10: The Funhouse
A great, but little seen Tobe Hooper film. Takes all the atmosphere of the county fair, add in a monster in a Frankenstein’s monster mask, and a sense of impending dread and you have a classic horror film on your hands. If you get a chance, seek this one out, and don’t forget to bring some half-stale popcorn and invite your bearded female friend with you.
Steven Spielberg’s first movie is also one of his best. The movie is basically a silent film but yet it is unrelenting the whole way through. A man is pursued by a crazy, and unseen, truck driver for the full run-time. This is a movie that I had no desire, hadn’t even heard of, but 30 minutes in I couldn’t stop watching.
8: Behind the Mask: the Rise of Leslie Vernon
Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon, should be a staple in any slasher fan’s collection. Not so much horror in this one, but it’s clever, quirky, and for once actually funny. The performances in this film are nothing but great, and it’s a joy from start to finish.
7: Lake Mungo
Part of the After Dark film festival (and honestly the only one worth your time) Lake Mungo is a documentary style film, that is probably the best of it’s kind. The actors are so believable in their roles that you may find yourself wanting to check IMDB to make sure. There is a moment so shocking in this movie you may find yourself jumping out of your seat.
6: Nightmare in a Damaged Brain
Nightmare in a Damaged Brain, is very disturbed. Other than the far-fetched ending, the movie is told from the killer’s vantage point. It’s depraved, sleazy, and just plain messed up, so it’s right up any horror geeks alley.
5: Session 9
If the name David Caruso scares you off, just give it a chance. It will have you saying ‘I guess looks like someone went insane in the membrane” EEEEEEE-YAAAAAAAAAAA!
4: Night Flyer
Is this movie stupid? Yeah. Is it also kind of awesome? Hell yeah. B-movie Noir meets a vampire that pisses blood.
4: Wind Chill
Wind Chill is a very under-stated film. It’s a slow burn, and when it gets to where it’s going, it does get really terrifying. Also it has Emily Blunt, which never hurts the eyes
3: Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer
Still brutal as all hell.
Creepshow never truly gets it’s due. It is the perfect blend of everything that made EC comics great. Stephen King and good Romero. Can’t beat that with a femur.
Not a typical slasher film, but a true psychological thriller. This is a movie that will stick with you in the deep shadows of 2 am. Also, it has one of the best scores in any horror film.