Joseph Perry’s Top 25 Horror Movies

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Horror journalist Joseph Perry mixes in some Thrills (He is certainly a big David Lynch fan) with his Scares in his top 25 list.  And yes, he’s ready for “That’s Not a Horror Movie!”  Hot take!

I fell in love with horror films as a preschooler when I first saw the Gill-Man swim across my TV screen in The Creature From the Black Lagoon and Mothra battle Godzilla in Godzilla vs. The Thing. My education in fright fare continued as a youngster in such TV series as “The Twilight Zone,” “The Outer Limits,” “Night Gallery,” and “Kolchak the Night Stalker,” along with legendary northern California horror host Bob Wilkins’ “Creature Features.”

I am a regular contributing writer to the print-only “Phantom of the Movies VideoScope” magazine. A staff writer for the print and online versions of DiaboliqueScream, and Gruesome Magazine; a staff writer for the websites Ghastly Grinning, That’s Not Current, and When it Was Cool; and one of the co-hosts of the podcasts Decades of Horror: The Classic Era and “Uphill Both Ways“.  I occasionally proudly co-write articles with my son Cohen Perry, who is a film critic in his own right.

Please note that my list is subject to change daily.

#1 Favorite Movie of ALL TIME!: Blue Velvet (1986)

Movie #2: Jaws (1975)

Movie #3: Halloween (1978)

Movie #4: The Similars (2015)

Movie #5: Maneater of Hydra (AKA Island of the Doomed) (1967)

Movie #6: The Tenant (1976)

Movie #7: The Creature From the Black Lagoon (1954)

Movie #8: Godzilla (1954)

Movie #9: The Love Witch (2016)

Movie #10: An American Werewolf In London (1981)

Movie #11: Dawn of the Dead (1978)

Movie #12: Mulholland Drive (2001)

Movie #13: Lost Highway (1997)

Movie #14: Ringu (1998)

Movie #15: Twins of Evil (1971)

Movie #16: What We Do in the Shadows (2014)

Movie #17: The Shining (1980)

Movie #18: Starry Eyes (2014)

Movie #19: Tales from the Crypt (1972)

Movie #20: Repulsion (1965)

Movie #21: The Curse of the Werewolf (1961)

Movie #22: Hereditary (2018)

Movie #23: It’s Alive (1974)

Movie #24: The Housemaid (1960)

Movie #25: Ju-on: The Grudge (2002)


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