All of the “Halloween” and “Friday the 13th“ films ought to be included in this list. However, I’m going to make a hard left and fill the last three spots on my list with some personal, dark-horse favorites. That is not to say that I don’t like the “Halloween” or “Friday the 13th“ franchises. I love them. What self-respecting horror-phile doesn’t? I’m saying that these are obvious picks. Watch them on cable TV if you don’t already own the entire series on VHS, DVD or Blu-ray™.
So without further ado, the final three must-see movies that round out the Top 10 Best of Fear Fest 2012:
From Dusk Till Dawn — This Quentin Tarantino production will have you laughing out loud even as you are jumping out of your seat. Follow outlaw brothers as they hijack the RV of a travelling evangelical family and seek refuge in a truck-stop brothel across the border. An all-star cast boasts George Clooney, Quentin Tarantino, Harvey Keitel, Juliette Lewis and Salma Hayek, to name a few.
Jeepers Creepers — If you get nostalgic thinking about the great “B” horror movies from the ‘50s, ‘60s, and ‘70s, don’t lament the end of an era. Watch “Jeepers Creepers” for a healthy dose of “B” movie cheese. The familiar face of Justin Long carries the audience through a painfully drawn out game of cat and mouse. Justin Long is the mouse. The cat is a hodgepodge assembly of body parts taken from its victims. At one point, this creature must have slayed a Muppet. It reminds us more of the “B” movies of yore than the producers probably intended. In one scene, you can actually see the cables that make the creature “fly.” This goes on the “Best of” list for the virtually endless fun drinking game possibilities that it presents. So, grab some cider and start counting clichés. You may have to watch this one over and over again to find them all!
Scary Movie — The parody that launched a thousand parodies. The Wayans brothers struck gold with this hilarious lampoon of classic and new classic horror films. It’s all good fun when this group of inept teenagers takes on their own “ghostface” masked murder. The film inspired a slew of other genre-mocking flicks, such as “Epic Movie,” “Superhero Movie,” “Disaster Movie” and “Not Another Teen Movie.” Although the Wayans brothers are no longer directly attached to the films, “Scary Movie 5″ is slated for release in 2013.
Don’t miss my favorites and many more classic horror flicks on AMC’s FEAR FEST, October 13-31!