James / September 19th, 2012
September 19, 2012 at 4:00 am
September 19, 2012 at 4:05 am
Hi you avgn freaks!!
September 19, 2012 at 5:04 am
Great, but with your tight schedule with the AVGN movie, why don’t you save these videos for the monster madness ?
September 19, 2012 at 5:11 am
Glad he went with Alien. First fucking thing to come to my mind when it comes to a horror film with outer space creatures. Personally my favorite vampire film was Fright Night, though comedic it did deal with horror and drama in many levels, I’m glad James tried to keep in my of what the ‘best’ horror film of it’s genre in mind.
SIde Note: I wonder if he’s been watching The Walking Dead.
September 19, 2012 at 5:24 am
Good list James! I have to fully agree on the zombie movie. Dawn of the Dead has been my favorite for many years now and kindled my love for zombie movies. I recently thought about all the zombie movies I saw and also felt that Dawn was the best one.
It really did a good job about getting the messages across: They are stuck in the mall and can’t really get out, they get too attached to things that aren’t theirs and want to go back to lead a normal life too much. And that people are probably a bigger threat than the zombies are. And at the start asks the question ‘could you kill a loved one or let someone else kill them should they become zombies? Or do you hope for a cure or think they are still in there somewhere?’
Plus it has some nice subtle moments like Roger in the arcade after being bitten. As he loses he displays some zombie mannerisms showing he is already slowly turning.
The remake is nice but focussed on other stuff too much so the original one is still my favorite movie.
With the vampire one, well I’ve never seen the Spanish version so couldn’t give that one the nod. Plus for me it doesn’t have to be about Dracula nor does it have to have Renfield for me. I would have to think long and hard about it.
I do agree with the rest of the list.
September 19, 2012 at 5:38 am
Hey James, if you wanna know the best vampire movie you should take a look at this:
It gives your Dracula a run for his money 😀
September 19, 2012 at 5:51 am
Hey James, i remember one of your YKWB videos where you complain a lot about the Christmas being celebrated way before it actually starts but what about this? you have recently been posting only Halloween related videos and we are still in september!! isnt Halloween supposed to happen by the end of october?? so we are over one month away from it.
September 19, 2012 at 6:23 am
No mention of Nosferatu?? I won’t argue with the Lugosi pick, but surprised it didn’t get mentioned. Day of the dead imho isn’t nearly up to par with the first two Romero films. You also forgot the Brendan Frasier Mummy movies. (Kidding!! Kidding!!)
October 1, 2013 at 10:59 am
what about best slasher flick?
Based on your previous reviews, I knew that you would pick the Spanish Dracula movie. 😀 For me, it’s still ‘Interview with the Vampire’.
September 19, 2012 at 7:20 am
Best Dracula/Vampire movie ill go with the Francis Dord Copola one because it feels more complete.
Werewolf movie i have to agree with you there i really like that one. On a strange note Claude Rains remindsme alot of Andres Manuel Lopez obrador(Pege) a mexican polititian.
Frankesten movies sorry i havent seen any
Zombie movie i only saw the Resident evil ones.
Alien fil sorry James but i have to say its the Predator just because its my favorite aline movies and im a little dispointed in the AVP movie because they conecct to the Alien movies bit not the Predator ones which i guess prefator fans also felt disapointed
September 19, 2012 at 7:27 am
I’m loving all the movie related content you are putting out now that you have finished filming your movie.
September 19, 2012 at 7:59 am
You should do worst horror movies.
September 19, 2012 at 8:49 am
Vampire: From Dusk till Down (I’m not too clued up on the genre but I thought this was a really nice and different take on it)
Frankenstein: Bride of Frankenstein. I appreciate the social commentary of the earlier movies more than the thrills and excitement of later installments. The Robert Di Nero version was also very good but to me, this one struck the balance of social commentary and horrific excitement perfectly.
Werewolf: Dog Soldiers. I thought it had a great atmosphere, very tense and some brilliantly written and acted characters. Honerable mention to the Ginger Snaps series; far too cheesy to be called the best but did inject some new life into the genre and it’s a lot of fun.
Mummy: I’ve only ever seen the Brendan Fraiser ones and I hope and pray it isn’t the best.
Zombie: SO difficult… but I’m going to go for Shaun of the Dead. I’m a huge Pegg/Wright fan, so to me it’s a great movie anyway but it HAS to be a Romera flick being the best, right? Except, I think that Shaun does all of the stuff that made the Romero movies so great, refines it, maybe even does it better but also includes all this great comedy and charater along with it.
Alien: This is REALLY tough. You probably nailed it with Alien, though and I won’t argue but there’s a few other honerable mentions. Mars Attacks, like Shaun, managed to out-perform Independance Day on the action front while still being funny and having a lot of heart. The Day The Earth Stood Still remains a fairly unique take on the genre and masterfully executed. The Hitch-Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is my favourite book/story of all time but the movie wasn’t well done. It was close to greatness but was let down in several key areas. I guess you can’t really include things like Tremors and Jaws because they’re not strictly speaking aliens but to me, it’s the same basic category and that movie is fantastic.
I’d like to see you add;
Seriel Killer: Mr. Hyde, Jack the Ripper, Norman Bates, Freddy, Jason, Myers… so many classics here and the list goes on; love to hear your opinion. Silence of the Lambs needs to be up there. Personally, I’ll go for Se7en; I think it’s the smartest and darkest killer movie ever made.
Ghost: Lots of classics here from The Cabinet Of Dr Caligari to Poletergeist. I think The Haunting (primarily the 1963 version but also 1999, if you can forgive Owen Wilson’s presence. At the time, we didn’t know any better) deserves a very honerable mention but to me, this is one genre that the Japanese just do better. The best ghost movie is Ring.
September 19, 2012 at 9:27 am
I know this is Best Horror Films… But Young Frankenstein is hilarious.
Actually, you could make a list of the best Horror/Comedy films. That would be interesting… Young Frankenstein, Shaun of the Dead, Cabin in the Woods, Attack of the Killer Tomatoes, the Abbott and Costello movies… Heck, even Ghostbusters would fit.
September 19, 2012 at 9:34 am
The zombie category is the easiest for me because I think Dawn of the Dead’s the best horror movie period. You speak of a “false ending” and I’ve never thought of it that way, but that’s the part of the movie I love: here’s a zombie film that just allows its characters to have fun for a while. Who hasn’t fantasized about having free range on an arcade and a bank? Also, the image of zombies wandering aimlessly around a mall… come on, that’s just classic. I think for non-Romero, I’d go for Return of the Living Dead and Dead-Alive. Return has a kick ass soundtrack and a punk-like style that’s really hard to beat.
The Wolfman is a good choice for that kind of picture, but Bride of Frankenstein really nailed its genre. It’s funnier, more bizarre than the first, but it’s every bit a classic, which is hard for a sequel to do. I’m going Bride for Frankenstein.
For the alien genre, you flashed through a lot of films, most of which sucked (The Blob has never been and will never be a movie I’ll take seriously, original or remake, and that you even considered Critters blows my mind), but the only movies that can even compete with Alien is the original Thing (From Another World) and John Carpenter’s remake. Good choice here, as well.
Satanic possession might be a category to consider. For me, I go with Rosemary’s Baby. I always found Exorcist to be ineffective (it’s a good movie, but I think it’s slightly overrated). The end of Rosemary’s is so bizarre and almost comical, yet it’s literally the worst thing that can ever happen to a woman.
