My All-Time Favorite Horror Movies

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The Exorcist (1973)
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When a teenage girl is possessed by a mysterious entity, her mother seeks the help of two priests to save her daughter. (122 mins.)
“ Actress Ellen Burstyn concludes that her young teenage daughter is possessed after medical doctors cannot find a reason for her increasingly bizarre behavior. She resorts to asking for an exorcism by a Catholic priest struggling with his faith after the death of his mother. The priest enlists help from an elderly yet experienced Max von Sydow. Together they face an onslaught of profanity, sacrilege and vomit in their epic confrontation with the devil himself. Intelligent, and most of all convincing, portrayal of possession that gets my vote as the best horror movie of all time. ” - atari-3
Night of the Living Dead (1968)
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There is panic throughout the nation as the dead suddenly come back to life. The film follows a group of characters who barricade themselves in an old farmhouse in an attempt the remain safe from these flesh eating monsters. (96 mins.)
The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)
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Two siblings visit their grandfather's grave in Texas along with three of their friends and are attacked by a family of cannibalistic psychopaths. (83 mins.)
Director: Tobe Hooper
“ Two young couples and their wheelchair-bound friend travel to a remote Texas town where someone is vandalizing the local cemetery. They unwisely pick up a hitchhiker who briefly taunts them with a knife. They ditch him just in time, but soon run out of gas. They decide to explore a nearby old house and stumble on the rest of the hitchhiker's family. They are mentally deranged ex-slaughterhouse workers who keep a house full of bones and body parts, albeit artfully arranged. "Leatherface" is the worst of the bunch who wears a mask of human skin while terrorizing the group with a chainsaw. The chase scene between him and the girl, which takes up a good part of the final act, is one of the best ever put on film. Moody electronic music by the director and Wayne Bell perfectly complements the setting. ” - atari-3
Rosemary's Baby (1968)
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A young couple move into an apartment, only to be surrounded by peculiar neighbors and occurrences. When the wife becomes mysteriously pregnant, paranoia over the safety of her unborn child begins to control her life. (136 mins.)
Director: Roman Polanski
Psycho (1960)
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A Phoenix secretary steals $40,000 from her employer's client, goes on the run and checks into a remote motel run by a young man under the domination of his mother. (109 mins.)
The Changeling (1980)
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A man staying at a secluded historical mansion finds himself being haunted by the presence of a spectre. (107 mins.)
Director: Peter Medak
“ Distraught after the accidental death of his wife and child, composer George C. Scott moves to Seattle to resume his career in academics. He rents an opulent mansion from the local historical society at a bargain. He soon finds out it has sat vacant for a dozen years for a reason when strange sounds and occurrences draw him to a walled-up attic room. This leads him to uncover a hundred-year old mystery involving a powerful politician. A nearly perfect horror film pulled off with a minimum of blood or gore, just good, old fashioned scary with a compelling story. Turn off the lights and turn up the sound... ” - atari-3
The Devils (1971)
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In 17th-century France, Father Urbain Grandier seeks to protect the city of Loudun from the corrupt establishment of Cardinal Richelieu. Hysteria occurs within the city when he is accused of witchcraft by a sexually repressed nun. (111 mins.)
Director: Ken Russell
Carnival of Souls (1962)
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After a traumatic accident, a woman becomes drawn to a mysterious abandoned carnival. (78 mins.)
Director: Herk Harvey
Suspiria (1977)
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A newcomer to a fancy ballet academy gradually comes to realize that the school is a front for something far more sinister and supernatural amidst a series of grisly murders. (98 mins.)
Director: Dario Argento
Halloween (1978)
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On Halloween night of 1963, six-year-old Michael Myers stabbed his sister to death. After sitting in a mental hospital for 15 years, Myers escapes and returns to Haddonfield to kill. (91 mins.)
Director: John Carpenter
Phantasm (1979)
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A teenage boy and his friends face off against a mysterious grave robber known only as the Tall Man, who keeps a mysterious arsenal of terrible weapons with him. (88 mins.)
Director: Don Coscarelli
Frankenstein (1931)
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An obsessed scientist assembles a living being from parts of exhumed corpses. (70 mins.)
Director: James Whale
“ Scientist Colin Clive and his hunchbacked assistant Dwight Frye dig up bodies from the grave or cut them down from the gallows to provide him with the raw materials for a body he intends to bring to life with the power of lightning. The experiment proves to be a success one night during a thunderstorm, but the creature, given the brain of a criminal and tormented by the hunchback, goes on a killing rampage. One of his victims is a small girl, whom he throws into a lake and drowns, which turns the drunken residents of the small town into a lynch mob. The film still manages to shock nearly a century later, with scenes of death and disfigurement, but also elicit sympathy for the monster who never asked to be created, and even for Dr. Frankenstein, drunk on his own power, who later regrets it. ” - atari-3
The City of the Dead (1960)
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A young coed (Nan Barlow) uses her winter vacation to research a paper on witchcraft in New England... (78 mins.)
