My Favorite Horror Films
Many times throughout this blog, I have made various lists of movies. Some good, some really good, and some really bad. Naturally, there are a lot of movies from various genres. And this being the month of October, it seemed only fitting to cover some of the horror films that I happen to be a fan of.
Phantom of the Opera (1925) – One of the classics of horror films. This silent film stars Lon Chaney as Erik, the titular Phantom. This is probably the closest depiction of the Opera Ghost to Gaston Leroux’s original story than any film (or Broadway) adaptation.
Frankenstein (1931) – Part of the Universal Monster series and based on Mary Shelley’s classic tale, this version has become the film that has defined how many people envision the Frankenstein monster. Colin CLive is also truly manic as Frankenstein the scientist.
King Kong (1933) – A cinema classic, with the titular monster brought to life so well through stop motion animation.
The Thing From Another World (1951) – Fear comes from the skies in this very loose adaptation of “Who Goes There?” by John W. Campbell Jr. Still, in spite of its lack of adherence to the story, it is still quite effective, especially the warning at the end, “Keep watching the skies.”
Creature From The Black Lagoon (1954) – Mysteries of the past come back as a team of scientists journey down the Amazon to discover the source of a fossil and find so much more.
Psycho (1960) – Hitchcock’s classic thriller, just masterfully done.
Night of the Living Dead (1968) – The movie that created the modern zombie movie. George Romero crafts a story that remembers what is truly important: the people trapped in the nightmare as opposed to the nightmare itself.
Halloween (1978) – Anyone studying film should watch this movie, if only for the opening sequence, shot in one single take. Carpenter creates the modern holiday based slasher that so many have tried to duplicate, but few have managed to succeed.
The Thing (1982) – Matching the original Campbell story closer than the 1951 version, this pseudo remake actually had me jumping out of my seat many times.
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Posted on October 3, 2011, in Media, Movies and tagged creature from the black lagoon, Frankenstein, halloween, King Kong, media, movies, Night of the Living Dead, Phantom of the Opera, psycho, the thing, Thing From Another World. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.