And slasher films. Halloween. Hands down. No contest.
September 19, 2012 at 11:11 am
Love these videos James. Great picks and you do justice to many of the best horror films. However the best vampire film is still the original Nosferatu; the original Dracula film and still the scariest. Sorry James everything you know is a lie.
September 19, 2012 at 11:30 am
I am still dying to hear what you have to say about the Nosferatu remake from 1979! It was a huge miss in your horror remake list, as I think it’s easily the best vampire movie and one of the best horror movies of all time.
It’s not for everyone, sure. It moves slowly and is more about creeping dread than actual frights, but it’s a beautiful, while at the same time ugly, film with great shots of gorgeous mountain ranges and old rotting castles. It’s directed by Werner Herzog so you know it’s going to at least be something interesting.
September 19, 2012 at 11:44 am
Best Vampire movie: Near Dark
Best Werewolf Movie: An American Werewolf in London
Best Zombie Movie: Return of the Living Dead
Best Mummy Movie: ? Can’t think of any
Best Supernatural Horror: Exorcist or Nightmare on ELm Street (1984)
Best Alien Movie: John Carpenter’s The Thing (1982)
Best Slasher Film: Halloween (1978) or maybe House of the Devil (2009)
Best Horror Comedy: Re-animator
September 19, 2012 at 11:48 am
Best vampire movie, I would pick Nosferatu from 1979. I only saw it once on tv, and it was one of those occasions when you have nothing else to do and you flick through the channels and a movie just begins on one channel, and then you’re hooked on that movie, and it’s really good at that moment in time.
September 19, 2012 at 11:53 am
What about twilight?
What about Slasher movies?
September 19, 2012 at 11:55 am
Best Vampire Movie: Interview with a vampire
Best Frankenstein Movie: Son of Frankenstein
Best Warewolf Movie: Silver Bullet (because of childhood memories)
Best Mummy Movie: The Mummy (hammer version)
Best Alien movie: Aliens (1986)
Best Zombie Movie: Return of the living dead
September 19, 2012 at 12:09 pm
One of my favorite Vampire movies is Interview with a Vampire. I really think it’s one of the best.
September 19, 2012 at 12:54 pm
I’m pretty sure that the best looking alien in a movie is the ballchinian from Men In Black 2
September 19, 2012 at 12:55 pm
kudos to the dude who said fright night best vampire!! i know we’re talking the original since any fright night fan will refuse to believe they would remake such a great movie 😉
but seriously not one mention of The Lost Boys!!! for shame people
September 19, 2012 at 1:34 pm
You give me so much joy in my life, thanx James
September 19, 2012 at 1:51 pm
There was space for a Slasher Horror movies category there, at least for me.
I would have expected “Nightmare On Elm Street 3” to come out.
I still like these, you know, because you see it isn’t scripted and you can forget categories.
September 19, 2012 at 1:56 pm
Nice video, James!
September 19, 2012 at 2:01 pm
I forgot about Fright Night. That’s a good one. The original not the new one. The box art is also awesome.
September 19, 2012 at 2:04 pm
Dude! Yes! Thanks you for this video, James. And Mike for posting it.
September 19, 2012 at 2:07 pm
I Agree with many points in this video but i think you were too subjective to the classics more than anything else, many films in each genre are best for there times, new and old.
My list for classics and newer age
Best Vampire Classic:
Lugosi is an amazing performance but I would go Hammer, Lee=bad fucking ass
My top vote would be
Dracula Has Risen From The Grave
Best Vampire New:
As i enjoy the Coppola Dracula as much as anyone else, i think for new age its less dracula and more vamp conquering
many newer go into the comedy take but also keep the effects and omniscience of a vamp film
to go campy and cult my vote would be
Lost Boys or Fright Night
Best Frankenstein Classic:
100% agree with
Son of Frankenstein
Best Frankenstein New:
There is none, the De Niro one is decent but nothing compares to Universal and Hammer
Best Werewolf Classic:
American Werewolf in London
Best Werewolf New:
Ive been on the search for this for a long time and so far this is the best i find
it keeps with the old one, great style and setting
Wolf Man remake
(Dog Soldiers is a good werewolf survival film too)
Best Mummy Classic:
I agree with Hammer
Best Mummy New:
Guess the only one is the Brendan Frasier 1999 remake
not the sequels!
Best Zombie Classic:
I like the Italian Zombi films butt…
Great Character drama and blood splatter end fest
Day of the Dead
Best Zombie New:
Dawn of the dead remake has great gore and is a decent remake but for a creepier zombie film and survivalist would be
REC or Quarantine
Best Alien Classic:
havent seen too many so a bit newer…
Alien series or Thing (carpenter)
Best Alien New:
well i havent seen Prometheus…
They Live… that one is subjective to me
September 19, 2012 at 2:10 pm
I am now wondering that did you mean Dawn of the Dead by Romero or the other version directed by Dario Argento. I myself think that Argento’s version is better. I have it as a part of my Living Dead Trilogy DVD package.
(Basically they are the same movie as all the footage is pretty much that same. But there are some differences.)
September 19, 2012 at 3:28 pm
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September 19, 2012 at 3:32 pm
i appreciate all your vids james! i wish i could hire you to work at my video store.
September 19, 2012 at 3:37 pm
@Nintendo I’m not going to bash Quarantine (even though I think it’s awful) but it’s not even technically a zombie movie and 28 days later also isn’t a zombie movie by the same reasoning. I mean of course the classic zombies are explained by radiation but once you delve into the realm of diseases and viruses it turns into an infection film which is completely different. They have the survival aspect but as a rule of thumb if they run, they’re infected… if they shamble, they’re zombies. The whole ‘get bitten and become one of them’ thing in the remakes is a little more infection-like but in the classics it was radiation that caused recently deceased people to come back to life.
My favorite zombie movie, of course is Night of the Living Dead. The only other one I would say I have seen enough of to say which is the best is vampire movies, and I can’t say any of the Dracula movies are good enough. Interview with a Vampire, Let the Right One In and From Dusk Till Dawn are all better than the original IN MY OPINION (please do not bash me). The all time best vampire movie? Twilight… kidding. I would say From Dusk Till Dawn although it suffers the same fate as An American Werewolf in London as being a little more of a comedy but I enjoy those movies more if we weren’t staying within the -pure- horror genre.
Oh and I LOVE the Brenden Fraiser Mummy remake, it’s more of an adventure flick but it’s so darn entertaining.
September 19, 2012 at 3:40 pm
Oh and Son of Frankenstein is hands down the best Frankenstein movie ever made.
September 19, 2012 at 3:54 pm
So you’re warming up for Halloween, that’s great, I’m watching Monster Madness to prepare myself for october.
I usually don’t comment here because I don’t like to look for my password (it would be great if you use Disqus) but since you get into zombie movies I had to make a comment because that’s my genre.
I know most fans think Dawn is the better one but I don’t think the same, it has a great story and characters but the zombie makeup is lame and the blood looks almost orange, Savini didn’t make a good job in this one so, Day is the superior one, it has all the gore and makeup that Dawn lacks and also has a good story and characters, the problem with that is that the whole Bub part is so slow and for that I think the best zombie movie of all time is Night of the living dead… but not the original but the Savini Remake, that movie it’s almost the same story than the original but enhanced in every way, great zombies, great blood, great characters, great story, just amazing. For me that’s the best zombie movie ever.