Director: John Moxey
Black Sunday (1960)
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A vengeful witch and her fiendish servant return from the grave and begin a bloody campaign to possess the body of the witch's beautiful look-alike descendant. Only the girl's brother and a handsome doctor stand in her way. (87 mins.)
Director: Mario Bava
The Omen (1976)
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Mysterious deaths surround an American ambassador. Could the child that he is raising actually be the Antichrist? The Devil's own son? (111 mins.)
Director: Richard Donner
The Shining (1980)
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A family heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where an evil and spiritual presence influences the father into violence, while his psychic son sees horrific forebodings from the past and of the future. (146 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
Dawn of the Dead (1978)
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Following an ever-growing epidemic of zombies that have risen from the dead, two Philadelphia S.W.A.T. team members, a traffic reporter, and his television executive girlfriend seek refuge in a secluded shopping mall. (127 mins.)
The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
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Jack Skellington, king of Halloween Town, discovers Christmas Town, but doesn't quite understand the concept. (76 mins.)
Director: Henry Selick
The Birds (1963)
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A wealthy San Francisco socialite pursues a potential boyfriend to a small Northern California town that slowly takes a turn for the bizarre when birds of all kinds suddenly begin to attack people. (119 mins.)
The Fury (1978)
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A government agent is determined to come to his son's rescue when a sinister official kidnaps him to harbor his extremely powerful psychic abilities. (118 mins.)
Director: Brian DePalma
The Amityville Horror (1979)
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Newlyweds move into a large house where a mass murder was committed, and experience strange manifestations which drive them away. (117 mins.)
“ Newlyweds James Brolin and Margot Kidder, with stepkids, move in to their new Long Island home, knowing that it was the scene of brutal murders a short time ago. "Houses don't have memories" he justifies, but this one does. Over the course of a few weeks Brolin is pushed to the brink of insanity by the house which torments him at every opportunity. Kidder tries to get the help of a priest, but the house keeps him away by various means, eventually turning him into a blind, helpless cripple. It masterfully builds tension by a series of increasingly horrific scenes, culminating in Brolin's basement fall into the well of blood as he goes back to rescue the family dog. Shot on location in New Jersey during the fall months, it's a Halloween-time favorite. Lalo Schifrin's Oscar-nominated score is an eerie classic, recalling a child's nursery rhyme. ” - atari-3
The Evil Dead (1981)
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Five friends travel to a cabin in the woods, where they unknowingly release flesh-possessing demons. (85 mins.)
Director: Sam Raimi
Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1986)
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Henry, a drifter, commits a series of brutal murders, supposedly operating with impunity. (83 mins.)
Director: John McNaughton
The Phantom of the Opera (1925)
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A mad, disfigured composer seeks love with a lovely young opera singer. (93 mins.)
Director: Rupert Julian
Kwaidan (1964)
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A collection of four Japanese folk tales with supernatural themes. (183 mins.)
Christmas Evil (1980)
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A toy factory worker, mentally scarred as a child upon learning Santa Claus is not real, suffers a nervous breakdown after being belittled at work, and embarks on a Yuletide killing spree. (100 mins.)
Director: Lewis Jackson
Horror of Dracula (1958)
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Jonathan Harker begets the ire of Count Dracula after he accepts a job at the vampire's castle under false pretenses. (82 mins.)
Director: Terence Fisher
Dead of Night (1945)
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An architect senses impending doom as his half-remembered recurring dream turns into reality. The guests at the country house encourage him to stay as they take turns telling supernatural tales. (103 mins.)
Kuroneko (1968)
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Two women are raped and killed by samurai soldiers. Soon they reappear as vengeful ghosts who seduce and brutally murder the passing samurai. (99 mins.)
Director: Kaneto Shindô
The Devil's Rain (1975)
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A bunch of Satanists in the American rural landscape have terrible powers which enable them to melt their victims... (86 mins.)
Director: Robert Fuest
Curse of the Demon (1957)
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Dr. John Holden ventures to London to attend a paranormal psychology symposium with the intention to expose devil cult leader Julian Karswell... (95 mins.)
The Fall of the House of Usher (1928)
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Allan has a hard time finding the Usher's house, which is known to be cursed... But he is a personal friend of Roderick Usher... (63 mins.)
Director: Jean Epstein
“ A man compulsively paints portraits of his wife in a remote French castle. She gradually withers away and dies. Her husband, their butler, a doctor and a visiting friend carry her casket across the countryside to her tomb. Back at the castle, the husband fears they have buried her alive. Superb Gothic interpretation of the Edgar Allen Poe story, with experimental touches and an atmosphere of absolute despair. A forgotten horror classic that easily stands shoulder-to-shoulder with its more famous silent German peers. ” - atari-3
The Old Dark House (1932)
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Seeking shelter from a storm, five travelers are in for a bizarre and terrifying night when they stumble upon the Femm family estate. (72 mins.)
