Time magazine just released their collection of Top 25 Horror Films. Overall, I think they got it right. Two or three of the films were put in more for humor’s sake but, nonetheless, worthy of mention for the psychological effect on the audience.
As my friend and I finished reading the list though, we couldn’t help but think of other classics that were left of the list, such as:
American Werewolf in London- Man, you never know what kind of illness you can catch in a foreign country. Although CG gives way to morphing scenes now, you cannot mistake the mastery that went into the transformation of man to werewolf in this film.
Village of the Damned- And who said a group of bratty British children couldn’t be scary!?
28 Days Later- My personal favorite of all time. Rage in its purest form. These zombie-esque didn’t kill for food or anything; they killed because that was their nature… and they did so until they starved to death.
Nightmare on Elm Street- My buddy didn’t sleep for three days after we watched this… unlike myself, who cried himself to sleep.
Poltergeist- Call this the worst decision of my parent’s parenting career. We watched it at a drive-in in Cape Cod. It was the last time my parents voluntarily let my brother and I watch horror films… and I think it was the last time we ever went to a drive-in as well.
Friday the 13th- Probably the biggest oversight of the list. If only for the number of sequels the film has, and continues to produce.
Any we missed?