Well over the last several posts I have really shown that I’m more Southern than I am a Cinephile. I just haven’t sat down to watch a film in a while as I have been preoccupied with other things. To correct this, I’m going to start this off with a favorites list. Ranking my favorite films is far easier than ranking my favorite Country artists anyway.
Now for this list don’t expect a huge paragraph about why I love each of these films, as I plan to actually go in more depth with a review/analysis one day. I’m just gonna give a sentence or two that sums up what’s so special about them in my eyes.
As you’re going to see with most of my favorites, they tend to be horror films. Yeah, pretty diverse taste I must admit but this genre tends to leave the greatest impact on me. Scream was one of those films.
Why? Its self-awareness is beyond brilliant. Wes Craven knew exactly how to blend both horror and comedy so well, making for a scary but memorable work of art.
Why? I am terrified of spiders making this the scariest movie I have ever seen. Even talking about it makes me feel like something is crawling on me.
8. Rosemary’s Baby
Why? I have a strong passion for dissecting films and this was one of the first I saw where I really wanted to do so. I’m also a major sucker for religious horror.
7. The Babadook
Why? Just like Rosemary’s baby, I was drawn to dissect the film and it’s meaning. Essie Davis also gave such a memorable and stellar performance I couldn’t help but love this film.
6. The VVITCH
Why? Told you I like religious horror and it being a period piece only adds to the horror. It made Robert Eggers one of my favorite directors.
5. The Omen (1976)
Why? I’m keeping the religious horror coming with this absolute classic. Besides loving Gregory Peck there is one particular scene in this film that makes it a favorite and terrifying. You’ll know it when you see it.
Why? This is a film I would love to dissect one day but that’s not why it’s a favorite. You have to watch this film and enjoy wincing in pain when a certain scene comes up.
Why? I love Jake Gyllenhaal. That’s it that’s the reason.
2. Requiem for a Dream
Why? It’s the best “Don’t do drugs” PSA out there. It’s a really depressing and hard to watch film that captivates me each time I watch it.
1. Funny Games (1997)
Why? Now we put it all together into one great film. It’s got horror, it’s got me wanting to dissect it, it’s hard to watch, it’s self-aware, its use of comedy and horror is done well, it subverts expectations, and it’s got an unforgettable scene that still haunts me.