Essential Horror Movies

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  1. thatguyoverthere

    thatguyoverthere New Member

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    I had a friend that claimed to really love horror movies, but I learned that they hadn't seen "Evil Dead 2" I was... horrified. So I wanted to see if anyone wanted to contribute to a list of what should be essential viewing for any true horror movie fan. My list is weak on foreign films and recent releases, among others. Please feel free to suggest some more.

    DISCLAIMER: I have NOT seen all of the films on this list. A lot of them were added because they were suggested by posters on this thread. Please do not take this as a list of the "best" or "scariest" horror movies, just the ones essential for understanding the history, current state, and possible future of the genre.

    EDIT: Here is the list, updated on July 28, 2005. THANK YOU everyone for your great suggestions and comments. Please keep them coming!

    28 Days Later
    Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein
    Alien
    Aliens
    Amityville Horror, The
    An American Werewolf In London
    April Fools Day
    Army Of Darkness
    Audition
    Beyond, The
    Birds, The
    Black Christmas
    Blair Witch Project, The
    Bride Of Frankenstein, The
    Cabin Fever
    Cabinet of Doctor Caligari, The
    Candyman
    Cannibal Ferox
    Carrie
    Cat and the Canary, The
    Cat People
    Children Of The Corn
    Childs Play
    Christine
    Creepshow
    Dawn Of The Dead
    Dead Alive
    Dead Ringers
    Deep In The Woods
    Deliverance
    Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark
    Don't Look Now
    Dracula
    Evil Dead
    Evil Dead 2: Dead By Dawn
    Exorcist, The
    Eye
    Fly, The
    Fog, The
    Frankenstein
    Freaks
    Friday The 13th
    Frighteners, The
    From Dusk Til Dawn
    From Hell
    Ghost (Korea)
    Ghost Breakers, The
    Halloween
    Haunting, The
    Hellraiser
    Hills Have Eyes, The
    Howling, The
    I Spit On Your Grave
    Inferno
    Invasion Of The Body Snatchers
    It
    Jacob’s Ladder
    Jaws
    King Kong
    Last House On The Left
    Maniac
    Manos, Hands Of Fate
    May
    Monster, The
    Motel Hell
    Needful Things
    Night Of The Demons
    Night Of The Living Dead
    Nightmare On Elm street
    Nosferatu
    NY Ripper
    Omen, The
    Parents
    People Under The Stairs, The
    Pet Sematary
    Phantasm
    Pieces
    Plan 9 From Outer Space
    Play Misty For Me
    Poltergeist
    Psycho
    Pumpkinhead
    Rabid
    Re-Animator
    Return Of The Living Dead
    Ring, The
    Rosemary’s Baby
    Salem’s Lot
    Saw
    Scream
    Se7en
    Sentinel, The
    Session 9
    Seven
    Shaun Of The Dead
    Shining, The
    Shutter
    Silence of The Lambs, The
    Silent Night, Deadly Night
    Sixth Sense, The
    Sleepaway Camp
    Susperia
    Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The
    Thing, The
    Twitch of the Death Nerve
    Village Of The Damned
    Wait Until Dark
    When A Stranger Calls
    Zombie
     
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  2. Joe_Cool

    Joe_Cool Never trust a woman or a government. Moderator

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    Pretty good list. You got all the ones I thought of off the top of my head.

    I wouldn't call Cannibal Holocaust a horror movie though. It's more of a gore movie. At least I didn't see anything scary. :dunno:
     
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    Adding..

    Pumpkinhead
    People Under the Stairs
    the Thing
    Mae
    Parents
    Session 9
     
  4. Joe_Cool

    Joe_Cool Never trust a woman or a government. Moderator

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    Oh. You need to include The Shining and John Carpenter's The Thing.

    Also, if you include Frankenstein, you need to include Bride of Frankenstein. Although I really think they're both pure scifi, not really horror. :hs:
     
  5. lionsgraphics

    lionsgraphics OT Supporter

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    good job
    I'd add

    german Nosferatu

    maybe Deliverance.
     
  6. thatguyoverthere

    thatguyoverthere New Member

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    Great suggestions, everyone! Keep 'em coming.

    I included Cannibal Holocaust because it "inspired" Blair Witch Project. The line between gore/horror/thriller is sometimes grey.

    Re: Bride Of Frankenstein. While I was compling the list, I just mentally added all the sequels/spinoffs under the original movie, but then I realized that I broke my own rule by seperating Night of the Living Dead and Dawn of the Dead, so Bride Of Frankenstein should have been added.

    Thanks again, everyone! Add some more if you think of any.
     
  7. edrox

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    Def. The Shining

    When a Stranger Calls (the call is coming from inside the house!)
    Candyman
    Phantasm
    Poltergeist
    Hellraiser
    Cat People
    The Howling
    The Haunting
    It
    Don't be Afraid of the Dark
    From Dusk til Dawn (OK not essential, but I dig it)
    The Fog

    Oh, and PLan 9 From Outer Space, and Manos, Hands of Fate - because everyone needs the two worst horror movies of all time
     
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  8. johnny

    johnny shit, baby

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    Great list and contributions.

    I'd have to add The Frighteners, even though it is a bit goofy. The asylum flashbacks are crazy, and John Astin is pure gold as the old gunslingin' ghost.

    Michael J. Fox really impressed me in his role.
     
