The 10 Horror Films You Must See to be a Well-Rounded Film Fan
Fear of the unknown is one of the most powerful fears of all, and no film represents that better than Alien. One of the great things about the film is that the characters in danger aren't dumb; they may be working class, but they're logical. The problem is they run in to something that's completely - sorry for the pun - alien that they had no way of preparing for. It also features some of the greatest creature designs in the history of film and some breathtaking sets.
Horror transcends language. Every culture has their own set of monsters and scary stories, and every culture has their own take on the horror film. Audition comes from Japan, and is the simple story of a widowed man looking for love under false pretenses. If this were a romantic comedy, the girl would find out, she would be upset, but things would work itself out before the credits started. That's not how horror works, and before all is said and done things get real, real dark. Don't believe it? Well, just know that it ended up at #11 on the list of scariest movie moments for a very good reason.
Jaws has what is perhaps the greatest jump scare in history, which alone would be enough to get it on this list. Jaws is also one of the few legit horror blockbusters, a movie that transcends the genre and gets labelled as a "thriller" by folks who don't believe horror movies are any good. While it's not a constant thrill ride, it does have its moments of pure terror. It also has one of the top 2 most iconic scary music cues of all time.
4. A Nightmare on Elm Street
Decades after Frankenstein, Dracula, and the Wolf Man had ceased to be scary, '80s audiences got their own trilogy of bad guys to call their own. While Halloween's Michael Meyers and Friday the 13th's Jason have their legion of fans, to the masses Freddy Krueger was the king of the slasher. While the sequels are less scary and more comedy, the original film that introduced audiences to the razor-gloved menace is a great, interesting film with some awesome effects work and crazy atmosphere.