God, the Devil and religion are always great fodder for horror films. When I started making the list, I was almost ashamed that there are quite a few religiously tinged horror flicks that I still have not seen.
Granted I plan on catching up on some of the classics that I’ve missed, I decided to put together this list of recent releases along with some titles from my Junior High and High School years that I really enjoyed.
I’m a big fan of Gabriel Byrne, so when Stigmata came out I made sure to go out and see it. I thought the idea of Stigmata was actually pretty terrifying, so the movie actually gave me the creeps the first time I watched it. It’s been quite a few years since I saw it last, so I don’t know if it would be as creepy, but I thought it deserved to be mentioned.
9. The Devil’s Advocate
– Playing the Devil in a film seems to be a chance for these classic actors to really strut their stuff and chew up scenery. That is without a doubt the case here in The Devil’s Advocate. Al Pacnio is a sight to behold on the screen playing the dark prince, Charlize Theron is as good as usual, and even Keanu Reeves turned in a bearable performance.
8. End of Days
– Sure, I realize that End of Days probably does not deserve to be mentioned in the same list as a lot of the other movies on it, but I cannot help but have a blast watching Gabriel Byrne chewing up the scene as the Devil and going head to head with a drunk and suicidal Governator. Given a lot of the performances Arnold has turned in over the years, I actually enjoy this one heads and toes over something like, let’s say, Last Action Hero.
7. The House of the Devil
– Ti West’s very slow paced House of the Devil is a pretty pitch perfect throwback to the old 70’s and 80’s horror films. The look and the costumes are all done in a way that evokes that time period, and the pacing resembles that time as well. It requires the viewer to be extremely patient in order to enjoy the payoff in the end.
6. Children of the Corn
I remember this movie really giving me nightmares when I was younger. It didn’t help that it was filmed close to where I grew up, and we lived in a town surrounded by corn fields. Children of the Corn is another film I haven’t revisited in years, therefore, I don’t know just how well it would stand up, but it’s resonated in my brain for years, so it deserves to be on the list.