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Horror Movie Icons Share Their Favorite Fright Flicks!

We asked a host of luminaries from the world of horror to list their favorite genre movies. Here are their answers. Unless stated otherwise, all movie titles refer to the original screen version. Thanks to everyone who contributed.





Belinda Balaski
Part of Joe Dante's stock company, Balaski has starred in 'Piranha', 'The Howling' and 'Gremlins', movies she's clearly proud of.
The Howling
I might be a bit prejudiced about three of these
Piranha
King Kong
Psycho
More psychological thriller, as are most of my faves
Bunny Lake is Missing
David & Lisa
Children of the Damned
Whatever Happened to Baby Jane
Gremlins
Alien


Juan Antonio Bayona 
Director Bayona entered the horror genre with his acclaimed 2007 film 'The Orphanage' before bringing us a portrayal of real life horror with this year's gripping drama 'The Impossible'.
The Shining
The Innocents
Don't Look Now
Rosemary's Baby
The Wicker Man
Jaws
Night of the Living Dead
Who Can Kill a Child?
Eyes Without a Face
The Boston Strangler


John Carpenter
If you're reading this then the master of horror behind such masterpieces as 'Halloween', 'The Thing' and 'The Fog' needs no introduction.
The Exorcist
Frankenstein (1931)
The Mummy (1959)
Curse of the Demon
The Fly (1958)
Suspiria
Night of the Living Dead
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
World War Z


Scott Derrickson 
Derrickson is the writer/director behind such horror hits as 'The Exorcism of Emily Rose' and 'Sinister'.
The Exorcist
The Shining
The Changeling
Let the Right One In
Alien
Suspiria
Repulsion
Session 9
Freaks 
Psycho


Mark Frost
Along with David Lynch, Frost co-created TV's creepiest ever show, 'Twin Peaks' and has written several novels with supernatural themes.
Frankenstein (1931)
 Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein
 The Island of Doctor Moreau
 Curse of the Cat People
 Dawn of the Dead
 Psycho
 The Tenant
 The Shining
 Night of the Hunter
 Freaks


Geretta Geretta
The scream queen so good they named her twice; star of Italian exploitation classic 'Demons'.
Thirst (2009)
Dracula (1931)
Demons
The Hunger
The Fog
Sentinel
The Exorcist
Night of the Living Dead
The Ring 
The Mummy (1932)


Emily Hagins
Hagins made us all feel old and lazy when, at the tender age of 12, she directed her first feature film 'Pathogen', followed by 'The Retelling' and 'My Sucky Teen Romance'. Kids today huh?
Night of the Living Dead
Wait Until Dark
The Shining
The Thing
Nightmare on Elm Street 3
The Mist
The Evil Dead
Friday the 13th
Let the Right One In
The Chaser


Jessica Harper
Working with names like Woody Allen and Brian de Palma, Harper has had a varied acting career but horror fans know her as the star of Dario Argento's masterpiece 'Suspiria'.
Suspiria
My favorite of course, by a mile!
The Wizard of Oz
Does it count? Scared me to death!
The Haunting
I was terrorized by it as a child, so much so that I didn't much go to scary movies after that.


Joe Hill
Hill, son of Stephen King, is the author of acclaimed novels like 'Heart Shaped Box', 'NOS4A2' and 'Horns', which has been adapted for the upcoming Alexandre Aja movie.
The Others
 Scanners
 The Thing
 Invasion of the Body Snatchers
 Silence of the Lambs
Dawn of the Dead
 Exorcist
 The Devils Backbone
 Let the Right One In
 Jaws


Todd Holland
A veteran TV director, Holland has helmed episodes of 'Twin Peaks' and 'Tales From the Crypt'.
Alien
Immediate no.1 favorite
The Exorcist
Phenomenal emotional horror
The Omen
A Nightmare on Elm Street
28 Days Later
The Sixth Sense
Silence of the Lambs
The Shining
Jaws
The Thing (1982)


Sandy King
Producer of several John Carpenter films, beginning with 'They Live' in 1988, Sandy also happens to be married to the master of horror, which I guess makes her the first lady of horror.
Frankenstein (1931)
 The Wolf Man (1941)
 The Mummy (1959)
 Curse of the Demon
 Night of the Living Dead
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
 Suspiria
 The Thing (1982)
 Ravenous 
World War Z


