Horror Movies

A lot of people claim that they don’t like horror movies, but look over this list and I am willing to bet that you have seen some of these and liked them. So why not check out some of the others listed here? If you dare!

Also, check out our list of Creature Features which are horror movies with various supernatural creatures.

 


 

The Amityville Horror

Creaking sounds, while a little scary late at night, aren’t really that bad. But when your house tells you to get out?  That’s when you should probably move. A prime example of the haunted house genre of horror.

 

The Birds 

Birds can sometimes be a nuisance, but the people of Bodega Bay have got a bit more than bird droppings to deal with in this Hitchcock classic.  The ending is simply chilling.

 

Carrie

Here’s a good tip for you, don’t bully the quiet girl with telekinetic powers if you know what’s good for you. One of the best movies based on Stephen King stories.

 

The Dead Zone


Schoolteacher Johnny Smith (Christopher Walken) awakens from a five-year coma. He discovers that he has acquired the ability to foretell a person's future simply by touching his or her hand. I foresee that you will enjoy this movie.

 

Evil Dead, Evil Dead II and Army of Darkness


A trilogy of demonic movies. The first two are straight sequels set in the typical cabin in the woods. The first is very much a horror movie. The second is a horror-comedy hybrid. Army of Darkness just goes bonkers and sends the hero, Ash, back in time to defeat a possessed army of the dead and retrieve the Necronomicon (the Book of the Dead) with only his chainsaw hand and “boomstick” in order to try to return to his real life as a clerk in a department store.

 

The Exorcist


A child is possessed by the devil. Mom calls in the priests to get her back to normal. An epic battle between good and evil ensues, featuring projectile vomiting and contortions by the child. Who will win in the end?

 

Friday the 13th

Inspired by John Carpenter’s slasher movie, Halloween (below). Friday the 13th, and its eleven sequels, follow the same basic premise; Jason Voorhees, a child who drowned at Camp Crystal Lake comes back to kill horny teenagers who are trying to re-open the camp. Or is it someone else that’s stalking them?

 

Halloween

Michael Myers escapes from a sanitarium where he has been incarcerated for 15 years for stabbing his sister to death on Halloween when he was a 6 year old. The town has rested easy, knowing Michael was locked away, until Halloween rolls around again to find that he has escaped and wants to relive that old Halloween over and over again.

 

It Follows

After a seemingly random sexual encounter, a young woman finds that she is now cursed by shapeshifting phantoms that are following her, at a walking pace, with the aim of killing her. She must find a way to get rid of the curse, and soon.

 

Night of the Living Dead

The granddaddy of modern zombie movies, and kind of groundbreaking in other ways. Seven people in an abandoned farmhouse are besieged by zombies. Like all of director George A. Romero’s zombie films, he addresses social concerns that other filmmakers didn’t want to touch, like racism and the Vietnam War… but with zombies.

 

A Nightmare on Elm Street

Another first film in a long running series, this one follows a group of people pursued by serial killer Freddy Krueger in their dreams. Once his victims figure out what is going on, they have to stay awake or Freddy will get them too. That’s where the terror just begins.

 

Poltergeist

Shortly after a family moves into their new home they find that they have ghosts. At first it’s just kind of interesting, but when their youngest daughter is found to be talking to them, and then disappears, things turn very ugly indeed.

 

Ringu

A Japanese movie about a mysterious videotape that kills whoever watches the video unless they can solve the mystery. So, it’s kind of like watching Titanic, except that you only want to die. There is an American version (The Ring) that is also pretty good.

 

Rosemary’s Baby

A young couple move into an unusual apartment building filled with unusually curious people. Soon Rosemary finds that she is pregnant and we experience her fears and perceptions from her point of view. Does Rosemary suffer from delusions? Or are her experiences affected by her interpretations.  We don’t find out until the end of this classic Roman Polanski thriller!

 

The Shining

Heerrrre’s Johnny!  Jack Torrance, a struggling writer, take a winter caretaker’s job at a mountain resort with his family in order to work on his book. While his psychic son has horrific visions, Jack’s writer’s block and evil spirits make it very difficult for him to write and even harder to stay sane.

 

28 Days Later

Imagine waking up in a hospital, after being in a coma for 4 weeks, to find that everyone is dead, the halls are filled with bloody destruction, and the only humans moving around are not actually human anymore. That is the situation in this movie as the hero, Jim (Cillian Murphy) tries to find other survivors and sanctuary from the very fast zombies that now rule the world. There is also a sequel, 28 Weeks Later, that has more fast zombie goodness.

 

The Wicker Man

A police investigator in Scotland investigates a case of a missing girl on a remote island. The very strange inhabitants of the island have never heard of the girl, or so they say. As the officer tries to deal with his discomfort in dealing with the locals, the Master of the island, Lord Summerisle (Christopher Lee), lines up a harvest ceremony in which the investigator will be the featured “guest.”

 

 

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Film Links

IMDB

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Allmovie

A good site for basic info. about films and DVD availability. This site will give you “watch-alikes”. For example: If you like The Third Man, you might also like Ministry of Fear or Foreign Correspondent. Check out their other site, Allmusic.com, which is the go-to site for music info.

Rotten Tomatoes

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MRQE

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Metacritic

Like Rotten Tomatoes and MRQE, but not as comprehensive. They also have reviews for DVDs, Music, TV, and videogames.

Wikipedia Film Portal

If you are looking for terms or general info. about the making and watching of film, this could be a place to check out. It’s certainly a good place to browse if you are curious.