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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October 19, 2009

31 Great Horror Movies: ‘Dawn of the Dead’

In 1968, George A. Romero brought the dead back to life and introduced us to the zombie genre. In 1978, the second part of his apocolyptic trilogy redefined the genre. “Dawn of the Dead” opens in Philadelphia several weeks after the original, during the final stages of social demise. On top of being outnumbered by […]

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October 18, 2009

31 Great Horror Movies: ‘The Serpent and the Rainbow’

It’s a shame Wes Craven‘s most popular movies (“A Nightmare on Elm Street,” “Scream“) aren’t his best. Because a lot of people are missing great movies like “The Serpent and the Rainbow.” This one definitely trumps the popular ones already mentioned. The movie is set in Haiti, where Harvard anthropologist Dennis Alan (Bill Pullman) has […]

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October 16, 2009

31 Great Horror Movies: ‘The Last House on the Left’

Wes Craven’s “The Last House on the Left” was a fantastically unique movie. The first half of the movie reads like a traditional horror movie. Bad guys attack some girls, rape, kill, torture. You know how it goes. But then the other half of the movie is a revenge film with great payoff. In 2009, […]

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October 15, 2009

31 Great Horror Movies: ‘Suspiria’

“Suspiria” is probably the most colorful horror movie ever made. I’m always amazed at how red the blood is. And the lighting and color filters make the film a work of art. Even some of the blood spatters look like they could be put to canvas. And those are all very good things when you […]

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October 15, 2009

31 Great Horror Movies: ‘Misery’

I’ve never been sure if “Misery‘s” Paul Sheldon was the unluckiest man on the planet or if Annie Wilkes was the luckiest woman on the planet. Paul (James Caan) just happened to have a nasty car accident on the same road Annie (Kathy Bates) drives. Paul is Annie’s favorite author. She’s his No. 1 fan, […]

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October 13, 2009

31 Great Horror Movies: ‘Re-Animator’

“Re-Animator” came at a time when horror fans were in a zombie rut. The typical zombie formula was getting old and then this innovative film came a long, like a breath of fresh air. The movie is based on H.P. Lovecraft’s crazy twist on Frankenstein. Instead of electricity, the mad doctor Herbert West uses a […]

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