Today, the British newspaper The Guardian capped its series of lists of best films in various categories by offering their take on the 25 Best Horror Films of All Time.
I like their list: I especially like that they chose Psycho (Alfred Hitchcock, 1960) as the top horror pick, and that The Wicker Man (Robin Hardy, 1973) is Number Four! I also admire their choosing The Blair Witch Project (Daniel Myrick, Eduardo Sanchez, 1999) as a top contender, since that film is so reviled and misunderstood (personally I think it’s a brilliant work of truly independent cinema, and a scary horror film to boot). I’m surprised by some of the omissions: like Night of the Living Dead (George Romero, 1968), Night of the Demon (Jacques Tourneur, 1957) and 28 Days Later (Danny Boyle, 2002).
I’m a huge horror film fan, and something of a horror scholar, I suppose. Some more obscure titles I love include Masque of the Red Death (Roger Corman, 1964), Ganga and Hess (Tim Gunn, 1973), The Craft (Andrew Fleming, 1996), Session 9 (Brad Anderson, 2001), Children Shouldn’t Play with Dead Things (Bob Clark, 1972), The Devils (Ken Russell, 1971), A Bucket of Blood (Roger Corman, 1959), and The Hunger (Tony Scott, 1983).
For pagan-themed horror films, or those including witches, at any rate, you can’t beat The Wicker Man, The Craft, Practical Magic (Griffin Dunne, 1998), The Exorcist (William Friedkin, 1973), Rosemary’s Baby (Roman Polanski, 1968), The Devil Rides Out (Terence Fisher, 1968), and The Dunwich Horror (Daniel Haller, 1970).