Pound for pound, in the world of cinematic horror, fear is a frighteningly sparse commodity. Mediocrity rules in most all walks of life and this is no different in the world of fright. The average horror fan puts great expectation on his trip to the cineplex to view the latest hyped masterpiece. Sadly disappointment usually rules. Here are a few surefire out of the park hits that will comfort your let down scary movie loving soul.
Dawn of The Dead - This 1978 sequel by director George Romero to his 1968 classic 'Night of The Living Dead' is the absolute best zombie film ever made. From its opening apartment complex blitzkrieg to its mall as nightmare refuse conclusion, this is the stuff living dead dreams are made of. So Johnny bar the door and find your terror solace in this apocalyptic nightmare.
Suspiria - Director Dario Argento loves horror. His 1977 classic proves this in spades. The first film in his Mother Trilogy is a brilliant journey through a German dance academy by way of polluted witches cauldron. It is an atmospheric joy of both sight and sound with a technicolor brilliance and frighteningly horrific soundtrack by Italy's own Goblin. Do yourself a favor and place your self in 'Suspria's' black gloved hands.
Carrie - Author Steven King became a household name when in 1976 Brian De Palma brought his tale of a backward religiously oppressed teenage girl to the big screen. There is a sequel on the horizon, but this simple story of adolescence, pig's blood, and telekinesis put the fear in many a fright fans heart and will continue for decades to come. You can take this to your pray closet and smoke it.
REC - In 2007 Spanish film directors Jaume Balagueró and Paco Plaza created a claustrophobic joyride complete with repulsive gore, sacrilegious implications, and anxiety producing havoc. 'REC' and its sequel 'Rec 2' raised the bar for all filmmakers in the terror genre. Foresee a night with the lights on after you experience this gem.
Here are just four first examples for you to try. Horror like comedy truly is a personal "thing", but it doesn't hurt to be pointed in the right direction by a friend who has been let down before by the promise of a sleepless night. Take a look for yourself and see where the dread may take you.