Every Horror Film I Can Remember Seeing

This is an ongoing list of horror films that I can remember seeing, updated as I see them (or remember something previously forgotten). Included is a short paragraph or two long review and a 1-5 star rating of each.
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A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Several people are hunted by a cruel serial killer who kills his victims in their dreams. While the survivors are trying to find the reason for being chosen, the murderer won't lose any chance to kill them as soon as they fall asleep. (91 mins.)
Director: Wes Craven
“ What else is there to really say that hasn't been said a million times before? It's a classic and forever will be. Excellent performances, very strong pacing, good effects work and just a truly clever and memorable piece of horror fiction. 4/5 stars. ” - atrophic_dwarf
A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  
A teenage boy is haunted in his dreams by Freddy Krueger who is out to possess him in order to continue his murder spree in the real world. (87 mins.)
Director: Jack Sholder
“ Homosexual allegories and theories aside, this film really is pretty mediocre. It has its moment, though, which is probably better than what most say about it...Englund understands Freddy very well and manages to get through this film with dignity intact, which is no small feat. 2/5 stars. ” - atrophic_dwarf
A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Survivors of undead serial killer Freddy Krueger - who stalks his victims in their dreams - learn to take control of their own dreams in order to fight back. (96 mins.)
Director: Chuck Russell
“ This film walks a really great line between outright silly and actually having a sense of weight. Most of the elements work really well: it's a good script built around a simple and straightforward story, characters who can be archetypes without being caricatures and a cast capable of bringing them to life. 3/5 stars. ” - atrophic_dwarf
A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
Freddy Krueger returns once again to terrorize the dreams of the remaining Dream Warriors, as well as those of a young woman who may know the way to defeat him for good. (93 mins.)
Director: Renny Harlin
“ My ultimate guilty pleasure movie. My crush on Andras Jones' hair is well documented among those who know me. Add to that that actress Lisa Wilcox was my very first 13 year old celebrity crush and you have perhaps the most watched film on this entire list. It's simple, it's a little silly, but it's imaginative, visually arresting, and filled with interesting and engaging characters (even if they exist for an absurdly short amount of time), and excellent performances. Plus, it never ceases to make me happy on a personal note. I love this film. 3/5 stars. ” - atrophic_dwarf
A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  
The pregnant Alice finds Freddy Krueger striking through the sleeping mind of her unborn child, hoping to be reborn into the real world. (89 mins.)
Director: Stephen Hopkins
“ It's a really rushed film on the page and in the sense of direction: Hopkins handles the effects stuff well, though, and most of the film has some astonishingly excellent visuals. Lisa Wilcox returns, which makes me very happy. 2.5/5 stars. ” - atrophic_dwarf
Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  
Freddy Krueger returns once again to haunt both the dreams of Springwood's last surviving teenager and a woman with a deep connection to him. (89 mins.)
Director: Rachel Talalay
“ Way too silly to be scary, too stupid to be funny...other than the cast seeming pretty damned committed, this movie seems to fail on every conceivable level. There's some good effects work, too, I suppose, though it's undermined by the cartoonish violence and incessant mugging for the camera. And Dream Demons. *beep* dream demons. 2/5 stars. ” - atrophic_dwarf
New Nightmare (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A demonic force has chosen Freddy Krueger as its portal to the real world. Can Heather play the part of Nancy one last time and trap the evil trying to enter our world? (112 mins.)
Director: Wes Craven
“ It's very 90's, and that can't be helped, but it really is an incredibly intelligent examination of not just the "Nightmare" series, but of the very essence of fiction. It's ambitious as all hell, and no matter what its failings (and there aren't that many, really), it's pretty successful in that goal. 3.5/5 stars. ” - atrophic_dwarf
Freddy vs. Jason (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
Freddy Krueger and Jason Voorhees return to terrorize the teenage population. Except this time, they're out to get each other, too. (97 mins.)
Director: Ronny Yu
“ Both series are known primarily for excess and insanity, and Freddy Vs.Jason brings both in a big way. The titular characters are well utilized and formed, even if fans might complain that Freddy still isn't "dark" enough(despite his highly pronounced sexual deviancy), with Jason getting more of the characterization(even getting a bit of heroism attached to him in the end, which does work out well enough under the circumstances-compared to Freddy, Jason is a pretty nice guy). It may have benefited from being played a little more straight but, considering it was a miracle that it was even made let alone watchable, it's a pretty solid love-letter to the respective franchises. 3/5 stars. ” - atrophic_dwarf
A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  
The spectre of a dead child rapist haunts the children of the parents who murdered him, stalking and killing them in their dreams. (95 mins.)
Director: Samuel Bayer
“ It's not a great film, but for what it is...well, this isn't so bad a film. I'd argue that it's actually quite good when it's being allowed to do what it wants to, which is be it's own film. The Nightmare sequences, performance ques and dialogue that isn't ripped from the original series mostly are pretty well done. The film does get too "dark" for it's own good, though: too often does it get carried away in trying to be edgy to the point of no longer being any fun whatsoever. Seeing a young woman weep over finding nude photos of her five year old self really isn't the kind of thing a film about a dream monster with knife fingers should probably be about. Between that and awkward fan service moments, things never quite reach the heights they probably should. Still, enough of it is decent enough that it's not a total loss. 2.5/5 stars. ” - atrophic_dwarf
Friday the 13th (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A group of camp counselors are 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.)
“ It's a little strange that this film was so successful, really. It's not particularly good. It's bloody, though, and maybe that's all it took. Right place, right time I suppose. The third act is particularly ferocious, which I suppose was also pretty new at the time, and probably left a good memory in the minds of audiences. 3/5 ” - atrophic_dwarf
Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
Mrs. Voorhees is dead, and Camp Crystal Lake is shut down, but a camp next to the infamous place is stalked by an unknown assailant. Is it Mrs. Voorhees' son Jason, who did not really drown in the lake some 30 years before? (87 mins.)
Director: Steve Miner
“ There isn't much to think about, really. It's a pretty run-of-the-mill slasher film, even if those weren't necessarily a thing yet. Amy Steele makes a good if not underdeveloped "final girl"but that's about it. That being said, it isn't really a BAD film. It's not poorly made or anything, it just...well, it is just is. 2/5 ” - atrophic_dwarf
Friday the 13th Part III (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
Having revived from his wound, Jason Voorhees takes refuge at a cabin near Crystal Lake. As a group of co-eds arrive for their vacation, Jason continues his killing spree. (95 mins.)
