Not every word is an adjective, mind you - it's more of a consensus of my thoughts about certain descriptions of various elements of horror films.
What I'm trying to say, oh so un-eloquently, is this: I made it through the entire alphabet and I even used Q and X! So there!
|A is for ANXIETY|
In Let's Scare Jessica to Death, Jessica's anxiety about slipping back into madness brings a palpable tension to the film
|B is for BRUTAL|
Haute Tension contains some of the most brutal kills in horror, with plenty of red stuff to go around.
|C is for CONTROVERSIAL|
Irreversible has one of the most graphic, horrifyingly long rape scenes in film, and is at the top of the heap as far as controversy goes.
|D is for DREAD|
It's possible I've never felt more dread while watching a horror film than this particular moment in 2008's The Strangers.
|E is for EVIL|
Sometimes in a horror film, you can feel the evil emanating from a scene, which is how I felt during this scene from Insidious.
|F is for FIERCE|
It isn't always the men who are fierce killers in horror, as Josie Ho proves in the Hong Kong slasher, Dream Home.
|G is for GRIM|
Horror films with grim endings such as Eden Lake are all the more effective when things aren't tied up in a pretty bow in the final reel.
|H is for HATRED|
Michael Myers was inexplicably full of hatred and never showed it more than in Rob Zombie's Halloween II (2009).
|I is for INSIDIOUS|
No one is more insidious than the devil himself, and no film has ever done the devil better than The Exorcist.
|J is for JUMPY|
The Grudge is famous for all its jump-scares, and while they can be overused in horror, they still remain effective when done right.
|K is for KOOKY|
Recently, Dark Shadows set new standards for kookiness in horror. Thankfully Johnny Depp was able to save it from completely faltering.
|L is for LETHAL|
Jack the Ripper is always a good example of a lethal killer, as in the scene above in From Hell.
|M is for MALEVOLENCE|
Asian horror is always filled with hateful, malevolent spirits. I'm not sure a better example exists than Samara in 2001's The Ring.
|N is for NOTORIOUS|
Cannibal Holocaust is nothing if not notorious. With actual animal cruelty and deaths that looked so real the director had to prove the actors were still alive, it is a prime example.
|O is for OUTRAGEOUS|
Evil Dead II is one of the best examples of outrageous horror. No one can resist Ash and his possessed hand!
|P is for PANIC|
Doubtful there's a better instance of panic than Marilyn Burns' shrieking, horrified run through the woods to escape a deranged killer in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.
|Q is for QUEASY|
I have never been more queasy or upset than when I watched La Femme perform a crude C-section with a pair of scissors in À l'intérieur (Inside, 2007)
|R is for RUTHLESS|
It's a toss up who is more ruthless in I Saw The Devil: the psychopathic killer or the fiancé of the victim.
My money is on Soo-hyun (Lee Byung-hun). Powerful stuff.
|S is for SHOCKING|
(Come on, you knew Psycho would be in here somewhere!)
It wasn't Mother's corpse in the fruit cellar that shocked the hell out of people - it was Norman in his Mother get-up!
|T is for TENSION|
No movie has ever made me more tense than when I sat on the edge of the couch when I was 13 years old and watched When A Stranger Calls. Have YOU checked the children??
|U is for UNPLEASANT|
Lucio Fulci had a whole lot of unpleasant, unsettling, and unbelievable scenes in his films, but none made me as uneasy as this gut-spewing moment in City of the Living Dead. Gah!
|V is for VICIOUS|
How's getting torn apart by a pack of wild dogs sound for vicious? Exactly what happened in Wilderness (2006).
|W is for WICKED|
Hard to find a more vengeful, wicked character in horror than The Woman in Black, no matter if it's the original book or the many different versions in theater, television or film. Nasty.
|X is for XENOGENIC|
"Originating outside the organism or from a foreign substance introduced into the organism"
Aww, you gotta feel bad for Brundlefly. (The Fly, 1986)
|Y is for YUCKY|
Another xenogenic species, this dog-slash-thing is probably one of the best examples of yuckiness in the genre.
(The Thing, 1981)
|Z is for ZEALOUS|
While many serial killers are enthusiastic, Patrick Bateman (American Psycho) is a dedicated, impassioned psychopath who embodies the word zealous. It's hip to be square!