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My Top 99 Favorite Horror Movies

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People who added this item 765 Average listal rating (376 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.1
Thirst (2009)


Actually, I haven't been able to see this latest effort by Korean director Park Chan-wook.
Why?
Because, even though I live near a major metropolitan area, it still never made it to any of the theatres around the area where I live. And as someone who really enjoyed all three films from his Vengeance Trilogy, particularly Sympathy For Lady Vengeance, I consider that to be a crime.
Therefore, I'm posting this entry as a sign of how this list should look like. There is no reason why this film should've been so unavailable for the movie-viewing aspect that makes up the entertainment craving half of my brain.

I swear,
we can put a man on the moon,
but..........
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People who added this item 702 Average listal rating (458 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 6.8
The Fog (1980)
To be perfectly honest, there are only a couple of reasons why I like this movie so much.
And they both have to do with Adrienne Barbeau.



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People who added this item 202 Average listal rating (103 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.1
A horror mockumentary in almost the exact same vein as Blair Witch Project.
To be honest, this story of an ancient curse bought forth to modern times comes off as a bit more complicated than it needs to be, not to mention some of the sidepaths the plot takes feels like they could've been edited out.
But still, the end does add a bit of freakiness horror that is usually expected in shaky-cam subcategory of the horror genre.
By no means perfect, but still, as someone who has grown restlessly tired of the formulaic so-called scare flick that the American movie market has been cranking out for the past decade or so,
I'm just glad to see any effort that steps out of the today's horror-themed same-ol' same-ol'.

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People who added this item 2064 Average listal rating (1304 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.5
The Fly (1986)


In this intellectual remake of the 50's classic, Jeff Goldblum portrays a professor whose experiments metamorphisizes him into a large, hairy, decayed-flesh ridden housefly. And in the process, still gets to score with super-fly 80's beauty, Geena Davis.
*sigh*....only in the movies, I guess.
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People who added this item 349 Average listal rating (196 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 6.7
Cronos (1993)


What is the secret if eternal life?
Why, human blood, of course.
So if you wanna live forever, try becoming a gosh-to-honest vampire.
But, as we all know by now (from watching movies like this one), there comes quite a high price to pay for becoming an eternal bloodsucker.
A price that kinda gives a whole new meaning to the phrase "get busy living or get busy dying".

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People who added this item 143 Average listal rating (64 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 7.7


A bored and disgruntled small town school teacher decides to spend his Yuletide holiday in the big city of Sidney. Midway through the journey however, he finds himself stuck in another small town the locals call "The Yabba". Though it might as well be named "Hades" considering that he soon finds himself slowly descending into his own personal drink-binging, kangaroo-killing, bar-brawling hell. A tale from down under that goes even further down under.
In short, a Christmas vacation, the outback way.
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To be honest,
I completely agree with the title of this film.
We truly need to simply just let sleeping corpses lie.
Cuz if we did,
we wouldn't have to worry about all this zombie apocalypse craziness.
And there would be no need to have to publish any handbooks depicting how to handle the situation.
Not to mention that our delectable edible brains (a cornerstone of any zombie's nutritious breakfast) would be able to sleep alot easier at night.
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People who added this item 906 Average listal rating (626 ratings) 5.7 IMDB Rating 6.3
Devil (2010)
The concept of this movie is basically the opposite of love in an elevator.
Occupants going up find their souls going down.



Okay, I know that M. Night Shyamalan has developed quite the reputation for producing overly over-rated crapfest flicks, but I gotta be honest,
despite it's lukewarm reception, I thought Devil was pretty decent.
I mean, it still sort of came off more as a made-for-TV movie, but for me, it was a well-made made-for-TV movie.
Particularly when it comes to handling the often hard to handle subject matter of dark deities that are spawned from below ground-level.
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People who added this item 273 Average listal rating (175 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 6.7
Pontypool (2008)
In the snowy small town of Pontypool, there's something in the air colder than the winter chill.
Something that's transforming all the townspeople into the walking dead.
A different take on the zombie genre, that for me personally stretches a bit thin in terms of believeabilty (even with the buffer of suspended belief), but still, the efforts in it's unique approach (along with Stephen McHattie's strong camera presence) was enough to warrent a place on this list.

