What a way to start this list off. Where do I begin with this one… Well, I will start by saying that the first hour of this movie is more of a comedy than it is horror. The Visit is about two children who go out of state to visit their grandparents that they don’t know very well, if at all really. The grandparents seem normal for the most part, but begin to act strange midway through the movie. The weirdness continues and the film wraps up with an M. Night Shyamalan twist.
For what my opinion is worth– It is a fun movie with some laughs, but has a dark twist at the end that gives you just enough disgust to consider this a horror film.
Let Me In (2010)
I’m not the only one to give this movie praise. Stephen King actually said that “Let Me In is a genre-busting triumph. Not just a horror film, but the best American horror film in the last 20 years.” Those are some strong words from a brilliant man.
Let Me In is about a young boy who befriends a young female vampire who lives in secrecy with her guardian. It’s not your typical vampire movie, and thats what I love about it. The acting is also phenomenal, especially considering the majority of the acting is done by children.
For what my opinion is worth– This has become one of, if not my favorite vampire movie of all time.
Excision is about a troubled teen girl who fantasizes about sex, extreme violence, and comes off a bit as a psychopath. Actually, she comes off as a complete psychopath. She also happens to be an aspiring surgeon. Similar to The Visit, this one has some humor and it will be sure to get a few laughs out of you. Also like The Visit, it has a real dark turn at the end. One that stuck with me for a bit and overshadowed all of the laughs I experienced earlier in the movie.
For what my opinion is worth– Excision may seem like a “teen-ish” movie at first, but I promise you that it doesn’t end like one. It’s absolutely worth a watch.
28 Days Later
Some of you may have actually seen this movie already. It’s a bit more mainstream than the others, but I feel it should be on this list anyway.
28 Days Later is about a man that wakes up in a hospital only to find out that the world’s population has been greatly diminished due to the spread of a zombie like virus. This isn’t your typical zombie movie, and they aren’t technically zombies, but it has a similar feel to one.
For what my opinion is worth– This is my favorite horror movie of all time. I love zombies, and what I love about the infected in this movie is that they are more like rabid animals than they are brainless zombies. They are fast, furious, and ferocious.
There is also a sequel titled 28 Weeks Later. 28 Days Later clearly had a higher budget, so it doesn’t have the grittiness that the original does. Still a great movie and a must watch, nonetheless.
No, this isn’t a movie about your mother-in-law. This is a movie about the medieval term used to describe a woman thought to have evil magic powers and the ability to cast spells.
The Witch is about a family that is banished from their town and are forced to live upon the outskirts to attempt to provide all food, shelter, and safety for themselves. Surrounding them is a heavily wooded area with an evil presence living within it. How evil you ask? Pretty fucking evil. This Witch isn’t your typical Disney character. She is far more terrifying than that.
For what my opinion is worth– I may have jumped the gun when I said 28 Days Later is my favorite horror movie of all time, because this one may take home the bacon.
I may only say that because this is the newest release of all the movies on the list and therefore fresh in my mind, but it is a phenomenal movie. The acting, setting, camera angles, makeup, writing, plot, everything. Absolutely everything about this movie is great. I can’t say enough great things about it.