A little Halloween fun with this post. A list of my ten favorite horror films plus a dozen more. As a kid, the one film that scared the hell out of me was Robert Wise’s, The Haunting, based on Shirley Jackson’s novel, The Haunting of Hill House. I was a young teen, home alone on a Saturday night. On TV was this ghostly classic. It wasn’t what you saw that was scary, it was what you didn’t see. The unknown and the unseen are definitely more frightening. I was never so happy to have my parents finally come home!
I always found horror films that take place in normal or everyday situations, meaning without monsters or blobs, much scarier than the ones with three headed creatures or aliens. Rosemary’s Baby takes place in New York City. A typical couple who live in an apartment building with neighbors all around. Who doesn’t have neighbors, right? We can all relate. Rosemary’s only problem is her nice friendly neighbors are devil worshippers and her loving, but hungry for success, out of work husband/actor made a hellish deal. The same with Invasion of the Body Snatchers, except we are now in small town America. Can your neighbor be a pod? Will you be next?
Well, here we go. My ten favorite horror films plus a dozen other goodies. They are in alphabetically order. Will be glad to hear what your favorites are.
BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN (1931) James Whale
INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS (1956) Don Seigel
KING KONG (1933)
PSYCHO (1960) Alfred Hitchcock
REPULSION (1965) Roman Polanski
ROSEMARY’S BABY (1968) Roman Polanski
THE EXORCIST (1973) William Friedkin
THE SHINING (1980) Stanley Kubrick
THE UNINVITED (1944) Lewis Allenkkk
One Dozen More!
Carrie (Brian DePalma)
Creature From the Black Lagoon (Jack Arnold)
Eyes Without a Face (Georges Franju)
Frankenstein (James Whale)
Halloween (John Capenter)
Island of Lost Souls (Eric C. Kenton)
Poltergeist (Tobe Hooper)
Salem’s Lot (Tobe Hooper)
The Innocents (Jack Clayton)
The Old Dark House (James Whale)
The Omen (Richard Donner)