01. Der Golem: Wie Er in die Welt Kam
direction and co-script: Paul Wegener
German expressionism at it's best after the Jewish legend
about The Golem, the clay
statue made by the Rabbi Loew in the 1580's Prague to save the Jews
from a pogrom.
Silent movie with a great atmosphere and a very fine make-up effect
with the Statue.
Paul Wegener played the statue three times and directed two of the films
1920 version of the legend is the masterpiece. Cinematography by the
great Karl Freund
02. Nosferatu, eine symphonie des Grauens
direction: Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau
Still today 100 years later this could be the very best
made to screen adaption of the
Dracula saga, and with the scariest Dracula ever played by the formidable
as Count Orlok. They couldn't use the name Dracula for some legal reasons.
watching it in a cool performance here in Stockholm when the film was
projected on a
giant screen on big building (Kulturhuset) and a rockband played sitting
on the roof.
Silent movie and made by the Genius F. W. Murnau who also made i.a.
03. Freaks (1932)
direction: Tod Browning
One of the most unique films ever made in Film-History,
very unusual and a true cult
classic. A drama horror playing out in a Circus, and with Freaks played
by real deformed
humans. In a famous scene of revelation we get to see the "freaks"
becoming the good
people and the "normal" and "beautiful" people becoming
the Ogres and the true Freaks.
One of the most banned movies in Film History. See the evil trapeze
artist and murderer
Cleopatra being mutilated and turned into a human Duck or Chicken.
04. I Walked With a Zombie (1943)
direction: Jaques Tourneur
Visually haunting lowbudget drama-horror that in a rare
serious manner depicts the
Voodoo religion and Zombies, and Tourneur with cinematographer J. Roy
us some unforgettable scenes as the one (seen in the pic above) when
a woman in a
trance (Christine Gordon) is led by her nurse (Frances Dee) to the Voodoo
Mysterious, dreamlike and beautiful.
This is a zombiemovie B.R. - that is, Before Romero. George Romero changed
re-set the rules for a zombie movie with his 1968 classic "The
Night of the Living Dead".
But for sure not that many zombie films had been made before, i know
of the 1932
"White Zombie", 1937 "Revolt of the Zombies", 1943
"I Walked with a Zombie" and
the 1964 Vincent Price film "The Last Man on Earth".
There has been one or another serious attempt making a film about "real"
Wes Craven's underrated "The Serpent and the Rainbow" made
05. The Spiral Staircase (1946)
direction: Robert Siodmak
A visually groundbreaking Gothic Horror and Murder Mystery
Masterpiece and in some
scenes a precursor to the Gialli genre with images of a killer dressed
in all black including
the black gloves and the hat, and with the POV subjective camera used.
Famous are the
shots of the zooming in into the eyes of the killer hiding in the closet
and the reflection of
the mute girl on the stairway on the eye of the killer. Amazing work
Nicholas Musuraca and with a delightfully macabre plot about a serial
disabled women in a New England town. The heroine of the movie is the
Helen and Dorothy McGuire plays her perfectly.
There has been re-makes of this early proto-giallo but no-one is even
close to this classic.
Read more about this film on my Horror Film Page 2
06. Les Yeux sans visage (1959)
direction and co-script: Georges Franju
Poetically dreamlike and visually atmospherical this
is one most important movies of the
genre ever made. The model for all the Mad Surgeon films that would
Pierre Brasseurs surgeon is desperately attempting to restore his beloved
destroyed face with skin grafts from unwilling donors, women kidnapped
by his assistant,
played by Alida Valli. Read more about the film on my Horror Film Page
07. Peeping Tom (1960)
direction: Michael Powell
Brilliant and initially unjustly hated by asshole film
critics psychological horror about
a young disturbed man and his camera. A Meta-Horror movie made much
ahead of it's
time and later re-discovered and hailed as an absolute masterpiece of
A film about film and about it's Voyeurism. The stupid British assholes
at the time however
wanted to see it flushed down the toilet, and one of Englands greatest
film directors ever
had to give up his film career
08. Psycho (1960)
direction: Alfred Hitchcock
What to say about this masterpiece ? An absolute horror
classic with an outstanding
soundtrack. Totally groundbreaking and possibly the most influental
horror movie ever made.
The lovely Janet Leigh had a knack of being in some of the greatest
films ever made, and
besides Psycho, also acted in Orson Welles 1958 "Touch of Evil"
and in John Frankenheimer's
1962 paranoia horror thriller "The Manchurian Candidate"
09. Il Mulino delle Donna di Pietra (1960)
direction and co-script: Giorgio Ferroni
Mill of the Stone Women is based on a Flemish tale where
a professor runs a macabre
attraction, a windmill with a Carillion moving around with frightening
statues of dead
women in scary poses, some sort of an amusement Horror cabinet open
to the public.
A little bit of Vincent Price's 1953 "House of Wax" but taking
place in a Flemish windmill.
A very atmospherical horror and with Scilla Gabel as the dying daughter
10. Burn, Witch, Burn (1962)
direction: Sid Hayers; co-screenplay: Richard Matheson
A totally obscure and very unjustly forgotten horror
movie but this little British Black
Magic horror is Brilliant and one of the best i've seen in the genre.
A professor discovers
that his wife uses black magic to protect them against their "friends",
colleagues. If someone wonder from where Dario Argento got the inspiration
for his "
Dog and Blind Piano Player being attacked by a Statue on the Square"
scene in his 1977
"Suspiria" - here it is.
I had never heard about this great film and bought it on a whim, and
i feel privileged to
have seen it. Such a little horror gem
11. Carnival of Souls (1962)
direction: Herk Harvey
A pensive and moody oddity of a Cult Movie Classic and
the one and only directed
film by the mysterious Herk Harvey, and it's almost a masterpiece ....