I have Dawn american and Dawn spanish, I suppose that’s the Argento one, I notice some minor differences (specially in music) but it’s basically the same movie.
So, in the end is the Night remake what I think is the best, but a new great zombie movie is The Dead, you should watch that one, is great. Also you have to watch REC if you haven’t, those 2 are the best ne zombie movies.
I’m looking forward to monster madness, keep on the good work (and please, use disqus).
Ohh, if you want to watch my opinion on zombie movies, please go to http://nerdcast.net/category/videos/resenas-videos/zombie-movies/ it’s in spanish but some of you might get interested.
September 19, 2012 at 4:27 pm
another really good vid. but you left out slasher films 😀 also could we be seeing a friday the 13th series of reviews this year because it was not in last years monster madness
September 19, 2012 at 4:53 pm
Always a pleasure to hear your thoughts and opinions James!
Thank you! 🙂
September 19, 2012 at 6:12 pm
Nice video, I always like hearing you speak your mind unscripted on things like this. I think it would be interesting to hear you talk about other genres too, like the best ghost movie, demon movie, slasher movie, etc. Can’t wait for Monster Madness!
September 19, 2012 at 6:45 pm
Favourite vampire film: I haven’t really seen that many. The silent “Nosferatu” (1922) and Herzog’s “Nosferatu” (1979) are pretty good, and Carpenter’s “Vampires” (1998), but the one I like the most is “Fright Night” (1985).
Favourite Frankenstein film: I haven’t seen any Frankenstein films except “Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein” (1994), which wasn’t really that good. I need to see the classics!
Favourite werewolf film: “An American Werewolf in London” (1981) is #1 for me, close second is “Silver Bullet” (1985). Kind of liked the newer film “Dog Soldiers” (2002), but I assume it’s not as good as the classics (which I again haven’t yet seen).
Favourite mummy film: I have barely watched any mummy films, but from what I remember “Tales from the Darkside: The Movie” (1990) had a pretty good mummy segment. “The Mummy” (1999) is okay but I’ve got Hammer’s “The Mummy” (1959) on DVD lying around waiting to be watched which I really look forward to.
Favourite zombie film: This is a pretty hard one to choose. I love both Romero’s and Savini’s “Night of the Living Dead”, “Dawn of the Dead” (1978) is even better, “Day of the Dead” (1985) is just as good as Dawn, and then we’ve got “Braindead” (1992) which is totally fucking awesome. “Cemetery Man” (1994) is great as well. If one counts “Re-Animator” (1985) as a zombie flick then that’s up there too. The ending of Fulci’s “The Beyond” (1981) was pretty fucking good, but as a whole I don’t think it qualifies. “City of the Living Dead” (1980), also by Fulci is good as well. The new “Dawn of the Dead” (2004) was okay. Haven’t seen “Return of the Living Dead” (1985) yet but maybe I’ll buy it for Halloween. If I have to choose one I’ve gotta go with “Braindead”.
Favourite alien film: As much as I love “Alien” (1979) and “Aliens” (1986), I must pick Carpenter’s “The Thing” (1982). It’s such a great film. It has the best monster effects I’ve ever seen, the atmosphere is so chilling and the music fits perfectly. Kurt Russell’s beard is also pretty fucking cool.
September 19, 2012 at 6:51 pm
Nice vid James, here are my favs:
Best vampire movie:
Bram Stoker’s Dracula 1992 (Francis Ford Coppola)
30 Days of Night
You didn’t mention the Coppola version. Although the Lugosi version is one of the first ones ever made (Nosferatu and some other silent ones were before that), I think it’s kinda outdated.
Gary Oldman is absolutely fantastic as the count in the new version. Furthermore, the costumes, music and setpieces are brilliant.
30 Days of Night is not a Dracula kinda vampire movie. To me this movie is such a vicious and pretty terryfing vampire movie. The vampires in this movie mean business.
I didn’t mind the Frightnight remake btw, but the 80s version is still the better one. And Nightwatch and Daywatch were fun vampire flicks too, but they were kinda weird 🙂
Best Frankenstein movie:
The 30s version with Boris Karloff. Haven’t seen Son of Frankenstein, so can’t say anything about that one.
I would like to see someone make a proper new version of Frankenstein. The De Niro version was a pretty big letdown to me. Didn’t like how the monster was portayed.
Best Werewolf movie:
Agree with ya on that one James, The Wolfman from the 40s. Recent remake didn’t really bother me, but it certainly wasn’t as good as the original.
Best Mummy movie:
Haven’t seen that many mummy movies yet. Belief I’ve seen the Boris Karloff version. The new version (1st one) was pretty well done. It was a fun ride.
Best Zombie movie:
Hmmm…I prefer the latest remake of Dawn of the Dead. I also think 28 Days Later and 28 Weeks Later are very well done. Zombieland isn’t a scary zombie flick, but it’s definately one of my favorite funny zombie movies.
Alien indeed, but also John Carpenter’s The Thing. Also, don’t forget Invasion of the Body Snatchers.
September 19, 2012 at 7:32 pm
If you like The Walking Dead like I do you should post a video about it. It would be cool to hear what you think about the series.
September 19, 2012 at 8:13 pm
This series of videos are really awesome
I remember being scared shitless after watching The Return of the Living Dead. I was afraid not of being chased by zombies but of dying and my body rotting underground and my family’s newer generations not remembering me.. It was my first zombie movie I ever saw and is to this day, my favorite!
Awesome picks James.
September 19, 2012 at 8:19 pm
I am LOVING these videos and I like how we see you. It is more engaging for the audience.
However, I also like seeing clips. I know you currently have little time to edit anything because you are busy busy with the movie, but I think it would be nice to throw in some footage with your voice-over again. Less clips and images in the corner.
But keep it coming! So much fun!
September 19, 2012 at 8:33 pm
If 28 days later is to be considered a zombie movie, then that would be mine, but since it isn’t I will have to go with Shaun of the Dead as my favorite zombie movie.
September 19, 2012 at 8:58 pm
Great stuff, I’d agree 100% but I haven’t seen Son of Frankenstein yet.
September 19, 2012 at 9:30 pm
Come on, best werewolf film?
We all KNOW it’s Teen Wolf!
September 19, 2012 at 9:48 pm
Great Video James.
September 19, 2012 at 10:19 pm
I hope James does a whole video on the best slasher movies.
September 20, 2012 at 1:14 am
I love these non-scripted videos! I see many people asking you to do a slasher movie top list. That would be cool.
September 20, 2012 at 2:30 am
I would like to see you do a part two. In which you name the best
I think these areas could be included into the Best Horror Films category as well.
September 20, 2012 at 4:29 am
Am on board with comedic movie monsters not qualifying for classification as ‘horror’, but believe a mention should go out to Young Frankenstein for being closest to the values and intent of the novel, and yes I mean moreso than even the ones that claim “Mary Shelly” in the name.
Perhaps “Truest to the Source Material” could be its own topic for thought on the classic monsters, as they almost all originally came from classic literature.
September 20, 2012 at 5:07 am
I love these videos, but could you tell the ciccadas to be abit more silent? (are they even called that? Grasshoppers) They are scaring my ears
September 20, 2012 at 5:57 am
Great video James. I’ll go off of what you did, and try to name my own.
