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Scary and Revolutionary: 8 Films That Helped Define the Horror Genre

Norman Bates Psycho

Norman Bates from the Hitchcock’s classic. Credit: Paramount Pictures

Horror movies have long been a source of thrills and entertainment for us all, especially around this time of year. While sometimes they can be misconstrued as films that rely on cheap scares and over-the-top monsters in lieu of plot-driven stories, the genre is full of great movies that could satisfy even the staunchest movie buff. From the early days of Lon Chaney and Boris Karloff to the “scream queens” and documentary-style scarefests of the last few years, the horror genre has been nothing if not persistently popular.

It would be hard to rank any one film as having the most impact on the film making side, especially considering the genre has so many sub-genres within itself. However, there are a select few that have helped to definitively shape the horror culture as a whole.

Psycho (1960)

Janet Leigh becoming a victim in Psycho

Janet Leigh’s final scene from Psycho. Credit: Paramount Pictures

It’s fitting to open up the discussion with a film from the suspense master himself, Alfred Hitchcock. Much like House on Haunted Hill did one year earlier, Psycho utilized masterful story telling to create high-stress situations for the audience. From the moment of the famous “shower scene” the audience is driven down a nervy road where no one can be sure of what is about to happen. If you were to watch the film now it would be hard to truly grasp its impact. However, the theater-goers of the 1960s had never seen that sort of violence before. According to an article by Stephen Robb of BBC News, Hitchcock’s thriller was deemed worthy of an “X” rating upon its UK release.

Besides testing the boundaries of decency in the 60s, Psycho was also one of the first to walk the line of morality as well. One of the things that the film doesn’t always receive credit for is it’s ability to make the audience accept the fate of some its characters. For example, Janet Leigh may have been a far more sympathetic character had she not stolen money from the bank, and the detective’s overall demeanor made his loss more easy to cope with as well. Psycho gave many of its characters flaws that made them seem less like victims to the audience. This ploy worked well for Hitchcock’s film and serves as a model today in just about every slasher or horror movie.

Speaking of slashers, the character of Norman Bates is one that has stayed with us for a long time. You only have to look at other killers from movies like Halloween, Friday the 13th and even the 2012 movie House at the End of the Street to see a little bit of Bates’ influence. Psycho is the godfather of all slasher movies—plain and simple.

The Exorcist (1973)

If Psycho pushed the envelope in the 60s, the world didn’t have to wait too long for another horror classic to up the ante. The Exorcist personified everything that movie makers thought they couldn’t put on screen. While there have been plenty of films made about demonic possession, this one will always be the golden standard for how to pull it off.

The Exorcist took everything that was holy, literally, and twisted it…literally. For a film to mutilate religion through the possession of a young girl, it took a lot for the movie not to get rated “X” in the 70s. Add that to the disturbing imagery and you have quite the nightmare. You would be hard pressed to find too many people who actually made it through the entirety of the movie in theaters and even fewer people who wouldn’t tell you that The Exorcist is still the scariest movie they’ve ever seen.

Halloween (1978)

Jamie Lee Curtis Hiding from Michael Myers

Jamie Lee Curtis hiding from Michael Myers in Halloween. Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures

As a self-admitted horror movie lover, I have to say that the modern day slasher has nothing on its predecessors. But aside from my own preferences, the earlier versions or installments of horror movies often used mood, music and setting over blood and gore to scare audiences. Perhaps that’s why John Carpenter’s Halloween is arguably one of the creepiest horror films ever made. The emotionless Michael Myers is a far more brutal and methodical killer than Norman Bates, and his never-ending drive to kill the movie’s heroine Laurie Strode (played by a young Jamie Lee Curtis—ironically the daughter of Psycho alum, Janet Leigh) is one of the most iconic story arcs of the genre.

However, what makes this movie so great is the simple fact that it more or less played on the fears of the generation and translated it perfectly to the big screen at a relatively low cost. Whether it was being the babysitter on a dark night, the kids being at home by themselves or even not knowing if you’re alone in the dark; Halloween prays on all of these ideas until everyone watching has to check the closet for the “Boogeyman” before going to bed.