Director: James Whale
Them! (1954)
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The earliest atomic tests in New Mexico cause common ants to mutate into giant man-eating monsters that threaten civilization. (94 mins.)
Director: Gordon Douglas
Leonor (1975)
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A female vampire rises from her crypt every night in search of children as her victims. (101 mins.)
“ Brooding, philosophical film on the nature of love and death set in medieval Spain. Liv Ullmann is Leonor, who is on her death bed after a horse accident. She is walled up in a tomb after she dies by her husband Richard, played by Michel Piccoli. The same day, he goes out and marries a young Ornella Muti. Ten years pass, when one day Richard sees Leonor on a riverbank. He re-opens her tomb, where he meets a Christ-like figure who resurrects her. He murders his young wife and begins living with Leonor. She slowly regains her memory and senses. When children in the village begin turning up dead, she is suspected of killing them and hunted. Is she a vampire or is it the Black Death? Moody soundtrack by Ennio Morricone perfectly complements this haunting film. ” - atari-3
Theatre of Blood (1973)
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A Shakespearean actor takes poetic revenge on the critics who denied him recognition. (104 mins.)
Director: Douglas Hickox
The Masque of the Red Death (1964)
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A European prince terrorizes the local peasantry while using his castle as a refuge against the "Red Death" plague that stalks the land. (89 mins.)
Director: Roger Corman
The Whip and the Body (1963)
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In the 19th century, a sadistic nobleman terrorizes the members of his family. He is found dead, but his ghost soon returns to haunt the residents of his castle. (91 mins.)
Director: John M. Old
“ Mario Bava's Gothic tale is a masterpiece of color and lighting. Set in a remote castle, Christopher Lee returns home to a most unfriendly welcome. An old flame is now married to his brother and living there with his father. They find each other alone on a nearby beach and rekindle their masochistic relationship. Lee is brutally killed relatively early in the film, but don't worry he soon reappears as a scowling figure in the shadows. Who killed him? Is he really dead? It's a darkly romantic tale set amidst the starkly lit castle and its environs. ” - atari-3
El vampiro (1957)
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A pretty young Mexican girl returns to her hometown to make funeral arrangements for her beloved aunt... (95 mins.)
The Psychic (1977)
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A clairvoyant woman, inspired by a vision, smashes open a section of wall in her husband's home and finds a skeleton behind it... (95 mins.)
Director: Lucio Fulci
“ Patience will be rewarded by this Fulci giallo. The first half is slow and often confusing. However, after a key revelation is made the second half unfolds beautifully, as if the viewer has had visions along with the main character. No, this is not the Fulci of Zombie or other gore classics, but a Fulci in complete command of characters, setting and mood. ” - atari-3
Just Before Dawn (1981)
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Five campers are stalked and killed in the mountains after traveling there to examine property they had purchased. (90 mins.)
Director: Jeff Lieberman
Bad Ronald (1974 TV Movie)
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A perverted teenage boy who lives in the walls of a house finds the house sold to a family after his mother dies, and he falls for one of the new residents. (74 mins.)
Director: Buzz Kulik
“ In the upper echelon of made-for-TV movies, Bad Ronald takes a plausible situation and pushes it to the limit. Ronald accidentally kills a neighborhood girl. Instead of going to the police he buries her. He tells his overprotective mother, who decides the best thing to do is wall up the bathroom and hide him until things blow over. She goes to the hospital for a routine operation but ends up dying. Ronald stays in hiding, even when a new family moves into the house. He retreats into a fantasy world of his own making, covering his walls, and himself, with paint and dirt. His fantasies extend to the people in the house: a young girl is a princess, a boyfriend an evil Duke. When he finally reveals himself to the girl, he's filthy and a raving lunatic. She manages to run next door but he locks her in the basement. He kidnaps the boyfriend of her sister and ties him up in his hideaway. One of his peepholes eventually gives him away, and he bursts through a wall in an incredible ending. ” - atari-3
House of Usher (1960)
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Upon entering his fiancée's family mansion, a man discovers a savage family curse and fears that his future brother-in-law has entombed his bride-to-be prematurely. (79 mins.)
Director: Roger Corman
Cat People (1942)
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An American man marries a Serbian immigrant who fears that she will turn into the cat person of her homeland's fables if they are intimate together. (73 mins.)
Sole Survivor (1983)
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A lone survivor of a plane crash is haunted by a feeling unworthy of survival. Dead people start coming after her to collect her. (85 mins.)
Director: Thom Eberhardt
The Haunting (1963)
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A scientist doing research on the paranormal invites two women to a haunted mansion. One of the participants soon starts losing her mind. (112 mins.)