Max Landis 
Son of 'American Werewolf's John, Max is the writer behind last year's 'Chronicle' and next year's 'Frankenstein'. His directorial debut, comedy 'Me Him Her', has just wrapped.
Lake Mungo
The most scared I've ever been during a movie.
The Haunting of Julia
While probably actually not terribly good, this is one of those "life moment" films that I guess I saw at exactly the right time to forever scar itself into my brain. The frantic desperation and helplessness of the opening sequence feels so weirdly real, and as things spiral out of control there's a very human sense of terror, loss and shame.
Stir of Echoes
Despite being a film of its era, stylized in the frantic late 1990s way, Stir Of Echoes is the best kind of horror film; it's emotional, visceral, and the scariest parts of it come from real human awfulness, rather than the innumerable jump scares. Possibly Kevin Bacon's best performance.
The Poughkeepsie Tapes
While not a great film, with some performances in the faux-docu element being outright terrible, this gritty look directly into the mind of a sadistic serial killer/serial rapist contains some of the most intensely horrific, shocking and frankly upsetting sequences ever put to film. I actually often recommend people DON'T see this movie. It's one of those.
The Blair Witch Project
Groundbreaking genius at every level, with a third act that literally must be seen to be believed, as describing it would just sound stupid.
Session 9
It's a bit cliche to include this, as it's the pat easy choice for "great horror movie you haven't seen." But it's wonderful. So what's to say?
Audition
A lot of people would argue that this is the birth of the torture porn genre, and I'd say they're right. But the fantastic, depraved Audition doesn't have the nihilism of its bastard children like SAW and HOSTEL; instead, this is a "real" movie with "real" characters; no victims, no gore for the sake of gore. We're telling a story, here, not just showing scenes, and the story is a sick one, yes, but you're invested on an emotional level. And that just makes what happens next all the more disturbing.
The Devil's Backbone
The best film of a genius.
Love Exposure
I suppose I just put this film on every list of best movies I can make. It's my absolute favorite; you can find me ranting about it on youtube, in interviews, I can't recommend this omnigenre epic enough. The "horror" elements of this...teen romance? Religious thriller? Action comedy?...are as terrifying and disgusting as anything found in most straight scare pictures. Every minute that passes that you haven't seen Love Exposure is a minute you could've been watching it for the first time.
Child's Play
Child's Play is here not because it's a great movie, but because it harkens back to a fascinating era of Horror when premises mattered more than scares. Child's Play is, in execution, barely even a horror movie; more of a supernatural noir thriller, that, by definition of how unsettling the premise was, had to be called horror. The same could be said of Nightmare on Elm Street, or Reanimator, or Evil Dead, or even The Shining. Horror, when best used, is an element, not a genre.
It's a hat, not a shirt. And movies that try to wear a hat for a shirt almost always come out stupid.


Linnea Quigley
The ultimate scream queen, Quigley has appeared in over a hundred movies since the seventies.
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
 When A Stranger Calls
 Jaws
The Devil’s Rejects
Murder in the Rue Morgue (1971)
 Whatever Happened to Baby Jane
Saw
Night of the Living Dead
The Birds
Carrie


Andrew Sensenig
A distinctive character actor who has appeared in several horror movies, Sensenig is best known for his creepy role as The Sampler in 'Upstream Color'.
Identity
The Last Exorcism
The Boogey Man
The Shining
The Lawnmower Man
Silence of the Lambs
Magic
When a Stranger Calls
Unknown
Spring Breakers
The intensity is horrifying!


Katt Shea
A pioneer for female film-makers, Shea brought a woman's touch to the genre, writing and directing thrillers like 'Stripped to Kill' and 'Poison Ivy'.
Nosferatu
The Bad Seed
"they were influences"
Psycho
Exorcist
Carrie
The Howling
The Sixth Sense
Hostel
Nightmare on Elm St
Body Double


Jen & Sylvia Soska
The Soskas are the twisted twins behind 'American Mary', one of the most original horror movies in years.
Antichrist
 Suicide Club
 American Psycho
 Dead Ringers
 The Thing
 The Exorcist
 In The Mouth of Madness
 Funny Games
 Alien
 Tokyo Gore Police


Tony Todd
Most famous for his iconic portrayal of Clive Barker's Candyman, Todd is one of the most recognizable faces in contemporary horror.
Frankenstein
Dracula
Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein
Rosemary's Baby
Psycho
The Shining
The Conjuring
Warriors
The Birds
Night of The Living Dead


Our sincere thanks go out to all those who agreed to take part.