Below is a list of recommended films to watch in absolutely no particular order. It was compiled for different reasons from groundbreaking stories to breathtaking cinematography to phenomenal acting to awesome edits to groovy soundtracks. Enjoy.
Happy Birthday to Me (1981)
"IT'LL BE A KILLER PARTY!"
Virginia is proud that she belongs to a clique - the best students at a private school. But before her 18th birthday, a grueling set of murders take place and her friends are the ones who are falling prey. Could it be her? She suffers from blackouts due to a freak accident one year earlier. We soon learn the truth behind her accident and what is going on...
Private eye Jake Gittes lives off the murky moral climate of sunbaked, pre-World War II Southern California. Hired by a beautiful socialite to investigate her husband's extra-marital affair, Gittes is swept into a maelstrom of double dealings and deadly deceits, uncovering a web of personal and political scandals that come crashing together.
"SIX BEAUTIFUL GIRLS, TRYING TO GET AHEAD... WHEN THE CURTAINS FALL, FIVE WILL BE DEAD."
Six young actresses auditioning for a movie role at a remote mansion are targeted by a mysterious masked murderer.
blue velvet (1986)
"IT'S A STRANGE WORLD."
The discovery of a severed human ear found in a field leads a young man on an investigation related to a beautiful, mysterious nightclub singer and a group of criminals who have kidnapped her child.
the town that dreaded sundown (1976)
"IN 1946 THIS MAN KILLED FIVE PEOPLE... TODAY HE STILL LURKS THE STREETS OF TEXARKANA, ARK."
A Texas Ranger hunts for a hooded serial killer terrorizing the residents of a small town, set in 1946 Arkansas. Loosely based on a true story.
"A STABBING NIGHTMARE BECOMES A LIVING TERROR!"
A killer in a red cape and hood is killing off tourists on a tour bus by gouging out their eyeballs.
The spider (AKA: Earth vs. the spider) (1958)
"THE SPIDER WILL EAT YOU ALIVE!"
Teenagers from a rural community and their high school science teacher join forces to battle a giant mutant spider.
"A RAGING TORRENT OF EMOTION THAT EVEN NATURE CAN'T CONTROL!"
Rose Loomis and her older, gloomier husband, George, are vacationing at a cabin in Niagara Falls, N.Y. The couple befriend Polly and Ray Cutler, who are honeymooning in the area. Polly begins to suspect that something is amiss between Rose and George, and her suspicions grow when she sees Rose in the arms of another man. While Ray initially thinks Polly is overreacting, things between George and Rose soon take a shockingly dark turn.
DEVIL TIMES FIVE (1974)
"WHO SURVIVES? WHO WOULD WANT TO SURVIVE?"
Five extremely disturbed, sociopathic children escape from their psychiatric transport and are taken in unwittingly by a group of adult villagers on winter vacation.
killer party (1986)
"BY THE END OF THE DANCE, SOME OF THE SORORITY SISTERS WILL BE DEAD ON THEIR FEET."
A fraternity pledge is accidentally killed when a hazing activity goes horribly wrong. Decades later a group of drunken frat boys and sorority sisters decide to have a party in the same (now abandoned) frat house where the pledge died. Unfortunately for them they end up waking up the spirit of the deceased pledge, and he’s pretty pissed off about what happened to him. Soon the party becomes a fight for survival as the spirit possesses one of the partygoer’s bodies and begins to slaughter everyone in attendance.
Taxi driver (1976)
"ON EVERY STREET IN EVERY CITY, THERE'S A NOBODY WHO DREAMS OF BEING A SOMEBODY."
Robert De Niro stars as Travis Bickle in this oppressive psychodrama about a Vietnam veteran who rebels against the decadence and immorality of big city life in New York while working the nightshift as a taxi driver.
BLACK CHRISTMAS (1974)
"IF THIS MOVIE DOESN’T MAKE YOUR SKIN CRAWL, IT’S ON TOO TIGHT!"
A sorority house is terrorized by a stranger who makes frightening phone calls and then murders the sorority sisters during Christmas break.
"IT SATURATES THE SCREEN WITH TERROR!"
