(In case you haven’t yet, please check out Part 1 of my list, too!)
(MILD SPOILER ALERT!!!)
75. Evil Dead (2013)
Directed By: Fede Alvarez
Stars: Jane Levy, Shiloh Fernandez, Jessica Lucas, and Lou Taylor Pucci.
Synopsis (provided by IMDb.com): Five friends head to a remote cabin, where the discovery of a mysterious book leads them to unwittingly summon up demons living in the nearby woods.
Why I Love It: For starters, the atmosphere of Evil Dead was so perfect! The tension and dread didn’t let up, the special effects were on point, and the music really added to the chills. It also holds a special place in my heart because it was the first horror film I watched in the theaters, and experiencing it on the big screen was something I’ll never forget!
Favorite Scene: The demon’s threat.
Cheryl (Ellen Sandweiss): “You will die! Like the others before you! One by one, we will take you!”
Mia (Jane Levy): “You’re all going to die tonight.”
74. Invasion Of The Body Snatchers (1978)
Directed By: Phillip Kaufman
Stars: Donald Sutherland, Brooke Adams, Jeff Goldblum, and Veronica Cartwright.
Synopsis (provided by IMDb.com): When seeds drift to Earth from space, mysterious pods begin to grow and invade a small town, replicating the residents one body at a time.
Why I Love It: I’m not usually a fan of sci-fi horror films, but this one just knocked it out of the park for me. It was so creepy and I loved all of the characters. It’s a terrifying situation to imagine yourself in – one full of paranoia and frenzy.
Favorite Scene: Matthew (Donald Sutherland) and Elizabeth’s (Brooke Adams) dinner scene.
Jack (Jeff Goldblum): “What are you talking about? A space flower?”
Nancy (Veronica Cartwright): “Well, why not a space flower? Why do we always expect metal ships?”
Jack: “I’ve NEVER expected metal ships.”
73. Split (2016)
Directed By: M. Night Shyamalan
Stars: James McAvoy, Anya Taylor-Joy, Haley Lu Richardson, and Betty Buckley.
Synopsis (provided by IMDb.com): Three girls are kidnapped by a man with a diagnosed 23 distinct personalities. They must try to escape before the apparent emergence of a frightful new 24th.
Why I Love It: After a few bombs in the past, I think M. Night Shyamalan really redeemed himself with Split. It brought us a remarkable super-villain backstory, and James McAvoy gave his best performance – or should I say performances? The cinematography is beautiful and that ending was a nice little twist.
Favorite Scene: Hedwig’s (James McAvoy) dance party.
The Beast (James McAvoy): “The broken are the more evolved.”
72. My Bloody Valentine (1981)
Directed By: George Mihalka
Stars: Paul Kelman, Lori Hallier, Neil Affleck, and Keith Knight.
Synopsis (provided by IMDb.com): A decades-old folk tale surrounding a deranged murderer killing those who celebrate Valentine’s Day turns out to be true to legend when a group of young rebels defies the killer’s order.
Why I Love It: This is one of the best ‘80s slashers! The characters are so likable, I’d watch a whole movie of them just goofing off and making each other laugh. It has some unique kills, a good twist, and its end credits song is so chilling and beautiful.
Favorite Scene: The Ballad of Harry Warden (end credits song).
Axel (Neil Affleck): “Sarah, be my bloody Valentine! Daddy’s gone away, Harry Warden made you pay…”
71. The Last House On The Left (1972)
Directed By: Wes Craven
Stars: Sandra Peabody, Lucy Grantham, David Hess, and Fred J. Lincoln.
Synopsis (provided by IMDb.com): Two teenage girls head to a rock concert for one’s birthday. While trying to score marijuana in the city, they are kidnapped and brutalized by a gang of psychopathic convicts.
Why I Love It: This is a very odd film that can be disturbing and controversial in one scene, and silly and unintentionally goofy in the next. I love the film’s soundtrack that was written AND performed by the main antagonist, Krug (David Hess). This is not only one of the best revenge flicks I’ve seen, it’s one of my favorites created by Wes Craven.
Favorite Scene: When Mari (Sandra Peabody) walks into the lake.
Phyllis (Lucy Grantham): “Oh, my parents are in the iron and steel business.”
