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Top 20 Horror Movies since 1989

Posted by Brian on August 6, 2009

Entertainment Weekly just did one of their slideshows listing their top 20 horro movies of the past 20 years. I agree with some of their picks, disagree with others. HEre’s my take.

First off, without commenting on their position on the list, here are the movies that I agree are deserving to be listed:

  • Dead/Alive: Gory, funny, and even more gory.
  • The Descent: THis movie really creeped me out… and it has a great “Boo” moment.
  • Misery: Not really a horror movie, but it was quite horrifying. Get that sledge hammer away form me.
  • Planet Terror: Cool movie. Love the attitude…
  • The Sixth Sense: I was lucky enough to be in Korea when this came out so the twist wasn’t spoiled.
  • Scream: Rejuvenated the slasher genre; deserves to be here.
  • The Blair Witch Project: It has its haters, but I found it be quite scary.
  • The Silence of the Lambs: No doubt…
  • Audition: Fuck yea…

The following movies I saw but disagree with their inclusion:

  • Darkman: Saw it once; didn’t impress me.
  • Event Horizon: Had some creepy moments but a pretty lame movie all-together.
  • SHaun of the Dead: A good movie, but seemed more like a comedy than a horror movie.
  • From Hell: I have vague memories of seeing this. It was OK.
  • Ring: I saw the Korean version. So-so…
  • Alien 3: Not sure why this is here. The worst ALien movie…
  • Drag me to Hell: Again, not sure why this qualifies as one of the best. Good movie, but…
  • What Lies Beneath: I vaguely remember seeing this movie and liking it. But top 20?
  • 28 Weeks Later: I liked the first one more.

The following two movies I have not seen so can’t comment:

  • The Kingdom: THe Euopean one.
  • Hostel: 2: Saw the first one… it was OK.

SO, I have 9 movies I agree with and 11 that I either disagree with or can’t comment on. What 11 movies would I add to complete my own top 20 list? Here goes:

  • The Others: This movie provided some great scares. Loved it.
  • Quarantine: Non-stop suspense… great use of the hand-held shaky-cam.
  • House of a 1,000 Corpses: Rob Zombie did a better 70’s horro film than many directors in the 70’s. Great film…
  • Ichi the Killer: The Japanese make good horro movies.
  • Dawn of the Dead (remake): I had concerns about remaking such a classic but Zack Snyder did a really good job. He helped breathe some new life into the zombie genre.
  • Cloverfield: Some might bicker with my classification of this movie as a horror movie, but I think it qualifies.
  • Cabin Fever: Nothing says horror like flesh-eating bacteria.
  • Slither: Sort of like Dead/Alive for a new generation. Both funny and gory.
  • 28 Days Later: BTW, it’s not a zombie movie. But it’s still a good  horror movie.
  • For the last two spots, I’m not quite sure. As for now, I think I’ll list Saw and The Ruins, both of which were very good.

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