My favorite horror films

It’s the season for chills, scares and things that go bump in the night.  As Halloween approaches, each year I try and keep my mental video library up-to-date filling in gaps and rewatch classic horror films.  This year I decided to compile a blog post of my favorite horror films.

The Collins English dictionary defines “horror” like this:

horror [noun]
1. extreme fear; terror; dread
2. intense loathing; hatred
3. (often plural) a thing or person causing fear, loathing, etc.
4. (modifier) having a frightening subject, esp a supernatural one a horror film

[According to them and the American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, it's etymology is:  Middle English horrour, from Old French horreur, from Latin horror, from horrre, to tremble./trembling with fear]

The following films are presented in chronological order and are the ones I most often come back to for visceral thrills.  Some are classics that might not be nail biters, but more Gothic horror in nature, some are gory and some are scary as hell.  Many cross genres (Science Fiction in particular), but in one way or another, these are the films I come back to and exploring dark matters.  I’m also partial to films that try something new and are fully committed to their vision even if some flaws are present.

And before the attacks begin, there are some “glaring” omissions, but those are due to either my personal preferences or not getting around to certain films (which I’m intending to see asap such as Saw, Hostel, Audition, [REC] and [REC]2, etc.).  This list is based on films I’ve seen only not just ones I know are great by ratings/reviews/reputation.

Please feel free to comment and offer your thoughts on the list, your personal favorites, but again-these are my personal favorites.  I’m not saying this is a “best” list because that is subjective, but I did review a TON of sites’ “Best” lists to refresh my memory.  Some of those links appear at the bottom of the post for reference.

Without further ado…

The Phantom of the Opera (1925)
Frankenstein (1931)
King Kong (1933)
The Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954)
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
Psycho (1960)
The Haunting (1963)
Night of the Living Dead (1968)
Rosemary’s Baby (1968)
The Exorcist (1973)
The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)
Jaws (1975)
The Omen (1976)
Eraserhead (1977)
Halloween (1978)
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)
The Fog (1979)
Alien (1979)
The Shining (1980)
The Fog (1980)
The Evil Dead (1981)
Poltergeist (1982)
The Thing (1982)
The Dead Zone (1983)
A Nightmare of Elm Street (1984)
The Terminator (1984)
The Fly (1986)
Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1986)
Aliens (1986)
Angel Heart (1987)
Evil Dead II (1987)
Fatal Attraction (1987)
Predator (1987)
Prince of Darkness (1987)
Clownhouse (1989)
Jacob’s Ladder (1990)
Misery (1990)
Nightbreed (1990)
The Silence of the Lambs (1990)
Candyman (1992)
Cronos (1993)
Fire in the Sky (1993)
Jurassic Park (1993)
Interview with the Vampire (1994)
The Addiction (1995)
The Prophesy (1995)
Se7en (1995)
Species (1995)
From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)
Scream (1996)
Cube (1997)
The Devil’s Advocate (1997)
The Lost World:  Jurassic Park (1997)
Starship Troopers (1997)
Blade (1998)
Bride of Chucky (1998)
The Blair Witch Project (1999)
The Sixth Sense (1999)
Sleepy Hollow (1999)
Ginger Snaps (2000)
Pitch Black (2000)
Brotherhood of the Wolf (2001)
Jurassic Park III (2001)
Session 9 (2001)
Signs (2002)
28 Days Later (2002)
Blade 2 (2002)
Underworld (2003)
Dawn of the Dead (2004)
Hellboy (2004)
Shaun of the Dead (2004)
The Descent (2005)
Pan’s Labyrinth (2006)
30 Days of Night (2007)
Grindhouse (2007)
Paranormal Activity (2007)
Deadgirl (2008)
Let the Right One In (2008)
Quarantine (2008)
Dead Hooker in a Trunk (2009)
District 9 (2009)
The Final Destination (2009)
The House of the Devil (2009)
Jennifer’s Body (2009)
Suck (2009)
Black Death (2010)
Black Swan (2010)
Monsters (2010)
The Mutilation Man (2010)
Stake Land (2010)
Trollhunter (2010)
Tucker & Dale vs. Evil (2010)
Red State (2011)
Prometheus (2012)
Sinister (2012)

Rotten Tomatoes – Best Horror Movies (2012 Update)

Rotten Tomatoes – Top 100 Horror Movies

best-horror-movies.com – Top 100 Horror Movies (2012)

IGN’s Top 25 Horror Movies of All-Time (2010)

Boston.com – Top 50 scariest horror movies of all time

AMC Movie Guide – The Best Horror Movies and Horror Movie Rankings

The 100 Most Popular Horror/Suspense Movies of All Time

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One comment on “My favorite horror films
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