Monday, August 22, 2011


Ah, the collegiate environment.  As the stale odor of Keystone lingers over the air, the sound of bustling backpacks and shuffling feet can be heard above the chatter on campuses all across the country.  I spent most of my morning sitting amongst sleepy eyed co-eds and trying to figure out "something interesting about myself" to recite in front of my fellow peers rather than attempting to slit my wrists with my syllabus out of pure boredom.  Like most first days, my "interesting" fact is a shameless plug for this blog.  I've made plenty of pals and at the very least, intrigued most of my professors with Day of the Woman.  With a new year brings new opportunities for BJ-C to enlighten the horror challenged youth of Illinois.  With that being said, sharpen your pencils and be sure to pay attention.  This is the annual (and updated) list of horror films geared towards the inexperienced college kid.

If there's anything I've learned from being in the collegiate environment, it's that anyone born after 1985 seems to have absolutely zero knowledge whatsoever on horror films made before their time. It's weird to comprehend this, but yes, there are people out there who haven't ever seen a horror film in black in white or without computer effects.  Like any History professor will teach you, it's important to know where you came from in order to figure out where you're going.
  • Psycho (1960)
  • Rosemary's Baby (1968)
  • Carnival of Souls (1962)
  • The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971)
  • Nosferatu (1922)
  • Faust (1926)
  • The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920) 
  • FREAKS! (1932)
  • Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
  • The Birds (1963)
One of the more depressing facts of the horror genre is coming to terms with the fact that some of the greatest horror films in existence aren't in English.  Honestly, a good percent of College Americans are just too damn lazy to read freaking subtitles.  However, there are some films too spectacular to look past and deserve their recommendations.  It's very common to require a foreign language course as a graduation requirement, and for that reason alone, it's important for us to integrate foreign horror into our horror required viewings.
  • Let The Right One In (2008)
  • Audition (1999/2000)
  • The Orphanage (2007)
  • Inside (2007)
  • [REC] (2007)
  • Man Bites Dog (1992)
  • Eyes Without A Face (1959)
  • A Tale of Two Sisters (2003)
  • Les Diaboliques (1954)
  • The Devil's Backbone (2001)
It doesn't matter how many horror movies I sit through, there's always something much more frightening about the thought of something actually happening.  Even if people claim not to believe in them, everyone at some point, has been afraid of ghosts.  Whether it be the illustrations from the Alvin Schwartz children's books or the tales told around a campfire, ghosts are a commonplace occurance for fear.  There's something about the possibility of what goes bump in the night to be someone...something else.  The mystery of what becomes of us after we leave this life is a seemingly universal fear for everyone, and ghost movies exploit that fear better than anything.

  • Lady in White (1988)
  • The Changeling (1980)
  • Paranormal Activity (2009)
  • The Shining (1980)
  • Lake Mungo (2010)
  • The Haunting (1963)
  • The Orphanage (2007)
  • Poltergeist (1982)
  • Session 9 (2001)
  • The Amityville Horror (1979)

Alright, let's face it.  There is absolutely nothing greater in the world of horror movie monsters, than zombies.  Zombies are the kings of the horror world and I don't see them losing their crown anytime soon.  (Suck it, Edward) Even people who hate horror movies understand the workings and the concept behind our undead favorites. The plus side of the zombie being such a popular creature is the plethora of zombie films being cranked out every year. The downside...they're not all good.  It's important to make sure that our inexperienced college brethren are picking up the RIGHT zombie films from Family Video, we wouldn't want them taking home a dud. NOTE: Some of these films are arguably not "zombie" films, but "virus" films.  Screw it, this isn't comic-con. They don't care. They just want hordes. 
  • Romero's Night/Dawn/Day of the Dead (1968/1977/1985)
  • Zombi 2 (1979)
  • ...28 Days Later (2002)
  • Dawn of the Dead (2004)
  • Return of the Living Dead (1985)
  • Children Shouldn't Play With Dead Things (1972)
  • Versus (2000)
  • Deadgirl (2008)
  • Pontypool (2009)
  • Dellamorte, Dellamore (1994)
Believe it or not, there is a huge following for horror comedies.  The combination of laughing and screaming seem to entertain the masses.  While most horror comedies tend to be run by the zombie genre, there are plenty of other comedy horror flicks to tickle your fancy. Horror comedies seem to be like the zombie, in that just about everyone loves them. Horror comedies also come in handy when dealing with someone who isn't all that familiar with horror films or tends to scare easily.  It's a nice gateway into the realm we all love so dearly.
  • An American Werewolf In London (1981)
  • Fright Night (1985)
  • Evil Dead II (1987)
  • Shaun of the Dead (2004)
  • Zombieland (2009)
  • Killer Klowns from Outer Space (1988)
  • Night of the Creeps (1986)
  • Young Frankenstein (1974)
  • Slither (2006)
  • The Burbs (1989)

