Welcome to The A-Z of Horror – an alphabetical window into the horror genre. Over the course of 26 days, I’ll be taking a look at horror in all its facets and forms, offering up suggestions of what to watch, should you be in the mood for a real good scare.
Today: F is for Frightening Features
Be it Friday night, a midday matinee or the big scare-fest of them all – Halloween – there’s always room for a fiercely frightening feature. A movie so spine tingling that it is guaranteed to chill you to the core.
But what to watch?
Well, that all depends on what you can stomach.
Should you want something that will make your stomach churn, then you may wish to watch something like The Devil’s Rejects (2005), Cannibal Holocaust (1980) or Green Inferno (2013). Of course, should you opt for these, then approach with caution as they really aren’t for the faint hearted – especially Cannibal Holocaust, a movie that I’ve watched once (out of curiosity) but will never watch again, as I don’t agree with the filming techniques employed on the project.
Perhaps less queasy fare, but equally as frightening would be The Exorcist (1973), Hellraiser (1987) or Alien (1979). All are icons of the horror genre; all are synonymous with terror; and all will frighten you… especially on a dark night, when you’re home alone.
But what would be my suggestion for a really frightening feature?
Well, going a little left-field here, I’d opt for something a little less obvious, but something harrowing – The British television drama, Threads (1984).
Jointly produced by the BBC, Western-World Television Inc and Nine Network, Threads looks at the effects that nuclear war would have on the Northern town of Sheffield. While this might not sound like a horror movie, believe me, it is!
The real horror here is the knowledge that this situation could happen one day and if it did, would we be prepared at all? More importantly, would this be our future?
If you really want to dive into the world of horror, then taking a look at movies and TV shows that don’t neatly fit into the genre is the way forward. A production like Threads, which reflects real life, highlights why the horror genre is one of the best genres around – because life is just so damn scary!
Tomorrow: G is for…