Many people believe that audiences are interested in horror movies only in the month of October and November due to Halloween. But the commercial success of The Conjuring series showcases the different side of the story. Audiences love horrors if they are developed with viewer-centric mindset. Of course, lackadaisical direction and unnecessary grotesque characters will not excite audiences to spend their hard earned money. At the end of the day, movie viewers are smart and throwing out poor cinemas on their faces will be like disregarding their tastes.
When it comes to horror, some classics are evergreen to watch. They were successful in enticing audiences during their time of release. Also, they are equally alluring to recent generation as well.
If you are an ardent horror lover then you will be excited to find below the list of Top 5 Hollywood horror classics of all-time.
The Exorcist (1973)
This 1973 classic horror film by William Friedkin is a story of a 12-year-old girl possessed by a demon named Pazuzu. This film was an unexpectedly blockbuster project that Warner Bros. decided to shelve before the few months of movie’s release. A scary treat, this movie could rouse a disturbance in viewer’s mind. Creepy!
Demons vomiting excessively, profanely spoils images of Virgin, explodes in a disgusting manner and urinates are few of the horrific features in this movie. The Exorcist became a phenomenal film of 1973 as viewers waited for hours in a queue to grab the tickets. After 27 years Warner Bros. re-released the film with 12 minutes of unseen footages and digitally advanced soundtracks. Today’s moviegoers are much different than they were in 1973. They may titter on some of the scenes but this movie is among one of the most ambitious horror movies ever made. The spider walk by Regan MacNeil is still spine-chilling, isn’t it?
The Thing (1982)
Based on novel Who Goes There? by John W. Campbell Jr., The Thing remained at the top 10 for three weeks after its release. An unidentified shape shifting thing is successful in creating the terrible sense of paranoia in audience’s mind. The group of people in an isolated scientific base in Antarctica, frightened and terrified, doubting each other as shapeshifted human form. This dubiousness results in an alienation of members among themselves.
An elusive and other-worldly alien monster with an ongoing evolution form was never featured before in any of the Hollywood horror films. For some of the critics, the film stood as an absolute foolish attempt. However, viewer’s rating in IMDB and Rotten Tomatoes are in total disagreement with them.
Yet another blockbuster cult movie of 1982. Poltergeist is also considered to be one of the popular movies in horror genre. Tobe Hopper and Steven Spielberg collaboration did a Spielberigical job depicting an ordinary homely couple facing the fierce course of troubles from an occult force or poltergeist. This malevolent entity kidnaps their youngest daughter in some eccentric world. The step by step assaults of vexed spirits on the Freelings is often eerie and grisly to the sane minded.
The middle-class nondescript setting of the movie is definitely powerful. It relates to most of the audience class easily. Initially, Diane Freeling treats the uncalled force as her pet. Unfortunately, this pet, later on, turned out to be nasty and despicable putting in danger her daughter’s life. An unconventional psychic comes to the rescue of Freelings in the climax, supported by a professional psionic.
The mildly humorous scene of this movie is black hole kind of entity sucking off the whole house into that other world in which Carrie Ann was kidnapped. Of course, you would discern Speilberg’s touch throughout the movie but Tob Hooper’s style highlights itself frequently.
The crew of Nostromo – a cargo ship – is woken up from presumably hibernation stage when the Mother ( a computer that operates the ship) catches unknown signals from a nearby planet. From the desolate and ruined spacecraft, they discover an egg shaped living organism. One by one this unidentifiable creature, capable of changing its shapes, takes off crew members. Certainly, whole crew feels like terrible nightmares. Moreover, it also changes shapes providing enough gore to people of all age groups.
The main protagonist is played by Sigourney Weaver and the main computer is called “Mother” which also depicts feministic dominance in escaping through the alien. This can be the reason of movie being slightly more appealing to female audiences.
Hazy rooms filled with smoke, haunting dark corridors, whining of machinery and corners designed to spook audiences are successful in creating the magic. Throughout the movie, tension prevails, and suspense pulls out till the last. Instead of grotesque facades and unceremoniously shutting of doors and windows this movie has much to offer in the name of horror. Ironically, the horror comes from what is unseen and horrific silence.
Directed by relatively new Ridley Scott, the film scores well in horror genre till date. It also surpasses other horror flicks following the decade with few exceptions. Performance by Sigourney Weaver is commendable and eventually excels as the movie progresses.
Those horror lovers who have not yet experienced the chills and thrills of Alien should not miss it by any chance.
The Omen (1976)
You can consider The Omen as one of the creepiest horror movies. Directed by Richard Donner, star casts of this movie includes Gregory Peck, Lee Remick, David Warner and Harvey Spencer Stephens as Damien.
Hoping to save his wife from the devastation of their child’s death, Robert accepts Father Spilleto’s offer to adopt a parent-less child. Both children are born at the same time in that hospital. A series of unpleasant events begins thereafter during Damien’s fifth birthday party when his nanny hangs herself out in an ominously happy manner. Robert remains incredulous until the prophecy of Father Brennen about the death of his upcoming child becomes true. Keith Jennings, a photographer perplexed by a black shadowy entity in photos of Father Brennen and Nanny before their death induces Robert and Keith to search for the birth place of Damien. The revelation of Damien’s biological mother – in a gruesome shape of a jackal – and Robert’s real son is horrifying.
The revelation of 666 in Damien’s scalp points out to biblical reference about the birth of a dark force that would rule the world. Before Robert could put an end to this maleficent entity, he is arrested by an officer who pursued his excessively speedy car. In the end, Damien’s custody is given to Robert’s brother and then president of United States. The movie closes with a diabolic smile of Damien. The devil kills all the main characters except himself.
The direction of Richard Donner is very efficient. Jerry Goldsmith is successful in making the surrounding and atmosphere of The Omen petrifying by his original background score. Die-hard fans of horror genre should definitely watch this movie once. The sense of distresses and disturbance it generates is really unlike any typical horror movie.