But that being said, I was still able to find some titles that tickled my fancy and that I appreciated enough to include on such a list.
I would be remiss if I didn't mention my hero, The Mike - of From Midnight, With Love fame, who inspired me to tackle this little list - which turned out to be not so little when you factor in how many years I've been alive and the addition of non-horror films which I couldn't resist listing.
After all, aren't you the least bit curious to see if I ever watch anything that doesn't have guts, gore or ghosts in it??
So from the land of Japanese horror remakes, Nazis, teens in trouble, big-ass dinosaurs, deadly sins, and Wes Craven's return to form, I give you - my 90's.
This is one of my favorite Stephen King books and the adaption here is truly awesome.
I don't know what else I can say about a movie with the phrase:
"He didn't get out of the cock-a-doodie car!"
|Honorable mention: GHOST|
Sure, I can be a romantic. In fact, I love romantic movies, done right. And since this one has a little hint of spookiness, it's all the better. And I love Patrick Swayze. Loved, that is. (*tear*)
|THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS, 1991|
Okay, so I won't bore you again by mentioning this movie was literally filmed in my small home town.
But I will say it's one goddamned excellent film, and that cannot be denied.
"One more thing. Love your suit."
|Honorable mention: THELMA & LOUISE|
And no, not because of Brad Pitt and his Levi's.
Because it kicks ass and takes names later.
I've always had a thing for this movie, and with good reason.
Tony Todd is an icon here, and scares me more than Freddy and Jason combined.
|Honorable mention: THE HAND THAT ROCKS THE CRADLE|
For every man that was scared by Fatal Attraction, there are an equal amount of parents who had the piss scared out of them watching this movie. It's hard to find good child care, isn't it?
|JURASSIC PARK, 1993|
To every asshole that says this is not a horror movie, I say you're flat-out lying if you say you weren't shaking in your boots when that T-Rex trashed that Ford Explorer.
|Honorable mention: THE FUGITIVE|
My favorite Harrison Ford movie, and that's saying a lot - cause I'm a huge Indiana Jones fan.
Tommy Lee Jones is equally as impressive here. The film rocks.
|Honorable mention: FORREST GUMP|
A movie like this doesn't come around every day. And while I know it has legions of haters, to them I say you just don't get it, and you probably never will. This film has my heart. So there.
I am still affected every time I watch this film. It's hard to sit through, but the acting is great, the storyline greater, and the devastating ending - sublime.
|Honorable mention: TWISTER|
It should really embarrass me when I say that I have the lines in this movie memorized from frequent viewings. But it doesn't. I effing love this summer popcorn disaster flick.
"I gotta go Julia, we got cows..."
|APT PUPIL, 1998|
Nazis scare the tar out of me. Always have. And why shouldn't they?
The first time I saw this Stephen King story put to film, it freaked me out quite rightly.
Oh, and I love Ian McKellan, don't you?
|Honorable mention: THE CIDER HOUSE RULES|
If you're wondering what this movie is all about, then you obviously haven't seen it and you need to. It's on my top ten list, any genre. I've seen it countless times and can't recommend it highly enough.
Next up: the 2000's and beyond. Some fine films to sort through. Might be a rough one.