Andrew’s Top 50 Favorite Horror Movies of All Time (31-40)
31-Shaun of the Dead (2004)- Zombies in a comedy film? At first this seems like a bad idea, but the directing of Edgar Wright and the comedy duo that is Nick Frost and Simon Pegg make it work. Add in a cast of familiar British actors and a great sense of humor about the zombie horror genre. You wind up with a great film. Also, for a comedy, it still has some heartbreaking moments. You may add comedy to a zombie film, but at its heart reminds something tragic and dark.
32-Frankenstein (1931) I love Boris Karloff for so many reasons, but giving life to this character is a big one. Yes, this film is incredibly different from the book. I prefer the book over this movie, but the film holds value. Not only does it discuss the amazing possibilities and dangers of science and playing god, but has social commentary. That the monster is never quite as dangerous as people assume. They see something different, something strange and immediately consider it evil. That it must be destroyed. Yes, there is tragedy in this film which lingers and prompts change. However, there are various layers to it. Also, I find this film to be beautifully made for 1931, it just looks and feels like a film from the 1940’s. James Whale was a great director who made some amazing films and this is one of them.
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33-Dracula (1931) One of the best vampire movies ever made. Sure, it is dated as can be. The scares don’t hit with the same power they once did. Still, you have to respect what Lugosi did with the character. He was menacing and yet suave. Proving that Vampires can be scary and deadly in a deceptive manner. Add in the factor of it being immensely inspirational in film and it has every reason to belong.
34-Fright Night (1985) A great teen vampire flick from the 1980’s, I’ll admit it is a bit creepy how sexual it gets. I mean the vampire in this film is bordering on being a sexual predator of underage girls. However the movie mixed humor and horror very well. Talks a lot about faith, love, friendship, and salvation. This film is perfect horror for the 1980’s. (Honorable mention being The Lost Boys)
35-Halloween: H20 (1998) I feel that if you are a die hard fan of the franchise, you appreciate this film more than others? Did they add too much humor? I think so, but it pays tribute to the best of the Halloween franchise. I love that Jamie Lee Curtis returned as Laurie Strode. You get to see how traumatic that one night of events was to her. There is also that correlation between it and Frankenstein the novel which they even discuss in the movie. Sometimes you need to take the monster head on, because if you don’t you may wind up losing much more than what you would have at an earlier point in time. This was also an attempt to end the series. (Although studios know nothing of closing how a franchise before it gets too terrible.) I still consider this the second best Halloween movie in the entire series and the remakes.
36-The Creature From the Black Lagoon (1954) Granted this is more science fiction than others on this list, but it has elements of horror for sure. The movie discusses things like man’s exploration of the unknown. That while it is fascinating, it is not without risk. That there are things out there which could harm us even if they are fascinating. It also brings those two schools of thought. Do we study something at all cost in the pursuit of knowledge? Or do we kill something when it becomes dangerous?
37-The Howling (1981)- Another classic werewolf movie. This one about a traumatized reporter who thinks time away from work will be the cure all. What she doesn’t realize is she has already been placed in a trapped she may never escape. This film has pretty good transformations and a few really cool twists. It may be a bit dated, but few can even match it.
38-Sleepy Hollow (1999) A Tim Burton horror movie which is more rare than you may think. An adaptation of the Legend of “Sleepy Hallow” by Washington Irving (A fantastic October read if you’ve never read it.) Starring Johnny Depp, Christina Ricci, Michael Gambon, and of course Christopher Walken (my favorite). I love the feel of this film and keeps you guessing until the end. I do have issues with the ending kind of rushing things to an abrupt close. If not for that, it would be higher on my list.
39-Dog Soldiers (2002)- If you love werewolves, then chances are you love Dog Soldiers. Imagine if werewolves were militarized. This movie answers this question of what that could be like. It keeps you guessing, has tons of action. When it is violent, it is brutal. Still one of the best werewolf movies in history.
40-1408 (2007) A movie about a very haunted hotel room. Starring John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson. Again, I like my horror to be psychological. This movie messes with the characters mind, body, and soul. It also does the same for audiences. I went in expecting to dislike this film, but came out enjoying it far more.