Alien (1979)

The 70s were truly a scary decade. Having given us demonic possessions and relentless killers, audiences were left with one last parting gift to help them “sleep better” at night. Alien helped breath life back into an almost forgotten star of the early horror movies—the monster. With the exception of Jaws in 1975 and John Carpenter’s The Thing in the 80s, no other movie featured such a terrifying killing-machine like Alien did.

From the inescapable “face-hugging” monster to the full grown Xenomorph that stalked the members of the crew, the film really leaves its characters (and audience) without so much as a safe place to sit. While the early renditions of Dracula or the Werewolf were always considered to be the prototypical movie monsters, Alien re-imagined what a monster really was: there were no stakes, no silver bullets and more importantly no motive for the creatures of this movie. That’s something that makes it truly unique, as most of the the monsters before and, to be honest, after at least had been given inklings of a soul.

The Shining (1980)

The Shining Twins

One of the creepiest scenes from The Shining. Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures

What does it say about a movie so great that it hasn’t been copied or remade in today’s reboot-obsessed cinema? Quite a bit actually. The Shining is one of those stories that simply transcends the decade that it was created in. It takes a perfectly innocent situation (albeit with a morbidly twisted back-story) and let’s its characters brood in growing paranoia until the penultimate sequence.

The Shining proved to be horrifying without actually using too many of the established cannons of horror films of that time. The imagery and mostly bizarre circumstances that Jack Nicholson’s character finds himself surrounded by are what eventually drives him crazy. As you watch the film, you will almost feel as though you’re being pulled into the dementia with him. Every scene that passes adds brings with it another element of suspense that culminates as Jack picks up the axe

A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

Like Alien did, A Nightmare on Elm Street broke the traditional mold of horror films of that time and took the fear to a place it had never really been before—your dreams. One of the scariest things about this film is that the victims of this movie are practically defenseless – much like they were in Ridley Scott’s 1979 classic. The movie also does well to keep audiences guessing as to what’s real and what’s fake, which makes for plenty of surprises along the way.

With the horror films of the 80s being mostly slasher films (though many were not very good), it was only a matter of time before the industry churned out one of the all-time greatest slashers of the horror world in Freddy Krueger. The “dream stalker” has become one of the most universally recognized killers of all time, standing next to the likes of Michael Myers and Jason Voorhees. Although he became infinitely more chatty in later installments, the Freddy from the first “Nightmare” will always be one of the best.

This movie broke away from some of the recycled cliches of the slasher sub-genre by consistently deceiving the audience with seamless transitions into dream sequences and butchery that often came out of nowhere. A Nightmare on Elm Street brought edge-of-the-seat horror to an unsuspecting audience.

Scream (1996)

Ghostface from Scream

Ghostface. Credit: Dimension Films

Notice the gap in years? After Freddy debuted, many horror movies became bogged down with the type of product that the general audience began to consider as the unfortunate mainstays of the genre. Enter Scream. While the movies that preceded it truly helped put together the genre,  Wes Craven’s Scream did almost as much to deconstruct horror movies. The film took a lot of what had become cliche and let its characters play off of it on screen.

In fact, the opening scene with Drew Barrymore set the tone for what was to be a revolutionary way of approaching horror. Scream reached out to the audiences of that particular generation and offered them a witty and morbidly clever take on a genre that had honestly gone stale. It succeeded and ended up with 3 more installments, each with it’s own relative success.

From its satirical nature, the movie helped in transforming those cliches back into appreciated facets of genre. It’s one of the reasons why Scream could arguably be considered one of the most important horror movies of the 90s.

Saw (2004)

One of the many things that gets lost in horror genre is how the movies (good ones) allow the audience to suspend their own morality. Think about it: when you went to see a horror movie you expected to see people die, yet rather than it be an unfortunate circumstance of the film, it’s more or less the center of the entertainment. Saw took things a step further by essentially asking the audience not to feel sorry for the characters as it was their own actions that lead to their “unfortunate” predicaments.

Even though Saw sparked the frenzy of gory, blood-filled movies of the late 2000s, the movie itself was more about the story and its characters than the latter “torture porn” knockoffs (many of which were its own sequels). The ingenious misdirection of the film’s final scene is truly one of the classic moments in horror movie history.

Unfortunately, Saw is one of the last in this genre to incorporate a carefully crafted plot within a dark and twisted onscreen world. In an industry of remakes, reboots and copycat plots, it may be hard to find another movie that changes the way that audiences and movie makers look at horror. But while the world is still waiting for the next great classic, it’s these films that have gone a long way to keep us enamored with it all.