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People who added this item 3303 Average listal rating (2125 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 7.2
Scream (1996)
Just when it seemed like the concept of the slasher horror flick had been done to death, to the point where the genre was finally presumed to be deceased,
along comes Wes Craven's Scream. It was an update to the genre that revealed that the murdering masked megamaniac is not so easily slayed.
Unfortunately, on the flip side, this first sequel of the franchise is also what began the massive resurgence of the endless multitude of blood screaming sequels that tend to extend endlessly passed the third installments to the franchises.
These heavy laden horrors with sharp objects have suffered from such an over-used formula, that, for me, it makes it difficult for me to find a soft spot in my heart for this type of cinema.
That's why this list has only ten entries in it.
And to be quite honest, it was a struggle to find that many.

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People who added this item 2669 Average listal rating (1822 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 7.3
It's bad enough when an innocent family finds themselves in the midst of the carnage and blood of a hidden coven of cravenous, murderous vampires,
but then on top of that, they also have to face the snake-cradling Selma Hayek and her absolutely formidable and absolutely perfect puppies.
Not even Dracula's eyes were this hypnotic.

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People who added this item 409 Average listal rating (260 ratings) 6.3 IMDB Rating 6.4
The Blob (1988)


A movie about a big giant glob of pink snot that only gets bigger and bigger as the story-line progresses.
Could somebody hand me over a city-sized piece of tissue, please?
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People who added this item 214 Average listal rating (101 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 6.5


Alice, Sweet Alice is a movie that was fortunate enough to have come out when it did.
At the time, the genre of the slasher flick hadn't taken root yet.
Therefore, sexual boundaries had not yet been set as to what gender one must be in order to establish one's as a murderously relentless, knife welding, masked maniac.

And even though we do see the occasional feminine face lurking behind a bladed weapon aimed at carving it's fair share of cadres of corpses, in today's world, the slashing game still seems to be mostly a boy's club.
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Near Dark (1987)
Half the cast that portrayed the soldiers in Aliens reunite as a gang of vegabonding vampires..
This biker band of bloodsuckers (count how many times I use the term bloodsuckers on this list) (get it...? ......"count"?....) are hardcore.
Unlike many of the wimpy vamps of today, these guys lived up to the descriptions "bloodthirsty", "throat-ripping", "stonecold" and whatever other adjectives were originally attached to their kind since the time of their folkloric ancestors.

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People who added this item 258 Average listal rating (162 ratings) 6 IMDB Rating 6.2
Rogue (2007)
A crocky-doyle has become large enough and clever enough that it has decided to go all rogue an' shit.
Soon, on the fresh waters of the Northern Territory, a small group of river riding tourists find themselves trapped on a island of mud, and then terrorized by this carnivorous, cravenous, clever killer croc.
Crikey.

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People who added this item 1009 Average listal rating (658 ratings) 5.6 IMDB Rating 6.4
Arachnophobia (1990)
Here's a far out fact:
Statistics show that the average human will eat 8 spiders while asleep in their lifetime.
Sleep well tonight, everyone.



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People who added this item 773 Average listal rating (468 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.5
What is a ghost?
A tragedy condemned to repeat itself time and again?
A moment of pain, perhaps?
Something dead which still seems to be alive?
An emotion suspended in time.
Like a blurred photograph.
Like an insect trapped in amber.
A ghost.


That's what I am.



