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I've done a few of these top 5 favorite diaries in various categories; your top 5 black and white television shows was the last one. But I thought I'd turn the direction a bit to something more spooky.

Nothing hits the spot sometimes like a good horror movie. There have been many classics over the years, with a focus on zombies, killers, vampires and the like.

Nothing beats a good zombie flick in my eyes, so they dominate my top 5 favorite horror movies, but what about you?

What are your top five favorite horror movies? Mine are listed below in no particular order.

Return of the Living Dead
Dawn of the Dead
Attack of the Killer Tomatoes
Night of the Living Dead


Return of the Living Dead

Dawn of the Dead

Attack of the Killer Tomatoes

Night of the Living Dead

Originally posted to Thats Entertainment on Fri Jun 22, 2012 at 08:59 PM PDT.

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  •  Tip Jar (35+ / 0-)

    I'll tell you what justice is. Justice is a knee in the gut from the floor on the chin at night sneaky with a knife brought up down on the magazine of a battleship sandbagged underhanded in the dark without a word of warning.

    by BFSkinner on Fri Jun 22, 2012 at 08:59:42 PM PDT

  •  With all respect to the "horror" genre (10+ / 0-)

    Nothing ever scared the shit out of me like "Aliens."

    •  Alien nt (1+ / 0-)
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      You can't have freedom of religion without freedom from religion.

      by zerone on Fri Jun 22, 2012 at 09:33:58 PM PDT

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    •  Yep. I was just about to post the same thing. (4+ / 0-)

      But not for the sequel, for the original.

      •  The original was scary, no doubt (3+ / 0-)
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        BFSkinner, Timaeus, madmsf

        But in terms of sheer sustained terror, I think the sequel was scarier.

        •  Alien vs. Aliens (1+ / 0-)
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          I liked Aliens a lot more than Alien, but I think the latter was scrarier.  Alien has been likened to a haunted house movie:  People trapped (on a spaceship in this case) and being pursued by a killer monster, and not knowing where or when it is going to strike.  

          Aliens, on the other hand, is really a war movie, and more action/adventure than horror.  In one of the reviews that came out at the time it was released, one critic compared it to three movies:  The first part, which showed the Marines getting ready, then landing on the planet, and finally getting hammered in the first battle with the aliens, was like the John Wayne movie The Sands of Iwo Jima (1949). The second part of the movie, in which the surviving members were preparing for the attack of the aliens and then being attacked, was similar to the 1964 film Zulu, which chronicled the the battle of Rorke's Drift, where British colonial soldiers were besieged by the Zulus.  Finally, the last part of the movie, when Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) went back alone to rescue Newt and battle with all the aliens, including the alien mother, was like Rambo.

          Yes, I am an Aliens nut.  My daughter's middle name is Ellen, which was Ripley's first name (revealed in the director's cut of the movie).  But Alien was scarier.

          The British sent their criminals to Australia and their religious nuts to America. The Australians got the better of that deal.

          by EWembley on Sat Jun 23, 2012 at 10:22:55 AM PDT

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  •  Hmmm, not much of a horror fan. I still (5+ / 0-)

    prefer the classics, though.

    Halloween, The Omen, Legosi's Dracula, Chaney's Phantom of the Opera, and since it was actually planned to be a trilogy from the beginning, I'm gonna put the first three Screams together as one film.

    We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.

    by owilde69 on Fri Jun 22, 2012 at 09:11:17 PM PDT

  •  Only five? (4+ / 0-)

    (subject to change without notice)

    The Frighteners
    Deep Blue Sea
    The Shining

  •  Mostly classics for me. (10+ / 0-)

    "Ridicule is the only weapon which can be used against unintelligible propositions." - Thomas Jefferson

    by rfall on Fri Jun 22, 2012 at 09:13:25 PM PDT

  •  My top 5 (3+ / 0-)
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    BFSkinner, grannycarol, qofdisks

    Rose Red
    Nightmare on Elmstreet 3: Dream Warriors
    The Evil Dead (with Bruce Campbell)

    Not sure in the order on those, and Evil Dead is only kinda a horror movie, but...

    "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

    by FloridaSNMOM on Fri Jun 22, 2012 at 09:13:26 PM PDT

  •  How about: (4+ / 0-)

    The Blair Witch Project


  •  Fearless Vampire Killers (3+ / 0-)
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    BFSkinner, grannycarol, nellgwen

    Very under-rated methinks.  Polanski, with Sharon Tate.  A unique blend of horror and humor.

  •  The monkeys in the Wizard of Oz (15+ / 0-)

    send me into a closet.

    The sun's not yellow, it's chicken. B. Dylan

    by bgblcklab1 on Fri Jun 22, 2012 at 09:14:44 PM PDT

  •  Reality / Horror mix (2+ / 0-)
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    BFSkinner, grannycarol

    Inconvenient Truth by Al Gore. The neat/scary part is it is like Rocky Horror Picture Show-- audience participation is mandatory.