A series of sex murders shock a college campus, and four beautiful young girlfriends head for the safety of an isolated country villa. But as they succumb to their own erotic desires, their weekend of pleasure becomes a vacation to dismember at the hands - and blade - of the lecherous maniac.
Mermaid chronicles part 1: She creature (2001)
"BEAUTIFUL, SEDUCTIVE, AND TOTALLY DEADLY."
Two carnies abduct a mermaid in Ireland, circa 1900, and decide to transport her to America. As their ship loses its way and heads towards the mythical Forbidden Islands, the mermaid begins to display a more darker, deadly side.
double indemnity (1944)
"FROM THE MOMENT THEY MET IT WAS MURDER!"
Unsuspecting Mr. Dietrichson becomes increasingly accident prone after his icily calculating wife encourages him to sign a double indemnity policy proposed by a smooth-talking insurance agent. Against a backdrop of distinctly California settings, the partners in crime plan the perfect murder to collect the insurance. Perfect until a claims manager gets a familiar feeling of foul play and pursues the matter relentlessly.
THE FLESH AND BLOOD SHOW (1972)
"AN APPALLING AMALGAM OF CARNAGE AND CARNALITY"
Actors rehearsing a show at a mysterious seaside theater are being killed off by an unknown maniac.
HOW TO MAKE A MONSTER (1958)
"SEE THE GHASTLY GHOULS IN FLAMING COLOR!"
When master monster make-up man Pete Dumond is fired by the new bosses of American International studios, he uses his creations to extract revenge.
BLOOD AND LACE (1971)
"SHOCK AFTER SHOCK AFTER SHOCK AS DESIRE DRIVES A BARGAIN WITH MURDER!"
After her prostitute mother and her john are beaten to death while they are asleep in bed, teen-aged Ellie Masters is sent to an isolated orphanage...
THE DUNWICH HORROR (1970)
"A FEW YEARS AGO IN DUNWICH A HALF-WITTED GIRL BORE ILLEGITIMATE TWINS. ONE OF THEM WAS ALMOST HUMAN!"
Wilbur Whateley pops over to the Arkham Miskatonic University to borrow the legendary Necronomicon and Sandra Dee. But little does anyone know, Whateley isn't quite human...
black moon (1934)
"LOVE BATTLING AGAINST THE SORCERY OF THE JUNGLE!"
A woman returning to her island birthplace finds herself drawn to a voodoo cult.
DARK INTRUDER (1965)
"HE KILLED WITH THE POWER OF DEMONS A MILLION YEARS OLD!"
Police call in an occult expert to help solve series of murders.
in the mouth of madness (1995)
"LIVED ANY GOOD BOOKS LATELY?"
With the disappearance of hack horror writer Sutter Cane, all Hell is breaking loose...literally! Author Cane, it seems, has a knack for description that really brings his evil creepy-crawlies to life. Insurance investigator John Trent is sent to investigate Cane's mysterious vanishing act and ends up in the sleepy little East Coast town of Hobb's End.
DIE, MONSTER, DIE! (1965)
"NO ONE CAN STOP THIS KILLING MACHINE....IT'S ALREADY DEAD!!!"
A young man visits his fiancé's estate to discover that her wheelchair-bound scientist father has discovered a meteorite that emits mutating radiation rays that have turned the plants in his greenhouse to giants. When his own wife falls victim to this mysterious power, the old man takes it upon himself to destroy the glowing object with disastrous results.
The sender (1982)
"HE HAS THE POWER TO MAKE YOU LIVE HIS NIGHTMARES... AND HE'S DREAMING ABOUT YOU."
A disturbed telepathic man is able to transmit his dreams and visions into the minds of the people around him.
DARK WATERS (1993)
"I AM SHE THAT LIVETH, AND WAS DEAD; AND, BEHOLD, I AM ALIVE FOR EVERMORE; AND HAVE THE KEYS OF HELL AND OF DEATH."
A girl travels to an island, after the death of her father, to find out why the father funded a monastery on the island.
"IT'S IN THE BLOOD."
A man with an unknown disease travels to an island with his girlfriend where his relatives once lived, hoping to find a cure to his illness. While it was thought that his relatives were all dead he actually finds them to be living underground. However because they have been inbreeding for all these years they don't look right, plus they have developed a pretty bad eating habit. Will he chose his girlfriend or his people?