Estelle (Cynthia Carr): “Iron and steel, both together? How unusual.”
Phyllis: “Yeah, well, my mother irons and my father steals.”
70. The Hills Have Eyes (2006)
Directed By: Alexandre Aja
Stars: Ted Levine, Dan Byrd, Emilie de Ravin, and Aaron Stanford.
Synopsis (provided by IMDb.com): A family falls victim to a group of mutated cannibals in a desert far away from civilization.
Why I Love It: This film has one of the best male protagonists of all time! The main characters are all clever and tough. You put that with unstoppable, cunning cannibals, and you get an epic battle for survival. It’s one of the many remakes I love more than the original.
Favorite Scene: When Doug (Aaron Stanford) gets the upper hand against Lizard (Robert Joy).
Big Brain (Desmond Askew): “Your people asked our families to leave the towns, and you destroyed our homes. We went into the mines, you set off your bombs, and turned everything to ashes. You made us what we’ve become.”
69. Nothing But Trouble (1991)
Directed By: Dan Aykroyd
Stars: Chevy Chase, Dan Aykroyd, John Candy, and Demi Moore.
Synopsis (provided by IMDb.com): A business man and his friends are captured by a sadistic judge and his equally odd family in the backwoods of a bizarre mansion.
Why I Love It: I’ve been a big fan of Dan Aykroyd for years, and this was always one of my favorite films of his. It’s quirky, random, and unforgettable! I’ve watched it many times over the years, so there’s also nostalgia and sentiment. Plus, the song by Digital Underground is fire!
Favorite Scene: The dinner scene.
J.P. (Dan Aykroyd): “I’m gonna dig so many new holes in you, you’re gonna look like a salt shaker!”
68. The Big Lebowski (1998)
Directed By: Joel and Ethan Coen
Stars: Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Julianne Moore, and Steve Buscemi.
Synopsis (provided by IMDb.com): Jeff “The Dude” Lebowski, mistaken for a millionaire of the same name, seeks restitution for his ruined rug and enlists his bowling buddies to help get it.
Why I Love It: For starters, I’ll never get tired of Walter (John Goodman) getting constantly annoyed by Donnie (Steve Buscemi). In fact, pretty much every scene with Walter is gold! It’s such a wacky and random comedy that holds my attention every time.
Favorite Scene: When Walter loses it with Smokey (Jimmie Dale Gilmore).
The Dude (Jeff Bridges): “God d**n you, Walter! You f***ing a**hole! Everything’s a f***ing travesty with you, man! And what was all that s**t about Vietnam? What the F**K has anything got to do with Vietnam? What the f**k are you talking about?”
67. Gremlins (1984)
Directed By: Joe Dante
Stars: Zach Galligan, Phoebe Cates, Hoyt Axton, and Frances Lee McCain.
Synopsis (provided by IMDb.com): A boy inadvertently breaks three important rules concerning his new pet and unleashes a horde of malevolently mischievous monsters on a small town.
Why I Love It: This is one of my favorite Christmas movies. It really keeps the holiday spirit, and provides plenty of laughs. I love the concept of the film, and the idea of an adorable creature turning into a terrifying monster after 3 rules are broken.
Favorite Scene: When the gremlins watch Snow White.
Randall (Hoyt Axton): “Well, that’s the story. So, if your air conditioner goes on the fritz or your washing machine blows up or your video recorder conks out; before you call the repairman, turn on all the lights, check all the closets and cupboards, look under all the beds. Cause you never can tell, there just might be a gremlin in your house.”
66. House Of 1,000 Corpses (2003)
Directed By: Rob Zombie
Stars: Sid Haig, Karen Black, Bill Moseley, and Sheri Moon Zombie.
Synopsis (provided by IMDb.com): Two young couples traveling across the backwoods of Texas searching for urban legends of murder end up as prisoners of a bizarre and sadistic backwater family of serial killers.
Why I Love It: This film introduced us to Bill Moseley (Otis), Sheri Moon Zombie (Baby), and Sid Haig’s (Captain Spaulding) best and most memorable characters! I love the museum and serial killer tour. It’s very reminiscent of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre with much more interesting characters. With a killer cast and an epic soundtrack, it’s a film that stuck with me for years.
Favorite Scene: The slow-motion massacre.
