To help our Horror Addicts fans get an idea of the type of things we are looking for here is a guest list of Top Ten Horror Films from Philip Chidel. You may remember Philip from his interview on Horror Addicts along with the review of his short film ‘Til Death.
So take a look at his list of top Ten Horror Films between the years of 2000 to 2011. He provides us with reasons for his choice which should help shed some light on what had him pick the film.
So without further discussion here is his list.
Philip Chidel’s Top 10
10 OPEN WATER: (2003 – domestic) Some say over hyped for such a low budget, which may not be possible, but real sharks are scary. The final scene haunts me still. Boring to some, terrifying to me.
9 THE STRANGERS: (2008 – domestic) A guilty pleasure. Could have been an easily forgettable low-budget slasher flick. Instead has sharp direction, slick production value, and genuinely creepy masked baddies.
8 PARANORMAL ACTIVITY: (2007 – domestic) Perhaps damaged by its lesser and imitative sequels, but this first one really did make me scared to go to bed at night. Unique and inventive.
7 THE DESCENT: (2005 – UK) Girl power!! But not enough girl power to scare away Batmen. Also has one of the great scare moments in the last 20 years. Maybe more.
6 TRICK ‘R TREAT: (2007 – domestic) Great campy fun. Great for a Halloween in.
5 RINGU: (1998 – Japan) The original. Still the definitive J-horror movie, and you still don’t get a better creep on than the girl thru the TV set.
Note remade as, The Ring (2002 – Domestic)
4 REC: (2007 – Spanish) Spain is scary. Esp. those quarantined apartments with weird angry things in the attic that attack for no damn reason. Sequel is good too!
3 THE HOST: (2006 – South Korean) Anotherll time fave. Monster as metaphor. Or if you like: Just plain old badass monster.
2 LET THE RIGHT ONE IN: (2008 – Sweden) Smart hard drama is always scarier than real horror. But add vampires and kids, and you’re golden.
1 AUDITION: (2000 – Japan) The scariest most gloriously repulsive movie and it is actually ABOUT something. All time fave.