Top 25 Film Thrills & Chills: #5 - #1

#5: An American Werewolf in London (1981)

Two Americans, backpacking through Europe get more than they bargained for when they are attacked by a werewolf. David Naughton brings an affable charm to newfound werewolf, David and his performance has you rooting for him the whole way through.

One key ingredient that puts this movie in another stratosphere is the romantic relationship that is presented. Normally, the “love story” is thrown in as an afterthought but Naughton and Jenny Agutter (Alex) have such terrific chemistry, that it escalates the romance to refreshingly authentic levels.

All these years later, the special effects of this horror classic still stand the test of time and with a superlative opening sequence that is still one of film’s most memorable moments, there’s no questioning why "An American Werewolf in London" is a horror classic.

#4: Final Destination 2 (2003)

 By now, we all know about the original "Final Destination" that would begin a franchise of lesser quality films. Seldom does a sequel step up its game and usurp the original and this movie proves to be that exception to the rule. When a woman saves her friends from dying in a pile-up car accident, death comes for each of them.

This particular film sidesteps a lot of supernatural elements. If you want to see them, they are there but otherwise everything is pretty believable. After seeing it, the pattern of dominos that surround a comfortable life force, will be disturbed. Add to that one of the most spectacular movie intros ever and you have something frighteningly tremendous.
 

#3: The Fly (1986)

David Cronenberg’s remake of the 1956 classic; brought special effects standards to a whole other level. Jeff Goldblum stars as Seth Brundle, a scientist on the verge of his big breakthrough. When a lab error causes his DNA to be mixed with a fly's, the result is a mind-bendingly appalling creature. As Brundle slowly devolves out of his humanity and into one of the most grotesque monsters in film canon, the results are dreadfully realistic.

Cronenberg’s use of make-up to create the effects has proven a wise decision. As recent horror films have slipped into the oblivion of CGI, the fright factor has decreased at a rapid rate. "The Fly" has sidestepped this problem, barely aging and not losing an ounce of fear, in the process.

#2: Frozen (2010)

Imagine being trapped on a ski lift, suspended mid-air in freezing temperatures above a feral terrain where animals lurk in the dark of night. It is a bloodcurdling thought and is exactly what this engrossing thriller explores.

"Frozen" gives you the unrelenting and brutal play-by-play of three friends (Emma Bell, Kevin Zegers and Shawn Ashmore) who are stuck trying to survive and escape an unthinkable situation. In the vein of "127 Hours" and "Open Water", "Frozen" offers a little more hope. It effectively engages the audience in trying to come up with a solution alongside its protagonists. A veritable, what would you do? How this drama plays out is chilling and not just because of the temperatures.

#1: The Strangers (2008)

A couple (Liv Tyler and Scott Speedman) staying the night in a remote cabin are terrorized by a trio of psychos, wearing bizarre masks. This is, point blank, one of the scariest movies ever made. As it taps into the recesses of every imaginable, human fear.

With virtually no gore; it relies on a spooky soundtrack and the frighteningly realistic possibility that villains as twisted as these, actually exist. The terror "The Strangers" depicts is strictly psychological and the slow plodding of the villains makes one thing very clear. They have no doubt, they will come out victorious. It is a victory lap that does not spare its audience either. For a full review, click here.

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