Cream of the Creeps?

Last week, “after an appropriately terrifying level of debate,” the good people at Total Sci-Fi Online listed their top 100 horror movies of all time. Every last entry gets its own pithy capsule review, which makes for very enjoyable reading. But of course, a ranking like this will inevitably lead to differences of opinion. The Others in lowly 89th place, while the overrated A Nightmare on Elm Street nestles in 17th? And what are Drag Me to Hell and Scream doing in the rarified company of Creature from the Black Lagoon and Re-Animator? That dog won’t hunt, monsieur! I don’t entirely agree with their top 10, either, which looks like this:

  • The Shining
  • Rosemary’s Baby
  • The Wicker Man
  • Bride of Frankenstein
  • Psycho
  • Alien
  • Night of the Living Dead
  • The Texas Chain Saw Massacre
  • Halloween
  • Jaws

The Shining as the very pinnacle of celluloid horror? If you read OP-dEaD over the Halloween weekend, you know my choice for first place! In addition, I’d bump The Wicker Man, Bride of Frankenstein, Psycho and Alien in favor of Dawn of the Dead, Frankenstein, Suspiria and The Innocents. But then again, my preferences seem to change from day to day—you probably know the feeling! Besides a spot of rearranging, I’d also have to include plenty of favorites that Total Sci-Fi Online omitted. Was there really no room for The Hitcher? Robert Harmon’s existentialist slasher would thumb its way onto my list with ease. And here, in no particular order, are ten more missing movies that I’d include in my top 100: 

  • The Changeling
  • Bram Stoker’s Dracula
  • The Phantom of the Opera (1943)
  • The Lost Boys
  • Frenzy
  • 28 Days Later
  • The Devil’s Backbone
  • Profondo Rosso
  • Shallow Grave
  • Dawn of the Dead (2004)

Note: A big “thank you” to Undead Milkman for alerting me to the list in the first place!

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