1. House on Haunted Hill (1999)- I'm a sucker for anything haunted asylum. This one's a classic and the sequel's not half bad, either.
2. 1408- John Cusack. Need I say more? A classic haunted hotel tale where a debunker finds his gem. Samuel L. Jackson earns honorable mention as one of the creepiest hotel managers of all time.
3. The Devil's Knot- Based on the true story of the West Mephis Three, this is more of a murder mystery than horror, but it was superbly done. Reese Witherspoon does a phenomenal job as one of the victim's mother.
4. Kubrick's The Shining- I like updated movies (remakes and reboots) with the exception of The Shining (and the Nightmare reboot). Never has there been a performance better than Jack Nicholson's descent into madness. REDRUM!
5. House of Wax- Wax museums freak me out and some of the scenes in House of Wax are downright disgusting. So twisted I overlook Paris Hilton. Chad Michael Murray shirtless doesn't hurt. If you haven't already, check this one out. Gross.
6. Annabelle- Not on this list because it's a favorite, but because I'm working toward 31 horror movies in 31 days. I'm lukewarm on this creepy doll tale.
7. The Strain- Having not read the books, I'm talking about the FX television version which isn't half bad. Sure, some of the bad guys are lacking (ridiculous clown vampire), but I like the show overall. The concept of evil coming home to roost and hurting those you love most is an interesting horror theme. In this case, I'm quasi-glad to be such a loner.
8. Poltergeist- The ULTIMATE haunted house movie hands down. Poltergeist has stood the test of time, more or less, and continues to be one of my absolute favorite classic horror films.
9. Nightmare on Elm Street 2010- Truthfully, there's only ONE Freddie. I tried the reboot in theaters because I missed the franchise so much, but this departure was a bridge too far for me. Not bad for background noise, but the acting comes off as a slap in Robert Englund's face. Long live the original!
10. The Conjuring- Great soundtrack and I'm a sucker for Vera Farmiga. Overall, a decently creepy haunting and possession movie. One of the better ones I've seen in recent years.
11. American Horror Story: Freakshow- I fell in love with AHS Murder House and Coven, but hated Asylum. Jury's out on Freakshow, but I'll watch it. There are too few good horror shows on TV.
12. The Walking Dead- After taking a whole season off, the buzz got to me. I watched the opening of this season "No Sanctuary" and was intrigued. That scene with the efficient dispatching over the trough was chilling. I might pick this one back up.
13. Children of the Corn- No, not the original, which I had watched not long ago, but the SYFY craptastic remake. I eagerly await Freddy v. Jason coming up next. This one's not doing it for me.
14. Freddy versus Jason- While Freddy has the lower body count, he's still my favorite franchise villain!
15. Return to the House on Haunted Hill- Rarely can a sequel stand alone (and I'm not sure this one does entirely because I've seen The House on Haunted Hill, but it has to be close). The sequel focuses on a new conflict in a familiar setting and is a nice companion for fans of the reboot.Creepy and atmospheric, I can't help enjoying a second trip to the Hill House.
16. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning- The New Line addition to the TCM franchise isn't my favorite. While I have an appreciation for the less grainy cinematic look, it's not awesome. It's just gross.
17. Stay Alive- You don't have to be a sucker for One Tree Hill or Sophia Bush to love Stay Alive. It helps, but if you're a horror survival gamer (and I am) you MUST see this movie. Somehow this feels like the oft overlooked gem of the genre. There is a great story, creepy execution, and it's based on the Bathory mythos. Who doesn't love the Blood Countess? Funny, scary, tense ... I can't say enough good about it. A must see and one of my favorites!
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