DAWN OF THE DEAD (2004) Sheriff: "Danny, put another round in that woman over there! Look! She's a twitcher!" An injection of mordant wit and a transfusion of black humour ensured that Zack Snyder's remake of the George A Romero horror classic isn't braindead. A cross-section of American society hides inside a Milwaukee shopping mall while zombies threateningly maraud outside.
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.
HALLOWEEN (1978) Sheriff: "It's Halloween, everyone's entitled to one good scare." John Carpenter's psycho-killer classic spawned a number of feeble imitators...but the original still has you searching for somewhere safe to hide. Michael Myers escapes from an asylum and returns to his home town after 15 years to kill again.. Jamie Lee Curtis made an eye-catching big-screen debut and the suspense is racked up to breaking point thanks to ingenious camera shots around the rooms of a…
NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD (1968) Johnny: "They're coming to get you, Barbara, there's one of them now!" The first and arguably the best of George A Romero's zombie horror thrillers. A young woman visiting her father's grave is attacked by a shambling, undead corpse and eventually finds sanctuary - for a while anyway - in the cellar of a farmhouse as an army of zombies relentlessly clambers to get in.
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.
11 Classic Horror Films That Should Have Never Been Remade
The Wicker Man , starring Nicolas Cage, Ellen Burstyn, Leelee Sobieski, Kate Beahan. A sheriff investigating the disappearance of a young girl from a small island discovers there's a larger mystery to solve among the island's secretive, neo-pagan community. #Horror #Mystery #Thriller
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.
DARK WATER (2005) Dahlia: "There's water everywhere! She can't be here!" The 2002 Japanese chiller is expertly reworked into an American setting by Motorcycle Diaries director Walter Salles. Jennifer Connelly is the single mum fighting for her sanity against dark forces after moving into a creepy apartment building with her young daughter. Dark, sombre and totally terrifying, this could be the best American Jap horror remake yet. The next time you see a damp patch...
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.
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.
JEEPERS CREEPERS (2001) Darry: "He dumped something down that pipe." Trish: "Wrapped in a sheet." Darry: "Wrapped in rope and a sheet." Trish: "Wrapped in rope and a sheet with red stains... just get us out of here!" The Creeper: A mysterious flesh-eating fiend on the last day of a ritualistic eating spree. Victor Salva came up with a straight-forward, no-nonsense frightener that, while featuring some delicious black humour to scare the living daylights out of you.
Pontypool (2008) 1. Indie horror that won't make you laugh. 2. Stellar use of a single location. 3. It's like a Night of the Living Dead pizza with Contagion and The Invasion toppings what more could you want?