Edgar Allan Poe was a brilliant mastermind who brought a love of horror all across the word. Writers, directors, and actors alike were inspired by Poe for years to come. As one of several co-writers of Legacy of a Corrupted Mind, I’m a fan of horror cult movies. Here are my top ten favorites.
1) Nightmare on Elm Street, 1984
This will likely be number one on my top ten favorite list forever. Freddy Krueger is an amazing villain. I’ve always considered this movie to be brilliant. Years later, they made the horrible mistake of trying to remake a classic. After all, Robert Englund is Freddy Krueger. And who can forget a young Johnny Depp in his first ever film?
2) Child’s Play, 1988
I remember watching this when I was very young…I was about twelve-years-old…and I loved it. But I will admit, it had me scared so badly, I turned to my stuffed Bear and begged her not to kill me. To this day, it’s added to my Halloween movies-to-watch list.
3) Psycho, 1960
No horror movie list is complete without at least one of Hitchcock’s movies. Psycho is an amazing one, sure to make you weary of strange hotel owners and his unseen mother!
4) Jaws, 1975
I love, love, love this movie. Have I mentioned I love it? Sharks are my favorite fish of the oceans, particularly the great whites. They’re big, beautiful, and dangerous. My stepfather told me a story of him as a boy. His mother had taken him and his brothers to the premier of Jaws, then afterward took them to the beach. My stepfather didn’t want to get into the ocean, and who can blame him? My favorite line: “You’re gonna need a bigger boat.” EPIC!
5) Saw, 2004
Of course, Saw isn’t for everyone. It’s very, very, VERY gory most of the time. Sure, the first one wasn’t nearly as gory as the rest. But each Saw film was good in their own right—and I don’t like most horror sequels. What I found to be the most intriguing was the methods of the killings. I certainly wouldn’t want to be caught in Jigsaw’s traps!
6) Identity, 2003
This is the kind of movie I like because it is a mystery, and will keep you guessing until the final conclusion.
7) The Woman in Black, 2012
After Daniel Radcliff finished the final installment of Harry Potter, he took on a role of a widowed father, a lawyer who is sent to a remote village to put a deceased person’s affairs in order. He finds out his the client’s house is haunted. It’s been a while since I’ve seen this film, but I loved it. It was creepy!
8) The Ring, 2002
This isn’t the best movie in the word by any means, but it still deserves praise. The idea of a videotape killing whoever watches it is chilling. And it all comes in a creepy conclusion.
9) The Descent, 2005
I’m very often looking through Netflix for a horror movie to watch. Sometimes the desire to watch a good horror movie is so strong, and very often the one I watch just doesn’t satisfy me. I came across the gem, and it was over before I knew it.
10) The Masque of the Red Death, 1964
How can I forget the one movie based on the character I made my own in Legacy of a Corrupted Mind? There have been several versions of this Poe story, but Vincent Price’s portrayal of Prince Prospero was up to par, sure to have made Poe proud.
A.S. Wilkes was born in Augusta, Georgia, the oldest of two children. For as long as she could remember, she’d always held a pen in her hand, creating stories. Her genre of choice is mystery; however, she’s known to escape into the worlds of other genres. She draws her inspiration from Nora Roberts and Steven James.
She lives in Augusta, Georgia, with her assistant calico cat, Maggie.
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