FRIGHT NIGHT PART 2 (1988)
"MORE THAN A SEQUEL, IT'S A SCREAM."
Charley Brewster and Peter Vincent must face more vampires which are out for revenge.
"ALL HER ENEMIES WILL BE ELIMINATED... BUT FIRST THEY WILL SUFFER!"
The spirit of a comatose teenage girl possesses the body of a newcomer to her girls boarding school to enact bloody revenge against the elitist coeds responsible for her condition.
DAY THE WORLD ENDED (1955)
"ATTACKED... BY A CREATURE FROM HELL!"
After a nuclear war, an unlikely group of people, including a rancher, a geologist, a crook and his girlfriend, find themselves trapped in the middle of nowhere while battling an ugly mutant created by Paul Blaisdell. The geologist and the crook also find the time to fight over the rancher's daughter, while the moll fumes.
TEENAGE CAVEMAN (1958)
"PREHISTORIC LOVERS AGAINST PRIMITIVE BEASTS!"
Roger Corman's post-holocaust quickie about an adolescent tribesman who dares to explore the feared "forbidden zone."
THE SPIDER LABYRINTH (1988)
A young professor travels to Budapest to locate a lost colleague. Once there, he's pulled into a maze of the supernatural, murder and spider-worshippers.
A Seattle history professor, drawn back to his estranged family on the Oregon coast to execute his late mother's estate, is reacquainted with his best friend from childhood, with whom he has a long-awaited tryst. Caught in an accelerating series of events, he discovers aspects of his father's New Age cult which take on a dangerous and apocalyptic significance.
Cthulhu mansion (1992)
An aging magician harboring a terrible occult secret and his daughter are taken hostage in their isolated mansion by teenage scumbags need- ing a place to hide out. When the captors refuse to listen to the magician's dire warning to release him unharmed, the mansion slowly releases its nightmare of horrors on the unsuspecting invaders.
WITCH HUNT (1994)
Detective Philip Lovecraft lives in Los Angeles in the 1950s when an ambitious Senator is holding hearings, on Magic. Magic is the new influence in Tinsel Town. Lovecraft is unique in that he is the only one who refuses to use magic in his work. Shortly after he is hired, he finds his client, Kim Hudson, accused of the murder of her husband, a film executive. Philip uses the talents of a local witch, Kropotkin, to explain what is happening only to see her accused of the murder and sentenced to be burnt at the stake. Reminiscent of Roger Rabbit, without the toons.
BLOOD AND BLACK LACE (1964)
Inspector Sylvester is assigned to investigate the violent murder of a fashion house model Isabella, by a masked assailant. As the investigation proceeds all of the house's various sins, including corruption, abortions, blackmail and drug addiction, begin to come to light. It turns out that Isabella had kept a diary detailing these vices, and now almost every employee becomes nervous.
COLOUR FROM THE DARK (2008)
Pietro and Lucia live on an isolated farm with Alice, Lucia's younger sister. Poor farmers, they live tilling the soil. Pietro is a good worker and a strong man who, unlike his three brothers, is not at war because of a deformed knee. Lucia is a beautiful and reserved woman dedicated to her family. Their life is peaceful and good, in spite of the hard work. One day, while drawing water from the well, Pietro and Alice accidentally free something from the Earth's womb. A strange and alien color flashes underwater, at the well's bottom, then disappears. From that moment on, inexplicable events start happening all around the farm, and by night the surrounding vegetation glitters with a sinister glow. The color soon takes hold of the whole farm, and dwelling inside Pietro and his family's minds, it brings them into its sick world of pain, blood and death.
NECRONOMICON: BOOK OF THE DEAD (1993)
H.P. Lovecraft's anthology is divided into four segments: "The Library" which is the wraparound segment involving Lovecraft's research into the Book of The Dead and his unwitting release of a monster and his writing of the following horror segments "The Drowned", "The Cold", and "Whispers".
CAST A DEADLY SPELL (1991)
In the fantastical 40's where magic is used by everyone, a hard-boiled detective investigates the theft of a mystical tome.