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Movie Review: 'The Forest' (2016)

“Game of Thrones” alum Natalie Dormer stars as an American who travels to Japan’s Suicide Forest to find her missing twin sister. What follows is a mix between human-made suspense and a supernatural thriller. As Dormer’s Sara ignores all reason to locate her sister, eventually drawing a travel journalist (Taylor Kinney) and perceptive guide (Yukiyoshi Ozawa) into her plight.

It is easy to empathize with Sara, one half of a contrasting, identical twin combo. She is the long-suffering sister of her troubled counterpart, Jess. Recently, Jess had been getting her life together, teaching English in Japan.

Movie Review: 'Crimson Peak' (2015)

Crimson Peak Edith Cushing Mia Wasikowska
Be wary of "Crimson Peak," writer/director Guillermo del Toro will seduce you with the film’s visual majesty to distract from a paper-thin plot. A movie that checks off every true blue horror taboo; del Toro’s extravagant production brings with it a sensory splendor that has the capacity to sweep one off of their feet without giving them the scripted substance to do so.

Movie Review: 'Hush' (2016)

Writer-director Michael Flanagan gives viewers a home invasion thriller with a twist – its heroine is deaf. It is this hook that works to inveigle the notion that Netflix's “Hush” has something a little different to say when it comes to this trendy genre and it does, just not as much as one might have hoped.

Movie Review: 'Krampus' (2015)

“Krampus” is an odd movie, which owes most of its idiosyncrasy to its attempt at merging two incredibly disparate genres with distinctly opposing tones: the genial, family friendly nature of Christmas movies and the disorienting mayhem of horror. In “Krampus”, the outcome of these hot and cold genres colliding is a thunderstorm of filmmaking.

Movie Review: 'Honeymoon' (2014)

Love, madness and a mystery consume a newlywed couple who’ve embarked on their honeymoon at a lakeside cabin in the woods. What begins as a picturesque excursion for Bea (Rose Leslie) and Paul (Harry Treadaway) soon descends into a nightmare when the new bride disappears in the middle of the night. After a tense search, she is discovered in the woods by her groom; nude, bruised and incoherent.

Movie Review: 'The Boy Next Door' (2015)

The Boy Next Door Jennifer Lopez
“The Boy Next Door” is Jennifer Lopez’s latest starring vehicle, which features a gender reversal that sparks a refreshing take on the erotic thriller. Lopez stars as Claire, a mom weighing whether to reconcile with her cheating husband (John Corbett) from whom she is separated.

4 Fright-tastic Flicks Led By Chicks

The Tall Man Jessica Biel
In this feature's original iteration, it was a spotlight of the four best thrillers streaming on Netflix. When each film eventually left the streaming service's instant access, it became apparent it was time to retool the feature with a different spin, or rather focus.

Top 25 Film Thrills & Chills: The Complete List

Are you ready for Eclectic Pop's Top 25 Film Thrills and Chills? The list had been broken down into five parts and has now been compiled into one place. The only thing scarier than the movies on this list is the thought of having to click your way through five different posts.

To rewind, this is a list of unorthodox thrillers and straight-up “scary” movies that should have you on the edge of your seat. The top 25 is not composed to reflect the scariest movies of all-time, rather serve as an eclectic guide through notoriously frightening fare, as well as some of the lesser known, anxiety-riddled tales.

These are the most frightening movies yours truly has seen and nothing was left off. So why not call this list "the scariest movies of all-time?" Because there are still some scary movies yours truly has yet to see.

Some themes strike fear more than others so it was important to cover an array of factors. This list runs the gamut of suspense -- from the paranormal to the glaringly obvious psycho villains, to the more subtlety lethal threats. Prepare to be scared…

Top 25 Film Thrills & Chills: And the #1 Spot Goes to...'The Strangers'

With a vigorous series of knocks at the door of a remote cabin, "The Strangers" sets the stage for the most terrifying and eerie film experience, ever. Toying with every dark fear that resides within the human mind, the villainous trio that terrorizes a young couple (Liv Tyler and Scott Speedman) trying to relax after a friend’s wedding; shows no mercy.

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.

Top 25 Film Thrills & Chills: #10 - #5

#10: The Birds (1963)

The horror peaking behind Hitchcock's "The Birds" does not solely lie with what is shown, rather what is not. Most of the movie centers around the sense of foreboding taking place in the home where Tippi Hedren’s Melanie waits out the bird attack. The thought of a creature as idyllic and commonplace as a bird, attacking people is a terrifying thought.

One animal turning against humans is a scary idea, add a whole species banding together and it makes for a far more threatening notion. Underestimating the power of animals, leads to a false security that lowers the naturally present and alert, human guard. After seeing "The Birds", your defenses will be on high alert.

Top 25 Film Thrills & Chills: #15 - #10

#15: The Mothman Prophecies (2002)

If you are familiar with the lore behind the Mothman mythos, that of a real-life terror suffered by members of a West Virginia town, it elevates the chill quotient, considerably. Time for a little historical backstory. In the 1960’s, the town of Point Pleasant was paralyzed by a “haunting” of sorts, as denizens widely reported sightings of a paranormal figure that would become known as the Mothman.

While the actual events chronicled in the book the movie was based on would have made for a good enough story all of its own; director Mark Pellington, gives the audience some honest scares, in a more modern take that circles around a reporter (Richard Gere) inadvertently investigating the Mothman after his wife’s death. One name will haunt you afterward: Indrid Cold.

Movie Review: 'Mama' (2013)

Guillermo Del Toro, the mind who brought the world, the visually disturbing Pan’s Labyrinth was the highly publicized producer behind this frightener. If you’ve seen just a little of the aforementioned film, you know that he is an expert in unnerving imagery. The same caliber of terrifying graphics won’t be found in Mama. What the film does succeed in; is its manner of storytelling and with its performances which, manage to push the film into a higher tier.

Top 25 Film Thrills & Chills: #20 - #15

#20: Frequency (2000)

There is something strongly sentimental and deeply disturbing about this cross-time story. Dennis Quaid and Jim Caviezel play a father and son separated by death but brought together through a short-wave radio. Their goal is to stop the death of Quaid’s character in the past and as with most cross-time stories; there are consequences. A seedy mystery adds an eerie feeling that is felt throughout. 

The compelling blend of science fiction and fantasy is well-executed while maintaining a legitimate atmosphere. Director Gregory Hoblit bolsters the suspense, keeping the pace from losing steam. Stellar turns by Caviezel and Quaid make it easy to root for their characters to succeed and frightened at the costs if they fail.

Top 25 Film Thrills & Chills: #25 - #20

Introducing, the Top 25 Film Thrills and Chills, a list of unorthodox thrillers or “scary” movies, that should leave you on the edge of your seat. This list is not composed to reflect the all-time scariest movies, rather an eclectic guide through both the more notoriously frightening fare and some of the lesser known, anxiety-riddled tales.

It runs the gamut of suspense -- from the paranormal to the glaringly obvious psycho villains, to the more subtlety lethal threats. Prepare to be scared…

Retro Movie Review: 'Splice' (2009)

For years I’ve been meaning to see this movie, and after several attempts, the goal was finally accomplished recently. The lack of ambition to actually see the critically adored and audience raved indie “Splice” for all of these years can now be seen, in retrospect, as being a possible instinctive defense mechanism to avoid the totality of its awfulness.

Movie Review: 'The Conjuring' (2013)

When it comes to horror films, there are two fundamental elements that go into making a decent offering: being scary and entertaining. As far as the scare factor of “The Conjuring” is concerned, it does not personally offer up many effective frights.