Director: Steve Miner
“ Well, again, considering it's basically the same as the previous films, it's hard to do any real analysis of it. It exists, it isn't terrible, it mostly is just a string of kills performed on a largely interchangeable cast. There's a little more character laced in-Shelley has some stuff to do, and Chris has her "trauma"-but there still isn't much in the way of writing. It is what it is, and what it is isn't terrible. 2/5 ” - atrophic_dwarf
Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
After being mortally wounded and taken to the morgue, murderer Jason Voorhees spontaneously revives and embarks on a killing spree as he makes his way back to his home at Camp Crystal Lake. (91 mins.)
Director: Joseph Zito
“ There are two films happening here. Movie A has Trish and Tommy, their Mother and The Bear Hunter dealing with Jason. Movie B is the usual movie with Jason wiping out a dozen or so teens in various ways. They merge in and out with each other, but it still feels like there were two movies going on. Movie A was much more subtle: there was some attempt at character development, a family unit that could have been fleshed out in any other horror film, and an outside force looking to disrupt their tenuous relationship. Movie B was the norm. No need for any subtlety, just hack and slash. I almost wonder what Movie A could have been if given the entire running time and some actual focused writing. 3/5 ” - atrophic_dwarf
Friday the 13th: A New Beginning (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  
Still haunted by his past, Tommy Jarvis - who, as a child, killed Jason Voorhees - wonders if the serial killer is connected to a series of brutal murders occurring in and around the secluded halfway house where he now lives. (92 mins.)
Director: Danny Steinmann
“ It's a wonderful bad movie, no doubt about it. It's filled with a great deal of over-the-top silliness and deranged performances, and it's so entertaining while being a big giant mess. Like I said before, there is some actual intelligence to the film's conception even though it's awkward in practice. If nothing else, it's worth it as a fun bad movie. Also, goth chick doing the robot to Psuedo Echo's "His Eyes," and a man named Demon getting killed in an outhouse. 2/5 ” - atrophic_dwarf
Jason Lives: Friday the 13th Part VI (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Tommy Jarvis goes to the graveyard to get rid of Jason Voorhees' body once and for all, but inadvertently brings him back to life instead. The newly revived killer once again seeks revenge, and Tommy may be the only one who can defeat him. (86 mins.)
Director: Tom McLoughlin
“ It's probably the cutest installment of the series. It's not the best, but the comedy element does add something to the mostly by-the-numbers entries that were the series hallmark. Thom Matthews and Jennifer Cooke are charming enough leads-at the very least we get a sense of personality from them-and there's some cute dialogue. The sheriff is a fun character, too, and I'm always glad to see a normal human get a few shots off on supernatural opponents. 3/5 ” - atrophic_dwarf
Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  
Years after Tommy Jarvis chained him underwater at Camp Crystal Lake, the dormant Jason Voorhees returns to the camp grounds when he is accidentally released from his prison by a telekinetic teenager. (88 mins.)
“ Another really strange selection of characters and situations permeate this whole film, especially when you consider the fact that the "final girl" is a telekinetic. Despite being one of the silliest in terms of plot, the strangeness of the whole thing actually makes it work far better than it should. 3/5 ” - atrophic_dwarf
Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  
A boat of graduating high school students bound for Manhattan pulls Jason Voorhees along for the ride. (100 mins.)
Director: Rob Hedden
“ Toxic Waste and Heroine-sharing Muggers. Only in the idiotic fever dream of a writer's version of New York! At least the Dog survived, with his spiffy little bandana intact. The gimmick of Jason-on-a-boat/Jason-in-the-city are well intentioned enough, even if they aren't super interesting or well handled but...it's a thing, and at least they tried to do something to keep the franchise afloat. 2/5 ” - atrophic_dwarf
Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.3/10 X  
Serial killer Jason Voorhees' supernatural origins are revealed. (87 mins.)
Director: Adam Marcus
“ This movie at least has the guts to try something different with a worn out franchise. It doesn't all work-far from it-but there's enough fun to make it stand out and be actually entertaining. It's spirited and committed, which is more than I can say for most of the franchise. 3/5 ” - atrophic_dwarf
Jason X (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.4/10 X  
Jason Voorhees returns with a new look, a new machete, and his same murderous attitude as he is awakened on a spaceship in the 25th century. (91 mins.)
Director: Jim Isaac
“ It's stupid, it's fun, it has some nice performances and a lot of heart, but not a lot of brains. But, honestly, that former part really puts it above a lot of other entries in the franchise. So, good on you, Jason X. 3/5 ” - atrophic_dwarf
Friday the 13th (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
A group of young adults discover a boarded up Camp Crystal Lake, where they soon encounter Jason Voorhees and his deadly intentions. (97 mins.)
Director: Marcus Nispel
“ Well, as remakes go, this isn't so horrible. Padalecki and Panabaker do well with their roles, as do some of the other cast (the ones who have more to do than just stand around, have sex or go water-skiing), the depiction of Jason is reasonably well done. I think more of the blame for the weaknesses falls on Platinum Dunes, who can't help but get in their own way with these gritty reboots. Honestly, if there was one actual character trait for the series it was that it never took itself too seriously and yet somehow this remake was so very into being a straight slasher flick...the trouble is, we've done that before. There must have been a way to find a balance, but Platinum Dunes so frequently seems to mis-read it's audience. 2.5/5 ” - atrophic_dwarf
Suspiria (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
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
“ Quite possibly one of my favorite horror flicks ever. The opening sequence is probably the most beautiful horror film sequence ever filmed, and the rest of it is -while occasionally somewhat hard to follow- a really fun piece of surrealist filmmaking with some really effective moments. One of the classics. 4.5/5 ” - atrophic_dwarf
Inferno (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
An American college student in Rome and his sister in New York investigate a series of killings in both locations where their resident addresses are the domain of two covens of witches. (107 mins.)
Director: Dario Argento
“ While not up to par with "Suspiria", this sequel still has some fun moments. Argento still fills the whole thing with highly energetic visuals and a good, strong pace. It just isn't as good. 3.5/5 ” - atrophic_dwarf
Mother of Tears (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  
Part three of the "Three Mothers" trilogy which takes place in Rome and has to do with Mater Lachrymarum (The Third Mother). (102 mins.)
Director: Dario Argento
“ Highly mediocre finish to Argento's "Three Mothers" trilogy with his only moderately talented daughter Asia in the starring role. No doubt she's easy on the eyes, but most of the usually beautiful and interesting horror sequences Argento usually fills his films with are now unintentionally hilarious. As such, the film isn't all that great. 2.5/5 ” - atrophic_dwarf
Hellraiser (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
An unfaithful wife encounters the zombie of her dead lover; demons are pursuing him after he escaped their sadomasochistic underworld. (94 mins.)
