Mr. Hornback’s Top Ten Horror Movies

Plank Archive Patrick Stevens ‘14

As the Witching Month comes to a close, the time for nights watching horror movies with friends is far from over. Here is a list of the best scary movies from the king of horror, Mr. Hornback.

Psycho (1960)
The first slasher film based on real-life serial killer Ed Gein, Psycho’s shocks, scares, and sly humor still hold up.

Night of the Living Dead (1968)
George A. Romero’s film started the still-going craze for mindless, highly-infectious animated corpses that crave the flesh of the living. But unlike too many films in the subgenre, in his, zombies mean something. We have met the zombies, and they are us!

The Exorcist (1973)
The special effects are dated, and the acting is sometimes over the top, but the tension steadily escalates, and the torment of the young victim, her mother, and the priests who attempt to save the girl is wrenching. It’s also based on an actual exorcism that took place at St. Louis University in 1949.

Carrie (1976)
The first adaptation of one of the most influential and inventive horror stories of all time, De Palma’s Carrie is a cautionary tale about the devastating consequences of abuse.

Ginger Snaps (2000)
A rare great werewolf film, Ginger Snaps is the story of two marginalized teenage sisters stuck in a small, and small-minded, town. They survive an attack by a ravenous beast. Lycanthropy ensues.

30 Days of Night (2007)
These vampires don’t glisten in sunlight! This film has suspense, gore, and a compelling love story.

Let the Right One In (2008)
This is my current favorite vampire movie. Watch it with subtitles as the dubbing is horrible. The Swedish aesthetic for horror is different than the American, but this story will haunt you.

The Woman in Black (2010)
An old school ghost story with the latest special effects, The Woman in Black is alternately subtly disturbing, suddenly shocking, and ultimately deeply troubling.

If those movies don’t satisfy, here is a Top Five List directly from Patrick Stevens .

Scream (1996) – Intended to kill the Horror Movie Genre, Scream smartly parodies and uses horror cliché’s to deconstruct what it means to be a horror movie in one of the most entertaining films of the genre.

28 Days Later (2002) – 28 Days Later tells the story of survival in London twenty-eight days after a zombie plague brings the world to its knees. However, relying on others for help leads to the revelation that zombies are not the only monsters prowling the deserted landscape.

The Shining (1980) – The Shining was adapted from a novel by Stephen King and the film was a flop in its day. However, it is now considered one of the greatest horror movies of all time.

The Cabin in the Woods (2012) – The Cabin in the Woods takes its time to parody both slasher films and monster movies before deconstructing the horror genre as a whole.