    The real reason repugs are against stem cell research : Someone may grow a spine for dems in the future

    by 207wickedgood on Fri Jun 22, 2012 at 09:15:02 PM PDT

  •  I'd like to say, the four conservative Justices+1, (9+ / 0-)

    being horrors in itself, but I'll go with these five.

    1. Phantasm...1979
    2. The House on the left...1972
    3. Creep Show
    4. Wrong Turn
    5. The Grudge

    "May today be as great as yesterday, and tomorrow be greater than both!" Author, Sharon B.

    by secret38b on Fri Jun 22, 2012 at 09:15:05 PM PDT

  •  An oldie (7+ / 0-)

    but a goodie...

    For a canned 40s movie this one had some genuinely creepy moments.

  •  Although Not a Movie, This Episode Of (12+ / 0-)

    the Alfred Hitchcock Hour was very scary to me as a kid and when I saw it again recently it was just as scary.

    I love how the plot, dialogue, characters, great acting, the music, and the filming makes it scary without overt blood and gore.

    I was surprised to find the entire episode on Youtube:

    An Unlocked Window

    The Republican Party is Simply a Coalition of Greed and Hate

    by kerplunk on Fri Jun 22, 2012 at 09:22:18 PM PDT

  •  I love any movie that has little girls (8+ / 0-)

    singing "Ring around the rosies," in spooky voices.  Or even just "la la lala la..." to the melody.  Creepiest fucking song in the whole world, when it's sung by little girls.  Even creepier: two little blonde twin girls singing the song, while holding raggedy andy dolls.  It has to be blonde.  Brunette little girls singing it is still scary but just isn't quite as scary.  I'm sure you'll agree if you think about it.

  •  My top 5: (4+ / 0-)

    1. The Blair Witch Project
    2. The Strangers
    3. High Tension
    4. All of the Paranormal Activity movies
    5. Insidious

    Scene from Insidious:

    Homosexuality is found in over 450 species. Homophobia is found in only one. Which one seems unnatural now?

    by Chrislove on Fri Jun 22, 2012 at 09:23:43 PM PDT

  •  My favorite is "Pan's Labyrinth" (10+ / 0-)

    For sheer creepiness  that is the one that set's the bar.

    Steven King was seated next to the director for Labyrinth at the premier. When the Pale Man started chasing the young girl King squirmed in his seat. That's when the director said he knew he had a hit.

    "No man's life, liberty, or property are safe while the legislature is in session." Mark Twain

    by Gordon20024 on Fri Jun 22, 2012 at 09:24:40 PM PDT

  •  Ooohh let's see.... (9+ / 0-)

    Possibly in order -

    The Exorcist
    The Shining

    I'm sure there are others....

  •  "They're Here" (9+ / 0-)

    1. 'Poltergeist'

    'Poltergeist' is the movie that scared the shit out of me as a small kid. If your house is attempting to eat your children, get the hell out. Don't wait for the movers to get the rest of your stuff, just leave. The thing that made this movie work so well and be so scary, is that it's set in a "normal" house, and normal neighborhood, instead of the spooky haunted mansion/castle that had been the standard in most horror movies. So, if this "normal" house could be haunted with trees that want to eat little boys, killer toy clowns, and skeletons in the pool, anyone's house could potentially suck them into a closet.

    One interesting thing about this movie is that it's rated PG, and there are NO DEATHS in the film, and yet it's usually rated as one of the best horror films.

    2. The 'Living Dead' Films

    What I've always loved about Romero's 'Living Dead' movies is that if you step back and look at them again, the zombies aren't really the villains, or technically even evil. Sure they eat people, but they're no different than a force of nature like a hurricane or earthquake.

    The true villain in the films is Humanity.

    With the world crumbling around them, the human characters still can't put behind their differences (whether race, class, or ego) to help each other survive. For the most part in all 3 movies, the human characters are ultimately put in danger or killed because of the actions of other humans, not zombies.

    • The posse that shoots Ben in 'Night.'
    • The biker gang that forces its way into the mall in 'Dawn.'
    • The actions of the military in 'Day.'
    "This isn't the Republicans versus the Democrats, where we're in a hole economically or... or we're in another war. This is more crucial than that. This is down to the line, folks, this is down to the line. There can be no more divisions among the living!"

    3. 'The Thing' (1982)

    Who can you trust?

    4. Se7en

    Long is the way, and hard, that out of hell leads up to light. The ending, with the revelation of John Doe's ultimate plan & how he would achieve it, is really startling & one of my favorite endings to any movie.

    William Somerset: I just don't think I can continue to live in a place that embraces and nurtures apathy as if it was virtue.

    David Mills: You're no different. You're no better.

    William Somerset: I didn't say I was different or better. I'm not. Hell, I sympathize; I sympathize completely. Apathy is the solution. I mean, it's easier to lose yourself in drugs than it is to cope with life. It's easier to steal what you want than it is to earn it. It's easier to beat a child than it is to raise it. Hell, love costs: it takes effort and work.