Director: Clive Barker
“ It's a spirited but sometimes amateurish and messy piece. It has extraordinary visuals and some real dramatic flare, but it can't help that Barker was just a tad under-experienced. Taken as it's own thing, and understood as a piece of bizarre self-indulgence and emotional expression, it's a very fascinating and entertaining piece of work. 3.5/5. ” - atrophic_dwarf
Hellbound: Hellraiser II (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Kirsty is brought to an institution after the death of her family, where the occult-obsessive head resurrects Julia and unleashes the Cenobites once again. (97 mins.)
Director: Tony Randel
“ Despite a somewhat frustrating ending, Hellbound offers some great moments and some really intelligent and thought-provoking themes and motifs throughout. A few minor, but fascinating literary references, some fun fairy tale motifs, a boatload of excellent visuals, interesting characters...and very little plot. The good that it offers far outweighs the bad. To think, I hesitated. 3/5 ” - atrophic_dwarf
Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
An investigative reporter must send the newly unbound Pinhead and his legions back to Hell. (93 mins.)
Director: Anthony Hickox
“ A complete rumination on stylistic excess and pop-culture audacity. It has no mind to speak of, no point, no ambition for something greater: it just wanted to mess with your head, just a little. It wanted to make you roll your eyes while, maybe just a tiny bit, you smirk to yourself about how weird it all is. I think it's a triumph of style over substance and raw entertainment in it's purest, least pretentious form. It's by no means a great film, but I think it makes a wonderful trifecta with the first two: each has it's own strengths and weaknesses, as well as it's own very specific idea of what it is and what its goals are. Fun movie, nothing else. 3/5 ” - atrophic_dwarf
Hellraiser: Bloodline (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  
In the 22nd century, a scientist attempts to right the wrong his ancestor created: the puzzle box that opens the gates of Hell and unleashes Pinhead and his Cenobite legions. (85 mins.)
“ Uh...geez, I got nothing. There's some decent visuals but it fails on every other conceivable level. I don't know that I believe a lot of it to be Yagher's fault, though:it feels like a lot of issues with this film really came in the pre-production stage. But, no matter who is really at fault...it's a bad movie. 1.5/5 ” - atrophic_dwarf
Hellraiser: Inferno (2000 Video)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
A shady police detective becomes embroiled in a strange world of murder, sadism and madness after being assigned a murder investigation against a madman known only as "The Engineer". (99 mins.)
“ In a lot of ways Inferno almost feels like a tragedy: I feel like if you showed me just bits and pieces of this film, I'd feel pretty good about it. I feel like the people who worked on the film felt pretty good about it...there's so much that could work on it's own but just somehow doesn't. Nothing quite connects like it should. The sudden death of his Daughter and the shattering of her frozen arm has a brief effect, but not because there's an earned response but simply because it's a child. It's a frustrating movie, simply because it feels like it COULD be good. So many moments FEEL like they should mean something. But they don't, and I really can't quite put my finger on why. 2/5 ” - atrophic_dwarf
Hellraiser: Hellseeker (2002 Video)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  
A shady businessman attempts to piece together the details of the car crash that killed his wife, rendered him an amnesiac, and left him in possession of a sinister puzzle box that summons monsters. (89 mins.)
Director: Rick Bota
“ Most of this really shouldn't have worked but did somehow, mostly because Bota knows his way around composition, when to use harsh light and soft light, and can frame and design a strong scene. Winters gives a strange performance that, while it probably isn't actually a good performance, it's at least very interesting and adds to the feeling of mystery throughout the film. The effects work is sub-par, but it's hard to blame them on the little cash they likely had to make it. The story, once it explains itself, is also very cliche and unconvincing, trying to end up in a place as poignant as it kind of promised it would, and ultimately fails to deliver. It's well executed, and means well, but it's still a poor outing. 2.5/5 ” - atrophic_dwarf
Hellraiser: Deader (2005 Video)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  
A journalist uncovers an underground group who can bring back the dead and slowly becomes drawn into their world. (88 mins.)
Director: Rick Bota
“ It's a mess, it doesn't make a lot of sense, there's virtually no real plot cohesion or anything...but there are some strong scenes, some decent set design and camerawork, and Kari Wuhrer's strong performance. You win some, you lose some. Overall, like it's immediate predecessor: it's better than it has any right to be. 2.5/5 ” - atrophic_dwarf
Hellraiser: Hellworld (2005 Video)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.3/10 X  
Gamers playing a MMORPG based on the "Hellraiser" franchise find their lives endangered after being invited to a rave, the host of which intends to show them the truth behind the Cenobite mythos. (91 mins.)
Director: Rick Bota
“ It exists. But Henry "Superman" Cavill got a blow job, so...good for him. 1/5 ” - atrophic_dwarf
Hellraiser: Revelations (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.8/10 X  
Two friends discover a puzzle box in Mexico, which unleashes cenobite Pinhead. (75 mins.)
Director: Victor Garcia
“ Ugh. There's some good ideas in here-there really are, god help me-but the execution is really subpar. Poorly acted, poorly directed...just poorly made. There really is some good conception, and I've seen worse horror film endings...but this was pretty rough. 1/5 ” - atrophic_dwarf
Halloween (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Fifteen years after murdering his sister on Halloween night 1963, Michael Myers escapes from a mental hospital and returns to the small town of Haddonfield to kill again. (91 mins.)
Director: John Carpenter
“ Well, it's a classic and genre defining juggernaut for a reason. I'm not sure a final analysis is even necessary, since every jerk and his sister has likely see this film at least the one time. Carpenter shows a real knack for suspense, which isn't surprising since the gore effects and exploitation films didn't come until afterwards...while it's true that Black Christmas did a lot of this stuff sooner, I think Carpenter probably did manage to make it work more successfully than that film did. It's a fairly terrifying movie that probably would seem a little tame to a modern audience, but the sheer film-making magic that Carpenter managed to pull together here really is a wonder to behold. 4.5/5 ” - atrophic_dwarf
Halloween II (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
While Sheriff Brackett and Dr. Loomis hunt for Michael Myers, a traumatized Laurie is rushed to hospital, and the serial killer is not far behind her. (92 mins.)
Director: Rick Rosenthal
“ Director Rosenthal clearly had a real affection for Carpenters original film and, as such, made a pretty faithful follow-up. Obviously there's more emphasis on traditional slasher film elements that, really, fail more often than not. Pleasance is the real winner here, giving an intense and committed performance. Curtis literally sits out most of the proceedings, and no other actors are given much to do, so basically we have Loomis and Myers to watch, which is clearly something the producers of the franchise realized were more or less their bread and butter. While the rivalry has it's ups and downs over time, it mostly works in this installment. Not the strongest film in the world, but a fairly strong sequel. 3.5/5 ” - atrophic_dwarf
Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  
Kids all over America want Silver Shamrock masks for Halloween. Doctor Daniel Challis seeks to uncover a plot by Silver Shamrock owner Conal Cochran. (98 mins.)
