Welcome back to our very long running series of horror films we think you should watch. We have it set up as a lovely A-Z and today we will be starting onto the letter N (forewarning, this will be another 3 parter of 11 films each as we love to break it up a lot. Also keep an eye out at the end of the post for our the previous letters, from today we will be going back and updating them, so expect almost every letter to get extras. At the beginning of each post we will forewarn if it has been updated! Anyway, the letter N Part 1, let’s see what you have for us.
Near Dark (1987)
One of the best vampire films ever? Quite possibly. The script and concept has it set up to be one of those horrors that is a bit too tongue in cheek. But what happens when you make the characters say those same lines as serious as possible. Dread, fear and death come soon after. An utterly brilliant decision to play these cowboys and cowgirls as the monsters that they are. Having a whale of a time and not giving a damn who or what gets ripped apart along the way. A truly great film that is almost as much of a modern Western as it is a horror. Hopefully Studio Canal get that release sorted soon though!, as this is a hard one to find.
One of the best and memorable adaptions of Bram Stoker’s Dracula. F.W. Murnau’s masterpiece in silent era horror is mesmerising to behold. There are few points in Nosferatu that keeps the audience settled, you are tense from the start, something is off and Murnau makes sure to hammer that point home as the discomfort to his audiences, who must have seen Orlok and refused to sleep for days. It is a simple design, but one that is still effective today. Visually it is hard to top what Murnau accomplishes here in Nosferatu and very few Dracula films (even if Orlok is not technically Dracula due to rights issues). A film that is hard to forget.
The Neon Demon (2016)
A film that is visually stunning that you have to take a step back and appreciate what Nicolas Winding Refn presents to us here. A slow burner that is gorgeous as it is brutal to watch. Another film that isn’t just about what we are seeing, there are clear subtexts here for the audience to devour and Refn is not subtly hiding them, they are there in plain sight. The Neon Demon takes you where you never dreamt it would and we are the happier for it.
Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy (2010)
It is rare that we add a horror documentary on these lists, but if you are a slasher fan and most importantly a fan of the Nightmare on Elm Street series, then you just have to watch this very long documentary. Taking us through all of the films (yes even to Freddy vs Jason) and beyond with anything related to Freddy. This ends up being a delight, and a doc that isn’t afraid to have make fun of its subject when required.
Never Open the Door (2014)
A modern horror that goes black and white is always going to be of interest to me and it should be to you too in this old-school piece. This is a love it or leave it film and I tend to enjoy it, the low-key nature of it works very well, though at 64 minutes long, it could have used those extra minutes in building up the character development and arcs of our three couples, so when everything hits the fan (and boy does it) then we can appreciate it that little bit more.
Needful Things (1993)
A little seen horror that actually has a terrific cast, has a simple premise, but works excellently. The chance to see the Devil spend some time ruining the relationships of a small town as he gives people what they want from his store is never going to be missed by me. Fans of Stephen King’s novel will find a lot to enjoy here, while not perfect. It is a joy when we are in on the game and as the tasks become more violent and deadly the full Stephen King horror effect comes to play.
The Neighbor No. Thirteen (2005)
A wonderful J-horror that shows the effects of long term abuse if the person is not helped at a young age. A spiral that could so easily have been resolved at an early age turns into a catastrophic spree of destruction. While there is limited character development, the scenes are as raw as they come with our lead Juzo becoming as cruel as those who tortured him.
Neo Tokyo (1987)
An anthology trilogy that doesn’t even try to have a connection to one another. What makes these three shorts stand out is that you really do want to see more of them before they end. Labyrinth is the stand out for how gorgeous it looks. The tale takes no time in turning morbid. We start and end strong in this anthology, but it is rare for an anthology film to have all of the films knock it out of the park.
The New York Ripper (1982)
Lucio Fulci brings his Giallo style to “New York”. As with all of his films, the plot is thin, but the effects and set pieces bring it up to a wonderfully dark journey. This is a grim, grimy tale that does not give the audience a chance to look away as the gore/death scenes come at the audience. The uncut version is even more harrowing. Fulci leads the audience down many false paths as our protagonists try to find out who is the killer. For fans of needless nudity and gruesome death scenes, do not miss this.
Night of the Living Dead (1968)
George A. Romero did not come to play when he made Night of the Living Dead. A film that not only helped revitalise the idea of zombies, but also was able to tell a tale on social injustices in the world at the time and sadly, the film is as relatable now as it was then. What happens when humans are left to try and survive? Do they band together or do they fight each other to stay on top of the rotting mountain? Romero poses this question and more here in the film and shows that although the zombies and what they do is horrific, sometimes we need to look within ourselves to find the true horror. An utter classic.
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