[Exclusive] Nexilva Share Their Top 10 Horror Films

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Hailing from Sunderland, England, Nexilva are bringing their own take on what constitutes a horror movie. The band has submitted their own Top 10 Horror Movie list and some of the choices on here might make some readers cry, “Those aren’t horror!” However, with a little bit of an open mind, it’s actually very obvious these selections fall under the umbrella of our genre. Several of these films deal with truly horrific ideas/themes and, at the very least, they have some super creepy imagery contained within. You can check out the list below.

Also, make sure to pre-order the band’s upcoming album Eschatologies via iTunes.

1. The Matrix – This film is the main inspiration for our track ‘Cybernetic Lucidity’. Humans being harvested for energy by sentient machines while existing inside a simulated reality? It doesn’t get much cooler than this!

2. Alien – Intense, terrifying and claustrophobic. Alien is without a doubt a staple film in the sci-fi horror genre, that also paved the way for badass heroines as lead roles.

3. The Book of Eli – Denzel Washington, Gary Oldman, Mila Kunis and one hell of a plot twist. That is all… oh, and Mila Kunis…

4. 28 Days Later – This film definitely reinvigorated the zombie genre at the time. As gritty and British as they come, 28 Days Later depicts the breakdown of a country a month after a highly contagious virus is accidentally released. Turning humans into rage filled killing machines. The realistic possibility of an outbreak like this actually occurring is what makes this film all the more grim.

5. Resident Evil – Unlike “28 Days Later”, Resident Evil steers clear of the gritty realism and goes for a Hollywood blockbuster feel, which in turn means that the possibilities within the feature are limitless. The first installment of the sequence of films is particularly chilling. Let’s just try and forget they ever made the second film, or the third, or the fourth… or fifth.

6. The Road – A strong contender for one of the most depressing and realistic post-apocalyptic films out there. No zombies or crazy mutants in this one, just the darkest sides of the human condition coming out to play when an ‘every man for himself’ situation arises. This film really shows the dark side of humanity and how prone we are to destroying ourselves. Which is a prevalent theme in the lyrical content for many songs on the album.

7. The Thing (1982) – An 80′s classic. Kurt Russell battles against a parasitic alien life form that can imitate other organisms, in a remote Antarctic research station. The films induces a feeling of paranoia in a claustrophobic environment much like Ridley Scott’s Alien, and it’s use of practical special effects are second to none.

8. Blade – This film features Wesley Snipes as a vampire, who hunts vampires, and doesn’t pay taxes. This action based horror holds jump scares and a deep storyline which pans over 3 gory films. With many a gruesome vampire death, the Blade trilogy holds its place high amongst critics, with an almost comic book level of accentuated violence.

9. Dawn of the Dead (2004) – This modern remake of George Romero’s classic has been dubbed as one of the best modern zombie/horror films of all time. It incorporates both classic shock horror, jump scares and a sprinkling of black comedy, with a terrifyingly intrusive story which thrusts you into the mindset of the characters, and what you yourself would do in the situation of a zombie apocalypse.

10. Black Death – Another gritty British horror/thriller. Set during the time of the bubonic plague in Europe, a group of knights are on a mission to investigate a village that are supposedly bringing the dead back to life. A concept that our new single ‘Necromancer’ is based on. Spoiler alert: Sean Bean dies… surprise surprise.

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  • thornvald80

    u can tell these are some veeery young people… matrix?? really?? liking their energy though…

    • djblack1313

      thornvald, age has nothing to do with it. i know several people (young and “old”) who consider THE MATRIX one of the best movies ever made. we all like different things. not a big deal.

  • djblack1313

    very good list!

  • DarrelDreadful

    First time I’ve ever seen The Matrix referenced as horror.

  • MrMyers

    i was hoping to hear of some gems in this list but as usual with this site some of the entries are ridiculous.
    The Matrix a horror film?good lord.

    • JonathanBarkan

      There are some really horrifying visuals and concepts in that film. While primarily sci-fi (that can’t be argued), there are definitely strong elements of horror in the film.

    • djblack1313

      MrMyers, so you’re going to bash the whole list because of one movie? what about all the other choices on the list. all are solid picks. relax.

    • horrorking95

      I have to agree with you here MrMyers. The Matrix is not a horror film, despite its mild horrifying elements. Also, why would you list the Dawn of the Dead remake instead of the original? And Resident Evil! Really? They need to get their act together! LOL

  • undertaker78

    These guys are awesome. A cool list which I pretty much agree with. I’ve never seen The Matrix so I cannot comment, but it’s so refreshing to see someone else not afraid to say they loved the first Resident Evil.

    Resident Evil, Alien, 28 Days Later, The Thing and Dawn of the Dead (2004) are literally all in my top 20 films. Blade I also love and is in my top 50 for sure.