Gut Wrenching Grammies November 06 2013, 0 Comments

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If you’re anything like me and are desperate to believe that you’re somehow a descendent of the Addams family, you’ll understand me when I say that I wish Halloween was longer. Much longer. If only every eve could be spent watching a marathon of gut wrenching horror movies that will keep you on the edge of your seat the entire way throughout (that, or like me, will keep you snorting with laughter every time some poor, American blondie is beheaded). I thought I’d compile a couple of my favourite horror movies and let you know why I love them; and hopefully why you’ll love them too. Be it an ultimate cheese fest slasher movie like The Slumber Party Massacre or a crazy heroine fronted zombie movie like The Return of The Living Dead; I am sure you’ll find something to keep the terror vibes going up until Christmas. Let’s consider these my personal Grammy awards. Very cynical Grammy awards.

Best Use of a Chainsaw: It takes all kind of critters to make farmer Vincent fritters. Motel Hell (1980) demonstrates the perfect use of the classic weapon; the chainsaw. Motel Hell is seen as an inspiration for modern horrors such as Psycho and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, you just don’t know whether to laugh, cry or vomit. Preferably all three at the same time. A motto to this film can be meats meat and a man’s gotta eat. I’ll let you picture what goes on, and take this time to apologise in advance to my vegan and veggie readers. Seeing as I’m all for the chainsaws, this award will half go to American Psycho (2000) too. The scene where Patrick Batemen chases the victim (whom is trying to escape down the winding staircase) with a chainsaw and, Patrick Batemen being the legend he is, manages to track her movements and, when he drops the chainsaw, it of course slices her perfectly. He is naked too, which always helps win the award.

Best Horror Hero: The Frog brothers. They nailed vampire extermination and were heart throbs for me as a nipper! Who can’t love The Lost Boys (1987)? They were teenage boys taking on one of the biggest and scariest things I can imagine! I mean moving to a new town is bad enough but when it’s plagued with leathered bikers and mysterious deaths it makes it even worse, right?  Sleep all day, party all night. Never grow old, never die. It’s fun to be a vampire.

Best Scream Queen: This is easy for me as only one person comes to mind when I hear this title. Shelley Duvall as Wendy in The Shining (1980). Firstly, The Shining ranks up there with possible my favourite thriller movie. As if Stephen King’s book wasn’t good enough, the film gave it total justice and kept it as chilling as it was first reading it as a young teenager. Secondly, I would also award Jack Nicholson as my favourite fruit cake. Stephen King may be to differ saying it was the only adaptation of his novel that he could “remember hating” but hell, I love both the book and the film equally. The most important thing is I genuinely feel Wendy’s terror in every scene when I watch The Shining.  All work and no play make’s Jack a dull boy.

Best Book Based Horror: Again, I’m going to give this to Stephen King. Carrie (1976) honestly makes my heart feel like it’s about to beat out of my chest. I am aware there is a remark from this year; however I am sceptical as I absolutely adore this classic. The ending from the prom scene onwards just gets me every time; not to mention the scene with her mother. Wasn’t Sissy Spacek just wonderful too? I’m not saying there aren’t mistakes – because there are, but the last few scenes to say the least make me let out a little squeal which isn’t like me at all. If You’ve Got a Taste For Horror, Take Carrie to The Prom…

These are only a couple of my favourites from my ever growing horror collection. I could go on and on saying why I love them and why I rank them so highly but you’ll only really find out if you give them a watch yourself. So here are my favourites; what are yours?