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8 Horror Movies That Scared Sharon Needles

8 Horror Movies That Scared Sharon Needles

Sharon Needles

Need a horror movie recommendation for Halloween that doesn't involve Neve Campbell or Jamie Lee Curtis? The most ghoulish RuPaul's Drag Race winner shares some of her nonbasic faves.


While speaking about her new album, Taxidermy, Sharon Needles revealed to The Advocate several of her favorite horror movies, a gory mix of cult classics and modern macabre.

Regarding the genre, Needles says, "Horror's really changed recently, so it's really hard to go see a good one. Nowadays it's all CGI nonsense or just gorefest for the sake of gore."

"I like a good, gory frightfest that totally doesn't take itself that seriously," she concludes.

Feel the same? Here are eight of her favorites for your Halloween viewing pleasure.

1. The Return of the Living Dead (1985)

Fan of The Walking Dead? Meet its forebear, The Return of the Living Dead, a film about a group of zombies wreaking mayhem in Kentucky, and a group of teenage punks trying to stop them. Known for popularizing the characteristic of zombies as brain-eating, the movie is a "camp classic," says Needles. "Full-fronal nudity, the best one-liners, and great gore scenes."

2. Sleepaway Camp II: Unhappy Campers (1988)

Even more camp-tastic than its predecessor, Sleepaway Camp II is as much a fun romp into realm of horror as it is a sensational spoof of the genre. It's a must-see love letter to both the good and bad found in every slasher cinema classic, and perfect for anyone who has ever been horrified by camp.

3. The Baby (1973)

A weirdo exploitation romp born in the only era that could concoct such a cult classic -- the 1970s. The tale of a social worker who investigates the kooky Wadsworth family and their diaper-clad, bottle-sucking son -- simply named "Baby" -- takes a turn for the strange when we learn "Baby" is actually a 21-year-old man forced to behave like an infant. And The Baby only gets more bizarre from there.

4. Dead Alive (1992)

Before Peter Jackson became the acclaimed director of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, he directed Dead Alive (also known as Braindead), a movie about a domineering mother who gets bitten by a plague-infested rat and turns into a zombie. Panned at the time of its release, Dead Alive is now an admired cult classic. Needles claims this is "the goriest film of all time, but it's also a touching love story."

5. Night of the Demons (1988)

Planning a Halloween party in a morgue? Avoid seances, or you may end up like the high school seniors in Night of the Demons. The group unwittingly unleashes a demon, which take turns possessing each of them and inciting sex and death. Bummer. The movie was also resurrected in 2009 for a remake starring Shannon Elizabeth.

6. Pirahna 3D (2010)

A remake of the 1978 film Pirahna, Pirahna 3D is (surprise!) a 3D horror comedy starring none other than Elisabeth Shue. Shue plays a local police officer who must marshal a group of strangers, among them Jerry O'Connell, Christopher Lloyd, Richard Dreyfuss, and Eli Roth, to fight prehistoric, man-eating fish that have been unleashed into a resort lake. Don't forget sunscreen!

7. Slither (2006)

In the cult classic Slither, the peace and quiet of the town of Wheelsy, S.C., is interrupted one day by the crash of a meteorite, which is stumbled upon by local car dealer, Grant Grant. Unluckily for Grant, an alien parasite inhabiting the rock crawls into his body and takes control, returning to town and unleashing an army of slugs to infect other townsfolk. Don't miss Elizabeth Banks as his wife, Starla, who leads the attack on the invasion.

8. Funny Games (2007)

Funny Games is a home-invasion movie starring Michael Pitt, and a shot-for-shot remake of an Austrian film made a decade earlier. Pitt and another teen hold a family hostage (the mother of which is played by Naomi Watts) -- and play a game as to whether or not they will survive the night. "What's great about it is, the first one to go is the 8-year-old son," Needles says. "They blow his brains out right on his parents while they're tied up [and] NASCAR [is on the television and] both sound systems are on the highest level they can possibly go. It's sick."

Funny Games (2007) Trailer Remastered HDWhen Ann, husband George and son Georgie arrive at their holiday home they are visited by a pair of polite and seemingly ...

Jase Peeples contributed reporting to this article.

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Daniel Reynolds is the editor of social media for The Advocate. A native of New Jersey, he writes about entertainment, health, and politics.
Daniel Reynolds is the editor of social media for The Advocate. A native of New Jersey, he writes about entertainment, health, and politics.