10:The Texas Chainsaw Massacre(1974): This film was what changed my idea of what a horror film is/can be. This would be more in line as a terror film. Terror films push the limits, and that is what art is about to me.
9:Friday The 13Th Pt. II:This was one of three first loves of the masked serial killer. The 80’s brought many great slasher films, and this one hits pretty far up on the list.
8:Evil Dead II: Great film that combines humor, gore, and fun story. Not to mention the film that showed Bruce Campbell was force to recon with in B-movie cinema. “I’ll Swallow Your Soul!”, Greatness I tell you!
7:Frankenstein (1936): This was a significant film for me. Frankenstein helped me understand that it was ok to be different than everyone else. As you can see, it struck a personal note with me. Boris Karloff is one of my heroes because of this movie. Thank you so much Boris!
6:John Carpenter’s Halloween: Some will give me guff for this being even this low on my list, but it is what it is. I love this film. Huge fan of Carpenter’s, even my third favorite director of all time. Michael Myers/The Shape is arguably one of the most iconic figures in slasher history second to Freddy in my opinion. Though I would place my bets on Jason, This movie beats Jason’s best screenplay any day!
5:The Exorcist: The Exorcist had some long lasting effects on me, probably more do to a scare or more from a family member than the film itself. Either way, The Exorcist still stands up for me after all these years. Side note: I still can’t watch vomit scenes very well!
4:A Nightmare On Elm Street (1984): Wes Craven and Robert Englund are genius together. The most iconic slasher of all time! When a character can infiltrate your dreams, you’ve just made it personal. That’s what makes him larger than life to me. Any can, and more than likely will, if Freddy has anything to do about it. Side Note: I would have rather had another Englund film that the remake sub par lack luster travesty of a film that came out not long ago!
3:The Haunting (1963): This creepy tale was an awesome ride in horror history. The scares seemed real to an extent. The shadows were spooky, but your mind made it spookier. It made you believe things were there that weren’t and that’s what makes this film so great. A must see for anyone that has not!
2:The Beyond: Also known as Seven Doors of Death in the horrible American cut. Lucio Fulci had it so right with this masterpiece! Supernatural accidents and death when the seven door of hell are opened. The Beyond moves at a different pace that American cinema, but I think that’s what I love about it, and in particular this film. The build helps make the creepiness become even creepier. I just wish his other films could have met the same quality as this one. I’d also love to see what he could have done in the Masters of Horror series if he hadn’t passed away in 1996. R.I.P. Lucio Fulci!
I’m going to save the suspense for my next article. My number 1 favorite horror film of all time is?
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