No, it IS a
A sad story about a desperately lonesome church organ playing woman
Candace Hilligoss) who after a car accident is in the Twilight zone
and between life
and death. Her fate is gripping
12. Onibaba (1964)
direction and script: Kaneto Shindo
A Mystical and Sensual art horror masterpiece about
evil times in the late medieval
Nippon where two predator women roam around in a big field of grass
lost soldiers. Dark and poetic tale of evil from
the 1st golden era of Japanese horror and ghost stories, the 1960's
13. Two Thousand Maniacs (1964)
direction and script: Herschell Gordon Lewis
HGL - The Godfather of Gore surprises us with being
quite ambitious with his second
film in his infamous Blood Trilogy (Blood Feast 1963, 2000 Maniacs 1964
and Color Me
Blood Red 1965). Sure, there are his famous crude shock scenes but there
is also a fine
script about a southern town returning to life and celebrating it's
Centennial after being
wiped out by Yankee soldiers during the Civil War in the 1860's.
They celebrate it in a southern way by murdering by car lost tourists
from the north.
Yes, it's a lowbudget B movie but it's inspired, with
primitive crude shock effects (nasty
even today) and it has a ton of atmosphere and shot in crisp colors
and in bright daylight.
HGL cleverly use the cheering citizens for a contrast to the hideous
deaths their guests
suffers (they probably had no idea of what film they would appear in).
HGL at his peak
and a film that must have started a genre of it's own - The Inbred Country
City Tourists. The ending to this film was GREAT - 100 years to the
14. The Viy (1967)
direction: Konstantin Ershov/Georgii Kropachev
A very entertaining horror fairy tale based on a Gogol
story and with some wildly
inspired Aleksandr Ptushko supervised effects at the end. A young seminarist
to spend 3 nights reading prayers for a witch. One of the very few horror
made in the Soviet Union. Read more about the film on my Russian Film
15. The Night of the Living Dead (1968)
direction: George Romero
Lowbudget masterpiece that set the rules of the Zombie
filmgenre. A genre more
popular than ever today. The youngsters seem to love it and there are
games and TV series about the living dead shuffling around. Almost every
in the world makes Zombie movies, South Korea, Japan, Argentine, Taiwan,
No Voodoo rites with possible drugs administered and with zombie slaves
put to work,
but instead some sort of an Apocalypse causing it and with zombies roaming
hunting for human meat
16. Vargtimmen (Hour
of the Wolf) 1968
direction and script: Ingmar Bergman
A dreamlike surreal drama horror artmovie. Hallucinatory
and impressive about a
painter (Max von Sydow) who live in fear of monstruos birdmen and insect
The film supposedly takes place on one of the Frisian islands but seems
to be shot in
Sweden. Sven Nykvist was the cinematographer as usual for Bergman.
It's a pity that our Swedish auteur didn't make more films in the horror
though his 1977 "The Serpent's Egg" is a drama with some horror
elements to it.
Bergman believed in Demons (Dämoner)
17. La Residencia (1969)
direction: Narciso Ibáñez Serrador
A very atmospheric and very well made gothic horror
classic about a Boarding
school for girls situated in the French countryside somewhere around
the last turn
of the century. Maybe a Gothic Giallo and the film is famous for the
that cinematographer Manuel Berenguer created with the house and it's
and for the fine performance from Lili Palmer as the head-mistress of
The girls and the ballet lesson makes you think of Dario Argento's 1977
and he surely was inspired by this film.
Read more about La Residencia on my Horror Films Page 1
And .... Rub a Dum Dum
.... time for the best decennium of Horror film - the 1970's
18. The Bird with the Crystal Plumage (1970)
direction and script: Dario Argento
Argento wrote the script based on the the novel by Fredric
Brown and it wasn't
the first Giallo as Mario Bava probably made this some 6-7 years earlier,
Bird may have been the most influental as the film was a huge Hit and
a stream of
Copycats made gialli with an array of animals in the titles.
Fredric Brown's excellent 1949 Pulp Fiction "The Screaming Mimi"
- read more
about this novel and the screen adaption thereof (with Anita Ekberg)
on my Film
Noir Page. In the novel a small macabre figurine plays a central part
of the mystery,
and in the film it's a naivistic painting and the sound of the Crystal
Bird (a Crane)
that gives the solution of the case
19. Mais ne nous délivrez pas du mal
Direction and script: Joel Séria
Great sensual art-horror-drama
with fine acting and a furious Anti- Catholic
diatribe that made it banned in France. Two teenage girls reads dark
provoke men sexually, kill animals and become disciples to Satan. It's
beautiful and disturbing and it caused a storm of anger when shown on
TV in 1975 ... but I, a young kid then was fascinated.
Read more about the film on my Horror Films Page 1
20. La Corta notte delle bambole di vetro (1971)
direction and co-script: Aldo Lado
A complex and suggestive Art Giallo masterpiece with
an almost overwhelming
Feel Bad atmosphere about young women going missing in Prague.
Masterly made and bordering to the political thriller
21. Lisa e il Diavolo (1972)
direction and co-script: Mario Bava
This could be my favourite film of Mario Bava but it's
extremely hard to
pick a favourite film of his as he has made so many visually fascinating
and with so great colors. Lisa and the Devil is a Poetic and beautiful
dreamlike Drama Horror , like an old fairytale or medieval song of The
coming to get you. Lisa is a tourist to Toledo, Spain who suddenly finds
separated from the rest of the group and she seems to somehow have lost
the grip of time and space, and turning up finally outside of a big
villa and in
a myth about the Devil catching his dead.
