Want to know my favorite horror movies?

I love horror movies. Dennis and I watch them constantly. Here are my top ten favorites… you will notice that they have slow building suspense rather than just gore. (And yes, there is three John Carpenter movies on this list!)


10) The Exorcist 1973 The devil possesses a girl, her only hope is an exorcism.

This is a great slow build film. Also it shows the horror of the medical establishment when they cannot discover what is wrong with a patient.

9) Rosemary’s Baby 1968 A girl is impregnated by the devil.

This film is terrifying because no one believes Rosemary because she is a 60’s housewife with a controlling husband in a patriarchal society.

8) Drag Me to Hell 2009 A loan officer who evicts an old woman from her home finds herself the recipient of a curse where a demon wants to drag her to hell.

Good tension through out, with just enough creepy imagery to make it interesting. Plus some almost funny over-the-top fight scenes.  Besides the love interest’s mom played by Molly Cheek is freaking fantastic.

7) Pyschomania 1963 An evil motor cycle gang figures out a way to live forever. What’s not to love?


6) Bram Stoker’s Dracula 1992 Dracula goes to London to find his lost love who has been resurrected Mia.

A Francis Ford Coppola film so as with so much of his work, it is simply beautiful, sensual, and everything else a vampire movie should be.

5) The Fog 1980 A fishing town becomes shrouded by a killer fog containing  ghosts seeking revenge for their deaths. 

I love the story of this town. There is all ages, all income levels. It feels like a real place with a real history.


4) In the Mouth of Madness:  An insurance investigator discovers that a horror writer’s books is coming true.

Sam Neill plays a hardbitten investigator.

3) Session 9 2001: An asbestos cleaning crew work in an abandoned mental hospital with a horrific past that seems to be coming back.

I love the tension which builds between the main characters played by David Caruso and Peter Mullan

2) Absentia 2011 Two sisters link a tunnel with a local disappearances.

This is one of the best independent low budget films ever made. Creepy and atmospheric with a small cast. Also it gives alternate theories of what might of happened.

MV5BMTc3Njk1NDczMl5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwODM3MTgyMQ@@._V1_SY317_CR5,0,214,317_My number one favorite horror movie… 

Prince of Darkness 1987 A research team finds a mysterious cylinder in a deserted church and have dreams brought to them by the future.


This movie is simply freaking awesome. Jesus is an alien. Plot is fundamentally powered by calculus and quantum mechanics.


6 responses to this post.

  1. No honorable mention for ThanksKilling or Birdemic? 😀 I’ve only seen 4 of the ones on your list. I might have to quit slacking…


  2. I hate horror stories. They scare me! I can see the attraction of a well told one though – just about 😉


    • Well, everyone has their own taste. I love the tension in a well-told horror film. However, I won’t watch slasher movies — I like movies where the villains are demons, zombies, vampires and other monsters.


  3. I like horror stories, but am sadly not a big horror movie fan.

    That said… The Ring and Wait Until Dark are two favorites of mine.


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