Director: Robert Wise
The Innocents (1961)
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A young governess for two children becomes convinced that the house and grounds are haunted. (100 mins.)
Director: Jack Clayton
Don't Look Now (1973)
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A married couple grieving the recent death of their young daughter are in Venice when they encounter two elderly sisters, one of whom is psychic and brings a warning from beyond. (110 mins.)
Director: Nicolas Roeg
City of the Living Dead (1980)
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A reporter and a psychic race to close the Gates of Hell after the suicide of a clergyman caused them to open, allowing the dead to rise from the grave. (93 mins.)
Director: Lucio Fulci
Carrie (1976)
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Carrie White, a shy, friendless 17 year-old girl who is sheltered by her domineering, religious mother, unleashes her telekinetic powers after being humiliated by her classmates at her senior prom. (98 mins.)
Director: Brian De Palma
“ Brian De Palma elevates high school melodrama to high art in this influential film. Sissy Spacek is perfectly cast as the shy outcast Carrie, who is tormented by her overbearing religious mother at home and classmates at school. A cruel joke in the shower leads to the detention of the other girls, one of whom plots her revenge at the upcoming prom. Carrie has the last word. All of the De Palma trademarks are on full display: the overuse of slow motion, the spinning camerawork, split screen... all shot through that 70s haze. I still prefer his followup, The Fury, as the best telekinesis movie ever made, but this is a lot of fun. ” - atari-3
Dracula (1931)
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The ancient vampire Count Dracula arrives in England and begins to prey upon the virtuous young Mina. (85 mins.)
Director: Tod Browning
“ Mild mannered businessman Renfield (Dwight Frye) travels to Transylvania to complete a real estate transaction with one Count Dracula (Bela Lugosi, in his signature role). Ignoring the warnings of the locals, he goes to the Count's castle and spends the night. He is of course bitten by Lugosi, a vampire, and becomes his slave. They travel to England where Lugosi takes up residence in Carfax Abbey, which happens to be next door to the sanitarium where Renfield has been committed. The imminent Dr. Van Helsing correctly diagnoses Renfield and Lugosi as vampires, but not before they have infected the pretty daughters of the director of the institution. Helsing confronts Lugosi with a mirror, then follows him next door where he drives a wooden stake through his heart. The film is at its most powerful in the opening scenes in Transylvania, particularly those in Dracula's decrepit, crumbling castle. However, when the action shifts to England, the plot becomes talky and spends far too much time in boring drawing rooms at the sanitarium. Dwight Frye overplays his Renfield character and becomes an annoyance. There are too many fake flying bats, including one scene where a bat speaks to a character by squeaking. Things pick up towards the end with some scenes in the equally crumbling Carfax Abbey, but they are too brief and the ending rather abrupt. ” - atari-3
The Wicker Man (1973)
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A police sergeant is sent to a Scottish island village in search of a missing girl whom the townsfolk claim never existed. Stranger still are the rites that take place there. (88 mins.)
Director: Robin Hardy
A Quiet Place in the Country (1968)
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A popular painter, plagued by nightmares that he and his lover/sales agent are engaging in bizarre, ritualistic, sadistic sexual acts, seeks to escape the city and rent a house in the country. (106 mins.)
Director: Elio Petri
“ Franco Nero is a successful artist in Milan. He creates abstract, impressionistic works and his girlfriend Vanessa Redgrave sells them for ridiculous prices. One day he gets tired of the city and wants to find a place in the country. He ends up buying a dilapidated mansion. He hears stories of a young girl who once lived there and was supposedly killed by the Nazis. He becomes obsessed with her and slowly goes insane. Intriguing but occasionally pretentious film beautifully shot by Luigi Kuveiller. A perceptive study of alienation in modern society, particularly the dehumanizing impact of pornography, refocused through the lens of an artist. The soundtrack by Ennio Morricone is appropriately modernistic and perhaps his best. ” - atari-3
Deranged: Confessions of a Necrophile (1974)
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Based on the Ed Gein case, a deranged rural farmer becomes a grave robber and murderer after the death of his possessive mother whom he keeps her corpse, among others, as his companions in his decaying farmhouse (82 mins.)
Children Shouldn't Play with Dead Things (1972)
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Six friends dig up a corpse to use in a Satanic ritual to make the dead rise from their graves. (87 mins.)
Director: Benjamin Clark
The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)
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A newly engaged couple have a breakdown in an isolated area and must pay a call to the bizarre residence of Dr. Frank-N-Furter. (100 mins.)
