ROSS’S TOP TWENTY HORROR MOVIES

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1. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)

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“That’s the last goddamn hitchhiker I ever pick up.”

2. The Evil Dead (1981) 

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“The ultimate experience in grueling terror.”

3. The Thing (1982) 

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A good choice for wintertime viewing.

4. Re-Animator (1985) 

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Shown in many graduate-level Medical Ethics courses.

5. Phantasm (1979)

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“BOYYYYY”

6. Videodrome (1983) 

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“Long live the new flesh.”

7. Maniac (1980) 

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An Oedipean nightmare unfolding on the sleaziest milieu imaginable.

8. Dracula (1931) 

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9. Dawn of the Dead (1979) 

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“When there’s no more room in Hell …”

10. Motel Hell (1980)

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Spoiler Alert: He used preservatives.

11. Halloween (1979) 

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Apparently that’s a painted-over Captain Kirk mask.

12. Rosemary’s Baby (1968)

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The ultimate Satanic victim movie.

13. The Wizard of Gore (1970)

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Herschell Gordon Lewis’s splatter magnum opus. Bad beyond all reason.

14. Basket Case (1982) 

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I once interviewed the star of this movie.

15. Planet Terror (2007)

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“Where’s … the … shit?”

16. House of Usher (1960)

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The first–and best–of the Corman/Poe films.

17. The Howling (1983)

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“Rare.”

18. Zombie (1979)

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Not the shark!

19. Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982)

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Tom Atkins kicks so much ass. My most controversial pick, I know.

20. The House of the Devil (2009)

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Holy crap what an intense movie.