For the genuine horror movie snobs it’s not horror if it doesn’t give you chills. Some of the classics from the horror genre from 60s, 70s and 80s could give some of the horror movies of today a run for their money. While Netflixers may be happy to have a huge library of modern-day movies, viewing some of the horror films from the olden days wouldn’t be a bad idea.
You might take a liking to the following horror movies from the days of old.
Night of the Living Dead (1968)
Night of the Living Dead is a classic example of how to get a movie right with a small budget and a not so A+ cast. Yes it is Night of the Living Dead which truly spawned the zombie culture in movies (even though there were movies based on zombies before it).
George Romero deservedly got all the credit and applause for opening up the zombie subgenre in horror movies and that too on his debut. From The Walking Dead to Dawn of Dead, mostly all zombie films have some elements imitated from the 1968 classic.
My favorite scene: The entire scene where all the zombies approach the humans inspired many other zombie movies and shows.
The Exorcist (1973)
The Exorcist is arguably the most terrifying movie you’ll come across on Netflix these days. The Exorcist isn’t your everyday fast paced splatter horror movie. The movie is slow but it all builds up to a great crescendo thanks to a solid plot. The movie has a purpose which is revealed to the viewers step by step and along with each step the fear increases.
For a 12-year-old, Linda Blair did one remarkable job as Regan. The transition from an innocent little girl to a wickedly possessed one was displayed magnificently by her. The best part about the movie is that it respected the subject matter throughout the movie and didn’t go overboard.
My favorite scene: That spider-walk scene is still fresh in my memory.
It is horror, it is comedy and it definitely is over the top. It isn’t one of those movies which would make you run for your mommy. See it from the eyes of a hardcore horror fan and it might not come up to your expectations. Accept a little bit of black comedy here and there and it would be the second best horror comedy flick (only after Evil Dead) from that era.
It is a 100 percent gore-fest but the tongue in cheek attitude the movie adopts keeps the viewers engaged for the entirety of 100-something minutes. This is one of the better horror camp movies you’ll come across so don’t miss it out while it lasts on Netflix.
My favorite scene: The moment when Dr. West wakes up Dr. Hill’s detached head.
Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1986)
For Henry, morality is least of the concerns. The cinematic events of the movie appear to be disturbingly real with nothing phony about them. Loosely based on the life of real time psychopath Henry Lee Lucas, the movie truly delves deep into the serial killer mentality.
The documentary-ish aura of the movie makes it even more real. Henry (Michael Rooker) transitions from the guy-next-door to the killer-next-door so effortlessly and is an attention-grabbing viewing.
My favorite scene: Although it was disgusting, but to give Henry the cold-blooded killer look the following confession of his was played with the same remorseless feeling by Michael Rooker
This Clive Barker movie is totally sadistic, it is totally demented and it is only for the adults and that too for those who could be courageous enough to watch it. Hellraiser takes the emotions of love and pain to a whole new dimension. Pinhead is the scariest monster a person would ever see in a movie and would send shivers down the spines of viewers.
This is one of those movies I wouldn’t watch again and I would say that people with faint hearts should probably not see it. Some would say that the novella “The Hellbound Heart” on which the R-rated movie was based was much better and that the movie didn’t bring in the same intensity and horror as the novella but it was one of those movies which truly defined the horror genre.
My favorite scene: Well I don’t want to recall the scary moments of the movie but I’d show you what my reaction was whenever something scary came up in the movie.
To sum it up
A bunch of movies with their digital effects and glossy looks can’t compete with the gritty and raw films of the times of yore. Just dare to watch some of these movies and you’d know for yourself. Oh, and by the way, it would be better if you watch them with friends or at least with lights on!