“ It has a really solid first act that just slowly but surely degenerates into a sloppy, disjointed mess. It's one of the worst offenders of early-eighties kitchen sink film making: pagan ritual, killer masks, robot duplicates, evil corporate conspiracies...could have picked one or two to utilize and made a stronger film. The characterization is awkward and jumbled, with even our lead hero's motivations and personality being murky and shaky. That being said, there is still a creative sense of fun to some of the proceedings, and that kind of makes up for a lot of the weaknesses throughout. 2.5/5 ” - atrophic_dwarf
Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Ten years after his original massacre, the invalid Michael Myers awakens and returns to Haddonfield to kill his seven-year-old niece on Halloween. Can Dr. Loomis stop him? (88 mins.)
“ This, like many other sequels in general, gets more derision that I think it probably deserves. It's by no means a classic or compares to the original in any way but in the end it manages to have some fun as a continuation of a story that is largely impossible to beat. Sequels are supposed to do that, really: the idea that a sequel is supposed to compete with the original installment in any way, shape or form is really kind of absurd. But, given it's status as a sequel, Halloween 4 gives enough fun slasher moments, suspenseful sequences and performances (mostly by Pleasence and Harris) that it works more often than it doesn't. It lacks a lot of the punch it's predecessors had, but it's not nearly as watered down as many claim. It's simple, it's fun, it barely avoids being mindless...it's not a bad flick. 3/5 ” - atrophic_dwarf
Halloween 5 (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  
One year after the events of Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers, the Shape returns to Haddonfield once again in an attempt to kill his now-mute niece. (96 mins.)
“ The worst sins of Halloween 5 are how utterly run-of-the-mill it really is. There's no plot, no suspense, no tension, just random kills and scenes with very little cohesion. Plus, that last act is very by-the-numbers and ludicrous with one of the more rotten endings in recent memory. That being said, the film does a few things well: The subversions apparent in the character of Tina are well played and interesting, even if that's blown to all hell by the sudden need to unceremoniously ditch her at the end of the second act, and the film plays well with sentiment and emotion (even if the characterization, particularly in who they are and what they do, is occasionally in question), with a few capable actors making those emotions work. It isn't a good film, but I wouldn't necessarily call it the utter pile of garbage that many make it out to be. I feel like it's heart is mostly in the right place, there just wasn't enough skill to keep it all afloat.. 2.5/5 ” - atrophic_dwarf
Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.0/10 X  
Six years after Michael Myers last terrorized Haddonfield, he returns there in pursuit of his niece, Jamie Lloyd, who has escaped with her newborn child, for which Michael and a mysterious cult have sinister plans. (87 mins.)
Director: Joe Chappelle
“ While I still feel like Halloween Resurrection is actually the series low point, this really does run it a close second. It's a remarkably sloppy movie with one of the worst narrative flows I've come across. Characters just appear places, motivations are flimsy at best, nothing is fundamentally established or explained with anything except a few cursory lines of expository and nonsensical jargon. That said, a few brief flourishes from Pleasence (as wasted as he is here) and Rudd's mixed bag of performance choices (ranging from interesting to watch in a hilarious sort of way to painfully stiff and awkward) bring some life to the piece...not enough to really save it from being one of the worst examples of the horrible stuff the mid-nineties managed to produce. 2/5. ” - atrophic_dwarf
Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
Laurie Strode, now the dean of a Northern California private school with an assumed name, must battle the Shape one last time and now the life of her own son hangs in the balance. (86 mins.)
Director: Steve Miner
“ It's jumbled and messy like so many other nineties horror flicks...the build-up is mostly non-existent beyond some characterization for Laurie and her son, and even that finds itself never expanded on or resolved, and is mostly entirely dropped. There's no suspense, most of the deaths are random and committed on characters we don't know or care about, and the ending is a rushed dash to the credits with little meaning. It all boils down to one singular purpose: to have Jamie Lee Curtis in a Halloween movie again. 2.5/5 ” - atrophic_dwarf
Halloween: Resurrection (2002)
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Three years after he last terrorized his sister, Michael Myers confronts her again, before traveling to Haddonfield to deal with the cast and crew of a reality show which is being broadcast from his old home. (94 mins.)
Director: Rick Rosenthal
“ Easily the lowest point of the whole series. Listing the reasons why would likely take twice as long as actually watching this garbage did. 1/5 ” - atrophic_dwarf
Halloween (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
After being committed for 17 years, Michael Myers, now a grown man and still very dangerous, escapes from the mental institution and immediately returns to Haddonfield to find his baby sister, Laurie. (109 mins.)
Director: Rob Zombie
“ It's not a completely terrible film. Early on there is some halfway decent camerawork and creative displays...it's just that Zombie is a terrible writer, obsessed with trashy and exploitative imagery and values and generally not much of a film-maker. There are some so-so performances that are obviously hampered by the baffling decision to give them a few seconds at a time to actually present themselves in any meaningful way. 1.5/5 ” - atrophic_dwarf
Halloween II (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  
Laurie Strode struggles to come to terms with her brother Michael's deadly return to Haddonfield, Illinois; meanwhile, Michael prepares for another reunion with his sister. (105 mins.)
Director: Rob Zombie
“ I have no more insights to offer. No more barbs, witty or angry. I just have nothing.


1/5 ” - atrophic_dwarf
Repulsion (1965)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A sex-repulsed woman who disapproves of her sister's boyfriend sinks into depression and has horrific visions of rape and violence. (105 mins.)
Director: Roman Polanski
“ Creepy Polanski film with fantastic use of setting and creative camera work to create a sense of unease and imbalance really imbue the film with a wonderfully surrealist feel. Some really great work from an admittedly repugnant man, but his directing style is really something to behold. 4/5 ” - atrophic_dwarf
Rosemary's Baby (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
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. (137 mins.)
Director: Roman Polanski
“ Another stylish outing from Polanski, and an amazing horror classic to boot. Mia Farrow is amazing throughout, and the horror sequences are surreal and horrifying without being too weird. It's weird enough, though. Thoroughly engaging. 4/5 ” - atrophic_dwarf
The Wicker Man (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
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
“ What a film. Just an amazing achievement in world-building and an enthralling acting exercise, and possibly one of the best horror film endings ever. Superb. 4.5/5 ” - atrophic_dwarf
The Wicker Man (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.7/10 X  
A sheriff investigating the disappearance of a young girl from a small island discovers there's a larger mystery to solve among the island's secretive, neo-pagan community. (102 mins.)