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147 Comments on “Scary and Revolutionary: 8 Films That Helped Define the Horror Genre”

  1. JManuelCamposN October 20, 2014 at 1:10 pm #

    I love the shining and its various theories about what Happened in the Overlook Hotel

    • rbrammer2014 November 21, 2014 at 3:48 pm #

      The Shining was remade as a mini series in 1997 and there is rumour of another reboot. Can’t be the original Jack though

      • rbrammer2014 November 21, 2014 at 3:51 pm #

        *beat* :)

      • JManuelCamposN November 21, 2014 at 4:08 pm #

        There is a sequel ..Have you read it?

      • rbrammer2014 November 22, 2014 at 4:48 am #

        No I haven’t

      • JManuelCamposN November 22, 2014 at 10:25 am #

        Probably there will be a prequel and a sequel

  2. Sandra Hill October 20, 2014 at 10:48 pm #

    Very well written article.

  3. pensitivity101 November 10, 2014 at 12:51 pm #

    Interesting selection, most of which I have seen and thus agree. One of the creepiest films I saw was The Changeling (1980) with George C Scott. I see that rocking chair at the top of the stairs and I go cold.

  4. rami ungar the writer November 10, 2014 at 1:02 pm #

    As someone who writes horror, I have to say this is a pretty good list. I wish there were more films like this that filled us with horror. Nowadays a lot of horror films use too much blood and scary monsters with a huge amount of sex and drinking/smoking/related sins to draw in audiences.

    • Christopher Hill November 10, 2014 at 11:54 pm #

      Thanks and I agree with you Rami. A lot of the new stuff is very hard to sit through. Give me the “old stuff” any day.

      • rami ungar the writer November 11, 2014 at 10:26 am #

        I love it when the filmmakers put more emphasis on mystery, suspense, and atmosphere while going for the scares. The Woman in Black, As Above, So Below, the first Paranormal Activity, most of James Wan’s work, those are awesome horror movies! In fact, I’m having a friend over tonight to watch The Conjuring. I can’t wait to see how he reacts to it.

    • Christopher Hill November 11, 2014 at 10:41 am #

      I really liked Paranormal Activity too. I think the first one was executed a little better than the Blair Witch Project. The Woman in Black is still one that I really want to see, though you’re the 2nd person to mention The Conjuring, so I think I’m going to have to add that to my list as well. Thanks.

      • rami ungar the writer November 11, 2014 at 12:18 pm #

        You’re welcome. Hope you have a scary good time watching them.

      • rami ungar the writer November 11, 2014 at 12:19 pm #

        Oh, and I also have to recommend the indie film “I Am A Ghost” from HP Mendoza. Creepy and surreal. My favorite horror film these days.

      • Christopher Hill November 12, 2014 at 3:45 pm #

        Thanks, rami.

  5. katherinejlegry November 10, 2014 at 1:09 pm #

    I agree with and would add that Hitchcock’s formula of making characters with flaws seem like less likely victims (or rather worthy of being victims= “victim blame”) helped shape not only film but rape culture and most all of Hollywood trended toward that and currently emulates him. His mysogenist personal life fueled and inspired all of his films with his alienated feelings from women as his lust for power over them depicts repeatedly in his horror. So where he has some undeniably brilliant film work in his portfolio he also helped nurture the envy and hatred of the “beautiful blond woman” as he tortured them for his industry. That’s what makes his films scary. Because he was a rapist.

  6. Matthew Wright November 10, 2014 at 1:37 pm #

    It seems to me that the role of these movies – and other horror classics from earlier decades – is to tweak the boundaries of what is socially acceptable. As such they are a litmus test on society. And I find it intriguing that as we move generationally away from tbe world wars of the twentieth century, those sensibilitirs veer towards the gory.

  7. pooja2447 November 10, 2014 at 3:04 pm #

    The scream guy looks like The silence from Doctor Who, I wonder if this was their inspiration

    • mjlambert1 November 10, 2014 at 11:52 pm #

      Well, the scream guy was based on the painting by Edvard Munch.Plus, the Silence first appeared in 2011, well over a decade after Scream.

