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Essential horror viewing

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Posted 19th April 2015 at 07:48 PM by Nosferatu@Cult Labs
Updated 19th April 2015 at 08:24 PM by Nosferatu@Cult Labs

When it comes to classic genre films which are 'essential viewing', there isn't a definitive list, but, in 1999, Empire released a Special Collector's Edition supplement called The Greatest Horror Films Ever, which is a really good 'beginners guide' to horror. In it, there are 50 films in different categories of films, which I'll list here.

Creature Features
Dracula (1931)
The Mummy
The Bride of Frankenstein
Cat People
The Curse of Frankenstein
Night of the Demon
Dracula (1958)
The Birds
Night of the Living Dead
Dawn of the Dead
The Fog
The Howling
The Keep
The Company of Wolves
Near Dark
Interview with the Vampire

Nightmare Movies
Don't Look Now
Witchfinder General
The Wicker Man
The Hills Have Eyes
The Blair Witch Project

The Sixth Sense
Carnival of Souls
The Haunting

Slasher Movies
House of Wax (1953)
The Texas Chain Saw Massacre
A Nightmare on Elm Street
Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer

The Exorcist
Rosemary's Baby
The Omen

The Shining
the Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
The Pit and the Pendulum (1961)
The Evil Dead 2
Fight Club

Comedy Horror
An American Werewolf in London

Bear in mind, this publication is dated because, at the end, the Final Word ('See No Evil'), written by Kim Newman, goes through films which aren't available on video. These include Straw Dogs, Last House on the Left, I Spit on Your Grave, The House at the Edge of the Park, Cannibal Holocaust, Deep River Savages, Eaten Alive, Cannibal Ferox, Ilsa, She-Wolf of the SS, SS Experiment Camp and Child's Play 3 how times have changed!
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