Otis: “Boy, I bet you’d stick your head in a fire if I told ya you could see Hell.”
65. Halloween (1978)
Directed By: John Carpenter
Stars: Donald Pleasence, Jamie Lee Curtis, Tony Moran, and Nancy Kyes.
Synopsis (provided by IMDb.com): Fifteen years after murdering his sister on Halloween night 1963, Michael Myers (Tony Moran) escapes from a mental hospital and returns to Haddonfield, Illinois to kill again.
Why I Love It: This was Jamie Lee Curtis’ (Laurie) breakout role! I loved her portrayal of the sweet, innocent final girl. I also loved Annie (Nancy Kyes) and Lynda (P.J. Soles). They all have great chemistry. Donald Pleasence was an amazing Loomis, and John Carpenter created something so legendary with this film!
Favorite Scene: When Annie is stuck in the laundry room.
Leigh (Charles Cyphers): “You know, it’s Halloween. I guess everyone’s entitled to one good scare, huh?”
64. Saw 3 (2006)
Directed By: Darren Lynn Bousman
Stars: Tobin Bell, Shawnee Smith, Angus Macfadyen, and Bahar Soomekh.
Synopsis (provided by IMDb.com): Jigsaw (Tobin Bell) abducts a doctor in order to keep himself alive while he watches his new apprentice put an unlucky citizen named Jeff (Angus Macfadyen) through a brutal test.
Why I Love It: I love Saw 3 more than the first one because we get to go more in-depth of Jigsaw (Tobin Bell) and his protege, Amanda (Shawnee Smith). Plus, the sub-plot is unbelievably devastating, and connecting everything in the story was just brilliant to me.
Favorite Scene: Judge Halden’s (Barry Flatman) punishment.
Judge Halden: “Don’t become what he is! Don’t become a killer!”
63. Cabin Fever (2002)
Directed By: Eli Roth
Stars: Jordan Ladd, Rider Strong, James DeBello, and Joey Kern.
Synopsis (provided by IMDb.com): Five college graduates rent a cabin in the woods and begin to fall victim to a horrifying flesh-eating virus, which attracts the unwanted attention of the homicidal locals.
Why I Love It: What I love the most about this film is that it’s capable of being so creepy, while also being so random, it’s almost hilarious! I think this cast had great chemistry together, and it’s just fun watching them interact with each other. Cabin Fever has stayed with me for years and I can say sincerely that I still enjoy it to this day.
Favorite Scene: The campfire story.
Jeff (Joey Kern): “I don’t want to get sick. I don’t want any of us getting sick, but you two f***in’ f***ers insist on touching her. Now she’s bleeding all over both you guys!”
62. The Boondock Saints (1999)
Directed By: Troy Duffy
Stars: Willem Dafoe, Sean Patrick Flanery, Norman Reedus, and David Della Rocco.
Synopsis (provided by IMDb.com): Two Irish Catholic brothers become vigilantes and wipe out Boston’s criminal underworld in the name of God.
Why I Love It: After recently rewatching it, I realize I love absolutely love everything about this film! On one side, we have two professional killers and their bumbling buddy trying to rid the world of evil. On the other side, we have the professional criminal hunters piecing together everything the killers are doing. We witness two different groups with two different views of justice, and it’s one hilarious ride!
Favorite Scene: Connor (Sean Patrick Flanery) and Murphy’s (Norman Reedus) final speech.
Il Duce (Bill Connolly): “Never shall innocent blood be shed, yet the blood of the wicked shall flow like a river. The Three shall spread their blackened wings and be the vengeful striking hammer of God.”
61. Halloween (2007)
Directed By: Rob Zombie
Stars: Scout Taylor-Compton, Malcolm McDowell, Tyler Mane, and Brad Dourif.
Synopsis (provided by IMDb.com): After being committed for 17 years, Michael Myers (Tyler Mane), now a grown man and still very dangerous, escapes from the mental institution and immediately returns to Haddonfield to find his baby sister, Laurie (Scout Taylor-Compton).
Why I Love It: I love how this film gives Michael Myers (Tyler Mane) such a realistic backstory. Zombie was able to take a classic tale and put his own spin on it. I’ve always loved the casts in Rob Zombie’s films, and I think the casting choices in Halloween are excellent.
