I was asked by a friend to provide him with a list of my “favorite” horror movies of all time. Even though I told him I wasn’t a big of the genre, he insisted as he was looking for honest opinions on lists from horror and non-horror enthusiasts alike. Before getting into my ballot, I have to disclaim that this is a list of my favorite horror movies – not the ones I consider to be the best ever made. I also have to disclaim that when it comes to horror, I have plenty of blind spots. Yes, it’s unforgivable for someone who reviews movies but I’m getting around to it.
Pillars of the genre that I haven’t seen but do intend on catching up with in the near future include David Cronenberg’s remake of The Fly, Roman Polanski’s Rosemary’s Baby and Repulsion, Suspiria, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Halloween, and George Romero’s entire original trilogy (The Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead, Day of the Dead). While I’ve seen Zack Snyder’s accomplished remake, and it’s a fine film, but adding it in on my list over Romero’s original (even sight unseen) felt disrespectful.
Movies that missed the list include The Sixth Sense, Poltergeist, The Ring, Drag Me to Hell, Angel Heart, Jacob’s Ladder, Sleepy Hollow, An American Werewolf in London, Rec, and The Orphanage. If I were making a top 20, that’s how the list would go. I don’t consider The Silence of the Lambs, American Psycho, Shaun of the Dead or The Cabin in the Woods scary enough to qualify as horror.
And now, on to the ballot…