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4. THE EVIL DEAD

Released in 1981, The Evil Dead narrates the horrifying story of five college students vacationing in an isolated cabin in a wooded area. Their vacation becomes gruesome when they find an audiotape that releases evil spirits. The low-budget slasher movie was very well-received by critics and successful at the box office, and a cult following has emerged in recent years.

Because of its graphic violence and terror, The Evil Dead is banned in several countries, including Finland, Germany, Iceland and Ireland. Perhaps the most disturbing scene is when a young woman is raped by a tree possessed by an evil spirit. This scene in particular has been heavily criticized for being perverse and misogynistic, despite the film’s overall critical success. Graphic scenes of dismemberment are also shown, as well as various torture scenes.

3. CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST

Cannibal Holocaust is an Italian horror film that is banned to this day in over fifty countries. Upon it’s release, director Ruggero Deodata was arrested and charged with murder, after rumors suggested Cannibal Holocaust was a snuff film, though he was later cleared of all charges. The movie was filmed in the Amazon rainforest and features real members of indigenous tribes.

The plot consists of the search for a documentary film crew who had gone to film indigenous tribes and been missing for two months. A second team sent on a rescue mission recovers their lost cans of film and learns their fate. Seven animals were killed in the making of the film. An example includes a scene where a squirrel monkey was decapitated, and tribe members proceed to devour its brain. Cannibal Holocaust also involved scenes of graphic murder, including impalement of several characters. It is regarded as one of the most sickening and graphic films in existence.

2. THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE

Upon its 1974 release, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre was banned outright in many countries, and numerous cinemas stopped showing the film after receiving complaints about the nature of extreme violence. The film was marketed as a true story to attract a wider audience, though the plot is entirely fictional. In reality the film was inspired by the crimes of notorious serial killer, Ed Gein, who famously collected tokens from his victims, such as nipples, skin masks and heads, and kept them in his house.

The film revolves around five friends visiting their Grandpa’s old house, who are systematically chased down and murdered by a masked chainsaw-wielding killer and his family of cannibals. Despite the film’s initial poor critical reception at the time of its release, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre became the highest grossing independent film of all time, for a short time. It is widely considered as one of the most influential horror movies in cinema history, and a pioneer in the “slasher” genre. The movie established power tools as a popular murder weapon in horror flicks, and also a killer depicted as large, burly, and faceless.

1. THE EXORCIST

The Exorcist was released theatrically in 1973. The film has since had an overwhelming effect on popular culture and has been described by some as the scariest horror movie of all time. It is also one of the highest grossing movies of all time, earning $441million worldwide. The Exorcist was banned in many individual towns and countries for being horrifyingly scary, and in some cases for religious reasons. The film affected many audiences so strongly that, at many theaters, paramedics were called to treat people who fainted and others who went into hysterics. In the UK, The Exorcist wasn’t available until 1990, when it passed the British Board of Film Censorship (BBFC) with an 18 rating.
The Exorcist tells the story of a young girl who becomes possessed by a demon. The events surrounding the girl’s behavior and subsequent exorcism make up the main plot line. Unlike other items on this list, excessive violence is not a contributing factor to its banned status. The Exorcist is a psychological thriller and uses a clever plot and even subliminal messaging to terrify audiences.

Lot’s of people wondering what to watch if they want to get into horror but are unsure of which movies they would watch etc..

This list is for people who aren’t opposed to watching black/white movies and older movies too.

This is by no means a have to list or anything just a list I think that might benefit some people who want to watch a backlog of the history of horror!

Here it is below:

 

 

 

 

Nice and easy….let’s start with vampires.

  1. Nosferatu (1922) – You always remember the first time
  2. Dracula (1931) – Bela Lugosi defined Dracula as we know him today
  3. Horror of Dracula (1958) – Any Hammer film will do, but this is a good one with which to start
  4. Salem’s Lot (1979) – TV but ooooh scary
  5. Fright Night (1985) – This is a great way to learn the rules plus it’s fun
  6. Love at First Bite (1979) – Cause it’s too much fun to miss

Moving on to Werewolves.

