Note from Allen: Today, I got exceptionally lazy. This blog is brought to you by Robert Vanneste (incidentally, my step-father). He took over The Midnight Goose for the day and is bringing you a list of his Top 10 Horror Movies of All Time. So, let’s sit back and enjoy together!
Greetings, everyone. This is my Top 10 Horror Movies of All Time and, as with most lists, it is subjective. For instance, The Exorcist didn’t make my list. Religious horror just doesn’t do anything for me. Organized religion, on the other hand, scares me. Also, I didn’t include zombie movies. The zombie genre would be another list that would take a month of my time to compile. Also, make note that I won’t include a synopsis with my selections since we all have IMDB for that, and it is way more extensive anyway. So, let’s get started:
#10 – The Legend of Hell House (1973). Full Disclosure this is one of my guilty pleasures. I remember first seeing it in the late 70’s–which shows my age–back when television consisted of 10 or 11 channels. Plenty of atmosphere and a claustrophobic feel. I feel it has aged well whereas some movies just don’t. This movie is based on the Richard Matheson novel Hell House. I recommend the book as well, but be warned, the novel is more graphic.
#9 – The Dead Of Night (1945). This is a British horror anthology and the best horror anthology. Remember–this list is subjective. The segments in this anthology are adapted from stories by H.G. Wells and E.F. Benson, as well as others. There’s great acting with comedic bits thrown in. This anthology plays on Turner Class Movies (TCM) quite a bit.
#8 – The Uninvited (1944). This is another one of my guilty pleasures. Great story, with a mystery, a ghost, and no meddling kids. This movie is adapted from the novel by Dorothy Macardle. It too plays on TCM on a regular basis as well, so you might catch it there, too.
#7- I’m going to cheat a little and lump The Evil Dead I (1981) and The Evil Dead II (1987) together. If you watch horror movies (you are reading a top ten horror movie list, so odds are that you do) these two movies don’t need an explanation. Director Sam Raimi has a unique gift (he directed The Gift – 2001, too– a little aside) of blending horror and quirkiness so these are not to be missed.
#6 – The Sixth Sense ( 1999 ). Number six, The Sixth Sense, see what I did there? A creepy well-acted gem with an awesome surprise ending (which everyone probably knows about by now). This is M. Night Shyamalan’s best movie. Which, regrettably, isn’t saying much. The director has been hit or miss since–but mostly miss.
#5 – The Orphanage (2007). This is a Spanish film directed by J.A. Bayona and produced by Guillermo Del Toro. It’s always a good sign when Del Toro is associated with a movie. Well…except for Don’t Be Afraid of The Dark (2010). I’m not sure what went wrong there. The Orphanage is a dark movie in the vein of Pan’s Labyrinth and The Devil’s Backbone. The acting is first rate and is enhanced by the dark somber sets. What really stands out to me is the movie doesn’t have to rely on jump scares.
#4 – The Devil’s Backbone (2001). This one is directed by Guillermo Del Toro as well, and it has tons of atmosphere. This is a ghost story set during the Spanish Civil War, with great acting, a great story, and is just a great movie.
#3 – The Others (2001). A unique twist on the haunted house genre. Great acting. Nicole Kidman never disappoints. Again the claustrophobic sets just add to the tension. One of the best haunted house movies of all time.
#2 – The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974). When I was in high school (last century) all I heard about this movie was how gory it was. Woman on a meat hook, etc. I am not a gore-hound, so when I finally watched it in the late 70’s, I was surprised at how little blood there was in the movie. It is very intense and very manic. The craziest family in all of moviedom. Tobe Hooper’s direction expertly drives the movie.
So, that’s my Top 10 Horror Movies of All Time. Is this where I drop the mic? Wait! Picking the mic back up…
Other great horror movies that you can check out are: The Babadook (2014), Shutter (2004)–the original not the Americanized piece of shit–The Uninvited (2009), Sinister (2012), Insidious (2010), The Woman In Black (2012), Les Diaboliques (1955), Black Sabbath (1963), and Eyes Without A Face (1960). If you are wondering about An American Werewolf In London, and why it is not on my Top 10 Horror Movies of All Time list–it is on the comedy horror list. I’ll also add The Lost Boys because my daughter said it scarred her for life. Sorry about that. I think it was the 2 Coreys..and now I’m dropping the mic for the final time. Thank you, and goodnight!
Another Note from Allen: That’s Robert’s Top 10 Horror Movies of All Time. If you want to “@” him, you can find him on Facebook here. Happy Monday–and happy horrors!
Until next time…