JU-ON: THE GRUDGE (2004) Karen: "The whole time I was in that house I felt something was wrong. What happened there?" Director Takashi Shimizu's decision to remake his own spine-chiller with an American cast paid doomladen dividends. Karen, the American nurse living in Tokyo is exposed to a mysterious supernatural curse which locks a person in a powerful rage before claiming their life and spreading to another victim.
THE SHINING (1980) Danny Torrance: "Do you really want to go and live in that hotel for the winter?" Wendy Torrance: "Sure I do. It'll be lots of fun." A creepy adaptation of the Stephen King novel finds novelist Jack Nicholson gradually losing the plot while spending a winter as the caretaker of a remote mountain hotel. The blood starts to run when his paranormally gifted son picks up on the opulent hideaway's evil past, while his distraught wife discovers there's nowhere to hide.
THE OTHERS (2001) Grace: "Where's my daughter? What have you done with my daughter?" Anne: "Are you mad? I am your daughter." With a knowing nod to the horror classic The Innocents, this classic chiller gave Nicole Kidman one of her most underrated roles. She plays Grace, a mother whose husband is away at war and whose children are photo-sensitive and cannot be exposed to light. leaving their remote house in near total darkness.
LET THE RIGHT ONE IN (2008) Oskar: "Are you a vampire?" Eli: "I live off blood..." This Swedish chiller delivers a much needed transfusion of ideas and excitement. In early 80s Stockholm 12 year old Oskar suffers daily at the hands of school bullies, and is smitten with Eli, the strange girl who has moved into the flat next door. Standing between a happy union is the fact that she’s a vampire, but even that has its uses in this sparkling coming-of-age horror story.
DAY OF THE DEAD (1985) Dr Logan: "It wants me! It wants food! But it has no stomach, can take no nourishment from what it ingests. It's acting on INSTINCT!" A small handful of surviving humans is holed up in a claustrophobic missile silo, where the military members of the group are at odds with the scientists. Among them is the crazed Dr Logan who is experimenting at trying to 'tame' the zombies and Sarah, a doctor who is attempting to reverse the process of the dead returning to life.
SE7EN (1995) William Somerset: "This isn't going to have a happy ending." Director David Fincher gave the ailing American horror industry a welcome shot in the arm with this rain-drenched chiller which defied convention to sign off on a very un-Hollywood note (Brad Pitt refused to make it if the ending were changed). Veteran homicide detective William Somerset and his young partner David Mills pursue a serial killer who is selecting his victims according to the Seven Deadly Sins.
THE OMEN (1976) Father Brennan: "He must DIE, Mr. Thorn!" There are hellish goings-on when the American ambassador to Italy (Gregory Peck) swaps his stillborn child - at the suggestion of the hospital priest - for the baby of a woman who died in childbirth. Years go by uneventfully...until the grisly deaths begin. The child's nanny hangs herself and a priest is speared to death in a freak accident. Why - because Gregory has inadvertently adopted the antichrist.
NEAR DARK (1987) Jesse: "Let's put it this way: I fought for the South. We lost." This refreshingly original take on the vampire legend has been remorselessly cannibalised in a whole welter of bloodsuckers from 30 Days of Night to Underworld. Combining the traditional vampire bloodlust with the romance of the classic Western, debut director Kathryn Bigelow followed a ever-dwindling band of nomadic bloodsuckers wandering the twilight hours in search of prey.