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Added by Michael S on 1 Jan 2014 05:10
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31 Movies/Just 1 Horror-ble Day

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People who added this item 459 Average listal rating (311 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.3
The Wolf Man (1941)
Favorite Classic


For me, The Wolf Man is the best of the Universal horror films, though Bride holds a close second. This was also one of the earliest horror films I ever saw, at some point when I was a kid. The creepy atmosphere combined with Chaney Jr.'s fantastic portrayal of a character that spirals through the various stages of acceptance of his doom makes this one unforgettable.
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People who added this item 1406 Average listal rating (950 ratings) 6.3 IMDB Rating 6.6
Favorite Vampire Movie


This film would probably double as my choice of favorite comic adaptation, as well, but it's easily (and surprisingly) now my favorite vampire flick. I suppose honorable mentions are in order for Salem's Lot and Horror of Dracula, my previous faves. This entire story, the visuals, the actors portrayals...everything, was phenomenal!!!
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People who added this item 485 Average listal rating (348 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 6.8
Dog Soldiers (2002)
Favorite Werewolf Movie


Up until I'd watched this, my favorite werewolf flick would have been American Werewolf in London but this gem blew me away! This also would have been my choice for favorite foreign film but landed here instead. Gritty, stark, visceral...and a host of other fitting adjectives apply in liberal fashion!
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People who added this item 1217 Average listal rating (776 ratings) 5.4 IMDB Rating 5.6
Favorite Ghost Movie


I know this one wasn't all that well-received but I found it fantastic! I like all the actors involved here and the whole concept of hunting & trapping ghosts combined with the house which was itself a huge, friggin' construct designed to open the "Ocularis Infernum" (or Eye of Hell), was a unique and fresh approach to horror. In addition, there were all the creepy-cool ghosts to contend with. Yep...I loved it!
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People who added this item 1995 Average listal rating (1320 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 7.3
Favorite Zombie Movie


Until I saw this, it was a toss-up whether I liked Romero's original Night or his follow-up, Dawn, which this is a remake of. Yet this film just blew me away! Fast zombies, a host of great actors/characters and an expanding of the original storyline makes this my all-time favorite zombie flick.

It didn't hurt matters at all to have a pregnant lady bitten and give birth to a zombie baby either. *shudder*
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People who added this item 4580 Average listal rating (3094 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 8
Jaws (1975)
Favorite Animal


There are a number of beasties that come to mind for this category; the monkey in Monkeyshines, the dog in Cujo and even the avian aggressors in The Birds...but it's hard to beat the Great White engine of destruction that is Jaws.
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People who added this item 762 Average listal rating (492 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.2
Re-Animator (1985)
Favorite Mad Doctor


Again, a number of candidates for this one; Baron Frankenstein (of which Cushing's is my favorite), the doctor from the second Hellraiser,Dr. Moreau, Seth Brundle, etc... but Jeffrey Combs playing as Herbert West has to be my favorite. The guy was perfect for the role and the 80's were a perfect time to make the film, too.
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People who added this item 738 Average listal rating (497 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 6.8
The Fog (1980)
Favorite Director


John-freaking-Carpenter
While Romero is surely king of zombieland, Carpenter is the king of horror period. The guy is amazing and with the exception of Ghosts of Mars, which was complete drek, most of his films are among my favorites. The guy's not just a director either; you can add screenwriter, producer, editor and composer to the list of accomplishments, too.
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People who added this item 1649 Average listal rating (1138 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 8
Favorite Comedy


This was a bit of a harder choice for me, as I love the Evil Dead films with Campbell and Shaun of the Dead, as well. Yet this Brooks classic wins out...if only by a stitch.

"Frau Blucher!"...*horses neighing loudly*
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People who added this item 4865 Average listal rating (3206 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 8.2
Favorite Fantasy


A modern masterpiece. :)
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People who added this item 1482 Average listal rating (1039 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 7.2
The Descent (2005)
Favorite Foreign Movie


Cool, edgy and with a pretty much, all-female cast; The Descent made such an impression on me that I went straight out and bought the DVD.
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People who added this item 2392 Average listal rating (1634 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.8
Halloween (1978)
Favorite Indy


This is also one of my all-time favorites...hell, it's a Carpenter flick! Whatcha expect? ;D

This was the film that defined the slasher genre and set a bar that few, if any, ever reached.
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People who added this item 142 Average listal rating (110 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 6.5
Phantasm II (1988)
Favorite Hero


Reggie Bannister, the ice cream man, baby!!!
(okay)...I almost went with Ash from Evil Dead but, damn, I've always loved Reg.
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People who added this item 522 Average listal rating (365 ratings) 6.5 IMDB Rating 6.5
Favorite Villain


The Cenobites, in general, and Pinhead, in particular are definitely my favorites!

"We have such sights to show you..."
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People who added this item 706 Average listal rating (488 ratings) 6.4 IMDB Rating 6.5
Halloween II (1981)
Favorite Scream Queen


There are a few others, over the years, who have been memorable for me; Adrienne Barbeau ,Ashley Laurence and Neve Campbell just to name a few. Jaime Lee though...she's the queen of them all. No one will ever top her.
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People who added this item 7164 Average listal rating (5103 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 8.1
Favorite Twist Ending


The fact that Willis' character is a ghost and doesn't even know it! Had me fooled....
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People who added this item 286 Average listal rating (177 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 6.8
Salem's Lot (1979)
Favorite Stephen King Adaptation


