March 6, 2015 Favorite Horror Movies Revealed: Carl Brown of Lay Siege
Growing up most kids have lasting memories of watching Horror films either for fun or purely to terrify themselves. When vocalist Carl Brown of UK Metal band Lay Siege looks back on his experiences watching Horror movies, he can conjure up a few fun memories that will last a lifetime. Signed to Lifeforce Records, Brown leads this four-piece band as they look to make a big splash on the scene, set to release their debut album hopeisnowhere in April. Recently we caught up with Brown to breakdown his favorite Horror films of all-time.
1) The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974): A favorite for the majority of horror fans and for good reason. This was the film that made me fall in love with the horror genre. I watched this with a couple of friends when I was about 10. We fast-forwarded too far on the VHS, and when we clicked play, we were greeted with Leatherface smashing a guy’s head in with a hammer. I’ve not been that scared by a horror since.
2) The Devil’s Rejects (2005): House of 1000 Corpses introduced me to my all- time favorite horror character, Captain Spaulding, but I enjoyed the follow-up so much more. The story is far more plausible, and it’s even more brutal than its predecessor. It’s full of awesome characters and some unforgettable one-liners.
3) The Silence of the Lambs (1991): Anthony Hopkins’ portrayal of Hannibal Lector is what I love about this movie the most. It’s nothing short of amazing. He appears for such a short period of time, but is absolutely key to the movie’s overall mood. A brilliant storyline with a brilliant script and a movie which should be on everyone’s ‘watch before you die’ list.
4) The Evil Dead (1981): An absolute classic. Sam Raimi was so young when he directed this and did it on such a low-budget. To create such a chilling atmosphere without a big budget was amazing and something which has rarely been replicated. The fact the movie doesn’t take itself too seriously only adds to its brilliance. Bruce Campbell’s performance is one of the best in horror history for me.
5) Halloween (1978): Another low-budget movie which went on to become one of the most iconic horrors of all time, with one of the most memorable killers, Michael Myers. The theme song is perfect for the movie, and the fact that Myers can’t seem to be killed is what really scared me when I watched this as a kid.
6) From Dusk Till Dawn (1996): Not an out-and-out horror, but one of my favorite vampire movies. It’s got a star-studded cast, Tarantino screenplay, loads of gore, and is absolutely hilarious in parts. The arrival at The Titty Twister is amazing! Robert Rodriguez went on to direct some other cult classics such as Sin City and Machete, which I also love.
7) Scream (1996): This is one of the first horror movies I remember watching. I was about 9, and my friend’s older brother had a grainy VHS copy which we stole to watch. I’d never seen anything like it! The opening scene with Drew Barrymore still makes the hairs on the back of my neck stand.
8) Rec (2007): One of many great Spanish horrors which has been released in the past decade. This one sticks out for me as it used the first person perspective so well, you actually feel as if you’re there with the characters. Great acting on top of a disturbing storyline, executed absolutely perfectly.
9) Mum and Dad (2008): One of the best British horrors in the past decade for me, it’s got awesome characters and some absolutely disgusting scenes. The storyline is also really plausible, which is what makes this horror so intriguing to watch.
10) Dead Snow (2009): A Nazi Zombie movie from the home of Black Metal, Norway. Dead Snow doesn’t take itself too seriously and has some awesome humor, but is also brilliant at building suspense and has some top-notch deaths.