★★★★☆ USA. 1h36m. Horror. Directed by George A. Romero. Written by John Russo, George A. Romero. Cinematography by George A. Romero. Edited by George A. Romero. Starring Duane Jones, Judith O’Dea, Karl Hardman, Marilyn Eastman, Judith Ridley, Keith Wayne.
Follows seven people who are trapped in a rural farmhouse in western Pennsylvania, which is under assault by an enlarging group of cannibalistic, undead corpses. The film grossed US$12 million domestically and US$18 million internationally, earning more than 250 times its budget. Night of the Living Dead has been regarded as a cult classic by film scholars and critics, despite being heavily criticized upon its release for its explicit gore. It eventually garnered critical acclaim and was selected in 1999 by the Library of Congress for preservation in the National Film Registry.
★★★☆☆ USA. 1h32m. Horror. Directed by Tom Savini. Written by George A. Romero (screenplay) and John Russo, George A. Romero (original screenplay). Cinematography by Frank Prinzi. Edited by Tom Dubensky. Music by Paul McCollough. Starring Tony Todd, Patricia Tallman, Tom Towles, McKee Anderson, William Butler, Katie Finneran, Bill Moseley, Heather Mazur, Russell Streiner.
A remake of George A. Romero’s 1968 horror film of the same name. Romero rewrote the screenplay he had originally co-authored. Savini was initially hired to perform the special effects, but was persuaded to direct by Romero. Savini was drawn to the remake because he was unavailable to do special effects on the original.
★★★☆☆ USA. 1h32m. Horror / Adventure. Directed by Michael Anderson. Written by Luciano Vincenzoni, Sergio Donati. Cinematography by J. Barry Herron, Ted Moore. Edited by John Bloom, Marion Rothman, Ralph E. Winters. Music by Ennio Morricone. Starring Richard Harris, Charlotte Rampling, Will Sampson, Bo Derek, Keenan Wynn, Robert Carradine.
Follows a male orca whale tracking down and getting revenge on a boat captain for killing the whale’s pregnant mate and their unborn calf. Upon release, the film was a minor box office success, but received mostly unfavorable reception from critics and audiences alike due to its similarities to the film Jaws, released two years prior.
★★★☆☆ USA. 1h26m. Horror. Directed by Oren Peli. Written by Oren Peli. Cinematography by Oren Peli. Edited by Oren Peli. Starring Katie Featherston, Micah Sloat, Mark Fredrichs, Amber Armstrong, Ashley Palmer, Spencer Marks.
Centers on a young couple who are haunted by a supernatural presence in their home. They then set up a camera to document what is haunting them. The film utilizes found-footage conventions that were mirrored in the later films of the series.
★★★☆☆ USA. 1h35m. Horror / Comedy. Directed by Joe Dante. Written by John Sayles (Screenplay) and Richard Robinson, John Sayles (story). Cinematography by Jamie Anderson. Edited by Joe Dante, Mark Goldblatt. Music by Pino Danaggio. Starring Bradford Dillman, Heather Menzies, Kevin McCarthy, Keenan Wynn, Barbara Steele, Dick Miller, Belinda Balaski.
The story of a river being infested by lethal, genetically altered piranha, threatening the lives of the local inhabitants and the visitors to a nearby summer resort.
★★☆☆☆ USA / Netherlands / Italy. 1h34m. Horror / Comedy. Directed by James Cameron, Ovidio G. Assonitis. Written by James Cameron, Ovidio G. Assonitis. Cinematography by Roberto D’Ettorre Piazzoli. Edited by Roberto Silvi. Music by Steve Powder. Starring Tricia O’Neil, Steve Marachuk, Lance Henriksen, Ted Richert, Ricky G. Pauli, Leslie Graves.
A Caribbean coastal resort, Hotel Elysium, is menaced by a series of vicious marine animal attacks originating from a nearby sunken shipwreck. Diving instructor Anne Kimbrough’s student is one of the victims, but her estranged police officer husband Steve refuses to let her see the corpse. The death is abnormal for the area and wildlife, which she knows as a former marine biologist. For her not to know what killed a diver is a dangerous sign. Soon after, two women and a man are killed by piranha which have developed the ability to fly.
