Life has changed a lot for me over the past year. I have remarried and moved into a new home. With that new home came a nice, big fireplace. What better watch to enjoy a horror movie on a cold New England night than to have a roaring fire going in the background? The luminescence of the flames throughout the room create a perfect atmosphere for a good horror flick. Life has changed a lot for me over the past year. I have remarried and moved into a new home. With that new home came a nice, big fireplace. What better watch to enjoy a horror movie on a cold New England night than to have a roaring fire going in the background? The luminescence of the flames throughout the room create a perfect atmosphere for a good horror flick. Most here familiar with my tastes know that like most fans they are all over the spectrum. I can enjoy a good Italian horror like the rest and occasionally may delve into Asian cinema, too, but truly if there's one thing I'm a sucker for it's the 80s genre that I grew up on. While I'm not expert in any genre, I'm a horror buff at heart and that's all that matters. Like them or hate them, here are my top ten recommend horror viewing for Halloween 2010. 10. The Exorcist (1973) It's a timeless classic and I was amazed when I went to look up the year of release and discovered that it was 1973. Has it really been 37 years? Unbelievable. This is the one movie that truly scared the daylights out of me as a child. It was the mid 80s and in an unusual move for my Christian parents, they let me watch a network TV airing of The Exorcist. There was to be no sleep for me that night. The unrelenting horror that unfolds as Regan becomes possessed by a demonic spirit is terrifying to this day. The Exorcist is a timeless classic that will continue to be enjoyed by future generations. With the recent Blu-ray release from Warner that gives fans the choice to watch the director's cut of the theatrical cut, it's a great time to revisit the classic. 9. The Thing (1982) It's hard to believe that John Carpenter's The Thing was a box office failure back in 1982. If there's a sci-fi / horror genre to be ranked, this ranks right up there with Scott's Alien. From the foreboding score to the helplessness and isolation of being set in Antarctica, The Thing was Carpenter at the top of his game. The effects hold up even today thanks to the efforts of Rob Bottin. Throughout the years I've collected all the home video releases from the special edition Laserdisc all the way up to the high definition HD-DVD. HD-DVD may be defunct but it's a common belief amongst Internet geeks that it's superior to the Blu-ray release. Regardless of how you watch it this October, just make certain you do. And lets hope the upcoming prequel contains just a fraction of the magic found in Carpenter's classic. 8. Day of the Dead (1985) It may be the weakest in Romero's original Dead trilogy, it remains a great zombie flick and is certainly a classic compared to Land, Diary, and Survival. Like a good pitcher, you need to know when it's right to call it quits and retire at the top of your game. Day should have been just that for Romero, at least in the zombie genre. Day portrays that apocalyptic theme that I love so much. With the movie being set in an underground military facility, it also has that isolation that works so well in zombie movies. Those elements along with some strong performances from the cast and great character development make Day of the Dead a great pick for a Halloween viewing. 7. Jeepers Creepers (2001) It's always great to see a modern day horror movie that works. Jeepers Creepers has all of the right ingredients. It's low budget yet successful in creating scares due to solid directing, atmosphere, acting, and storyline. For a monster movie to have so few special effects scenes of the creature in all its glory, it's truly a reinforcement of the belief that it's not always what you see that is most scary. Not to be missed. Now lets just convince MGM, Fox, or anyone to release it onto Blu-ray! 6. The Devil Rides Out (1968) It wasn't until the mid to late 90s when Elite Entertainment was at the top of their game did I begin to discover the world of Hammer horror. I was at a point in my life where I wanted to buy anything horror on Laserdisc, especially if it was from Elite Entertainment. When Elite released The Devil Rides Out onto laser in April of 1999, it was a no-brainer purchase for me. For one of my first batch of Hammer viewings, which I admit remain woefully small in number, The Devil Rides Out certainly left me with the impression I had been missing out on some solid horror cinema. Starring Christopher Lee, The Devil Rides Out tells a tale of devil worship in a battle of good versus evil. It features some beautiful visuals, solid acting, and a great story of the occult. Highly recommended. 