Director: Neil Labute
“ Impressively, someone managed to take one of the best films ever and turn it into a ridiculous embarrassment of a remake. The over-the-top performance of lead Nicholas Cage has turned the whole film into something of an internet sensation. But you're better off sticking to the memes than dealing with the finished product as a whole. 1.5/5 ” - atrophic_dwarf
Black Christmas (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
During their Christmas break, a group of sorority girls are stalked by a stranger. (98 mins.)
Director: Bob Clark
“ It's a simple, honest and direct film by all accounts. There's nothing flashy about it, it's not gory or particularly scandalous: it's just a dark story about people being victimized on Christmas. The comedy is often very funny but does get a little irritating before the credits roll. Everyone is good in it, though, and it's one of the few films I genuinely do get creeped out by. Extraordinary film. 4/5 ” - atrophic_dwarf
Black Christmas (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  
An escaped maniac returns to his childhood home on Christmas Eve, which is now a sorority house, and begins to murder the sorority sisters one by one. (84 mins.)
Director: Glen Morgan
“ What a mess. Poor scripting, scattered direction, and laborious pacing are just a few of the numerous problems plaguing this film. It should have been a slam dunk-remaking a film like Black Christmas shouldn't have been tough-but somehow, someway, they managed to botch nearly every aspect of production along the way. This is, of course, exempting the casting agent, who did an excellent job gathering a very talented group of young and interesting actresses to ultimately be poorly utilized and under supported. It's a shame. Really is. 2/5 because Katie Cassidy is in it, and I love her. ” - atrophic_dwarf
Dracula (1931)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
The ancient vampire Count Dracula arrives in England and begins to prey upon the virtuous young Mina. (85 mins.)
Director: Tod Browning
“ What is there to say? It's an amazing flick and so very important to the history of the genre. It's not the first horror movie(though it's pretty close) but it's probably the most influential. There certainly wouldn't be a horror movie without it. Excellent stuff. 4.5/5 ” - atrophic_dwarf
Dracula (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
The centuries old vampire Count Dracula comes to England to seduce his barrister Jonathan Harker's fiancée Mina Murray and inflict havoc in the foreign land. (128 mins.)
“ It seems to change as often as Dracula's form itself: from act to act, it metamorphoses into very different things, at times clearly meant to be excessive to the point of self-parody to times of dead seriousness. The movie seems content enough to just be aggressive and...well, just to be. 3/5 ” - atrophic_dwarf
The Omen (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
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
“ Richard Donner's amazing biblical horror flick is really pretty remarkable. Really amazing music, strong performances and some very cool scenes make the whole not just a fantastic horror flick, but a strong film all around. 4.5/5 ” - atrophic_dwarf
The Omen (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
An American official realizes that his young son may literally be the Devil incarnate. (110 mins.)
Director: John Moore
“ It's always interesting to view remakes, for better or for worse. In some cases they're wildly reinterpreted, sometimes they're simply turned on their heads or, such as with 2006's "The Omen", they're barely changed at all. It's virtually a shot for shot remake, but without Donner's masterful turn at the helm, and sadly the cast are pale substitutes to the original's ensemble. Julia Stiles does what she can, but unfortunately Liev Schriber still has someone telling him that he's a full actor and not just a character actor. But even then, everyone should have known he could never be Gregory Peck. 2.5/5 ” - atrophic_dwarf
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

Well, that and a sudden realization this Phantasm is actually a really clever mash-up of elements and concepts from that period's greatest genre works. 3.5/5 ” - atrophic_dwarf
Phantasm II (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Mike, now released from a psychiatric hospital, continues his journey to stop the evil Tall Man from his grim work. (97 mins.)
Director: Don Coscarelli
“ So much wild and crazy fun. One of the strongest sequels in Horror. Crammed full of various fictional tropes and themes and lots of action and excitement. It may not have the artistic quality or the cultish elements of the original, but Coscarelli ups the ante anyway. Good show. 3/5 ” - atrophic_dwarf
Phantasm III: Lord of the Dead (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
Mike and Reggie continue to hunt the mysterious Tall Man. (91 mins.)
Director: Don Coscarelli
“ It's fun. There's some awkwardness stemming from being a third installment: the new characters don't quite land as well as they should, some of the comedy falls flatter than previous installments. But, as another entertaining genre mash-up, it's still a lot of fun. 2.5/5 ” - atrophic_dwarf
Phantasm IV: Oblivion (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
Mike travels through time and dimensions to find the Tall Man's origins. (90 mins.)
Director: Don Coscarelli
“ It has a lot of awkward moments and a dragging middle point, but it gets a lot of mileage out of nostalgia and call backs. It's much more self serious than previous entries, but as I said earlier: at some point even a series as silly as Phantasm would need to stop a moment and reflect. 2.5/5 ” - atrophic_dwarf
Creepshow (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
An anthology which tells five terrifying tales based on the E.C. horror comic books of the 1950s. (120 mins.)
“ Stephen King and George Romero's ode to the old EC comics is incredibly true to it's influence. It's weird, it's fun and it's very quirky. They don't make good anthology films like this one anymore. 4/5 ” - atrophic_dwarf
Creepshow 2 (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
Three more bone-chilling tales that include a vengeful wooden Native American, a monstrous blob in a lake, and a hitchhiker who wants revenge and will not die. (92 mins.)
Director: Michael Gornick
“ While not up to the standards set by the original, the second film deserves some credit for the really great middle story "The Raft", which was always among my favorite King stories. The other segments aren't as great, but they're still worth a watch. 3/5 ” - atrophic_dwarf
Fright Night (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
When a teenager learns that his next door neighbour is a vampire, no one will believe him. (106 mins.)
Director: Tom Holland
“ Probably one of the funnest vampire movies ever made, mostly for the quirky and engaging performance of Roddy Mcdowell as washed up creature-feature host Peter Vincent. Just a good fun vampire romp. 3.5/5 ” - atrophic_dwarf
Fright Night Part 2 (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Charley Brewster and Peter Vincent must face more vampires which are out for revenge. (104 mins.)
“ Inferior and slightly off-kilter sequel featuring most of the original cast returning to do battle with another Vampire looking for some payback. Once again, McDowell is the highlight of the piece. 3/5 ” - atrophic_dwarf
Fright Night (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
After a new neighbor moved into the house next door, Charley discovers that he is an ancient vampire and goes in search for the help of Peter Vincent, a famous "vampire killer" to save his neighborhood from the creature. (106 mins.)