Guillermo Del Toro's tale of how an orphanage-turned-temporary safe-haven begins to show signs of a haunting after one of the orphan boys disappears (can you see why I stressed the comparison to Del Toro on my Orhanage entry?).
A story that may seem somewhat simplistic at first,
but when combined with the background dramas of both the lead characters, along with those hinted at of the supporting characters, along with the blatant "not-so-blatant" metaphors that are the director's strong-suit (that is, it's his strong-suit only if he isn't directing a Hellboy movie),
The Devil's Backbone turns out to be a satisfyingly rich movie that goes more for creepy metaphysical melodrama than it does for in-your-face scare tactics.
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People who added this item 3058 Average listal rating (1959 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.5
Dracula (1992)
Bram Stroker's classic story about the king of the undead comes to life on the big screen, in it's most literal interpretation yet. Directed by the man responsible for the Godfather, Francis Ford Coppola, and starring Gary Oldman, Winona Ryder, Anthony Hopkins, not to mention that one guy from Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (a role, in my eyes, that he will never be able to escape from...heheheheh....), Keanu Reeves.
In a most epic flick depicting the "real life" adventures of that most excellent of all vampires,
Dracula, d00d.

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People who added this item 166 Average listal rating (89 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 6.4
The Addiction (1995)
The subject of addiction has been the theme to many movies. And so has the subject of vampires.
This one tackles both.
In lovely black & white with a few interludes into philosophy....
which, at certain points, kind of left me screaming for blood.
But in the end, the climax resolved itself in manner that found this story back into the genre of horror, with a dash of "brains" added into the mix.
Which was quite nice.
And when I say "nice".
I mean nice by vampire standards.

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People who added this item 211 Average listal rating (126 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.2
Back in the 1930's & early 40's, it was the power trio of Frankie, Wolfie & Drackie that made the Universal Monsters so universal. But by the late mid 50's, it seemed that this "Triumvirate of Terror" had lost all bankability at the box office.
That is, until Hammer Film Productions decided to take a crack at it.
And with their distinctive brand of visceral storytelling & Gothic cinema, they sparked up a lightning strike that forever forged their name into the history of horror & showed that the curse of Dr. Frankenstein's creepy creation was indeed, very much alive.

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People who added this item 383 Average listal rating (270 ratings) 6.4 IMDB Rating 6.7
Forget what you may have learned about Santa's origins in the Santa Claus Is Coming To Town tv special. This movie shows that St. Nick started out more as a punishing vigilante whose purpose was rooted in a dark quest for justice against those youngins who ended up on the naughty list. Back then, it was the bad kids who had to "put one foot in front of the other" as they ran like hell if they wanted any chance of escaping Santa's wrath.

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One of the lists that I created here on this site is one that features my favorite 2-D animated films. And in it, I explain that, as a kid, Disney films didn't do all that much for me. I was always more into the cartoons that contained some kind of an edge to 'em, whether they be in the style of animation that is utilized, in the story or in the use of the humor (ala the early Bugs Bunny shorts).
However, one of the rare Disney backed features that qualified for the list was this one, The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad.



This telling of The Legend Of Sleepy Hollow contained enough fright in it's climax, that every year during Halloween, after it aired on TV, I would find myself curled up with the sofa cushion for security against the goosebumps that resulted upon viewing.
And as kid who loved horror-related material, the spine-tingling sense of kick-assery that emanated from the Headless Horseman is what it was all about.


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People who added this item 252 Average listal rating (166 ratings) 6.4 IMDB Rating 6.5
Stake Land (2010)
Is it my imagination, but doesn't "Stake Land" sound like it could be the name of a franchised beef restaurant?
Anyways,
take the 2009 zombie flick "Zombieland", remove the humor, replace the zombies with mindless vampires, and of course, replace the word "zombie" in the title with the word "Stake", and what you end up with, is this movie.
A bloodsucking apocalypse that I found myself enjoying a bit more the comparable "I Am Legend".

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People who added this item 16 Average listal rating (3 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 6.5
Dead of Night (1977)
Ah, I have a real soft spot in my heart for horror movies that were made for the TV back during the seventies.
But because of the countless batch that were spawned during this decade, most were crafted from writers who seemed to have gotten their "writer's license" right out of the seventh grade,
only three are worthy enough to include my lists of favorite fright flicks.
The first one, Salem's Lot is vampire mini-series, which I'll include on my list of bloodsucker badguys. The other two are Trilogy Of Terror, listed earlier here, and, of course this one, Dead of Night.
And just like ToT, it's because of the third tale in the trio that scared me outta my superhero-themed underoos as a kid. It was a short story called "Bobby", and it involved a distraught mother who recently lost her son & eventually resorts to supernatural means in order to bring him "back".
And I'm sure that anyone reading with even the most rudimentary of mathematical skillz can put two and two together to realize where this is going to go wrong.
And while, the idea was simple enough,
the execution of the story led to an ending that, just like the other early movies on this list, contributed to the trauma that I probably still suffer from today.
I mean, after reading some of the description boxes on my movies lists, I'm sure some of you must have noticed that I ain't right in the head.

