Picture this. You’re alone. It’s stormy outside. Rain thrashes at the windows, wind rocks the house, lighting strikes, thunder roars. You go to the wardrobe for a warm blanket and hiding in there is…
As a kid I was always fascinated by the next big scare. I think I happened upon my first “proper” horror film when I was about seven years old. It was against my mum’s better wishes but I had found her hidden stash of classic 1980s horror films, hidden away in a cupboard with her saucy Jackie Collins novels. I was hooked. The horror film was the ultimate cinematic drug. A true fantastical escape.
But like those thrill seekers that jump from hill tops with a tiny parachute and the crazy fools who climb rock faces without a rope, I would go back to horror films time and time again despite them inducing an insomnia that seemed to last a decade. I’d watch a horror film. Be enthralled by it. Then lie awake in bed in a cold sweat, genuinely believing the monster was coming to get me.
“I’d watch a horror film. Be enthralled by it. Then lie awake in bed in a cold sweat, genuinely believing the monster was coming to get me.”
The great thing about good horror films, for me at least, is they still have that sort of effect on me. It is hardly as extreme – I should stress I have developed an ability to tell truth from fiction – but great horror gets under the skin and stays there long after the credits have rolled.
Here at Top 10 Films we’ve looked at some of the scariest films ever made, the scariest scenes, the goriest scenes, the kids films that were as frightening as any adult horror, the best vampire, zombie and werewolf movies.
Now, I’m going to propose a scenario and decide which of those classic horror film monsters I would most fear appearing one foot in front me, staring with hungry, evil eyes right back at me from the dark recesses of my closet. Imagine you open that closet door, fear in your heart. The door slowly creaks on its hinges and there before you is your worst nightmare incarnate.
What horror film monsters got under your skin as a child or as an adult? What was it about them that scared you? What monstrous face out of all those films would you most fear appearing a foot in front of you?
10. Michael Myers – Halloween (John Carpenter, USA, 1978)
9. Pinhead – Hellraiser (Clive Barker, UK, 1987)
8. Predator (John McTiernan, USA, 1987)
7. The Devil – Rosemary’s Baby (Roman Polanski, USA, 1968)
6. The wolf – An American Werewolf In London (John Landis, USA/UK, 1981)
5. The woman in the red coat – Don’t Look Now (Nicolas Roeg, UK/Italy, 1973)
4. The Alien (Alien, Aliens, Alien 3 etc… / Ridley Scott, James Cameron, David Fincher…)
3. It – Stephen King’s It (Tommy Lee Wallace, USA/Canada, 1990)
2. Regan – The Exorcist (William Friedkin, USA, 1973)
1. Sly Stallone’s “Mom” from Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot
Written and compiled by Daniel Stephens.
Your turn – What’s in your closet?
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