Director: Jim Sharman
“ Newly engaged couple Brad and Janet run out of gas in the middle of nowhere and knock on the door of a castle down the road. They soon find themselves doing the Time Warp with a group of weirdos and their transsexual leader Dr. Frank-N-Furter. When not seducing Brad and Janet, ole Frankie lusts after his creation Rocky Horror, a hunky athlete in gold shorts. It all goes wrong when Dr. Frank murders motorcycle-riding Meatloaf and he reveals his true identity as an alien. It's all quite silly, and quite irresistible. Fantastic set designs by Terry Ackland-Snow, including a stage show on the RKO-Radio Pictures logo. ” - atari-3
Pit and the Pendulum (1961)
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In the sixteenth century, Francis Barnard travels to Spain to clarify the strange circumstances of his sister's death after she had married the son of a cruel Spanish Inquisitor. (80 mins.)
Director: Roger Corman
Nosferatu (1922)
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Vampire Count Orlok expresses interest in a new residence and real estate agent Hutter's wife. (94 mins.)
Director: F.W. Murnau
Vampyr (1932)
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A drifter obsessed with the supernatural stumbles upon an inn where a severely ill adolescent girl is slowly becoming a vampire. (83 mins.)
Director: Carl Th. Dreyer
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920)
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Hypnotist Dr. Caligari uses a somnambulist, Cesare, to commit murders. (78 mins.)
Director: Robert Wiene
The Golem (1920)
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In 16th-century Prague, a rabbi creates the Golem - a giant creature made of clay. Using sorcery, he brings the creature to life in order to protect the Jews of Prague from persecution. (91 mins.)
The Inheritance (1947)
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Caroline Ruthyn is the teen-aged niece of the her uncle Silas, a sickly and at one time unbalanced man... (103 mins.)
Director: Charles Frank
Friday the 13th (1980)
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A group of camp counselors is stalked and murdered by an unknown assailant while trying to reopen a summer camp which, years before, was the site of a child's drowning. (95 mins.)
“ The first and best of the series takes elements of Hitchcock's Psycho and transplants them to a remote camp by a lake. The most obvious clue to Hitchcock is the soundtrack by Harry Manfredini, which is just a simple reworking of Bernard Herrmann, with some extra echo effects for atmosphere. Although it may be derivative it is very effective and essential to the success of the film. Counselors arrive at the camp in preparation for its reopening, well one of them never makes it, but end up victims of a never-seen killer. Director Cunningham uses a hand-held camera from the point of view of the killer, bringing us, the viewers, right into the thick of things. The carnage on display is brief but graphic. Tom Savini's make-up effects revolutionized horror, for better or worse. However, Cunningham is wise not to rely on the bloody effects for his scares: he uses the natural menace of the lake and woods, a thunderstorm at night, dark cabins made even darker when the power goes out, old tales in town of "blood camp", etc. It is these elements that make it an effective horror movie, not the gory killings. The ending borrows straight from Psycho, although with a gender reversal: I can just hear Anthony Perkins speaking the part of his mother. However, this film does have too many endings, with a particularly ludicrous one in the lake. ” - atari-3
Maniac (1980)
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A psychopath, troubled by his childhood abuse, loose in New York City, kills young women and takes their scalps as his trophies. Will he find the perfect woman in a photographer, and end his killing spree? (87 mins.)
Director: William Lustig
The House by the Cemetery (1981)
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A New England home is terrorized by a series of murders, unbeknownst to the guests that a gruesome secret is hiding in the basement. (86 mins.)
Director: Lucio Fulci
Night Watch (1973)
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Ellen Wheeler, a rich widow, is recovering from a nervous breakdown. One day, while staring out the window... (99 mins.)
Director: Brian G. Hutton
“ Elizabeth Taylor sees a dead body in the window of the abandoned house next to her garden. The police are called but cannot find anything. It happens again, with the same results, only now the police think she is crazy and will not respond to any more of her phone calls. Liz thinks her husband is having an affair with her best friend and they are trying to drive her insane so they can have her committed and leave the country with her money. That's what I thought as well, but the twist ending proves otherwise. Some good nightmare/flashback sequences, plenty of thunder and lightning, an abandoned old house and a murder mystery make for an entertaining rainy night thriller. ” - atari-3
The Reincarnation of Peter Proud (1975)
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When college professor Peter Proud begins to experience flashbacks from a previous incarnation, he is... (105 mins.)
Director: J. Lee Thompson
“ Michael Sarrazin is having bad dreams, only they are not dreams but memories of his past life. He catches a glimpse of some of the places in his dreams on television and travels there with his girlfriend. He finds his ex wife and daughter 35 years older than when he dreamed about them. He falls in love with his daughter, but his wife realizes who he really is and is not happy to see him. I thought the first part was rather slow, and his blond girlfriend annoying. However, as soon as she left him in Massachusetts the film took on a new life. The pacing was very good from that point and the story very involving. The electronic soundtrack by Jerry Goldsmith further enhances the atmosphere. A near-classic of 70s occult cinema. ” - atari-3
Re-Animator (1985)
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A dedicated student at a medical college and his girlfriend become involved in bizarre experiments centering around the re-animation of dead tissue when an odd new student arrives on campus. (104 mins.)
