Oh, the horror! Lena Headey’s favorite scary movies

Over at her blog Final Girl, Stacie Ponder is celebrating SHOCKtober, which is October but scarier. She asked her readers to send in lists of their 20 favorite horror films — not the "classics," not the "best" or even the "scariest" — just favorites. The final list ended up featuring a whopping 732 movies, and she’s been counting them down the entire month. She asked a few special guests for their personal favorites lists as well to spotlight.

Today’s special guest Top 20 comes from actress Lena Headey (Imagine Me & You), who happens to be a huge horror fan. I don’t mean she’s huge — she’s actually rather small — but I mean that her love for the genre is boundless and she’s always down to watch something scary. She told me I’d hate myself after watching Martyrs and she was pretty much right. I’ve introduced her to a few movies I love with about a 99% success rate, although I don’t know if I’ll ever truly forgive her when she said she didn’t like Pieces.


Anyway, given her affection for Halloween and horror movies as well as her experience in such genre flicks as The Broken, Laid to Rest, and the classic* The Cave, I figured I’d ask her to tell us what her 20 favorites are. She pooped out before she came close to 20, but that’s alright, as she had to be on set at 4:30am for HBO’s Game of Thrones and her brain hurt. I guess that’s an excuse.

*not a classic

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974, Tobe Hooper)

Just cause it’s pure bloody brilliant
and there ain’t no finer movie to watch at a drive-in. 








Wolf Creek (2005, Greg Mclean)

Slightly believable — I will never backpack in the outback.









Child’s Play (1988, Tom Holland)

Chucky: creepy little s–t.









The Hills Have Eyes (1977, Wes Craven)

I think that started me on the road to horror addiction.









Let the Right One In (2008, Tomas Alfredson)

Just beautiful. Every shot was a painting and the two leads broke my heart a little.









Martyrs (2008, Pascal Laugier)

I just think it was a well executed concept. It held my interest and the first time I saw it I actually felt really angry … don’t know why.








Black Christmas (1974, Bob Clark)

OBVIOUSLY for the glass unicorn.









The House of the Devil (2009, Ti West)

Controversial I know, but I just thought it was a well-done budget horror.









The Silence of the Lambs (1991, Jonathan Demme)

Hopkins/Foster…"It rubs the lotion on its skin!"…Nuff said.









Session 9 (2001, Brad Anderson)

I loved that one you showed me … Section 9??? You know what I’m on about?









The Lost Boys (1987, Joel Schumacher)

Lost Boys, of course!!! I forgot that…what with my youth being so far away. I wanted to snog Jason Patric and Kiefer.








What horror flicks make your Top 20?