Top 20 Horror Essential must haves.

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  1. maybrick

    maybrick Well-Known Member

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    These are the formative films in your creation as a horror junkie. No matter how often they get re-released, you MUST have (or are at least severely tempted) to have them in the best edition possible.

    Mine are (in stream of consciousness order):

    1) Phantasm
    2) The Fog
    3) Halloween
    4) Halloween III: Season of the Witch
    5) The Howling
    6) An American Werewolf in London
    7) Creepshow
    8) The Beast Within
    9) Horror Express
    10) Time Walker
    11) Salem's Lot
    12) The Boogens
    13) Creature From The Black Lagoon
    14) Shock Waves
    15) The Children
    16) Frightmare
    17) The Incredible Melting Man
    18) The Monster Club
    19) Friday the 13th Part 3 in 3D
    20) The Shining

    Actually that's it. I think at that point I'm basically padding out the list. As you can see I'm a big Carpenter fan. He takes up a full quarter of the list. :)

    I'll leave two slots open just in case somebody else mentions a film that's name escape me at the moment.
     
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  2. Mikey Horror

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    Great thread. Haven't made a top 20 list in awhile. The order sometimes changes around, but Halloween is always on top for me.

    1. Halloween (1978)
    2. Dawn of the Dead (1978)
    3. The Thing (1982)
    4. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)
    5. The Evil Dead (1981)
    6. Friday the 13th Part II (1981)
    7. The Town that Dreaded Sundown (1977)
    8. Creepshow (1982)
    9. Dead Alive (1992)
    10. From Dusk till Dawn (1996)
    11. Intruder (1989)
    12. Jaws (1975)
    13. Return of the Living Dead (1985)
    14. Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984)
    15. Sleepaway Camp (1983)
    16. Frankenstein (1931)
    17. Zombie (1979)
    18. Pieces (1982)
    19. Psycho (1960)
    20. Black Christmas (1974)
     
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  3. Undeadcow

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    In no particular order:

    Rosemary's Baby
    The Blair Witch Project
    Carnival of Souls
    Creature From the Black Lagoon
    Dawn of the Dead (1978)
    Dead Alive
    Re-Animator
    Phantasm
    Psycho
    In a Glass Cage
    Hellraiser
    Suspiria
    The Beyond
    Nightmare on Elm Street
    Event Horizon
    Evil Dead 2
    Alien
    Return of the Living Dead
    The Fly II
    Lord of Illusions

    @Maybrick - Good call with The Beast Within; that one almost made my list. The upcoming blu-ray will be mind numbing.
     
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  4. Mutilated Prey

    Mutilated Prey Soul Stealer

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    In no particular order...

    1) The Burning
    2) My Bloody Valentine
    3) Halloween
    4) Texas Chainsaw Massacre
    5) Friday the 13th
    6) Friday the 13th Part 2
    7) Friday the 13th Part 4
    8) Silent Night, Deadly Night
    9) The Prowler
    10) Pieces
    11) The Beyond
    12) Humongous
    13) The Prey
    14) The Mutilator
    15) Blair Witch Project
    16) The Town that Dreaded Sundown
    17) Black Christmas
    18) Zombie
    19) Sleepaway Camp
    20) The Evil Dead
     
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    1. The Thing (1982)
    2. Suspiria
    3. Dawn of the Dead (1978)
    4. Re-animator
    5. Evil Dead II
    6. Alien
    7. Return of the Living Dead
    8. Texas Chainsaw Massacre
    9. An American Werewolf in London
    10. Ringu
    11. King Kong (1933)
    12. Psycho (1960)
    13. From Beyond
    14. Frailty
    15. Let the Right One In
    16. Dead Alive
    17. Cannibal Holocaust
    18. The Descent
    19. The Mist
    20. Martyrs


    Not in any particular order, though the first ten are probably better than the second 10. Some chosen because they're fun to watch, some chosen because they hit me like a sledgehammer every time I watch them.
     
  6. chrismac87

    chrismac87 Zombie Eater

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    What's depressing as hell is that these lists are compiled of "essentials", yet the original NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD has yet to make anyone's list. Given that that film singlehandedly created the modern zombie - it's kind of hard to look at any of these lists without some objection.

    Just my two cents since most of you have included the sequel which wouldn't have been made had it not been for the original, influential film, not to mention the other zombie films that y'all are listing.

    If you're talking about essentials, or must haves, that one should be on everyone's list - not even at the top, but for crying out loud, somewhere.

    Personal favorites, well, that's a whole other story now idn't it?
     
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    Nobody put The Shining on a top 20 list of horror flicks?

    The top five on any list has to be

    TCM
    Carrie
    The Exorcist
    The Shining
    The Evil Dead

    in some order. If none of those arent in your top twenty youre wrong. ;)
     
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    Great point. Youre 100% right.
     
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    1. Night of the Living Dead (1968)
    2. Dawn of the Dead (1978)
    3. Frankenstein (1931)
    4. Halloween (1978)
    5. The Shining
    6. The Evil Dead (1981)
    7. The Thing (1982)
    8. Alien
    9. Phantasm
    10. Re-Animator
    11. The Return of the Living Dead
    12. The Phantom of the Opera (1925/1929)
    13. The Body Snatcher (1941)
    14. The Abominable Dr. Phibes
    15. Theatre of Blood
    16. Psycho (1960)
    17. Suspiria
    18. The Black Cat (1934)
    19. The Invisible Man (1933)
    20. Black Christmas (1974)
     
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    Off the top of my head they are

    01-The Shining
    02-Suspiria
    03-Videodrome
    04-My Bloody Valentine (1981)
    05-The Fog (1980)
    06-Student Bodies
    07-The Thing (1982)
    08-Bride of Frankenstein
    09-Psycho (1960)
    10-The Car
    11-The Beast Within
    12-Hellraiser
    13-Night of the Living Dead (1968)
    14-The Dark
    15-Don't Go in the House
    16-The Exorcist
    17-Friday the 13th (1980)
    18-Frightmare (1974)
    19-Halloween 2 (1981)
    20-The Howling
     
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    There are easily more than 20 horror movies that should be considered essential, so at some point the list has to give in to personal preference, or we could all just sit here and type in the same 20 movies that are popularly considered the 20 most influential/essential or whatever. But what's the point of that?
     
