The Book of Lists - Horror: Douglas Buck's Ten Favorite Familial Horror Movies

by MinaGrentham | created - 06 Sep 2014 | updated - 06 Sep 2014 | Public

With his disturbing short films, including the notorious Cutting Moments, Douglas Buck has been a continuing presence at international genre festivals for over ten years. With the theatrical release in France and New York of his first indie feature, Family Portraits: A Trilogy of America, to outstanding critical reception, and the completion of his second feature Sisters, it appears Buck's time under the radar has passed. He's arrived.

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1. Crucible of Horror (1971)

GP | 91 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

A mother and daughter hatch a scheme to murder their family's domineering and sadistic patriarch.

Director: Viktors Ritelis | Stars: Michael Gough, Yvonne Mitchell, Sharon Gurney, Simon Gough

Votes: 582

2. The X-Files (1993– )
Episode: Home (1996)

TV-MA | 44 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

The agents encounter a family of inbred, animal-like brothers living on a farm in a remote section of Pennsylvania.

Director: Kim Manners | Stars: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Tucker Smallwood, Chris Nelson Norris

Votes: 3,952

3. The Brood (1979)

R | 92 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

A man tries to uncover an unconventional psychologist's therapy techniques on his institutionalized wife, amidst a series of brutal murders.

Director: David Cronenberg | Stars: Oliver Reed, Samantha Eggar, Art Hindle, Henry Beckman

Votes: 21,191

4. Dead of Night (1974)

PG | 88 min | Horror

A young soldier killed in Vietnam inexplicably shows up to his family home one night.

Director: Bob Clark | Stars: John Marley, Lynn Carlin, Richard Backus, Henderson Forsythe

Votes: 3,551

5. Eraserhead (1977)

Not Rated | 89 min | Horror

87 Metascore

Henry Spencer tries to survive his industrial environment, his angry girlfriend, and the unbearable screams of his newly born mutant child.

Director: David Lynch | Stars: Jack Nance, Charlotte Stewart, Allen Joseph, Jeanne Bates

Votes: 84,611 | Gross: $7.00M

6. Parents (1989)

R | 81 min | Comedy, Horror, Mystery

A young boy living in 1950s suburbia suspects his parents are cannibalistic murderers.

Director: Bob Balaban | Stars: Randy Quaid, Mary Beth Hurt, Sandy Dennis, Bryan Madorsky

Votes: 5,239 | Gross: $0.87M

7. The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)

Not Rated | 83 min | Horror

75 Metascore

Two siblings and three of their friends en route to visit their grandfather's grave in Texas end up falling victim to a family of cannibalistic psychopaths.

Director: Tobe Hooper | Stars: Marilyn Burns, Edwin Neal, Allen Danziger, Paul A. Partain

Votes: 113,412 | Gross: $30.86M

8. Les yeux sans visage (1960)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama, Horror

90 Metascore

A surgeon causes an accident which leaves his daughter disfigured, and goes to extremes to give her a new face.

Director: Georges Franju | Stars: Pierre Brasseur, Alida Valli, Juliette Mayniel, Alexandre Rignault

Votes: 20,606 | Gross: $0.05M

9. The Cement Garden (1993)

Not Rated | 101 min | Drama

Four children try to hold things together and play a family in their isolated prefab house after the death of their parents. As they begin to deteriorate mentally, they hide their mom's festering corpse in a makeshift concrete sarcophagus.

Director: Andrew Birkin | Stars: Charlotte Gainsbourg, Andrew Robertson, Alice Coulthard, Ned Birkin

Votes: 4,003 | Gross: $0.32M

10. Shock (1977)

R | 93 min | Horror

A couple is terrorized in their new house haunted by the vengeful ghost of the woman's former husband who possesses her young son.

Directors: Mario Bava, Lamberto Bava | Stars: Daria Nicolodi, John Steiner, David Colin Jr., Ivan Rassimov

Votes: 2,695



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