The film is a visual piece of art and with actors and
actresses as Telly Savalas,
Sylva Koscina, Alida Valli and Elke Sommer and it's criminally underrated
was at first butchered and -re-shot by the producers and even re-made
rip-off of The Exorcist by asshole Alfredo Leone.
According to Phil Hardy the Spanish film critics who saw the original
it to be a hauntingly beautiful poem about decay and death from the
of Funereal Lyricism
22. The Last House on the Left (1972)
direction and script: Wes Craven
R.I.P. Wes Craven 2015. A pitch-black indie grindhouse
horror with some
odd comedy relief scenes. A young ambitious director (who had made a
pseudo documentary "Together" in 1970) now made this shocker
based it on Ingmar Bergman's 1960's "Virgin Spring", the medieval
revenge drama (and thriller or horror?) with the scenes of violence
from exploitative, but horrifying and something that gave the film a
anti-violence effect (at least for me that is).
This must surely be the best film of Wes Craven, he made no film with
emotional power again and David Hess disturbing performance as the escaped
sex killer typecasted him as bad guy through his career
23. Raw Meat (Death Line) 1972
direction: Gary Sherman
An impressive debut film by a director mostly known
perhaps for his 1981
"Dead and Buried" and that's a great horror film, but ....
this his first film is
even better. Also this gem seems to be forgotten and obscure but it's
film with a ton of London Underground atmosphere. Could there be descendants
to the subway system workers who was caught under earth in the London
Metro accident .... and who have turned into Cannibals to survive deep
below? A great film with some small vibes of Neil Marshall's 2005 "Descent"
24. Non sisevizia un paperino (Don't Torture a Duckling)
direction and co-script: Lucio Fulci
One of two films by the master Fulci (max. of two films
from a director here on my
list of favourite horror films) this one a giallo, and the other a horror.
I have many
favourites of the versatile director Lucio Fulci as his historical drama
Cenci" or his giallo "A Lizard in a Woman's Skin" or
the bizarre and B-ish but very
intense and atmospheric "House by the Cemetary" but the other
one is The Beyond.
This film "Don't Torture a Duckling" also
has a ton of atmosphere and is a rural giallo
horror and it's one of the best gialli ever made, easily on my Top Ten
list. As the poor
woman Maciara we get to see the fantastic Brazilian, and one of my favourite
actresses, Florinda Bolkan. She's accused of Black Magic and Giannetto
Di Rossi looks
to that she's meeting a horrifying death.
Just as his "Beatrice Cenci" this film "Duckling"
vibrates with the evil of Humans,
the superstitions and the violence.
The film a mix of Drama, horror and giallo and also with Tomas Milian
25. La Campana del Infierno (The Bell From Hell) 1973
direction: Claudio Guerin Hill
A brilliant, arty and ambitious Spanish psycho horror
tale of revenge, insanity
and dread. Atmospheric and depressing from a young talented director
from a bell tower and died during the last day of the shooting. Maybe
Spanish horror movie i have ever seen, on the Top List for sure
26. the Exorcist (1973)
direction: William Friedkin
An absolute classic and one of the best known horror
films ever made. When i
was a young teenager watching this film (in the cinema that is) was
of an initiation rite, you had to dare it. The exorcist was one of the
suitable for Children" film i saw (in Sweden you had to be 15 years
old). The film
has some great actors in it as Ellen Burstyn and Max von Sydow and Linda
as the possessed 12 year old girl vomiting, cursing, doing the head
swirl and the
Spider Walk is genuinely scary (but the spider walk scene wasn't known
no director's cut in the 70's).
27. The Wicker Man (1973)
direction: Robyn Hardy
A great atmospheric and original British cult classic
about a mainland police
officer visiting a remote Scottish island for the purpose of doing a
investigation. He meets the adorable Britt Ekland as the Pub owners
he also meets the hostility of the locals and he soon realizes that
they are still
Heathens and perform human sacrifices in ancient May Day rites.
Great cinematography from Harry Waxman and Ekland used a body double
singing nude scene
28. Don't Look Now (Rösten från
andra sidan, 1973)
direction: Nicolas Roeg
Psychological horror thriller and maybe perhaps even
a giallo with amazing images
from a wintry Venice with a great soundtrack by Pino Donaggio. Donald
and Julie Christie have fled England after the death of their young
daughter, but in
Venice they start to suspect that their daughter somehow is with them
.... from the
other side. At the same time a serial killer is on the loose and a small
figure in a red
raincoat is running around in the narrow and damp alleyways around the
Great cinematography by Tony Richmond
29. Una Vela para del Diablo (A Candle for the Devil)
direction and co-script: Eugenio Martin
Spanish minor masterpiece of horror bursting with atmosphere
repression in a village where two middle-aged bigotted sisters runs
and murder their female tourist guests.
Batista and Roy are sensational, disgusting .... and beautiful, just
From the Spanish Golden Film Era, the 1970's. Read more about the film
Horror Films Page 2
30. Ilsa Shewolf of the SS (1974)
direction: Don Edmonds
Sure, sure, this may be The Queen of all Nazi Exploitation
Trash movies and
without any redeeming qualities whatsoever to be included in a list
of my favourite horror films of all time. Luckily this shameful softcore
sex - horror
genre dried up and vanished (in the 1980's ?)
BUT the film has ONE redeeming quality, the amazing Dyanne Thorne as
Dominatrix Camp Commendant Ilsa. She attacks the role with such Gusto
succeeds so well that she forever was to be associated with the role
as a beautiful,
busty and ill-tempered Commendant.
