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[Micah’s Mausoleum] Stephen King’s 10 Favorite Horror Movies

A column where horror and nostalgia meet. Topics range from VHS, Vinyl, repertory screenings and a hodge-podge of anything else horror related that that harkens back to the days of yesteryear.

I came across a list Stephen King made of his favorite horror movies back in October of 1992 for an introduction to Graven Images, a book focusing on best of film art from the macabre. Thought it would be a cool share. It certainly caught my interest. For some perspective, when Graven Images was published King had freshly penned Four Past Midnight and Needful Things. Theaters saw the release of Candyman, Reservoir Dogs and Mighty Ducks. Nirvana’s “Teen Spirit” and Wreckz-N-Effect’s “Rump Shaker” were dominating radio play.

Anyway, the book itself is pretty cool and you can pick it up on Amazon cheap. It also features personal reminiscences from Ray Bradbury and Clive Barker amongst others. I highly recommend, especially if you are into the art from the early days of horror and sci-fi (’20s-’60s).

The list itself is in alphabetical order. King gave no preference for a top film stating it would be “too hard” to truly rank. And he didn’t elaborate on why he chose or how he chose. He simply provided the list. My favorite, The Changeling is on there so that makes me quite happy. Though I do question King including Pet Sematary. If he was going to pick one of his own adaptations you’d think he would have gone with The Shining, but then again it’s no secret he didn’t like Kubrick’s vision.

Do you agree with Stephen King’s list? Sound off.

1. Alien

2. Burnt Offerings

3. The Changeling

4. Curse of the Demon

5. Dawn of the Dead

6. Dementia 13

7. The Evil Dead

8. Pet Sematary

9. Psycho

10. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

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