101 Horror Movies You Must See Before You Die

| September 27, 2016

Fall has finally arrived. With it comes cooler temperatures, falling leaves, and pumpkin spiced everything. More importantly, the coming of fall means the arrival of Halloween. Halloween is more than just a single day at the end of October. It’s a way of being, a lifestyle. Halloween means horror movies, and lots of them. Whether you prefer Gothic, gory, or in-between, there are a plethora of spooky, scary, or disgusting titles waiting to be discovered for the first time or the one hundred and first time. And with that brilliant segue, here are 101 Horror Movies You Must See Before You Die.

101 Horror Movies You Must See Before You Die catalogs 101 horror movies, it does not rank them. Instead of a list ranging from #101 to #1, the movies are grouped by decade. The list begins with the pre-1920’s, which features only one title, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1919, Robert Wiene) and ends with the 2010’s, which also includes only one title, It Follows (2014, David Robert Mitchell).

he three decades with the most titles are the 1970’s (22), the 1980’s (17), and the 1960’s (16). Notable titles from the 70’s include The Exorcist (1973, William Friedkin), The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974, Tobe Hooper), and Halloween, (1978, John Carpenter). Notable 80’s titles include The Shining (1980, Stanley Kubrick), A Nightmare On Elm Street (1984, Wes Craven), and Hellraiser (1987, Clive Barker). Finally, the 60’s unearthed classics such as Psycho (1960, Alfred Hitchcock), Peeping Tom (1960, Michael Powell), and Night Of The Living Dead (1968, George A. Romero).

101 Horror Movies is by no means an all American list. Granted, almost half of the movies represented (49) are from the U.S. However, 16 other countries are represented as well. The only other country with entries in the double digits is the U.K. which accounts for 17 titles. Most of the rarely seen gems in this book are from other countries.

The great thing about a book such as this is the numerous arguments and discussions that will arise, including additions that may be questionable or submissions that are deemed inexcusable. For example, Fritz Lang’s 1931 classic M floats on the edges of horror movie tropes, but doesn’t feel like a true horror movie. Also, David Lynch’s 1977 debut Eraserhead is dreamlike and ethereal, but is not a horror film. It is a genre unto itself. Meanwhile, a comedy horror classic such as Young Frankenstein (1974, Mel Brooks) has been unfortunately left out.

Whether you agree or disagree with the list, 101 Horror Movies You Must See Before You Die is a must have book for horror movie experts and novices alike. At 416 pages, the read may seem daunting. It is not. Each movie receives a two page write-up, as well as poster art and a still shot.101 Horror Movies You Must See Before You Die is published in the U.K. and the United States by Apple Press.

With Halloween rapidly approaching, give that special horror fan in your life the gift of 101 Horror Movies You Must See Before You Die. And pray they make it through all 101 horrors without dying of fright…

About the Author:

Steve graduated from Southwestern Michigan College with an Associate's Degree in communications. He currently resides in Niles, MI
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