The film is actually made tongue-in-cheek and works
as a Sexploitation Sex-
Horror Comedy but Dyanne Thorne was to be treated as a leper by the
industry anyway for the rest of her career, and worse acc. to an interview
read with her even her friends shunned her.
This for as an actress playing a role too well. If she had sucked no-one
cared about it, but now Dyanne made a performance of almost Tura "Faster
Pussycat, Kill Kill" Satana level.
Ilsa Shewolf of the SS is a Cult Classic and Dyanne Thorne, who made
sequels - "Harem Keeper of the Oil Scheiks" and "Tigress
of Siberia", or three
if Jesús Franco's "Greta, Haus ohne männer" is
to be counted, will forever be
the best and sexiest film Nazi warden or Commandant
31. Black Christmas (1974)
direction: Bob Clarke
With a long slow build-up but a very well made and very
horror that became groundbreaking and who started and set the rules
beloved by every horror film fan - the Slasher Film genre.
Sure, some say that this honor belongs to Mario Bava with his "Ecologia
Delitto" (Bay of Blood or Twitch of the Death Nerve" from
1971 as this film was
the precursor to "Friday the 13th" regarding a violent death
that Sean Cunningham
ripped-off. But "Black Christmas" played out on a Campus ground,
and that or a
Summer Camp with teenagers must be archetypal for the American Slasher
32. Vampyres (1974)
direction: José Ramón Larraz
Gothic and genuinely sensual Horror Sex classic about
two mysterious female
vampires played by gorgeous Playboy model Anulka Dziubinska and the
They lure men to their bloodsucking nest, a decaying old mansion, somewhere
out in the lush English countryside. Damp and atmospheric and beautifully
by the great Harry Waxman (who shot also "The Wickerman" the
The images of the two undead women rushing through an old churchyard
dusk on their way to their resting places in some crypt, were mystical
beautiful. Also, the men in this film were totally believable in returning
mansion and the bloodthirsty women for another night of sex, wine and
letting that could be their death - as who could resist Morris or Anulka
their rich wine cellar. Unusual is also that the vampires don't have
but bites and slobbers up the blood
Rabid Dogs - Cani arrabbiato (1975)
direction: Mario Bava
It wasn't easy to choose only two films from one of
my favourite directors
of all time because i love most of his films i.a. his 1963 "La
Frusta e il Corpo"
or the 1964 "Blood and Black Lace" et al. So i chose Lisa
e il Diavoli and this,
one of his most obscure movies, a film that was unreleased for a long
It's a brilliant, unusual and almost minimalistic Crime Drama about
a car and it plays out in Real Time. Is it a Horror then, well eeh,
This film was lost for decades and it's totally different
from his famous style.
It's rougher and more realistic. The film was found on some warehouse
where the film company had put it before going bankrupt in 1975.
It's so sad that the Master Bava didn't get the praise he deserved when
still alive. For this great crime drama where he at an advanced age
guts to change his style of directing and still show his genius and
ease he directed, he got no accolades at all. No-one saw the film
34. Le Orme (Footprints on the Moon) 1975
direction: Luigi Bazzoni
Beautiful, dreamlike and an inspiredly original
psychological drama thriller
and maybe a giallo and horror too. It's a fascinating and very much
Giallo (if it even is one) and it's expertly photographed by the great
Storari. My favourite gialli actress the Brazilian Florinda Bolkan is
but magnificent as a woman searching for her three missing days, where
she go and what did she do ?
Bolkan was always magnificent, as in the Lucio Fulci duo "Don't
Duckling" and "A Lizard in a Woman's Skin" and others,
but i do think she's
maybe even better here
35. Quien puede
matar a un niño (Who
Can Kill a Child ?)
1976 direction and script: Narciso Ibáñez Serrador
Uruguyan born Spaniard Serrador (1935-2019) only made
2 horror feature
films, this and La Residencia, both classics, and both are featured
my Favourite horror list. Maybe this is the best film ever in the Evil
genre. Apocalyptic and powerful, shot in brilliant sunlight.
A tourist British couple travels to a Spanish island without any adults
Only children, lots of them and that's because the hatefully staring
have murdered all the adults on the island.
It's like a take on Hitchcock's The Birds but with kids instead of birds,
something apocalyptic has happened. Yeah, and it's better than "The
36. Suspiria (1977)
direction and co-script: Dario Argento
Making any commentary of this Classic is futile as everything
has been said
by others. What i do know is that brave american Suzy Bannion leads
and well out of Hell and that this film today is regarded as an absolute
masterpiece of horror, maybe the best ever made. But that is today ....
one of the very few that saw "Suspiria" when it was shown
in the cinema here
in Sweden in the summer of 1978 (a year too late) and i do remember
asshole jerk of a film critic reviewed it - gave a crossed over Wasp
out of 5
Wasps possible (our biggest evening newspaper then, Expressen).
What a piece of shit.
A Film Critic, should not be a Cretin. Shouldn't they
inform their readers of
when a new exciting film breaks the boundaries of a genre and when the
power is evident ? But no, no, Swedish film critics they had no idea
Dario Argento was in 1978 and the bastard who wrote the review probably
didn't even like horror films
37. Buio Omega (1979)
direction: Joe D'Amato (Aristide Massaccesi)
Nasty, ultra violent and hypnotically fascinating about
a taxidermist and
his dead girlfriend in a film that i consider to be the very Best of
Plus a fine soundtrack from Goblin. This is "As Good As it Gets"
lovers out there and a good test of who are the real horror film lovers
not just the "I like The Shining and Scream" poseurs.