  1. An American Werewolf in London (1981) – This is how to film a transformation
  2. The Howling (1981) – This was a good year for lycanthrope lovers. The Howling rocks
  3. Dog Soldiers (2004) – After years of hellish films, this came along to make it all better
  4. Silver Bullet (1985) – The Haimster vs the Werewolf…what more could you want?
  5. The Wolf Man (1933) – In the beginning, God made the hairy man. And it was good

*Now you can decide whether you prefer bipedal or four-legged werewolves. Personally I go for the two-leggers every time. I know London is the definitive werewolf flick, but the uprights are just plain scarier to me.

Look out. Here come the zombies.

  1. Night of the Living Dead (1968) – Uncle George’s first movie. Isn’t it cute?
  2. Dawn of the Dead (1978) – The most epic zombie film ever made. Many fans favor this one
  3. Day of the Dead (1985) – Think of these three as the Star Wars of zombie films
  4. Night of the Living Dead (1990) – This is one time I will allow you to enjoy a remake
  5. Dawn of the Dead (2004) – You can like this one too…just not too much. Then you can decide if you like ‘em fast or slow….slow, slow, slow
  6. Shaun of the Dead (2004) – Beautifully made film that everyone should see, genre fan or not

  7. Re-Animator (1985) – This is how Lovecraft does zombies

Look up. It’s aliens. No, not up the page. Up in the sky. It’s a…nevermind. Here they are.

  1. Alien (1979) – Well what did you expect? It’s the coolest
  2. The Thing (1982) – Carpenter kicked so much butt with this film and the effects are stellar
  3. Spaced Invaders (HAHA NO! Just making sure you are paying attention)
  4. Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956 and 1978) – Watch both. Both are good

The Slashers.

  1. Halloween (1978) – Carpenter’s spooky flick that gave us an icon
  2. Friday the 13th Parts 1-3 (1980) – The ones that started it all…for Jason
  3. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) – Leatherface in all his gory glory (but it’s not gory)
  4. Psycho (1960) – Hitchcock did it first. Watch it here.
  5. A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) – Who could forget Freddy once he gets his mitts all over ya?

Miscellaneous or movies that should be watched just because:

  1. The Fly (1986) – I encourage you to watch the original with Vincent Price as well, but this one is awesome-er
  2. The Exorcist (1973) – What possessed you to miss this movie? Christ compels you to watch it
  3. Jaws (1975) – I will bite you if you don’t watch this movie. It’s my all-time favorite
  4. Rosemary’s Baby (1968) – Classic tale of paranoia….maybe
  5. The Birds (1963) – See? Hitchcock can make the simplest things scary as Hell

That’s a pretty decent list to get you started. I am not saying these are the only important films out there nor am I saying you shouldn’t watch anything else. Of course you can watch whatever you want, but these are the ones I am certainly glad I didn’t miss early on. They helped me love horror like I do today.

And now for some guidelines…

  • Don’t jump right in with some 70′s grindhouse/splatter/exploitation film. You probably won’t get it and you will consequently hate the genre you are learning about.
  • Do rent or borrow or watch on cable any classics you can get your hands on. Do not be afraid of black and white films. They will not hurt you. But missing some of them may hurt you. Look for anything involving William Castle, Vincent Price, Lon Chaney Jr or Alfred Hitchcock.
  • Don’t watch a remake before you watch the original. See number Number One Rule below
  • Do watch the originals while trying to keep in mind the time period and what was going on with technology as well as politics and pop culture….look out, you just might learn something
  • At least until you are ready…stay away from anything referred to as a re-imagining. You have to crawl before you can run screaming

Above all, have fun and remember that being scared is a natural thing. It’s what keeps us safe from all the real-life boogeymen. Nothing wrong with honing that skill from time to time. If you feel you don’t want to enter into this alone, bring a buddy. The more the merrier. Remember when I mentioned the Number One Rule? Here it is:

“You can’t know where you’re going if you don’t know whence you came.”

Respect the classics. They paved the way for all of us.