Is there anything better than a good horror movie to start the night off right? Especially on a Friday- your weekend is just beginning! The possibilities are endless. Here are FIVE of my GO-TO Friday Night Horror Flicks!
“No tears please, it’s a waste of good suffering.”
I can’t say ENOUGH good things about my main man, Doug Bradley, and his performance as Pinhead in Hellraiser. The man’s voice alone will give even the toughest guy goosebumps! This is one of those classic movies that is great no matter how many times you watch it. It’s definitely that movie I turn to if nothing else is on, because I know I can enjoy it as if I am seeing it for the first time. Inspired by the novella, Hellbound Heart, this film is about a woman named Julia who discovers the return of her husband’s brother and also her secret lover, Frank, in the family’s new home. By return of Frank, I mean to say his zombified corpse! He had been dragged to another dimension where his body was tortured and mutilated by cenobites! His return came about by an accident where blood was spilled on the floor- Frank somehow used this blood to start growing his human form back, and he persuaded Julia to keep getting blood for him so he could return completely! Julia’s step daughter, Kirsty, who also moved into the house, finds a mysterious box that belonged to Frank when he lived in the home years back… this box causes some crazy stuff to happen, which is how Kirsty herself was introduced to the cenobites! It’s a fantastic, gore filled, horrifying movie that will keep you on your toes. A must-see for anyone who loves the horror genre.
A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)-
“One, two, Freddy’s coming for you!”
Probably the creepiest line in a horror movie, ever. A Nightmare on Elm Street is one of those movies that sticks with you… right before you close your eyes at night and you wonder to yourself if you’ll be waking up in the morning. The adrenaline rush you get by trying to force your eyes to stay shut when you feel like he’s in your bedroom with you is something no other movie can truly conjure. I CRAVE that feeling. This movie is about a child molester named Freddy Krueger who was killed by a group of parents. Years later he comes back in the nightmares of all the children/teens on Elm Street to get his revenge. Their fear makes him strong, and fear him they do! If you don’t ever want to sleep again- I definitely recommend this. In addition to an amazing cast and great storyline, the soundtrack to this film is terrifying, and will stay with you all through the long night. P.S. Robert is SUPER NICE!!
The Shining (1980)
“All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.”
So, this movie would be at the top of my list, but it doesn’t follow the Stephen King novel nearly as much as I would have liked, so #3 it is! It’s still fantastic, though. The book kept me enraptured, and even though I read it long after I saw this movie version as a kid, it made me want to reread the novel the second I finished it. The cast didn’t change from book to screen, it was more little details here and there and things completely left out that bothers me… many years after the release of this movie, in 1997, a mini series was created that actually follows the book, so I suppose I am appeased. ANYWAY- This movie holds a dear place in my heart as one of the first horror movies I remember seeing as a child and thinking to myself- “WTF, did this really happen?!” I was HORRIFIED… and I loved every second of it. This film follows the lives of Jack, Wendy and Danny Torrance, who are staying at The Overlook Hotel as the grounds keepers for the winter season. The hotel was the scene of a horrific murder of a family by one of the old grounds keepers… he used an axe and completely mutilated his daughter’s bodies, as well as his wife. The spirits of these people, and anyone else who died in the hotel, are still there. Young Danny has what is referred to as “the shining”, and he can see these spirits. Jack Torrance is basically possessed by the evilest of spirits there, and goes on the hunt to kill his family. With no way out, his wife and son have to try and survive Jack’s breakdown. It keeps you on the edge of your seat the entire time through… it makes you thankful that you’re not alone with your family for months on end with no way out in sight… and it makes you wonder what kind of things would happen to YOU if you were that child, and your parents went crazy.
Silence of the Lambs (1991)-
‘I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice chianti’
CREEPY! This is probably the grossest movie out of the bunch, if you think about what the character is actually doing. Dr. Lecter, a physiatrist & genius, is a serial killer who consumed his victims by way of mouth, haha. In short- he ate them as his main dish! Clarice Starling, an FBI trainee, needs to utilize his oddly impressive skills as he offers help in finding another “at large” serial killer, Buffalo Bill. I love that this movie reminds you that there are actually people out there who’ve done what this character does… ate their victims and actually enjoyed doing so! Cue the shivers, because damn! That is so nasty!
“I met this six-year-old child, with this blank, pale, emotionless face, and the blackest eyes… the devil’s eyes…”
Last, but certainly not least, is Halloween. About a 6 year old, obviously disturbed, boy named Michael Myers, who brutally murders his sister and is put into a mental hospital. After a 15 year stay, he escapes and returns to his hometown to kill! He wields a knife and has no remorse as he’ll end anyone in his path. This movie made my top 5 list because it’s actually terrifyingly realistic. With the most believable plot of all the above movies on my list, it’s easily one of the scariest, because this could easily have happened to me, or even you. It still can.
Depending on if you like blood & gore, the mystery, shock value or physiological movies that haunt you once their all over, there is something for everyone on this list. I feel like a movie marathon is in order now! Enjoy… oh, and stay safe 😉