Top 20 "Classic" Horror and Sci-Fi Films (what would you choose?)

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  1. Eric Huffstutler

    Eric Huffstutler Screenwriter

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    If you had to put together a list of the top 20 classic Horror and Sci-Fi films of all time that are on DVD, what ones would you choose?

    The limitations would be that they have to fall between 1930-1970 and most likely start with "Dracula" 1931 for the horror list and "Things to Come" 1936 for Sci-Fi - but not necessairly. You decide!

    Please make 2 lists, one for horror and one for sci-fi.

    Thanks!
    Eric
     
  2. JohnPM

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    Dracula
    Frankenstein
    The Mummy
    Island Of Lost Souls
    The Black Cat
    Bride Of Frankenstein
    Son Of Frankenstein
    The Wolf Man
    Cat People
    The Body Snatcher
    Dead Of Night
    The Thing
    The Day The Earth Stood Still
    Them!
    Invasion Of The Body Snatchers
    Curse Of Frankenstein
    Curse Of The Demon
    Horror Of Dracula
    Brides Of Dracula
    The Haunted Palace

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  3. TravisR

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    John's list definitely has some great stuff but I'd add Night Of The Living Dead too.
     
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    Let me think....
    si fi
    Forbidden Planet
    Day the Earth Stood Still
    Time Machine
    Destination Moon
    When Worlds Collide
    Earth vs. the Flying Saucers
    This Island Earth
    Metropolis
    War of the Worlds
    Planet of the Apes
    Beneath the Planet of the Apes

    and my mind has gone blank on si fi movies on DVD from that era, and i do own all of those....so now...

    horror

    Frankenstein
    Dracula
    The Mummy
    The Wolf Man
    The Crawling Eye
    The Abominable Snowman
    The Thing
    The Birds
    The Fly
    Invaders From Mars
    Angry Red Planet

    Thats a good start, all classics of some degree, in my book anyway.
     
  5. Vincent_P

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    DRACULA? As in Todd Browning's DRACULA?

    Ugh...

    Possibly the most undeservingly-classified "classic" film of all time. This film DEFINES the term "over-rated".

    Vincent
     
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    The Spanish version of Dracula is better. [​IMG]
     
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    As sacriligeous as this may be, allow me to list some- HORROR OF HORRORS- more "contemporary" films that are all less than 50 years old-

    Mario Bava's BLACK SUNDAY
    Alfred Hitchcock's PSYCHO
    Mario Bava's BLACK SABBATH
    George A. Romero's NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD
    Roman Polanski's ROSEMARY'S BABY
    William Friedkin's THE EXORCIST
    Tobe Hooper's THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE
    Dario Argento's DEEP RED
    Dario Argento's SUSPIRIA*
    John Carpenter's HALLOWEEN
    Don Coscarelli's PHANTASM
    George A. Romero's DAWN OF THE DEAD
    Stanley Kubrick's THE SHINING
    Wes Craven's A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET
    Bernard Rose's CANDYMAN
    Hideo Nakata's RINGU
    Neil Marshall's THE DESCENT

    Vincent

    * Although I prefer Argento's INFERNO and consider it to be his masterpiece, I recognize that SUSPIRIA is "historically" the more important film.
     
  8. Eric Huffstutler

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    Vincent,

    I have about 1/4 of the titles you listed and not interested in all of them but thanks anyway!

    RickER - Metropolis is a 1920s Silent [​IMG] Doesn't fit in the 1930-1970 bracket but thanks for your suggestions too.

    Any others out there that are on DVD.

    Why didn't anyone list "The Invisible Man" or "Creature From the Black Lagoon", "Phantom of the Opera" (1943 and 1962 versions) or "Hunchback of Notre Dame" 1939. Are these not classics? Just curious about these omissions?

    Eric
     
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    I would have listed Creature From the Black Lagoon. Hard to think of a long list when you HAVE to. I would add House of Wax with Vincent Price, and if they were on DVD id add Incredible Shrinking Man, The Monolith Monsters, and Deadly Mantis.
     
  10. Eric Huffstutler

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    RickER

    I wonder when the last three on your list will ever make it to DVD? I thought I heard something about them last year coming our way but nothing more... to also include The Giant Claw.

    Eric
     
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    Horror of Dracula
    Pit and the Pendulum
    Frankenstein (1931)
    Little Shop of Horrors (1961)
    Brides of Dracula
    Revenge of Frankenstein
    Curse of the Demon
    The Body Snatcher
    White Zombie
    House of Usher
    House of Wax (1953)
    Night of the Living Dead
    Arsenic and Old Lace
    Werewolf of London
    Masque of the Red Death
    Fiend Without a Face
    Freaks
    Vampyr
    Ghost Breakers
    CUrse of the Cat People
     
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    Shivers magazine published this list in 1996, compiled by a panel of critics and columnists.