Director: Craig Gillespie
“ One of the better remakes made during the ongoing remake era, featurig some really great performances and some interesting updates. Colin Farrell has never been better than he is here. Perhaps not quite as much fun as the original, but still a very strong vampire movie. 3/5 ” - atrophic_dwarf
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 lot of fright fans can usually cite this as one of their first forays into the genre, and there are few better suited for that purpose. It's scary, it's funny and it's deeply charming. Perfect for newbies and veterans alike. 4/5 ” - atrophic_dwarf
Poltergeist II: The Other Side (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
The Freeling family have a new house, but their troubles with supernatural forces don't seem to be over. (91 mins.)
Director: Brian Gibson
“ It's kind of amazing how quickly the Poltergeist franchise began to show cracks in it's almost-perfect foundation. While it gets some points for the incredibly creepy Reverend Kane and all of his wacked-out *beep* there's not much else to really recommend. Well, okay, Craig T. Nelson's hammy Reverend Kane impression. 2.5/5 ” - atrophic_dwarf
Poltergeist III (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  
Carol Anne is staying with her aunt in a highrise building, and the supernatural forces that have haunted her previously follow her there. (98 mins.)
Director: Gary Sherman
“ A very weird, very underwhelming death knell for the Poltergeist franchise. It does occasionally fall into "so bad it's good" territory, especially the moments with Zelda Rubenstein. Not nearly enough "weird in a good way" and way too much muddled storytelling just make it borderline unwatchable. 1.5/5 ” - atrophic_dwarf
Psycho (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
A Phoenix secretary embezzles $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.)
“ I envy anyone who is actually about to see this for the first time. Of course, it's unlikely anyone is likely to go into completely blind due to it's age, but that's kind of sad in it's own way. It's a masterpiece of filmmaking and an undeniable influence to both the slasher and suspense/thriller subgenres. Incredible stuff. 5/5 ” - atrophic_dwarf
Psycho IV: The Beginning (1990 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
Norman Bates recalls his childhood with his abusive mother while fearing his unborn child will inherit his split personality disorder. (96 mins.)
Director: Mick Garris
“ Muddled, weird little prequel film that benefits from Anthony Perkins being uncannily good at being Norman Bates and the unbelievably campy performance by Olivia Hussey. Mick Garris's direction has it's moments of creepiness(hard to screw up incestual sexual abuse). Not nearly as good as the original or as Part two (which I apparently forgot to add to this list chronologically with the rest of the franchise), but it's still unnerving enough(again, incest) to be worth a watch. 2.5/5 ” - atrophic_dwarf
Psycho (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  
A young female embezzler arrives at the Bates Motel, which has terrible secrets of its own. (105 mins.)
Director: Gus Van Sant
“ Gus Van Sant's remake is almost literally shot for shot except an unnecessary focus on sexuality that basically just comes off as repulsive. Nobody is even close to being on par with the original cast, but in the end you can't fault anyone for trying. 2/5 ” - atrophic_dwarf
The Shining (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
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
“ I'm not as big a fan of this as a lot of other people are, but that's not to say I don't like it. I've always been a huge fan of Kubrick's directorial style and this film is chalk full of that. One I'm not as big a fan of is the over-the-top performances that permeate the whole thing. Nicholson's performance has become somewhat iconic to a great deal of people, and I just feel it's kinda overrated. 3.5/5 ” - atrophic_dwarf
The Shining (1997 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
A recovering alcoholic must wrestle with demons within and without when he and his family move into a haunted hotel as caretakers. (273 mins.)
“ I feel the balance is somewhat shifted in the opposite direction for this made-for-tv retelling of King's famous novel. Sorely missing that wonderful directorial direction but benefiting from a much more accurate (and less hammy) performance from Steven Weber as Jack Torrance as well as some of the more memorable moments from the original source novel. Unfortunately the lack of Kubrickian magic does tend to tip this in a more negative way. 3/5 ” - atrophic_dwarf
Near Dark (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A small-town farmer's son reluctantly joins a traveling group of vampires after he is turned by a beautiful drifter. (94 mins.)
Director: Kathryn Bigelow
“ Another classic yet often overlooked vampire movie with strong performances and some really interesting takes on the familiar vampire legends. Bill Paxton might be the scariest vampire in film history. Some really good stuff. 4/5 ” - atrophic_dwarf
Pet Sematary (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Behind a young family's home in Maine is a terrible secret that holds the power of life after death. When tragedy strikes, the threat of that power soon becomes undeniable. (103 mins.)
Director: Mary Lambert
“ Almost too scary King adaptation features some really unsettling stuff. One of the very few films I can't sit through every minute of, mainly due to the horrifying Aunt Zelda stuff as well as the very real and emotional moments that weave in and out of the narrative (that funeral scene is pretty friggin' brutal). But, in the end, this is a really strong horror flick that is likely to get under the skin of just about any viewer. 3.5/5 ” - atrophic_dwarf
Pet Sematary II (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  
The ancient Indian cemetery with the power to raise the dead returns and influences the lives of new residents. (100 mins.)
Director: Mary Lambert
“ Tame and lame sequel starring the tame and lame Edward Furlong. There's virutally nothing worth mentioning here except maybe for Clancy Brown's unhinged performance (which, really, Clancy Brown is pretty much at his best when he's playing unhinged). 1.5/5 ” - atrophic_dwarf
Alien (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
After a space merchant vessel perceives an unknown transmission as a distress call, its landing on the source moon finds one of the crew attacked by a mysterious life-form, and they soon realize that its life cycle has merely begun. (117 mins.)
Director: Ridley Scott
“ When it comes to the argument over whether or not this is a sci-fi film or a horror film, I firmly come down on the horror side. The use of atmosphere, sparing visual effects and gothic pretensions have a heavy horror influence. Add to that that Ripley is one of the best examples of the traditonal "final girl" and you have a remarkable classic horror flick. 4.5/5 ” - atrophic_dwarf
Aliens (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
The moon from Alien has been colonized, but contact is lost. This time, the rescue team has impressive firepower, but will it be enough? (137 mins.)
Director: James Cameron
“ Now the sequel is far more along the sci-fi lines, what with the big crazy marines doing battle with a swarm of monstrous aliens. In that sense, it's not quite as good as the original (but few films are) but it has it's place in cinema history. I'm not nearly as big a fan of it as a lot of other people are, but it's okay. 3.5/5 ” - atrophic_dwarf
Alien³ (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
After her last encounter, Ripley crash-lands on Fiorina Fury 161, a maximum security prison. When a series of strange and deadly events occur shortly after her arrival, Ripley realizes that she brought along an unwelcome visitor. (114 mins.)
