Here are my favorite horror films from each letter of the alphabet. These are simply my favorites and doesn’t necessarily mean I think they are the best. I picked them based on overall entertainment value and rewatchability factor or in some cases, the only movie I would watch again before the others with some entertainment value. Looking at you X…
Feel free to share your favorite horror film each letter and let me know what you think of my picks. This time is letters Q-U. Enjoy!
A Quiet Place (2018)
Luckily having only seen four movies that start with ‘Q’, this one is actually really good. A simple formula that is done right to create suspense and has solid acting. One of those that is definitely a better experience when watching in the theater but is worth a watch regardless.
Other contenders: Quarantine
The Return of the Living Dead (1985)
Hands down the best zombie movie ever and the first one I ever watched. Its 80’s personified, from the wardrobes to the music to the punk attitudes. It’s stylish with quality and relatable characters. Oh sweet, sweet Trash. Grrrr. It’s one of the few to blend a dark sense of humor and some genuine horror. Practical effects at its finest that stands the test of time. One of my favorite aspects of the film is that they gave the zombie’s some actual personality being able to talk and relay reason. From the classic tar zombie wanting brains to the zombie that ask to send more paramedics for them to eat their brains to the cut in half female zombie that gives us insight to why they need the brains. Simply a must watch.
Other contenders: Re-Animator, REC, The Rocky Horror Picture Show
There is not a lot that truly horrifies me but kids being hurt will make my stomach turn. There is nothing new or inventive here with the story of a family moving into a house where bad things happened and an apparent boogeyman, but what is done well here is how it uses grainy 8mm found footage in a different way with some of the most gruesome and jarring kills on screen. Ethan Hawke and others give solid performances and the score will have you shaking all on its own. One of the best of the decade.
Other contenders: Sleepy Hollow, Silence of the Lambs, Slither
The Thing (1982)
The first of Carpenter’s “Apocalypse Trilogy” and arguably his finest film of his career. The outstanding practical effects that are grisly and grotesque, along with the feeling of isolation and paranoia that is palpable, coupled with gorgeous cinematography makes this a Sci-Fi Horror masterpiece.
Other contenders: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974), Train to Busan, Tales from the Crypt: Demon Knight
Not a lot to pick from when dealing with U. I enjoy the Underworld movies for what they are and Kate Beckinsale in leather kicking ass doesn’t hurt. I have a feeling Us from Jordan Peele will take this spot once I watch it.
Other contenders: Upgrade