• Demetrice McDonald

Want to know which Horrors/Thrillers I Found Creative and Creepy, here are 10 of my Favorites.

Hello and welcome, As a fan of and writer of horror, I thought I would compose a short list of my favorite horror and psychological thriller films for those visiting my website to get an idea of what my taste is in my favorite genre. So, let’s get into it…

10. 1967 Spider Baby | Jack Hill

Jack Hill takes on a serious topic like mental illness and adds humor to it. Spider baby is about inbred kids who not only kill whoever comes near their home but find satisfaction in eating insects. This movie is more interesting than it is scary, if you subtract the humor, it has the potential of being very creepy. If the story was written in a more realistic way, it could show how a person suffering from mental illness could be dangerous and would leave you constantly looking over your shoulder next time you step outside. The originality of this film is what caught my attention and the surprise ending.

9. 1976 Carrie | Lawrence D. Cohen

One of my all-time favorites from Stephen King, but the credit for how well this movie was brought to life goes to Sissy Spacek as Carrie. Carrie is a teenage girl with a gift of psychokinesis, who just wants to be normal, but her extremely religious mother is preventing her from fitting in. Sissy really made the character relatable, and the prom scene alone was executed perfectly! Carrie’s reaction after the pig’s blood fell on her, the range from shock, embarrassed, and then she gets angry! After all the sequels and Carrie remakes the first one still holds the title in being the best.

8. 1992 Candyman | Clive Barker

When a graduate student named Helen played by Virginia Madsen, will do whatever it takes to prove the legend of Candyman isn’t real. She finds out the hard way that some folklores are true. I still know some people today that are afraid to say Candyman five times in the mirror. (LOL) Tony Todd as Candyman, has a creepy demeanor and an unique voice, and his willingness to go the extra mile with the bees was impressive. Not many would put live bees in their mouth. (I wouldn’t have done it even if you paid me)

7. 2003 Gothika | Sebastian Gutierrez

Psychiatrist Miranda Grey played by Halle Berry, works at a women’s mental hospital studying the women there until the tables are turned and the doctor becomes the patient. Now Miranda is held against her will after she brutally murders her husband but has no memory of it. The same as Sissy Spacek did a great job in Carrie, Halle Berry’s performance was amazing. This film has nonstop suspense from the beginning to end.

6. 2004 Saw | James Wan and Leigh Whannell

Leigh Whannell is one of my favorite writers but since he didn’t write Saw alone, I don’t know who gets the credit for Saw’s originality, James Wan, Leigh Whannell, or both. A story about a dying man Jigsaw played by Tobin Bell, who turns life or death into a game. This movie needed to be a series, however in my opinion it went a little longer than it should have, if you ask me Saw 3 should have been the last one. Besides that, the idea behind Saw was new, it was different, and it took slasher films to another level.

5. 2006 Roman | Lucky McKee

Written and starring Lucky McKee, he proves not all low budgets movies are bad. Roman is a lonely and weird man desperate for a girlfriend. After stalking his neighbor, he finally gets her attention and invites her over to his place, in his excitement to get her to stay longer he accidentally kills her. Now swearing off women, Roman meets Eva (Nectar Rose) who is just as weird as he is, but she manages to win Roman over. What I really liked about this movie was the jaw dropping ending.

4. 2015 Insidious Chapter 3 | Leigh Whannell

Leigh Whannell Insidious franchise was amazing, the creativity in the plots and characters. Chapter 2 and 3 were my favorites, however 3 is slightly better which is why it made the list. Chapter 3 stars Stefanie Scott as Quinn Brenner who tries to get in contact with her mother who recently passed away, but instead she inadvertently contacts a malevolent spirit who is trying to enslave her into the further with him. The best scene and the one they used in the trailer that sent me running to the theaters was when Quinn breaks the cast off both her legs and starts to walk on those broken legs!

3. 2017 Annabelle: The Creation | Gary Dauberman

The prequel to Annabelle, telling how the haunting of the doll got started. The idea of the story isn’t as creative since it stems from a true story, however the acting and suspense is what drew me in. Samara Lee as Annabelle Mullins had a great performance, I hope she stars in another horror film because I will be in line to see it. Also, if you have not already, buy the DVD, the deleted scenes are worth it. I know production companies have budgets to follow but those scenes should have made the final cut.

2. 2018 Bad Samaritan | Brandon Boyce

This movie did not get the recognition it deserved, I blame not enough advertising, I stumbled across this hidden gem and was not disappointed. Written by Brandon Boyce and starring Robert Sheehan as Sean Falco, a young petty thief who uses his job as a valet at a restaurant to rip off the rich people he has to serve by driving to their homes using their own navigation system to get there. Well one night, Sean breaks into another home as usual when he comes across a girl who is tied up and held captive, now he contemplates on whether to admit he broke in and help her or leave like nothing happened. The suspense in this film is excellent and the jump scares are timed perfectly. If you have not seen it, you missed out.

1. 2019 Us | Jordan Peele

This film is fantastic for two reasons, (1) Lupita Nyong’O and (2) it’s a black horror. Since I am a black horror writer, (black horrors are horror movies centered around black people) I was very happy to see one that wasn’t overly stereotypical. However, the story itself left me with some unanswered questions. If you Google the plot, the story is about a family being terrorized by their doppelgangers, but I always thought doppelgangers were spirits and both families were very much alive or else how would they be able to kill what’s already dead? If anything, I thought when Jordan showed the rabbits, he was insinuating that the people who lived below ground were clones of the ones above, like I said unanswered questions. All in all, the confusion of the story doesn’t take away Lupita’s dedication to her role as Red. (When you even got the director creeped out that’s saying something)

These are definitely not the only horrors/thrillers that I love, my list could go on and on, it’s just a sample. Do you agree or disagree with any of my faves? If so, comment below...

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