Little Book of Horror Films
From the earliest days of cinema, audiences have loved being scared. The appeal of the macabre and the bizarre never goes out of fashion, and the great horror films are often among people’s most vivid moviegoing memories. In Hollywood in the 1930s, characters such as Dracula and Frankenstein’s monster made stars of actors like Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff then, in 1950s’ Britain, the mantle was taken up by Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee. The 1970s took films into ever-darker territory, with William Friedkin’s The Exorcist often cited as the greatest horror film of all time, while others preferred the breathless excitement of the stalk-and-slash in John Carpenter’s Halloween. Freddy Krueger in A Nightmare on Elm Street became the cinema’s most popular bogeyman in the 1980s, and more recently hordes of zombies have returned for a bloodthirsty rampage through several big-budget blockbusters. More than 100 years after the first horror film, the parade of screen terrors shows no sign of stopping.
Here you will find 50 acknowledged classic horrors, from FW Murnau’s cobwebby vampire story Nosferatu via the Universal movies, the Hammer Horrors and The Night of the Living Dead, to The Wicker Man and The Omen, up to more recent box-office hits such as Paranormal Activity. Here are zombies, werewolves, ghosts and vampires, with a couple of psychopaths and Things from Another World too. Fifty greats that might help to answer the question… what’s your favourite scary movie?