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20. Dead and Buried (Gary Sherman, 1981)
A young Robert (Freddy Krueger) Englund stars in this “creepy, sometimes gorytale in the vein of the Twilight Zone and Tales from the Crypt”. A tourist town is having a slight problem. All of their tourists keep getting killed off. “The transformation scene which is so startling and so unsettling you won’t be able to take your eyes off of it.”
19. Student Bodies (Mickey Rose, Michael Ritchie, 1981)
A priceless parody of the slasher genre. A serial killer stalks Lamab High School and its students lampoon every slasher trope including a running body count. Often imitated but never duplicated. Just a warning, it is a little cheesy by today’s standards.
18. Basket Case (Frank Henenlotter, 1982)
Frank Henenlotter begins his unpredictable and demented film career with this cult classic about a man and his deformed conjoined twin brother who is kept in a wicker basket. Their thirst for revenge takes a detour when love blossoms. Weird but in a good way.
17. Eraserhead (David Lynch, 1977)
Visionary director David Lynch launches his incredible career with this astounding, mind-bending story of a man who is tormented by visions as he takes care of a deformed child. It has to be seen to be believed.
16. Hell Night (Tom De Simone, 1981)
When scavenging the video store shelves in the eighties Hell Night was a rental I always avoided. The bargain basement cover art made the film seem just as cheap and cruddy. Checking it out years later on a whim I couldn’t believe misleading that packaging was. The Exorcist’s Linda Blair and Peter Barton of Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter star as a group of college students who are peer-pressured into staying in a creepy mansion overnight. It may not be that original but it is certainly superior to most low-budget slasher films.
15. Tragedy Girls (Tyler MacIntyre, 2017)
Brianna Hildebrand (Trinkets, Deadpool 2) and Alexandra Shipp (X-Men: Dark Phoenix, Deadpool 2 and X-Men: Apocalypse) star as a pair of off-kilter high school girls whose real crime podcast needs an injection of new blood. Hildebrand and Shipp steal the show. The gym scene is a classic.
14. Chakushin Ari – One Missed Call (Takashi Miike, 2003)
Not as popular as The Grudge or The Ring movies but just as creepy. Another group of slackers are haunted by forces from beyond. This time it is in the form of voice mails which predict their deaths in the near future. Watch the original series not the weak American rip-off. And, yes, the ringtone became a viral sensation. Hard to find but worth it. Amazon is currently out of stock.
13. Ginger Snaps (John Fawcett, 2000)
This Canadian entry is a lesser-known horror masterpiece. The brooding, bummed out lives of sisters Brigitte and Ginger becomes even more complicated when one of them turns into a blood-thirsty werewolf. Followed by the decent sequels Ginger Snaps 2: Unleashed and Ginger Snaps Back: The Beginning.
12. Pumpkinhead (Stan Winston, 1988)
A revenge scheme gives life to a magnificent monster known as Pumpkinhead. Stan Winston, the FX master known for his work on The Thing, Aliens, Terminator, Predator and Jurassic Park directs this surprise hit. It was followed by a decent comic book series and also three horrid sequels.
11. Sadako vs. Kayako (Kôji Shiraishi, 2016)
Not sure how this iconic clash slipped by so many but it did. The vengeful spirits from The Ring and The Grudge franchises square off in a no holds barred grudge match that ends as crazy as it begins. Oh, yeah, a few pesky humans get in the way too.