Aug 302012


Last week I decided that this September and October I would try to fill the gaping hole in my film knowledge that is classic (pre-1980s) horror films. I asked for your suggestions both in a post and on Twitter – thanks to everyone who contributed. With the help of Andy I have picked 10 films that will no doubt give me nightmares in the upcoming weeks to come. Check them out after the jump.

Nosferatu (1922)

Black Sunday (1960)

Peeping Tom (1960)

Carnival of  Souls (1962)

The Birds (1963)

Rosemary’s Baby (1968)

The Wicker Man (1973)

Deep Red (1975)

Carrie (1976)

Night of the Living Dead (1968)/Dawn of the Dead (1978)

Hopefully this lot of films will go some way to filling in my knowledge and maybe making me less of a chicken when it comes to scares on the screen….

There were quite a number of films suggested that I have seen before. Films like Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Psycho, The Exorcist, The Shining and Hausu. There were also some great early 1980s films suggested, but I felt that I had to draw the line somewhere (even just to make picking only 10 easier).

Be sure to check back over the coming months as I blog about the films and the experience of watching them as someone who really doesn’t like horror.

  4 Responses to “My Horror Odyssey”

  1. Of these, I’ve only seen Night of the Living Dead, Rosemary’s Baby, and Nosferatu – they’re all great (and Rosemary’s Baby is my fave of the three). Good luck with them – I’m like you, horror flims give me nightmares!! Eeep!

  2. You haven’t seen The Birds?? That’s a gem.

    Not a bad cut off point. There’s a kind of feel to 80s horror that’s perhaps worth exploring separately. You could do a 1980s or maybe 80s/90s horror season some other time.

  3. Oh, and The Birds! I saw that one too, I completely forgot (which I shouldn’t have, because it’s amazing)

  4. Good list, even though mine didn’t make it (yes, whinge whinge). Agree with steve re separate 80s thing. And no way, you must have seen the birds no? Will be keen to see what you think of wicker man

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