I welcome you warmly to the second of two guest posts on my site. Tonight I welcome Greg McCabe to share in Our Darkest Fears and he brought us his favorite horror films. I must say, the guy has taste because I agreed with pretty much the whole list. He is also the author of the new book, The Undying Love. It has just been released by Sirens Call Publications and is ready for your general consumption. Now, I will stand back and let Greg share his ten favorite horror films with you…
10 Movies That Scare the Inspiration Out of Me
I recently published a horror novel called The Undying Love. It’s a horror/romance story featuring a young couple trying to survive the zombie apocalypse. Of course I was inspired by a number of awesome horror books by some of the genre’s great authors, but I also found a great deal of inspiration in all the amazing horror movies I’ve seen over the years.
I love scary movies; I’ve been watching them since I was a kid. I like all sub-genres of horror too, from monsters to serial killers, and just about everything in between.
So, here are the top ten movies that scare the inspiration out me. While I have a tremendous amount of admiration for the old black and white horror movies of the 30’s, 40’s, and 50’s, I personally like my horror a little more contemporary. Sorry, you won’t be finding The Bride of Frankenstein or Psycho on this list…
10) Jaws – This movie made an entire generation of people scared to go into the water. Like a lot of Spielberg movies, it was far ahead of its time in regards to special effects. It also provides a number of awesome water-based scares.
Scariest scene: Brody chumming the waters without paying attention and Jaws popping up out of nowhere looking quite hungry.
9) The Ring – People seem to either love or hate The Ring. Personally, I think it’s one of the scariest paranormal flicks out there and that it contains one the best jump-out-of-your-seat moments I’ve ever seen.
Scariest scene: During the funeral, when Ruth says, “I saw her face,” and it flashes a quick image of her dead daughter’s contorted face.
8) Frailty – I feel like this well-crafted psychological horror movie flew under the radar. I watched it a couple of years after it came out and was surprised that I’d never heard of it. The movie contains some heart-racing scares and has a phenomenal twist ending.
Scariest scene: When the dad and son touch the “demons” and can see all the terrible things they’ve done.
7) Se7en – I consider this movie to be more disturbing than scary, but it’s highly effective at being disturbing. The plot keeps you on the edge of your seat while hitting you with an onslaught of horrifying images.
Scariest scene: When Brad Pitt asks, “What’s in the box?” Then finds out.
6) Texas Chainsaw Massacre – I’m a born-and-raised Texan, so I had to give this slice of southern fried horror its props. This raw and gritty film relied on pure terror and tension as opposed to gallons of fake blood and fancy special effects.
Scariest scene: Leatherface chasing one of the last survivors around outside during the sunrise hours with a blaring chainsaw held over his head.
5) Silence of the Lambs – This masterpiece features a brilliant performance by Anthony Hopkins along with some solid scares and a very intense climax. Hannibal Lecter is one of the most iconic horror characters of all time.
Scariest scene: Three words…Night. Vision. Goggles.
4) Event Horizon – This sci-fi horror flick didn’t fair well with the critics, but I thought it was very well done. The vastly intriguing premise of the movie culminates into a horrifyingly bloody vision of hell in outer space.
Scariest scene: When the crew finally sees the gruesome video associated with the terrifying audio they retrieved from the Event Horizon’s logs.
3) Saw – The original Saw movie is one of my favorite horror movies of the last ten years. The litany of sequels, however, is another story. This ultra-violent, highly effective movie still gives me chills when the twist is revealed at the end.
Scariest scene: I’ll give you a hint…it has to do with a saw and a shackled ankle.
2) Candyman – Based on a short story by one of my favorite authors, Clive Barker, this gem of a horror film has a little of everything. It’s a collision of psychological horror, serial killer horror, urban legend horror, slasher horror, paranormal horror, and even touches on natural horror with the oddly effective use of bees. It’s basically a one-stop shop of horror.
Scariest scene – When Helen gets hypnotized by Candyman in a parking garage then wakes up, covered in blood, in a strange apartment with a screaming woman.
1) Dawn of the Dead (2004) – One of my all-time favorites, this was one of the first living dead movies I saw that featured fast zombies. Personally, I thought running zombies completely changed the dynamic of how scary a zombie movie could be. Not to mention it directly influenced my own zombie fiction endeavors.
Scariest scene: The ultra-intense opening sequence of the initial zombie outbreak.
Now a bit about Greg’s book…
For Diane and Jackson, life is just about perfect. They’re healthy, happy, and madly in love with one another. Unknown to them, a virus is sweeping across the globe that instantly kills the infected and turns their corpses into mindless, murdering cannibals. In short: zombies have taken over the planet.
Diane and Jackson find out about the epidemic the hard way when their wedding is crashed by friends and family who have succumbed to the virus. Now, fighting for survival, they’re faced with unthinkable decisions.
Follow their story across Southeast Texas as they meet unforgettable characters and face challenges that will put their love, and lives to the ultimate test.
About the Author:
Greg McCabe is a proud Texan. He was born and raised in Midland, Texas, received a degree in Speech Communication from Texas A&M University, and currently resides in the Lone Star State. He enjoys spending time with his wife, Mandy, his daughter, Annabelle, and his dog, Walter, as well as traveling, sports, movies, reading, and writing. He enjoys all genres of fiction, but seems to gravitate towards horror and science fiction. The Undying Love is Greg’s first book.
Ok, back to me. All those movies are a good time and I highly suggest viewing them if you haven’t already. I’m going to close it down now and thank you for stopping by. Be sure to be back here when the Coffin Hop gets in full swing next week.
Until next time, stay scared my friends…