Saturday, March 26, 2011

Top Ten Horror Films

The making of a list of top ten horror films is an art in itself. You have to sift through a lifetime of films, trying to make out whether the head-twisting of the demon in The Exorcist is superior to the twitching of Anthony Perkins in Psycho, and you have to leave to the side a host of honorable candidates, as great as Alien and as good as The Human Centipede (First Sequence). You can see some fine examples of the list-making art in's top ten archive. Here is my own top ten list:

1. Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
2. Night of the Living Dead (1968)
3. The Exorcist (1973)
4. King Kong (1933)
5. Jaws (1975)
6. Psycho (1960)
7. The Fly (1986)
8. The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)
9. Halloween (1978)
10. The Shining (1980)

George Ochoa
Deformed and Destructive Beings: The Purpose of Horror Films

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