Vampire – Dracula (1931), other vampire films have the whole vampire mythos more accentuated, but Bela is king, and this one is just too classic. I can see what you’re saying about the Spanish version being “superior” from a cinematic perspective, to a point. But the basic, English version is just too good, especially the characters of Dracula, Renfield and Van Helsing…those actors were just fantastic, and the whole look and tone of the movie was great. Something about those very early “talkie” films is awesome, because there’s sound, but you’re not overwhelmed with soundtrack, there’s still a lot of “silent” moments, and that only adds to the creepiness and atmosphere for me.
Frankenstein – To me this is a toss-up. The first James Whale Frankenstein is awesome, and it honestly deserves a nod as the best, though as you said, in many ways Bride of Frankenstein is better. I’d give a shout out to Young Frankenstein, one of my top fav. movies of all time, for being so true to the classic Universal films, and it’s just an amazing movie in and of itself, but it’s a comedy. So I dunno….I guess I’m just going to have to give it to the original Frankenstein, with a strong nod to Bride of Frankenstein….to me they’re basically just two parts of the same story anyway.
Werewolf – I agree that The Wolf Man is classic, and Lon Chaney Jr. is awesome in it. However, I’m going to break with my trend here and actually name a much more obscure werewolf movie as my fav., or in my view “the best”. That would be The Undying Monster (1942). It’s a great horror/mystery movie, and the whole atmosphere and plot are just really engrossing. Great stuff.
Zombie – This is where I’m a bit biased, because I’ve never been a HUGE fan of the zombie genre. Don’t get me wrong, there are a few gems, but for the most part, the modern zombie movies bore me, and I’ve never been a fan of the more gore-oriented movies. I just think it lacks imagination. I do like the original Romero Night of the Living Dead, that’s a classic, even though it’s super bleak. But when it comes to MY favorite zombie film, I’m going to take it back further into the past, and go with the ORIGINAL “original”, White Zombie. I know, it’s not the same KIND of zombie, but before Night of the Living Dead, most “zombie” films were about the actual Voodoo zombies anyway, not the flesh eating ones. It’s just really another great Bela Lugosi movie, and again, it just really comes together as a spooky and entertaining film, that isn’t too silly nor too heavy, it’s just right.
Hostile Aliens – Well….this is tough, because most alien films are science fiction rather than horror. And there are so many incredibly great ones. When it comes to “alien invaders”, as in them coming to earth, I’d have to give it up to War of the Worlds (1953), Earth vs. The Flying Saucers (1956), and The Thing From Another World (1951). But for more of a “horror” feel, I’ll take the original Invasion of the Body Snatchers. So well done, so much creepiness and paranoia. The whole thing is just a great package. But you’re right, as far as “aliens in space” film goes, it would have to go to Alien or AlienS, or perhaps their spiritual predecessor It, The Terror From Beyond Space.
Anyways James, great video. Nice warm-up for Monster Madness. Speaking of which, I know others have asked for the exact opposite, but personally I’m really hoping you go for more of the MONSTER route this year, instead of the gorier more modern horror route. Anything’s good, really. But there are so many more great monster movies, or just movies WITH great monsters in them, that you haven’t yet covered, like more of the Harryhousen films, the Gamara movies (the OLD ones), etc. etc. Keep up the great work, and cheers!
September 20, 2012 at 6:56 am
Nice lists. I’m not really super into some of those genres, but I’ve seen just about every zombie movie out there and it’s hard to top the original Romero Night of the Living dead. Dawn was great but it dragged on a bit too long and relied a bit too much on special effects that don’t hold up so well (the blood looks like paint). I think Night is just about perfect.
As far as the vampire movies I’m partial to Francis Ford Coppola’s version.
September 20, 2012 at 7:40 am
Great video as usual!
In my opinion the greatest zombie movie ever made is the 1990 remake of Night of the Living Dead and the greatest vampire movie is Interview with the Vampire. Just my two cents 🙂
September 20, 2012 at 9:31 am
The Dawn of the dead remake by Zack Snyder was also pretty damn awesome!
September 20, 2012 at 9:42 am
Good choice with Alien. I think the film is so successful because It provides the ultimate solution to the problem in most horror movies. “why don’t the people just leave?” The alien is almost secondary to the claustrophobic atmosphere provided by the ship. The characters are stuck there, and their only option is to confront their tormentor.
September 20, 2012 at 10:01 am
Wish to see a Part 2
Revenge of the Nature (guess you would pick King Kong of course)
Your favorites didn´t surprise me and I think that some of them where topped since then and not really the best, but the most original.
September 20, 2012 at 10:08 am
As far as vampire movies go I’d have to give stake land a high recommendation. It was such a fresh take on the vampire genre. Great story telling. Maybe it was the whole zombie apocalypse angle but man this movie was memorable.
Also, what in your opinion would be the best modern horror movie(s)? Any genre.
September 20, 2012 at 1:22 pm
Not the best, but a good vampire movie: Once Bitten with Jim Carrey 🙂 How about interview with the vampire? The best zombie movie I enjoyed the most was Return of the Living dead, especially the third movie. That was sick 🙂 It’s not just they remember the Romero movies but the way zombies work is more logic and acceptable that way. I liked the first Resident Evil movie as well. Ohh, lol, I really like the Critters series 😀 But I stick to Alien, Aliens and Alien 3. Yeah, and the first 2 The Thing was awesome (not that shitty remake from 2011). Space horror: Event Horizon!
September 20, 2012 at 4:34 pm
28 days later IS NOT A ZOMBIE MOVIE. That movie concists of people infected with human version of rabies taken off of a chimpansee. Hence the 28 movies are not zombie movies.
September 20, 2012 at 5:05 pm
Nice vid! You should do more like these :).
Here’s my list;
Vampire; Here, I have to go with “Interview with a vampire”. I’m pretty surprised myself that it is not a Dracula movie, but no Dracula movie I’ve saw can top Interview. The way you see vampires at a sympathetic point of view while still creeping in their alien beast nature is awesome. The only problem I have with it is that it spawned all the “Hey, I’m sexy and creepy” vampire movies.
Werewolf; James already said everything I had to say about it but “The wolf man” (1941) is the best werewolf movie I’ve seen. The fact that a movie with no great metamorphosis scene and no shot at the full moon is the best werewolf movie outthere shows how hollywood has failed repeatedly to do a movie that is as great as this one.
Frankenstein; I am not a fan at all of the classic Karloff formula of Frankenstein. To be honest, I am a fan of the Shelley book which is one of my favorite novel and trying to make a movie out of it without following its themes is a blasphemy for me. So, my favorite is “Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein” which still has MAJOR flaws (Helena Bonham Carter as Elizabeth? Seriously?) but since it’s the closest to the novel it is my fav. Let’s hope there will be a better one in the future.
Mummy; Unfortunately, I haven’t seen any of the classic mummy movies so my range of choices is pretty weak. I have to go with the 1999 “The Mummy”. Yeah, it is more action-packed and silly than horror, but the man-eating scarabs scared the sh** out of me when I was a kid! Again, my choice would probably be different if I had seen the classics.
Zombies; Same problem as the mummy here. I am not a huge fan of the zombie genre so I haven’t seen a lot of them. Amongst those I have seen, the one that I truly enjoyed is “Dawn of the dead”, the 2004 remake. But, I’m looking forward to watch the original. The monster madness review makes it look really awesome!
Alien; “Aliens”, the James Cameron one. Yeah, again, it is more an action movie than an horror one but I’m a huge fan of the Alien franchise and “Aliens” is my favorite one by a little bit more than “Alien” for the nostalgic factor since it’s the first one I saw as a kid.