These the latter would probably run to the exits when watching this
Read more about the film on my Horror Films Page 1
38. The Brood (1979)
direction and script: David Cronenberg
One of Cronebergs's best and my favourite. From the
time when he could
do nothing wrong. A Psycho horror taking place in a cold and grey
Canadian setting and with Samantha Eggar attending Psychoplasma
therapy led by Oliver Reed, plus yucky child monster killers on the
The final shock scene was censored in many countries
39. Alien (1979)
direction: Ridley Scott
This film has to be the best Sci-Fi Action Horror ever
made, if you put
it in a subdivision to the Sci-Fi Action genre (where we have super
one's as "Robocop", "Starship Troopers", Terminator
and "Dredd" et al).
Without doubt Alien is inspired by Mario Bava's lowbudget 1965 "Terrore
nello spazio" and "Alien" forever was to change our perception
Space Monster due to the H. R. Gigers genius making of the creature
Ta-Ran-Ta-Ra ..... the 1980's wasn't that
bad of a decennium for horror film
40. Maniac (1980)
direction: William Lustig
A film initially maligned by and hated on by the shocked
Shining-loving prim and
proper horror film audience due to it's unapologetic roughness and nastiness.
But this film is an impressive, claustrophobic and mean Psycho-Horror
with a brilliant
Joe Spinell as the maniac and with shockingly well made special effects
Savini. This indie slasher classic feels like an art-horror and a cousin
to Abel Ferrara's
1979 "The Driller Killer" and amazingly enough "Maniac"
has been re-made in a
very good 2012 version with (horror lover) Elijah Wood as the Spinell
41. ... E Tu Vivrai nel Terrore! L'Aldila (The Beyond)
direction and co-script: Lucio Fulci
I could only chose two films from any director on this
list, and the other were 1972
"Don't Torture a Duckling". This Fulci masterpiece is surreal
and dreamlike and
very atmospherically shot in Louisiana, USA. The gate to hell can be
Louisiana and the last scene may be the greatest Fulci ever made, like
read more about this film on my Horror Films Page 2
42. Possession (1981)
direction and script: Andrzej Zulawski
Regardless of genre this film is one of the best ever
made. Either you're hypnotized
by it - or bored. I normally don't like Zulawski, his french films very
arty and pretentious
but with this one he surprised the world, well, the cult film part of
Possession is a hallucinatory surreal and apocalyptic relation drama
horror with a
beyond great Isabelle Adjani and a fine Sam Neill in hysterics at the
Ms. 45 (Angel of Vengeance) 1981
Direction: Abel Ferrara
A very strong female revenge indie horror with a memorable
ending Slow-Mo shoot-
out scene. Zoeë Tamerlis is magnetic as a traumatized and lost
in NY rape victim.
Abel Ferrara started out impressively with 1979 "The Driller Killer",
1981 "Ms. 45" and
then his 1984 "Fear City" is trashy but fun also, and i guess
"Bad Lieutenant" with
Harvey Keitel is his most talked about film. BUT, Ms.45 is his best
one for sure.
Read more about Ms. 45 or Angel of Vengeance on my Horror Film Page
44. The Thing (1982)
direction: John Carpenter
Brilliant Sci-Fi horror re-make of an old 1950's movie,
and with sensational pre-computer
special effects by Rob Bottin, the Spider head effect maybe the coolest
of them all.
If this classic have had CGI to use this film would've been so much
suckier. CGI sucks.
Like David Cronenberg and Brian De Palma of this time, John Carpenter
make anything that wasn't spectacular (with the exception of The Fog
that sucked bad).
Other Sci-Fi films by Carpenter that i like are 1974 "Dark Star"
and 1987 "They Live"
45. Videodrome (1983)
direction and script: David Cronenberg
Long Live the New Flesh - Death to Videodrome. My Cronenberg
favourite along with
1979 "The Brood" is an inspired and mindbending Sci-Fi Horror
something with an,
as usual, beyond brilliant James Woods
46. Lifeforce (1985)
direction: Tobe Hooper
Sci Fi Horror Cult Classic with a sensational film debut
by french actress Mathilda May
as the otherworldly beautiful Space Vampire Chick. No-one that has ever
seen her in
this film will forget the images of her, Never. Lots of great FX, at
the beginning of the
film at least (as long as the budget allowed), and a delightfully full
performance by Steve Railsback along with the presence of May gives
this film a
fascinating PULSE to it and makes it my Tobe Hooper favourite film.
Yes, better than TCM. I'm not sure of how many times i've watched this
film, but many,
many, many for sure, first on an old VHS, then on a DVD and finally
on a Bluray.
47. Mr. Vampire (1985)
direction: Ricky Lau Chang Wei
Probably the best horror-comedy ever made in Hong Kong
and a Super Hit with a
whole bunch of sequels. The one and only Lam Ching Yin plays a quirky
who tries to handle the Hopping Vampires creating chaos. He was the
choreographer for most of Bruce Lee's movies and were known as the "One
priest". The unique Chinese vampires jumps around like Kangaroos
and you can
only stop these undead by putting a yellow note with Taoistic spells
48. Re-Animator (1985)
direction and co-script: Stuart Gordon
Insanely entertaining splatter horror comedy based on
a story by H. P. Lovecraft and
with a great performance by Jeffrey Combs as the mad genius medical
West and with a gorgeous Barbara Crampton as Megan.
The Best Horror Comedy ever together with ....
49. Killer Klowns From Outer Space (1987)
direction: Stephen Chiodo and co-script with brother Charles Chiodo
A great mix of horror and comedy and also a homage to
the american 1950's Space
Attacks B-movies. A new Circus has arrived to a small town coming from
away, further away than anyone would've expected. But why do the Clowns
a bit odd ? The make-up effect with the Clowns are nothing but sensational,
The always pleasantly laid-back John Vernon is good, as always, as the
sheriff and wonders what the f--k is happening to his town. It's Chaos.