      • pooja2447 November 11, 2014 at 12:41 am #

        I meant the movie might have been an inspiration to the dw writers

    • Christopher Hill November 11, 2014 at 10:45 am #

      I do agree with MJ about the painting being the main inspiration for Ghostface, but I think the Who writers were more or less using the stereotyped depiction of Aliens from back in the late 60s and early 70s (that’s why Nixon was president when the Silence were introduced). Just my opinion though, pooja, and I’d love to pick one of the Who writers’ brains one day.

  8. johnathanphillips November 10, 2014 at 3:21 pm #


    Reblogged this on Johnny's Music, Movies, etc..

  9. Britt November 10, 2014 at 3:57 pm #

    I can’t watch scary movies and honestly cannot understand the appeal. I mean, yikes and eww, and nightmares, and all that. But I love this post. Love love love it.

    • kurazzz November 12, 2014 at 8:02 pm #

      Quite agree. The post is great, but really dislike horror movies … No wonder so many young ones have psychological problems!!!!

  10. oloksy November 10, 2014 at 3:59 pm #

    Reblogged this on oloksy.

  11. The Real DC November 10, 2014 at 4:23 pm #

    Awesome article!!! I couldn’t agree more, with the exception of Saw. But that’s because I’m biased. I blame that movie for all of today’s crappy extremely Gordy/violent horror films. I’m just not one for torture. Here! Here!

  12. Stuart M. Perkins November 10, 2014 at 4:36 pm #

    Well put!

  13. Francisco Carranza November 10, 2014 at 4:53 pm #

    Such fond memories of watching Scream. Brilliant for reinventing the Slasher. Really enjoyed the read!

  14. Wilson November 10, 2014 at 4:55 pm #

    Very good article. I would add “martyrs” a French film that examined the emergence of torture porn in america and portrayed it in its awful reality.

  15. Sulfen November 10, 2014 at 8:13 pm #

    Movies made several decades ago had more room to be original. These days it feels like every movie is a remake of older movies. I remember watching The Shining as a kid and having nightmares from it. My little brothers watch the new horror movies and are nightmare free.

    • 1kusogaki November 20, 2014 at 2:36 pm #

      That’s why I moved east with my film selection, try Ouija, Old Boy, The Ring, The Grudge etc, there are countless.

  16. milkymender November 10, 2014 at 8:48 pm #

    The Shining is so great!

  17. ruchibhave November 10, 2014 at 10:20 pm #

    very well written and good analysis…you seem to be a horror movie fan..what are your views on conjuring and the likes

    • Christopher Hill November 11, 2014 at 12:03 am #

      Thanks. I’m not really into the haunting/demonic-type movies like I used to be. The movies now are a little too bland for me. Insidious was the last kind of haunting movie that I saw and I thought it sort of dragged too. Love the ending though (but I’m a fan of those sorts of endings). But I’m always looking for suggestions. Would you recommend the Conjuring?

      • ruchibhave October 23, 2015 at 3:03 am #

        Yes I most certainly would recommend conjuring

  18. allthoughtswork November 10, 2014 at 11:22 pm #

    I’ve been to all the major locations that appear in The Shining: Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park, Montana, where the opening scenes were filmed, Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado, where the hotel interior scenes were filmed, and Timberline Lodge on the side of Mount Hood in Oregon where the exterior hotel shots were filmed.

    I gotta say, Timberline was the one that stopped me in my tracks when I looked at it, it hasn’t changed much since the movie was made. If you go there in the winter at night, you check over your shoulder a lot for Jack Nicholson and an ax.

    • Christopher Hill November 11, 2014 at 12:06 am #

      That must have been a thrill. I love watching the movies and I’ve done camera work and helped with sets, so it’s cool to see the actual places that the film was made. But I couldn’t visit there, my mind is a bit too wild. I started taking the stairs more the week after I saw Devil.

      • allthoughtswork November 11, 2014 at 12:12 am #

        Ha! Yeah, I’m an artist, too, so my imagination is always on Nuclear. I remember actually freezing in the parking lot of the Timberline and just staring and staring.

        The hedge maze from the movie was really a huge indoor set built in California. Apparently, it was hot as hell during shooting so the next time you see it, remember that Jack and Danny were actually sweating like pigs while they ran through all the fake snow.

    • Christopher Hill November 11, 2014 at 11:17 am #

      Love it, allthoughts! Thanks for the info.