September 20, 2012 at 5:27 pm
I just have to say, 30 days later it IS a zombie movie, a zombie not necessary has to be a walking corpse, a zombie is anything that has no mind of its own, just like in vudu, they have zombies but they’re not corpses, they’re just people without mind. Even the Romero movies never called them as zombies, they’re actually called ghouls. Besides, in movies, a zombie genre will be any movie with a zombielike foes, so movies like 30 days later, REC (where they’re possessed), and even I’m Legend would qualify as a zombie movie, just with a different interpretation.
It’s like with vampire movies, not all of them has to be about Dracula, there are other vampires so it would be wrong to say that Interview with the vampire isn’t a vampire movie since Dracula isn’t there. Also, even if a zombie movie need a living corpse, then the Mommy and any vampire would qualify as a zombie, but obviously that isn’t the case. A zombie is just a foe without a mind, can be a living corpse, an infected dude, a possessed person or anything that makes that kind of creature.
So, 30 days later IS actually a zombie movie
September 20, 2012 at 9:25 pm
I’ve seen all the flicks he picked and agree with them all, except I would have picked Day of the Dead or Planet Terror. Planet Terror gets the cred for being shot/edited in the crappy-yet-awesome classic grainy grindhouse style and it is just a fucking absolute blast. What is really weird is how I feel about Zombieland: it is for sure one of the best zombie movies ever made and all around a brilliant movie, but I just feel that it really doesn’t belong on a top ten or even top twenty list, even though it is an amazing film. I think I can attribute that feeling to it being so fresh and new, regardless of how much I do love it. Nothing beats classics. Nothing! For some reason it just feels like it was right to do Planet Terror in that grainy old crap quality but it just doesnt seem like it would have felt right to see Zombieland like that. Mad props James! CINEMASSACRE MONSTER MADNESS RULES! BEST TIME OF THE YEAR!
September 20, 2012 at 9:42 pm
I think it would be a good idea make a list of the second best movie of each genre.
Because the best one every one agrees and has seen
September 20, 2012 at 10:43 pm
I thought you picked very well. Most of those movies you mentioned I thought of right off the bat but still would have picked 28 Days Later for zombies. I think the Walking Dead is an amazing comic and TV series but since you’re doing movies that couldn’t be an option. When you got to Aliens I drew a complete blank and could only think of the squeal to what you picked: Aliens. I couldn’t pick any Alien movies over that franchise really. Wolfman I couldn’t really pick one since the Werewolf is my fav monster and no movies really does him justice.
September 20, 2012 at 10:47 pm
So I wonder what you think about Independence Day when it comes to the “hostile alien” genre. Honestly I think your pick is solid, but does the fact that ID is mainly an action film disqualify it in your view?
September 20, 2012 at 10:54 pm
I am shocked and appalled that you never even mentioned the greatest horror film series of all time. Twilight.
It has the best Vampire (Edward)
It has the best Werewolf (Jacob)
And, it has the best Zombie (Bella)
September 21, 2012 at 12:01 am
Gonna have to agree with Nerdcast about 28 Days Later. Romero set the precedent, but everyone else ran with the ball and called it “zombies”. Keep in mind that many, if not most, zombie films are also “siege” films, a la Assault on Precinct 13( John Carpenter classic).
Runner up for best vampire: Near Dark
Best “Say No to Sex” Film: David Lynch’s Eraserhead and David Cronenberg’s Shivers
Best Result of the Director’s Going Through A Divorce: Possession( Andrzej Żuławski’s 1981 nightmare) and David Cronenberg’s the Brood
September 21, 2012 at 12:04 am
Best Hostile Alien: if not the film Alien or its sequel Aliens, then John Carpenter’s the Thing( also closer to the source material) and its prequel( not sequel) the Thing
September 21, 2012 at 12:10 am
I think I might go with the Spanish Dracula over the Lugosi Dracula. That shit was AWESOME!
September 21, 2012 at 12:26 am
Okay, having watched (I hadnt gotten to your choice for Vampire flick when I posted my thought), you totally need to do a followup!
Best Slasher flick
Best Ghost story
Best Giant monster movie (like Jaws, Godzilla, King Kong or Them!)
Best Demonic flick (Exorcist, Omen and the like)
Best Horror Comedy (Young Frankenstein versus the Abbot/Costello flicks)
Best Blaxploitation Horror Flick
And I cant wait for this years Monster Madness. All these unscripted ones are getting me hungry for the real deal!
September 21, 2012 at 3:20 am
Alien is by far my favorite horror movie of all time. I saw it when I was very young (like 8 or something) with my parents and it really did scare the crap out of me. Sleep didn’t come easy that night. Aliens is a good movie, but there was very little horror in it. I saw that like days later and I wasn’t scared at all. I think that’s the reason I liked it better back then, but these days it just can’t compare.
A biased opinion obviously, but I’m glad you agree about the greatness of Alien.
September 21, 2012 at 6:56 am
The best Frankenstein movie is the anime Kyofu Densetsu: Kaiki! Furankenshutain. So memorable and sad. The only movie to make me cry even to this day as an adult.
Even though Alien is a great movie, I prefer Alien 2 to that of the first one.
September 21, 2012 at 9:19 am
I can’t believe there was no love for the remake of Wolfman. It was one of the very rare times where the remake was superior in almost every way to the original.
Best Werewolf film: “The Wolfman” (remake)
Best Zombie: film “Danw of the Dead” (can believe James even waffled on this one)
Best Alien film: “Alien”
Best Horror movie period: “The Thing” (1982)
Best Vampire film: For me, it’s a tie between “Near Dark” and the original “Fright Night”.
I never much cared for the Frankie and Mummy flicks, so I don’t have a favorite of those.
September 21, 2012 at 10:57 am
Best Vampire Film: For me, THE BEST, has to be Bram Stoker’s Dracula. The movie is epic and has an almost historical feel. It follows Bram Stoker’s original work nicely, and although I feel the Legosi Dracula is by far more classic, I feel the 1992 film to be superior. Gary Oldman is one hell of a character actor and plays a very sinister and tragic Dracula. The soundtrack is excellent, but then again, so is the 1931 movie. I haven’t seen the Spanish version of “Dracula”, so I can’t comment on it. If we are talking about an alternate Vampire movie, it is so hard to choose. John Carpenter’s “Vampires” is excellent but I’d say “From Dusk Til Dawn” is the best mob style Vampire film. “Near Dark” is one of my personal faves, but I wouldn’t consider it in a BEST list.
Best Werewolf Film: I think the best looking Werewolf is in “Bad Moon”. When I think “werewolf”, that particular one comes to mind. I find the original “The Wolfman” to have the best story and acting out of all werewolf movies, but I find “The Howling” to be the overall creepiest werewolf film with its gruesome SFX and 1980’s feel. “American Werewolf in London” is the best werewolf drama, but I find “The Howling” to be superior…so I’d say “The Howling” as the best.
