Top 50 HORROR MOVIES (alphabetical)
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American Psycho 2000, R)
An American Werewolf in London 1981, R)
Army of Darkness 1993, R)
Black Christmas 1974, R)
The Bride of Frankenstein 1935, Unrated)
Carrie 1976, R)
Candyman 1992, R)
Creature from the Black Lagoon 1954, G)
Creepshow 1982, R)
Dawn of the Dead 1979, R)
The greatest zombie film of all time! Everything about Dawn is pure brilliance. From Romero's perfect direction, script and editing, to Savini's groundbreaking FX, the movie is a hit on ever level imaginable. Works both as a horror film and a satire of 70's culture of consumerism (glad to see not much has changed). Can't forget to mention the classic score by Goblin. I could honestly watch this movie ever week of my life and never get sick of it.
Dead Alive (Braindead) 1993, R)
Deep Red (Profondo rosso) 1975, R)
The Descent 2006, R)
Dracula 1931, Unrated)
The Evil Dead 1981, R)
A group of friends went into the woods with no money, put their actors through hell and somehow came out with one of the best horror films ever made. The Evil Dead is filled with cheesy acting, no story and bad production values, yet it has a style and energy that most 100 million dollar movies can only dream of. Did I mention it's also pretty goddamn scary? You've gotta hand all of this to Sam Raimi. You know it's because of him, and him alone, (sorry Bruce) that the original Evil Dead kicks so much ass. The new 3 disc "ultimate edition" DVD is filled with a ton of great stuff about the making of this film and just how truly low budget it was. I can't even count how many times I've seen this movie....and I'm guessing most of you reading this can't either. What more is there to say? The Evil Dead is just as fun and crazy to watch as it was 25 years ago.
Evil Dead 2 1987, R)
The Exorcist 1973, R)
The Fog 1979, R)
Fright Night 1985, R)
Grindhouse 2007, R)
Easily one of the best movie going experiences of my life. I'm a huge fan of Rodriguez and Tarantino and they didn't let me down. Planet Terror was the better of the two films, but Death Proof was still great (although a little talky). Planet Terror was a perfect B movie with A level production values. Non-stop action, a perfect cast filled with a ton of genre vets and a ton of disgusting gore. I loved every second of it! The faux trailers in the middle were just as classic as the films themselves. "Don't" was my fav of the bunch, and I hope to see it as a full movie in Grindhouse 2. Death Proof had some great elements but kinda dragged in the middle. Kurt Russell gave a classic performance and the car chase with Zoe Bell on the hood was one of the best every put on film. But the scene between Rosario Dawson and the girls in the diner went on forever, and sadly it wasn't the classic Tarantino dialogue we're used to. Still a solid flick though. I hate the fact they wanna split the two movie up.....they're missing the entire point!!! If you missed this one in the theater you missed out on the best and most original movie going experience of your life. (but still rent it on DVD). Now bring on Grindhouse 2!
Halloween 1978, R)
John Carpenter's masterpiece remains the greatest horror film ever made. All the emphasis is on suspense, atmosphere and character.....not blood and guts. Despite what so many think, gore does not make a good horror movie. Every frame in Halloween is perfect, the performances are top notch (especially Donald Pleasence as Dr. Loomis) and the music score is still one of the best ever composed. Unlike Freddy and Jason, Michael Myers is still scary as hell. They sure don't make em like this anymore.
Hellraiser 1987, R)
House On Haunted Hill 1959, PG)
The Howling 1981, R)
1981 saw the release of what are still the two best werewolf films ever made. While An American Werewolf in London is considered by most to be the better movie, I've always preferred Joe Dante's The Howling. It may lack the tight script of Werewolf in London, but makes up for it in almost every other category. This is an incredibly atmospheric film with plenty of scares, dark humour and a great ensemble cast including Patrick Macnee, Kevin McCarthy and John Carradine (along with cameos by Roger Corman, Dick Miller and Forrest J Ackerman). Of course the real star is Rob Bottin's werewolf makeup. The transformation sequence hasn't aged all that well, but it was the first and most elaborate ever attempted. The werewolf itself, however, is still the most terrifying one ever put to film. The script and pace might be off at times, but this is still one of the best the genre has to offer over 30 years later.