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People who added this item 1759 Average listal rating (1090 ratings) 6.2 IMDB Rating 6.7
Despite the word "Exorcism" in its title, here is a movie that, for me at least, could probably qualify more as a theological courtroom drama than it could as a straight-up possession film.
Still, I recommend it for the scenes depicting the character of Emily Rose. Played by actress Jennifer Carpenter, she approached the part as though she were, well, y'know... "possessed" by the role. In scenes filled with demonic dementia that would've revealed the limitations of most any other actor, she snarled and screamed as though with every primordial atom in her being, while her body terrifyingly writhed and convulsed with the inner-struggles that usually result whenever a dispirited devil decides to take residence within one's soul. IMO, those scenes were enough to raise a goosebump or two onto the flesh of any typical horror-hardened scare-flick fan.

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People who added this item 176 Average listal rating (121 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.8
Dead Set (2008)
From what I understand, this walking dead/reality series amalgam aired in two different versions; as five 30 minute series installments spread thro-out a five night run,
and then, later on, as a 3+ hour compilation movie. I first viewed it in it's full movie form.
And for me, the best way I can classify DS as, is this;
if you like the claustrophobic horror of a film like [REC] and if you're tired of those annoying reality "stars", like the housemates of Britain's "Big Bruvver" (or if you're just tired of British people in general), then this is definitely the zombie flick for you.

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People who added this item 91 Average listal rating (48 ratings) 5.6 IMDB Rating 6.2
Cold Prey 2 (2008)
Okay, lemme start off by saying that I'm not that a big fan of the slasher flick. So it's rare that I like one (I made a list of the few that I like watching, and it only came out to ten films). What's even more rare is that I'll like a slasher flick sequel.
I enjoyed the first Cold Prey enough to see why it was such a surprise success. This 2nd installment, made more as a result of that the first one did so well (as opposed to a story that had always been planned to be made as a series from the start), follows the standard of other sequels that came from unexpected successful movies; it's not as good as the original. However, because it was somewhat willing to venture outside the formula it's predecessor, it felt more as an extension of the first film and not simply as a xerox-copied script hoping to just lazily cash in.

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People who added this item 673 Average listal rating (437 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 6.8


What do you get when you pack in a coven of werewolves, a group of misfit zombies, a serial killing neighbor and a mischievous trick-or-tricking imp all into one script?
A Jack 'o' Lantern filled candy-collection of quality, modern campy Halloween tales of the escapist-fare variety done right: With more focus on the quality than on the camp.
For me, this is a movie that does an effective job of capturing the feel of all those big budget horror flix that were released during the late 80's and thru-out the 90's. The kind that always frustrated me because their scripts rarely reached the level of their budgets.
Trick 'r' Trick comes closer to the type of fun onscreen fearfest that I would've like to have seen during that particular time of the horror cinema.

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People who added this item 1532 Average listal rating (1003 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.8
Evil Dead II (1987)
Just when you thought the Evil Dead were dead, this second installment of the series shows that one of the main reasons they're so evil is because they have a nasty habit of not staying dead.