Best Zombie Film: This is a hard one. Dawn 1978 is one of the most beloved, simply because it has more depth than many zombie movies and really puts emphasis on the survival aspects. You get a false sense of security when watching it, and its fun to have that feeling that your safe on the inside, while there is all hell on the outside. Night 1968 is more effective IMO. It really embodies that SHTF situation and how the characters react to it. For being an older B&W film, the movie still manages to worm its way under the skin. I’d say Night 1968 is the best, my personal favorite would be Day 1985. I love the gore, the soundtrack, the ethical questions that come up. “Evil Dead” is even better than “Day of the Dead” simply because of how groundbreaking and unconventional the film making was, but I find “Evil Dead 2” to be even more entertaining than the first. “Return of the Living Dead” is probably the best zombie comedy, but “Zombieland” is also good. “Shaun of the Dead” I feel is overrated, but still good…”28 Days Later” I found very boring, but “28 Weeks Later” was fine entertainment. There are also other films that have the same feel as a zombie movie, like “Assault on Precinct 13” which has nothing to do with the undead, but has it same mob attack feeling; John Carpenter knows how to make great cult movies. Anyways…Night 1968 is the best for me.
Best Alien Film: My personal favorite horror movie of ALL TIME is John Carpenter’s “The Thing” (1982). I can see where James is coming from though. Films like “C.H.U.D.” could easily fit the same bill being that we are talking about creatures here, whether mutant or otherwise. One little gem I really enjoy is “The Deadly Spawn”. Very excellent low budget B-movie, trashy alien creature film. “Invasion of the Body Snatchers”, “The Blob”, “They Live”…all good runners up. “Alien” or “Aliens” are both so ingrained in popular culture it is hard not to pick them as the best, so I’d agree, although “The Thing” (1982) is my favorite, I’d say “Alien” is the best alien film.
Best Frankenstein Film: Its a toss up between the original 1931 film and “Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein” 1994. However, my personal favorite Frankenstein style movie…while not about Frankenstein or the Frankenstein’s monster…H.P. Lovecraft’s “The Re-animator” is my favorite movie of this kind.
Best Mummy Film: I think the 1932 film is the best, but my personal favorite is “Bubba Ho-Tep”.
To continue the trend…
Best Haunted House Film: By far “The Poltergeist”, then “Amityville Horror”. “The Haunting” followed by “The Innocents” are probably the most classic though. Runners up include the “The Changeling” and
Best Demonic Film: This is hard. I could say “The Exorcist”, but I would group that up in the Possession sub-genre. Dario Argento’s “Demons” is too much like a zombie movie, but its a good one, the same could be said about “Evil Dead”. Hellraiser is an obvious choice. Fulci’s unofficial Gates of Hell trilogy is awesome and “The Beyond” is a strong contender. Personal favorites like “Ghoulies” and “The Gate” aren’t up to par with the best, but they are fun cult movies. I’d go with “The Beyond”.
Best Ghost Film: Any film not dealing with a haunting…movies like “The Entity”, “The Frighteners”, “Dead Silence”…I’d go with “The Fog” as the best.
Best Slasher Film: So many good ones. The best has to be “Halloween”, followed by the original “Friday the 13th” and “Black Christmas”. I also really dig a lot of Argento’s slashers like “Opera” and “Tenebre”.
Best Serial Killer Film: The obvious choice is “Psycho” but I find “The Texas Chain Saw Masscre” to be the more visceral and effective horror film. Runners up include “Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer”, “Maniac”, “Silence of the Lambs”, “Se7en”, “Taxi Driver”, “American Psycho” and “Man Bites Dog”.
September 21, 2012 at 11:08 am
You like Dawn of the Dead? I have an ancient VHS copy of that. That movie is so boring! They sit around for what feels like hours in that mall, with nothing happening. I could barely get through it.
September 21, 2012 at 11:19 am
YES!!! James thanks so much for doing this and i think you did justice to all the classics and more, i think you got the major points of everything like my favorite horror film of all time is the thing (1987) because it was just so imaginative and did not feel restrained to the original and had original characters and atmosphere, dawn of the dead and day of the dead are a tough one but the best is dawn, because the characters where more developed… for horror i think alien is the Superior film, but for entertainment wise aliens is better (sry aliens is my all time favorite film besides the thing)
September 21, 2012 at 5:21 pm
My taste: i cant go whit just one…so…
Best Vampire movie: Near dark and Interview whit a vampire
Best Werewolf movie : The Howling and Ginger snaps
Best Frankenstein movie: Young Frankenstein
Best Mummy movie: none (it never scares my at all)
Best Zombie Movie: Dawn of the dead, Reanimator, Return of the living dead
Best Alien movie: Alien and The thing (Carpenter version of course)
Best Possesion movie: The exorcism of Emily Rose and The exorcist (Friedkin)
Best Ghost movie: The gingko bed
Best Haunted house movie: The Haunting (Wise)
September 21, 2012 at 6:06 pm
James, I have a suggestion for you. You should do a review about all the little monster movies in the 80s cause there was a lot. Like Critters, Ghoulies, Gremlins, Munchies, Troll, and there was a few more. It would be a good topic to do a review on don’t you think?
September 21, 2012 at 7:32 pm
im not expert on horror films, but i think im one of the only people on the planet who did not like the original dawn of the dead. dont ask why. i just didnt like the vibe, the 70s style, the characters. just me, dont hate, just how i feel. i like night of the living dead a lot. havent seen Day, Land, Diary or Survival yet. from James i hear Day is good and the other are crap. the dawn of the dead remake i did enjoy.
September 21, 2012 at 8:23 pm
Best vampire and werewolf movie at the same time – Twilight.
Best zombie movie – loved the zombie movie James made. That’s no joke.
September 21, 2012 at 9:41 pm
My Personal Opinion and I acknowledge these are more recent titles, but I do still respect and enjoy older black and white horror flicks!
Best Vampire film = Blade 2, 2002
Best Frankenstein = Frankenstein Meets the Space Monster 1965 (its one of those films thats soo bad its good)
Best Werewolf = An American Werewolf in London 1981
Best Mummy film = The Mummy 1999
Best Zombie film = Dawn of the Dead 1978
Best Alien film = Predator 1987
September 21, 2012 at 10:52 pm
I wish he gave consideration to Nosferatu as the best vampire film. To this day it chills my spine to see Orlok appear out of that hallway. I always have to look in all directions to be sure he isn’t there. And I know this isn’t necessarily a horror movie, but the original “The Day The Earth Stood Still” is probably my favorite alien film ever.
September 22, 2012 at 12:30 am
you’d have to have the best dracula movie AND the best vampire movie.
September 22, 2012 at 12:36 am
Love this topic! I have been a horror fan all my life.
I can’t really speak to some of the categories but I wil say this…
Alien…spot on…that movie scared the shit outta me when I first saw it when I was about 9 years old.
Dead flicks…this is really hard…and I recommend a special review just dedicated to dead flicks…cause you can categorize it…
Most Fun Dead Flick – Definitely Return of the Living Dead….that sound track…the humor, the punks and T&A…yep.
The Quickest Dead – A toos up between the Dawn of the Dead remake and 28 Days Later..don;t forget that one. 😉
The dumbest dead – Gotta be dawn of the dead
The most serious Dead – City of the Living Dead aka Gates of Hell….if you haven’t seen that one…whooo…great flick. Lucio Fulci! Not sure if it qualifys as a classic dead flick but… I like Lucio Fulci movies right up there with Dario Argento.
What I wouldn;t give to sit with you James and talk horror flicks. If you do read these comments. I would really enjoy the opportunity to talk with you about old horro. I feel I could learn a lot from you about appricating some of the older classic. It would be great fun. I might be able to show you corners of the old 80’s horror worl that would make you laugh.