Director: Stuart Gordon
The Wolf Man (1941)
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A practical man returns to his homeland, is attacked by a creature of folklore, and infected with a horrific disease his disciplined mind tells him can not possibly exist. (70 mins.)
Director: George Waggner
Black Christmas (1974)
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During their Christmas break, a group of sorority girls are stalked by a stranger. (98 mins.)
Director: Bob Clark
The Black Torment (1964)
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A lord returns to his manor with his new wife, to hear rumors that he had already secretly returned and had committed several murders. Has he lost his mind, or is something dark afoot? (90 mins.)
The Brood (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A man tries to uncover an unconventional psychologist's therapy techniques on his institutionalized wife, amidst a series of brutal murders. (92 mins.)
Castle of Blood (1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A writer accepts a bet that he cannot spend the night alone in a haunted castle on All Soul's Eve. Once night falls at the castle... (87 mins.)
Poltergeist (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A family's home is haunted by a host of ghosts. (114 mins.)
Director: Tobe Hooper
“ A typical southern California suburban family's home is overtaken by malicious ghosts. They kidnap their young daughter who communicates with our world through the TV set. They call in professional ghost busters to try to get her back. After they fail, they resort to a psychic medium. However, it's old fashioned rope that does that eventually does the trick. Glossy, Spielberg-ized treatment of the haunted house genre has so many twists and turns that it feels more like a them park ride. It's fun, but impossible to take seriously. ” - atari-3
The Legend of Hell House (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Physicist Lionel Barrett and his wife lead a team of mediums into the Belasco House, which is supposedly haunted by the victims of its late owner, a six-foot-five serial killer. (95 mins.)
Director: John Hough
Mad Monster Party? (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
When Dr Frankenstein decides to retire from the monster-making business, he calls an international roster... (94 mins.)
Director: Jules Bass
“ This Rankin-Bass stop motion animation feature is an annual Halloween tradition. Boris Karloff hosts a gathering of classic monsters during which his human nephew Felix Flanken announces his retirement. He plans to pass his title on to Felix, which causes infighting among the monsters. The real fun is the numerous one-liners, musical interludes (Little Tibia and the Fibias are the best) and of course Francesca. It all ends with a bang featuring King Kong. ” - atari-3
The Return of the Living Dead (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
When two bumbling employees at a medical supply warehouse accidentally release a deadly gas into the air, the vapors cause the dead to rise again as zombies. (91 mins.)
Director: Dan O'Bannon
“ Careless employees at a medical supply company release a chemical which reanimates the dead. A cadaver attacks them and does not "die" even when cut into pieces. They take the parts across the street to a mortuary where they convince the mortician to incinerate it in the crematorium. The smoke falls as rain laced with the chemical, reanimating hordes of the dead in a nearby cemetery. They take refuge in the mortuary with a group of punk rockers who were goofing off in the cemetery. The military eventually steps in to take care of the mess. One of the best horror films to come out of the 80s, it strikes just the right balance of horror and comedy, has terrific performances by James Karen, Clu Galager and Don Calfa in their leading roles and even the stereotyped punk rockers come off as a likeable group of misfits. ” - atari-3
Sh! The Octopus (1937)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  
Comedy-mystery finds Detectives Kelly and Dempsey trapped in a deserted lighthouse with a group of strangers... (54 mins.)
Director: William McGann
“ It seems every year in the October horror marathon a previously unseen film unexpectedly emerges as a favorite. Look no further than Sh! The Octopus, a late 30s mystery comedy starring Hugh Herbert and Allen Jenkins as an Abbott and Costello style pair of detectives investigating a murder in a remote lighthouse. A body hangs upside down far atop the lighthouse, dripping blood on the people below. One of them cuts it loose and it lands hard on a table...obviously a dummy but still disturbing. Only it really is a dummy and the blood only ketchup. The remote lighthouse gradually becomes full of people, most of whom are not what they appear. A sea captain with a hook, the screaming girl who faints, the painter who just bought the place, an old woman. Identities are revealed in the finale, featuring a seamless transformation scene that I had to go back and watch in slow motion. This effect is simply stunning for 1937! Apparently it was done live on the set using filters over the lens, the same effect used in the 1932 version of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Even before this scene I was enjoying the film far more than it deserved, but this just sealed it. A must see! ” - atari-3
Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Mary Shelley reveals the main characters of her novel survived: Dr. Frankenstein, goaded by an even madder scientist, builds his monster a mate. (75 mins.)