After the surprise success of the first flick, Bruce Campbell revisits the role as the teenage kid who comes back to the cabin in the woods and settle a score. But this time, he taking names and kicking Ash.
And do you know what sound a chainsaw makes when it's slicing up evil zombies in a better than the first sequel?
"GORRRRRRRRRRRRRREEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!"
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People who added this item 238 Average listal rating (133 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 6.9


A community of pink houses with white picket fences and wives who all "properly" know their roles. A tale of the American Dream coming in the form of battery powered domestic bliss.
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People who added this item 1580 Average listal rating (1073 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 7.3
Sunshine (2007)


Considered by many as the underrated film of 2007, Sunshine is a smart sci-fi film that by the third act, turns into an outer space slasher flick.
Now while this film is not perfect by any means, I still like the attempt of the premise, the depth of the visual design, and overall just the pace of the story as it unfolds.
So I guess I fall onto the side of those viewers who I would've liked to have seen get wider recognition than it originally did.
It kinda feel sad that the only people who experienced any light from Sunshine were the characters that were in it.
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People who added this item 758 Average listal rating (434 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 7.6
As if I haven't already told you guys about stuff I don't like about alot of horror movies, here's another one: remakes.
I hate alot of 'em.
Or, more specifically, I hate remakes of quality classic films.
There's a reason why a classic is a "classic". If a film is considered a classic, there's very little reason to remake it. Because, most of the time, the remake will never be able to make the kinda mark that the first one did.
I don't even like watching remakes that are generally considered good. Because, even if they're good, for me, they're still not as great as the original. I always felt why should I settle for watching something "good" when I can watch something "great". (I guess that's why you don't see Let Me In on this list....)
As I said at the beginning, I hate most remakes.
Obviously, since this movie is on this list, I'm sure that you've figured out by now that Nosferatu the Vampyre is an example of one of the rare few that I like.
Directed by the stylishly cinematic talents of Werner Herzog, it's no wonder that the updated Nos pays homage to the original quite faithfully, yet with just enough distinction to stand on it's own.

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People who added this item 112 Average listal rating (76 ratings) 5.8 IMDB Rating 6
Black Water (2007)
Hey, check it out,
if you look at the Australians movies released in the year 2007,
you'll notice that there's wasn't just one Aussie movie about a boating vacationeers being terrorized by a big ol' crazed, man-eating killer croc,
but two in the same year.
Seriously, think about it.
What are the odds....?



Actually, I liked this croc flick better than Rogue. Although I figure that the production costs of Rogue probably didn't break the bank, it's formula did follow along the lines of those that we see in the more big-budgeted type of films (including the idea of going a bit over the top with the croc's behavior).
On the other side of the river, Black Water's plot went more towards the kind that we find in more smaller budgeted horror films. Y'know, where the premise relies more on instilling claustrophobic fears that result from entrapment (like the protagonists were here, in the low-hung tree branches over the water).
And those are the type of scares that I much tend to prefer.
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People who added this item 292 Average listal rating (182 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 6.7
A neglected high school girl summons up the courage to ask the boy of her dreams out to the prom. And when he turns her down, she ends up summoning her effed up parents to help her capture the boy's heart. With the intent of drilling the idea of her undying love into his head.
Literally.

A date movie in which the term "getting lucky" means "getting out". Alive.

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Troll Hunter (2010)
TROLLS!
Not as scary as the kind as you might find on the internet,
but still, just as ugly.
Not to mention that these guys are HUGE!

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People who added this item 177 Average listal rating (100 ratings) 6.2 IMDB Rating 6.4
Cold Prey (2006)
A Norwegian-speaking cabin in the woods type of flick that follows the formula of the more well=known american franchises of the Freddy Kruger/ Michael Myers variety. Except, instead of a cabin, it takes place in an abandoned hotel. And also, the teenagers that terrorized by knife wielding slashmaster (a mountain man in this instance) are not so much in the woods as they are in the snowy mountains of Jotunheimen.

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The original Dr. Frankenstein may be dead, but his son, aptly named "Wolf", lives on. To continue the family tradition monster mayem madness.



Featuring not only the first appearance of the iconic hunchbacked sidekick named Ygor (notice that's the correct spelling is a "Y", not an "I"), but also some really cool angular backdrops, a one-armed inspector, and a laboratory containing a big pit of sulfur.
And lemme tell you something,
when it comes to literal foreshadowing, they don't get any deeper than a big pit of sulfur.

