The Top 5 Most Important Horror Movies of All Time

I know a lot of you sit up in bed, late at night, wondering just what the most important horror movies of all time are. You know, that you yourself, cannot handle such a task as to try and figure it out. I wouldn’t ask you to. Only I, the very man who once arm wrestled He-Man while riding a shark, can undertake such a task.

Now, this isn’t what I consider to be the greatest, or my personal favorite, but what are the most important. What are most influential, and most needed in the world of horror. So, without further ado, let’s get busy.

October 29th, 2004

When Saw came along, it had been a while since horror had a truly great franchise, or for that matter, a truly great horror movie. Sure, there are many that had come out that kicked ass, but Saw was on another level. It’s so original, and so well done, that it grabbed the attention of people outside of the horror community. Just like A Nightmare on Elm Street did 20 years prior, and Silence of the Lambs. Much like Blair Witch Project, & Paranormal Activity, this was an indie darling that was made for barely nothing, and cashed the fuck in [1.2 to create, and brought home 55 million. ]

Although the movie Cube was probably the inspiration for it, and doesn’t get the props, Saw is incredibly original.

It’s plot is incredibly original, and strings you along during the entire course of the movie. For my money, nothing is better than a horror movie with a whodunit? plot line, and this one cooked it up in spades. Then, just when you think you have it all figured out, you get a heaping dose of suck this, and it side kicks your brain. It’s a lot of fun when you see the traps, imagining what you would have done, and just how much blood you would shed to stay alive. Not to mention admist all that you’re wondering just what the hell these two guys in the room are going to do. Will they actually cut off their fucking feet?

The ending was fucking genius. I tend to be able to scope out movie endings that are seemingly going for some kind of twist, but I did not see this coming at all. It was brilliant.

Another thing I applaud Saw for, is the run of sequels. Not since A Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday The 13th, and Halloween died, had we seen a horror franchise that just kept pumping them out. It was nice to know that every Halloween, we’d get a saw. Plus, the story line kept things interesting, as we delved deeper into this master plan that Jigsaw has.

Now, the first 3, are fucking fantastic. With number 2 actually being my favorite Saw. 4 wasn’t terrible, but not the level of quality we were use to, 5, pretty bland, but 6 really brought back the A Game. The traps were awesome, and we got to see some people who deserve, really get it. That’s always what you want in horror.

December 20th, 1996

To your boy, Scream is the utmost, utterly perfect, zenith of a motherfucking horror movie of all time. Everything is fan-fucking-tastic. From the actors, to the acting, the characters, the kills, the ghostface, the plot, just fucking everything. It’s absolutely uncanny, and untouchable. Kevin Williams is a genius. He once said in an interview that he felt that this movie was on the cusp of being made, by some one, some where, and he wanted to be the one to do it. So, he locked himself in an apartment in the desert, and banged out what was then known as Scary Movie. I’ll tell you right now, you could have a million monkeys, at a million type-writers, typing for a million years and you wouldn’t get a script nearly as great, or original. However, this isn’t a list of what I think is the greatest, just what’s most important.

When Scream came along, it changed the industry. It cost 15 million to make, and on the opening weekend, only did 6 million. People must have been fucking freaked. Their anxieties soon put to rest, as Scream went on to earn 103 million, domestic, 173 all around. From that point on, the slasher genre was not just resurrected, but resurrected, shot to the highest of highs, and whored out like you couldn’t believe.

Once Scream hit, every studio was trying to cash in. You had I Know What You Did Last Summer, 1 and 2. Valentine, Urban Legend 1 & 2 [the first one kicks fucking ass] and, hell, even Halloween: H20, plus about a million more. The style of using really hip teens, humor, in-jokes and a masked killer with a grudge who could be killed was now the thing to do. Of course, none of them could hold a candle to the original, although as I stated, Urban Legends came pretty close. Oh, and H20 is a masterpiece that’s on par with the original.

When Wes first read the script, he turned it down. He said the opening was too terrifying, it’d never be OK’ed, and he’d get raped by the censors board. However, a fan at a convention asked him when he was going to do something kick ass again, and he realized he needed to step up. Although his last project I believe was People Under The Stairs, and that ruled. Drew Berrymore was the first person to sign on, site un-seen. She had her choice of any role, and she chose Casey Becker. Which was an awesome, awesome choice, because she ushered herself into cinematic history playing in the now iconic opening to Scream. In order to get her to cry on cue every time, Wes was on the phone telling her about a time he’d heard about someone setting a cat on fire while it was alive. Motivation, people, motivation.


So, there we have it kids, the first two of the Top 5 Most Important Horrors. Rest now, because the Top 3 are coming, son, they’re coming.


~ by Caliber Winfield on October 22, 2010.

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