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The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920)


This 1920 silent classic directed by Robert Wiene had a major impact on the horror genre. Its expressionistic style would be seen in later silent classics, such as Nosferatu (1922) and Warning Shadows (1923). The haunting story of Caligari and Cesare, the somnambulist, is one every horror fan should see.





Eyes Without a Face (1960)


This French horror film tells the story of a young girl who hides behind a mask. Her father, the town doctor, is desperately searching for a solution to her condition-- even if it means murder.





The Innocents (1961)


The Innocents is a British ghost movie from 1961. The film follows a young woman who takes a governess job, where she stays in a huge Victorian mansion caring for two children. As time passes she begins to notice odd behavior with the children and strange occurrences around the property that leads her to believe that the place is haunted. This ghost tale builds an air of tension that most modern paranormal movies just can't do.





Night of the Living Dead (1968)


This film from 1968 is the one that made George Romero the master of the zombie genre. Set in Pittsburgh, it follows a group of regular people fighting to stay alive in the midst of a zombie apocalypse. With the recent passing of Romero this year, this would be a great movie to revisit or enjoy for the first time.





Black Christmas (1974)


Black Christmas (1974) is one of the first great slasher films of the 1970's. It even inspired John Carpenter to start work on Halloween (1978). The movie weaves a mystery around a sorority house on Christmas where the co-eds seem to be dropping off like flies. If you're someone who has only seen the remake, don't let that stop you from seeing the original.





Suspiria (1977)


Suspiria is the first film in Dario Argento's "The Three Mothers" trilogy. It tells the story of an Italian ballet school that is run by a coven of witches. They're less of the typical "cat and broomstick" type of witches, and more of the fanged and bloodsucking with the power to stalk you while invisible type. The use of neon colors in the movie is not only visually stunning but creates mood and atmosphere.





The Shining (1980)


The Shining is an adaptation of Stephen King's novel of the same title, directed by Stanley Kubrick in 1980. It follows the story of a writer, Jack Torrance, and his family that are tasked to watch over a Colorado hotel during the winter off-season. As weeks turn to months Jack begins to mentally unravel, experiencing horrific visions of the past and into the future. Though King was displeased with the movie, it is still considered a horror masterpiece by many.





Videodrome (1983)


This movie definitely falls on the weird side-- but I love weird. Directed by Cronenberg in 1983 the movie takes a disturbing look at the dark side of mass media. The story follows Max Renn, a cable-TV programmer, who discovers a torture TV show called "Videodrome." When he ignores warnings and starts an investigation into the plot, his life begins to spiral out of control.



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