    David Mills: I don't think you're quitting because you believe these things you say. I don't. I think you want to believe them, because you're quitting. And you want me to agree with you, and you want me to say, "Yeah, yeah, yeah. You're right. It's all fucked up. It's a fucking mess. We should all go live in a fucking log cabin." But I won't. I don't agree with you. I do not. I can't.

    5. 'A Nightmare On Elm Street'

    While the series itself eventually degenerated into camp, the original film is quite unnerving & Freddy Kreuger is at his scariest. Wes Craven has stated that the movie was inspired by several newspaper articles printed in the LA Times about a group of refugees, who, after fleeing to America from the Khmer Rouge Genocide in Cambodia, were suffering disturbing nightmares, after which they refused to sleep. Some of the men died in their sleep soon after.

    •  Poltergeist (5+ / 0-)

      is up there on my list as well, but it's not the "They're here" line, it's the clown doll! I hate clown dolls, they always terrify me.

      "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

      by FloridaSNMOM on Fri Jun 22, 2012 at 10:18:17 PM PDT

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      •  "Coulrophobia" (1+ / 0-)
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        I've never gotten the "fear of clowns," but I knew an adult woman who was deathly afraid of clowns, and would get the shakes if one was around.

        I've always wondered if John Wayne Gacy, the doll from 'Poltergeist,' and Stephen King with "IT" are responsible for the modern fear of clowns?

        Beyond that, I have to wonder what parent in their right mind would buy a doll like the one in 'Poltergeist' for their kids? Even before it gets possessed by ghosts, the damn thing was creepy looking.

        •  Clowns (1+ / 0-)
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          have always made me nervous. Poltergeist just cinched it. Someone gave me a clown doll for my son while I was pregnant and I shut it into the closet, blocking it in with things until I could burn it. I have a serious clown phobia. Now people dressed as clowns don't bother me. It's just the dolls and ceramics. I've also had a clown doll that supposedly "giggled and vibrated" (read laugh maniacally cause that wasn't a giggle) turn itself on as I walked by the shelf in the store and fall on me, so obviously, they don't like me much either.

          "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

          by FloridaSNMOM on Sat Jun 23, 2012 at 05:07:11 AM PDT

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      •  Same for me. (1+ / 0-)
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        Poltergeist used to scare me when I was younger. I don't really know what it was exactly. It might well have been the fact that is was set in an ordinary house. Now, it's one of the favorites. The line in the trailer was really great too: "it knows what scares you".

        Overall, I don't like many horror movies, since too many (especially now) go for gore and shock value over suspense and a good plot. However, I do enjoy some of the more modern classics, like Halloween. I also think one of the most important aspects of a good horror movie is great music, where Halloween might very well be the gold standard. It also seems like horror movie sequels are almost invariably bad.

        In order (with #1 and #2 very close):

        The Shining
        Night of the Living Dead
        Friday the 13th

        I know some will protest my fifth on this list, but I thought the first/original was quite good. It had great suspense, good music, and a fairly surprising villain. It may also be that I really haven't seen all too many horror movies that I like. A couple movies I haven't seen that I'd like to are A Nightmare on Elm Street and The Exorcist.

        For all those whose cares have been our concern, the work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives and the dream shall never die. - Sen. Ted Kennedy

        by Dem 724 on Fri Jun 22, 2012 at 10:59:20 PM PDT

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  •  Mine, in no particular order: (11+ / 0-)

    Bela Lugosi's Dracula
    Invasion of the Body Snatchers (Kevin McCarthy)
    The Day After (1983 TV Movie about the aftermath of a nuclear war.  The scene of mushroom clouds blossoming across the horizon gave me nightmares for years.)

  •  I'm going to nominate this flick... (10+ / 0-)

    Which I've thought seriously, before, about writing a film diary about.  Mad Love, starring Peter Lorre.  Here's the film trailer.  One of the best expressionist horror films of the thirties.

    "I have conquered science!  Why can't I conquer love???"

    Peter Lorre -- greatest horror film actor ever.  

  •  Five Million Years To Earth (7+ / 0-)

    Also known as 'Quatermass and The Pit', a fantastic Hammer Horror of the '60s about insectoid Martians from... 5 million years ago! I can't tell you how great this film is, please watch it. Others off the top of my head;

    Island of Lost Souls - the Dr. Moreau story, starring Charles Laughton. This was banned in Britain until the 60s, and helped bring about the Hayes code.

    King Kong vs. Godzilla - ah yes, the cheese is strong in this one.

    The House on Haunted Hill - its VINCENT PRICE, man!

    Aliens, Predator, The Thing, Terminator - these are all tied together because they were so seminal and had such an influence on film in the 80s and beyond.

    Romnoid T-2012 - It can't be bargained with. It can't be reasoned with. It doesn't feel pity, or fear, or remorse. And it absolutely will not stop, ever, until you are deemed corporate property!!

    by Fordmandalay on Fri Jun 22, 2012 at 09:35:32 PM PDT

    •  I agree on Five Million Years to Earth (2+ / 0-)
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      BFSkinner, blueoregon

      The part where the dug-up ship starts glowing is pretty creepy, as is the end scene where the guy guides the crane into the devil-shaped, glowing alien.

