2. The Omen (1976)
Best for: Classic horror movie fans.
One of the best horror movies of all time. ALL TIME. The Omen is right up there with The Exorcist as a classic horror film that’s still as scary now as it was when it was first released almost 40 years ago.
Robert Thorn is an American diplomat whose newborn baby son dies shortly after childbirth unbeknownst to his wife. However a Catholic priest convinces him to secretly adopt a newborn boy who’s mother just died in childbirth. It’s almost as if it was meant to be. The Lord works in mysterious ways.
Thorn and his wife raise the boy named, Damien as their own. But things with Damien aren’t right. His presence causes strange things to happen around him, animals are terrified of him, and in a chilling moment his own nanny happily hangs herself rather than care for the child anymore.
Turns out Robert may have wanted to do a more thorough background check on his son’s parentage as Damien is more than he seems to be as even more horrible things happen to Robert and his wife.
The Omen is still frightening and has many of the most shocking and scariest scenes ever put to film. One certain slow motion death is about as graphic and gruesome as anything you’ll see in Saw. The atmosphere is dreadful and I have to admit, upon re-watching I found the old 70’s film quality to only add to the film’s horror.
If you haven’t seen The Omen you owe it to yourself to check out. It’s a horror movie classic for very good reason.
1. The Babadook (2014)
Best for: True fans of horror movies who want to see a film on par the classics of the genre.
The film about a young boy named Samuel and his his mom Amelia. Samuel has problems. His dad died in a car accident taking him to the hospital to be born. He has issues sleeping. He can’t focus at school. He sees an imaginary monster who torments him. He builds weapons to fight the monster.
One night Samuel finds a mysterious pop up book on his shelf named Mister Babadook and convinces his mom to read it to him. The book has some cool pictures but creeps his mom out as it tells the story of a supernatural entity who attacks people who have become aware of his presence. Samuel is convinced the Babadook must be the one harassing him around the house but Amelia burns the book in denial.
Of course the book comes back better than ever, with new pages depicting Amelia killing the family dog, Samuel, and herself. The dog doesn’t deserve it, but Samuel is such a handful and is so damn annoying that Amelia has to question if deep down if she really has those thoughts.
Maybe she does want Samuel dead. Maybe the Babadook can show her how.
Beautifully shot, and with a moving story, The Babadook is that increasingly rare horror film that relies on slowly developed and utterly dreadful frights instead of cheap jump scares and excessive gore.
If you truly love horror films, you owe it to yourself to see The Babadook. Shame on you if you haven’t already.