Carnival of Souls (1962)

Carnival of Souls is the touchstone from which directors like George Romero made their best works.  I cite Romero especially because watching Carnival of Souls will easily make you think of Night of the Living Dead as both have a similar aesthetic in their black and white composition and the depiction of the dead (the…

The Shining (1980)

What can be written about The Shining at this point? It’s a masterpiece directed by the legendary Stanley Kubrick that tells a horror story both in the mind and outside it. A haunted house film filled with psychological trauma. I didn’t want to put The Shining on this list but I haven’t seen it uncensored…

The Cat and the Canary (1927)

Audiences today complain about Hollywood’s dearth of creativity, with endless remakes peppering your local multiplex. But it’s ironic to hear this when many classic movies were made by this process of reskinning an old cat. My first foray into the cinematic work of Bob Hope started with 1939’s The Cat and the Canary, a fun horror…

Son of Frankenstein (1939)

The horror genre turned Universal Studios into a flourishing business, but in just a decade it was already falling from grace. The rapid release of titles fatigued audiences, putting the studio back into the red. After successful re-releases of Dracula and Frankenstein, Universal decided to take a chance on another walk with the flat-top Creature.…

The Hills Have Eyes (1977)

I always try to include a more contemporary horror master in my 31 Days of Horror. Last year I reviewed Tobe Hooper’s borderline offensive cult classic The Funhouse (1981). This year’s Master of Horror is the dearly departed Wes Craven and his 1977 jaunt into the desert, The Hills Have Eyes. I went into this…