    •  King Kong vs. Godzilla (4+ / 0-)

      I wanted to see that SOOOO BADLY when I was about eight years old and it came out.  But I got sick and couldn't go to the theater the week it was out.  

      A friend got to see it, though, and he entertained the hell out of us by acting out the whole film, scene by scene, stomping his feet and beating his chest.  Years later, when I saw the real film, I realized, his pantomime version was much better.  I wish that was on film.

      In the Godzilla genre, I'm rather fond of the one -- I'm not sure of the name -- with Baby Godzilla Junior in it.  Most of it was like a Mutual of Omaha nature film, following the antics of Mama Godzilla following her whiny baby around the island and protecting him from stegosauruses and things like that.

      Was it Island of Godzilla or something like that?

    •  About the same time as 'House on Haunted Hill' (2+ / 0-)
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      Youffraita, BFSkinner

      was "Macabre" which the ads said you needed permission from a doctor to view because the final scenes were soooo scary. The produces even issued a $1,000 life insurance policy from Lloyd's of London in case of death from viewing the ending.

      There was a skeleton on a cable that came out from next to the screen and went over the audience.

      It was about the time the first 3D movies were coming out and was a low budget way of trying to accomplish the same effect.

      For reference the movies was $.25 and candy bars & soda were $.10 each. If you had a dollar you were set for the day!

      "No man's life, liberty, or property are safe while the legislature is in session." Mark Twain

      by Gordon20024 on Fri Jun 22, 2012 at 09:57:01 PM PDT

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      •  William Castle was a master showman (3+ / 0-)
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        Gordon20024, Youffraita, BFSkinner

        He created all these weird low budget horror movies with crazy 'gimmicks', like the flying skeleton. For 'The Tingler', he actually wired some theater seats to give the people sitting in them a small electric shock at certain points of the movie! He would also hire actresses to sit in the crowd as a 'plant', and when a scary moment happened she would jump up, scream, and run out of the theater. He had a thousand tricks like that!

        Romnoid T-2012 - It can't be bargained with. It can't be reasoned with. It doesn't feel pity, or fear, or remorse. And it absolutely will not stop, ever, until you are deemed corporate property!!

        by Fordmandalay on Fri Jun 22, 2012 at 10:05:09 PM PDT

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    •  Yes, 5 Million was a great movie. (1+ / 0-)
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      Obama wants your guns = Romney wants your Medicare Stop choosing your guns over your health You're shooting yourself

      by blueoregon on Sat Jun 23, 2012 at 12:06:29 PM PDT

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  •  Most of mine... (4+ / 0-)

    ...are clustered in the early 60s.

    Carnival of Souls (1962)
    The Innocents (1961)
    The Haunting (1963)
    Night of the Living Dead (1968)

    All black-and-white and all, to my mind, works of art.

    •  Finally! The original "The Haunting" (3+ / 0-)
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      Rolandz, blueoregon, BFSkinner

      To me, that is hands down the scariest film ever.
      The script, the camera work, the actors-perfect.

      It fires up your imagination, making you part of the horror.
      It leaves you with disturbing questions, and a dilemma of wanting to see the actual house, yet terrified to do so.

      The remake, while an interesting story, was all about the special effects.

      Great horror is created in your own mind.
      Watch it on a dark night, with the lights off, and no commercials or pausing the tape/dvd. When it ends, don't run off to do something. Just sit there  alone with your mind.

      I wish HD TVs could do justice to black and white films. "The Haunting" comes out pretty good, but "The Thin Man" suffers horribly.

      RIP Will Beinlich 1993-2011 (Just 1 more game, please....)

      by Sark Svemes on Sat Jun 23, 2012 at 10:00:48 AM PDT

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      •  The quality is in the transfer most of the time (1+ / 0-)
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        Its not so much the fault of the HD showing too much, but what the DVD (or broadcast version) used for the transfer from film. Unfortunately many transfers are made from film versions that are many generations down from an original negative or print.

        Remember, in the old days studios didn't have any idea that films would be viewed for generations, especially their 'B' movies (or further down the alphabet). They were made for that film season alone, and often negatives/prints were destroyed to save space or to recover the silver. Often what you're watching today is the copy of a copy of a copy, etc.

        Romnoid T-2012 - It can't be bargained with. It can't be reasoned with. It doesn't feel pity, or fear, or remorse. And it absolutely will not stop, ever, until you are deemed corporate property!!

        by Fordmandalay on Sat Jun 23, 2012 at 12:07:55 PM PDT

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  •  My 5: (4+ / 0-)
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    BFSkinner, Rimjob, Youffraita, blueoregon

    Dawn of the Dead
    Don't Look Now

    and a rotating 5th slot that is either Invasion of the Body Snatchers, The Blair Witch Project, The Descent, or about a dozen others.  

