60 The House of the Devil (2009)

Directed by Ti West

For my 60th installment, I’m covering one of my favorite horror films. For many, this film is too much of a slow-burn. Common adjectives running through IMDB user reviews include “borefest,” “waste of my precious time,” “dull and full of anachronism.” I will acknowledge that this film moves at a much more leisurely pace than your average horror film. But wouldn’t you say that many films in this genre suffer from the opposite problem? Often jumping straight into the action with little to no concern for character development or story.

In stark contrast to many of the other films in this collection, this film relies very little on gore and violence. It does eventually make an appearance, but not without first taking special care to guide us there and bring us closer to the characters along the way, making it all the more impactful once it does finally kick in.

The majority of the film is carried entirely by MOOOOOOOD (all-caps, bolding, and extra “Os” intentional). Shot on 16mm and labored over obsessively, this film looks and feels incredible. The quality of the image and the cinematography are both well above par for the genre. It somehow manages to avoid all of the conventional tropes of a period piece — particularly one set in the ’80s — and instead feels like an honest love letter to the decade and the many familiar stylistic flourishes it’s so inspired by.

My rating: 9/10

59 Exhibit A (2013)

Directed by Dom Rotheroe

Simultaneously one of the best and most terrifying found footage films I’ve seen. Very disturbing and convincing.

My rating: 8/10

58 Goodnight Mommy (2014)

Directed by Severin Fiala, Veronika Franz

57 Green Room (2015)

Directed by Jeremy Saulnier

56 The Vanishing (1988)

Directed by George Sluizer

55 The Omen (1976)

Directed by Richard Donner

54 Les Diaboliques (1955)

Directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot

53 The Shining (1980)

Directed by Stanley Kubrick

52 Jaws (1975)

Directed by Steven Spielberg

51 Pet Sematary (1989)

Directed by Mary Lambert

50 Psycho (1960)

Directed by Alfred Hitchcock

49 Suspiria (1977)

Directed by Dario Argento

Suggested by Nicholas Shaw

48 The Eyes of My Mother (2016)

Directed by Nicolas Pesce

Suggested by Alexa Chermak

47 The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)

Directed by Tobe Hooper

46 Sinister (2012)

Directed by Scott Derrickson

45 The Blair Witch Project (1999)

Directed by Daniel Myrick, Eduardo Sánchez

44 mother! (2017)

Directed by Darren Aronofsky

43 The Descent (2005)

Directed by Neil Marshall

42 Poltergeist (1982)

Directed by Tobe Hooper

41 Misery (1990)

Directed by Rob Reiner

40 The Brood (1979)

Directed by David Cronenberg

39 28 Days Later (2002)

Directed by Danny Boyle

38 Hereditary (2018)

Directed by Ari Aster

37 Session 9 (2001)

Directed by Brad Anderson

36 Still of the Night (1982)

Directed by Robert Benson

35 Don’t Look Now (1973)

Directed by Nicolas Roeg

34 The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

Directed by Jonathan Demme

33 Marathon Man (1976)

Directed by John Schlesinger

32 Hellraiser (1987)

Directed by Clive Barker

31 The Witch (2015)

Directed by Robert Eggers

30 Deliverance (1972)

Directed by John Boorman

29 Signs (2002)

Directed by M. Night Shyamalan

28 Se7en (1995)

Directed by David Fincher

27 The Thing (1982)

Directed by John Carpenter

26 Bone Tomahawk (2015)

Directed by S. Craig Zahler

25 Annihilation (2018)

Directed by Alex Garland

24 A Nightmare On Elm Street (1984)

Directed by Wes Craven

23 Inside (2007)

Directed by Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury

22 It Follows (2014)

Directed by David Robert Mitchell

21 Jacob’s Ladder (1990)

Directed by Adrian Lyne

20 Zodiac (2007)

Directed by David Fincher

19 The Poughkeepsie Tapes (2007)

Directed by John Erick Dowdle

18 [REC] (2007)

Directed by Jaume Balagueró and Paco Plaza

17 The Orphanage (2007)

Directed by J.A. Bayona

16 Lake Mungo (2008)

Directed by Joel Anderson

15 Under the Skin (2013)

Directed by Jonathan Glazer

14 Mulholland Drive (2001)

Directed by David Lynch

13 The Bird With the Crystal Plumage (1970)

Directed by Dario Argento

12 The Signalman (1976)

Directed by Lawrence Gordon Clark

11 The Fog (1980)

Directed by John Carpenter

10 Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1989)

Directed by John McNaughton

9 Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1979)

Directed by Philip Kaufman

8 When a Stranger Calls (1979)

Directed by Fred Walton

7 Audition (1999)

Directed by Takashi Miike

6 Wait Until Dark (1967)

Directed by Terence Young

5 Exorcist III (1990)

Directed by William Peter Blatty

4 The Eclipse (2009)

Directed by Conor McPherson

3 Insidious (2011)

Directed by James Wan

2 The Tenant (1976)

Directed by Roman Polanski

1 Black Christmas (1974)

Directed by Bob Clark