Director: James Whale
“ Picking up where the original story left off, Frankenstein's monster survives the windmill attack and is loose again. He kills several villagers (he later explains: "love the dead, hate the living") and even manages to make a friend with a blind hermit who teaches him to speak, drink and smoke. Meanwhile, Dr. Frankenstein is recovering at home with his fiance when an old professor shows up and reveals that he has been carrying out similar experiments to create life. When Dr. Frankenstein refuses to help, the mad professor kidnaps his fiance and forces him. The two retire once again to the bell tower where they bring a new monster to life, this one a woman intended as a mate for the original monster. The plot occasionally takes a detour into the ridiculous, like the "little people" the professor keeps in jars, and the whole bride angle just doesn't work for me, but the psychological and emotional development of the monster does and it is that plot thread, combined with Karloff's performance, that keeps things interesting. ” - atari-3
Beyond the Door (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.4/10 X  
Juliet Mills plays a young pregnant woman in San Francisco who is going to have the devil's baby during her strange possession. Richard Johnson shows up to help her... but what does he really want? (109 mins.)
Mystery of the Wax Museum (1933)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
The disappearance of people and corpses leads a reporter to a wax museum and a sinister sculptor. (77 mins.)
Director: Michael Curtiz
The Gorgon (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
In the early 20th century, a Gorgon takes human form and terrorizes a small European village by turning its citizens to stone. (83 mins.)
Director: Terence Fisher
The Torture Chamber of Dr. Sadism (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
In the Olden Tymes, Count Regula is drawn and quartered for killing twelve virgins in his dungeon torture chamber... (80 mins.)
Director: Harald Reinl
“ A loose adaptation of Poe's Pit and the Pendulum, ex-Tarzan Lex Barker travels to a remote castle in search of his identity. Instead he finds an undead servant and his master Christopher Lee recently revived from the dead himself. They need Barker's companion Karin Dor, or more precisely her blood, to complete their transformation to the living. Barker, Dor and friends navigate surreal forests with body parts embedded in trees and labyrinthine catacombs leading to medieval torture chambers in an effort to escape the diabolical Lee. It's not quite as good as it sounds, narrative and plot are secondary, but it's still quite an atmospheric romp in medieval Germany. The Legend House print is OK, but this needs a complete restoration to bring out the original set design. ” - atari-3
The Seventh Victim (1943)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A woman in search of her missing sister uncovers a Satanic cult in New York's Greenwich Village, and finds that they may have something to do with her sibling's random disappearance. (71 mins.)
Director: Mark Robson
The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
In fifteenth century Paris, the brother of the archdeacon plots with the gypsy king to foment a peasant revolt. Meanwhile, a freakish hunchback falls in love with the gypsy queen. (133 mins.)
Director: Wallace Worsley
“ Gypsy girl Esmeralda is pursued by no less than four men throughout the movie. Her heart, but not her head, apparently belongs to dashing aristocrat Phoebus. However, her adopted father is also interested, and he's got the entire Paris population of the homeless and destitute on his side. Then there is Clopin, who stoops to faked kidnapping and attempted murder to make his case. Finally, there is Quasimodo, the hunchbacked monster to whom Esmeralda makes a friendly gesture and gains perhaps her most fervent admirer. Lon Chaney's performance as Quasimodo is of course legendary, but he tends to disappear for long stretches, replaced by boring romantic melodrama. The bravura finale in the highest reaches of the cathedral is well worth the wait, though. ” - atari-3
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1920)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Dr. Henry Jekyll experiments with scientific means of revealing the hidden, dark side of man and releases a murderer from within himself. (49 mins.)
“ After a slow beginning which establishes the relationships in the day-to-day life of Dr. Jekyll, he finally takes the elixir which releases Mr. Hyde. Trolling the foggy underbelly of London he lives a life of debauchery, mainly seeking out women. The anonymity of his new identity allows him to act out his fantasies with no conscience. However, when he eventually starts turning into Mr. Hyde unpredictably, and he runs out of the drug which can return him back to normal, things start to fall apart. John Barrymore's bravura performance and some incredible make-up effects for the time elevate this above the typical silent melodrama. ” - atari-3
Black Sabbath (1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A trio of atmospheric horror tales about: A woman terrorized in her apartment by phone calls from an... (92 mins.)
Director: Mario Bava
Malpertuis (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Malpertuis is a labyrinth where characters issued from the Greek mythology are made prisoners by Cassavius... (125 mins.)
