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James Gunn Lists off 50 Favorite Horror Films for Halloween

The cool thing about James Gunn, the mastermind behind the Guardians of the Galaxy films, is that he’s one of us. Gunn, who got his start working with Troma, is a hardcore horror fan just like the rest of us, wearing his love for the genre loud and proud in the hilarious horror-comedy Slither.

Gunn also wrote Dawn of the Dead, one of the best horror remakes of all.

So, what are James Gunn’s favorite horror movies? With Halloween approaching, he just put together a list of 50 favorites that he shared over on Facebook this week.

In case you’re looking for some horror movies to watch in this Halloween season, here are a few of my favorites, in kinda-sorta order of preference,” Gunn wrote. “I of course am not including the movies I had a hand in, such as Slither, Dawn of the Dead, or The Belko Experiment. Those are films you should, obviously, watch first.”

And I should note, as usual, this is my list of FAVORITES. It does not mean these are the BEST. They are simply the horror films I get the most out of personally,” he added.

  • 1. Jaws – Spielberg, 1975
  • 2. Audition – Miike, 1999
  • 3. Invasion of the Body Snatchers – Kaufman, 1978
  • 4. The Host – Bong Joon-ho, 2006
  • 5. The Thing – Carpenter, 1982
  • 6. Green Room – Saulnier, 2016
  • 7. The Brood – Cronenberg, 1979
  • 8. Rosemary’s Baby – Polanski, 1968
  • 9. A Tale of Two Sisters – Kim Jee-woon, 2004
  • 10. The Birds – Hitchcock, 1963
  • 11. 28 Days Later – Boyle, 2003
  • 12. Train to Busan – Sang-ho Yeon, 2016
  • 13. House – Obayashi, 1977
  • 14. Saw – Wan, 2004
  • 15. Invasion of the Body Snatchers – Siegel, 1956
  • 16. Night of the Living Dead – Romero, 1968
  • 17. They Live – Carpenter, 1988
  • 18. Cloverfield – Reeves, 2008
  • 19. Cronos – Del Toro, 1993
  • 20. Piranha 3D – Aja, 2010
  • 21. Peeping Tom – Powell, 1960
  • 22. The Night of the Hunter – Laughton, 1955
  • 23. The Mist – Darabont, 2007
  • 24. Dead Alive – Jackson, 1992
  • 25. Shaun of the Dead – Wright, 2004
  • 26. Funny Games – Haneke, 1997
  • 27. Troll Hunter – Ovredal, 2011
  • 28. Evil Dead II – Raimi, 1987
  • 29. The Shining – Kubrick, 1980
  • 30. The Descent – Marshall, 2005
  • 31. Haxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages – Christensen, 1929
  • 32. The Sixth Sense – Shyamalan, 1999
  • 33. Aliens – Cameron, 1986
  • 34. Bride of Frankenstein – Whale, 1935
  • 35. Martin – Romero, 1977
  • 36. Near Dark – Bigelow, 1987
  • 37. Abbot and Costello Meet Frankenstein – Barton, 1948
  • 38. Suspiria – Argento, 1977
  • 39. Zombieland – Fleisher, 2009
  • 40. King Kong – Shoedsack, Cooper, 1933
  • 41. Get Out – Peele, 2017
  • 42. Scream – Craven, 1996
  • 43. Cemetery Man – Soavi, 1996
  • 44. Shivers – Cronenberg, 1975
  • 45. Carrie – DePalma, 1976
  • 46. Basket Case – Henenlotter, 1982
  • 47. The Blob – Russell, 1988
  • 48. Alien – Scott, 1979
  • 49. The Fly – Cronenberg, 1986
  • 50. The Faculty – Rodgriquez, 1998



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COMMENTS

19 Comments
  • sliceanddice

    nice list. is it good really sad that I’ve seen, like, all of these?

    • Saturn

      Nope – it means that you’re one of us…...

      And yeah, I’ve seen all of them also.

    • Necro

      You’re part of the best fan base……..EVER!!

    • J Jett

      slice, no! it means you are an awesome horror movie fan!

  • llcc1103

    Invasion of the Body Snatchers 1978 is a nightmare… what a terrifying film.

    • AlsDisciple

      Couldn’t agree more. It’s one of my yearly Halloween go-to’s. I’m also a big fan of the ’56 version. Both are pretty much textbook exercises in pacing.

  • The Drucifer

    Hell yeah for the AUDITION call out! That movie never seems to get the attention it deserves

  • Creepshow

    #27
    Yup, he’s cool.

  • Necro

    #21, #22, #31, & #37 are the only ones I haven’t seen. I like James Gunn so it’s a must!

  • J Jett

    i know Gunn wrote it but he needs to add the DAWN OF THE DEAD remake on that list! this is a fantastic list! Gunn truly knows his horror movies. he has great taste in films.

  • Jon Macmenamin

    Peeping Tom is a masterpiece that ruined the career of Powell due to it’s subject matter and Night Of The Hunter is a superb Southern Gothic that (sadly) was the only movie Laughton directed. Both are stunning to look at and essential viewing…

    • macguffin54

      Honestly, I have never understood the praise NOTH has gotten, although I do like the plot. It feels very corny and with religious overtones, and some parts are just awkward (the ending, if I recall correctly, was just an extended scene of the kids living with a foster family). I want to like the movie I just can’t—just like The Wicker Man or Freaks.

    • sliceanddice

      good points.

  • Aaron Braun

    Wow….interesting list….first time I’ve seen a list without any of the big Slasher Icons of the 70s and 80s and no Exorcist.

  • MulderIsBack

    Glad to see someone appreciated The Faculty. Would have put it higher myself.

  • Barry El Beardo

    It’s good to see horror films on this list that came out within the past 10 years…even though there is a lot of crap coming out these days, we shouldn’t ignore the gems that really shine through

    *sponsored by Cheese-fest2017

  • James Allard

    #19 First time film that hits every mark.

    Very few on this list I have not seen, and every one that I haven’t I have been seeking, in my own weird way. (Prefer real, tangible copies: it is a thing. Don’t kindle read, either, prefer a book.)

  • Boydon

    no halloween on the list??????? cancel him immediately.

  • Casey Walker

    Scream? What a poseur.

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