Classic monsters such as werewolves, vampires, ghosts, psychopaths, trolls and even Satan himself have been terrorizing moviegoers for years despite the protests of concerned mothers everywhere. I’m afraid to give them the bad news that this trend in being scared by film isn’t going to be fading away anytime soon. Good horror movies (and even bad ones) will be around for some time to come as it is often the only way people can actually be scared in safety. Below you’ll find 10 more recommendations to give you goose bumps and make you jump out of your seats. Enjoy.
11- Rosemary’s Baby (1968): A young couple move into an apartment building housing some eccentric tenants. One night Rosemary dreams she is attacked by a demon and weeks later she discovers that she is pregnant. She becomes more and more paranoid for the safety of her unborn child and in the end finds out that the paranoia was justified.
• Disturbing Scene: Rosemary being violated by Satan.
• Memorable Quote: This is no dream! This is really happening!
• Trivia: A rumor that Anton LaVey (Church of Satan founder) gave technical advice on the impregnation scene is false.
• Jump Scene: The young actress is waiting by the phone. We see a sack in the background. The phone rings and she smiles. The bag suddenly rolls over. The audience doesn’t immediately see what’s in that sack, but everyone knows.
• Memorable Quote: This wire can cut through meat and bone easily.
• Trivia: When the film was screened at the Rotterdam Film Festival 2000 it had a record number of walkouts (due to the gruesomeness).
13- Misery (1990): A famous novelist has a car wreck during a surprise blizzard. Annie comes along to help and instantly recognizes him as the writer of a collection of books she is a huge fan of. She takes him home and becomes a bit unhinged when she finds out he’s planning on killing offer her favorite character.
• Cringe Scene: Annie decides to hobble Paul after she discovers he’s been out of his room. This scene involves a sledgehammer and a block of wood.
• Tagline: This Christmas there will be… Misery.
• Trivia: A reference is made to the film “The Shining” from the dialogue, “the guy who went mad in a hotel nearby.”
14- Night of the Living Dead (1968): Five people try to survive the night in a farmhouse that is being attacked by dead people that have come back to life. This movie is the reason I keep some long nails and a hammer in my house. A very faithful remake was made in 1990 and directed by Tom Savini.
• Memorable Scene: Ben is alive and begins to hear sounds of a rescue. He slowly makes his way to the window to check if it is safe for him to come out. He is mistaken for a zombie and shot dead. We see a series of photos of Ben being taken to a bon fire and burned with the rest of the zombies as the credits roll. On a personal note, I would love to see a series of zombie posters based upon this scene.
• Memorable Quotes: It has been established that persons who have recently died have been returning to life and committing acts of murder. A widespread investigation of funeral homes, morgues, and hospitals has concluded that the unburied dead have been returning to life and seeking human victims. It's hard for us here to be reporting this to you, but it does seem to be a fact.
• Trivia: Night of the Living Dead is in the public domain because a copyright wasn’t placed on the prints. At that time U.S. copyright law required a proper notice to maintain a copyright. Because the movie is in the public domain, many movies use clips from Night of the Living Dead at no cost. This film is considered by many one of the best zombie movies ever made; I don't know if it not having a copyright helped or hurt the movie in that respect.
15- Fright Night (1985): A teenage horror fan discovers a vampire has moved in the house next door, and the vampire knows he knows. The boy seeks the help of Peter Vincent “the fearless vampire killer” but he’s really just a movie actor who has played that role in a lot of horror movies. I could see this movie as a straight horror flick, but I’m glad the directors didn’t go in that direction as the comedy is priceless. There was also a Fright Night II which I highly recommend.
• Chilling Scene: Charlie convinces Peter Vincent to go to the vampire’s house to perform a vampire test. Vincent gives the vampire some fake holy water because he thinks the boy is crazy and is just trying to help him. They are all about to leave when Peter Vincent surreptitiously takes out a small mirror and discovers the delusional boy he is trying to help is not so delusional.
• Memorable Quote: That’s just a character I played in a movie! Peter Vincent’s not even my real name!
• Trivia: The Peter Vincent character is named after two well-known actors that have been in countless horror films…Peter Cushing and Vincent Price.
16- Cast a Deadly Spell (1991): It’s the 1940’s and everyone uses magic except for detective H. Phillip Lovecraft. All the nightmare creatures are real and people know they are real, although modern technology also exists.
• Cool Moment: A man is cut to pieces by hundreds of twenty dollar bills. Imagine dying of thousand of paper cuts…a terrible death.
• Memorable Quote: What makes me special is I'm my own man. When I started out I said there were things I'd do and things I wouldn't do. A lot of guys start out like that, and a lot of them sell out along the way. But the more who fall, the easier it gets. "See, look, everybody compromises, everybody cheats, everybody uses magic." So they empty their ideals out of their pockets and get down to the job of sticking it to their neighbors before they stick it to them, because that's that way it's done. To all of which I say nuts. My collar may be a little frayed, and maybe I need a shoeshine. But nobody's got a mortgage on my soul. I own it. Free and clear.
• Trivia: The whole film is full of references and plots taken from the works of H.P. Lovecraft who is well known for his horror fiction.
17- Halloween (1978): A group of young female babysitters are being stalked and killed by a masked madman. This is a very generic, but well made horror film directed by John Carpenter (until you add in the music). This is one example of how the score (by John Carpenter) can make a film 100% better. Several sequels were made. All, but Halloween III, were decent.
• Memorable Scene: For me it was when Michael Myers escaped the mental institution. Dr. Loomis had left the car leaving the nurse all alone. All of a sudden you see a white flash hop on the top of the car. Then a hand comes down and cracks a driver’s side window. The nurse quickly exits the vehicle.
• Memorable Quote: It’s Halloween, everyone’s entitled to one good scare.
• Trivia: Tommy Lee Wallace (production designer) created the mask worn by Michael by widening the eye holes and painting the flesh white of a Captain Kirk mask purchased for under $2.
18- Freaks (1932): An attractive woman marries the owner of a freak show for his money and his devoted friends eventually find out about it… they are not happy. A lot of people don’t want to classify this film as horror, but I don’t know what else you would call it.
• Freaky Moment: The freaks take revenge on the beautiful trapeze artist, Cleopatra, by turning her into one of the gang.
• Good Quote: They’re going to make you one of them, my peacock!
• Trivia: After MGM shelved the picture, Dwain Esper (a traveling road show specialist) purchased the distribution rights and went across the country showing the movie under such titles as “Nature’s Mistakes” and “Forbidden Love”.
19- The Thing (1982): A group of scientists at an Antarctic research station have the bad luck of running into an alien life form that takes the form of the person it kills. Even if you don’t like the film, stick around for the ending. You’ll be glad you did.
• Tense Scene: After tying up most of the people at the station Kurt Russell begins to test them for monster blood. You’ll find yourself holding your breath for the answer.
• Tagline: Man is the warmest place to hide.
• Trivia: In most British Antarctic research stations it has become a bit of a tradition to watch the film as part of the Midwinter celebration held on June 21.
• Disturbing Scene: The initial attack of the family and kidnapping of the girl is quite frightening not for what you see, but for what you hear.
• Tagline: Hearts will bleed.
• Trivia: So much blood got on the camera that was used during the car-attack scene that it actually oozed fake blood out of it during the focusing of a shot on a completely different film.