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Are you new to the “Horror” genre? Well, I’m not and I was recently contacted by my friend, Michael, from “Parlor of Horror” to participate in a new blog project. I am to name the Top Horror Films that are, in my opinion, the best movies to introduce to a newcomer of the wildly popular genre.

These picks are to be films that I deem very worthy to expose the newly indoctrinated to in order to guide them into the amazing world of classic and modern horror. There are a few that I will be adding that are no brainers and a few that I really had to think about. I was asked to keep the list at 10 but I may cheat a bit and do 12 or 15 depending on that titles I believe are strong contenders. These picks of mine are well acted, well written and brilliantly directed.

Some are beautifully realized and photographed and some are thought provoking.  They have social and metaphorical messages that resonate long after the first viewing. Some are groundbreaking and others are edgy, deep and engaging. They are all in one way or another a fantastic way to start off on a scary journey through the realm of horror cinema. This is going to be hard and keeping it at under 20 is pretty damn near impossible. But here goes…

( Vic’s Note: The films are not in any particular order)

Jaws (1975)

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The Exorcist (1973)


Alien (1979)

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Psycho (1963)

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The Cabinet of Dr Caligari (1925)

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The Changeling (1981)

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The Haunting (1963)


Dawn of the Dead (1978)

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Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992)

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The Thing (1982)

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Halloween (1978)

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Poltergeist (1982)

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Horror of Dracula (1958)

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REC (2007)

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The Silence of the Lambs (1989)

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Hope you guys enjoyed the list!

Here are some other awesome bloggers who have done their lists before me. Please, stop by them and check them out!

Parlor of Horror

Horrific Healing

Fringe Void

Seven Doors of Cinema


– Vic