5. Phantasm (1979) Phantasm II made it in my top 10 in 2007 so it's only fitting the one that started it all make it in at some point, too. While I tend to enjoy and watch the sequel a bit more, the original shows just how talented Coscarelli is as a low budget filmmaker. Sure the effects and hair styles are dated but looking at what he created for a mere $300,000, even by 1979 standards, it amazing. While the movie can be a bit confusing and dreamish at times, that's all part of its charm for me. Thanks to Angus Scrimm as The Tall Man we get a sinister villain that we love to hate. Lets hope Coscarelli and crew can gather together one more time to give the series a fitting close in a fifth and final installment. In the meantime, why not give the original a spin this Halloween? 4. Dexter (2006-ongoing) It was a show that I kept reading positive praise about but I'm a stubborn person who judges books by their covers. For some reason I just didn't like the look of Dexter, an original series on showtime about a forensics expert for the Miami police that moonlights as a serial killer. Always on the lookout for new shows to watch, I finally relented and gave the first season of Dexter a try. The show is pure brilliance as Dexter struggles in his efforts to pretend to fit in and live the normal life so that he stays under the radar of suspicion, yet equally struggles to fight off human emotions that begin to edge into his once empty self. It's easy to devour the seasons which are a mere 12 episodes each. Lots of killings and lots of blood coupled with strong characters and good storylines make Dexter the perfect show for any horror fan. 3. Lady in White (1988) I've been on a ghost kick lately, between books and movies, so it's no surprise I chose Lady in White for the number 3 slot. I was introduced to this through Elite Laserdisc, much like The Devil Rides Out. This is a charming ghost tale is slow paced, but I enjoy it more and more with each viewing thanks to wonderful characters and strong acting, in particular by Lukas Haas as Frankie Scarlatti, the young boy who encounters the ghost of a young girl murdered years past. If there is movie magic to be seen, you'll find it here. You'll feel the chill in the air and reminisce on your own childhood Halloweens as director Frank LaLoggia guides you through this lovely tale. Available for a mere $10 on DVD through MGM, which includes all of the Elite Laserdisc and DVD extras, it should be a no-brainer purchase for most. 2. Halloween H20 (1998) I saw the original on the big screen recently. It was a dirty, scratchy, mess of a print and I enjoyed every second of it. I saw H20 back at a drive-in in California and I thought it was a fitting way, at the time, to conclude the series. Of course they had to go and ruin it with Halloween: Resurrection and the remakes. For mindless slashers, and even most movies in general, I'm all of sequels, sequels, and more sequels. If you don't like them, don't watch them. So I'm okay with Resurrection and the remakes existing, but I'm equally okay telling people how awful they are. While H20 didn't end the series, it remains an enjoyable entry. For something created in the era of Scream they did an admirable job not making it too much of a Screamy bopper flick. Jokes of Michel's age aside, the movie has some good pacing and manages to remain somewhat enjoyable even without the one staple of the series, Donald Pleasence. I cherish my DTS laserdisc and long for a Blu-ray release of the movie. The fact that we're stuck with a non-anamorphic DVD here in the States is a downright travesty. 1. Psycho (1960) Some call it the "original slasher"; I simply call it one of the best horror films of all time. There's simply nothing to fault in Psycho. Hitchcock created a timeless masterpiece that tells the tale of a young woman who makes an error in judgment that ultimately leads her to the Bates motel, thus sealing her fate. It's the type of movie one simply cannot break away from one it is on; it demands to be watched from start to finish. Hitchcock creates the suspense, scares, and atmosphere just right in Psycho. Anthony Perkins gives the performance of his career as the lonely and subdued Norman Bates who will protect his mother at all costs. With the film hitting blu-ray in a few days, it's a great opportunity to revisit the classic in high definition.