In the spirit (no pun intended) of Halloween, I’ve decided to make a list of my Top 10 favorite horror movies. I know the first thing you’re going to say is, “Where is The Exorcist? Or Amityville? Or Nightmare on Elmstreet? Or Hellraiser? Or…” but thing is, this is MY list and I’m limiting myself to 10. While those are all great films, I just couldn’t fit them in. You may notice a lot of these are pretty campy. In fact… I wanted to include Army of Darkness, but of the trilogy, it’s not my favorite so I bumped it to fit in another.
Anyway – here’s the list complete with a summary stolen from IMDB. My challenge to you is to watch all of this list before Halloween, or at the very least watch whichever you haven’t already seen, if any. Enjoy!
10. Halloween (1978)
A psychotic murderer institutionalized since childhood escapes on a mindless rampage while his doctor chases him through the streets.
9. Poltergeist (1982)
A family’s home is haunted by a host of ghosts.
8. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)
Five friends visiting their grandpa’s old house are hunted down and terrorized by a chainsaw wielding killer and his family of grave-robbing cannibals.
7. House (1986)
Roger Cobb is a Vietnam vet. Whose career as a horror novelist has taken a turn for the worse when his son Jimmy mysteriously disappears while visiting his aunt’s house. Roger’s search for Jimmy destroys his marriage and his writing career. The sudden death of his aunt brings Roger back to the house where his nightmares began.
6. House on Haunted Hill (1959)
Eccentric millionaire Fredrick Loren and his 4th wife, Annabelle, have invited 5 people to the house on Haunted Hill for a “haunted House” party. Whoever will stay in the house for one night will earn ten thousand dollars each. As the night progresses, all the guests are trapped inside the house with ghosts, murderers, and other terrors.
5. Bubba Ho-Tep (2002)
Elvis and JFK, both alive and in nursing homes, fight for the souls of their fellow residents as they battle an ancient Egyptian Mummy.
4. Evil Dead II (1987)
The lone survivor of an onslaught of flesh-possessing spirits holds up in a cabin with a group of strangers while the demons continue their attack.
3. Dawn of the Dead (1978)
Following an ever-growing epidemic of zombies that have risen from the dead, two Philadelphia SWAT team members, a traffic reporter, and his television-executive girlfriend seek refuge in a secluded shopping mall.
2. Evil Dead (1981)
Five friends travel to a cabin in the woods, where they unknowingly release flesh-possessing demons.
1. Dead Alive (1992)
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.
And… an honorable mention because my wife and I love to watch this movie every Halloween.
Murder By Death (1976)
Five famous literary detective characters and their sidekicks are invited to a bizarre mansion to solve an even stranger mystery.
Please feel free to share your favorite Top 10 list in the comments!