  19. theblackcatpoet November 10, 2014 at 11:32 pm #

    I’m wondering with regards to Norman Bates, what your thoughts are regarding The Bates Motel television show, which chronicles Norman’s life before Psycho and also that disturbing relationship with his mother. I’d love to hear what people think!

    • Christopher Hill November 11, 2014 at 12:09 am #

      Sounds interesting blackcat. Unfortunately, I don’t get A&E, but if it ever comes to netflix then I’ll jump all over it. Thanks.

    • Christopher Hill June 3, 2017 at 12:06 am #

      You know, I actually started on the series earlier this year (almost 2 years later) on Netflix and I was really impressed with how they handled Norman’s “issues”. I also like the ambiguity of the characters. They all seem to have a wobbly moral compass which makes it hard to predict their decisions.

  20. mjlambert1 November 10, 2014 at 11:53 pm #

    I would add Night of the Living Dead (1968) to this list. It featured a black lead, never once addressing his race, as well as introducing the modern zombie movie…for better or worse.

    • Christopher Hill November 11, 2014 at 10:49 am #

      I was actually pretty torn on a few movies that ended up not making this list, and NLD68 was one of them.

    • andrewjoelrowley November 17, 2014 at 12:52 pm #

      I was just scrolling through the comments to see if this had been said already. Not only did it feature a black lead, it was the first feature length movie to do so. Great picture, for sure.

  21. Staying Frosty November 11, 2014 at 3:32 am #

    Maybe not so much in the horror genre
    But what about American Psycho??

    • Christopher Hill November 11, 2014 at 10:47 am #

      Cool movie, Frosty, more of a psychological thriller though than a typical horror. I can see a little Bates in there though…

  22. jeremiahshiaka November 11, 2014 at 6:29 am #

    Reblogged this on DJ J.BOY ENTERTAINMENT.

  23. himnmeinbed November 11, 2014 at 6:58 am #

    how about The Grudge? But the japanese version. It was such a creepy movie. But I loved all the movies you listed and binge watch them regularly except The exorcist. Loved it but it is still the only movie that gives me nightmares so I just wont watch anymore.

    • Christopher Hill November 11, 2014 at 1:34 pm #

      The Grudge wasn’t one of my favorites, but that was the English version. I haven’t seen the Japanese version yet, though if it’s better than RingU then I might check it out.

  24. mustaphabarki2014 November 11, 2014 at 10:22 am #

    Reblogged this on Engineer Marine Skipper.

  25. Erica Herd November 11, 2014 at 10:53 am #

    Good choices. One of the scariest modern horror films I’ve seen is “Dark Water”, Japanese version-gave me nightmares. The remake with Jennifer Connelly wasn’t nearly as frightening.

    • Christopher Hill November 11, 2014 at 1:43 pm #

      Yeah, the Connelly movie kind of turned me off from it. But I’m always interested to give another version the second chance. Thanks, Erica.

  26. Admin November 11, 2014 at 1:34 pm #

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  27. rebeccarwoods November 11, 2014 at 2:19 pm #

    All of my favorites!

  28. kelseykilgour November 11, 2014 at 2:56 pm #

    Reblogged this on just speakin' my mind ! and commented:
    I’m all about a horror film. They are honestly my favorite, even though 99% of the time they scare the bejeeeeeezes out of me. I think maybe it’s because I am a thrill seeker. I love stuff that keeps me on the edge of my eat wanting more. I reposted this for my interest in horror film history.

  29. louisadjei November 11, 2014 at 5:57 pm #

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  32. subinraj November 12, 2014 at 12:45 am #

    Awesome story really

  33. SLIP/THROUGH - Dan November 12, 2014 at 2:38 am #

    I love the elaborate analysis. Great work. Each of these movies pushed the boundaries. I agree full heartedly about PSYCHO. What a game changer, eh. Imagine seeing that opening night?

    But where’s Romero’s NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD? It basically invented the Midnight Screening, right. Playing for like 20 years straight.

    I love these sort of lists. Good job. Your writing is above par.

    • Christopher Hill November 12, 2014 at 1:28 pm #

      Thanks Dan. I was really torn between NLD68, Blair Witch/Paranormal Activity and a few others from the 60s and 70s. If this list had gone one more entry though, it would definitely have been included.

