The ABCs of Death

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

The Act of Killing


The Alien Dead


All the Boys Love Mandy Lane



American Mary

An American Werewolf in London

Angel Heart

The Angry Red Planet



Assault! Jack the Ripper

Assignment: Terror!

Attack the Block

The Awakening (2013)

Bachelor Party in the Bungalow of the Damned

The Baby's Room

Basket Case


Beast Within (2008)


Beneath Still Waters

Berberian Sound Studio

The Black Belly of the Tarantula

Black Death

Black Rock

Black Sabbath

Black Swan

Black Sunday


Blade II

The Blair Witch Project


Blood and Black Lace

Blood and Chocolate

Blood and Donuts

Blood From the Mummy's Tomb

Blood Moon

The Blood Spattered Bride

Bloody Mallory

Body Bags

Book of Blood

The Boxer's Omen

The Brides of Dracula

The Brood

Burke and Hare (2010)

Burn, Witch, Burn

The Burning

Burning Paradise

The Burrowers


The Call of Cthulhu

The Caller


Carrie (2013)

Case 39

Cat People (1942)
(revised version)

Cat People (1982)

The Chaser


Cinderella (2006)

Cockneys vs. Zombies

Cold in July

The Colour Out of Space

Come Out and Play

The Conjuring

The Colony

Cool Air

The Corpse Grinders

The Crazies

The Crazies (2010)


Creature from the Black Lagoon



Crimes at the Dark House

Crimson Peak

Curse of the Demon

The Curse of Frankenstein

Curse of the Werewolf


The Dark Half

Dark Shadows (2012)


Dawn of the Dead

Dawn of the Dead (2004)


Day of the Dead

The Dead

Dead End (2003)

The Dead Inside

Dead of Night (1945)

Dead Ringers (1989)

Dead Set

Dead Snow

The Deaths of Ian Stone



Dementia/Daughter of Horror

Deranged (1974)

The Descent


The Devil Rides Out

The Devil's Backbone

Doctor Blood's Coffin

Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)

Don't Look Back (2009)

Dracula (1931)

Dracula (1979)

Dracula: Prince of Darkness 

Dracula 2000

Dracula Untold

Drag Me To Hell


Dream Home

Dreams of Cthulhu--The Rough Magick Initiative

The Dunwich Horror (1970)

The Eclipse

Europa Report

Event Horizon

The Evil Dead (2013)

Evil Dead Trap

Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn

The Exorcist

Eyes of Laura Mars

Fear(s) of the Dark


A Field in England

Final Destination

Firestarter: Rekindled

The Fly (1986)

The Fog (2005)



Frankenstein (1931)

Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man

Frankenstein's Army

Frankenstein's Bloody Terror

Friday the 13th (1980)

Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood

Fright Night

Fright Night (2011)

The Frighteners

From Beyond

From Hell


The Funhouse (1981)

Game of Werewolves

The Ghost

The Ghosts of Edendale

The Ghost of Frankenstein

Ghost Ship (2002)

The Gift

Ginger Snaps Back


The Grey

Grey Knight


The Guest

Hair Extensions (Exte)


Halloween III: The Season of the Witch

Halloween: Resurrection

The Hands of the Ripper

The Haunted Palace

The Haunting (1963)

The Hazing


Hellraiser: Bloodline

Here Comes the Devil

The Hole (2009)

Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers

The Horde


The House of 1000 Corpses

A Horrible Way to Die

The Horror of Dracula

Horror Rises from the Tomb

The House of the Devil

The House on Haunted Hill (1999)

The House on Skull Mountain

The Howling Reborn

Humanoids from the Deep (1979)

Human Lanterns

The Hunchback of the Morgue

The Hunger

I Bury the Living

I Sell the Dead

I Saw the Devil

I Walked With a Zombie

I'll Bury You Tomorrow

In the Mouth of Madness



The Innkeepers

Interview with the Vampire

Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)

The Invisible Man (1933)

Island of Terror


It Follows

It! The Terror from Beyond Space

It's Alive (2008)


Jennifer's Body

Julia's Eyes

The Keep

Kill List

The Killer Must Kill Again

King Kong

Kiss of the Damned

Lady in a Cage

The Lair of the White Worm

The Last House on the Left

The Legend of Hell House

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow


Lemora: A Child's Tale of the Supernatural

The Leopard Man

Les Yeux Sans Visage
(some additional thoughts)

Let Me In

Let the Right One In

Lethal Obsession



The Living Dead at Manchester Morgue

Living Hell

The Living Skeleton


Maps to the Stars

Martha Marcy May Marlene

Massacre at Central High

Masters of Horror: Haeckel's Tale


Memento Mori


The Midnight Meat Train

Midnight Son

The Mill of the Stone Women

Mr. Vampire

Mullberry Street

The Mummy (1932)

The Nameless (Los Sin Nombre)


The New Daughter

New Year's Evil

Night of the Comet

Night of the Living Dead (1968)

Night Train Murders

A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master

100 Bloody Acres


Only Lovers Left Alive


The Others

The Pack

Pan's Labyrinth


Piranha (1978)

Piranha (2010)

The Pit and the Pendulum

The Pit and the Pendulum (1991)

Pitch Black

Poltergeist (2015)



The Possession (2012)

Prince of Darkness



Prophecy (1979)

The Prophecy

(revised version)

