Bloody-Disgusting has been sent an exclusive Top 10 Horror Movie list from Pearl Aday, daughter of Meatloaf, wife of Scott Ian (Anthrax), and singer of the band Pearl. Check after the jump for the Top 10 list which has some classics but also some newer films. There are also some great explanations of the picks, so see if her reasons resonate with you! Also, after the jump, you can download a free MP3 copy of ‘Rock Child’!
It was tough to narrow it down to just 10, but here you go… In no particular order:
Dawn of the Dead (remake 2004)
- This movie singlehandedly renewed my thrill for horror movies, especially those of the zombie genre. I saw this at a midnight screening the morning it came out at the Arclight Dome in Hollywood with big group of friends including Patton Oswalt, Brian Posehn, and my man Scott Ian. It was one of the best movie experiences I’ve ever had. People were laughing and yelling and any deep fear of zombies I previously carried transformed into a party. This is a brilliant remake from the Johnny Cash song in the opening sequence and the little girl zombie leaping to her feet in the hallway shot, to the over the top chainsawing of zombies through the escape truck, and who can deny their love for a baby zombie! Hooray for fast zombies! (Honorable mention: Best use of a Disturbed song).
Let the Right One In
- I love this movie. For me and Oskar the boy that Eli befriends, she is a heroine. We’ll overlook the fact that she was originally a he and respect the identity she inhabits now. Surviving only as a centuries-old child vampire knows how, she is lonely and sad, but instinctively playful and manipulative. She is loyal and cunning, and only kills when she has to in order to exist or to protect the boy she wants and/or loves and needs. It is a beautifully dark and intense coming of age story, and reads so much deeper into the child psyche of alienation, the need to be accepted, and survival in the wake of great abuse, and don’t we just love to see those fucking bullies decapitated. To make things even better we happened to see it in a theater that had no heat. Shivering in our coats only added to the film’s bleakness. We felt like we were there. Gorgeous.
Nightmare On Elm Street
- This movie is permanently locked in my adolescent memories of sleep-overs, and screaming from behind the shield of my sleeping bag. By far the most scary of all the Nightmares on Elm Street. Freddy Krueger is an icon, and Johnny Depp getting sucked into the bed followed by a river of gushing blood is classic. I love you, Freddy!
- This one is pretty self explanatory. I grew up wanting to look as beautiful, sexy, and kick-ass as Sigourney, showing off my well-oiled and lithe biceps in a tank-top and fatigues while blasting away space-monster-aliens with my 50 lb. mega machine gun. “Get away from her you bitch!” – Lt. Ellen Ripley. I stand up and cheer.
An American Werewolf In London
- David Naughton made a big jump from peppy dancer singing “I’m a pepper” in those 70′s Dr. Pepper commercials to writhing totally naked on the floor screaming in pain while transforming into a wolfman. Jack, his ever-rotting dead friend who’s progressively more deteriorated every time he appears to David to urge him to kill himself before he tears more innocents to shreds, might be my favorite part of the film. “Keep off the moors, stay on the road, and good luck.”
Silence of the Lambs
- Jodi Foster as Clarice in “Silence of the Lambs” is just iconic. Who doesn’t know at least 4 quotes from this movie? Clarice, like Ripley, is a true heroine in the most classic sense, driven by good and fighting evil. I could go on and on, scene by scene with this film but the kicker part for me is at the end when she’s lost in Buffalo Bill’s basement, stuck in the pitch black and we watch her through Buffalo Bill’s night vision, trembling and blind in the dark but still holding her gun at attention ready to shoot the bad guy, and listening for and moving forward toward the girl in the hole. Terrifying. I lose my breath every time. Also, don’t we all love the twisted sexual chemistry with Hannibal Lecter?
- This one is self explanatory. Three things: David Fincher, Sloth, and “What’s in the box!!!?!!!”.
- I stumbled upon this movie by accident as a little girl innocently changing the channel on the TV. I thought it was a documentary until she started levitating in a demonic seizure. I burst into tears and ran out of the room. I never watched it again until they re-released it in theaters in 2000. Scott talked me into going with him to see it at Mann’s Chinese Theater here in Hollywood. I had a blast. The addition of the spider walk down the stairs and the flashes of the demon’s face on the backs of doors, etc, were brilliant. There are only two movies that are so intense that the music alone scares the crap out of me; John Carpenters’s original score for “Halloween”, and this film’s theme “Tubular Bells”, both are etched into my fear’s core.
Drag Me To Hell
- After the “Dawn of the Dead” remake in 2004, this was the most fun I’d had at the movies in a long time. I saw it twice in the theater bringing more friends back the second time. The fight scene in the parking garage between Alison Lohman and Lorna Raver is creepy and hilarious (slimy dentures!), and you can’t beat the levitated devil-dance at the seance. Sam Raimi mixed up the perfect cocktail of kitsch, terror, and suspense with this film. It leaves me smiling from ear to ear and covered in goose bumps. I love it! “YOU SHAME ME!”
- I know I’m not alone when I say that this movie is responsible for keeping me out of deep and open water since the first time I saw it when I was 5 yrs old. Scarred for life. Jaws is a classic in every sense of the word. I’ll watch it every time it’s on, through to the end. From the opening sequence of the beautiful girl who get’s munched while night-swimming, through to the terrifying battle on board the “Orca”, and the final bloody shark explosion I am captivated every time without exception. If I tried to mention every scene that stands out for me as one of my favorites, we’d be here for pages and pages. Love it. Love it. Love it. I’ll leave you with this, “We’re gonna need a bigger boat” (somebody had to say it…).
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