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Marina Antunes [Editorials 08.19.15] horror thriller

When I think of teen thriller/horror movies, the classics immediately come to mind: Carrie, Friday the 13th, the first I Know What You Did Last Summer and even Scream had its moments but there's another breed of teen thrillers that seems to be overlooked - sometimes because they're cheesy, sometimes because the premise sounds ludicrous so there's way the movie is going to be any good and sometimes, they're just plain bad.

With the Bret Easton-Ellis scripted The Curse of Downers Grove (trailer) opening on Friday in select theatres and digital HD, I was thinking about some of these less popular teen horror thrillers and I must admit, I really like a lot of movies that fall into this grey space which made coming up with this list much easier than I anticipated. Not sure what that says about me but here we go; my 5 guilty pleasure teen themed thrillers.

This Mark Wahlberg/Reese Witherspoon vehicle was exactly what Wahlberg needed to kick off his acting career but more than that, he's actually really great as the obsessive creepy boyfriend which is what really makes the movie work.

The original Fright Night wasn't too shabby to begin with but in my opinion, the remake is the real winner, partly because Anton Yelchin is really charismatic and Colin Farrell makes for a really great vampire.

It shouldn't really come as a surprise that Robert Rodriguez's take on aliens taking over teachers is bloodier than most of the other movies on this list. This early entry into his filmography is far better than it gets credit for. Tons of fun.

Adam Green's story of college students stuck on the side of a mountain overnight is not only creepily plausible but at points, down right scary. Plus, frostbite sucks.

I'm not really sure why director Carter Smith hasn't been busier since the release of The Ruins. This story of a group of kids stuck on a pyramid in Mexico falls squarely in the "ludicrous plot" camp but man, is it ever effective. And what's the deal with Shawn Ashmore starring in horror movies that are far better than expected? Maybe this is a sign…

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Lenny (5 years ago) Reply

Detention is my number one pick.


Marina (5 years ago) Reply

Which one? The Joseph Kahn one? I haven't seen any of them but would love to!

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