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Plundering the Genre: A Halloween Tribute to Horror in Cinema


The following montage is compiled from a selection of motion pictures that have included some noteworthy moments of horror throughout the years. In addition, these films share a common distinction of creatively developing their characters along with the frightening situations they find themselves in. The music from The Omen is by Jerry Goldsmith. The list of stills selected is printed below in the order they are presented. Although the list is far from definitive, all of the films mentioned are recommended viewing for fans of this genre. *Note: Some of the images may be disturbing.

A link to Part 2 (2015) is here.


The Golem (1920)
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920)
Nosferatu (1922)
Haxan (1922)
The Phantom of the Opera (1925)
Dracula (1931)
Freaks (1932)
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931)
The Old Dark House (1932)
Island of Lost Souls (1932)
Vampyr (1932)
Murders in the Rue Morgue (1932)
The Wolfman (1941)
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1941)
Cat People (1942)
Dr. Renault’s Secret (1942)
I Walked With a Zombie (1943)
The 7th Victim (1943)
The Uninvited (1944)
Dead of Night (1945)
Hangover Square (1945)
The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945)
The Body Snatcher (1945)
The Beast with Five Fingers (1946)
The Thing (1951)
House of Wax (1953)
Les diaboliques (1955)
The Quatermass Xperiment (1955)
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
Night of the Demon (1957)
The Curse of Frankenstein (1957)
Psycho (1960)
Eyes Without a Face (1960)
Village of the Damned (1960)
What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)
The Haunting (1963)
The Birds (1963)
The Last Man on Earth (1964)
Repulsion (1965)
Seconds (1966)
Wait Until Dark (1967)
Night of the Living Dead (1968)
Rosemary’s Baby (1968)
The Witchfinder General (1968)
Play Misty For Me (1971)
The Other (1972)
The Exorcist (1973)
Jaws (1975)
The Omen (1976)
Suspiria (1977)
Halloween (1978)
Alien (1979)
The Shining (1980)
The Thing (1982)
Q The Winged Serpent (1982)
A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
The Fly (1986)
Manhunter (1986)
Henry Portrait of a Serial Killer (1986)
Near Dark (1987)
Hellraiser (1987)
The Stepfather (1987)
Dead Ringers (1988)
Silence of the Lambs (1991)
Dracula (1992)
Se7en (1995)
Ring (1998)
The Sixth Sense (1999)
The Others (2001)
The Ring (2002)
Final Destination 2 (2003)
Matrimony (2007)
Zodiac (2007)
Let the Right One In (2008)
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (2009)
Shutter Island (2010)