It is not an easy task to compile a list with the top films, but it was enjoyable. We tried to include the classics, modern horror films, and personal weaknesses, all based on the order determined by the score. The critics agreed.
1. Night of the Hunter (1955).
It is today one of the most beloved films in history. However, critics and the general public did not appreciate it when it was first released. Laughton was so upset by the failure, he would never direct again.
This story is unforgettable and leaves a lasting impression on viewers. It features the Reverend Harry Powell who is portrayed with naturalness by Robert Mitchum. He manages to convey the evil nature of the character, who believes he can communicate with God.
2. Psychosis (1960).
Marion Crane’s murder under the shower is captured by Janet Leigh (Janet Leigh). It features 77 camera angles and Bernard Hermann’s iconic string music. This moment is among the greatest and most memorable in cinema history. This filmography, which was directed by the British director, is full of masterpieces.
3. Rosemary’s Baby (1968).
Polanski’s adaptation of Ira Levin’s novel is one of his best films. It is also one of the most frightening of all time. A young couple moves into a New York apartment building where they encounter a cult dedicated to Satan’s worship.
4. Bride of Frankenstein (1935).
The masterpiece Bride of Frankenstein was his greatest film, and it is still a classic. This film was more than a sequel. It was his most personal film, leaving his mark on the industry as a great director. The film surpasses the previous title and retains more of Shelley’s classic.
This film is a masterpiece of adaptation and metalanguage thanks to Elsa Lanchester’s double role as opera writer and monster companion.
5. Frenzy (1972)
The most sickening film by master of suspense is the one made by a psychopath criminal, who rapes and strangles all his victims, including women, using extreme violence and dialogues that would shock anyone today.
This is Hitchcock’s final masterpiece. It mixes violence, suspense and humor in an ideal balance.
6. Frankenstein (1931)
Despite its relatively short length (70 minutes), and its impact on contemporary culture, the film adaptation Mary Shelley’s novel was plagued by censorship problems. The scene in which the Monster (chameleon Boris Karloff), threw the girl into a lake and drowned was one of the most controversial.
Karloff’s famous show can delight and terrorize us in a world with complex Gods and extraordinaryly human monsters.
7. Repulsion (1965).
Polanski’s first English-language film, Carol (Catherine Deneuve), is a shy young woman who is haunted by her fear for sex. She becomes extremely unbalanced when left alone in her apartment. This ends up being a mirror of one’s mind full of anxieties and traumas.
Psychological horror, sexual nightmares and another masterpiece from a director who challenges viewers to see beyond the images.
8. The Birds (1963).
Although some may argue that the film didn’t get as much attention as other Hitch films it is clear that this film deserves to be included on this list for its merits. The story of an unlikely animal invasion turns out to be about why birds chose Bodega Bay (a small, harmless town) as their target.
The original ending was adapted from a short novel by Daphne du Maurier. It had the protagonists fleeing San Francisco to escape the invasion. This was impossible due to a lack of technological and economic resources. The director chose to leave it as a discouraging, open ending. They cannot win a decisive victory. Instead, they must run to escape a certain death. You can watch such movies on seriale turcesti, this website offers free online movies with subtitles for those in Romania.
9. Faceless Eyes (1960).
This French film is a cult classic. It was rejected by critics and the public at large.
It is disturbing, slow, poetic and frozen. This was the inspiration for La piel que habito (2011), which Almodovar openly honored, while also contributing to the review of the film. John Carpenter once said that Edith Scob’s mask inspired him to make the Michael Myers mask.
10. Aliens (1979)
This is the perfect blend of science fiction and horror. Sigourney Weaver is the ultimate hero, and the only one who can resist the xenoform created by HR Giger’s sick imagination. James Cameron’s sequel to Aliens (1986), another masterpiece is comparable, but I prefer it more in science fiction.
Obsessive, but beautiful, gothic-sexual images. A perfect script by Dan O’Bannon. Naturalistic and perfectly tuned performances from the cast. Your screams will be heard far away from the rest of the world.