Ice Nine Kills Pick Their Top 10 Horrors To Watch This Hallowe'en!
Boston metalcore crew Ice Nine Kills love horror – so much so a LOT of their songs take direct influence from some of the most famous creepy stories and films. That's why we asked frontman Spencer Charnas to give us his favourite horror films that people should be checking out this Hallowe'en!
10. HALLOWEEN (1978)
SPENCER: "This is the one that kick-started my love for the genre. I'm a big Jason Voorhees fan, but there is just something about Michael Myers intentions that seem more sinister. In addition to Michael's brooding on-screen presence, we're also given one of the most memorable and worthy opponents for a horror villain, Michael's psychiatrist, Dr. Loomis, played brilliantly by the late Donald Pleasance. John Carpenter's Halloween is indispuatably a classic whose simple, yet strikingly powerful concept set a precedent for what scary really means."
9. SCREAM (1996)
SPENCER: "I saw Scream when I was 11 years-old and it was the first time I had ever seen a violent horror movie in the theatres. I was already a huge scary movie fan so to see a film actually referencing those other franchises that I loved was very exciting. The writing and direction were clever, the cast was funny, the concept was scary, the kills were creative, and in my opinion, it sports one of the best surprise endings ever seen in any type of movie. Scream single-handedly revitalised the slasher/horror movie craze in the 90's and it will forever remain a crucial piece in the genre."
8. A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET (1984)
SPENCER: "By 1984, the slasher genre had been done to death (pun intended). Audiences were growing tired of the Halloween and Friday The 13th rip-offs sporting a masked killer slicing up kids in the woods. Enter writer and director Wes Craven with his ingenious script about a horribly burned child killer who stalks kids – not in the woods of a summer camp, but in their dreams. This was such an effective plot device because no matter if you lock your doors or even carry a gun with you at all times, nothing and no one can save you in your dreams, and as we all know, falling asleep is inevitable. This movie gave birth to one of the most iconic horror villains of all time, Freddy Krueger, portrayed fantastically by Robert Englund."
7. FRIDAY THE 13TH (1980)
SPENCER: "Released less than 2 years after John Carpenter’s Halloween took the box office by storm, Friday The 13th was admittedly (by it’s director Sean Cunningham and writer Victor Miller) a film to cash in on the surprising success of Michael Myers rampage through Haddonfield, IL. It was the first time a major studio (Paramount Pictures) would get behind a slasher film, and it worked! Featuring a scary and parental supervision free backdrop of a doomed summer camp, the movie went on to slash it’s way to 40 million dollars in ticket sales. (Spoiler Alert) It is always funny to me that the first film does not feature a grown up Jason Voorhees or the famous hockey mask which would eventually become the most recognizable symbol of the franchise."
6. WHEN A STRANGER CALLS BACK (1993)
SPENCER: "While made-for-TV horror movies don’t often yield the scariest results – yes, IT and Salem’s Lot are exceptions – When A Stranger Calls Back genuinely frightened me when it was released in 1993. It is the sequel to the 1979 cult thriller When A Stranger Calls and in my opinion features one of the best opening sequences in a scary movie other than Scream. There are exciting plot twists around almost every turn and the score is brilliantly crafted and sets an unnerving and ominous tone throughout the movie’s 94-minute running time."
5. SILENT NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHT (1984)
SPENCER: "Possibly the most controversial slasher film of the 80’s, Silent Night, Deadly Night is a perfect mix of over the top kills (yes, a naked chick is impaled on deer antlers), gratuitous nudity, and a sleazy yet ingenious marketing campaign which used Santa Clause as an axe wielding mass murderer. This campy splatter film sent shock waves through PTA groups all across the country and even yielded picket lines outside many theatres. With the bad publicity mounting, Tri Star Pictures caved and pulled the film less than 2 weeks after it’s release. But as we all know, when something is suppressed it can often come back even stronger. The attempted banishing of the film only made it that much more enticing to horror hungry teens and it eventually became an infamous cult classic."
4. IDLE HANDS (1999)
SPENCER: "Sometimes I love my horror films with as much ridiculous comedy as super gory kill sequences, and Idle Hands is heavy handed in both areas. Featuring the touching story of a boy whose inactivity and pot smoking antics make him the perfect target for demonic possession, its clever premise and over the top special effects made this one of my go to Friday night films in my high school days. Unfortunately it was released the week after Columbine and was quickly pulled from theatres in fear that it was making light of teenage violence at such a sensitive time."
3. MY BLOODY VALENTINE 3D (2009)
SPENCER: "I was somewhat a fan of the original movie which featured a pick axe wielding miner wreaking bloody havoc in a mining community, but it wasn’t until this remake that I really grew interested in the story. Often times remakes turn out to be pretentious garbage that fall flat in every respect, but this one embraced exactly what the original was – a good old retro piece that included everything you wanted in an 80’s slasher – hot chicks and vicious murder. I was also highly impressed by the 3D work and found that it truly elevated the visual element of the film."
2. DEAD SILENCE (2007)
SPENCER: "I’ve long since yearned for the days when I was a little kid and was truly scared by movies. After the age of 13 or 14 I had become so desensitized to violence and jump scare techniques that these kind of films became more like comfort food than a way to get my fright fix. Enter Dead Silence, a movie about a town plagued by death ever since the banishing and murder of a ventriloquist and suspected child killer named Mary Shaw. Featuring super-eerie dolls, an insanely scary looking villain, and sound design and music that literally upset me, it is a shame that this movie bombed at the box office when so many inferior films succeed."
1. TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE (2003)
SPENCER: "Everything about this remake was absolutely fantastic so I cannot for the life of me understand why it was so critically panned. The original was made famous because of the incredibly unsettling and filthy mood that it put the audience in, and this film did just that, only to a greater extreme. R. Lee Ermy’s portrayal of Sheriff Hoyt will go down as one of the most sinister performances in horror history, and alone is enough to make this film stand at the top of the horror remake list."
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