Seems like every so often I get people asking me "what's a good horror flick to watch?" or "what's your all time favorite horror flick?"
So I've taken the time to compile my favorite horror flicks into a top 20 list. Yes, many great flicks will not have made the list...but these are my personal favorites!
20. The Blair Witch Project
This flick had to make the list. Totally organic and believable. Feel like your right there with them the entire time. The back story to what they're investigating is truly creepy. If you pay attention...the end scene is sure to send chills up your spine.
19. The Shining
This one is a classic. Love everything about this flick. That long opening shot following the car with the sinister music playing. Great use of sound and music in this one....and so many crazy visuals. The twins, the lady in the bathtub, the elevator. Oddly enough this flick never scared me as a child. Gotta love Jack Nicholson man, such an awesome actor. Shall I debunk the end scene for everyone......? Naaaaaaaah. Moving on!!
This one is for the gore hounds!! Chock full of gritty NYC atmosphere, dark eerie synth music, and over the top special make up FX by the master Tom Savini. The best part of this flick is the main character, "Frank Zito," played by Joe Spinell. Just his creepy dialogue and mannerisms. I think the score really helped take this flick to the next level as well in terms of atmosphere. Proud to own a mint condition copy of it on vinyl. :)
I hadn't seen this flick for probably 5 or 6 years until I decided to revisit it just recently. After I watched it I probably watched it again 3 or 4 times in the next few days lol!! It's that good. Every element comes into play in this flick. The cast is great, totally believable. All the sets, the special FX, the look of the alien, the score. Everything is top notch. There's so much tension in those last 20 minutes!!! This flick without a doubt had to make the list.
16. Creepshow 2
This is a childhood favorite of mine. I still remember renting this flick on VHS and watching it with my older brother when I was a little kid. I remember standing in the aisles of the video store and that cover art just jumping out at me. I love everything about this one. That opening scene. The truck making its way down to the corner, and the creep (played by Tom Savini) popping up and talking with that ghoulish voice. That opening theme kicked ass too. No scares or anything here...just cheesy 80's horror charm. The cartoon bits were a nice touch.
15. Dead & Buried
I only discovered this one a couple years ago. This one is a gem. Great eerie, gritty atmosphere. Totally original concept, killer score, and some really gnarly make up FX from Stan Winston (Predator, The Thing, Terminator). Love this one, highly recommended.
14. Halloween 3
This is a great 80's horror flick and definitely doesn't deserve the flack it gets from lots of "Halloween" fans. I always loved this flick, even as a kid. It's totally original, there's no other out there like it. I always figured people really into the horror genre would dig this one...it centers around Halloween, a deranged villain who makes Halloween masks...stars Tom Atkins (The Fog, Maniac Cop, Night of the Creeps, Creepshow)....has a killer synth score from Alan Howarth & John Carpenter...some gnarly death scenes. This one is just out there. Very unique.
13. Nightmare On Elm Street
Classic material right here. Love the short opening bit with Freddy creating the glove. Tina's dream sequence in the boiler room. The lamb. The score to this flick has to be one my favorites for sure. The main theme and all the other tracks worked perfectly. Tina's second dream sequence with Freddy in the alley way...gotta be my favorite bit in the movie. Tons of action, definitely would've been a great movie to see in theaters back in the day. Great cast, especially Nancy (Heather Langenkamp). Also gotta love the old game for Nintendo NES, haha!
12. Nosferatu the Vampyre
Just discovered this flick last year, and it quickly became one of my favorites. This flick is all about the atmosphere. The desolate European scenery. The dark, hypnotic score. Love the slow pacing to it. Really enjoyed the angle on the vampire. All his dialogue. This flick is like none other on my list. Very unique. Highly recommended.
11. Friday the 13th Part 4: The Final Chapter
What would a top horror list be without a Friday the 13th flick?
I love parts 2, 3 & 4. Hard for me to really choose a favorite, but If I had to it would be this one. It's the darkest, meanest and most atmospheric of the 3. The kills are overly gruesome and cruel. The make up FX by Tom Savini are some of his best. Truly disgusting, lol. Good, believable cast. Props to Crispin Glover for being a maniac. Jason runs after his victims.....even grunts and groans, lol. Also probably my favorite score from the series. Definitely a flick to enjoy with a case of beer, some pizza and maybe a couple spliffs hahaha.
10. Night of the Living Dead (1990)
This was another childhood favorite of mine. Always loved that soundtrack haha. Really liked the concept of the original, trapped in a farmhouse out in the middle of nowhere...the zombies shambling around outside, slowly making their way up to the house. This one just did more for me than the 1968 original. The cast was great. Tony Todd is the man. Tom Towles was a dick, lol. Good pacing, make up fx, everything. Scores are always really important to me and I felt this was another flick where the score really complimented the movie. Highly recommended.
Yet another childhood favorite. This flick has everything. Love the soundtrack and the lighting. The cast is awesome. The make up FX from Tom Savini are some of my favorite. Directed by George Romero. "The Crate" is my favorite story. Got Andrienne Barbeau and Tom Atkins in there (both from The Fog). Leslie Nielsen as a deranged mad man. Stephen King stars in his own story. This flick is just classic, must watch horror material.