September 22, 2012 at 12:44 am
Best Vampire Movies : Lost Boys, John Carpenters Vampire
Best Zombie movies : Night of the Living Dead (1990)
Best Alien movies : Alien, Aliens
Best Demon movies : Demons (1985), Paranormal Activity
September 22, 2012 at 2:59 am
Great Topic tough one too:
Best Vampire Movie: Let The Right One In, or Let Me In (tie) since they are basically the same movie. I know some purists (snobs) would argue the original is far better than the remake for all sorts of intangible shit and simply because it was first, but I think Hammer House did an excellent job on the english version.
Best Frankenstein Movie: Have to go with James on this, Bride Of Frankenstein has all those great campy plot elements most of us have come to associate with Frankenstein in the movies.
Best Werewolf Movie: The Howling; best werewolves, best makeup; I mean when I think werewolves I think of Rob Bottin’s (who also did makeup efx in John Carpenter’s The Thing) great makeup in this. Good story, werewolves as a cult/alternative lifestyle.
Best Mummy: Have to agree with ysman on this, Bubba-Ho-Tep was great. Bruce as The King and Ossie Davis as JFK were a great team
and really gave this movie juice beyond the simple script.
Best Zombie Movie: My favorite would have to be Return Of The Living Dead. Alot of zombie movies simply use zombies as a plot device, but not this movie, no in Return the attention is front and center on the zombies. Sure there is human tension as you might expect but director and writer Dan O’Bannon (also screenplay writer of Alien, Blue Thunder, Lifeforce, Total Recall, and Screamers) doesn’t let you forget that the real stars are the zombies. Also, zombies particular appetite for brains come from this film.
Best Alien Movie: Alien. As James said it is the classic haunted house formula only set in space, but it also was the first movie to take the genre to a serious level paving the way for all that would follow. A close second is John Carpenter’s The Thing, you could the tension in this movie with a knife, and some of the best makeup efx of all time by Rob Bottin (still better than any cgi imho).
September 22, 2012 at 3:15 am
What do all of you think of Van Helsing (1) ???
Although it’s a super commercial one , I like it a lot . But it’s hard to put as best of vampire / werewolf / Frankenstein movie because it’s not about any of them . But it has great vampire’s in it , as well as great werewolf’s and great transformations . They are of-course CGI , but they work and it is one of the best monster movie’s of late .
But it’s not cool to say you like it . I get that .
I think James got stuck a little to much in the classic age . 30 day’s of night is a great vampire movie , and is not even mentioned . Or the Re Animator, which is also a ” classic ” and loved by many .
The only one’s i could agree on is Alien(s) , Night of the living dead , dawn of the dead , and as others have said ; Bram Stokers Dracula , John carpenters Vampires , From dusk till Dawn (AWESOME ) , Underworld (i like a lot ) and i could go on and on …..
All of which have a good case to all of James choice’s .
But that is a good thing …..
September 22, 2012 at 4:53 pm
Best Vampire Movie: Nosferatu
Best Frankenstein Movie: Young Frankenstein
Best Werewolf Movie: An American Werewolf in London
Best Mummy Movie: The Mummy (Hammer)
Best Zombie Movie: Shaun of the Dead
Best Alien Movie: Alien
Best Slasher Movie: Halloween
Best Giant Monster Movie: Gojira
Best Real Monster Movie: Jaws
Best Possession Movie: The Exorcist
Best Ghost Movie: Poltergeist
September 23, 2012 at 2:09 am
What the hell, the Supernatural Quiz video disappeared X_X
September 23, 2012 at 2:47 am
All-Time Best Werewolf in a werewolf movie :
Cabin in the Woods
September 23, 2012 at 2:49 am
in an horror movie*
September 23, 2012 at 5:07 pm
To be honest, i dont really agree on any of James choices. Now i do respect the titles he choose i feel that he completly ignored all of the remade or newer films. Now i understand they are remakes and are not origional beacuse they ripped the idea off of a older movie, however, that dose not necessarily make them inferior. I actually think that many of the remakes outdo the original. Ok, ok i lied not many only a few lol.
Best Vampire Movie: Now i love the old dracula, especially Bela’s, however, my favorite vampire movie is From Dusk Till Dawn. That movie is nothing but pure fun that has no boundries. One of the best and origional parts of the entire movie is the fact that for the entire first half of the movie one dose not even know they are watching a vampire film. The first half of the movie is just character interactions and development and they future some perfect acting roles, especially George Clooney. As soon as the vampires are introduced it is all out war and vampire ass kicking. Tom Savini, Clooney, Tarantino, Juilette Lewis, and many others just fight an onslaught of vampires. It is a perfect movie.
Best Frankinstine movie: Honestly i have not seen many Frankinstine movies, i seen the origional, bride of frankinstine, and many little kid movies or other movies with frankinstine like creatures and my favorite of them is defenatly the origional. Granted i will make it a point to watch the others beacuse i feel there are defenatly better ones. I mainly choose the origional beacuse there is just so much memorable scenes in it and me and my friends constantly quote that movie. Its great.
Best Werewolf movie: Well it is hard for me to say personally beacuse many of the werewolf movies are just terrible. I love the origional wolfman, however, i do wish there was a transformation scene and i wish the werewolf actually mutilated his victims like a werewolf would actually do, instead of just strangling them. I do like strangling them in a way beacuse it forces the victim to staire into the evil, death like eyes of the wolf man so it creates suspense and true horror. Now i like the remake but i felt the origonal was better, i thought american werewolf in london was ok, but i do agree with James and i would call it a werewolf sub genre beacuse i felt it was more comedy than horror. I would probably have to give the best werewolf movie to The Howling. I just found that movie so entertaining and it defenatly filled my desire to see the wolf just tare people to shreds.
Best Mummy movie: This is the prime example of a remake of a Mummy movie just being so great. I defenatly Choose the remake of the Mummy (1999 with brendon Frasier) to be the best of the Mummy films. As much as i liked the origional i felt that this movie had everything, great acting, great story, great filming, it had those comedy moments, from almost every character, that balanced the tension of the film out and made it what it is, a masterpiece. I was actully highly impressed with Brendon’s preformance in this movie beacuse most of the time, especially now of days, i think he is a terrible actor beacuse he dose not have that balance he is just total goofball.
Best Zombie Film: I would defenatly have to say the remake to Dawn of the Dead. I loved the Origional Dawn of the Dead but i thought the remake took everything i loved about the orgional and enhanced it ten fold. The acting was amazing, the story was the same as Dawn of the Dead but of course it ripped off the original, however, there were many diffrent scenes from the original to make the remake as unique as it can be. One of the main reasons i choose this as number one zombie film is beacuse it has one of the scariest zombies in movie history, i do not know the actresses name so if somone else knows please leave a coment if anyone else knows. The part i speak of is when the heavy set old lady comes into the mall with a bite wound, her vains are completly visable and they are surrounding the entire bite, her eyes roll to the back of her head and she dies, however, within seconds she comes back and charges at full force and i mean AT FULL FORCE, she is absolutly terrifying and easily one of the scariest zombies ever! Other than that i love how this movie has a very dark ending and a very realistic one at that beacuse lets face it, if a massive zombie outbreak orrured there would be no hope.