Favorite Scene: Massacre at home.
Dr. Loomis (Malcolm McDowell): “These eyes will deceive you. They will destroy you. They will take from you your innocence, your pride, and eventually your soul. These eyes do not see what you and I see. Behind these eyes, one finds only blackness: the absence of light. These are the eyes of a psychopath.”
60. Horrible Bosses (2011)
Directed By: Seth Gordon
Stars: Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis, and Jennifer Aniston.
Synopsis (provided by IMDb.com): Three friends conspire to murder their awful bosses when they realize they’re the ones standing in the way of their happiness.
Why I Love It: I’ve always loved the concept of Strangers On A Train, and they put such a hilarious comedic spin on it with this film! Jason Bateman (Nick), Charlie Day (Dale), and Jason Sudeikis work so well together, I’d watch any film that had all three in it.
Favorite Scene: When the gang raids Bobby’s (Colin Farrell) house.
Bobby: “You’re three hours late. What’s the deal?”
Kurt (Jason Sudeikis): “I was at your father’s funeral.”
Bobby: “Uh huh. Well, maybe that excuse would have flown when my dad was still here, but I’m in charge now.”
Kurt: “That excuse wouldn’t make sense if your dad was still here.”
59. Hollow Man (2000)
Directed By: Paul Verhoeven
Stars: Kevin Bacon, Elizabeth Shue, Josh Brolin, and Kim Dickens.
Synopsis (provided by IMDb.com): When the leader of a team of scientists volunteers to be the test subject for their experiment in human invisibility, he slowly unravels and turns against them, with horrific consequences.
Why I Love It: Kevin Bacon (Sebastian) was absolutely perfect for the villainous role. It’s probably my favorite performance of his. The setting was also perfect for creating a frightful, isolated experience. I also love how terrifying the overall concept is. It’s a scary scenario to imagine.
Favorite Scene: When Sebastian becomes invisible.
Sebastian: “You know what, Matt? It’s amazing what you can do when you don’t have to look at yourself in the mirror anymore.”
58. A Haunted House (2013)
Directed By: Michael Tiddes
Stars: Marlon Wayans, Essence Atkins, David Koechner, and Dave Sheridan.
Synopsis (provided by IMDb.com): Malcolm (Marlon Wayans) and Kisha (Essence Atkins) move into their dream home, but soon learn that a demon also resides there.
Why I Love It: This film had the perfect amount of ridiculousness and hilarity. Essence and Marlon played an awesome couple and I love the way they work together. Nick Swardson was so great as Chip the psychic, it’s my favorite performance of his!
Favorite Scene: Chip’s first visit.
Kisha: “Ray-Ray, cut it out! You’re gonna make it mad!”
Ray-Ray (Affion Crockett): “I don’t give a f**k, Kisha! He should be worried about making Ray-Ray mad up in here, b***h.”
57. Tammy (2014)
Directed By: Ben Falcone
Stars: Melissa McCarthy, Susan Sarandon, Kathy Bates, and Allison Janney.
Synopsis (provided by IMDb.com): After losing her job and learning that her husband has been unfaithful, a woman hits the road with her profane, hard-drinking grandmother.
Why I Love It: I feel pretty connected to this film, because in some ways, I really relate to Tammy (Melissa McCarthy). Every time I watch the film, it makes me think about my own life. It’s definitely not the perfect road trip movie, but it’s one I can watch a million times and still love.
Favorite Scene: When Lenore (Kathy Bates) comes to the rescue.
Becky (Sarah Baker): “We’re gonna need more pies!”
56. Get Out (2017)
Directed By: Jordan Peele
Stars: Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Bradley Whitford, and Catherine Keener.
Synopsis (provided by IMDb.com): A young African-American visits his white girlfriend’s parents for the weekend, where his simmering uneasiness about their reception of him eventually reaches a boiling point.
Why I Love It: I’ve been a big fan of Jordan Peele’s ever since his Key and Peele days, and I think his directorial debut was absolutely wonderful! It was a good suspenseful mystery that kept me guessing the whole time. All of the performances were superb, I can’t single out any of them.
Favorite Scene: Every phone conversation Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) had with Rod (Lil Rel Howery).
Chris: “How did you find me?”
Rod: “I’m TS-Motherf***in’-A. We handle s**t. Consider this situation f***in’ handled.”
