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Old 06-06-2013, 02:36 AM   #1
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Top 20 Horror Essential must haves.

These are the formative films in your creation as a horror junkie. No matter how often they get re-released, you MUST have (or are at least severely tempted) to have them in the best edition possible.

Mine are (in stream of consciousness order):

1) Phantasm
2) The Fog
3) Halloween
4) Halloween III: Season of the Witch
5) The Howling
6) An American Werewolf in London
7) Creepshow
8) The Beast Within
9) Horror Express
10) Time Walker
11) Salem's Lot
12) The Boogens
13) Creature From The Black Lagoon
14) Shock Waves
15) The Children
16) Frightmare
17) The Incredible Melting Man
18) The Monster Club
19) Friday the 13th Part 3 in 3D
20) The Shining

Actually that's it. I think at that point I'm basically padding out the list. As you can see I'm a big Carpenter fan. He takes up a full quarter of the list.

I'll leave two slots open just in case somebody else mentions a film that's name escape me at the moment.

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Old 06-06-2013, 02:56 AM   #2
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Great thread. Haven't made a top 20 list in awhile. The order sometimes changes around, but Halloween is always on top for me.

1. Halloween (1978)
2. Dawn of the Dead (1978)
3. The Thing (1982)
4. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)
5. The Evil Dead (1981)
6. Friday the 13th Part II (1981)
7. The Town that Dreaded Sundown (1977)
8. Creepshow (1982)
9. Dead Alive (1992)
10. From Dusk till Dawn (1996)
11. Intruder (1989)
12. Jaws (1975)
13. Return of the Living Dead (1985)
14. Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984)
15. Sleepaway Camp (1983)
16. Frankenstein (1931)
17. Zombie (1979)
18. Pieces (1982)
19. Psycho (1960)
20. Black Christmas (1974)
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Old 06-06-2013, 03:37 AM   #3
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In no particular order:

Rosemary's Baby
The Blair Witch Project
Carnival of Souls
Creature From the Black Lagoon
Dawn of the Dead (1978)
Dead Alive
Re-Animator
Phantasm
Psycho
In a Glass Cage
Hellraiser
Suspiria
The Beyond
Nightmare on Elm Street
Event Horizon
Evil Dead 2
Alien
Return of the Living Dead
The Fly II
Lord of Illusions

@Maybrick - Good call with The Beast Within; that one almost made my list. The upcoming blu-ray will be mind numbing.

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Old 06-06-2013, 03:39 AM   #4
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In no particular order...

1) The Burning
2) My Bloody Valentine
3) Halloween
4) Texas Chainsaw Massacre
5) Friday the 13th
6) Friday the 13th Part 2
7) Friday the 13th Part 4
8) Silent Night, Deadly Night
9) The Prowler
10) Pieces
11) The Beyond
12) Humongous
13) The Prey
14) The Mutilator
15) Blair Witch Project
16) The Town that Dreaded Sundown
17) Black Christmas
18) Zombie
19) Sleepaway Camp
20) The Evil Dead
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Old 06-06-2013, 05:40 AM   #5
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1. The Thing (1982)
2. Suspiria
3. Dawn of the Dead (1978)
4. Re-animator
5. Evil Dead II
6. Alien
7. Return of the Living Dead
8. Texas Chainsaw Massacre
9. An American Werewolf in London
10. Ringu
11. King Kong (1933)
12. Psycho (1960)
13. From Beyond
14. Frailty
15. Let the Right One In
16. Dead Alive
17. Cannibal Holocaust
18. The Descent
19. The Mist
20. Martyrs


Not in any particular order, though the first ten are probably better than the second 10. Some chosen because they're fun to watch, some chosen because they hit me like a sledgehammer every time I watch them.
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Old 06-06-2013, 05:41 AM   #6
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What's depressing as hell is that these lists are compiled of "essentials", yet the original NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD has yet to make anyone's list. Given that that film singlehandedly created the modern zombie - it's kind of hard to look at any of these lists without some objection.

Just my two cents since most of you have included the sequel which wouldn't have been made had it not been for the original, influential film, not to mention the other zombie films that y'all are listing.

If you're talking about essentials, or must haves, that one should be on everyone's list - not even at the top, but for crying out loud, somewhere.

Personal favorites, well, that's a whole other story now idn't it?
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Old 06-06-2013, 05:43 AM   #7
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Nobody put The Shining on a top 20 list of horror flicks?

The top five on any list has to be

TCM
Carrie
The Exorcist
The Shining
The Evil Dead

in some order. If none of those arent in your top twenty youre wrong.
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Old 06-06-2013, 05:45 AM   #8
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What's depressing as hell is that these lists are compiled of "essentials", yet the original NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD has yet to make anyone's list. Given that that film singlehandedly created the modern zombie - it's kind of hard to look at any of these lists without some objection.

