My favourite horror film

Posted: October 31, 2010 in Soapbox
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In honour of my blog’s first Halloween, I’ve decided to tackle the ultimate question around this time of year: “What is my favourite horror movie?”

Nightmare on Elm StreetIt’s difficult to decide what makes a horror movie a favourite – its quality and longevity or its ability to still make your heart race and your hair stand on end. When a film manages to meet all this criteria, magic occurs. The choice here will not be Saw (though that film was an awesome, original and chilling piece of horror) or Paranormal Activity (which I very much enjoyed). To find my favourite horror movie, we have to turn back the clock a couple of decades to the birth of Freddy Krueger. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, my all-time favourite horror movie is Wes Craven’s Nightmare on Elm Street. Krueger is one of the best and most charismatic villains to ever grace a projection screen. On top of that, his kills – spanning all eight films in the series – are some of the most creative murders ever committed. Krueger not only presents a scary appearance (irreprably scarred face and knives for fingers), but he mocks your fear with clever dialogue and sexual innuendo. To enhance his fright factor, Krueger is impossible to escape because he finds you in your dreams and no matter how hard you try you will eventually fall asleep. Moreover, Robert Englund is amazing and the idea of children paying for their parents’ sins is ripe with deeper meaning. It’s an endless stream of win!

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