1975. Italy. Dir: Dario Argento. With David Hemmings, Daria Nicolodi. 127 min.
A British jazz musician stumbles on the grisly murder of a famous psychic – a harbinger of more deadly things to come. Massive meat cleavers, cherry-red ooze, and childhood trauma lurk around every corner in this sadistic, candy-colored stomach-turner that’s as terrifying as it is aesthetically striking.
1991. USA. Dir: Jonathan Demme. With Jodie Foster. 118 min. 35mm print.
To thwart a serial killer who skins young women, a green FBI agent seeks help from infamous cannibal Hannibal Lecter (Sir Anthony Hopkins, chewing scenery and faces). Their uneasy relationship sews together the slimy threads of this nail-biting, Oscar-sweeping thriller.
1976. USA. Dir: Brian De Palma. With Sissy Spacek, John Travolta. 98 min.
“If you’ve got a taste for terror…take Carrie to the prom.” Forget the typical high school movie schmaltz – De Palma depicts adolescent days as the true horror they really are. Sure, your personal coming-of-age may not have involved telekinesis and pig’s blood, but things were different in the 70s.
1982. USA. Dir: John Carpenter. With Kurt Russell, Keith David. 109 min.
A grizzled whiskey-guzzling Russell and a team of Antarctic researchers fight for survival against one of the most disturbing monstrosities to creep across the screen: a deceptive alien that takes on the form of its victims. The brain behind Halloween combines nerve-shredding tension with unmatched creature effects and an Ennio Morricone score.
1942. USA. Dir: Jacques Tourneur. With Simone Simon, Kent Smith. 73 min.
In this twisted fable about the caging of female sexuality, a woman with a fascination for large felines meets a well-to-do fella, falls in love, and gets married. Yet as the two find trouble consummating their nuptials, hubby’s eyes wander and the new bride shows signs that she might actually be a mystical cat-human hybrid…on the prowl for blood.
1977. Japan. Dir: Nobuhiko Obayashi. With Kimiko Ikegami. 88 min. 35mm print
A schoolgirl named Gorgeous and her friends head out to Auntie’s creaky country home to be devoured one by one by a bloodthirsty piano, phantom mattresses, and other ghoulish traps. With a stream-of-consciousness plot and boldly experimental design, this absurdist ghost take comes to life as a candy-colored pop art hallucination.
1935. USA. Dir: James Whale. With Boris Karloff, Elsa Lanchester. 75 min.
Doc Frankenstein reluctantly agrees to help his former mentor assemble a female creature just as his original monster comes back from the dead (again) to terrorize the countryside. The crown jewel of Universal’s classic monster movies receives a rare sequel that’s funnier, scarier and more beautiful than its predecessor.
1984. USA. Dir: Wes Craven. With Robert Englund, Heather Langenkamp. 91 min.
A group of teens (including Johnny Depp!) find out the true meaning of “bad dreams” when malicious ghost Freddy Krueger begins to haunt their nightmares, killing off kids in their imaginations – and in reality. Come scream at the late Craven’s seminal slasher flick. But whatever you do, don’t fall asleep…
1964. Japan. Dir: Masaki Kobayashi. With Keiko Kishi. 183 min. 35mm print.
A beautiful spectre appears in the snow; a writer sees faces in his tea; a blind musician performs for an unusual audience. This hypnotically stylized quartet of ghost stories dissolves the boundaries between life and death, whisking together folklore, big-budget cinematic artifice, and avant-garde music into one rapturous existential horror spectacle.
2014. USA. Dir: David Robert Mitchell. With Maika Monroe. 100 min.
Sex in the suburbs gets spooky when teenage Jay learns she’s been infected with an STD-like curse: a phantom that will stalk and kill her unless she passes it on to someone else. This unsettling concept never simplifies into soapbox symbolism, but escalates through absurdly frightening setpieces as Jay attempts to outsmart her demon and avoid certain doom