My Top Five Favorite #Horror #Films Of All Time

For my film selections, this is my criteria:

Does the movie startle you, make you anxious, get your heart pumping or just plain gross you out?


The Shining—Easily Stanley Kubrick’s greatest achievement, in my opinion. This film has a crazy concept. A husband and father is going to kill his son and wife. It’s so mysteriously atmospheric, that it creates a disturbing feeling, because it’s so unnatural, and you never know what could be hidden around each corner.But for me anyway, what’s most frightening about The Shining is the fact that I don’t know why I’m so terrified while watching it. I just am.

Halloween by John Carpenter—The synthesized music with piano and keyboards creates tension. The camera moves from 1st person (as the killer) and 3rd person (as the unsuspecting victim) quite often. The atmosphere is very Midwestern with leaves falling and taking place on Halloween, makes it a perfect and nostalgic horror film about stalking babysitters. John Carpenter wanted to make a great movie and that’s what he did. Unknowingly, he created the blueprint for modern day slasher films.

Texas Chainsaw Massacre (original)—Tobe Hooper is easily known for Poltergeist from the early 80s but in this film he just went raw and gruesome. There’s just something creepy about a bunch of kids in a van ending up in the middle of nowhere in this town full of strange people and falling into a trap of a group of insane wackos, including the famous leather face, living in this old disturbing house who eventually kill almost everyone. The kills are amazing (using weapons like sledgehammers, meat hooks and of course a chainsaw) and the fact that it takes place in scenes like a home made butcher shop and a room with bones, feathers and a chicken in a cage just makes it all the more creepy.

A Nightmare On Elm Street—I first saw this when I was about 9 years old and I just loved it. The boiler room scenes, dragging the dead body through the high school hallways and a girl being attacked by the invisible killer all around the walls and ceiling in her bedroom was just astonishing. Honestly its about the way certain locations are filmed like a bathtub scene or a jailhouse one that causes shock and frustration for the viewer because only you (the audience) and the kids in the film know what’s going on. The adults disbelieve their stories because they’re covering up the truth. Another cool factor, the killer has a burnt face and knives for fingers on a glove. Visually its quite stunning. Wes Craven made his directorial mark with this one.

An American Werewolf In London—The opening sequence at the bar and the two backpackers walking down the foggy road late at night create fear and tension until that shocking attack happens.The remainder of the film, while there are plenty of comedic moments involving dead people who talk to the main character, involves our protagonist gradually becoming the antagonist and then closes with a major scene with a werewolf roaming the streets of London terrorizing everyone. I haven’t seen another werewolf film this entertaining, fun and scary. Way to go John Landis (director).

I have loved #movies for 40 years!

I love movies! They make me happy!



So I will be 40 years old in a few months. I thought I would make a list of 40 movies that represent 1 film per year. These films make me happy and basically could be considered my favorite films released in my lifetime…it wasn’t easy since so many movies get released in any given year. Some years I had to choose among up to five of my favorites. For me, it has nothing to do with the Oscars or critics. Just my personal choices. But in the end, what we have here are the remaining champions!!!

Enjoy the list:


1976…Taxi Driver

1977…Star Wars


1979…Apocalypse Now

1980…The Empire Strikes Back



1981…Raiders of the Lost Ark


1983…A Christmas Story

1984…The Karate Kid

1985…Back To The Future

1986…Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

1987…Full Metal Jacket


1989…Batman (Tim Burton)

1990…Total Recall

1991…Terminator 2

1992…Reservoir Dogs

1993…The Fugitive

1994…Pulp Fiction

1995…Seven 7


1997…Good Will Hunting

1998…The Big Lebowski

1999…The Matrix


2000…High Fidelity

2001…Mulholland Drive

2002…Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

2003…Kill Bill Vol. 1

2004…Garden State

2005…Batman Begins (Christian Bale)

2006…Thank You For Smoking


2008…The Dark Knight

2009…Inglorious Basterds


2011…Super 8

2012…Silver Linings Playbook


2014…Guardians of the Galaxy

2015…Star Wars: The Force Awakens

2016 (so far) Deadpool

Who knows what lies ahead? But I am happy! 🙂