  9. Improvolone

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    Evil Dead needs to be on as well
    Freddy Kreuger: Nightmare on Elm Street
     
  10. lionsgraphics

    lionsgraphics OT Supporter

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    with some stretch Alien would make a list. Even tho' most ppl think it's a sci-fi only.

    Sixth Sense at some points was a little scary.
     
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    Army of Darkness. Though that's more of a comedy than a horror. It still kicks ass.
     
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  13. thatguyoverthere

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    Thanks everyone! You guys are great!
     
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  14. sk0rcher

    sk0rcher The universe is watching

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    Uh...How can u not mention that list without Event Horizon!
     
  15. Joe_Cool

    Joe_Cool Never trust a woman or a government. Moderator

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    Um, it's because Event Horizon sucks.
     
  16. johnny

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    Oh, don't forget The Eye

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0325655/

    I have to rent this whole list now :rofl:
     
  17. Improvolone

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    Which Fly would you be getting?
    Honestly, T2 is pretty fucking scary.
     
  18. lionsgraphics

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    You mean T1 right?

    cause T2 was straight up entertainment.
     
  19. Improvolone

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    Nah man, the T1000 is like fucking evil come to life
     
  20. lionsgraphics

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    Robert Patrick playing robot > anyone else.
     
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    I think you are just listing every horror movie now lol. "Essential" would be like a list of 10 great horror movies, that inspired the genre, or was built off of the pure essence of what a horror is (both incredibly scary, and gory). I am not really a horror fan, but here's 10 of those movies I thought we're awsome (not essential though).

    Evil Dead
    Evil Dead 2
    Silence of the Lambs
    Red Dragon
    May (Very creepy, and disturbing)
    The Frighteners (I also thought this is one of Fox's best performances)
    Event Horizon (I loved this movie years ago when it came out, although I haven't seen it in years and years, so I am not sure about how I feel about it now, I thought it was terrifying though.)
    Bram Stoker's Dracula
    Psycho
    The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (New) (I actually haven't seen the original, but I love the feeling of the new one, and the directing)
     
  22. Improvolone

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    Honestly, Evil Dead 2 is kinda hokey, it's not really a horror movie.
    The Frighters is good, but not a horror movie.
    The New Texas Chainsaw Massacre starts out with a fantastic scene, but turns to fucking shit.
     
  23. thatguyoverthere

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    Hey Drath, not even close to listing every horror movie, but I do admit that the word "essential" is not to be interpreted as "great" or even "good", and certainly not every horror movie that I personally enjoy, or I would have added Halloween 4, among others.

    Cannibal Holocaust is in no way a good movie, but it did inspire the story of Blair Witch Project, which I believe is the most successful independent movie of all time (or at least was at the time of its release, as was the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre) I didn't even like Blair Witch Project (mostly due to motion sickness) but I realize the obvious importance of the film to both horror and independent movies.

    Maniac is a bad movie, but contains some great early effects work by Tom Savini, including a very graphic scalping that still looks convincing today. Also, the poster is iconic.

    I also didn't like Saw, but I do consider all the above to be essential for an admitted horror movie fan to have a complete understanding of the genre; where it's been and where it's going.

    Another disclaimer: I am adding a few films based only on reccomendations here. I have not yet seen a few like May and Session 9, but I've got them on order. Part of the reason for this thread is to help me, and others, learn about the significant horror films.

    I'll have to keep thinking about adding Event Horizon since a few people have mentioned it. I personally didn't like it, but that's not the point of the list.

    I also had to think about Deliverance, and whether that was really a horror film, but I think that it is because it's such a grueling experience, you kinda have to be in a horror movie mindset to get through it.

    The new Texas Chainsaw can't really compare with the original. I urge you to check out the original version!!! The new version wasn't really a remake since they didn't use many significant characters and situations from the original. That makes it quite a bad "remake," but the good thing about it is that it preserves the story of the original for people who haven't seen it.

    Adding to the list soon:
    Event Horizon
    Silent Night, Deadly Night

    ...and one this horror and Ramones fan hasn't seen yet and is ashamed to admit: Freaks. I'm too scared! Freaks freak me out!
     
  24. Joe_Cool

    Joe_Cool Never trust a woman or a government. Moderator

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    I'm going to have to make myself unpopular and argue against Event Horizon. The first half of the movie was great - it had immense potential. But then they abruptly ran out of story and couldn't figure out where to go with it. The ship went to hell? WTF? And with that, Event Horizon switches from a superb creepy horror movie into a lame, run-of-the-mill monster/slasher movie. :ugh:

    It could have been great, but it was wasted. And the wasted potential for greatness makes me hate it that much more. If it had been shitty from the start, I could have appreciated it as a shitty slasher-type movie. But to have such a strong start then reduce it to standard gore and startle-scare fare... Well as a horror fan it offended me.
     
  25. thatguyoverthere

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    I would argue that Army Of Darkness is even less of a horror movie that both of the Evil Dead's, but they are both on the edges of the definition of the genre, as is Deliverance and The Frighteners (ghosts, haunted houses, the theme of fear.) Horror movies can have a comic edge as well as ultra serious. That's why I added Return Of The Living Dead, which is more comic than most horror movies.

    I CANNOT BELIEVE THAT I FORGOT RE-ANIMATOR!!!!

    Re-Animator
    Village Of The Damned
     

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