For Michael: Horror Essentials and Contemporary Favorites

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1.
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
 
2.
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
 
3.
The Monster Squad (1987)
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A young group of monster fanatics attempt to save their hometown from Count Dracula and his monsters. (82 mins.)
Director: Fred Dekker
 
4.
Let the Right One In (2008)
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Oskar, an overlooked and bullied boy, finds love and revenge through Eli, a beautiful but peculiar girl. (115 mins.)
Director: Tomas Alfredson
 
5.
Wild Zero (1999)
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Only legendary Japanese garage rock band Guitar Wolf can stand between a race of aliens from destroying earth with an army of zombies. (98 mins.)
 
6.
Sleepaway Camp (1983)
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Angela Baker, a traumatized and very shy young girl, is sent to summer camp with her cousin. Shortly after her arrival, anyone with sinister or less than honorable intentions gets their comeuppance. (84 mins.)
Director: Robert Hiltzik
 
7.
Friday the 13th (1980)
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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.)
 
8.
A Tale of Two Sisters (2003)
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A family is haunted by the tragedies of deaths within the family. (115 mins.)
Director: Kim Jee-woon
 
9.
The Host (2006)
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A monster emerges from Seoul's Han River and focuses its attention on attacking people. One victim's loving family does what it can to rescue her from its clutches. (120 mins.)
Director: Joon Ho Bong
 
10.
Zombie (1979)
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Strangers searching for a young woman's missing father arrive at a tropical island where a doctor desperately searches for the cause and cure of a recent epidemic of the undead. (91 mins.)
Director: Lucio Fulci
 
11.
Jacob's Ladder (1990)
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Mourning his dead child, a haunted Vietnam War veteran attempts to discover his past while suffering from a severe case of dissociation. To do so, he must decipher reality and life from his own dreams, delusion, and perception of death. (113 mins.)
Director: Adrian Lyne
 
12.
[Rec] (2007)
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A television reporter and cameraman follow emergency workers into a dark apartment building and are quickly locked inside with something terrifying. (78 mins.)
 
13.
The Descent (2005)
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A caving expedition goes horribly wrong, as the explorers become trapped and ultimately pursued by a strange breed of predators. (99 mins.)
Director: Neil Marshall
 
14.
Dead Heat (1988)
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Two policemen are brought back to life to chase down supernatural criminals. (86 mins.)
Director: Mark Goldblatt
 
15.
The Return of the Living Dead (1985)
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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
 
16.
Demons (1985)
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A group of random people are invited to a screening of a mysterious movie, only to find themselves trapped in the theater with ravenous demons. (88 mins.)
Director: Lamberto Bava
 
17.
Night of the Creeps (1986)
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Alien brain parasites, entering humans through the mouth, turn their host into a killing zombie. Some teenagers start to fight against them. (88 mins.)
Director: Fred Dekker
 
18.
The Sentinel (1977)
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Not ready for marriage, a fashion model moves into an unbelievably cheap Brooklyn Heights apartment, where weird occurrences turn into a much more frightening turn of events. (92 mins.)
Director: Michael Winner
 
19.
Sinister (2012)
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Washed-up true-crime writer Ellison Oswalt finds a box of super 8 home movies that suggest the murder he is currently researching is the work of a serial killer whose work dates back to the 1960s. (110 mins.)
 
20.
Night of the Demons (1988)
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Ten teenagers party at an abandoned funeral parlor on Halloween night. When an evil force awakens, demonic spirits keep them from leaving and turn their gathering into a living Hell. (90 mins.)
Director: Kevin S. Tenney
 
21.
Poltergeist (1982)
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A family's home is haunted by a host of ghosts. (114 mins.)
Director: Tobe Hooper
 
22.
Ginger Snaps (2000)
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Two death-obsessed sisters, outcasts in their suburban neighborhood, must deal with the tragic consequences when one of them is bitten by a deadly werewolf. (108 mins.)
Director: John Fawcett
 
23.
Trick 'r Treat (2007)
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Five interwoven stories that occur on Halloween: An everyday high school principal has a secret life as a serial killer; a college virgin might have just met the guy for her; a group of teenagers pull a mean prank; a woman who loathes the night has to contend with her holiday-obsessed husband; and a mean old man meets his match with a demonic, supernatural trick-or-treater. (82 mins.)
 
24.
Lady in White (1988)
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An author tells the story of how, as a young boy growing up in a small town during the 1960's, he was haunted after witnessing the murder of a little girl. (113 mins.)
Director: Frank LaLoggia
 
25.
Pet Sematary (1989)
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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
 
26.
Tucker and Dale vs Evil (2010)
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Affable hillbillies Tucker and Dale are on vacation at their dilapidated mountain cabin when they are mistaken for murderers by a group of preppy college students. (89 mins.)
Director: Eli Craig
 
27.
The Cabin in the Woods (2012)
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Five friends go for a break at a remote cabin, where they get more than they bargained for, discovering the truth behind the cabin in the woods. (95 mins.)
Director: Drew Goddard
 
28.
Dead Alive (1992)
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A young man's mother is bitten by a Sumatran rat-monkey. She gets sick and dies, at which time she comes back to life, killing and eating dogs, nurses, friends, and neighbors. (104 mins.)
Director: Peter Jackson
 
29.
Bad Taste (1987)
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The population of a small town disappears and is replaced by aliens that chase human flesh for their intergalactic fast-food chain. (91 mins.)
Director: Peter Jackson
 
