In an old episode (#4) of the Tank Riot podcast (http://www.tankriot.com/2005/004/horror/
), I discussed my list of 20 great horror films. For fun, I limited my choices to those films after 1970... So, no "Day of the Triffids".
For what it's worth, here is what I came up with for favorites, in order by date made:
Texas Chainsaw Massacre 1974
Breakout film changes the direction of horror.
JC brings on terror with a shatner mask and a killer soundtrack.
Invasion of the Body Snatchers 1978
Nemoy, Goldblum and Sutherland? A veritable who's who of creepy.
(Ridley Scott, Lance, Sigourney) Lance Hendrickson? Oh Yeah! Sigourney sells space terror? Definitely!
Is Dallas OK? Absolutely... Not...
The Fog 1980
Nostalgia pic... Oh yeah, I was scared shitless.
The Shining 1980
Unforgettable. If you've seen it, you'll know. Kubrick at his best!
An American Werewolf In London 1982
Humor and horror wrapped up in a nasty dish of raw meat! Breaks the boundaries of horror to grab the uninitiated, and works for all...
The Thing 1982
One of my favorite remakes! This starts a spree of JC/Kurt Russell films...Need 3 movies? The Thing, Escape From New York, Big Touble in Little China. You're Welcome! Tor thought this was a great movie to watch in the winter.
Nightmare on Elm Street 1984
First great horror film to delve into our dreams. What did it create? Freddy Kruger! Thank you Wes Craven.
Fright Night 1985
Evil Ed Stephen Geoffreys gives a great performance as does Roddy McDowall. A funny, 80s horror flick that bends the genre and has fun with it.
Evil Dead 2: Dead By Dawn 1987
Ultimate of 80s horror. This is the must see intro of Bruce Campbell, man of mystery... If you see this film, you will believe.
Lance at his best, but furthermore we have a monster that is cruel and loathsome. What more do you want? Nostalgia pick, obviously.
Jacob's Ladder 1990
Mindfuck of a film from direcor Adrian Lyne, who also did 9 1/2 Weeks and Lolita. I can't say more...
Best movie adaptation of a Stephen King novel by Rob Reiner.
Army of Darkness 1993
(Sam Raimi) End of the road for Ash from Housewares. A must see for those who followed my must-see tag on Evil Dead 2. A must see for everyone else as well!
(Wes Craven/Kevin Williamson (The Faculty)) Most aware of the genre award goes to "Scream". Only worthy Kevin Williamson film on list. Sorry Jon Stewart, "The Faculty" was good but...
(Mikke Takashi, Japan) Caution, non-English Alert! For Madmind, there is not yet an Americanized version of this, but I'm sure it's coming soon. Ultimate in freaky. Slow, but worth every minute for the set up. See This Film.
The Sixth Sense 1999
M. Night did it well this time. Even those wise to the game should enjoy this romp. 1 of only 4 Oscar nominated horror films...
28 Days Later 2002
(Danny Boyle Trainspotting Cillian Murphy) Danny Boyle does the Zombie genre a favor by spooking it up a bit. Removing some of the humor for fast-paced terror worked well!
The Eye 2002
(Pang Brothers Hong Kong Cantonese) Pang Bros film about an eye transplant spooks well!
Thesse are just my opinions, for full justifications, check out the podcast (It's an old one though...) Otherwise, let me know what I missed.