Best Alien Film: Easy, John Carpenter’s “The Thing” This movie is Gold, sure most of the time the alien has duplicated human cells to make it seem as if it was human, so it looks and sounds exactly like one, but that dose not matter. This alien is defenatly not human, with some of the best special effects ever in a movie, alien delivers what ever horror movie person would die for to see in an alien movie. This is insainly suspenceful, it keeps one at the edge of their seat waiting to see who is alien and who is not, it is a unique movie, even though based of a thing from another world, what John Carpenter dose is take that concept and make his own idea out of the entire thing. Take my word for it, it is the best alien movie EVER!!!!!!!1
Honorable Mentions: There are defenatly other movies i left out that diserves to have a word put out for them. For a werewolf movie, i say cursed is very good. Many people crap on this Wes Craven movie and i do not understand why, somone help me by explaining why it sucks, i loved it and it is the last good modern day werewolf movie i have seen. For a zombie movie i have two mentions, those being Zombi, the Italian Zombie Film that is concidered the indirect sequel to George Romero’s Dawn of the Dead. and the recent, 2010, zombie film titled the dead. I do not want to spoil anything of the movie Zombi so i am gonna put my word out and hope that people believe me and go take a look at the film beacuse it is amazing. I put ” The Dead” on the list beacuse until this movie, there has been absolute shit for good zombie movies, lets face it for many many years we have had not a single good zombie film, excluding dawn of the dead remake. I did not care for 28 days later, and the remake of day of the dead was one of the most pathetic excuses for a zombie movie ever, but land of the dead, diary of the dead, zombie diries, and basically all other zombie films have been bad. (also i am not talking about shaun of the dead, it is an amazing comedy, horror zombie film and that is why i did not include it, it kicks the shit out of zombieland which i though was a pile of crap). However, the Dead is an amazing movie that has returned to the original style of George Romero’s zombie films, it is very much like night of the living dead and dawn of the dead. It features the slow movie steryotipical zombies but the setting of the movie is in the middle of Africa, which is where i think this film benefitted most, the acting was ok but the setting and story was great. The story is very simplistic and it is best that way it involves two character with two seperate simple stories, i will not reveal but they do cross paths. The setting is great beacuse most of the movie takes place at night and throughout the movie there is barley any safe zone, many people say the movie drags on, hwoever, this is not ture beacuse there is not a moment in the movie one can feel safe beacuse as soon as the safe feeling is established you see a zombie in the back ground approaching and as that happens everyone knows more follow, especially at night in an open area. Believe me this movie is an amazing mondern zombie film.
September 24, 2012 at 4:31 am
Out of interest, I was looking up movies set in Cornwall, UK as I’m part Cornish and came across an old horror flick called Plague of the zombies’. It’s a hammer horror so I’m wondering if you’ve seen it?
September 24, 2012 at 6:26 pm
My name is Poop Stain Mcgee!!!
September 26, 2012 at 11:45 am
I have a list of such films, but I am going with just Great versions of each, not the Best.
Vampire: Shadow of the Vampire. What I loved about this was to show how vile being a vampire is. You do not want to be one. In a very imaginative approach, Max Schreck is an actual vampire found by F.W. Murnau who created the classic silent film Nosferatu, who has him posing as an eccentric character actor to play the role of Count Orlock. Unlike a lot of recent “vampire” films, Shadow does not portray vampires in any flattering light. Here’s this creature, powerful, but pitiful as well, who has no friends, no family, no life. He’s just a parasite, a miserable shadow of what he might’ve been, if he could remember. Willem Dafoe’s performance as Schreck is superb, as is John Malkovich as Murnau.
Werewolf: What I loved about An American Werewolf in London is that the main character of this film is a true victim. Unlike The Wolf Man, American Werewolf shows a guy who’s scared out of his mind, and doesn’t know what to do, because what can you do? Who’s to say there’s a cure? In The Wolf Man, and in the film Wolf, there is the thought of a cure, but American Werewolf doesn’t even go there. Nor does it try to say that the only way to kill the werewolf is with silver. It’s a tragedy with comedic elements, but the comedy doesn’t kill the horror of it.
Another honorable mention is Silver Bullet, about a boy who discovers a werewolf murdering people in a small town. Simple approach, a simple story, done very well.
Mummy? I don’t know, but I loved the Brendan Frasier version of The Mummy, only because it’s entertaining. Yes, that’s not a horror film. But, none of the other Mummy films were nearly as good or as entertaining. And certainly not horrifying.
Zombie: The reason why Romero zombie horror stands out as the standard is because Romero put actual characters in his films. Night of the Living Dead is the best of them all because the people in that film are completely believable. But the ending is the best. This is a story not about the zombies, but about people, and how people respond when they are frightened. It’s outstanding horror, that tells a bigger story.
Alien: I know Alien is magnificent, but one movie scared me more than this one, and that is Invasion of the Body Snatchers. What’s the more horrifying? Getting killed by the alien horror, or having your identity as an individual obliterated. To find yourself surrounded by the aliens, who have taken over the world, is just classic.
September 26, 2012 at 6:11 pm
September 27, 2012 at 12:44 am
Best Mummy Film: THE MUMMY
Best Frankenstein Film: EDWARD SCISSOR HANDS
Best Vampire Movie: BLADE
Best Warewolf Movie: WOLF
Best Zombie Movie: “THRILLER” hahaha or Nightof the Living Dead (one of the ones with those names where they actually show the zombies ripping people apart)
Best Alien Movie: PREDITOR
Best Slasher: FREDDY VS JASON
Best Ghost: INSIDEOUS
September 27, 2012 at 12:49 am
Actually Best Slasher – TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE, or JEEPERS CREEPERS.
That is a tough 1…..
September 27, 2012 at 2:28 pm
I know it’s hard soetimes to choose a favorite. I just recently decided that the Nintendo DS just beat the SNES as my favorite console and even typing it is hard. Well thoise movies you mentioned… makes it easier to know which ones I should watch.
September 30, 2012 at 1:55 am
So far James and EVERYONE in the previous 103 comments has left out the GREATEST HORROR FILM OF ALL TIME:
Now go home and get your fuckin’ shine boxes! ie watch the movie multiple times.
November 22, 2012 at 6:08 pm
Just watched the trailer for new Evil Dead, why do they have to reboot so many old films and Ash is not even in the film.
December 6, 2012 at 3:33 am
SO PROUD YOU WENT WITH DAWN OF THE DEAD!!!!!
June 5, 2013 at 10:06 am
Day of the Dead i think is the best one. Has the best human villain, has a great soundtrack. And is overall set in a scarier atmosphere, a real departure from the almost silent Night and the almost comedic Dawn.
June 13, 2013 at 8:43 pm
there’s nothing better than james talking about horror flicks. ok i’ll go. vampire: lost boys. frankenstein: frankentein meets the wolfman. werewolf: the wolfman. mummy: hammer mummy. zombie: dawn of the dead. alien: they live.
October 20, 2013 at 12:35 am
When you said “of each genre” I thought you were going to have genres like psychological, monster, space and slasher. Perhaps that can be a sequel.
March 2, 2014 at 11:39 pm
someone should fix the video, it’s not working D: I love this video, and i agree almost 100% with him, therefore i like to show it to people, but it isn’t working anymore.
February 24, 2017 at 1:14 am
James, have you ever thought about doing a review for “28 Days Later”? It’s one of my favorite zombie/infection films, and I’d love to hear what you have to say about it.
August 4, 2018 at 6:57 pm
My Favorite Horror Film Of All Time Is 1973’s The Exorcist.
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