Funniest scene? Perhaps the one with the tough biker gang and the little
50 . Opera (1987)
direction and co-script: Dario Argento
Yes, i know i was only allowed to pick two films from
a director on this my favourite
horror film list, but i make an exception here for Dario Argento's violent
Opera (it's some sort of an opera-horror of Verdi's MacBeth) which make
Sure, there are a some bad acting here and there but it's a Visually
almost operatic film about the bad luck hitting the performance of the
This film were also sadly the last great Dario Argento movie. After
this his films
turned not so good, then Bad, and then even worse than bad.
I remember when i watched this film the first time in
1989 in an uncut Greek VHS
copy titled "Terror at the Opera". An ex-rental copy i found
and payed too much for
in Larissa, Greece. For young people reading this it must be hard to
tricky it was back then to obtain and watch an uncut horror movie.
Sweden had one of the harshest film censors in the world and they energetically
to pieces any film with violent scenes in it (they even cut non-violent
scenes too if
they were considered fascistic, socialistic Sweden didn't like Charles
Dirty Harry movies) and horror films were not considered suitable viewing.
As a horror film fan you had to search after uncut VHS
copies in i.a. countries as
Greece, Netherlands, USA, Italy or even in France, (but they used SECAM
color system and you had to have a special multi-player TV and Video
be able to see the film). Also, these uncut VHS copies were wildly sought
you had to pay 500 - 600 swedish crowns for any mediocre Jesse Franco
with cannibals, jungle queens, vampires or Lina Romay roaming around
in the nude.
If you were lucky you could find old Swedish VHS editions from the time
the censoring of VHS rules, Video Invest editions or Rental Video Shops
But, suddenly one day the censor system was gone and no-one misses it
51. Santa Sangre (1989)
direction and co-script: Alejandro Jodorowsky
Magical and Poetic Art Horror from the great Jodorowsky
about a destructive
mother and son relationship. I've always been in love with Méxican
Guerra since watching her performance here, and she really gives the
part her all.
She has also been in artmovies by Arturo Ripsten, the Buñuel
of México, and in
popular Telenovelas. Read more about the film on my Méxican Film
But ..... in the 1990's the Western horror
film suffered and Asia emerged
52. Story of Ricky (Rikki O) 1991
direction: Lan Nei Tsai/Nam Nai Choi
A delightfully unhinged Splatter Comedy based on a Japanese
manga about a
young man, Rikki, going to a high security sadistic prison after revenging
murder of his girlfriend. Trashy but hyperkinetic wild fun and splatter
53. The Untold Story
direction: Danny Lee & Herman Yau, and Run and Kill
direction: Billy Tang Hin Shing, - both 1993
Both of these films were made in 1993 and are maybe
the best examples of the
then wild and unhinged Hong Kong Category III films (maybe something
of a X
rating in the US) and this censor category still exists today but the
are a different breed compared to back then, at the end of the Golden
Era of HK
filmmaking, much tamer and more cautious after the 1997 handover.
Two of the most infamous HK films ever made were "The
Untold Story" and
"Run and Kill" and in the leads you could see two of HK's
greatest actors -
Anthony Wong and Simon Yam. These deranged Crime Thriller Horrors were
made to SHOCK but also to entertain the audiences, and often unappropriate
scenes of burlesque comedy pops up when you least expect it.
Luckily this new breed of wild unhinged horror from Hong Kong appeared
the exact moment when the Western Horror film lay dying. This after
seemingly forever ongoing junk as Terror on Elm Street 8, Halloween
Friday the 13th: Jason vs. the Soya People, and with "Scream"
just around the
corner to really take a crap on the horror film genre.
In "The Untold Story" (the original Chinese
title is too long to write here)
Anthony Wong plays a choleric fast-food chef and the film is based on
crime case in Hong Kong where the guy murdered people and grinded them
down to minced meat and made dumplings of it. Yummy .... Not!
He played the role so convincingly and scary that he won a major film
In "Run and Kill" Simon Yam plays the psychopathic
mainland killer Fung who
makes the life miserable for unlucky Kent Cheng's role figure Fatty
when he murders his little daughter for fun. No-one in HK could play
psycopath like Simon Yam, with the exception of Anthony Wong then maybe
54. El Dia de la Bestia (The Day of the Beast) 1995
direction and co-script: Alex de la Iglesia
A very entertaining and funny Spanish horror-comedy
with great pace about
a priest, a satanist and a clairvoyant TV star trying to kill the Antichrist
day of the end of the world. A Super Hit in Spain and showered with
Film Academy awards and festival praise.
Read more about this film on my Horror Films Page 1
55. Cure (1997)
direction and script: Kiyoshi Kurosawa
Psychological Art Horror Masterpiece and by many considered
to be Kurosawa's
best movie where a crime cop is investigating a series of seemingly
murders. A young man, an ex-student of psychology, is treated for amnesia
is suspected to be the killer. A brilliant film with fascinating desolate
with a fine industrial soundtrack, and which atmosphere-like resembles
art-horror masterpiece, the 2001 "Pulse" (Kairo).
Kiyoshi Kurosawa was one of my favourite Japanese directors,
Shunji Iwai and Takashi Miike, and his films made in the late 1990's
2000's were all exciting and uniquely his, and he had a cult film crowd
him, BUT, after his Tokyo Sonata artmovie in 2008 (a film i liked very
think his style has changed more into the one western film-critics and
crowds may like and many of his films are not that good anymore.
But he's extremely productive so i have alot of films to see and maybe
them are as good as his older one's.
