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The SpicyPulp Editors Pick Their Favourite Horrors of All Time

The SpicyPulp Editors Pick Their Favourite Horrors of All Time


Though we love cheesy romantic flicks and thrilling action films, horror is one genre we hold particularly close to our hearts here at SpicyPulp. From the very first monster movies to 90s slashers, horrors have allowed us countless movie marathons with friends and as a result, even more sleepless nights.

Since October 1, we’ve been posting a different horror flick to our Facebook page to count down the days until Halloween. The day has now arrived and it’s time to reveal our personal favourites from the bizarre to the polarising.

Rachel’s Picks:

  1. The Conjuring

‘James Wan is the modern master of horror and it was this very film that cemented his place in history. Based on the files of two controversial paranormal investigators, the film follows the haunting of a family at a Rhode Island home. Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga star as Ed and Lorraine Warren with Ron Livingston and Lili Taylor portraying two parents at war with a witch set on destroying their family. Fans of the film will forever be haunted by The Conjuring’s iconic scenes including the witch above the wardrobe and the spooky prologue featuring the famous Annabelle doll.’

  1. A Nightmare on Elm Street

‘No matter how many horror films I see, none seem to have quite the effect that A Nightmare on Elm Street had. The 1984 film introduced audiences to the genre’s most terrifying villain Freddy Krueger and oddly enough, gave Johnny Depp his first major screen credit. However, despite featuring Johnny ‘Dreamboat’ Depp and one crazy motherfucker in the form of Krueger, Heather Langenkamp’s Nancy remains my favourite final girl of all time. She was smart, proactive and fearless in situations where I would most certainly shit myself. Set in a fictional Midwestern town called Springwood, the film follows a group of teenagers who are stalked and killed in their dreams (and in reality) by a terrifying man called Freddy Krueger. Even today. A shiver still runs down my spine when I see Freddy.’


  1. Friday 13th

‘What can I say? The 80s were a crazy time and horrors from that era are my cup of tea. Friday the 13th revolves around a gang of teenagers who are murdered while trying to open an abandoned camp where a young boy drowned years earlier. A true slasher in every sense of the word, the film earned a cult following and spawned several sequels featuring the voiceless character Jason Voorhees. Betsy Palmer stars as Mrs. Voorhees while Kevin Bacon portrayed one of the teenagers who find themselves hunted by an initially unseen assailant.’

  1. The Exorcist

‘It only took one flash of a horrific demon face for me to know that The Exorcist was not a film one should watch alone. Released in 1973 and directed by William Friedkin, The Exorcist immediately cemented its place in history as the genre’s most terrifying and memorable movie. Based on the novel of the same name by William Peter Blatty, this ultimate frightfest follows the demonic possession of a young girl and the efforts that two priests and one terrified mother go through to save her. Starring Ellen Burstyn, Jason Miller, Linda Blair and Max von Sydow, The Exorcist eventually earned 10 Oscar nominations — a rarity for horror films.’

  1. Scream

‘I’m a sucker for slashers and I admit it without hesitation. Crazy assholes and teenagers making bad decisions is simply a recipe for awesomeness. Released in 1996, Scream follows Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell) who along with her friends, becomes the target of a serial killer disguised in a Ghostface mask. David Arquette also stars as town deputy Dewey Riley, while Courteney Cox takes on the role of reporter Gale Weathers. There’s plenty of stabtastic action to make you squirm, and first-time viewers will love the beginning phone exchange between the killer and his victim.’

Sam’s Picks:

  1. Rob Zombie’s Halloween

‘While John Carpenters influential 1978 slasher remains the epitome of Halloween horror goodness, it’s shock rocker/writer-director Rob Zombie’s reimaging of this classic that really captured my attention. Zombie was utterly fearless in his version, which was coated with blood and gore while also journeying into the savage psychosis that drives Michael Myers. Zombie also had a great cast on his hands starting with the dual portrayal of Michael Myers in the performances of Tyler Mane and Daeg Faerch. Mane was a sinister terrifying giant whose raw power had no room for mercy while Faerch was one very scary kid, and his gradual transformation into a killing machine was masterful to watch. Zombie filled out his cast with Scout Taylor-Compton as Laurie Strode, whose naive innocence was shattered by her brother’s violent return and Malcolm McDowell as Dr Sam Loomis. Zombie never lets up with the carnage, and the film’s horrific ending will leave audiences truly haunted.’


  1. The Shining

‘Endless winter, inhospitable boredom and some very creepy events were the catalyst to send Jack Nicholson’s Jack Torrence over the edge in Stanley Kubrick’s horror classic The Shining. Kubrick’s horror pursuit is dangerous, depraved and really bloody scary with Jack Nicholson showing just how far he can push into the realm of crazy. Kubrick was just as terrifying with his unwavering perfectionism that bordered on the edge of madness. The Shining still shocks and scares decades later with everything from the freaky Grady Twins and the elevator of blood, to young Danny Torrence’s catatonic utterance of the word ‘REDRUM’. The Shining is definitely one film that will make you think twice about venturing to hotels in the dead of winter.’


  1. The Crazies

‘This 2010 remake of George A. Romero’s 1973 cult film is one horrific, enforcing the fact that you should never underestimate your neighbours. When a virus turns the inhabitants of the peaceful town of Odgen Marsh into crazed bloodthirsty killer,  a group of survivors including husband and wife David (Timothy Olyphant) and Judy Dutton (Radha Mitchell) must fight to survive. The Crazies could best be described as the unmade prequel to The Walking Dead showcasing how humanity is actually broken down. The scares were frightening, and director Breck Eisner never lets up, throwing twist after twist at his characters. Original and terrifying, The Crazies will keep audiences glued to their seats, and dreading what will come next.’


  1. The Silence of the Lambs

‘Hello Clarice’ are two words which, combined with Anthony Hopkin’s sinister vocal tone, can spook you into stillness. The Silence of the Lambs was the wildcard that took audiences by storm in 1991 telling the story of rookie FBI trainee Clarice Starling (Jodie Foster), who is brought into the hunt for serial killer Buffalo Bill. In process, Starling was also led to multiple confrontations with the debonair sinister serial killer and cannibal Dr. Hannibal Lector. In a performance that won him an Oscar, Hopkins delivered a very scary monster that continues to haunt the dreams of movie goers. Till this day I’m still scared to death by Dr. Chilton’s detailings of Hannibal’s crimes, and Hannibal’s escape is one of the most memorable scenes in horror.’


  1. Sleepy Hollow

‘In 1999, Tim Burton brought the legend of Sleepy Hollow back to the silver screen with a generous helping of gore. When Detective Ichabod Crane (Johnny Depp) is sent to the quiet Hamlet of Sleepy Hollow to investigate strange murders that are occurring, he befalls the wrath of the legendary Headless Horseman. Gothic, dark and undeniably creepy, Sleepy Hollow was filled with inventive murders on Burton’s behalf as well as terrific performances from its leads Depp and Christina Richie. If you’re keen for a bit of Gothic bloodletting then Sleepy Hollow is definitely something to check out. Just have a torch handy.’