Cast: Cillian Murphy, Naomie Harris, Christopher Eccleston
Screenplay: Alex Garland
A man wakes up from a coma to find London completely deserted, only to soon realize its former population is infected with a zombie-like virus.
Plans are pointless. Staying alive's as good as it gets.
Cast: Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Lon Cheney Jr., Bela Lugosi, Glenn Strange
Screenplay: Robert Lees, Frederic I. Rinaldo, John Grant
The legendary comedy duo star as two freight handlers who have a wild night with Dracula, the Wolf Man and Frankenstein's monster.
- You don't understand. Every night when the moon is full, I turn into a wolf.
- You and twenty million other guys.
Cast: Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, John Hurt, Ian Holm
Screenplay: Dan O'Bannon
After receiving a distress signal from a distant planet, the crew of the Nostromo quickly find themselves stalked by a monstrous alien creature.
You still don't understand what you're dealing with, do you? Perfect organism. Its structural perfection is matched only by its hostility... I admire its purity. A survivor... unclouded by conscience, remorse, or delusions of morality... I can't lie to you about your chances, but... you have my sympathies.
Cast: Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga, Ron Livingston
Screenplay: Chad Hayes, Carey Hayes
Ed and Lorraine Warren, a pair of paranormal researchers, investigate the strange happenings that have been terrorizing a family. Part haunted house film, part exorcism film. One of the most legitimately scary films of all time.
Want to play a game of hide and clap?
Cast: Bela Lugosi, David Manners, Helen Chandler, Dwight Frye
Screenplay: Garrett Fort based on the book by Bram Stoker
The most famous film adaptation of Bram Stoker's famous story of the nefarious Count Dracula terrorizing the young Mina.
Listen to them. Children of the night. What music they make.
Screenplay: Henrik Galeen loosely based on Bram Stoker’s Dracula
Cast: Max Schreck, Gustav von Wangenheim, Greta Schröder, Alexander Granach, Georg H. Schnell
Henrik Galeen’s story of Nosferatu is loosely based (read: ripped off) from Bram Stoker’s original novel Dracula. At the time of production, Bram Stoker’s estate had not given permission to Murnau to shoot the film, so they worked around it by changing names and a few events… but it’s essentially the same story. A real estate agent visits the reclusive Count Orlock in Germany to sell him some, but notices a series of unusual events surrounding his visit. Sound familiar?
Cast: Gregory Peck, Lee Remick, Harvey Stephens
Screenplay: David Seltzer
After his biological is stillborn, an American ambassador adopts another boy to take his place. To his horror, clues begin to point to the fact that little Damien may in fact be the actual Antichrist. A late-career home run for Gregory Peck with an appropriately creepy soundtrack from Jerry Goldsmith.
Look at me, Damien! It's all for you.
Cast: Jeffrey Combs, Bruce Abbott, Barbara Crampton
Screenplay: Dennis Paoli, William Norris, Stuart Gordon based on works by HP Lovecraft
While the story resembles a modern-day Frankenstein, Re-Animator is actually an adaptation of horror fiction legend HP Lovecraft's work. A med student becomes involved in a series of bizarre experiments involving reanimating dead tissue when oddball scientist Herbert West arrives on campus. The film's mixture of slapstick and dark comedy combined with gory horror has elevated it to cult status among horror aficionados.
- You killed him!
- No, I did not. I gave him life.
The town of Woodsboro is being terrorized by a killer in a grim reaper costume that is killing of local teenagers. If the story sounds familiar, it's because Scream simultaneously satirizes and pays homage to the slasher movies of the 1980s. In a very meta way, the film points out the "rules" of a horror movie and follows them to the letter on-screen. One of the most clever and fun films on this list.
Cast: Morgan Freeman, Brad Pitt, Kevin Spacey, Gwenyth Platrow
Screenplay: Andrew Kevin Walker
One of the great serial killer mysteries of all time, trumped only by the reigning champion, The Silence of the Lambs (but we'll get to that later.) Se7en sees rookie Detective Mills and retiring Detective Somerset team up to solve the baffling mystery of a serial killers who chooses his victims based on the seven deadly sins: Greed, Lust, Wrath, Gluttony, Sloth, Pride, Envy. Each murder more grisly than the last, the killer stays one step ahead of the investigators all the way until the shockingly disturbing final scene.
This isn't going to have a happy ending.
It isn't a wolf... it's a werewolf!
Cast: Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, Woody Harrelson
Screenplay: Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick
In this horror/comedy, the zombie apocalypse is already in full swing. Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg), an unlikely survivor on his way to find his family in Ohio, the gun-toting bad ass, Talahassee, who's on his quest to find the last Twinkie, and Little Rock and Wichita, a pair of con artists trying to reach an amusement park band together on a road trip across zombified America. There's plenty of gore and laughs along the way as Columbus narrates the different rules to surviving Zombieland such as always make sure a zombie is dead with the "Double Tap" and always, always "Wear your seatbelt." Look out for one of the funniest cameos in horror cinema.
So until next time, remember: Cardio, seat belts, and this really has nothing to do with anything, but a little sunscreen never hurt anybody. I'm Columbus, Ohio from Zombieland, saying good night.
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