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The Birds (1963)


The very first Hitchcock movie I ever saw.
During my early years on this planet, my dad used to pack our family into the panel-sided Buick station wagon and take us to the drive-in theater where we were exposed to a lot of those 70's campy "when animals attack" movies, like Food Of The Gods, Night Of The Leapus, Swarm, etc...
Goofy escapist fare of whose cheese I ended up developing a taste for.
Therefore, when I first caught film on the on the tube, my initial reaction was "Coo-hoooooollll.... Kinda like the movie 'Frogs!'! Except with birds!"
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A group of scientists go out on a South American expedition in search of a missing link to help them fill in the void of evolution.
However, once they find it,
the no longer missing link begins on his own quest, in search of a mate to help fill in the void within his heart.
Or maybe his dorsal-finned butt is just horny.
Either way,
the female crew member of this expedition ends up getting wet and screaming a lot.


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Open Water (2003)
In certain spanish countries, this movie was called "Tiburones Muerden Buzos".
Which, literally, in english language, translates into "Sharks Bite Divers".
Which in shark language probably translates into "Om Nom Nom".


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Hey, if you've ever wondered what a teenage werewolf looks like upside down, in a jumpsuit and wearing over-sized wax teeth,
then this is the film for you.



Before he made a name for himself in hit television shows such as Bonanza, Little House on the Prairie and Highway to Heaven, Michael Landon was just a teenager tryin' ta "make it in pictures". And one of his first film roles was in this horror high school flick, where he learns that when you're a teenager, having a few blemishes, some extra hair in places that didn't have hair before, and a rebellious nature, are to be expected.
The same too is expected if you're a werewolf.

And even though this 50's classic is still filled with it's fair share of angst ridden camp that is typical of this era, I still find it's campiness much more digestible than the more updated teen-howler, similar-themed Teen Wolf (with all due respect to Mr. J. Fox, of course).
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Monster House (2006)
Even though the animation in Monster House doesn't have the chance to get as creative as comp.-animated movies that focus on non-human subjects, they do very well with what they have. The facial expressions are choice quality and the movements during the action sequences are both smooth and dynamic. For what it is, the story is well done, the characters are engaging and the action scenes are very high in the area of thrill.
Even tho the animation in this film doesn't have the chance to get as creative as other comp.-animated movies of this generation and that focus on non-human subjects, this movie does very well with what it has. The facial expressions are choice quality and the movements during the action sequences are both smooth and dynamic. While there have been many animated films that have come along that look "better", this one for me, is one of the rare ones that have the whole package. The story is does not insult the intelligence despite being based on a child-based fantasy genre,
the characters are distinguishly engaging,
and the action scenes are very high in the area of thrill.
Monster House flows with the same roller-coaster ride that was felt with some of those high quality Spielberg-ish action flicks of the 80's.

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People who added this item 1495 Average listal rating (909 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.5
The Orphanage (2007)
An orphanage-turned-family-household begins to show signs of a haunting after an adopted orphan disappears, leaving his adopted mother on a quest that will result in either solving the mystery of her son's disappearance, or lead her down a cryptic road to madness.



A film that's so Guillermo-Del-Toroesque, that it comes off almost exactly like a Guillermo Del Toro film. And surprise, surprise, even though it was neither written or directed by Señor Del Toro, he did pick it up as producer (the script was from the hand of Sergio G. Sánchez and the film was directed by Juan Antonio Bayona). However, let it be known that making such a comparison is not any kind of accusation of imitation, but more of a compliment to all those involved in making this creepy entertaining ghost tale which gears itself towards those viewers who are armed with an attention span.
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Signs (2002)
How do you get a former priest whose lost his faith to "open his eyes" and believe again?
Try sending down an alien or two to start forming big ol' circles in his crops.
I really liked the theme of a man-of-faith who has lost his faith that provided the personality conflict of the main character.
And, IMO, the first part of this flick almost matched The Sixth Sense in terms of building up the creep factor.
However, once the guilt-ridden veterinarian (played by M. Knight) announced that he had an alien in his kitchen, and then just drove off (...uhmnnn...whut....?),
it kinda began showing "signs" of the kind of rushed, crumbling logic that we could expect to dominate Shyamalan's future films.
Still, in the end, for me, the majority of this movie make for an over-all solid down-to-Earth alien thriller.
Not to mention, that it's always cool to see Joaquin Phoenix in a role that depicts him as a normal person, as opposed to the alien life-form that he has since become. Nowadays, he's seems more frightening than the extra-terrestrials of this or any other sci-fi-horror film.