Probably the most well-known of the horror genres, college kids seem to eat up slasher films.  With unique kills, sassy dialogue, and the ever entrancing final girls seem to drive straight up young adult alleys.  The sad thing is that most people my age recognize slashers as something concocted by Rob Zombie (or an absolutely dreadful remake company), and all of the great ones go unnoticed.
  • Candyman (1992)
  • Black Christmas (1974)
  • Halloween (1978)
  • Scream (1996)
  • A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
  • The House on Sorority Row (1983)
  • Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon (2007)
  • Alice, Sweet Alice (1976)
  • American Psycho (2000)
  • Friday The 13th (Screw it, just pick one)

Everyone knows that college is filled with more than its fair share of nerds.  After the countless unnecessary GenEd's of the biologies and the computer sciences, it's nice to see the sci-fi work in a more entertaining fashion.  And what do nerds love more than science fiction? Horror of course! You add a little horror to the mix, and you've got something that appeals to more than just the protractor posse!  No offense of course, most of my best friends are nerds....Anyway, sci-fi and horror seem to go hand and hand.  It is by combining these two forces that we are given some of the best horror films in existence.

  • Videodrome (1983)
  • The Thing (1982)
  • Alien (1979)
  • Event Horizon (1997)
  • Lifeforce(1985)
  • They Live (1987)
  • It Came From Outer Space (1953)
  • The Blob (1988)
  • Scanners (1981)
  • The Fly (1986)
There really isn't much that needs to be said.  College kids are a simple breed with simple expectations and simple amusements.  There's no easier way to amuse the sick and twisted little minds of the future's best and brightest than to smother the screen in blood and guts.  It seems that college kids have all been struck by the Saw & Hostel bugs but haven't really seen anything gorier than that.  There are some films like Cannibal Holocaust that I'd never recommend to a college crowd, but that isn't to say there aren't gory gems that need to be seen by the masses!
  • Re-Animator (1985)
  • Dead Alive (1994)
  • House of 1000 Corpses (2003)
  • The Beyond (1981)
  • City of the Living Dead (1980)
  • Tokyo Gore Police (2008)
  • Cannibal Holocaust (1980)
  • Ichi The Killer (2001)
  • The Beyond (1981)
  • Tenebre (1982)


5 comment(s):

Hayden said...

How about The Others with Nicole Kidman for ghosts? That was a great movie.

Spooky Sean said...

Truly epic list of films. Way better to watch then studying for mid terms, or meeting new friends.

Rockabore said...

What I'd like to know is why isn't there a class for this at my college? I mean I took a film history class for classic movies but we don't even have the option for one for the horror genre.

Death or Glory said...

Excellent list. This is quite an impressive little blog, lady!

Unknown said...

I miss Bride of Frankenstein (1935), The Brides of Dracula (1960), Dracula - Prince of Darkness (1966), Dance of the Vampires aka. The Fearless Vampire Killers (1967), The Exorcist (1973), The Omen (1976), The Fog (1980), Hellraiser (1987), Hellbound - Hellraiser II (1988).

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