Top 20 HORROR MOVIES
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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.
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.
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.
The Thing 1982, R)
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 1974, R)
Night of the Living Dead 1968, R)
Psycho 1960, R)
The Bride of Frankenstein 1935, Unrated)
Evil Dead 2 1987, R)
A Nightmare on Elm Street 1984, 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.
Shaun of the Dead 2004, R)
Scream 1996, R)
Creepshow 1982, R)
Black Christmas 1974, R)
The Return of the Living Dead 1985, R)
Phantasm 1979, R)
Fright Night 1985, R)
Dead Alive (Braindead) 1993, R)
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.