over his head and then moves onto the hockey mask by the end. As remakes go this is one of the good ones, so if you haven’t seen it yet go ahead and check it out!

3. The Blair Witch Project (1999)

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 This movie was one of the first examples I remember of a found footage horror film. it was released in 1999 and starred Heather Donahue, Michael C. Williams, and Joshua Leonard as 3 college students that were filming a documentary on the mythical Blair Witch. My experience with this movie was having a friend bring over the VHS without a case looking very beat up, so I was leaning toward this actually being real, and I think a lot of people that watched it had the same feeling the first time. The thing that I love about this movie is that they scare you throughout the movie without actually showing anything scary, they just allude to it. That plus the way that the kids interacted with each other felt very real and genuine, and that in turn made the whole thing feel more real.

2. Halloween (1978)

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The slasher movie to begin all slasher movies, John Carpenter’s Halloween. This movie introduced us to not only one of the most famous movie slasher villains, Michael Myers, but also newcomer Jamie Lee Curtis. The thing that I love about this movie is how raw it is, I say that in terms of lack of special effects, the camera shots everything. The rawness of it made it feel so real and the music was amazing. John Carpenter directed and composed this film and as great as the Halloween theme is, I thought the lack of music at certain times during the film was just as important. I also love that the movie was a very independent production, with Debra Hill and Carpenter doing most of the creative work. Funny side story, the mask used in the first movie was actually a rejected mask meant to be James T. Kirk from Star Trek. So Michael Myers is William Shatner!

1. The Exorcist

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 The Exorcist is, to me, a must have for scary movie fans. This movie, based on the novel by William Peter Blatty that was based on a true story of a young boy named Roland Doe in 1949, came out in 1973 and shocked audiences all over the world. This was a movie that my usually liberal parents wold not let me watch, so of course I watched it one night when they all went to sleep. This was around the same time that I stopped having nightmares about the Leprechaun, so you know just replace one nightmare with another! I was thrown into a whole new world of scary when I saw this, the moment I see when I close my eyes and think about this movie is Linda Blair spider walking down the stairs. When I got older I actually went and read the book and watched the film over again I now see why this movie was so good. Like Halloween the music was spectacular but also like Halloween it was the parts that the omitted music that stuck more with me.

I hope you have enjoyed my ramblings about my favorite horror movies! What are some of your favorites and why? Leave a comment below! I always love connecting with fellow horror fans!

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Luke Hunsaker

Luke Hunsaker, also known as The Podcaster Without Fear, is the host of The Nerd Dome Podcast. He also writes a comic book review column on thenerddome.com. You will also find him as a frequent panelists at Salt Lake City Comic Con, and Fan X.

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