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Best Horror from Criterion

by Kurt

Created 08/14/12

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Some of the best cinema has come in the form of monsters, mad men, and outer space.

  • No one can deny the impact that this film had in the early 90's. This film shaped the way horror films are made.

  • Maybe not the most frightening movie. More of an Avant Garde take on the vampire lore. Still very riveting cinema. Love the old woman as the antagonist.

  • Lars really out did himself with this beautifully shot horror film. Some moments are scary as hell. Never has a movie made me look away in disgust.

  • This movie has it all mad doctors, car chases, and explosions. Personally my favorite Lang film and a great halloween classic for me.

  • George Romero had to be influenced by the atmosphere and style of this movie. Truly a scary film, not one halloween goes by without this going in to my dvd player.

  • Cronenberg's best work, places its characters in a crazy plot about a strange television program. Who doesn't love a film where a man can open his chest and place things in it.

  • Witchcraft, Satan, and Torture! I can't say enough about how great this film is. They don't make them like this anymore.

  • Sell your soul for fame and fortune, and what you get is the antichrist himself. This film scared the crap out of me when I was young.

  • To me by far this is del Toro's best film to date. Love the new take on vampires. Blood is the life (as said by Renfield), and it isn't more true than in this beautiful piece of cinema.

  • No one would ever want to lose a loved one the way this guy does. But to make things worse is to find out the truth. Because the truth can be deadly sometimes. One of cinemas best endings.

46 comments

  • By Sleestak
    November 25, 2012
    01:18 AM

    That list is boss! Haxan's bell's and whistles make it one of my favorite Criterion horror DVD's. Although it deals more with the horror of creative block, I would add The Nekid Lunch to the list.
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    • By Kurt
      November 26, 2012
      03:20 PM

      Thanks Bob...Haxan was one of the first films I bought by Criterion. It still has a special place in my thoughts, even after watching hundreds of Criterion's other titles. As for Naked Lunch I do love it, but I would save that for a under the influence list. It would be with the likes of Withnail and I and Fear and Loathing...Something on those lines.
  • By Gash
    November 26, 2012
    02:20 PM

    I really liked this list, but I find Dead Ringers much creepier than Videodrome. I really want to see The Vanishing, I hope I can get it soon.
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    • By Kurt
      November 26, 2012
      03:08 PM

      Thanks Gash. When I bought The Vanishing blind to what it was all about, I was very astonished by the tale that unfolded before my eyes. I won't ruin it, but it is a most see.
    • By Kurt
      November 26, 2012
      03:31 PM

      Sorry I meant a "must see".
  • By John C.
    November 27, 2012
    05:25 PM

    How about Brian DePalma's "Sisters"?
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    • By Kurt
      November 28, 2012
      08:25 AM

      Sisters is a great film, but it would be below my top ten. I've never been a huge fan of DePalma. Sisters and Dressed to Kill are his best to date.
  • By JustinDW
    November 29, 2012
    06:58 PM

    Hey, Kurt! I never thought of Testament of Dr Mabuse as a horror film, more of a macabre thriller. I will have to watch it again from a horror point of view. Great list!
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    • By Kurt
      November 30, 2012
      11:53 AM

      Thanks DW! I think when the doctor sits in his office and the ghost of Mabuse speaks to him from the other side of the desk, it embodies the horror genre. There are other instinces in the film that could be called horror. But your not wrong it is a macabre thriller, and many other things.
  • By Marc
    November 30, 2012
    09:42 PM

    Eyes Without A Face is a fantastic classic of the genre.Everything about this film makes full use of the fact that the viewer is constantly questioning his own sanity,I was left on the edge of my seat wondering who on earth could think up of these things?A truly gripping film that is very much worth repeated viewings.
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  • By D.j. West
    December 02, 2012
    03:29 PM

    What about The Shining?
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    • By Olivier
      January 30, 2013
      08:01 PM

      The Shining isn't in The Criterion Collection
  • By Daniel Dolgin
    December 02, 2012
    11:21 PM

    Silence of the lambs (RIP), Antichrist, and Rosemary's Baby Yum
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  • By David Hollingsworth
    December 03, 2012
    06:00 PM

    Great list! Much better than mine.
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  • By Sean
    December 04, 2012
    08:31 AM

    Silence Of The Lambs needs to be re released and extras beyond any DVD and Blu-Ray that's avaible right now when it comes to how the filn was made to commentary, why the film is consider controversiial and so much much more! Please Criterion re release Silents Of The Lambs!
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  • By Sean
    December 04, 2012
    08:35 AM

    What I meant is other copies that are currently available right now when it comes to this film as in other DVD'S AND Blu-Ray copies.
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  • By Sean
    December 04, 2012
    08:36 AM

    We need the extras that count not the one's that only entertain but to educate as well too wouldn't you agree!
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  • By Corby Daniel
    December 06, 2012
    12:28 AM

    Great list. I could cry about a few you didn't list, but these are good selections. 10 can be such a small number.
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    • By Kurt
      December 06, 2012
      08:23 AM

      Thanks CorbyD, and for not crying about the few you think need to be on here. If someone thinks my list is not up to snuff because of a few films that they favor, then make your own list. Picking out 10 films is hard when there is so many to choose from.
    • By Kurt
      December 06, 2012
      08:24 AM

      @ CorbyD...by the way this is not an attack on you.
    • By Corby Daniel
      March 29, 2013
      08:51 PM

      Just saw your comment. Didn't take it as an attack. Thanks.
  • By Gord
    December 08, 2012
    01:37 PM

    LEAVE A COMMENT
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  • By Gord
    December 08, 2012
    01:39 PM

    I like how you've put Vampyr high on the list because it puts ambiance high on the list - you're right it's not scary in the usual sense, but it gets under your skin. [sorry for the mistaken 'empty' post above]
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  • By waltwhite
    December 14, 2012
    04:57 PM

    Great list. just picked up Videodrome and Cronos on BluRay and they look Great
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  • By KJH6926
    January 19, 2013
    06:05 PM

    great list... I have my fingers crossed for another release of Häxan on blu-ray
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  • By Stndrd_Film_Lvr
    January 29, 2013
    01:23 PM

    How is Salo not in here?
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    • By Kurt
      January 29, 2013
      03:02 PM

      Because the list I made up is my opinion?
  • By EugeneC
    January 29, 2013
    03:44 PM

    Great list. Never thought of Antichrist as a horror film (not arguing that it isn't, just never thought of it that way).
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    • By Kurt
      January 30, 2013
      07:33 AM

      Thanks EugeneC...
  • By Big_Al
    February 24, 2013
    08:06 AM

    Great list Kurt! I especially like the inclusion of "The Testament of Dr. Mabuse", as I feel that movie is grossly underrated. Speaking of Lang... I guess "M" wouldn't qualify as a horror movie, even though it's about a child murderer. Also, I would have liked to have seen "Diabolique" make your list. What are your thoughts about that one?
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  • By Brad Collins
    March 28, 2013
    12:42 AM

    This is a good list Kurt, I can't argue anything on here at all! I'm especially glad to see Rosemary's Baby on this list. Absolutely frightening and frankly just disturbing. Not every film gives off the vibe that makes you feel like you're going to hell just for watching it! It's powerful.
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