★★★★☆ UK / USA. 2h4m. Sci-Fi / Horror. Directed by Ridley Scott. Written by Jon Spaihts, Damon Lindelof. Cinematography by Dariusz Wolski. Edited by Pietro Scalia. Music by Marc Streitenfeld. Starring Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Guy Pearce, Idris Elba, Logan Marshall-Green, Charlize Theron.
Set in the late 21st century and centers on the crew of the spaceship Prometheus as it follows a star map discovered among the artifacts of several ancient Earth cultures. Seeking the origins of humanity, the crew arrives on a distant world and discovers a threat that could cause the extinction of the human species.
★★★★★ USA. 1h49m. Horror. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Written by Joseph Stefano (screenplay) and Robert Bloch (“Psycho”). Cinematography by John L. Russell. Edited by George Tomasini. Music by Bernard Herrmann. Starring Janet Leigh, Anthony Perkins, Vera Miles, John Gavin, Martin Balsam, John McIntire.
A woman on the run from the police stumbles across a lonely motel run by a psychopath. Considered one of Hitchcock’s best films and praised as a major work of cinematic art by international film critics and scholars due to its slick direction, tense atmosphere, effective camerawork, a memorable score and iconic performances. Often ranked among the greatest films of all time, it set a new level of acceptability for violence, deviant behavior and sexuality in American films, and is widely considered to be the earliest example of the slasher film genre.
★★☆☆☆ USA. 1h44m. Horror. Directed by Gus Van Sant. Written by Joseph Stefano (screenplay) and Robert Bloch (“Psycho”). Cinematography by Christopher Doyle. Edited by Amy E. Duddleston. Music by Bernard Herrmann, Danny Elfman, Steve Bartek. Starring Anne Heche, Vince Vaughn, Julianne Moore, Viggo Mortensen, William H. Macy.
A modern remake of the 1960 film of the same name directed by Alfred Hitchcock, in which an embezzler arrives at an old motel run by an insane killer named Norman Bates. Both films are adapted from Robert Bloch’s 1959 novel of the same name.
★★★☆☆ UK. 1h25m. Sci-Fi / Horror. Directed by Val Guest. Written by Nigel Kneale, Val Guest (screenplay) ad Nigel Kneale (story). Cinematography by Gerald Gibbs. Edited by James Needs. Music by James Bernard. Starring Brian Donlevy, John Longden, Sid James, Bryan Forbes, William Franklyn, Vera Day.
The film’s storyline concerns Quatermass’s investigation of reports of hundreds of meteorites landing only in the Winnerden Flats area of the UK. His inquiries lead him to a huge industrial complex, strikingly similar to his own plans for a Moon colony. This top-secret facility is in fact the centre of a conspiracy involving the alien infiltration of the highest echelons of the British Government. Quatermass and his allies must now do whatever is necessary to defeat the alien threat before it is too late.
★★★★☆ USA. 1h37m. Sci-Fi / Horror. Directed by Roy Ward Baker. Written by Nigel Kneale. Cinematography by Arthur Grant. Edited by Spencer Reeve. Music by Tristram Cary. Starring James Donald, Andrew Keir, Barbara Shelley, Julian Glover, Bryan Marshall, Peter Copley, Edwin Richfield, Grant Taylor, Robert Morris.
Centres on the discovery of a mysterious object buried at the site of an extension to the London Underground. Also uncovered nearby are the remains of early human ancestors more than five million years old. Realising that the object is in fact an ancient Martian spacecraft, Quatermass deduces that the aliens have influenced human evolution and the development of human intelligence. The spacecraft has an intelligence of its own, and once uncovered begins to exert a malign influence, resurrecting Martian memories and instincts buried deep within the human psyche.
★★★☆☆ UK. 1h22m. Sci-Fi / Horror. Directed by Val Guest. Written by Richard Landau, Val Guest (screenplay) and Nigel Kneale (“The Quatermass Experiment”). Cinematography by Walter J. Harvey. Edited by James Needs. Music by James Bernard. Starring Brian Donlevy, Richard Wordsworth, Jack Warner, David King-Wood, Margia Dean, Maurice Kaufmann, Harold Lang, Lionel Jeffries, John Wynn, Jane Asher, Toke Townley, Bartlett Mullins.
