PHN 2009: Top 31 Horror Films of All Time – #16-11!

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Running every day until PAULOWEEN, I’m going to be listing my top 31 Horror Films of ALL TIME.  I know there will be disagreements, in fact I’m encouraging it!  Let me know if you agree, disagree, or think I’m leaving something out of my list!  Let me tell you, this list wasn’t easy to put together, especially when you’ve seen as many horror films as I have.

See numbers 31-27 here!

Numbers 26-22 here!

And numbers 21-17 here!

After the jump, check out my choices for 16-10!

inmouthmadness116. In the Mouth of Madness

The first of a couple of John Carpenter flicks on this list.  I remember seeing this film with the same friends I saw Tales from the Crypt Presents Demon Knight with (we had a little group of friends who would go see all the horror films at the local theater that didn’t ID us because we weren’t 17).  My buddy Nathan and I argued how much better Demon Knight was because of its humor, blood, boobs, and fun, and how this was just a boring piece of crap.  My tastes have matured a bit since then (though I still like boobs), and I see In The Mouth of Madness for the intelligent horror film that it is.  Though Carpenter tread similar material in Cigarette Burns, this ode to Stephen King truly sets you on edge the entire time.  It’s like a David Lynch film that makes sense, and truly a great horror film with a stellar performance by lead Sam Neill.

eventhorizon15. Event Horizon

Another Sam Neill film!  Except this time he’s got Laurence Fishburne with him!  If you haven’t seen Event Horizon, you haven’t seen the ultimate film adaptation of Doom (even better than Doom itself)!  A group of scientists in space accidentally open a gateway to hell.  Some truly scary imagery, and the best sci-fi horror flick since the original Alien.

FridayThe13thPoster14. Friday the 13th

Though, honestly, a couple of films in the series are more enjoyable, this first film actually did something a little bit different from all of its sequels – it kept its killer a mystery.  Big, lumbering Jason wasn’t going around killing teens – though for the majority of the runtime, you thought it was him!  Plus, a stinger of an ending that still makes me jump.  There’s a reason this film is a classic.

shaun13. Shaun of the Dead

Shaun! An homage to horror films that ends up being a prime example of the genre itself, Shaun of the Dead brings the best of brit humor and mixes it with the zombie goodness we know and love to create one of the funniest films of all time.  The movie that put Simon Pegg and Nick Frost on the map for American audiences, and one of those “desert island” movies that you just never get tired of.

bram-stokers-dracula-movie-poster112. Bram Stoker’s Dracula

It’s probably blasphemy that I listed this above the Bela Lugosi classic, but Francis Ford Coppola’s adaptation of Bram Stoker’s seminal vampire novel is one of the most visually arresting horror films of all time.  Imagery that had never before been caught on camera, and a truly iconic performance by Gary Oldman as the count.  Buy it on Blu-Ray!

nightmare_on_elm_street11. Nightmare on Elm Street

Yeah…Freddy’s better than  Jason.  Because Jason was only at Crystal Lake.  Freddy was IN YOUR DREAMS!  As a kid, sleep was a welcome respite from the darkness of the night…except, what happens when even sleep is dangerous?  Freddy gave millions of people nightmares, and Robert Englund became a legend because of it.

4 comments on “PHN 2009: Top 31 Horror Films of All Time – #16-11!Add yours →

  1. LOVE Spanish Dracula. But man…the one thing that I don’t care for about it is Carlos Villar’s performance as Dracula. It’s just not as good as Lugosi’s. However, the film itself is definitely far superior.

  2. I’ve been enjoying this segment. Myself, I’ve always been in the Jason over Freddy camp but that’s mostly because of the character itself. I could never take Freddy seriously, even as a kid. The wisecracks broke the horror tension for me.

    I do hope the Nightmare Remake is better then the recent 13th Remake… Somewhere closer to the TCM Remake. Haha.

    Now, as for Dracula… Have you seen the 1931 Spanish version of Dracula? See, it used to be that when filming they would shoot the separate language version using the same sets, costume, etc.

    With the Spanish version the crew got to watch the dailies from the English version before they shot and as a result they would try to figure out better camera angles and more effective use of lighting in an attempt to “top” it.

    It’s also a bit longer so it doesn’t feel as rushed.

    Honestly, the Spanish version of the ’31 Dracula is my personal favorite. As weird as that seems…

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