What Is One Of Your Favorite Horror Films?

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October is my favorite month of the year. Not only does Fall typically make its full appearance, complete with painted leaves in a wide palate of colors, but October is also the month of my favorite holiday–Halloween!

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The history of Halloween is a subject that I will cover in another post, but I also have a life-long affinity for the Gothic and Horror, including in movies and books. For the purposes of this post, I am interested in hearing from you what your favorite horror film is. I will address the question of favorite horror novels in the near future.

It would, of course, be completely fair to ask me the same question. If I pose such a question to my students in college classes at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA or the Department of Graduate and Continuing Education of Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA, I always make it clear that they may turn the question on me.

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If I had to choose just one horror film, among the many possibilities, it would be It (2017)  and It Chapter Two (2019) based on Stephen King’s brilliant novel. I was prepared to dislike these movies, because I am typically very critical of adaptations of books, but this time I was very pleasantly surprised. The films deal well with the narrative dilemma of two intertwined time periods in the novel by presenting them in two separate movies. The movies not only show the supernatural horror clearly, and much better than the made for TV version, but also the films show, in the most powerful manner, the fear and horror that children can experience from bullying.  This is a theme King often incorporates in his writing, and this movie shows this disturbing reality that many children face very well. If you have not yet seen It (both parts), then I recommend these movies highly!

Once again, what is your favorite horror film?

 

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37 thoughts on “What Is One Of Your Favorite Horror Films?

  1. My favorite horror film of all time is “The Haunting,” based on Shirley Jackson’s book, “The Haunting of Hill House.” It has a wonderful, creepy atmosphere, done in black-and-white. No need for gore, as the horror is mainly in the mind.

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  2. John Bainbridge

    Night of the Demon ( The version popular in America as Curse of the Demon usually has at least 10 minutes cut from it.) Also the Ealing classic Dead of Night.

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  3. I am not an avid fan of ‘horror’ books or films, as I understand what that label means, for me, but I do have two faves that to me, truly felt like ‘well done’ horror films – so I’m out of my knowledge and expertise/fandom depth here – but will share – the first one is “The Town the Dreaded Sundown” (IMDB link: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0075342/) based off story line of serial killer returning vet in the Texarcana region after the end of WWII – I do not know if it’s based on real life or a book – The second film I enjoyed and watch again, is “The Village” by M. Night Shymalayn – (imdb link: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0368447/) I’ve read and enjoyed many Stephen King Books – I read Amityville Horror book when I was 12 – but have never watched the movies for those or have, overall, even started watching movies in ‘horror’ genre and those I DID try to watch/see the artistry those in my circle loved in the genre, I usually quickly lost interest most times given poor script/writing, acting and directing’ to me, so I just couldn’t ‘hang in there and give it a fair try’ – – I do believe I’ve sat through the Exorcist, but I didn’t ‘get’ why the the gore and supernatural was of more importance than the character struggles for each of the characters, in fandom – suffice to say, I’m not a horror film fan, AND I’m not even CERTAIN if my two ‘votes/shares’ of films technically meet the criteria for ‘horror film’ but sharing cuz I like the questions you pose and the nuggets I find to enjoy via your blog and thought, perhaps, my shares, not listed in your post or the comments, might be of interest to some – If not, forgive my wading in when I KNOW full well, I don’t really ‘get’ what constitutes ‘horror’ label or not – 😀

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  4. Favourite or scariest? is my response to this. My favourite probably is Interview with a Vampire, for the sheer scope in time of it and for the settings and costumes. The scariest, the one which I find hard to watch and yet compelling to watch is The Exorcist!

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