40 Years of Horror Movies

top40HorrorMovies logoHorror movies have been criticised for their graphic violence and are often dismissed as low budget, B-rated and sensationalist flicks. Nobody seems to care that some highly respected directors and major studios have particulated in the genre.

The genre itself is misunderstood and subject to atracks not dissimilar to those found between the blood-stained curtains on the celluloid. For some, horror films are little better than pornography, focused purely on evoking a reaction – be it terror, disquiet or disgust. For others, it provides the opportunity to share in the fun of someone else’s nightmare and then return comfortably back to real life – not too different to how society operates off social media I suspect.

Horrors remove expectations to exceed on the quality of the written novel. These standards are lowered as a prerequisite for the genre. When the movies do deliver on par to the book form, legendary status is achieved.

For me, the horror movie is about rebellion, non-conformity and vulnerability. It is a legitimate place where the boundaries of moral and social consciousness can be expressed behind the pretense of “it’s only a movie”.

The best horrors are like timeless romance classics – having the ability to blur the lines between real life and on screen possibilities, leaving the viewer with lingering thoughts of “this could be me”.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show doesn’t count.

These are my Top 40 picks.

My Top 40 Horror Movies

In no particular order:

  1. Ringu
  2. Jaws
  3. The Birds
  4. The Fly
  5. Poltergeist
  6. Jacob’s Ladder
  7. Angel Heart
  8. The Vanishing
  9. The Sixth Sense
  10. The Others
  11. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
  12. Misery
  13. Fright Night
  14. Night of the Living Dead
  15. Carrie
  16. Les Diaboliques
  17. The Silence of the Lambs
  18. Rosemary’s Baby
  19. Psycho
  20. Needful Things
  21. Alien
  22. The Exorcist
  23. The Shining
  24. The Omen
  25. Audition
  26. The Haunting
  27. An American Werewolf in London
  28. The Grudge
  29. Paranormal Activity
  30. A Nightmare on Elm Street
  31. Invasion of the Body Snatchers
  32. The Fog
  33. The Mist
  34. Halloween
  35. Dawn of the Dead
  36. The Orphanage
  37. American Horror Story (TV series)
  38. Devil
  39. Nosferatu
  40. Thinner




How does does your list compare?

And remember, whatever you do, don’t fall asleep.



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