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Must-See Horror Movies - Our Opinions

Completely biased lists by the Friends of Spookyland. If top-ten lists and pointless opinions make you happy, then you have come to the right place.




The Broomax List

The Thing (198x) The rat won't tell my why this movie is important. Something about snow.
Sean of the Dead? Little need to explain why this movie should be seen...
Fatty Drives the Bus Long explanation about why this movie should be seen...



Mister Spooky's Favorites

Susperia (19xx) The last major Technicolor film rolls Argento's Italian aesthetics into an immersion into the feeling of a nightmare. Sure, it's a litte dated, but the visual immersion and ever-present Goblin soundtrack create a singular experience. If you only make one journey into high-end Italian horror, this should be it.
Nosferatu (1922) Before Bela turned vampires into suave aristocrats, German expressionism, folklore and shadows converged on the best vampire movie of all time. Sure, the plot elements run a bit thin, but Max Schreck absolutely sells the diseased malice that one should expect from an old world vampire. The grainy, high contrast silent print enhances the shadows. I can only imagine what audiences experienced upon viewing this film in 1922. Bram Stoker's widow tried to get all the copies destroyed in a copyright infringement suit, and I am glad she failed.
Necromantic (19xx) Perhaps more of an art-house exploitation film, and perhaps not for everyone, the rich visual experience of this film can overwhelm. Adding the aggressive techno soundtrack and you get a German classic. By the end of the film, you will actually care enough about the characters to be moved by the film's memorable climax. Did I mention the climax? Good. I'll mention it again. This film must be seen to be believed.
The Shining (198x) Some folks don't care for this film, but in my view it represents an intersection between the very best of Stephen King and the very best of Stanley Kubric. No, it does not follow the novel exactly, but Kubric has an innate sense of knowing what needs to be changed to work in a film. His rich visual vocabulary is still drawing comment on behalf of native Americans, and the top-shelf cast bring performances that become more and more attenuated as the film progresses. Kubric reportedly tortured Shelly Duvall to evoke the stress levels he needed to sell. This was Stephen King before he had mined all his nightmares, before he began sidestepping into formulas.
Night of the Hunter (19xx) This isn't a horror film so much as a real movie, but it creates such an archetypal villain in Robert Michum that later antagonists are still mining his menace. Great performances (including the last by silent star Lillian Gish), beautiful film noir styling, and the singularity of being the only film ever directed by actor Charles Laughton make this worth watching.
Tombs of the Blind Dead(19xx) Often lost in the shuffle, these films have a great sense of style. Charred, blinded, zombie Templar Knights are pissed off at the local villagers. Sometimes they have zombie horses. Or zombie ships. This series went all over and beat the idea to death. But they are always cool, slow, dusty and easy to avoid (if the dust doesn't make you sneeze).



The Zetta Opinion

Halloween (1978) Donald Pleasance gazes down at me in all his oily, slow-motion splendor... wowrf!
Se7en (20xx) "Mister Freeman - prepare to be oiled up!"
The Exorcist (1973) Nothing as hot as vomiting on a priest! Wowrf!
Night of the Living Dead (196x) Bring on the barbequeue!
Stop or My Mom Will Shoot Spooky, but not enough slow-motion Stallone in this movie. (Um, somebody isn't taking this list too seriously....)
Mr. Nanny (1993) Great movie, but not enough slow-motion, oiled-down Hulk Hogan in this movie.(Dude, enough with the oil....)
Double Trouble (1992) Not really a horror movie, but it has just enough slow-motion, oiled-down scenes of Peter and David Paul. Wowrf. (All right, you blew it. This list is finished. Happy now?)