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Back when the world of cinema was still in it's infancy, how could a director make a film about a vampire at a time when the first CGI special effects won't make an appearance for yet another 70 years?
Easy.
Instead of an actor, hire a real-life vampire for the lead role.
*Insert your own "Hollywood-is-nuthin'-but-a-buncha-bloodsuckers-anyway" type of wisecracking analogy here*

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The Mist (2007)
Once again, science fiction meets horror in this tale of other-worldly bug-eyed beasties and beastly bugs entering our world via a mysterious mist that, as the lead characters soon find out, is probably not the result of any natural weather pattern known on this planet.



Even though the ending for The Mist was in keeping with the book, for me, it just came off as too forced and felt more like negative just soley for the sake of negatism. Which I know wasn't the original intention of the book, still came off like that on the big screen.
If it weren't for that,
this otherwise great movie would've definitely made it up higher on my list, not just a solid piece of horror cinema, but also as one of the better film adaptations of Stephen Kings works in this particular genre.
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Session 9 (2001)
A small group of professional asbestos removers find out what can be even scarier than having a job as asbestos-removers:
"cleaning out" an old abandoned mental state hospital, where the walls have a tendency to whisper out your name and old patient session tapes that reveal the darkness that lays not only within those same walls, but also the darkness that dwells within your soul.
Ooooo....
scary....

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Paperhouse (1988)
What dreams may come from the imagination of a little girl. Especially when those dreams can become reality. First on paper, then into the world of the awakened.



This is a movie that I don't actually recall when it first came out, but whenever I mention it to anybody around me, most of them tend to respond with "Oh that's right, I remember that....". Paperhouse turned out to be a pleasant surprise for me and a good example of the best thing that can happen when going about these types of movie-viewing marathons.
Though the ending doesn't seem to come together as well as a majority of the first part of the story, over-all, I really liked the sparse fantasy element of the film, the way the sleep sequences are interwoven with the main character's life situation, & the slow build-up that starts out from a young girl's dreams & then leads into the fears of her nightmares.
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Coraline (2009)


As a comicbook nerd, I first became aware of Coraline as a graphic novel written by comicbook writer Neil Gaiman (though, it's original format of release is as a novella).
It's horror fantasy for young readers and as a film, it's a fine modern update of the Alice In Wonderland theme, with it's mixed ingredients of creative psychodelica, slightly edged childlike wonder, along with a nice dash of horror, but just enough to gurgitate a lump of fear in the throat of the kiddie audience within its targeted age. But not so much that it would scare any of it's viewers to the point of absolving their parents of any responsibility for any trauma that might lead 'em up to the top of a building with a sniper gun, later on in life.
Hopefully.
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This entry focuses mostly the most famous tale of the trio, titled "Amelia".
And, to be honest, now as an adult, whenever I watch this segment in which a possessed Zuni voodoo doll chases the wide-mouthed Karen Black around the apartment, I can't help but giggle at the the low-budget cheesiness of it all.
But as a kid, that plastic doll, with it tiny beady white eyes, lil' spear and endless row of teeth, scared the living sh#t out of me.
And frankly speaking, the ending shot of demon-possessed Ms. Black crouched down and stabbing the floor with the large kitchen machete still has the ability to raise a napial hair or two.

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Even though this is a list of my favorite horror movies of all time, let me first say that movies don't "scare" me very easily. A few did when I was a kid, but not anymore now as an adult. Therefore, I rarely watch "scary" movies with the idea that I'm going to get frightened in any way. These days, I just judge 'em based more on the quality of entertainment that I get from the story, art direction, acting, blah blah blah....
While I'm listing these movies as my top fave horror flix, I use the term "horror" only as the genre to which these movies are categorized, and not in a way that it would, later on as I slept, influence any of my dreams to take on the form of a nightmare in which I would end up screaming myself awake (though, I wish that would be an after affect, just for the humor that it would provide me in watching my girlfriend get startled to the point where she'd sh#t out her own skeleton. That would be funny as hell).