Psycho III


Queen Margot


The Rage: Carrie 2

Rambock: Berlin Undead

Rare Exports: A Christmas Story

The Raven (1963)

Raw Meat



The Reeds

The Resident

The Resurrected

The Ring (2002)

Ritual (2010)

Room 237

Satan's Blood




Scream 2

Scream 4


Season of the Witch (2011)

Seed of Chucky

The Serpent and the Rainbow


Shadowland (2008)

Shaun of the Dead

The Shining


Short Night of Glass Dolls

The Shrine

The Silence of the Lambs
(some additional thoughts)

Silent House (2012)



The Skin That I Live In

Sleep Tight

Sleepy Hollow


A Snake of June

Snow White: A Tale of Terror

Snow White and the Huntsman

Solomon Kane

Son of Dracula

Son of Frankenstein


Spider Forest


Stage Fright

Stake Land


The Storm of the Century

Sugar Hill

Survival of the Dead

The Swarm

Sympathy for Lady Vengeance

Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance

Take Shelter

Tales from the Crypt (1972)

Tales from the Darkside: The Movie

A Tale of Two Sisters

The Tall Man


The Terminator

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)

Theater of Blood

They Live

The Thing (1982)

The Thing (2011)

30 Days of Night

To Let

The Tomb

The Tomb of Ligeia

Toolbox Murders (2004)

Trick 'r Treat

Troll Hunter

Tron: Legacy

28 Days Later

Tucker & Dale vs. Evil

The Twilight Zone: The Movie

Under the Skin

Underworld 3: The Rise of the Lycans

Urban Legend

Vampire Circus

The Vampire Lovers


The Vault of Horror

Vengeance of the Zombies




Wake Wood

The Waldemar Legacy: The Forbidden Shadow

The Walking Dead (TV Series)

The Ward

Warm Bodies

The Watcher in the Attic


We Are the Night


Werewolf Hunter: The Legend of Romasanta

Werewolf: The Beast Among Us

What Have You Done to Solange?

What Lies Beneath

The Whip and the Body

The Whisperer in Darkness

Whispering Corridors

White Zombie

Who Can Kill A Child?

Who Saw Her Die?

Wild Country


A Wish for the Dead

Wishing Stairs

The Witch

The Witch Who Came from the Sea

The Wolfman (2010)

The Woman

The Woman in Black (2012)

World War Z


You're Next


Zombies, Zombies, Zombies

The 2005 Halloween Horror Movie Challenge

The 2006 Halloween Horror Movie Challenge

The 2007 Halloween Horror Movie Challenge

The 2008 Halloween Horror Movie Challenge

The 2009 Halloween Horror Movie Challenge

The 2010 Halloween Horror Movie Challenge

The 2011 Halloween Horror Movie Challenge

The 2012 Halloween Horror Movie Challenge

When I uploaded the first file for this website in 1997, the introduction to the horror reviews section read as follows:

I used to watch horror movies by the dozens. Of course, the form is in decline now, so we are lucky to get even one good one--let alone a great one--in any given year. Horror movies are my first love and it saddens me to see them in decline. Anymore, I see them as a faded Southern Belle in a Tennessee Williams play--once beautiful, but now tawdry.

It wasn't always like this. Every so often, something sparks an interest in the horror genre and a new cycle of films and filmmakers appear to vie with the classics in the field. Right now, that renaissance is overdue. The great horror filmmakers of the past are now either gone or have simply descended into irrelevance. The less said about the late careers of John Carpenter, George Romero, Dario Argento, and Tobe Hooper, the better. Only David Cronenberg seems to plug along, year after year, pursuing his own imp of the perverse in increasingly daring and challenging films, but even he seems to have been co-opted by the art houses.

Fortunately, there are rumblings on the horizon. The last revolution in the genre took place on the fringes and that is where the next one will appear. The end of the Twentieth Century saw genres collapsing and exploding all at once. Something will emerge from the wreckage. Nightmares are immortal and timeless.

Well...that was then and this is now. In the intervening years, the horror genre has enjoyed something of a renaissance. The period since 1998 (as of this writing) has been one of the genre's periodic boom times. Exciting things have happened in the genre, though, as I note in the last paragraph above, most of it has happened on the fringes. If you gauged the health of the genre solely from the marquee at the multiplex, the last decade has been particularly lean. But even in the face of a stagnant mainstream, horror has flourished in all sectors of moviemaking: independent productions like Frailty and The Blair Witch Project; foreign productions from Asia and Europe (the progeny of The Ring are legion); and even some of the big studio product from Hollywood (The Sixth Sense, Sleepy Hollow). The genre has diversified, too. It is no longer held hostage by the slasher movie, even in the wake of Scream and its imitators. Horror films of all types are being made now, not just cheap rip-offs designed to cash in on a first-weekend audience of teen-aged boys (though even THOSE films are still legion).

Part of it is the times we live in. When people are scared, horror films flourish.

Of course, it can't last. We are already seeing a market glutted with garbage, especially at the multiplexes. But this boom time has already lasted longer than I expected. I suspect that twenty or thirty years from now, the next generation of horror fans will look back on this period fondly and say that this was one of the golden ages.

As a final note, beware: I admit movies into the canon of horror movies that you might not think of as horror movies. This is deliberate. After all, "horror" isn't really a genre at all--it's an emotion.