Top 5 Horror

These are my Top 5 Horror movies of all time. They may not be the Top 5 on any  “official” lists, but they were movies that either scared the Jesus out of me as a kid or made me fall in love with the genre. Feel free to comment or request your own Top 5 listing.

5. The Signal (2007)

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Many people may not have heard of this sleeper hit. Do yourself a favor, watch this movie! It is a refreshingly original commentary on how technology controls our lives. With the same feel as Videodrome, The Signal shows what would happen if technology freaked out, turning the human race into a bunch of psycho killers.   fa fa fa fa fa fa fa fa fa fa better Run run run run run run away. The movie is directed by three different individuals, splitting the flick into three different styles. It is a mind trip, and a joy to watch.

4. 28 Days Later (2002)

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Traditional horror movie fans, specifically Romero worshipers, will shun me for this choice……..oh well im picking it anyway. I don’t care what anyone says, running zombies are a lot more scary than those who choose to fumble around in the streets. 28 Days Later is intense from start to finish, and gives a fresh outlook to a bled dry sub-genre.

3. The Exorcist (1973)

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The Exorcist is one of those movies that plants itself deep in your brain and haunts you forever. It probably did not help that I stumbled upon this movie as a kid, while skimming some late night television. It is scary enough as an adult, but seeing some of those images that young, will keep you awake for days. It wasn’t even the disgusting parts near the end. It was the lead up, the time where she is slowly being tormented. The bed shacking, floating around, etc. To this day I still get an uneasy feeling when I think about this movie. Its true I am a pansy.

2. Pet Sematary (1989)

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Pet Sematary is probably one of my favorite Stephan King movies. This was another horror film I had the joy of seeing on late night television (once I saw the Exorcist, I was addicted to TNT horror night). I used to get freaked out whenever I saw Miko Hughes on Full House or Kindergarden Cop. I know he was supposed be a cute little boy, but Pet Sematary reuined that for me. His character was so innocent, and so demented that it truly made the movie.

1.  The Devil’s Rejects (2005)

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This is also number one on my ” of all time” Top 5 list, but it had to be added again. I am addicted to Rob Zombie’s directing style and anything he puts out I think is disgustingly captivating. Yes I enjoyed the Halloween remake and can not wait for the second one in Aug…..I am not ashamed. This movie really caught my attention and made me want to jump head first into the world of horror. The style is so gritty and dark, and the plot is extremely unforgiving and honest. I can’t say enough about this film.

Don’t get me wrong, I love the classics. Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th, Halloween; all incredible movies.  These movies are just ones that have stuck out in my head over the years.

Honorable Mention: Let the right one in (2008), Drag me to Hell (2009)

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This is a list of my Top 5 movies of all time. Now I am not saying these movies are the best movies of all time, simply that they are my favorites. And lets be honest the worth of a movie is relative anyway. Some people really enjoyed Hotel For Dogs……point made!

5. The Matrix

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Many people are not big fans of The Matrix Trilogy, but I have to admit I am a sucker for it. I bought the entire box set when it first came out and I dressed as Neo one year for Halloween. You are exactly right in thinking I deserve judgment for this, meehhhh but I’m ok with it. The Matrix provides the perfect amount of action and provides a challenging, philosophical plot line. The CG is wonderful to watch and the use of “Bullet Time” was a technique that would be adopted in many future movies. And lets not pretend we all didn’t wanna rub up on Trinity in that leather getup. Everyone loves a bad ass woman in leather. If you disagree I have two words for you CAT WOMAN!!!

4. Saving Private Ryan

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Saving Private Ryan was one of the first WWII films to show the total brutality of the Allied invasion of Normandy. The opening scene of the movie was not afraid to show the audience the truth behind all out war. Most war movies of the past show people getting shot and dying, but definitely not dismemberment. The scene where the young soldier is laying on the beach with his guts hanging out, calling for help, is insane. And of course Tom Hanks is rarely ever a miss.


3. Rocky

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Rocky is one of those movies I can watch over and over and still get inspired to drink raw eggs and punch cow carcasses. I am not specifically saying which Rocky I like the best because I think they are all equally amazing. Well except Rocky 5; I feel like that movie was kind of like that kid from high school that you can sort of remember but have no idea what their name is. Every time I see Rocky 1, I still think that Rocky has a chance of beating Apollo. And of course you get a good dose of Anti-Communist propaganda with Rocky 4, “I will break you”…..Not so fast giant Russian dude, we are America!!

2. Braveheart

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Braveheart by far has to be my favorite period piece/war movie. It is inspiring and entertaining for the entire 177 minutes. I remember having it on VHS when it first came out. Back when long movies had to go on two separate VHS tapes. But this movie flies by with amazing war scenes complete with severed legs and axes to the face! To this day every time I watch Braveheart, don’t worry I upgraded to DVD, I get goose bumps in the final scene where he is being tortured. The scene where Wallace is laying on the slab and sees his wife walking the crowd, all while the music of James Horner (Incredibly soundtrack) is playing, is just insanely moving. And right when I think I can hold in the tears the camera angle goes low to get a shot of Mel’s hand holding the cloth with the blue skies as a background. Not fair Mel Gibson, you’re a cheater and I am angry you make me look like a weeping baby every time.

1.  The Devil’s Rejects

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Now the other four movies probably make sense to a lot of people. They were all major motion pictures with many awards between them. But The Devil’s Reject by far is my favorite movie of all time. It is my guilty pleasure you could say. It never got a lot of recognition and for most people it is too disturbing to watch. This movie is so incredibly raw and does not hold back at any point. Rob Zombie knew exactly what would get a rise out of people and decided to jump all over that line. In fact the title of this blog, FireFly, is in reference to the psychotic family from the film. This movie is dark and fearless and I love every minute of it. The cast contains amazing legends of the horror genre like Sid Haig and Bill Moseley. The movie is incredible so go see it now if you haven’t, but I am warning you its brutal. Enjoy! 

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2 Responses to “Top 5”


  1. May 13, 2009 at 8:40 pm

    I don’t plan on seeing Devil’s Rejects (for obvious reasons) but I’m just curious as to what it is about. And what exactly is FireFly? I want to know more! I want to know more!

    • 2 fireflyfilm
      May 14, 2009 at 3:22 am

      Well my dear The Devil’s Rejects is basically about a redneck, back woods, serial killing family known as the firefly family. The action of the movie centers around the three surviving members eluding the police and killing along the way. I didnt think you would enjoy this one much 😉


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