That is why I used the term "horror-themed movies" instead of "horror movies" in describing this list. Because as the list progresses, the horror in these flicks becomes more thematic than what the movies actually is, particularly most of the titles that are not in the top #20 .



Updated entries:

- Damien: Omen II

- Atrocious

- The Babadook


And you may notice that rarely do I include certain franchises like Friday The 13th, Nightmare or Saw on this list. I'm not a big fan of films like those.


Other lists by The Mighty Celestial:

My Top 20 Female Movie Bad-Asses http://www.listal.com/list/my-top-10-female

10 Movies That Feature A Dancin' Travolta In 'Em http://www.listal.com/list/my-list-9158

My Top 15 Guilty Pleasure Movies http://www.listal.com/list/guilty-pleasures-thecelestial

Can't We Be Dysfunctional Like A Normal Family? http://www.listal.com/list/dysfunctional-family-movies

A - Z
http://www.listal.com/list/ay-zee-my-favorite-films


My Favorite Movies By Genre:

WAATAAAH!! My Top 10 Favorite Martial Arts Flix!
http://www.listal.com/list/my-list-thecelestial

Science Fiction:
- When Aliens Attack ....Or At Least, Go Bad http://www.listal.com/list/aliens-attack-at-least-go
- Aliens Who Come In Peace http://www.listal.com/list/good-aliens
- Favorite Sci Fi's Of Like....Ever. http://www.listal.com/list/scifi-movies

Horror:
- Run For Your Lives! My 25 Fave Giant Monster Films http://www.listal.com/list/my-top-10-favorite-giant

Comicbook:
- Superhero Movies http://www.listal.com/list/yep-am-huge-comicbook
- Non-Superhero Movies http://www.listal.com/list/my-favorite-nonsuperhero-comicbook-movies

My Top Favorite Westerns, Pard'ner http://www.listal.com/list/westerns-thecelestial

Romance:
- Romantic Comedies http://www.listal.com/list/my-top-30-romantic-comedies
- Straight-Up Romance http://www.listal.com/list/romance-movies

Animated:
- 3D http://www.listal.com/list/animate-this-my-favorite-animated
- 2D http://www.listal.com/list/my-favorite-animated-movies-thecelestial

Foreign:
- From Around The World http://www.listal.com/list/my-top-10-favorite-foriegn

Lists by decades:
20's
http://www.listal.com/list/10-20-my-fvaorite-films
30's:
http://www.listal.com/list/19301939-my-top-ten-favorite
40's:
http://www.listal.com/list/19401949-my-top-ten-favorite
50's:
http://www.listal.com/list/my-top-20-favorite-movies-thecelestial
60's:
http://www.listal.com/list/30-60s-my-favorite-films
70's:
http://www.listal.com/list/seventy-movies-70s
80's:
http://www.listal.com/list/my-favorite-100-films-80s
90's:
http://www.listal.com/list/films-from-the-1990s
00's
http://www.listal.com/list/200-first-decade-new-millennium
Of all time:
http://www.listal.com/list/150-favorite-movies

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Posted: 7 years, 6 months ago at Feb 11 12:24
Nice list. I would've put "The Thing" and "Nosferatu" further up, but there is however a lot of movies here I haven't seen yet. "The Exorcist" is way too underrated here at Listal....
Posted: 6 years, 10 months ago at Oct 23 15:02
It's nice too some another person who likes Blade.
Awesome list!
Posted: 3 years, 10 months ago at Oct 6 12:05
Excellent, excellent list, my friend! I love it! Blade, Dawn of the Dead and Audition get some respect, finally!
I do have to ask, though: Where is Aliens? I know that it is your list and all, but I am just curious.
Also, the comments about Devil were spot on. I thought the same thing. It should have went straight to TV and shortened about thirty minutes. It would have been great.

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