    Saint, n. A dead sinner revised and edited. - Ambrose Bierce

    by pico on Fri Jun 22, 2012 at 09:38:05 PM PDT

  •  Top 5..... (3+ / 0-)
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    BFSkinner, allergywoman, Youffraita

              Halloween (the first one w/ Jamie lee Curtis)
              The Shining
              Let Me In

  •  Not a fan of horror movies (5+ / 0-)
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    kathny, Dumbo, BFSkinner, Gordon20024, nellgwen

    but- I pick Polterguist because...

    He knows what you are afraid of.

    The Birds.

    And the very campy Lake Placid.  Betty White is so funny.

    Oh help- I forget the name of the movie about the killer ants.  Charlton Heston was the star.

    And there was another movie about two man-eating lions, suppose to be based on a true story.

    Growing old is inevitable...Growing up is purely optional

    by grannycarol on Fri Jun 22, 2012 at 09:40:28 PM PDT

  •  In no particular order ... (3+ / 0-)
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    kathny, BFSkinner, allergywoman

    The Exorcist
    The Shining
    The Thing

    "Four more years!" (Obama Unencumbered - The Sequel)

    by jwinIL14 on Fri Jun 22, 2012 at 09:41:07 PM PDT

  •  Great diary. (1+ / 0-)
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    My own quickie top 5 list:



    Poltergeist. (this maybe ought to be number one!)


    Wizard of Oz.

  •  American Horrors (3+ / 0-)
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    BFSkinner, Gordon20024, qofdisks

    Frankenstein (1931) morbid, expressionistic, resonating with both the Great War and the Great Depression..

    Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956) cold war paranoia or anti-McCarthyist critique, it presses the question at the root of horror: what is human?

    Psycho (1960) the game changer: horrors are no longer from outside, threatening the family.. they are the family.

    Night of the Living Dead (1968) Romero sums up a half century of monsters with his shuffling, flesh-eating animated corpses.. with nods to civil rights marches and vietnam.. in a grubby independent film..

    The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) a perfect horror film.. still gets under the skin..

    Honorable mentions: Freaks, Cat People, Rosemary's Baby, The Exorcist, Jaws, Halloween, Alien, The Evil Dead, Silence of the Lambs, The Blair Witch Project.

    There are so many..

    "I don't want to know about evil, I only want to know about love..." -- J. Martyn

    by BobzCat on Fri Jun 22, 2012 at 09:51:34 PM PDT

  •  Cujo! (2+ / 0-)
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    Gordon20024, BFSkinner

    Scared the living daylight out of me. I love dogs.

    The Birds
    The Shining

    El pueblo unido jamás será vencido. The people united will never be defeated

    by mint julep on Fri Jun 22, 2012 at 09:54:56 PM PDT

  •  My #1 never-to-be-forgotten horror film (3+ / 0-)
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    Gordon20024, raboof, BFSkinner

    is The House That Dripped Blood

    But you have to have some context .....

    I was a Junior in High School, and I had the lead role of The Ghost in The Telltale Heart.

    A guy from my past (totally awesome, never thought he knew my name, but suddenly, he's calling me?..... swoon .....) called me up and asked me for a date to see this film that was showing in Los Angeles. Problem - it was the same night as my show. Oh, but that's no problem, it's a midnight showing, I can pick you up right after the show.

    Mmmmm-kay. But I'll still be in horror makeup, is that okay?

    You bet!

    And it happened exactly like that. I was still in zombie makeup for my first date with this totally awesome guy and we went to a midnight showing of The House That Dripped Blood.

    OMG. The worst movie ever. The best date ever.

    Nothing has ever even come close.

    I am progressive. I am liberal. I make no apologies. - Kos

    My political compass: - 8.38,-6.97

    by pucklady on Fri Jun 22, 2012 at 10:01:42 PM PDT

  •  "The Tingler" "The Haunting" "Die, Die My Darling" (2+ / 0-)
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    BFSkinner, Sark Svemes

    "Halloween" "House on Haunted Hill"

    GOP = Greedy One Percent

    by Palafox on Fri Jun 22, 2012 at 10:09:21 PM PDT

  •  Psycho. (1+ / 0-)
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    I'm not a big fan of horror movies, although I did enjoy Creature from the Black Lagoon as a kid.

    So, Psycho is basically my top three, and The Birds counts for numbers 4 and 5.

    The Exorcist didn't scare me at all, probably b/c I don't believe in demonic possession.

    To make the argument that the media has a left- or right-wing, or a liberal or a conservative bias, is like asking if the problem with Al-Qaeda is do they use too much oil in their hummus. Al Franken

    by Youffraita on Fri Jun 22, 2012 at 10:14:25 PM PDT

  •  Top 5 horror movies: (3+ / 0-)
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    In no particular order:

    Let the Right One In
    The Wicker Man (1973)
    Killer Klowns from Outer Space
    The Fly (1986)

    "I'm going to rub your faces in things you try to avoid." - Muad'Dib

    by Troubadour on Fri Jun 22, 2012 at 10:16:53 PM PDT

  •  Reaminator was fun. (4+ / 0-)

    M, starring Peter Lorre, directed by Fritz Lang

    Island of Lost Souls, starring Charles Laughton

    Freaks, directed by Tod Browning who also directed Dracula

    Evil Dead 2

    Don't know if it counts as a horror flick but as an honorable mention I give you Lena Wertmuller's Seven Beauties, which is certainly horrifying but also made me laugh my head off.

