ABBOTT AND COSTELLO MEET FRANKENSTEIN (1948)

An extremely stupid movie, but in an enjoyable way. It teams up the famous comedy duo with the most famous Universal monsters, including Bela Lugosi’s last appearance as Dracula.

JAWS (1975)

The original summer blockbuster is the best possible movie you could ever make about a shark eating people.

FREAKS (1932)

Is it a horror movie or “one of the most compassionate movies ever made?” Or somehow both? A career-destroying flop that has gradually become director Tod Browning’s most acclaimed film.

THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS (1991)

Describing the plot of this movie, where one serial killer helps a trainee FBI agent catch another, does not do justice to how spectacularly well made and acted it is.

PSYCHO (1960)

Alfred Hitchock’s sort of crazy little thriller basically invented the slasher genre and is still studied by film nuts sixty years later.

GANJA & HESS (1973)

An “experimental” horror movie that’s about vampires, sort of, and… other things? What things you ask? I’m not sure.

AMERICAN PSYCHO (2000)

A very weird movie about a guy who desperately wants to fit in, while also periodically axe murdering people.

BLACK CHRISTMAS (1974)

Seriously one of the better horror movies I’ve seen, surrounded by jingle bells and tinsel.

THE THING (1982)

A classic of all-encompassing paranoia, with some of the best practical effects you’ll ever see.

NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD (1968)

This tiny indie movie found the right metaphor for basically all of modern society’s fears and single-handedly spawned a major subgenre that’s lasted until today.