Day two is upon us, and I'm prepared to tackle Days 16 through 30 of the 30 Day Horror Movie Challenge. Let's jump right in here...
16. Horror Movie with a Great Soundtrack - Gonna come clean here, I don't really pay much attention to movie soundtracks. In fact I think a movie's music is working best when it's so seamlessly tied in with what's happening on screen that I don't even notice it. That being said, there are still great theme songs out there, like the Jaws theme. This isn't about great theme songs though, it's about soundtracks, and I suppose the hair metal badassery of the Return of the Living Dead soundtrack would be hard to top.
17. Favorite 80's Horror - In my opinion no other decade has done as much for horror as the 80's did. Almost every one of what I consider to be the true classics of the genre come from the 80's. Probably doesn't hurt that I'm a child of the 80's either, so 80's horror is what I cut my teeth on. Still, this isn't a hard choice at all for me, the single greatest entry in the Friday the 13th film series is from the 80's, 1986 to be exact. Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives is what 80's horror is all about for me.
18. Favorite Horror Movie Filmed in Black and White - While I'm a self-professed junkie for the classics from the 50's and 60's, especially the Universal monsters, Night of the Living Dead came out of nowhere in 1968 and blew movie goers away. Here we are over 40 years later, and I'd still put it up against any of these newer zombie flicks. For my money, it's hard to beat Night of the Living Dead in all of it's black and white gory glory.
22. Best Death Scene - What constitutes a great death scene? The killer? The weapon? Where it happened? How attached you had become to the character getting killed? To some extent I think all of those things are important. But the thing that really makes a death scene memorable for me is it's staying power, or how bad it fucks you up, at times even for the rest of your life. Only one kill fits that bill for me, and no matter how badly a character is getting it, I can always look at them and say "Hey, it could always be worse, you could be Quint from Jaws". The fact that my father let me watch this as a kid is the reason to this day that I refuse to go near the ocean, I am terrified of sharks. It screwed me up for life, and therefore is the greatest death scene ever put on film. In fact it's so effective that I even had a hard time looking it up to get a pic for this post.
25. Favorite Christmas Horror Movie - Pretty much all I saw for this one were picks for Silent Night, Deadly Night or Black Christmas. I don't really dig the Silent Night movies, despite the fact that I've seen them all, and the original Black Christmas was good, but certainly not great. I have a little Xmas Eve tradition of waiting for my kids to go to sleep so I can wrap presents while watching my favorite Christmas horror movie, Santa's Slay. I'd watch it any day over Black Christmas or any of the Silent Night movies.
28. Horror Movie You Would Like to See Remade - I may be drawn and quartered for this one, and believe me I agree there's nothing wrong with the original, but every time I watch Rosemary's Baby I can' help but think a little updating might do it some good. I honestly don't think anything needs to be changed, must less polyester in the wardrobe department if you know what I'm saying.
30. Best Horror Movie - Yep, I've known this one was coming the whole time, I've thought and debated about it, I've come up with several answers but have changed my mind every single time. The only answer I could ever give and be completely happy with is this, there is absolutely no way I could ever pick just one single horror movie as the best ever. There are simply way too many variables, genres, sub-genres, and my tastes have changed over the years. For example, there was a time when I thought movies didn't get any better than Terminator 2, of course I was 12 at the time. So I'm not going to pick one here. Sorry if I've let anyone down by doing this, but I would literally come back to this post and edit this pick at least a million times long after it had published and no one would ever see it again. The fact of the matter is I would know it's here, and I won't do that to myself. I will however throw out a few of the contenders: Friday the 13th Part IV: The Final Chapter, An American Werewolf in London, Army of Darkness, The Exorcist, A Nightmare on Elm Street, A Nightmare on Elm Street III: The Dream Warriors, Aliens, Halloween, The Wolfman (original), and even though I used it in a different category Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives. See, all those and I still feel like I'm leaving a ton of stuff out. These are the kinds of things that torture me long into the night.
So there it is, my own little entry into the 30 Day Horror Movie Challenge. I hope you enjoyed it, I did. Do a list of your own? Or plan to? Drop me a link in the comments, or hell pick your 30 in the comments, I'd love to read them.