For the past several months, every time I thought about a horror movie that is either considered a classic, required viewing, or otherwise interesting to me, I added it to an Evernote so that when the Halloween season rolls around I would have plenty of movies to watch. In my last post I mentioned that I planned to focus on seeing new movies this year and not be consumed by my own traditions.
Well, I’ve amassed quite a list. A lot of these qualify as “tragic”, in that I haven’t seen them. Believe me, I’m well aware of my numerous gaps in film experience. For a fan of Halloween and especially horror, I’m ashamed I made it this far without seeing them. But this year I plan to at least partially remedy this and make my way through a good chunk of this list.
Here it is, in no particular order:
The Wolfman (1940)
Creature from the Black Lagoon
Horror of Dracula
Brain Dead (Dead Alive)
Hellraiser (*Seen most of this but not all)
The Birds (*Also seen most of this)
Let the Right One In
The Fog (1980)
The Haunting (1963)
House on Haunted Hill (1959)
The Devil’s Backbone
My Bloody Valentine (2009)
Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon
Paranormal Activity 2
Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)
The Exorcist (*I have seen this, but it was at least 10 years ago)
This list isn’t totally complete of course. It only includes the movies I have some desire to see. There are some other pretty iconic horror films that, for one reason or another, I know I will never watch if they arrive in a red envelope in the mail. The Phantom of the Opera (1925), The Mummy (1932), Suspiria, Carrie, and Children of the Corn are just a few examples. After I see most of the ones on this list, I’m sure I’ll make another and start working through those.
This should be a very educational Halloween.