You leave me so hungry!My fascination with horror films began early on. My father, a horror enthusiast himself, would take me along to the midnight screenings of horror flicks when I was just a wee lad. My first in-theater horror film was Nightmare on Elm St. 4 (I love you Alice!) when I was just 7 or 8 years old. But even before actually going to the movies we would have family screenings of C.H.U.D. and The Fly at home. C.H.U.D. (Cannibalistic Humanoid Underground Dwellers) is your run of the mill classic B Grade horror film. But after seeing it that night I was afraid to go to bed and although the film takes place in NYC my father lied to me and said that CHUDS actually live in Mississippi and pulled out a map of America to show me how far Mississippi was from New Jersey and that it would be impossible for them to ever get me. To this day whenever I hear of Mississippi I think of C.H.U.D.
Since SAW and Hostel I feel Hollywood has really fucked with the horror genre. SAW and Hostel aren't horror films. They are torture/Gore films and completely lack the classic conventions of traditional horror films. Since then horror films have been a mess and I've put my foot down and now am only focusing on one genre: Zombies!
I don't know what it is about the living dead that I love so much but I can't get enough of it. Maybe it's the fact that you can't hurt or scare a zombie or the fact that zombies are nothing but the undead savagely hunting for your braaaaaains or maybe it's all just a coping mechanism for living in New York City in the age of doom and terrorism but whatever it is - if there is a book or a movie about Zombies I'm into it.
Recently I just saw Quarantine which I didn't have high hopes for but ended up loving! It's a classic zombie flick! A female lead, a group of people trapped and one by one they all die or worse, become the living dead themselves. If you haven't seen Quarantine and are a fan of Zombies I strongly suggest you check it out.
Other Zombie and Zombie/Apocalyptic things you may want to check out are:
28 Days Later (technically the victims are infected with "rage" but employs classic zombie convention)
The Hills have Eyes (more monsters than zombie)
The Descent (best horror film in a decade!!)
Night of the Creeps (classic horror/humor!!)
World War Z (the above-all-else quintessential best Zombie book ever written)
I am Legend (more vampirey/monster but totally apocalyptic)
Patient Zero (current book I'm reading- Love it!)
The Road (The reader doesn't really know what is chasing this father/son duo but fantastic apocalyptic powerhouse)
Blindness (no monsters or zombies but very end of the world)
The Dresden Files (on going zombie series)
If I'm forgetting anything let me know...