    Also, too, Eraserhead.

  •  Not a big horror fan. More into sci-fi (5+ / 0-)

    Maybe because what most people call "horror" is nothing more than  torture porn or some shithead running around with a knife killing stupid coeds who should know better. However, when done right, horror can be all kinds of awesome. That being said, my go to horror films are:

    The Omen
    The Exorcist
    The Hammer films (visually impressive, scary, and sexy, all at once; I can't single out just one).

    I haven't seen it, but I heard Insidious is scary as hell!

    Part of me gets annoyed when Alien is called a horror film, but I can see why people do that. My favorite sci-fi/horror fusions (based on science & technology but ALSO showing the scary implications that can have) are


    Event Horizon

    The Thing (John Carpenter's version)

    The Fly (both the Vincent Price AND Jeff Goldblum versions. The Jeff Goldblum version gets more love from my generation and it is great, but the final scene of the insect with the human face in the VP version has always scared the shit out of me)

    Them! (giant ants run amok under LA)

    Prince of Darkness (very under rated John Carpenter flick. Scientists and clergy team up to solve mystery of ancient alien goo that has been discovered in California; it turns out it's the FATHER of Satan getting ready to come alive & destroy the world).

    That's all I can come with now. Maybe I'll have more, particularly after I see Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter this weekend.

    A village can not reorganize village life to suit the village idiot.

    by METAL TREK on Fri Jun 22, 2012 at 10:24:13 PM PDT

    •  Uprated for (2+ / 0-)
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      Them!  My favorite scene from the VP Fly is near the beginning.  Here's this movie made in the early 50s, and the VP character in one scene is holding a book where you can clearly see the title, The Effects of Lysergic Acid.

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      by ActivistGuy on Sat Jun 23, 2012 at 12:50:02 AM PDT

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      •  When it comes to great horror acting (3+ / 0-)
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        you don't get better than Vincent Price! That guy's seven shades of awesome!

        The only one who comes close IMO is Christopher Lee, himself all kinds of awesome as well. Chris has also appeared in Star Wars & Lord of the Rings films. He also did a James Bond film in the 70's. The only major film franchise he HASN'T appeared in yet is Star Trek. But they've revived that film franchise, so there's always time! :)

        A village can not reorganize village life to suit the village idiot.

        by METAL TREK on Sat Jun 23, 2012 at 06:47:46 AM PDT

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  •  NONE! I despise horror movies. I ran from the (1+ / 0-)
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    theatre during The Exorcist and Alien. Begged my mom to let me watch The Birds when it came out on teevee, 'coz all the cool kids saw it. Had nightmares for weeks. The only horror movie I remember sitting through and liking was The Omen.

    if a habitat is flooded, the improvement for target fishes increases by an infinite percentage...because a habitat suitability index that is even a tiny fraction of 1 is still infinitely higher than zero, which is the suitability of dry land to fishes.

    by mrsgoo on Fri Jun 22, 2012 at 10:38:12 PM PDT

  •  Put me in the line of people who (4+ / 0-)

    don't like horror that much but....
    Evil Dead
    Army of darkness
    From Dusk to Dawn

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    by nellgwen on Fri Jun 22, 2012 at 10:56:05 PM PDT

  •  Hush, Hush Sweet Charlotte (2+ / 0-)
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    was pretty creepy too.

    Free: The Authoritarians - all about those who follow strong leaders.

    by kbman on Fri Jun 22, 2012 at 10:58:57 PM PDT

  •  The Crawling Eye (2+ / 0-)
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    A giant eye lumbers around the Swiss Alps, strangling climbers with its optic nerve. (It may also consume them somehow. Bodies are rarely found.)

    Oh, what, you don't believe me?

    Feast your eyes!

    Wait. Let me rephrase that...

  •  I would have to distinguish between... (3+ / 0-)
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    scariest and favorites.  They're not necessarily the same list.


    The Exorcist - hands down the scariest movie I've ever seen

    Night of the Living Dead - had no idea when I started watching this many years ago (when I was ten years old) what it was about.  I literally had to sleep with the closet light on for the next week.)  Ironically, it sparked a love/hate relationship with zombie movies.  I'm drawn to them and yet they scare the crap out of me.

    Trilogy of Terror - a made for TV movie and it was an anthology.  The 3rd segment is the infamous Zuni fetish doll.  The final scene of Karen Black grinning with huge fanged teeth pounding a huge knife in the floor as she waits for her mother to come visit her is still clear in my mind.   I was 13 years old and home alone when I watched this.  The 1st 2 segments were pretty tame IMO.  And then the crazy terror doll segment came on.  Had the same effect on me as Night of the Living dead.