Director: Harry Kümel
“ A difficult film that defies classification: part Lewis Carroll, part horror movie and part love story. Mathieu Carriere is Jan, who finds himself thrust into the world of Cassavius, a dying millionaire and owner of the mysterious Malpertuis. Much of the film has Jan wandering the long, gas-lit hallways of the mansion, trying to unlock its secrets. Along the way he is tempted by the love, and lust, of several women, or are they the same woman? And just who are the inhabitants of Malpertuis anyway? I tried to guess what was really going on, thinking maybe it was an allegory for hell with Orson Welles as the devil, but I was wrong and the "real" explanation is a bit surprising. Some amazing set design on display and it is beautifully filmed, reminding me of Terry Gilliam's Brazil. I watched the longer director's cut, and it does tend to lose its way at times, perhaps by design. It also has multiple levels of reality, at one point it appeared it was all going to be a dream, and there is a tacked on ending that takes place in a mental hospital implying it was all just the hallucinations of a lunatic. Perhaps the shorter version eliminates these unnecessary distractions. ” - atari-3
La orgía nocturna de los vampiros (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  
A busload of tourists stops in to visit a small European town. What they don't know is that the town is completely inhabited by vampires. (84 mins.)
Director: León Klimovsky
La plus longue nuit du diable (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
Six of seven tourists in a east European castle overnight are victims of a helper of the devil. Is Satan willing to spare their souls? (95 mins.)
Director: Jean Brismée
Love Me Deadly (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
A young socialite struggling to control her necrophiliac urges is torn between her affection for a kind businessman and the mortician who supplies her with bodies. (95 mins.)
Director: Jacques Lacerte
“ Mary Wilcox has got some serious issues. She hides them well, from her boyfriends to her eventual husband, nobody knows she is a necrophiliac. It all started when she was a little girl. She had a crush on her father, and after he was killed she snuggles up with him in his coffin. As an adult, she lives in a dream world, dressing up like a little girl and visiting her father's grave. She is sexually attracted to corpses and scans the want ads for funerals of young men. She meets up with a secret society of necrophiliacs late at night in funeral homes. The film works because of a superb performance by Wilcox, who is absolutely believable as both the perky young housewife and psychotic necro. The rare film that overcomes its low budget and dated kitsch to become somewhat of a classic of the genre. ” - atari-3
Frankenstein's Bloody Terror (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  
A man suffers from the curse of lyncanthropy and seeks out the aid of a German doctor and his wife who are experts in the occult... (88 mins.)
The Return of Dracula (1958)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
After a vampire leaves his native Balkans, he murders a Czech artist, assumes his identity, and moves in with the dead man's American cousins. (77 mins.)
Director: Paul Landres
Warlock Moon (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  
A young girl mets a boy, they take a trip to the country, and they wind up meeting a creepy old woman who lives in a closed-down resort. (89 mins.)
Director: William Herbert
Spider Baby or, The Maddest Story Ever Told (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A caretaker devotes himself to three demented siblings after their father's death. (81 mins.)
Director: Jack Hill
“ A campy mix of horror and humor, sort of a demented version of the Addams Family. Lon Chaney Jr. is perfect as the butler/caretaker of a family suffering from "Merrye Syndrome", a disease which causes them to mentally age backwards. So you get a cast of young adults acting like five year olds...which is just plain silly at first, but I did eventually adapt given the context. Jill Banner stands out as the girl who thinks she is a spider, and proves it by trapping and killing an unfortunate group of strangers who show up to claim an inheritance. There are heaving bosoms on display, a severed ear (hello David Lynch), cannibals living in the basement, spiders everywhere and numerous quotable one-liners. ” - atari-3
The Hollywood Strangler Meets the Skid Row Slasher (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.7/10 X  
Hollywood Strangler ("Johnathan Click") kills young models... Skid Row Slasher kills winos ... What will happen when they meet? (72 mins.)
“ A middle aged psycho with a camera scans the want ads for fashion models who charge by the hour. When the models start to take their clothes off he strangles them. This scenario is repeated over and over, like a peep show loop. He hangs out near the Flicker Theater and occasionally goes into the book store next door. The owner is a woman who also happens to be a psycho, only she kills old winos in the back alley with her razor blade. The two eventually meet and essentially cancel each other out. The film was shot without sound, all dialogue and effects were added later. We get a running commentary from the mind of the strangler which is eerily effective. We know he loved someone named Marsha, likes his pigeons because they are loyal and need him and strangles women to "cleanse the world" of their filth. Location shooting on the streets of Hollywood adds another depth of realism. The final theme song had me crying with laughter as the credits rolled. ” - atari-3
Gallery of Horror (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.9/10 X  
John Carradine narrates five horror tales, each with a comically predictable surprise ending. In the first... (83 mins.)
Director: David L. Hewitt
Blood Feast (1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.0/10 X  
An Egyptian caterer kills various women in suburban Miami to use their body parts to bring to life a dormant Egyptian goddess, while an inept police detective tries to track him down. (67 mins.)
The Car (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
A mysterious black, sleek automobile terrorizes everyone it comes into contact with in a small town in Utah. The local sheriff may be the only person who can stop this menace which has been possessed by pure evil. (96 mins.)
Race with the Devil (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Two couples vacationing together in an R.V. from Texas to Colorado are terrorized after they witness a murder during a Satanic ritual. (88 mins.)
Director: Jack Starrett