      • SLIP/THROUGH - Dan November 12, 2014 at 3:22 pm #

        Chris… Fair enough, eh. An insightful liist like this must have been challenging to compile. I understand the modern inclusion of SAW. But you make another important mention with BLAIR WITCH, for the concept, found footage, and micro-budget. If you get a chance check out my blog. I’m new to this stuff. Thanks in advance. Take care, man… DAN

  34. luizcarlosajr November 12, 2014 at 6:28 am #

    Reblogged this on Boa esperança.

  35. Mr Ben Groom November 12, 2014 at 6:45 am #

    Thoroughly enjoyed this post. I think the problem with modern horror films (with a few honourable exceptions) is that they no longer use tension and boredom as well as films like Halloween, or Psycho. If you go back and analyse those films, they use incredibly slow, lingering shots where absolutely nothing happens, both raising the tension, and instilling a sense of comfort at the same time, which they then destroy with their rare moments of action and horror. So much more effective at really frightening you than ‘torture porn’.

  36. thinkofone November 12, 2014 at 9:40 am #

    How could you have missed “night of
    the living dead”. !!! Hmmm

  37. ayeitsevelyn6 November 12, 2014 at 9:50 am #

    Reblogged this on Evelyn's Photos and commented:
    Such great movies!

  38. thinkofone November 12, 2014 at 12:28 pm #

    Also, you forgot to mention the good girl bad girl syndrome Janet Leigh was given by Hitchcock. She was wearing a white bra which was symbolic of purity in the beginning of the movie, but, once the money was stolen, she was wearing a black bra, a sign of good and bad….

    • Christopher Hill November 12, 2014 at 1:31 pm #

      Good catch in the movie. I love the symbolism that the writers/directors try to insert into the films. Half the time, the audience doesn’t even catch it, but it definitely drives specific feelings about the characters.

  39. haydnf November 12, 2014 at 12:52 pm #

    Love the selection. Definitely on this list for all the correct reasons

  40. awax1217 November 12, 2014 at 3:12 pm #

    The scariest movie to me was the story of the Cat. This girl goes out to buy her mother some groceries. It is night and she is followed home. We do not see the cat. We hear the noise of rustled leaves. The door is where the scare is. The girl begs to be let in but the mother is to late. We see only the other side of the door and then the slow seep of blood coming under it. A moment of true horror.

  41. leeanndasher November 12, 2014 at 5:24 pm #

    Reblogged this on Lee Ann Dasher and commented:
    Very Interesting Article For Those Infested In The Horror Genere♡

  42. lizocrospoma November 13, 2014 at 12:26 am #

    Reblogged this on lizocrospoma.

  43. rohitmaiya November 13, 2014 at 4:26 am #

    Greetings from India. When I was still studying, “Evil Dead” used to be one of the most popular horror movies (At least in this part of the world). Another popular movie around those times was “Omen”. Where would you rate these movies?

    • Christopher Hill November 13, 2014 at 1:42 pm #

      Great entries for the genre (more so with Evil Dead), but I wouldn’t rate them above the ones on this list. The Omen is one that is kind of hard to watch more than once. None of the sequels or the remake did anything for me either. Evil Dead is exactly what you said it is – very popular and is kind of at a cult status. But it didn’t really do much for the genre of that time though, IMO. Good question, though.

  44. StyleRarebit November 13, 2014 at 5:29 am #

    Loved this post! Hitchcock is my favourite director of all time, what a movie!

  45. thetezzyfiles November 13, 2014 at 8:24 am #

    Psycho has to be my fave Hitchcock movie, still gives me the chills!

  46. stirlingpickle November 13, 2014 at 9:38 am #

    Reblogged this on michaelandrewsfilms.

  47. Just Words November 13, 2014 at 11:09 am #

    Great blog! Loved it.

  48. samz007 November 13, 2014 at 3:32 pm #

    Reblogged this on What Would Sam Do… and commented:
    I Love Horror Movies. These are some of my favourites

  49. angelicdarkness70 November 13, 2014 at 4:17 pm #

    I am a BIG horror movie fan…..the ones you mentioned
    that I like the most is the Halloween franchise, Nightmare
    on Elm Street, Scream…I have seen all the others except
    Psycho…I know, I know, crazy right LOL!!! I would say yes, those
    movies set the path for the movies we see today:)


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