    Halloween - flat out scary-as-hell movie

    Carrie.  creepy scary movie.


    Aliens - great scifi horror - "GET AWAY FROM HER YOU BITCH!!!"

    Alien - gotta put 1 and 2 together, but I like 2 better

    Poltergeist - "They're here!"

    28 Days Later - really original twist on the zombie genre.

    Resident Evil - just watched this on cable last night.  really a guilty pleasure for me

  •  let's see (3+ / 0-)
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    Dawn of the Dead (original and remake)
    Army of Darkness
    Event Horizon

    and because I like to bend the rules. Trollhunter

  •  #1 John Carpenter's The Thing (1+ / 0-)
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    Hands down, first and foremost.  A masterpiece from start to finish on every level.

    After that...

    2.) Evil Dead II - the movie that perfectly blended the endlessly nerve-shattering terror of the first film with the hilarious 'splatstick' humor of Army of Darkness

    3.) Halloween - If Steven Spielberg made an R-rated slasher still wouldn't be as frightening as the mood, lighting, and suspense of this low-budget all-time classic.

    4.) Nightmare on Elm Street - No amount of sequels or remakes will take away from the true terror inherent in Wes Craven's original film.

    5.) Return of the Living Dead - As with Evil Dead II, just a pitch perfect combination of horror, gore, and satire in its own unique way.

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    by TarantinoDork on Sat Jun 23, 2012 at 12:11:20 AM PDT

  •  Just a couple (1+ / 0-)
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    The Exorcist

    Fiend Without a Face (cmon, flying invisible brains and spinal cords stalking rural midwestern Canada?  With Marshall Thompson later of Daktari in the lead?  What's not to like about that?)

    The law, in its majestic equality, forbids rich and poor alike from sleeping under bridges. ~ Anatole France

    by ActivistGuy on Sat Jun 23, 2012 at 12:44:02 AM PDT

  •  God, I love these diaries... (3+ / 0-)
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    My Picks--

    Halloween (the original): proof of what a true filmmaker can do, even with a timeworn concept and a limited budget.  The killer's-eye view through the clown mask at the beginning, the subtle shimmer of that expressionless disguise lurking in the shadows, the disappearance of the Body at the end--cliches given fresh new power by a master's hand.  (A nod, also, to Halloween 2.  There's always been something spooky about institutional spaces at night, with minimal lighting and no people around, and John Carpenter filled those hospital hallways with dread.)

    The Exorcist: just for the sheer transgressive nature of its depiction of demonology.  If someone had tried to tell me that one of the top hits of 1973 would feature a prepubescent girl masturbating with a crucifix, I'd have doubted their sanity.  But the film holds nothing back in depicting a creature from the depths of hell and the lengths good people must go to in order to vanquish it.  And then decades later they scared the pants off me again with the Spider Walk.

    The Thing (Carpenter remake): another sterling example of top-shelf special effects and squeezing every last drop out of your budget.  It's amazing what model-making and prosthetics could accomplish in the days before CGI.  Bonus points for going back to the source material and actually paying attention to the author's intentions--the whole paranoid we-are-not-who-we-are atmosphere is totally missing from the James Arness version.  (The less said about the recent re-remake the better.)

    The Haunting/Legend of Hell House: essentially the same movie, although I think I prefer Hell House a tad more if only for the cast.

    Alien: to me it's another haunted-house movie, while Cameron's sequel feels more like sci-fi.  Probably has to do with the weaponry used in each film.  In the original they cobbled together flamethrowers from mining equipment, much like haunted-house explorers might kick out a banister post to use as a club.  In Aliens they came loaded for bear, with rifles, future-BARs, grenades and tactical nukes ("It's the only way to be sure.")  Fun, but not horror like the first one.

    Honorable mention to Humanoids from the Deep: at long long last the Creature from the Black Lagoon gets to consummate his love of human females!  If that ain't horror I don't know what is.

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    by Uncle Igor on Sat Jun 23, 2012 at 12:44:06 AM PDT

  •  Night of the Comet (2+ / 0-)
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    if you can find it, I have it on VHS. It has it all... Cheesy 80's script, cheesy 80's hair... acting so bad it's good, heh. A great date night movie... heh

    The People Under the Stairs. OMG. After I saw it, I was a-scared to go in the basement. For the next century. Parts of War of the Worlds II was based on this, I'm sure.

    Amityville Horror -- Sure, it's dated now, but it was scary enough to keep you awake at night for a long time after seeing it. Basement scary part, check. Dead spirits/corpses a bubbling, check.

    Several episodes of Outer Limits and Twilight Zone were particularly scary. The one where the guy went into a negative reversing magnetic field and came out with a mirror image hand, the Brownie camera that captured people, the being from another distant planet that could be transported to a radio station, the house that each door entered another dimension, the pig people trying to make a human look normal. Yeah, those were pretty scary.