Director: David Fincher
“ Far more underrated than it probably should be. David Fincher made his directorial debut with a very stylish little prison movie meets gothic horror and, while far from perfect, it works rather well. 3/5 ” - atrophic_dwarf
Alien: Resurrection (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Two centuries after her death, Ellen Ripley is revived as a powerful human/alien hybrid clone who must continue her war against the aliens. (109 mins.)
“ While the 3rd film borrowed a lot of it's identity from the original, "Resurrection" wears the second film as it's influence rather proudly. A lot of action sequences and larger than life characters are the name of the game here and, to it's credit, it mostly works rather well. The third act sort of implodes on itself and becomes way too...well, weird for it's own good. But most of it is rather fun. 3/5 ” - atrophic_dwarf
Prometheus (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Following clues to the origin of mankind, a team finds a structure on a distant moon, but they soon realize they are not alone. (124 mins.)
Director: Ridley Scott
“ The internet kind of savaged this after it's release, and I'm not entirely sure why. If for nothing else, I'd praise this movie for Michael Fassbenders wonderful performance and the extremely intense c-section sequence alone. Maybe some of the logic doesn't hold, but it has enough brilliance to more than make up for it's flaws. 3.5/5 ” - atrophic_dwarf
In the Mouth of Madness (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
An insurance investigator begins discovering that the impact a horror writer's books have on his fans is more than inspirational. (95 mins.)
Director: John Carpenter
“ Such a clever and intelligent film. It's somewhat dated, a little bit goofy, but a very well made film. It was also ahead of its time in a lot of ways: meta didn't really become a thing for some time later, really. Sam Neil is excellent and definitely carries it over the finishing line. It's also a lot of fun for horror readers, too: the references to Lovecraft are numerous, but also in general there's a celebration of horror fiction tropes and conventions that are really a blast to watch. There is some awkwardness from those conventions here and there, probably from the crossing from prose to film (the film itself is not an adaptation, though). Still, a lot of fun. 3.5/5 ” - atrophic_dwarf
Absentia (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
A woman and her sister begin to link a mysterious tunnel to a series of disappearances, including that of her own husband. (87 mins.)
Director: Mike Flanagan
“ Really clever low budget quicky about two sisters dealing with mysterious disappearances that amounts to something...really different. It never quite goes where you think it's going to go, and has some really interesting choices when it comes to pacing and atmosphere. Really worth it if you're looking for something different. 4/5 ” - atrophic_dwarf
Event Horizon (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A rescue crew investigates a spaceship that disappeared into a black hole and has now returned...with someone or something new on-board. (96 mins.)
Director: Paul Anderson
“ It's like there are two versions of Event Horizon happening right in front of us: there is the one that is presented via performance, set design and cinematography that is dark, moody, atmospheric and frightening. Then there's the one that exists in the script, which is mostly cliches and (and it pains me to say this) mostly hackneyed gore effects. As I said before, the movie never really lives up to its potential as anything but an entertaining diversion. That said, the cast is excellent if occasionally under utilized (Kathleen Quinlan in particular is capable of a lot more), and it has an excellent sense of atmosphere and establishment of tone. Fun cult movie. 3/5 ” - atrophic_dwarf
The Faculty (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Students suspect that their teachers are aliens after bizarre occurrences. (104 mins.)
“ "The Breakfast Club" meets "Invasion of the body snatchers". The cast is deceptively good with somewhat mediocre material, particularly a rather likable Josh Hartnett. Not everything in the story holds it together well, due to a fairly mediocre script and the "wacky over substance" directorial style of Robert Rodriguez, but it's undeniably fun. 2.5/5 ” - atrophic_dwarf
Session 9 (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Tensions rise within an asbestos cleaning crew as they work in an abandoned mental hospital with a horrific past that seems to be coming back. (100 mins.)
Director: Brad Anderson
“ Subtle, ultra-low budget indy flick has a way of getting to you despite not having much to offer in the sense of action or even intrigue. There's just something about the use of location, slow and ponderous pacing, and uneasy camerawork that just creates a sincere sense of unease. Truly creepy little flick. 4/5 ” - atrophic_dwarf
The Haunting (1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
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
“ Far ahead of it's time. Atmospheric and creepy, touching on some themes that won't be popularized in film for a long time to come, and just fantastic use of implication over outright scares make the whole thing utterly brilliant. 4/5 ” - atrophic_dwarf
The Haunting (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  
When Eleanor, Theo, and Luke decide to take part in a sleep study at a huge mansion they get more than they bargained for when Dr. Marrow tells them of the house's ghostly past. (113 mins.)
Director: Jan de Bont
“ One of the worst remakes ever. All of the big name veteran actors drop the ball over and over, and the emphasis on bad CGI to create the scares is a complete bastardization of the source material- which insisted on suspense and subtlety to tell it's story- and just makes for a thoroughly unsatisfying filmgoing experience. 2/5 ” - atrophic_dwarf
The Mist (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A freak storm unleashes a species of bloodthirsty creatures on a small town, where a small band of citizens hole up in a supermarket and fight for their lives. (126 mins.)
Director: Frank Darabont
“ Entertaining Stephen King adaptation features great performances, creative monsters and lots of fun social commentary. It's probably one of the best group survival horror films out there. It's basically a classic Romero flick merging with H.P. Lovecraft. The ending is particularly amazing. 4/5 ” - atrophic_dwarf
Funny Games (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Two violent young men take a mother, father, and son hostage in their vacation cabin and force them to play sadistic "games" with one another for their own amusement. (108 mins.)
Director: Michael Haneke
“ Really creepy indictment of violence in media really hits home with all but the most desensitized viewers. The savagery of the acts, the sick familiarity, and the blurring of the fourth wall really make it almost too much to take...but it keeps you enthralled and doesn't let you go. Some really great work. 4/5 ” - atrophic_dwarf
Funny Games (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Two psychopathic young men take a family hostage in their cabin. (111 mins.)
Director: Michael Haneke
“ Michael Haneke, when faced with the reality of a remake of his 1997 french classic, decided to step up and make it himself which resulted in this almost shot for shot recreation. Given that it's the same director redoing his own material, all the stuff that worked in the original still works just as well, it's just...somehow different with the new american actors. Naomi Watts and Michael Pitt both nail their characters, though. Honestly, the only reason not to watch both would be if you really, really hate subtitles. 4/5 ” - atrophic_dwarf
The Tunnel (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
An investigation into a government cover-up leads to a network of abandoned train tunnels deep beneath the heart of Sydney. As a journalist and her crew hunt for the story it quickly becomes clear the story is hunting them. (90 mins.)
