MY FAVORITE HORROR FILMS

As a life-long horror film devotee, I offer a variety of classics that never let me down. I revisit each of these films at least yearly. Enjoy!
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1.
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.)
“ Still chills after all these years. The most overlooked aspect of this seminal horror classic is the level of ensemble acting. Aside from the horrific possession and exorcism scenes, the set pieces of character interaction are tour-de-force moments in many of the cast's careers. ” - mtomano
 
2.
The Howling (1981)
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After a bizarre and near fatal encounter with a serial killer, a television newswoman is sent to a remote mountain resort whose residents may not be what they seem. (91 mins.)
Director: Joe Dante
“ Dante's homage to the Creature Feature. The seclusion of the retreat hints at secret society conspiracy, junk psychiatry and cults. Throw in a healthy dose of humor, jump scares, steamy sex and Rob Bottin's masterful makeup effects and you've got a killer flick to revisit time and time again. ” - mtomano
 
3.
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.)
“ Romero's gory satire on rampant consumerism numbs the senses. The remake was terrific, also. ” - mtomano
 
4.
Dracula A.D. 1972 (1972)
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Johnny Alucard raises Count Dracula from the dead in London in 1972. The Count goes after the descendants of Van Helsing. (96 mins.)
Director: Alan Gibson
“ A guilty pleasure for sure, but so much fun! Black Masses, really bad funky music, rebellious teens, cool hippy clothes, Cushing and Lee. What's not to love? ” - mtomano
 
5.
The Fearless Vampire Killers (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A noted professor and his dim-witted apprentice fall prey to their inquiring vampires, while on the trail of the ominous damsel in distress. (108 mins.)
Director: Roman Polanski
“ Polanski's homage to Hammer. A strange, trippy horror/comedy that still holds up. One can see the influence this movie had on Tim Burton, as the art direction and costumes are exceptional. This film also illustrates how good of a comedic actor Polanski could be. ” - mtomano
 
6.
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
“ Lugosi's Dracula remains a haunting vision. Todd Browning's decision to make the film sans music (save for the Swan Lake credits) adds to its eerie, claustrophobic feel. ” - mtomano
 
7.
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
“ Stunning performances, incredibly diabolic music and the prospect of the Devil as Child. Chilling premise is met with tremendous scenes of suspense and terror. ” - mtomano
 
8.
My Bloody Valentine (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
A decades-old folk tale surrounding a deranged murderer killing those who celebrate Valentine's Day turns out to be true to legend when a group defies the killer's order and people start turning up dead. (90 mins.)
Director: George Mihalka
“ Decapitated head and shoulders above the slew of post-Halloween slasher rip-offs, this Canadian gem has character development, gallows humor and moments of inspired dread. Highly recommended. ” - mtomano
 
9.
Theatre of Blood (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A Shakespearean actor takes poetic revenge on the critics who denied him recognition. (104 mins.)
Director: Douglas Hickox
“ Vincent Price's turn as Shakespearean thespian, Edward Lionheart, is one of his finest performances. Copping a similar revenge motif as his Dr. Phibes films, this one ditches ingenious over-the-top murder schemes in favor of replicating death knells from the Bard. Essential. ” - mtomano
 
10.
Phantasm (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A teenage boy and his friends face off against a mysterious grave robber known only as the Tall Man, who keeps a lethal arsenal of terrible weapons with him. (88 mins.)
Director: Don Coscarelli
“ Don Coscarelli's nightmarish Phantasm is terrific fun. Set in a world it calls its own, Phantasm is a surreal delight. ” - mtomano
 
11.
The Wolf Man (1941)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
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
“ The tragic tale of Larry Talbot, Jr. Chaney, Jr.'s claim to fame is one of Universal's finest. A love story. ” - mtomano
 
12.
The Mummy (1932)
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A living mummy stalks the beautiful woman he believes is the reincarnation of his lover. (73 mins.)
Director: Karl Freund
“ Another immortal Universal offering. Deliberately paced, well-acted and spooky. ” - mtomano
 
13.
Frankenstein (1931)
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An obsessed scientist assembles a living being from parts of exhumed corpses. (70 mins.)
Director: James Whale
“ Karloff's portrayal of the Monster is poetic. Colin Clive's maniacal Dr. Frankenstein and Dwight Frye's Fritz round out a trio of arguably the finest horror performances in one film. ” - mtomano
 
14.
Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
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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
“ James Whale's masterpiece. Watch this again with a focus on the humor, blasphemy, social commentary and surrealism in the script. ” - mtomano
 
15.
The Curse of the Werewolf (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
In Spain, Leon is born on Christmas day to a mute servant girl who was raped by a beggar. His mother... (93 mins.)
Director: Terence Fisher
“ This Hammer lycanthropic fairy tale never loses sight of its story, which is a beautifully told tragic love story. Oliver Reed's shot to stardom. ” - mtomano
 
16.
Nightbreed (1990)
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A troubled young man is drawn to a mythical place called Midian where a variety of monsters are hiding from humanity. (102 mins.)
Director: Clive Barker
“ Clive Barker's novella, Cabal, brought to the big screen. Flawed, due to studio interference, this film still "breeds" loyal fandom. A long-rumored Director's Cut is criminally overdue. ” - mtomano
 
17.
The Fly (1986)
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A brilliant but eccentric scientist begins to transform into a giant man/fly hybrid after one of his experiments goes horribly wrong. (96 mins.)
“ Cronenberg's shining moment. Jeff Goldblum's portrayal of a scientist contaminated by an experiment gone awry is another tour-de-force. Perfect casting adds to this classic. ” - mtomano
 
18.
Jaws (1975)
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When a gigantic great white shark begins to menace the small island community of Amity, a police chief, a marine scientist and a grizzled fisherman set out to stop it. (124 mins.)
“ Brody, Hooper, Quint, apricot brandy, the rickety Orca and a twenty-five foot long Great White. Sublime. ” - mtomano
 
19.
Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954)
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A strange prehistoric beast lurks in the depths of the Amazonian jungle. A group of scientists try to capture the animal and bring it back to civilization for study. (79 mins.)
Director: Jack Arnold
“ One of the best sci-fi adventure films ever made. The Creature remains one of the most unique...um...creatures...in film history. ” - mtomano
 
20.
The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971)
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A doctor, scientist, organist, and biblical scholar, Anton Phibes, seeks revenge on the nine doctors he considers responsible for his wife's death. (94 mins.)
Director: Robert Fuest
“ This, and its equally fun sequel Dr. Phibes Rises Again, are psychedelic horror at its finest. One can see Anton LaVey's influence on the sets and company of Clockwork companions. Excellent. ” - mtomano