Halloween | Horror Films #1 - The Classics

As Halloween is fast approaching (it's tomorrow now, where has October gone), I figured I'd do a quick little post to share with you all my favourite horror films. And what better way to start with the classic horrors that pretty much defined the genre as we know it today?

5. Predator (1987)
Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Carl Weathers, Kevin Peter Hall.
A team of commandos on a mission in a Central American jungle find themselves hunted by an extra-terrestrial warrior.

First on my countdown of the best 80's classic horrors has to be Predator. Following a group of commandos, it's interesting to soon see the hunters quickly become the hunted. I love any older Arnie films like this (and The Running Man etc) and I'm not entirely sure why. When this film was released it gained initially negative reviews, however over recent years it has become something of a classic. It even did well enough to warrant a sequel (lets not talk about that) and a remake (which is okay I guess).

4. Halloween (1978)
Starring: Jamie Lee Curtis, Donald Pleasence, Brian Andrews.
A psychotic murderer institutionalised since childhood for the murder of his sister escapes and stalks a bookish adolescent girl and her friends while his doctor chases him.

Of course with it being Halloween, a film named Halloween would inevitably make it into the countdown. Whilst the film was released in the late 70's, I still class it as one of the classics like the other films. In fact, Halloween was probably the first classic horror film I ever watched. It spooked me that a film was revolved around a psychotic man in a mask stalking a babysitter - I used to babysit a lot when I was younger, so you can imagine the film put me quite on edge! Still, I love it to this day and it always comes out this time of year to be watched again.

3. Alien (1979)
Starring: Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, John Hurt.
The commercial vessel Nostromo receives a distress call from an unexplored planet. After searching for survivors, the crew heads home, only to realise that a deadly bioform has joined them.

I absolutely love the Alien universe, and this is where it all kicked off. The crew on board a space ship recieve a distress call from an otherwise unexplored planet, and against their better judgement they respond. It's only upon leaving that they realise something else may have got on board...
I've actually been watching Pewdiepie play the Alien: Isolation game on his channel, and have rediscovered my love for the series. I can't wait to dig out the old boxset on Halloween night and give these babies a run through!

2. A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
Starring: Heather Langenkamp, Johnny Depp, Robert Englund.
Several people are hunted by a cruel serial killer who kills his victims in their dreams. When the survivors are trying to find the reason for being chosen, the murderer won't loose any chance to kill them as soon as they fall asleep.

When I first saw this movie, I couldn't sleep for ages afterwards. The film basically follows a group of teenagers who are stalked in their dreams by a burnt serial killer looking for revenge. I was so scared to fall asleep afterwards for fear of having some nightmares about it! If that doesn't appeal to you, then the fact that there is a hot, young Johnny Depp in this before he became super famous might. Yum.

1. Friday the 13th (1980)
Starring: Betsy Palmer, Adrienne King, Jeannine Taylor.
Camp counselors are stalked and murdered by an unknown assailant while trying to reopen a summer camp that was the site of a child's drowning. 

My number one horror film series undoubtedly has to be the Friday the 13th films. I love them. The first film features a different killer than the rest of them, which feature Jason Voorhees - the infamous killer in a hockey mask. In my opinion, the Friday the 13th films revamped the horror genre and gave us one of horrors most iconic villains. Whilst the later films seemed to veer off topic and go downhill, the first couple of films or so are the best in my opinion. And for that, my number one pick for a film for Halloween is Friday the 13th.

So, what about you? Will you be watching any of these films this Halloween? Or do you have other films in mind? Let me know in the comments below!

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