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Herbz’s 2016 Horror Hitlist

Herbz’s 2016 Horror Hitlist

Celebrating Halloween today, I’ve put together a list of some of my all time favourite horrors. Here are some reasons that you should watch the following movies this Halloween!
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1. Halloween:
No horror movie list would be complete without this 1978 classic from John Carpenter; ‘Halloween’ introduced the world to the iconic Michael Myers, who starred as the killer in the first movie to belong to what is now known as the slasher genre. The original title for this movie was ‘The Babysitter Murders’ — but I’m sure we can all agree that ‘Halloween’ was the better choice.
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2. Friday The 13th:
Next on the list is another slasher film, and another horror movie icon — because, let’s be honest, who hasn’t tried to scare someone by whispering “Ki ki ki ma ma ma”? Released in 1980 as an independent movie from director Sean S. Cunningham, ‘Friday the 13th’ became a worldwide phenomenon. Betsy Palmer’s casting as Pamela Voorhees cemented the legacy of this horror sensation and as soon as the name Jason Voorhees is mentioned, we all picture a sadistic killer wearing a hockey mask.
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3. Night of the Living Dead:
Let’s face it: without this 1969 classic from George A. Romero, zombies would not have become the face of fear that they are today. ‘Night of the Living Dead’ has set the standard for zombies movie, a standard that very few movies have been able to reach since its release. And, really, how could we forget the iconic line, “They’re coming to get you, Barbara”?
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4. Dracula
The 1931 adaptation of Bram Stoker’s iconic novel captivated audiences worldwide. Bela Lugosi in the title role as the world’s most famous vampire. Lugosi’s portrayal of Count Dracula has been etched in history as one of the most iconic movie villains to hit the silver screen. Oh, and by the way, vampires don’t sparkle; they’d sooner rip your throat open and bathe in your blood than kiss you — just saying!
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5: Scream
The slasher genre was revitalised in 1996 with this quaint little film rom director Wes Craven. The film showed the struggle of a group of high school students when faced with the threat of a masked killer terrorising their small town. Amongst the biggest surprises of the grim was its biggest star Drew Barrymore’s character being killed off within the first five minutes. Compared to other masked killer movies, ‘Scream’ more of a ‘whodunit’ film, mixed with the horror genre.
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6. House Of Wax
Okay, first off I’m not talking about that crappy 2005 remake starring Paris Hilton let’s clear that up straight away. I’m talking about the 1953 classic starring the legendary Vincent Price focuses on a disfigured sculptor who restores his destroyed wax museum  by murdering people and using their wax coated corpses  as displays within the museum.House of Wax was the first colour 3D feature from a major film company, and while now it maybe seen as tame compared to today’s 3D gore fests it’s legacy is well and truly cemented.
Let’s clear this up straight away: I’m not talking about that crappy 2005 remake starring Paris Hilton. No, I’m talking about the 1953 classic starring the legendary Vincent Price. The film focuses on a disfigured sculptor who displays his murder victims in wax coats around his museum. ‘House of Wax’ was the first colour 3D feature to be released by a major film company — and while now it may seem tame in comparison to today’s 3D gore fests, its legacy is well and truly cemented.
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7. A Nightmare On Elm Street
The idea that that a horribly disfigured killer could come and kill you in your dreams is certainly the stuff of nightmares — but this is reality for the teenagers of Springwood. Released in 1984, director Wes Craven introduces the world to Freddy Krueger: a burnt killer in a tattered green and red sweater, brown fedora and — one of the most iconic weapons in horror history — a bladed glove. Don’t fall asleep haha!
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8. SAW
‘Saw’ features a rather unique set up; instead of the victims being stalked by their killer, they are placed in a maze with a series of ‘traps’ with their only goal being survival. This simple concept made ‘Saw’ a worldwide phenomenon, spawning several sequels and even a video game. ‘Saw’ marked the directional debut of James Wan, who is also know for other horror masterpieces such as ‘Dead Silence’, ‘The Conjuring’, ‘The Conjuring 2’ and ‘Insidious’, as well as acting as producer for ‘Annabelle’.
Jase L Herbert


October 31st, 2016

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