Great point. Youre 100% right.
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Old 06-06-2013, 06:50 AM   #9
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1. Night of the Living Dead (1968)
2. Dawn of the Dead (1978)
3. Frankenstein (1931)
4. Halloween (1978)
5. The Shining
6. The Evil Dead (1981)
7. The Thing (1982)
8. Alien
9. Phantasm
10. Re-Animator
11. The Return of the Living Dead
12. The Phantom of the Opera (1925/1929)
13. The Body Snatcher (1941)
14. The Abominable Dr. Phibes
15. Theatre of Blood
16. Psycho (1960)
17. Suspiria
18. The Black Cat (1934)
19. The Invisible Man (1933)
20. Black Christmas (1974)
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Old 06-06-2013, 07:20 AM   #10
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Off the top of my head they are

01-The Shining
02-Suspiria
03-Videodrome
04-My Bloody Valentine (1981)
05-The Fog (1980)
06-Student Bodies
07-The Thing (1982)
08-Bride of Frankenstein
09-Psycho (1960)
10-The Car
11-The Beast Within
12-Hellraiser
13-Night of the Living Dead (1968)
14-The Dark
15-Don't Go in the House
16-The Exorcist
17-Friday the 13th (1980)
18-Frightmare (1974)
19-Halloween 2 (1981)
20-The Howling
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Old 06-06-2013, 07:28 AM   #11
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What's depressing as hell is that these lists are compiled of "essentials", yet the original NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD has yet to make anyone's list. Given that that film singlehandedly created the modern zombie - it's kind of hard to look at any of these lists without some objection.

Just my two cents since most of you have included the sequel which wouldn't have been made had it not been for the original, influential film, not to mention the other zombie films that y'all are listing.

If you're talking about essentials, or must haves, that one should be on everyone's list - not even at the top, but for crying out loud, somewhere.

Personal favorites, well, that's a whole other story now idn't it?

There are easily more than 20 horror movies that should be considered essential, so at some point the list has to give in to personal preference, or we could all just sit here and type in the same 20 movies that are popularly considered the 20 most influential/essential or whatever. But what's the point of that?
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This is a tough one here, but what the hell. In no particular order

TCM
Halloween
The Exorcist
Dawn Of The Dead
Psycho
Blair Witch Project
An American Werewolf In London
Return Of The Living Dead
The Thing
Hellraiser
Black Christmas
Dead Alive
Carrie
Jaws
Evil Dead
Jacob's Ladder
Night Of The Living Dead
Phantasm
The Shining
Rosemary's Baby
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There are easily more than 20 horror movies that should be considered essential, so at some point the list has to give in to personal preference, or we could all just sit here and type in the same 20 movies that are popularly considered the 20 most influential/essential or whatever. But what's the point of that?
While part of your statement is indeed true, there could be far more films that are considered essential, but since the limit is 20 - it should at the very least include the most influential zombie film of all time. Without the original NIGHT, zombies wouldn't exist as we know them today - period.

If it's more of an opinion than say actual essential horror viewing - then call it something else, like "My top 20 Essential Horror Films" - not state it as the or the ultimate, that kind of deal. Just my two cents on the matter.
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While part of your statement is indeed true, there could be far more films that are considered essential, but since the limit is 20 - it should at the very least include the most influential zombie film of all time. Without the original NIGHT, zombies wouldn't exist as we know them today - period.

If it's more of an opinion than say actual essential horror viewing - then call it something else, like "My top 20 Essential Horror Films" - not state it as the or the ultimate, that kind of deal. Just my two cents on the matter.
That's exactly how I interpreted it. I suppose I could try to make an essential list that's intended to be a list of movies that I think everybody thinks is essential (or that is 'objectively' essential, if that's possible), but I'm not sure I'd get it right.

And while I of course agree that Night originated the genre, I could argue that Dawn did more to popularize the genre. Or I could just argue that I enjoyed it more today. Tomorrow I might pick Night, or even Day. Anyone who hasn't seen all three has been deprived of good entertainment.
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Old 06-06-2013, 10:26 AM   #15
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...11. King Kong (1933)
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Good call, part of me wants to amend ky list to include King Kong. As a kid I remeber being blown away seeing King Kong on TV, that might be one of the more accessible "horror" flicks that influenced my appreciation of movies at a younger age.
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What's depressing as hell is that these lists are compiled of "essentials", yet the original NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD has yet to make anyone's list. Given that that film singlehandedly created the modern zombie - it's kind of hard to look at any of these lists without some objection.

Just my two cents since most of you have included the sequel which wouldn't have been made had it not been for the original, influential film, not to mention the other zombie films that y'all are listing.

If you're talking about essentials, or must haves, that one should be on everyone's list - not even at the top, but for crying out loud, somewhere.

Personal favorites, well, that's a whole other story now idn't it?
I agree, I almost included the original Night of the Living Dead in my list. However, for me Dawn of the Dead was a lot more influential with social commentary that I feel relates more to my generation. NOLD is historically important and a great film with timeless satire about media and race relations but DOTD might be sharper and more relevent to the class conflict focus of my generation, in my opinion. At least for the purpose of this list when I was a bitter teenager DOTD really struck a cord with me as being entertaining, witty, and socially conscious more so than NOLD and in many ways is a more ambitious, although not necessarily better, film. Msw7 makes a good point about Dawn making zombies more "mainstream."

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