Director: Carlo Ledesma
“ The found footage sub-genre is always a mixed bag. The hardest thing for them to do is to successfully justify the existence of the camera in the narrative. "The Tunnel Movie" does that really well by more heavily relying on the mockumentary style. On top of that, the film does really well with clearly limited resources and an interesting take on the moral dillemas readily present in horror cinema. It doesn't all work, but when it's on it's on. 3.5/5 ” - atrophic_dwarf
Silent Hill (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A woman, Rose, goes in search for her adopted daughter within the confines of a strange, desolate town called Silent Hill. (125 mins.)
Director: Christophe Gans
“ Taken for what it is (which is, let's face it, a video game adaptation. No judgement, it's just that it is), Silent Hill works considerably better than it has any right to. By all accounts, this movie should have been unwatchable (if we learned anything from Doom and Super Mario Bros and countless others, it's that Hollywood doesn't have a great track record with video game films) but still manages to be a lot of different things for a lot of different people, and that's no small feat. The actors all seem to be pretty committed, as does the production team and (most importantly) the director, not only to making a good horror film but a good adaptation to boot. Not everything works: a really clumsy and even a little dull third act, occasionally underwhelming effects, muddy story...but, there are enough inspired moments of lunacy to keep things going. It's no classic, but it's certainly an entertaining enough watch. 3/5 ” - atrophic_dwarf
Child's Play (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A single mother gives her son a much sought after doll for his birthday, only to discover that it is possessed by the soul of a serial killer. (87 mins.)
Director: Tom Holland
“ It's really rather silly: Serial killer ends up in a kid's doll and somehow still manages to kill full-grown adults while being incredibly foul-mouthed. Somehow, though, it worked well enough to spawn four sequels and a re-make (which, admittedly, is stuck in development hell at the moment). It's actually not a terrible film, for all of it's nonsense. The sequels end up being more fun, but this is the most technically sound of any of them. 2.5/5 ” - atrophic_dwarf
Child's Play 2 (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
While Andy's mother is admitted to a psychiatric hospital, the young boy is placed in foster care, and Chucky, determined to claim Andy's soul, is not far behind. (84 mins.)
Director: John Lafia
“ Despite not being as strong a film as the original, this is probably my personal favorite in the franchise. The Chucky effects are never as good as they are in this installment, and the almost hilarious dialouge and situations just end up being far more enjoyable than they probably should. 2.5/5 ” - atrophic_dwarf
Child's Play 3 (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.0/10 X  
Chucky, the doll possessed by a serial killer, returns for revenge against Andy, the young boy who defeated him and who has since become a teenager. (90 mins.)
Director: Jack Bender
“ More of the same as Chucky menaces a military school. The best part of this one is how hilarious people are handled by the script: seriously, this universe is populated by people who REALLY hate dolls. Kind of falls in the "so bad it's good" category. 2/5 ” - atrophic_dwarf
Bride of Chucky (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  
Chucky, the doll possessed by a serial killer, discovers the perfect mate to kill and revive into the body of another doll. (89 mins.)
Director: Ronny Yu
“ Don't bother asking "why", because you won't ever find an answer. Of course, this one veers entirely towards the comedy part of "horror-comedy", with Jennifer Tilly hamming up every single scene she's in. It's really, really weird. 2/5 ” - atrophic_dwarf
Seed of Chucky (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  
Chucky and Tiffany are resurrected by their innocent son, Glen, and hit Hollywood, where a movie depicting the killer dolls' murder spree is underway. (87 mins.)
Director: Don Mancini
“ It got worse. This painful piece of garbage isn't funny or scary, it's just obnoxious. It tries really hard, but no avail. 1.5/5 ” - atrophic_dwarf
From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Two criminals and their hostages unknowingly seek temporary refuge in an establishment populated by vampires, with chaotic results. (108 mins.)
“ Easily falls into the "so bad it's good" territory. Everyone seems to be having a good time, and George Clooney is so watchable that it's easy to forget just how ridiculous the whole thing is. But it's fast-paced, refuses to take itself too seriously, and is so amazingly self aware that it's more than fun. It somewhat depends on how much Clooney and Harvey keitel can offset the irritation of Juliet Lewis and Quention Tarantino. 3/5 ” - atrophic_dwarf
From Dusk Till Dawn 2: Texas Blood Money (1999 Video)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.0/10 X  
More people are turned into vampires as they go around spreading their evil satanic hate. (88 mins.)
Director: Scott Spiegel
“ After the immense fun of the original, it's hard to find too much to enjoy about this mediocre sequel. There's a real sense of energy involved, but it fails to resonate much beyond that. 2/5 ” - atrophic_dwarf
From Dusk Till Dawn 3: The Hangman's Daughter (1999 Video)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  
Set 100 years ago in Mexico, this horror/western is the story of the birth of the vampire princess Santanico Pandemonium. (94 mins.)
Director: P.J. Pesce
“ Imaginative prequel throws itself into the deep end quickly with this rather engaging, mirthful vampire western. Michael Parks is to die for as civil war era writer (and incredible drunk) Ambrose Bierce, and the film's energetic direction smacks heavily of being influenced by the original film. A great silly fun movie. 3/5 ” - atrophic_dwarf
Quarantine (2008)
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A television reporter and her cameraman are trapped inside a building quarantined by the CDC, after the outbreak of a mysterious virus which turns humans into bloodthirsty killers. (89 mins.)
“ I've mentioned before my somewhat inherent distrust of found footage films (not to mention remakes), but "Quarantine" mostly works due to Jennifer Carpenter's dedication to making the role her own. Not everything works; a lot of problems that plague found footage films are present here (awkward camera work is never the friend of coherent storytelling) but it ends up scary enough to be worth the time it takes to watch it. 2.5/5 ” - atrophic_dwarf
The House of the Devil (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
During a night of 1983 with full lunar eclipse, Samantha Hughes takes a babysitting job surrounded by mysterious circumstances before she finds out her client's terrifying secret. (95 mins.)
Director: Ti West
“ Highly entertaining throwback flick that harkens back to the devil-worship fad of the late 70's and early 80's. Everything from the story, to the soundtrack to the film stock is clearly influenced by that eras filmmaking to really impressive effect. In the end, these are more stunts than real solid storytelling but you'll be so engrossed you won't even notice for a long time after. 3.5/5 ” - atrophic_dwarf
House on Haunted Hill (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A millionaire offers $10,000 to five people who agree to be locked in a large, spooky, rented house overnight with him and his wife. (75 mins.)
Director: William Castle
“ Obviously, it's difficult to truly appreciate this film today since it's the product of a very different era of filmmaking. William Castle's clever use of gimmicks and showmanship are difficult to quantify today, but if you use your imagination you'll probably find it more enjoyable. Even without those gimmicks, there's still a lot to enjoy- particularly if you enjoy Vincent Price. And, honestly, you should. 3/5 ” - atrophic_dwarf