I haven't seen his early films but from 1997 to 2003
he just couldn't miss, every
film was Gold. 1997 "Cure", the enigmatic and fascinating
2000 "Séance", 2001 "Pulse", 2003 "Bright
Future" and "Doppelganger", then
followed a couple of OK J-Horrors before 2008 "Tokyo Sonata"
56. Ringu (1998)
direction: Hideo Nakata
This Japanese late 1990's horror classic was groundbreaking
for the modern
horror film world wide and a wave of long black hair female ghosts movies
erupted, at first in Japan and it's neighbouring countries and then
waves over the world. Spastic moving, glaring with an eye and creeping
floors or in the ceiling.
The film takes place during one week in September 1997 when some teenagers
are dying from a nasty VHS tape recorded by means of ESP from a deceased
Sure, Japanese female ghosts with long black hair wasn't
anything new as
asian women tend to have .... long black hair, and long-haired ghosts
often be seen i.a. in the 1960's ghost stories.
For once, i found the american re-make with Naomi Watts to be pretty
57. Scrapbook (1999)
direction: Eric Stanze
US indie horror drama that bites you, and it's no pleasure
watching it, but
it's undeniably good about the relation between a killer and his victim,
between a jailer and his prisoner. Not at all resembling the other films
seen by Stanze, but Tommy Biondo as the scriptwriter and in the role
killer gave the film some extra power
58. Audition (1999)
direction: Takashi Miike
Killi .... killi .... Miike's internationally most famous
film is a horror Masterpiece
and with Shiina as the not so sweet young woman dating a middle-aged
When shown in cinema theaters it's said that parts of the audience,
then with Miike and of what films to expect from him, run towards the
That's a sign of a great film, and with this film Takashi Miike presented
to the world of Cinéaste with a huge Bang.
The film was made during the Japanese Golden era of new and exciting
approx. 1995-2003 (my estim.) when this film industry ruled with young
trying out wild ideas on film like never before. Miike had some five
everything he made come out Gold before he too succumbed to the mainstream
and started to make more Teeny Bop orientated films. Starting to hang
an american hipster crap director is always a bad sign for an asian
Also South Korea during this time at the beginning of
the new millennia had a
couple of new directors creating some amazing films with really innovative
ideas, as "Save the Green Planet" and the "Revenge Trilogy".
If i have one complaint against "Audition" it's the cover
of the discs, DVD or
BR, they always have a Sado-Horror pic spoiling the twist about who
.... then, finally, at the start of the
new Millennia you could see glimpses of an
awakening of the genre also in the West with directors as Rob Zombie
Alexandre Aja, the latter who initiated the New Wave of nasty French
59. Uzumaki (Spiral) 2000
direction: Akihiro Higuchi
Unhinged and fascinating horror comedy about a city
getting hit by a strange
Spiral phenomena and where the citizens start getting obsessed with
all sizes and shapes. Unique and strange based on a manga by Junji Ito.
the time of the Japanese golden era when filmmakers exploded with creativity
60. Session 9 (2001)
direction & co-script: Brad Anderson
Great horror and psychological thriller from the talented
Anderson about a
genuinely unpleasant place of work. Tensions are rising among the workers
from the Hazmat Elimination Co. that are removing asbestos from the
abandoned old Danvers State Mental Hospital. An Evil place where a lot
patients once were abused and there are rumours of demonic possession
61. Pulse (Kairo) 2001
direction and script: Kiyoshi Kurosawa
Kiyoshi Kurosawa's apocalyptic horror masterpiece belonged
to the Top of
the Crop movies emanating from the Japanese New Wave Cinema that swept
the world approx. 1995-2003 and the scene with the female ghost swaying
towards you hiding behind the sofa isn't easy to forget.
One of great japanese horrors together with films as "Dark Water"
"Ju-On The Grudge" 2002 that were re-made in crappy US versions
62. Deathwatch (2002)
direction: Michael J. Bassett
A very original and suggestively dark drama-horror from
the muddy Hell of
the WW1 trenches and where something worse than the horrors of war is
waiting for some British soldiers that has conquered a German trench.
This film was a fine example of the then pretty new WW Horror genre,
even if these films most often takes place in WW2 and with the Nazis
the ultimate Bad Guys.
This is Not a "horror of war" movie but a
"war horror" movie that uses
the dark evil background of war with i.a. occultism and nazis, demons
and zombies. I hate war movies as the subject of war bores me, BUT i
like war horrors and i've seen many entertaining one's involving crazed
nazis, occultism, German zombie soldiers hiding in old underground
bunkers somewhere on the old Eastern Front, and Cyborg experiments
63. Double Vision (2002)
direction: Chen Kuo Fu
A underrated and forgotten Taiwanese Crime Occultism
where the haunting dark atmosphere is partly because the unique use
Taoistic mysticism as an important element to the crime mystery (and
probably never used in film before, or )?
Tony Leung Ka-Fai (the Tall Tony Leung) and american actor David
Morse as the Buddy Cop team also manages something very rare in
asian film - they are very good together, an asian and a white actor
works well. I love both of these actors, the finest.
OK, the early CGI used could have been a bit better admittedly
64. Haute Tension (2003)
direction and co-script: Alexandre
A Brilliant and unapologetically nasty French Neo-Slasher
where a killer
psycho ruins the weekend plans for two young women. Aja kickstarted
the new era of western horror, a genre that (in the west) had been con-
strained for many years due to the tyranny of comedic crap as "Scream"
but now was let loose again.
With excellent old style effects and not crap CGI by the legendary Lucio
Fulci special effects maker Gianetto De Rossi.