    25 - M
    24 - A Nightmare on Elm Street
    23 - Nosferatu (1921)
    22 - The Masque of the Red Death (1963)
    21 - Cat People (1942)
    20 - Peeping Tom
    19 - Rosemary's Baby
    18 - The Thing (1982)
    17 - The Evil Dead
    16 - An American Werewolf in London
    15 - Mask of the Demon (La Maschera Del Demonio)
    14 - Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed
    13 - Island of Lost Souls
    12 - The Quatermass Experiment (aka The Creeping Unknown)
    11 - Psycho (1960)
    10 - The Texas Chain Saw Massacre
    9 - Witchfinder General (aka Conqueror Worm)
    8 - Night of the Living Dead (1967)
    7 - Eyes Without a Face (Les Yeux Sans Visage)
    6 - Night of the Demon (aka Curse of the Demon - 1956)
    5 - The Wicker Man
    4 - Halloween
    3 - The Exorcist
    2 - Frankenstein (1931)
    1 - Dracula (aka Horror of Dracula - 1958)

    Of these only Island of Lost Souls is not legitimately available on DVD. Witchfinder General is available in the UK, but not in the US.
     
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    I'd probably put "Dr. Jeckel and Mr. Hyde" (Fredrick March((?)) 30's version) on a ist somewhere as well. All the above suggestions are pretty good.

    I like all the Creature movies. Invisible Man is a great movie, but not much of a horror. I guess it would fit better on the Sci-Fi list.

    I just watched "War Of The Worlds" (1953)/ A great movie with a fantastic DVD presentation. I consider it a must own.
     
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    1. The Exorcist (1973, William Friedkin)
    2. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974, Tobe Hooper)
    3. Night of the Living Dead (1968, George Romero)
    4. Rosemary's Baby (1968, Roman Polanski)
    5. Psycho (1960, Alfred Hitchcock)
    6. The Changeling (1979, Peter Medak)
    7. The Devils (1971, Ken Russell)*
    8. Carnival of Souls (1962, Herk Harvey)
    9. Suspiria (1977, Dario Argento)
    10. Halloween (1978, John Carpenter)
    11. Phantasm (1979, Don Coscarelli)
    12. Frankenstein (1931, James Whale)
    13. Horror Hotel (1960, John Llewellyn Moxey)
    14. Black Sunday (1960, Mario Bava)
    15. The Omen (1976, Richard Donner)
    16. The Birds (1963, Alfred Hitchcock)
    17. The Beyond (1981, Lucio Fulci)
    18. The Reincarnation of Peter Proud (1974, J. Lee Thompson)*
    19. Dawn of the Dead (1978, George Romero)
    20. The Amityville Horror (1979, Stuart Rosenberg)

    *NOT ON DVD
     
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    1."THE BRIDES OF DRACULA"
    2."THE HORROR OF DRACULA"
    3."THE EXOCIST"
    4."ROSEMARY'S BABY"
    5."THE OMEN"
    6."PSYCHO"
    7."KISS OF THE VAMPIRE"
    8."THE OMEN" 2
    9."THE CURSE OF THE DEMON"
    10."HOUSE OF USHER"-1960
    11."CAT PEOPLE"-1942
    12."THE CURSE OF THE CAT PEOPLE"
    13."ALIEN"
    14."ISLE OF THE DEAD"
    15."THE PIT AND THE PENDULUM"
    16."THE CURSE OF THE WEREWOLF"
    17."THE TIME MACHINE"-1960
    18."FRANKENSTEIN"
    19."THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL"
    20."JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH" -1959
     
  17. Eric Huffstutler

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    JerryKill, JulianK, and AlanP - can you adjust your lists to include "only" pre 1970 movies (1930-1970)? That is what I originally asked for [​IMG]

    I see The Cat People on several lists - how is that movie?

    Also, one shows Blood Feast which is supposed to be the granddaddy of the gore movies - what quality is the Something Weird transfer?

    I don't see Karloff's The Body Snatcher on many lists - it too was supposed to be good but don't recall seeing it. Your comments?

    Another movie strangely missing from lists is the 1933 King Kong which at the time was considered a horror movie. ????

    On a side bar - not a list but any suggestions for more recent horror (1995-2005) movies that aren't duds? I see a lot of hype on some that actually fall flat and has little plot other than blood, guts, and sex. If a movie has to resort to adding a sex scene to sell it then the movie can't stand on its own merit. I don't mind the veg-o-matic movies as long as they are well done and actually scare you.

    Eric
     
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    In no particualr order:
    Alien
    The Excorcist
    Night of The Living Dead
    Bride Of Frankenstein
    Starship Troopers
    Psycho
    Halloween
    The Thing (John Carpenter)
    Robocop
    The Shining
    Island Of Lost Souls
    Re-Animator
    From Beyond
    An American Werewolf In London
    Near Dark
    War Of The Worlds(Speilberg)
    Hellraiser
    Nightmare On Elm St
    Dog Soldiers
     
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    Wes Craven's New Nightmare, Scream*, In The Mouth Of Madness, and The Devil's Rejects are all good.

    *Whenever I say this one, the usual response is "That movie sucks" and my entire list is discounted but I'll say it anyway.[​IMG]
     
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    Very hard with those timelines. I find a huge proportion of both horror and sci-fi during those years to be extremely cheesy b movies hardly worthy of the word classic. Still, here would be my top choices (cheating only by going back to 1927 for science fiction):

    Horror:
    1Psycho
    2Rosemary's Baby
    3The Birds
    4Frankenstein
    5The Most Dangerous Game
    6The Bride of Frankenstein
    7Wait Until Dark
    8Son of Frankenstein

    Science Fiction:
    12001
    2Metropolis
    320,000 Leagues Under the Sea
    4Planet of the Apes
    5Fantastic Voyage
    6Beneath the Planet of the Apes
     

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