55. Pulp Fiction (1994)
Directed By: Quentin Tarantino
Stars: John Travolta, Uma Thurman, Samuel L. Jackson, and Bruce Willis.
Synopsis (provided by IMDb.com): The lives of two mob hitmen, a boxer, a gangster and his wife, and a pair of diner bandits intertwine in four tales of violence and redemption.
Why I Love It: I’ve always loved a film with intertwining stories. It keeps the plot interesting and I love seeing all of the pieces fall into place! It’s shocking, hilarious, and the dialogue is killer (which is no surprise, considering Tarantino is the king of dialogue)!
Favorite Scene: When Vincent (John Travolta) takes Mia (Uma Thurman) to Lance’s (Eric Stoltz) house to save her.
Jules (Samuel L. Jackson): “The truth is you’re the weak, and I am the tyranny of evil men. But I’m tryin’, Ringo. I’m tryin’ real hard to be the shepherd.”
54. The Silence Of The Lambs (1991)
Directed By: Jonathan Demme
Stars: Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Scott Glenn, and Anthony Heald.
Synopsis (provided by IMDb.com): A young FBI cadet must receive the help of an incarcerated and manipulative cannibal killer to catch another serial killer, a madman who skins his victims.
Why I Love It: The Silence of The Lambs has one of the best serial killer performances of all time! Anthony Hopkins was born to play Hannibal Lecter. Also, Jodie Foster was wonderful as Clarice. It was such a disturbing mystery with such a crazy villain.
Favorite Scene: When the police officers find Lt. Boyle’s (Charles Napier) body.
Hannibal: “A census taker once tried to test me. I ate his liver with some lava beans and a nice chianti.”
53. Sweeney Todd (2007)
Directed By: Tim Burton
Stars: Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Alan Rickman, and Timothy Spall.
Synopsis: A wrongfully accused barber, with the help of a pie shop owner, returns to his home in London to seek revenge against the man who framed him.
Why I Love It: This is not only my favorite horror musical, it’s my favorite musical of all time. The music has made such an impact on me over the years. It is a powerful movie driven by love and vengeance. The ending is what really stuck with me. It was so perfectly tragic!
Favorite Scene: The final scene.
Sweeney (Johnny Depp): “You are young. Life has been kind to you. You will learn.”
52. Seven Psychopaths (2012)
Directed By: Martin McDonagh
Stars: Colin Farrell, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell, and Christopher Walken.
Synopsis (provided by IMDb.com): A struggling screenwriter inadvertently becomes entangled in the Los Angeles criminal underworld after his oddball friends kidnap a gangster’s beloved Shih Tzu.
Why I Love It: This is such a crazy and unique tale. The main story is so random, and the sub-stories were very intriguing to listen to. It’s like an unofficial anthology film centered around peace and violence – and dogs. Also, this is undoubtedly my favorite Sam Rockwell (Billy) performance.
Favorite Scene: When Hans (Christopher Walken) changes the Vietnamese story.
Hans: “Of course I ain’t gonna fight, but I ain’t gonna run.”
Marty (Colin Farrell): “What are you gonna do then?”
Hans: “I guess I’m gonna die.”
Marty: “Friends don’t make their friends die, Hans.”
Hans: “Psychopathic friends do.”
51. Death Proof (2007)
Directed By: Quentin Tarantino
Stars: Kurt Russell, Zoë Bell, Rosario Dawson, and Vanessa Ferlito.
Synopsis (provided by IMDb.com): Two separate sets of voluptuous women are stalked at different times by a scarred stuntman who uses his “death proof” cars to execute his murderous plans.
Why I Love It: A lot of people consider Death Proof Tarantino’s weakest film, but I think it’s great! For starters, it has good, strong female characters. Also, I love how we get two similar stories with two VERY different outcomes. Plus, the conversations in this film were so interesting, I can’t stop listening.
Favorite Scene: Zoë (Zoë Bell), Abby (Rosario Dawson), Kim (Tracie Thoms), and Lee’s (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) breakfast conversation.
Julia (Sydney Tamiia Poitier): “What about ‘kinda cute, kinda hot, kinda sexy, hysterically funny, but not funny-looking guy who you could f**k’ did you not understand?”
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