30.
Sauna (2008)
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As a 25-year war between Russia and Sweden concludes, two brothers who are part of an effort to outline new border accords become undone by their actions, and their mistreatment of a young woman during their journey. (83 mins.)
Director: AJ Annila
 
31.
A Bay of Blood (1971)
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An elderly heiress is killed by her husband who wants control of her fortunes. What ensues is an all-out... (84 mins.)
Director: Mario Bava
 
32.
Maniac (2012)
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As he helps a young artist with her upcoming exhibition, the owner of a mannequin shop's deadly, suppressed desires come to the surface. (89 mins.)
Director: Franck Khalfoun
 
33.
Frankenstein's Army (2013)
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Toward the end of World War II, Russian soldiers pushing into eastern Germany stumble across a secret Nazi lab... (84 mins.)
 
34.
The Innkeepers (2011)
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During the final days at the Yankee Pedlar Inn, two employees determined to reveal the hotel's haunted past begin to experience disturbing events as old guests check in for a stay. (101 mins.)
Director: Ti West
 
35.
Big Bad Wolves (2013)
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A series of brutal murders puts the lives of three men on a collision course: The father of the latest victim now out for revenge... (110 mins.)
 
36.
Halloween (1978)
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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
 
37.
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
 
38.
Hellraiser (1987)
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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
 
39.
Murder Party (2007)
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A random invitation to a Halloween party leads a man into the hands of a rogue collective intent on murdering him for the sake of their art, sparking a bloodbath of mishap, mayhem and hilarity. (79 mins.)
Director: Jeremy Saulnier
 
40.
Splinter (2008)
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Trapped in an isolated gas station by a voracious Splinter parasite that transforms its still-living victims into deadly hosts, a young couple and an escaped convict must find a way to work together to survive this primal terror. (82 mins.)
Director: Toby Wilkins
 
41.
Botched (2007)
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During a heist in Russia, a professional thief finds himself dealing with serial killers, insane hostages, double-crossing psycho Russian hardmen and the real possibility of a horrible death. (95 mins.)
Director: Kit Ryan
 
42.
Session 9 (2001)
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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
 
43.
Severance (2006)
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During a team-building retreat in the mountains a group of sales representatives are hunted down one by one. (96 mins.)
 
44.
Absentia (2011)
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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
 
45.
Martyrs (2008)
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A young woman's quest for revenge against the people who kidnapped and tormented her as a child leads her and a friend, who is also a victim of child abuse, on a terrifying journey into a living hell of depravity. (99 mins.)
Director: Pascal Laugier
 
46.
The Thing (1982)
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A research facility in Antarctica comes across an alien force that can become anything it touches with 100% accuracy. The members must now find out who's human and who's not before it's too late. (109 mins.)
Director: John Carpenter
 
47.
Cemetery Man (1994)
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A cemetery man must kill the dead a second time when they become zombies. (105 mins.)
Director: Michele Soavi
 
48.
Hard Candy (2005)
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A teenage girl raids a man's home in order to expose him under suspicion that he is a sex offender with pedophilia. (104 mins.)
Director: David Slade
 
49.
Cube (1997)
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Six complete strangers of widely varying personality characteristics are involuntarily placed in an endless kafkaesque maze containing deadly traps. (90 mins.)
Director: Vincenzo Natali
 
50.
Frozen (2010)
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Three skiers stranded on a chairlift are forced to make life-or-death choices which prove more perilous than staying put and freezing to death. (93 mins.)
Director: Adam Green
 
51.
Julia's Eyes (2010)
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The story of a woman who is slowly losing her sight whilst trying to investigate the mysterious death of her twin sister. (118 mins.)
Director: Guillem Morales
 
52.
Grave Encounters (2011)
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For their ghost hunting reality show, a production crew locks themselves inside an abandoned mental hospital that's supposedly haunted - and it might prove to be all too true. (92 mins.)
 
53.
Doghouse (2009)
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A group of men, heading to a remote village to help one of their friends get over his divorce, soon discover that all the women have been infected with a virus that makes them man-hating cannibals. (89 mins.)
Director: Jake West
 
54.
The Loved Ones (2009)
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When Brent turns down his classmate Lola's invitation to the prom, she concocts a wildly violent plan for revenge. (84 mins.)
Director: Sean Byrne
 
55.
Dream Home (2010)
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Cheng Li-sheung is a young, upwardly mobile professional finally ready to invest in her first home. But when the deal falls through, she is forced to keep her dream alive - even if it means keeping her would-be neighbors dead. (96 mins.)
Director: Pang Ho-cheung
 
56.
Sightseers (2012)
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Chris wants to show girlfriend Tina his world, but events soon conspire against the couple and their dream caravan holiday takes a very wrong turn. (88 mins.)
Director: Ben Wheatley
 
57.
You're Next (2011)
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When the Davison family comes under attack during their wedding anniversary getaway, the gang of mysterious killers soon learns that one of the victims harbors a secret talent for fighting back. (95 mins.)
Director: Adam Wingard
 
58.
Sleep Tight (2011)
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You wake day after day to the comfort and security of your home. But how safe is it really? (102 mins.)
 
59.
Bedevilled (2010)
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A woman subject to mental, physical, and sexual abuse on a remote island seeks a way out. (115 mins.)
Director: Chul-soo Jang