October 29, 2009

31 Great Horror Movies: ‘Psycho’

Alfred Hitchcock’s “Psycho” is the second movie on the list that was inspired by real cannibal Ed Gein. Norman Bates is actually based loosely on Gein. Of course Norman only wore women’s clothing. Gein wore women’s skin. Norman Bates is a real mamma’s boy. So much so that he’s still under her control even though […]

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October 29, 2009

31 Great Horror Movies: ‘Alien’

Finally. The Top 5. “Alien” makes it to No. 5 because of its innovation (at the time) and it’s stomach-turning gore. In 1979, no movie had done what “Alien” did. It took the basic stalking/slasher story and sent it to space. We have a group of people on a ship who have to make a […]

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October 28, 2009

31 Great Horror Movies: ‘Frailty’

“Frailty” is one of those secret gems. Most people haven’t heard of it or think it must be a terrible film since it was directed by (and stars) Bill Paxton. That’s a very unfair assumption. It’s actually a fantastic movie loaded with darkness, chills and suspense. The movie opens with Fenton Meiks (Matthew McConaughey) paying […]

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October 26, 2009

31 Great Horror Movies: ‘The Thing’

John Carpenter‘s loose remake of the sci-fi classic “The Thing From From Another World” has grown to be a favorite for many horror fans through the years. Some even call “The Thing” Carpenter’s best work. I beg to differ, as you’ll find out somewhere in the Top Five of this list. “The Thing” tells the […]

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October 24, 2009

31 Great Horror Movies: ‘The Texas Chain Saw Massacre’

Some movies are just givens when it comes to lists like this. “The Texas Chain Saw Massacre” is one of them. Tobe Hooper‘s grizzly tale of a deranged family is loosley based on the real-life crimes of cannibal Ed Gein. In the movie, Leatherface would be the part of Gein, only an exaggerated version. The […]

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October 24, 2009

31 Great Horror Movies: ‘An American Werewolf in London’

I love this movie. I’d make it No. 1 if I didn’t think I’d lose a little credibility. “An American Werewolf in London” is the best werewolf movie to date.  Bottom line. Between John Landis‘ directing and Rick Baker‘s makeup, it’s truly a good movie. Best friends David and Jack are backpacking through Europe. One […]

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October 23, 2009

31 Great Horror Movies: ‘Night of the Living Dead’

George Romero‘s 1968 “Night of the Living Dead” is the grand daddy of all zombie movies. The movie has its flaws, but it was groundbreaking and is still used today as a reference by filmmakers. The movie opens with Barbara and her brother Johnny driving to a secluded cemetery to visit their late parents’ graves. […]

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October 22, 2009

31 Great Horror Movies: ‘Let The Right One In’

“Let The Right One In” is a vampire movie, but it’s not like other vampire movies. It’s actually believable and therefore scary. The vampire in the movie is like what a vampire would be like if they really existed. She’s not scary, but she’s very dangerous. We know she doesn’t do sunlight, but we get […]

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October 21, 2009

31 Great Horror Movies: ‘Seven’

“Seven” is a lot of things. It’s a buddy-cop movie. It’s a thriller. It’s a murder mystery. It’s disgusting. It’s mind blowing. And though it might not look like a horror movie on paper, it is. Trust me. The movie follows two mis-matched detectives (Morgan Freeman and Brad Pitt) as they follow the gory trail […]

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October 20, 2009

31 Great Horror Movies: ‘The Shining’

I really didn’t mean to put so many Stephen King stories in our 31 Days of Horror. It just kind of happens. He is the Master of Horror, though, so I guess it makes sense. His best story, “The Shining,” made such a terrifying movie. It’s one that sticks with anyone who sees it. “The […]

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