Requiem for a Dream – https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0180093
If you ever need a damning indictment of the evils of taking drugs Requiem for a Dream is a perfect example. Telling the intertwined stories of a bunch of addicts in New York stuff gets dark real fast, at some points it feels like you are on drugs, especially when you delve into vacuum cleaner driven amphetamine trip.
Death watch – https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0286306/
Now for an actual horror film! I imagine being in WWI was scary enough but throw some foreboding evil and mental illness into the mix and now it’s a party.
Rosemary’s Baby – I first watched this when I was a 1 year old. 1969. What a year, Rosemary’s Baby and petrol was 28 pence a gallon. Damned dodgy goings on and some weirded out neighbours.
The Omen – a proper scare fest, never liked dark haired kids with mop tops ever since this banger of a horror. Gregory Peck is outstanding! Some of the scenes really are precursors to the Final Destination series. The slow build ups – you can see it coming type affair, but still the shock/horror of it actually happening.
Nicole Kidman (who has been in some right tosh over the years) stars in this ghost movie set in the inter-war period in a large house. Apparently it was written specifically for Kidman and she is very good. It is all about the suspense with this one, and it is a beautifully written story. Excellent cast.
Woman in Black
Now, I’ve not seen the film with Daniel Radcliffe. I used to work in a Theatre years ago and the Woman in Black was performed there. To this day I have NEVER been as scared in a film or theatre show as watching the Woman in Black. If the film is half as scary as the stage play, you’re gonna scream!!! Better still, if you see the stage show come around and can afford it, go and be scared by the live version!
The Bride of Frankenstein
You can’t beat the classis and this is almost as classic as you can get. The bride of Frankenstein is a follow up to the 1931 Frankenstein, and probably improves on it’s predecessor in everyway. It has that classic gothic look those 30’s horror films and has this great moody feel to it that most films struggle to replicate.
Speaking of classics though if there’s one film that started the horror ball rolling in the 30’s it’s got to be Dracula. It’s the Dracula all others are compared to and in my opinion Bela Lugosi is still the best Dracula. Lugosi doesn’t even have to speak to give off that eerie vibe which makes this film so fantastic.
As a counterpoint to Pauls choice of the original version, I present the actual best Dracula film. Directed by Francis Ford Coppola, this is a more true to the original novel adaptation but adding a more interesting back story to the character and how he became the way he did in a stunning prologue section as it shows Dracula as he was when human, the real life person known as Vlad Tepes or Vlad the Impaler as you may have heard him called in the history books. Sure there’s a pretty comical English Accent by Keanu Reeves in this (“I know where the baaastard sleeps…Carfax Abbeh!”) but it doesn’t distract from the film as a whole. Also all visual effect were done optically in camera, no CGI or anything like, you wont believe it when you see it but it’s true.
Also the soundtrack is spectacular and Gary Oldman is the best Dracula.
DO NOT WATCH this film. Seriously it will RUIN YOUR LIFE FOREVER.
Interview with a Vampire, 1992
Neil Jordan (Irish director)
Bram Stoker’s Dracula, 1992
Bram Stoker was from Dublin.
Darby O’Gill and the Little People
Banshees are Irish and petrifying, these things are not usually synonymous unless it’s after 3AM.