Thriller-thon: Top 10 Horror Films

31 10 2009

When it comes to feeding your craving for frights and thrills, blood and gore, there are always the classic horror films like Rosemary’s Baby, Suspiria and Halloween that are guaranteed to get your heart pumping.  But there have been dozens of movies made in the past decade that have revived the genre and are sure to become classics in their own rights.

Here’s AreYouBeing’s Top-10 Horror Films – Watch them again or for the first time

51K3uQHsEXL._SL500_AA240_High Tension
This film is like Fatal Attraction on acid.  When two young college girls go away to the country for a few days of studying, what should be a stress-free weekend quickly turns into a night of horror as they fight against a truck driver hell-bent on spilling as much blood as possible.  Will their friendship survive, or are they both doomed.  Your pulse will be pumping until the very last second.

51NPJ7WYSTL._SL500_AA240_The Descent
Rock climbing is scary enough, but throw a couple dozen vampire-like creatures and a dark, unexplored cave system into the mix and you have the setting for one hell of a scary movie.  A group of girlfriends enter the caves together, but it quickly becomes clear that not everyone will see daylight again.

Imagine you’re taken away from everyone you love and held captive for 15 years only to be released one day without any knowledge of whom your capturer is or why they held you against your will for so long.  And once back in the real world, you only have five days to learn the truth or suffer the consequences.  That’s the premise behind Oldboy.  Directed by Chan-wook Park, one of the most talented Asian directors, Oldboy is part of the “Vengeance Trilogy,” which also includes “Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance” and “Sympathy for Lady Vengeance.”

There’s an old saying, “You can never go home again,” which couldn’t be more true when discussing this film.  What starts as just another backpacking trip across Europe soon turns into a nightmare vacation.  When three friends take a detour to a hostel for what is promised to be a sex-packed side trip, they soon discover that they’ve been brought here under ulterior motives.  Director Eli Roth gets right to the heart of gore with creative and beutiful shot murder scenes.

What started as a short film made by friends has spawned one of the most successful horror franchises in recent memory, not to mention one of the most creative and clever killers, Jigsaw.  Chained to a bathtub, Dr. Gordon (Cary Elwes) is put to the test as he must make a series of choices, all of which could determine whether he lives or dies.

511KHM89SFL._SL500_AA240_28 Days Later
If Night of the Living Dead is the holy grail of zombie films, 28 Days Later is the blood that runneth over.  The film put life, literally, back in the zombie genre.  When a man-made [rage] virus takes out England in just under a month, the survivors, including Jim (Cillian Murphy), a young bike messenger who is unconscious in a hospital room during the outbreak, come together in hopes of making it to a safe zone.  The haunting soundtrack and raw, MTV-style cinematography helped catapult this film to instant cult status.

An unsuspecting reporter and her cameraman tag along with a local fire department on what should be a routine call to a neighborhood apartment building.  They soon discover, along with all the tenants, that no place is safe, especially not your home.  As they try to survive being sealed inside the building with the “infected,” they uncover the truth behind what’s happening, documenting everything on camera.  If you don’t like reading subtitles, checkout the American remake, Quarantine; they’re almost identical, shot for shot.

When a young stockbroker (Sam Rockwell) and his wife (Vera Farmiga) have their second child, the first born, 9-year-old Joshua (Jacob Kogan) doesn’t take it so well.  Armed with a frightening intelligence and macabre mind masked by an innocent face, Joshua uses his powers of manipulation to unravel the lives of everyone around him.  The film is capped off with Joshua singing a haunting cover of Dave Matthew’s The Fly.

516kKeB0BdL._SL500_AA240_The Orphanage
The bond between a mother and child can transcend all boundaries.  In this ghost story, a middle-aged woman (Belén Rueda) brings her family back to her childhood home where they will live and run an orphanage for disabled children.  But when her son begins playing with an imaginary friend, weird things start happening all over the house, leading to a game of hide and seek that crosses physical dimensions and could leave another child without his parents.

51JaYS-8UoL._SL500_AA240_Trick ‘r Treat
This film has been in limbo for years, as the film studio kept pushing back the launch date.  Finally, they made a decision to release it on DVD, just in time for the Halloween season.  Starring Anna Paquin (True Blood), the film features four interwoven stories that somehow connect to an infamous school bus murder that took place decades earlier.  If you love films like Creepshow, add this to your Netflix queue today.

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Have Your Been Dreaming of this Man?

16 10 2009

Dreams are a mysterious occurrence. They are like a mental viewing glass into our innermost secrets, thoughts and aspirations. As a child, I can recall dreaming of a house in the middle of the woods, which as a young man, I stumbled upon in real life in a town that I’d never visited or even come near previously. So what do you make of people, places and objects that appear out of nowhere in our dreams and nightmares?

Today I came across a website ( that features an eerie image of a man with thick, furrowed brows and thinning hair. By all accounts, he would appear to be the type of guy you might find living next door or sitting across from you on the train, and yet to date, more than 2000 people from across the world claim that he continuously appears to them in their dreams. This might not sound strange until you consider that none of these people have ever met or seen him anywhere else beyond the confines of their minds. Sounds like a storyline from the mind of JJ Abrams, right?

What do you think? Are all of these people lying about their shared experience or are their minds connected to something the rest of us can’t pick up on?

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First Look at “A Nightmare On Elm Street” Movie Poster

23 07 2009

Ever since Platinum Dunes announced the remake of Wes Craven’s A Nightmare On Elm Street, fans have been on razor’s edge awaiting a first glimpse of Jackie Earle Haley (WATCHMEN) as Freddy Krueger.  Your nightmares have been answered.

Below is the teaser poster for the film, which is due out in 2010.

Click here to see a screen shot from the film at

A Nightmare On Elm Street Movie Poster

A Nightmare On Elm Street Movie Poster

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