February 4, 2015 Favorite Horror Movies Revealed: Justin Olmstead of Righteous Vendetta
Some people are terrified of Horror films, while others absolutely love indulging in them. With a passion for the genre, and all the gory fun some of films have to offer, Horror hounds unquestionably have their favorites they always go back to. For Wyoming Alternative Metal band Righteous Vendetta guitarist Justin Olmstead, Horror is a genre which he loves, and as a result, has a lot of spooky memories to reflect on. Rising in the rankings of the Rock world and dedicating themselves to the road in support of their latest EP Defiance, Olmstead finds time during downtime to catch as many Horror flicks as he can. Recently we spoke with the axeman for a look into his Top 10 Horror movies of all-time.
10. Dawn of the Dead (2004): I am a huge fan of anything Zombie! I am not sure if it is because the whole idea of a Zombie apocalypse is so easy to process as a perfectly plausible occurrence or the thought of perfectly functioning human beings instantly turning into mindless walkers acting on animal instincts, it has just always intrigued me. This movie in particular was such a great one in my opinion because of its cliche plot of holding up in a mall with all the characters you would expect. It is so brilliantly predictable in the fact that it is just everything you would want in a cliche zombie movie.
9. Thirteen Ghosts (2001): This movie will always stand out to me above any other Horror movie simply due to the fact it ruined my life for nearly two years. I am sure most everyone had a movie that made them uneasy for a period of time, and this exceeded that. I watched it when I was in 6th grade and for the next two years I had a feeling of complete dread when it started getting dark out and I knew I would have to go in my room with nothing but my thoughts soon. Though the movie is slightly outdated now, it was still just such a great plot and in my opinion set a new standard for those types of ghost movies.
8. The Sixth Sense (1999): The Sixth Sense became an instant classic for obvious reasons. It had all the Horror elements, but in a more mature drama-like formula. There are not many Horror movies that can hold up to all other movies as just a good, solid overall film. This is definitely an exception. Not to mention it had one of the most unpredictable and shocking twists in the end in the history of Horror movies!
7. Saw (2004): Though most people write these movies off because they cannot stand watching movies with torture, the Saw movies are absolutely brilliant. The amount of sophistication behind each one of these films is astonishing! What makes the first one so amazing was that it came out of nowhere before anyone had any idea of successful follow-up sequels and touched on everyone’s inner-most relevant fear of being kidnapped and tortured. It was a movie that was very easy to put yourself in the characters’ situations, and That is an ingredient to a memorable scary movie.
6. Paranormal Activity 1 & 4 (2007 & 2012): Nobody can deny the Paranormal Activity movies are the ultimate butt-clenchers. You know what I am talking about…those movies that make you clench your butt so hard through the whole thing that your butt cheeks are sore for a week. The whole Documentary Style idea is so clever. That inspiration was obviously taken from previous films, but pairing that with a plot around possession will get inside anyone’s head. If you are like me, I love watching scary movies because I put myself in those situations and get somewhat of an adrenaline rush out of it. With Paranormal Activity, it is so easy to feel like you have a connection with these characters. And the best part is the moments that make you jump clean out of your chair, and the suspense building up to those parts.
I also had to specifically throw 4 in this one too, because the ending was possibly the most scared I have ever been for about 5 seconds; and that was awesome.
5. World War Z (2013): You never know what newer Horror movies are going to come out and shock you by instantly becoming a favorite. But again, being the zombie fan I am, just the trailer of World War Z got me psyched! There were two things that even further surprised me, though. One was that Brad Pitt actually did an Incredible job, which I was not expecting since Horror is not typically his genre. And two, their take on the virus and the solution they conclude with. It is an extremely believable movie, and the action seems to never stop!
4. The Hills Have Eyes (2006): Another thing I am a huge fan of is a character overcoming extreme obstacles to succeed in the end. The first 30 minutes of this movie are probably the most morbid and uneasy 30 minutes I have ever seen, but from there it just becomes a throw down! The main character just seems like such an unlikely character to utterly dominate, and after the tone that is set in the beginning, the victory just has that much more impact. It also makes you never ever want to take an alternate route.
3. 30 Days of Night (2007): The whole concept of vampires has never been all that scary to me, but this movie was the one exception. Honestly, I think it is just because there are things about them that just remind me of more sophisticated Zombies in this film. The costumes and makeup in 30 Days of Night is probably partially to credit for making this such an awesome scary movie, along with capitalizing on the idea of there being many desolate areas in Alaska that keep people trapped in the dark for a month. The icing on the cake for me with this movie is their language and the way they talk. Their dialogue segments for some reason just leave me uneasy every time simply by the way they sound.
2. I Am Legend (2007): I’m not sure there will ever be a more perfectly executed Zombie-type movie. Taking the whole Rabies approach was the right choice for this one, mainly because they were able to have a whole new take on the appearance of the Zombies. Will Smith was absolutely perfect, and the loss of his family and dog throughout made you feel for him that much more. The other great thing about this movie is they threw in these moments of temporary comfort, such as Bob Marley’s music or Shrek playing on the TV, and then immediately took you out of that comfort making you feel that much more uneasy during the Thriller segments. I Am Legend will never get old to me.
1. Resident Evil (2002): Of course, I save the best for last. Resident Evil is the modern staple of everything Zombies. From the very first time I played the video games, I was hooked. The slightly futuristic approach makes this movie so memorable and keeps you searching for more things you are missing every time you watch it. Even the location they are in is so intimidating! Not only are they worrying about Zombies, they are worrying about an advanced security system in a massive underground facility watching and essentially controlling their outcome! It is just overall such a solid premise for a Horror franchise, and it will forever be my number one Horror movie of all time.