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The Great Horror Movies: An Historical Perspective

Our maverick English Teacher, Theatre Director, and movie buff looks back at the horror movie and comes up with a personal list of 101 essential films that constitute a core canon for understanding and appreciating the genre. He has tried to balance quality, historical importance, popularity, and what he calls the "shudder factor ", and , by limiting himself to 101 movies, he has had to make many hard choices and leave out some very fine examples. A couple of choices may raise some eyebrows, as also will some of his omissions. He used Jonathan Rigby's superb 3 volume critical history of the genre - " American Gothic", " English Gothic", and "Euro Gothic" - As his reference work, while also relying on a misspent youth Of Saturday matinees, Shock Theatre, "Famous Monsters Of Filmland", and "Castle of Frankenstein ".
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Frankenstein (1910)
Frankenstein (1910)
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The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1919)
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1919)
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Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1920)
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1920)
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The Golem: How He Came Into the World (1920)
The Golem: How He Came Into the World (1920)
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A Blind Bargain (1922)
A Blind Bargain (1922)
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Nosferatu (1922)
Nosferatu (1922)
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The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1922)
The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1922)
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The Phantom of the Opera (1925)
The Phantom of the Opera (1925)
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Der Student Von Prag (1926)
Der Student Von Prag (1926)
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Faust (1926)
Faust (1926)
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The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog (1927)
The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog (1927)
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The Unknown (1927)
The Unknown (1927)
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Dracula (1931)
Dracula (1931)
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Frankenstein (1931)
Frankenstein (1931)
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Dr Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1932)
Dr Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1932)
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Freaks (1932)
Freaks (1932)
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The Mummy (1932)
The Mummy (1932)
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The Old Dark House (1932)
The Old Dark House (1932)
19
The Invisible Man (1933)
The Invisible Man (1933)
20
The Black Cat (1934)
The Black Cat (1934)
21
Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
22
The Wolfman (1941)
The Wolfman (1941)
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Cat People (1942)
Cat People (1942)
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The Undying Monster (1942)
The Undying Monster (1942)
25
I Walked With a Zombie (1943)
I Walked With a Zombie (1943)
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The Seventh Victim (1943)
The Seventh Victim (1943)
27
The Lodger (1944)
The Lodger (1944)
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The Uninvited (1944)
The Uninvited (1944)
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Dead of Night (1945)
Dead of Night (1945)
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Isle of the Dead (1945)
Isle of the Dead (1945)
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The Body Snatcher (1945)
The Body Snatcher (1945)
32
The Spiral Staircase (1946)
The Spiral Staircase (1946)
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The Creature From the Black Lagoon (1954)
The Creature From the Black Lagoon (1954)
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Diabolique (1955)
Diabolique (1955)
35
The Quatermass Xperiment (1955)
The Quatermass Xperiment (1955)
36
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
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The Bad Seed (1956)
The Bad Seed (1956)
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Night of the Demon (1957)
Night of the Demon (1957)
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The Curse of Frankenstein (1957)
The Curse of Frankenstein (1957)
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Dracula (1958)
Dracula (1958)
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