Before we move on to Noirvember, let’s keep the spirit of Halloween alive (or ghoulishly dead) for just a bit longer, as I finally share some of my all time favourite horror movies with you. It’s a genre I enjoy throughout the year, but as you know, it’s tradition for me to hold the October Horror Project, where I watch as many gems from the genre as I can.
In this edition I’ve seen three that became instant favourites: Possession (1981),Thirst (2009), and The Haunting (1963). For Halloween I rewatched The Shining (1980) not just because I love it, but also because, with the neighbourhood kids trick or treating all night, I knew I’d pause it more times that you should during the first watch of any movie.
You can check out my ever growing list of favourite horror movies, knowing that I have these yet to watch. So if one of your favourites is missing, chances are they’re in one of those two lists!
My Top 30 Favourite Horror Movies
(in order of release)
Dracula (1931) dir. Tod Browning
Peeping Tom (1960) dir. Michael Powell
Psycho (1960) dir. Alfred Hitchcock
What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962) dir. Robert Aldrich
The Birds (1963) dir. Alfred Hitchcock
The Haunting (1963) dir. Robert Wise
Repulsion (1965) dir. Roman Polanski
Rosemary’s Baby (1968) dir. Roman Polanski
The Exorcist (1973) dir. William Friedkin
Suspiria (1977) dir. Dario Argento
Eraserhead (1977) dir. Eraserhead
Alien (1979) dir. Ridley Scott
The Shining (1980) dir. Stanley Kubrick
Possession (1981) dir. Andrzej Żuławski
The Evil Dead (1981) dir. Sam Raimi
Ringu (1998) dir. Hideo Nakata
Audition (1999) dir. Takashi Miike
American Psycho (2000) dir. Mary Harron
28 Days Later (2002) dir. Danny Boyle
A Tale of Two Sisters (2003) dir. Kim Jee-woon
Saw (2004) dir. James Wan
The Exorcism of Emily Rose (2005) dir. Scott Derrickson
Paranormal Activity (2007) dir. Oren Peli
Funny Games (2007) dir. Michael Haneke
Let The Right One In (2008) dir. Tomas Alfredson
Eden Lake (2008) dir. James Watkins
Thirst (2009) dir. Park Chan-wook
The Conjuring (2013) dir. James Wan
The Babadook (2014) dir. Jennifer Kent
The VVitch (2015) dir. Robert Eggers
So did your favourites make the cut?
Which horror movies am I missing and should watch ASAP?