    Other than that, Jaws scared us out of the water for years, Alien made us cover our mouth every time we entered a xeno-anthropoligic burial site, and Last House on the Left and its repetitious ancestors have always reminded me why I hated High School biology.

    disclosure: the above author remembers when movies were something you went to, not something you either paid to see at home, or something you surreptitiously downloaded off the internet. YMMV

    Happy Friday.

  •  I saw a really great horror story not too long (1+ / 0-)
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    It was a ghost story depicted during WWI just behind enemy lines in trench warfare.  It is one that I enjoyed watching several times.  Haunted trench.
    Anybody remember the title?

  •  Frogs. Poor Ray Milland stuck in a chair (2+ / 0-)
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    Doing this awful movie. And Sam Elliot pre-moustache in the tightest shorts ever. We were rolling on the floor LOL. The continual cuts to the same frog over and over .....

    •  I was about 11 when this movie came out (1+ / 0-)
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      I didn't see it but one of my teachers had got a t-shirt (with a frog with a hand coming out of its mouth) and cut out the image and sewed it onto his jean jacket.  So I saw that a lot for a year or so.  A quarter of a century or so later I caught the end of it on TV.  I couldn't believe how bad it was.

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      by matching mole on Sat Jun 23, 2012 at 06:03:43 AM PDT

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  •  Really hard to compare apples and chicken (3+ / 0-)
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    Some movies might make the list because they are atmospheric, eerie, and beautiful.  Others because they are funny and entertaining.  Others because they are disturbing.  Others because they are scary (although this is actually what I value least).  

    So here are some high points - not I am highly biased towards movies made in B&W - it seems much more appropriate.

    Freaks - off the charts for disturbing in the way it manipulates the viewer.

    All four of James Whale's Universal horror films but especially 'The Old Dark House' - Whale had a delight in the whimsical that he deftly combined with the horror aspect.

    Lots of other great pre-code horror (Phantom of the Opera, Island of Lost Souls, Dr. Jekyll and Mr Hyde) but I'll never get on to other eras so I'll stop here.

    The Body Snatcher - probably Val Lewton's best horror movie from the standards of being actually horrifying.  Perhaps Boris Karloff's best role.

    I walked with a Zombie - My favorite Val Lewton film and IMHO one of the most beautiful films I've ever seen.  Just mesmerizing although not particularly scary.

    Theater of Blood - Vincent Price at his hammiest.  The last gasp of classic horror.

    Among modern horror films I'd have to go with

    The Blair Witch Project - for being innovative and for being unique (as far as I know) among modern films for making viewer's imagination do the work.

    Pan's Labyrinth - just awesome.

    "We are normal and we want our freedom" - Bonzos

    by matching mole on Sat Jun 23, 2012 at 06:22:45 AM PDT

  •  Top 5, in no particular order (1+ / 0-)
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    The Thing (1982)
    Dawn of the Dead (the original)

  •  Let's see (3+ / 0-)
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    Like many here, I'm not that big a horror fan either.

    Theater of Blood
    The Blair Witch Project
    The Old Dark House

    and the movie that chilled me the most, just because it was a real-life portrayal of the slow, grinding, inevitable doom that haunts my worst nightmares:

    Gimme Shelter

    Hige sceal þe heardra, heorte þe cenre, mod sceal þe mare, þe ure mægen lytlað

    by milkbone on Sat Jun 23, 2012 at 08:49:20 AM PDT

  •  I am surprised that Dog Soldiers has not been (2+ / 0-)
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    mentioned yet.  It is about a squad of British Soldiers on an exercise in the Scottish Highlands who end up battling a group of werewolves.   Also, the original The Thing from Another World, shot in a b&w slmost documertry style that made it all the scarier since it all seemed so authentic.  Those are my two picks.

    And it feels like I'm livin'in the wasteland of the free ~ Iris DeMent, 1996

    by MrJersey on Sat Jun 23, 2012 at 09:45:13 AM PDT

  •  A political note (1+ / 0-)
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    The original poster listed Attack of the Killer Tomatoes.  One of the writers/producers of that movie, Steve Peace, was a Democratic member of the California state legislature during the 1990s (I worked on a couple of his campaigns).  He also appears in the movie, credited as "Rock" Peace.

    The British sent their criminals to Australia and their religious nuts to America. The Australians got the better of that deal.

    by EWembley on Sat Jun 23, 2012 at 10:42:10 AM PDT

  •  I'm not gonna name my favorite 5 (1+ / 0-)
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    but, i will name 5 foreign horror films that people should see....

    1. Onibaba- very old japanese film really good
    2. The Kingdom Pt I &II Lars Von Trier
    3. Ringer -The orignial japanese film, even scarier than the american version
    4. The Vanishing - The Dutch original is far and away better than the english language version
    5. Cocteau's Beauty & The Beast yeah, i know, it 's not horror but should be viewed

    Obama wants your guns = Romney wants your Medicare Stop choosing your guns over your health You're shooting yourself

    by blueoregon on Sat Jun 23, 2012 at 12:22:38 PM PDT

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