The film caused all horror lovers world-wide to scream
of joy - "Finally
out of the Valley of Death". A Horror film the way it should be
BUT .... sadly Alexandre Aja was carried away by the sharp claws of
Harpye of Evil, Hollywood, the feared Shit Factory and poor Aja
disappeared and never to be seen again (as a maker of a good horror)
65. A Tale of Two Sisters (2003)
direction and script: Kim Je-woon
Visually beautiful and atmospherical South Korean drama-horror
House, two sisters and a stepmother. A Fairy tale from Kim Je-woon
66. Gorgonas (2004)
direction and script: Salvador Sanz
Argentinian 14 minutes animated short made by comic
writer Sanz in a
highly stylized way, like an art horror almost.
VERY suggestive about the cute triplet pop group The Elektra Sisters
turn into the monsters of the ancient greek myth, the Gorgons, and turn
their fans worldwide to stone. An intense, powerful, dark, scary and
Apocalyptic work of genius. Very obscure unfortunately
67. Black Kiss (Synchronicity/Burakku kisu)
Direction, script, story: Macoto Tezuka
A Bizarre, quirky, scary and gorgeous crime horror-thriller
Models and Black Kiss. Very unusual if not Unique and with a Giallo
but sadly it flew unnoticed below the radar and almost no-one have seen
Read more about this strange film (only in swedish though) on my Japanese
Film Page 1
68. Epitaph (Gidam) 2007
direction and script: The Jung or Jeong Brothers
Amazing dreamlike, poetic and visually stunning horror-drama
spirit manifestations in a korean hospital during the japanese occu-
pation in 1942. From brothers Jeong Beom and Jeong Sik. Stunning !
69. Someone's Knocking at the Door (2008)
direction and script: Chad Ferrin
WOW! I'm Speechless ! An absolutely Unhinged
indie crime horror with
bizarre trips, demented sex and Gore. Delightfully weird Paranoia and
impressive Mind-Fuck. American indie filmmaking at it's very best.
70. Orphan (2009)
direction: Jaume Collet-Serra
Surprisingly great mainstream horror-thriller in the
Evil Child genre, and
from a director that made the insanely bad "House of Wax".
redeemed yourself with this one Jaume. Isabelle Fuhrman is especially
good and frightening in a film that could be described as a mix of the
novel "The Bad Seed" and the HK film "Murderer"
also from 2009.
Read more about this film on my Horror Films Page 1
.... The 2010's continued with
the re-animation of the Horror genre
and with an explosion of popularity. But also with a flood of crappy
Re-makes of old 70's-80's horror films
71. The Devil's Rock (2011)
direction and co-script: Paul Campion
A sadly very obscure and underrated WW2 horror made
in New Zealand
about the latter parts of the war and a small sabotage unit of 2 Kiwi's
to destroy a big cannon on one of the Channel Islands. When entering
the fortress they hear Nazi soldiers scream and when they probe deeper
down into the structure they are soon to encounter Nazi Occultism and
Demon. This amazing but unknown film is very well made, claustrophobic
and intense with seriously fine acting from for me unknown Kiwi actors.
This great film plays out like a chamber piece art-horror,
an intelligent low
budgeted horror that uses it's meagre budget in the best and smartest
possible. This is Indie filmmaking at it's best.
But probably too talky and intelligent and with too little of crappy
the effects to please the mainstream crowd. The hideous US sleeve with
a pic not from the film probably didn't help much either
72. Frankenstein's Army (2013)
direction: Richard Raaphorst
Another WW2 horror that rocks and this one a "Cyberpunk
movie with the Nazi version of The Frankenstein Monster. Unique, grotesque
and delirious with creatures that have to be seen to be believed. Raaphorst
presents frightening and fascinating visions of Human-Scrapmetal-War
Machines, and like out of a contemporary Hieronymus Bosch painting or
as a cousin to Shinya Tsukamoto's Cyberpunk nightmare classic "Tetsuo".
This great film should be enjoyed by art-horror enthusiasts as a WW2
Cyberpunk Horror Comedy.
More artists like Richard Raaphorst should make horror movies
direction: Milan Todorovic (Killer Mermaid/Nymph)
Atmospherical .... Yes, i'm using this word again to
describe a film that i like
due to the cinematography or to the special location where it was shot.
This film made by Serbian film director Milan Todorovic may not have
best actors or even being that well directed, but what it has a ton
of is that,
for a film shoot, elusive "Atmosphere".
This film with many titles seems to be unjustly underrated, a made in
and Montenegro Creature horror about a mythical creature of the Sea,
The Mermaid. The location used for the shooting of this film is ....
Pure Magic, the Montenegro southern fiord of "Boka Kotorska"
beautiful it hurts, and with a small island situated in the inlet, the
Mamula with a fortress used in WW2 by the Nazis as a prison camp.
A mysterious and scary man is guarding it and something is moving at
the bottom of a well. Franco Nero plays a man looking for his daughter
74. Ich see, Ich see (2014)
direction and script: Veronika Franz/Severin Fiala (Goodnight
Great, beautiful and disturbing psychological horror/thriller-drama
2 twin children living isolated in a house on the Austrian countryside
an unhappy and heavily bandaged woman, almost like a mummy, who may
or may not be their mother.
The Desolate images of the forest, the lake, the empty provincial town
of the 2 kids roaming around unguarded creates a claustrophobic unsettling
atmosphere and an intense foreboding of a catastrophe coming
75. Housebound (2014)
Direction and script: Gerard Johnstone
Great and entertaining Kiwi horror-comedy about a young
woman who has
to live in her mother's house in Home Detention for 8 months, and where
strange and scary noices are heard from the walls in a house where a
murder occurred 20 years earlier. Scary, funny, gory.
Read more about the film in my Horror Film Page 1