Aug 262012


I have a confession to make….I am a wimp, a chicken, a big old scaredy-cat. Since I was about 14 I have avoided horror films like the plague. As my love of film grew and my knowledge deepened, one genre remained unseen, ignored like an ugly child….

It has come time for me to face this fear and try to fill this gaping hole in my film knowledge and appreciation. I’m not sure I’m going to enjoy this, but I feel it is essential. But friends, I need your help! My goal is to watch 10 must-see classic horror films during September and October. The films must be pre-1980s (I had to draw a line somewhere), and have to be films you consider essential viewing.

These films I’ve already seen: The Shining, The Exorcist, Suspiria, Psycho, Nightmare on Elm Street, Halloween, Friday 13th,  I’ve also seen most of the 90s teen slasher films like Scream and I Know What You Did Last Summer.

To prepare me for my horror journey, I started out by watching Dario Agento’s Suspiria. Talk about throwing myself in the deep end! I think I soiled my pants in the first 15 minutes. What a suspenseful and visually stunning film. I’m glad I watched it (Thanks Andrew for forcing me too), but I can’t say I exactly enjoyed it.

I would be extremely grateful if you could post  your must-see classic horror films in the comments. I’ll be compiling a list over the next week, and will pick my 10 films from your suggestions. Think – you get the opportunity to suggest something that will scare me…..Thanks for your help (I think…)!