Jaws 1975, PG)
I don't think any film had a bigger impact on my childhood than Jaws. (I still won't go in the ocean). Steven Spielberg's masterpiece is still as terrifying and awe-inspiring as it was 30 years ago. I'd go so far as to say this is one of the very few films made without a single flaw in it. The casting, the performances, the script, the production design, the editing, and of course, John Williams brilliant score. Everything about Jaws just works to perfection. Infact one of the main things I love about Jaws is that it's essentially two movies in one. You've got the first half with Amity Island coming to grips with this menace, and then the second half which is basically man against nature. And everything works so well because the characters are developed so brilliantly. Roy Scheider, Richard Dreyfuss, and especially Robert Shaw, give some of the finest performances ever put to film. I honestly could go on and on about how brilliant this movie is and what an impact it's had on my life, but I think you all get the picture.
The Lost Boys 1987, R)
One of my favorite films to watch growing up in the 80's. The script is fairly basic and a lot of it doesn't really make sense, but the terrific cast and direction more than make up for it. I recently re-watched this on DVD and was surprised I'd never realized what a fantastic looking film this is. The lighting, camera work and editing are some of the best I've seen in the horror genre. Yes, it's hilariously dated and, as I said before, the script is pretty weak, but everyone looks like they're having so much fun in this movie! Kiefer kicks ass as the head vamp, the Frog brothers steal every scene they're in, and the movie moves along at a great pace. Definitely worth another look if you haven't seen it in a while.
Night of the Creeps 1986, R)
Night of the Living Dead 1968, R)
A Nightmare on Elm Street 1984, R)
The Omen 1976, R)
Phantasm 1979, R)
Phenomena (Creepers) 1985, R)
An extremely weird movie....even for Dario Argento. This one mixes elements of his supernatural and straight giallo films into one bloody, atmospheric, bizarre, bug-fest. Jennifer Connelly (in her first starring role) plays a young girl who can communicate with insects, while the always terrific Donald Pleasence plays a bug specialist who helps her understand her gift. Together they try and use her abilities to track down a serial killer who's been abducting girls from the private school Connelly's character attends. I can't even begin to make you understand how weird this movie is, because obviously I don't want to give anything away. But between Argento's amazing visuals, the brutal violence, the crazy things they get bugs to do, and Claudio Simonetti's bizarre, driving, electronic score.....your in for one hell of a ride. Of course the script is full of holes and the dubbed supporting actors are cheesy, but none of that really matters once your swept up in all the insanity. It's not quite on the same level as Suspiria or Tenebre, but this is still definitely one of Argento's best and has to be seen to be believed.
Poltergeist 1982, PG)
Psycho 1960, R)
Re-Animator 1985, R)
The Return of the Living Dead 1985, R)
Salem's Lot 1979, PG)
Scream 1996, R)
Shaun of the Dead 2004, R)
The Silence of the Lambs 1991, R)
Stir of Echoes 1999, R)
Suspiria 1977, R)
Dario Argento's now classic art horror film is just as terrifying and bizarre as it was 30 years ago. I know this is one of those "love it or hate it" movies, but I seriously don't know how anyone can hate a film this beautifully shot (no matter how big the plot holes are). Yeah, it kinda drags in spots and a lot of it sure doesn't make much sense, but this movie has more style, suspense and atmosphere than most films could dream of. A lot of the credit must also goto Italian rock band Goblin for their intense, pulse-pounding score. If you haven't seen Dario Argento's art horror classic on DVD I suggest you give it a look.
Tenebre (Unsane) 1982, R)
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 1974, R)
The Thing 1982, R)
Tremors 1990, R)
Trick 'r Treat 2007, R)
Village of the Damned 1960, R)
The Wolf Man 1941, Unrated)