8. Halloween 2
Love this movie. More "slasher-esque" than the original. Lots of cruel, brutal death scenes. More kooky dialogue from Loomis. Love how it picks up literally seconds after where the first one ends. Loved the empty hospital setting, with Myers just creeping around. Really liked the cast. The end chase scene is the best...when Loomis and Myers finally meet again and go toe to toe. The score was awesome, lots of new bits and pieces...very dark and eerie. The Mr. Sandman track was a really nice touch at the very end. Another good flick to enjoy a nice case of brews with.
7. The Evil Dead
Low budget gore and cheese at it's finest. It's hard not to love this flick. This is definitely one you crack tall cans to. The concept is cool. A lot of people argue over which is better...this one, or the more deranged sequel. I'd have to pick this one. Definitely a unique flick and fun to watch.
Aaaahhhhhhhhh!!!! This flick is crazy. Quickly became one of my favorites after I saw it for the first time a couple years ago. It's like a documentary style, character study of real life serial killer, Ed Gein. Love how they shot the intro to this...with the narrative introduction. The shots of the farmhouse, with that creepy organ music. Love this flick yo. Seriously. Roberts Blossom (the guy who plays Gein) was totally perfect for the role. This guy managed to be creepier than Joe Spinell in Maniac, hahaha. We basically follow him around and watch him spiral down into depravity. Great pacing. Perfectly creepy score. Some of Tom Savini's first work, all the make up FX are totally real looking and gross. One of my favorites man, highly highly recommended.
5. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2
Another childhood favorite of mine. This flick is just wild, from start to finish. Has such an awesome cast. Awesome pacing. More crazy make up FX from Tom Savini. It's dark humored, action packed and totally original. Quite a unique flick, wish there were more like it. Always really enjoyable to watch. Love that opening theme. Dennis Hopper as the deranged cowboy out for vengeance with the dual chainsaws hahaha. This flick a gem. Highly recommended.
This one is an absolute classic. What can I say about this flick that hasn't already been said a thousand times. The cold, ominous score. Jamie Lee Curtis, Donald Pleasence. The simple, yet chilling concept of an escaped mental patient creeping around in a mask on Halloween night. This flick has so many memorable moments. Basically every scene with Dr. Loomis (Pleasence). Any scene with the killer lurking around in the background. But most of all the chase scene at the end. The closet scene. This movie birthed one of the creepiest and most iconic horror movie killers of all time. I have my own gripes with this flick, but the positives heavily outweigh the negatives. I remember as a little kid this one scared the shit out of me. I used to cover my ears lol!!! I was probably like 6 years old or something tho. hahah. Classic material right here.
3. Black Christmas
I love Halloween, but this flick is far more creepier. I have a feeling this flick inspired Halloween as it came out 4 years prior. I saw this one a long time ago, and it had been years until I finally revisited it. I watched it late at night with the volume cranked in the pitch black. This movie is fuckin' CREEPY yo. Seriously!! I couldn't take my eyes off the screen. This one was just so well done. The pacing, the characters, everything. Halloween had the iconic and memorable score....and dialogue....but this flick scores massive points on atmosphere and tension. It's more realistic. And that scene at the very end.....aw maaan....sends chills up my spine just thinking about it!!! lol!!! This flick is a gem. A classic. Highly highly recommended.
2. Dawn of the Dead
This was my favorite movie for the longest time. I love this movie. Everything about it. The characters, the whole concept, the pacing, the zombies, the mall, and THAT SOUNDTRACK!!! Serious, this flick doesn't go 10 minutes without some zombies gettin' their asses kicked. This is THE best zombie movie there is. There's so much action. So many memorable sequences. I think this would of been the funnest movie to see in theaters back in the 70s man...for real. I watched this behind the scenes documentary on Dawn and really discovered how genius George Romero is with editing and everything. Again...more top notch work from the master of gore Tom Savini. The soundtrack is so wild and original.....really pushed this flick to the next level and made it what it is. Can't get enough of this movie...comes with my highest recommendation.
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1. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
This is my favorite horror movie of all time. The atmosphere in those first 3 minutes is so gruesome and deranged. Followed by the intro credits with the completely bizarre visuals and music. Sets the tone perfectly for the rest of the film. The cast is perfect. The hitch hiker. That guy is so fuckin weird and creepy. This flick was just shot beautifully. All the intense zoom ins. The music. I remember watching this as a little kid. I had to keep turning the movie off every few minutes because I was just terrified hahaha. Especially once they got to the families house. Leatherface running after that girl, grabbing her and dragging her into that room and slamming that metal door closed was probably the most terrifying thing I had ever seen as a child. This flick gets massive points for realism and atmosphere. It just gets weirder and weirder. The dinner table scene near the end is just crazy. Love the ending of this movie too. It's just non stop from start to finish. This flick right here is the ultimate gem of low budget horror.
And there you have it folks. My top 20 horror picks!