Three astronauts have been launched into space aboard a single stage to orbit rocket. The returning spacecraft, designed by Professor Quatermass, crash lands with only one of its original crew aboard, Victor Carroon (Richard Wordsworth). Something has infected him during the spaceflight, and he begins mutating into an alien organism which, if it spawns, will engulf the Earth and destroy humanity. When the mutating Carroon escapes from custody, Quatermass and Scotland Yard’s Inspector Lomax (Jack Warner), have just hours to track it down and prevent a catastrophe. Like its source TV serial, the film was a major success in the UK and brought public attention to Hammer Film Productions’ name around the world.
★★★★☆ USA. 1h26m. Horror. Directed by Stuart Gordon. Written by Dennis Paoli, William J. Norris, Stuart Gordon (screenplay) and H.P. Lovecraft (“Herbert West – Reanimator”). Cinematograpy by Mac Ahlberg. Edited by Lee Percy. Music by Richard Band. Starring Jeffrey Combs, Bruce Abbott, Barbara Crampton, David Gale, Robert Sampson, Al Berry, Carolyn Purdy-Gordon, Ian Patrick Williams, Gerry Black, Peter Kent, Craig Reed.
Stars Jeffrey Combs as Herbert West, a medical student who has invented a reagent which can re-animate deceased bodies. He and his classmate Dan Cain (Bruce Abbott) begin to test the serum on dead human bodies, and conflict with Dr. Carl Hill (David Gale), who is infatuated with Cain’s fiancée (Barbara Crampton) and wants to claim the invention as his own.
★★★★☆ UK. 1h45m. Horror. Directed by Roman Polanski. Written by Roman Polanski, Gérard Brach, David Stone (screenplay) and Roman Polanski, Gérard Brach (story). Cinematography by Gilbert Taylor. Edited by Alastair McIntyre. Music by Chico Hamilton. Starring Catherine Deneuve, Ian Hendry, Yvonne Furneaux, John Fraser, Patrick Wymark.
Carol (Catherine Deneuve) is a beautiful yet withdrawn woman who finds men and sexual advances repulsive. She is left alone in her apartment, becoming ever more isolated and lost in her psychological detachment from reality. The film focuses on the point of view of Carol and her vivid hallucinations and nightmares as she comes into contact with men and their desires for her. Considered one of Polanski’s masterpieces. His first English-language film.
★★★★★ USA. 1h58m. Horror / Drama. Directed by Jonathan Demme. Written by Ted Tally (screenplay) and Thomas Harris (“The Silence Of The Lambs”). Cinematography by Tak Fujimoto. Edited by Craig McKay. Music by Howard Shore. Starring Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Scott Glenn, Ted Levine, Anthony Heald, Brooke Smith, Diane Baker, Kasi Lemmons, Frankie Faison, Tracey Walter, Charles Napier, Roger Corman, Chris Isaak.
An FBI agent enlists the help of a convicted serial killer to catch a serial killer who is still on the loose. Academy award winner for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Adapted Screenplay.
★★★☆☆ USA. 1h25m. Horror. Directed by Nimród Antal. Written by Mark L. Smith. Cinematography by Andrzej Sekula. Edited by Armen Minasian. Music by Paul Haslinger. Starring Luke Wilson, Kate Beckinsale, Frank Whaley, Ethan Embry, Scott G. Anderson.
A couple stranded on a remote mountain road end up at a roadside motel run by murderous criminals.
★★★☆☆ USA. 1h26m. Horror. Directed by Eric Bross. Written by Mark L. Smith. Cinematography by Horacio Marquínez. Edited by Angela M. Catanzaro. Music by Jerome Dillon. Starring Agnes Bruckner, Trevor Wright, Arjay Smith, David Moscow, Brian Klugman, Beau Billingslea, Nelson Lee, Gwendoline Yeo, Scott G. Anderson.
A direct-to-video prequel to 2007’s Vacancy.
★★★☆☆ USA. 56m. Horror. Directed by Philip Ford. Written by Dorrell McGowan, Stuart E. McGowan (screenplay) and Royal K. Cole, Sherman L. Lowe (story). Cinematography by Reggie Lanning. Edited by William P. Thompson. Music by Edward H. Plumb. Starring Robert Livingston, Lorna Gray, Ian Keith, Thomas E. Jackson, Charles Trowbridge, Earle Hodgins, LeRoy Mason, William Haade, Wilton Graff, Charles Cane.
Valley Of The Zombies concerns a small medical practice in the city, where someone is breaking in at night and stealing bags of a certain type of blood. This leads a young doctor and nurse to investigate the mysterious circumstances.