Guardians of the Galaxy helmer James Gunn has revealed some of his favorite horror movies – just in time for Halloween. The director has dipped his feet in the horror genre many times before. He wrote the screenplay for 2004’s Dawn of the Dead remake, before making his directorial debut with icky horror/comedy Slither, featuring Guardians co-star Michael Rooker.
His screenplay for The Belko Experiment was finally turned into a movie earlier this year, and he also provided the story for colorful zombie video game Lollipop Chainsaw. Even Gunn’s screenplays for the live-action Scooby-Doo movies have a number of spooky scenes and classic horror movie callbacks.
Now the director has decided to share his top fifty horror movies with his fans on his Facebook page. Gunn is eager to stress this list is a personal selection, stating that “It does not mean these are the BEST. They are simply the horror films I get the most out of personally.” No Halloween would be complete without a line-up of “Best Horror Movie” lists across various magazines and websites, but Gunn’s choices are unique in that it includes all the usual suspects – Jaws, The Shining, Alien – with a selection of more obscure titles.
Gunn’s list has something from just every horror subgenre, spanning from the 1920s all the way to present day. His most recent entries include this year’s smash hit Get Out, tense thriller Green Room and critically lauded Korean zombie movie Train To Busan. A number of foreign horror flicks rank high on his countdown too, from Guillermo del Toro’s low-budget debut Cronos, Japanese chiller Audition, and the cult insanity of 1977’s House (aka Hausu).
Gunn’s taste for horror comedy shouldn’t be a surprise given his back catalogue either. This includes Peter Jackson’s ultra-gory zombie film Dead Alive, Shaun of the Dead, Troll Hunter and even Piranha 3D; which is the definition of a guilty pleasure. The list has plenty of time for famed horror directors, including David Cronenberg’s The Fly, The Brood and Shivers and John Carpenter’s The Thing and They Live; surprisingly, in the latter’s case, Halloween didn’t make the cut.
Cult treats such as the 1988 remake of The Blob, Cemetery Man and the late, great George Romero’s vampire film Martin also made the list. There’s something for just about everyone on Gunn’s recommendations, so if you’re looking for a movie to watch for Halloween this year and need a few tips, it’s a very good place to start.
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