I love me some Stephen King, I really do. Even the cheesy 80's stuff that was made from his books. The Stand mini comes close for me because that book is my favorite but this tops even that for me. A host of really good actors, cool and creepy scenes (like the brother scratching at the window), hell...I loved it from start to finish and still do.
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People who added this item 219 Average listal rating (100 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.2
Favorite Book/Short Story Adaptation


Naturally an adaptation from a short story by my favorite author, H.P. Lovecraft, would take the cake here. Sadly, there have been too few actually good ones made but this one (which I saw this past year) really amazed me. I love the old style B&W and silent screen motif!
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People who added this item 1590 Average listal rating (1083 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.8
Evil Dead II (1987)
Favorite Scene


When Ash's hand is bitten by the decapitated head of his girlfriend, it is infected with demonic possession. So he does what any logical person would do, right? He cuts it off, after a hilarious scene with the hand beating him up with dishes and such. He eventually replaces it with a chainsaw (which is fucking amazing in it's own right!) but the whole scene of him trying to 'kill' the hand while it plays hide and seek with him just gets me every time. God, it is hilarious!
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People who added this item 3375 Average listal rating (2236 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 7.2
Scream (1996)
Favorite Premise


I like the fact that there are two killers here masquerading as one but the real thrill is the fact that this film is a wonderful satire of slasher flicks period. It instantly revitalized the genre which, let's face it, was in the final stages of putrid decay.
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People who added this item 2145 Average listal rating (1485 ratings) 6.3 IMDB Rating 6.5
Alien 3 (1992)
Most Disappointing


Bleh! Perhaps it's that I was spoiled by the first two films in this series and the fact that they were...wait for it...fucking AWESOME! Yep, that's probably what it was...mm-hmm. The first was the epitomy of sci-fi/horror and the second was the best action/horror ever made; so how could they hope to compete or compare?

Answer? No chance at all. This was a huge letdown for me and I didn't care for it much at all. Besides, they killed off two of the three survivors from the second film in the most blatant display of idiocy I've ever seen.
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People who added this item 1133 Average listal rating (774 ratings) 6 IMDB Rating 6.1
Halloween (2007)
A Movie You Refuse to Watch


Not only will I not watch this, I'm not even posting a pic. Why the hell would anyone think they could (or even should) remake such a classic as Carpenter's Halloween is beyond me. I don't even like Rob Zombie, so there's no way I'll ever deign to see this.
People who added this item 2171 Average listal rating (1398 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.5
The Fly (1986)
Favorite Remake


Now, you want to talk about a great remake? This is it, baby! I love Vincent Price and the original was good; in fact, it was one of the better admissions to the 50's sci-fi/horror genre. Yet it's certainly not what I would call unapproachable with regards to a remake. Cronenberg's revamp is brilliant and Jeff Goldblum is perfect in this role.
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People who added this item 1636 Average listal rating (1057 ratings) 5.1 IMDB Rating 5.3
House of Wax (2005)
Worst Remake


Another Price remake but this one falls woefully short. I'm sorry that I even watched it. The high point was seeing Paris Hilton's character get killed. Meh.
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People who added this item 4644 Average listal rating (3282 ratings) 8.1 IMDB Rating 8.4
Alien (1979)
Favorite Death Scene


The chestburst/death/birth scene for John Hurt's character Kane tops my list of favorite death scenes. Jawdropping!
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People who added this item 3351 Average listal rating (2368 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 8.3
Aliens (1986)
Favorite Prequel/Sequel


Another easy choice! Fantastic!
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People who added this item 346 Average listal rating (233 ratings) 4.2 IMDB Rating 3.8
Worst Prequel/Sequel


Seriously, why did they even bother with this? Didn't Richard Burton have anything better to do with his time?
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People who added this item 2466 Average listal rating (1698 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 8.1
The Thing (1982)
Favorite Movie


Yep! Top spot honors! Naysayers can all go to Cuba and stand on the beach waiting for a close-up of the next hurricane that blows through for all I care. This is an instant classic and the second-best sci-fi/horror flick ever made! It's also my all-time favorite...I can acknowledge that Alien is a superior made film and still say that. ;P

A host of great actors headed by Kurt Russell, fantastic dialogue/script, impressive special effects, etc, etc, etc...

Ever wonder about that saying 'a cold day in Hell'? Well, this is it and I love it!
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People who added this item 364 Average listal rating (250 ratings) 5.8 IMDB Rating 5.8
V/H/S (2012)
Worst Movie


See the chick above with the bad case of skin rash? Yeah, she was the best part of this farce. I'm not even going into detail.
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People who added this item 387 Average listal rating (274 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 6.8
Phantasm (1979)
Favorite Franchise


With Hellraiser breathing down it's neck, the winner is Phantasm! What a weird-ass storyline! What a creepy villain in The Tall Man! For some reason every time that I watch Supernatural, I think of this series.

Between the dwarves (which are shrunken down victims), those crafty, killer spheres and the all-around, general weirdness of this series I couldn't help but love it.
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People who added this item 2030 Average listal rating (1368 ratings) 5.7 IMDB Rating 6.3
Worst Franchise


I really hate this genre of film. I really, really hate it! Found-footage, shaky-cam crap in a can. How this series has lasted as long as it has is a mystery to me. Cloverfield is the only one of it's ilk that I've even liked at all; why can't they make a friggin' sequel to that?

You know, it might not be so bad if they took the money that they are obviously saving on virtually every other aspect of the film's creation to pay some people who can actually ACT!
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This is my own twist on the 'Horror movie challenge', which I've seen a few variations of. I thought it appropriate as a companion to my Top 100 Horror list and my upcoming 365 days of horror journal that I'm planning this year. I might even do one of these again, this time next year, if there's some variation in my answers at that time. Hope ya like it...

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