Nick Idell is the owner of AlleyCat Comics and one of the co-founders of the hot new publisher 44FLOOD alongside Ben Templsmith, Menton3, and Kasra Ghanbari. For most, it’s a tough feat to offer a list of all-time favorite horror movies, but you can tell a lot about a person based on their taste in horror. As a special October treat, Nick chimes in with his top 10 favorite horror films of all time with running commentary. Check it out below!
10. Jacob’s Ladder (1990)
For years, I couldn’t get this movie out of my head. So many haunting images of Jacob’s (Tim Robbins) bizarre hallucinations as he barely clings to what he thinks is reality. There’s something about a movie when you never truly know what’s going on until the very end, and when the end finally comes, it wasn’t what you expected at all.
9. Dead Alive (1992)
One of the most entertaining and gory movies that I have ever seen. Director Peter Jackson creates the perfect mixture of humor, horror and buckets and buckets of guts. Who doesn’t love to see an entire German Shepherd swallowed whole by a dear sweet old zombified lady?
8. Black Christmas (1974)
A perfect example of how powerful a film can be without showing the audience everything. What they come up with in their minds is always more frightening than anything you can show them. This film proves that the most important thing isn’t why a killer is murdering everyone, it’s the fact that he’s murdering everyone…RUN.
7. In the Mouth of Madness (1995)
I think more than anything, this is a horror fan’s horror movie. So many winks and nods to everything horror nestled in a HP Lovecraft/Stephen King meat pie! Plus…it’s John Carpenter.
6. The Fly (1986)
Everything you could want in a David Cronenberg movie and then some. I saw this movie when I was way to young and loved every dripping, oozing second of it. A far superior version than the original, and in my opinion one of Cronenberg’s best.
5. Suspiria (1977)
This was the first Dario Argento movie that I saw, and then it was all over. I immediately went out and watched all the rest. Suspiria is in a league of it’s own, completely immersing the viewer in a world unlike any other. A must see.
4. The Mist (2007)
It only took one viewing of The Mist to move it quickly up to my top 5. By far, one of the greatest modern horror movies. Frank Darabont is a genius director. The cast is perfect, and the movie as a whole is incredible. Do yourself a favor and watch the black and white version!
3. The Evil Dead (1981)
I was at a sleepover when I was 12 when everyone else decided to turn in. I wasn’t tired, so I decided to put on one of the movies that we rented. That movie was The Evil Dead…and it scared the shit out of me. Thank the gods that all my friends were asleep. I never would have heard the end of it if they saw me cover my eyes and jump that many times.
2. Alien (1979)
What can I say about Alien that hasn’t already been said? It’s absolutely amazing. It’s beautiful, it’s terrifying, and it will always be one of my favorite movies. It single handedly made a horror kid into a sci-fi kid…well, not completely. I even named my daughter Ripley.
1. The Thing (1982)
I came home from trick or treating when I was 10. My mom made me some soup and asked if I wanted to stay up with her and watch scary movies. Of course, my answer was yes. It was a John Carpenter marathon, and Halloween was just ending. The Thing was next, and let’s just say I didn’t finish my soup. But I did find my favorite horror movie of all time.