Monday, October 31, 2011

Favorite Horror Movies

In honor of Halloween, I have decided to list some of my favorite horror movies.  So here are two lists: the first is comprised of my favorite older horror movies, while the second is comprised of my favorite newer horror movies.  I went with a top 5 classics and top 10 modern, because I make the rules around here.
If anyone is actually reading this thing, I would encourage you to comment with your own favorites.

The Classics Division:

5. The Bride of Frankenstein

4. Nightmare on Elm Street

3. Halloween

2. Night of the Living Dead

1. Psycho

The Modern Classics Division:

10. Scream

9. The Orphanage

8. Colin

7. 28 Days Later

6. Severance

5. Shaun of the Dead

4. Amityville Horror

3. Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon

2. Dawn of the Dead

1. Quarantine

I know I’m missing some (I feel like Trick R Treat should be somewhere in the Modern Classics), but, overall, I think they’re pretty good lists.


Fosterface said...

The Ring is an omission I would have included. Maybe it's not as scary on repeat viewings, but it freaked me out. The Omen was pretty creepy - kind of the first of the scary kid ones. And it hasn't aged well, but I remember you being pretty freaked out by Blair Witch. Oh, and Leprechaun in the Hood. And Ghoulies.

You should add an entry for tv episodes: "Home" would take top honors, I'm sure, and there's got to be a Twilight Zone episode that qualifies.

Dave Francis said...

I think you list is a bit off. You have english re-makes of foreign horror classics and haven't quantified the modern criteria, or do you actually prefer the new version of dawn of the dead. If not, then you should have that in your classics. Seems you prefer a fright than gore, which is another criteria I guess you should stipulate. In fact, for "the Zombie Club" to not make mention of some zombie classics, I think your doing an injustice. Where is Day of the Dead, Demons 1 & 2, The Ring, Martyrs (you have to see it), High Tension, the new Texas Chainsaw, The new Hills Have Eyes (both only the first not the subsequent and inferior cash-ins) Anyway, I could go on and on, a bit of a shame you have such a poor list.

Dusty Evely said...

Well, my list is my list. If I have English remakes, it's because I prefer them to their foreign counterparts (for instance, I firmly believe that Quarantine is vastly superior to [REC]). That doesn't hold true for all movies (Let the Right One In was a lot better than Let Me In, for example), but it holds true for these.

I have quite a few zombie movies listed: Night of the Living Dead, Colin, Shaun of the Dead, etc. I have the remake of Dawn of the Dead but not the original because I don't love the original (I know that's not a popular opinion, but it's my opinion and I'm sticking to it). I appreciate what the original Dawn of the Dead did for the modern zombie movie, but I think the remake is better. I also believe that Night of the Living Dead is superior to both of them. (For the record, I found Day of the Dead to be extremely boring.)

As far as not quantified the modern criteria...well, I'm kind of lazy. I think my imaginary cut-off hit somewhere in the 80s (Nightmare on Elm Street is the latest film in the Classics, and that was released in 1984). In hindsight I should have combined the lists.

Like all lists, this one is imperfect. And too short. In the future, I plan on putting together my top 25 horror movies of all time. Of course, there will be complaints about that as well (if anyone actually reads it, that is). That's the curse of making lists.

I'm with you on Texas Chainsaw Massacre. A gross oversight on my part to leave that off the list. I'm madly in love with the original, and I really love the remake as well.

SMBran3 said...

I like the list and it gives me some movies to try out that o haven't seen. A list is thought provoking and it will never fit perfectly with anyone's idea of a list or otherwise it would be their list.