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    This is a tough one here, but what the hell. In no particular order

    TCM
    Halloween
    The Exorcist
    Dawn Of The Dead
    Psycho
    Blair Witch Project
    An American Werewolf In London
    Return Of The Living Dead
    The Thing
    Hellraiser
    Black Christmas
    Dead Alive
    Carrie
    Jaws
    Evil Dead
    Jacob's Ladder
    Night Of The Living Dead
    Phantasm
    The Shining
    Rosemary's Baby
     
  13. chrismac87

    chrismac87 Zombie Eater

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    While part of your statement is indeed true, there could be far more films that are considered essential, but since the limit is 20 - it should at the very least include the most influential zombie film of all time. Without the original NIGHT, zombies wouldn't exist as we know them today - period.

    If it's more of an opinion than say actual essential horror viewing - then call it something else, like "My top 20 Essential Horror Films" - not state it as the or the ultimate, that kind of deal. Just my two cents on the matter.
     
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    That's exactly how I interpreted it. I suppose I could try to make an essential list that's intended to be a list of movies that I think everybody thinks is essential (or that is 'objectively' essential, if that's possible), but I'm not sure I'd get it right.

    And while I of course agree that Night originated the genre, I could argue that Dawn did more to popularize the genre. Or I could just argue that I enjoyed it more today. Tomorrow I might pick Night, or even Day. Anyone who hasn't seen all three has been deprived of good entertainment.
     
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    Good call, part of me wants to amend ky list to include King Kong. As a kid I remeber being blown away seeing King Kong on TV, that might be one of the more accessible "horror" flicks that influenced my appreciation of movies at a younger age.
    I agree, I almost included the original Night of the Living Dead in my list. However, for me Dawn of the Dead was a lot more influential with social commentary that I feel relates more to my generation. NOLD is historically important and a great film with timeless satire about media and race relations but DOTD might be sharper and more relevent to the class conflict focus of my generation, in my opinion. At least for the purpose of this list when I was a bitter teenager DOTD really struck a cord with me as being entertaining, witty, and socially conscious more so than NOLD and in many ways is a more ambitious, although not necessarily better, film. Msw7 makes a good point about Dawn making zombies more "mainstream."
     
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    Excuse me, but most of you are missing the point and really not reading what I had posted. I'm sorry but I thought that I was being clear. I said formative. That means films that you saw at a young age that are still important to you as must haves. This has absolutely NOTHING to do with historical relevance. Night of the Living Dead is a great, important film, no doubt about it. But ultimately I only need one copy in my collection and my original Elite DVD is good enough for me because I simply do not revisit it often enough for it to justify a place in my personal top 20. But most importantly in relation to this list I also didn't see it until a bit later in life when I was ALREADY a confirmed horror fan. But Creepshow, man... I saw that at the right place and right time in life at 8 years old and it has stuck with me to this day. It's like the difference between the President of the US being a historical figure but your dad being just a bit more important. Can you dig it?

    And with that, I'm going to replace Prince of Darkness (much as I love it, it doesn't fit with the list) with Time Walker.

    As far as objecting peoples lists goes, you CAN'T do that because you are not in a position to judge. This isn't supposed to have historical relevance. Although I personally have a hard time believing that Fulci Zombie films are among some of the first horror movies you've ever viewed. Unless you're a late bloomer that is.
     
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  17. Mikey Horror

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    Guys, it's a list of YOUR greatest horror films, not THE greatest horror films. You can't get offended if your personal favorites aren't on someone else's list. Have fun with it. It's all just personal opinion.
     
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    Good call on The Shining. Just added (also replaced Motel Hell with Shock Waves). The Shining used to be on The Movie Channel and Channel 56 out of Boston all of the time back in the 80s (as were most of these films on my list). That movie freaked me out.

    As an addendum to the list, I'd like to give a shout out to Channel 56's "Creature Double Feature" which introduced me to Universal Classics, 50's sci-fi, Hammer Horror, and Godzilla movies. That show, more than any one movie, made me the fan that I am today. None of those films made my list, but they were primordial in my consciousness playing every Saturday earlier in my life than I can even remember. I love ALL of those films, but I don't revisit as I do with Phantasm. Phantasm is like comfort food.
     
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    Exactly. Well not "exactly". As I've said, Prince of Darkness would definitely make my personal "greatest" horror film list, however it doesn't qualify for this one because it didn't help cement my love of the genre. Likewise, another film that did help cement my love of the genre was Watcher in the Woods, but it doesn't make the list on account that the lead actress is too irritating to suffer through now that I'm an adult.

    These are supposed to be films that may or may not be good in the classical sense, but more important than anything nostalgia overrides all other criteria.
     
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    My list:

    An American Werewolf In London
    The Thing
    Evil Dead
    Exorcist
    Halloween
    The Burning
    Friday The 13th
    Video Drome
    The Fly
    Fright Night
    Hatchet
    Texas Chainsaw Massacre
    Inside
    Bad Taste
    Brain Dead
    Dawn of the Dead
    Zombie Flesh Eaters
    Re-Animator
    From Beyond
    Day of the Dead

    apart from american werewolf being my definate number 1, the rest are in no particular order.
     
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