The Brandon Canon

Rather than create another straight-up favorite movies list, The Brandon Canon is a loosely defined collection of films that I personally deem essential viewing in one way or another, for better or worse. My logic with taking this approach is that it provides a better insight into my personal tastes and preferences, because simply creating a list of bests or favorites doesn't leave as much room for misfits I have a soft spot for like CLIFFORD or GOTTI.
Criteria include, but not exclusively limited to:
- all-time favorites, which may sound contradictory to the above mission statement, but those still have an important place on this list
- gems I consider underseen/underrated
- movies that are an extremely special kind of bad (see above: GOTTI)
- majorly influential films to me
- things that I would eloquently label as "extremely my shit"
List is currently ordered by release date.

  • The Night of the Hunter
  • A Face in the Crowd
  • Psycho
  • The Manchurian Candidate
  • Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
  • The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
  • Two for the Road
  • Dirty Harry
  • Death Wish
  • The Texas Chain Saw Massacre
  • Taxi Driver
  • All the President's Men
  • Smokey and the Bandit
  • Halloween
  • Phantasm
  • Alien
  • The Empire Strikes Back
  • The Blues Brothers
  • Blow Out
  • Student Bodies
  • The Evil Dead
  • Halloween II
  • E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
  • Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
  • The Thing
  • First Blood
  • The King of Comedy
  • Risky Business
  • Footloose
  • Gremlins
  • Ghostbusters
  • Ninja III: The Domination
  • A Nightmare on Elm Street
  • Stop Making Sense
  • Friday the 13th: A New Beginning
  • Fletch
  • Back to the Future
  • Pee-wee's Big Adventure
  • Teen Wolf
  • After Hours
  • A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 2: Freddy's Revenge
  • Rocky IV
  • Short Circuit
  • Blue Velvet
  • The Fly
  • The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2
  • Little Shop of Horrors
  • A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors
  • Beetlejuice
  • Who Framed Roger Rabbit
  • A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master
  • Hot to Trot
  • UHF
  • A Nightmare on Elm Street: The Dream Child
  • Back to the Future Part II
  • The Wizard
  • Ernest Goes to Jail
  • Back to the Future Part III
  • Gremlins 2: The New Batch
  • GoodFellas
  • Home Alone
  • Kindergarten Cop
  • If Looks Could Kill
  • Point Break
  • Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare
  • Wayne's World
  • Clifford
  • New Nightmare
  • Angus
  • Se7en
  • Fargo
  • Kids in the Hall: Brain Candy
  • Mars Attacks!
  • Beavis and Butt-Head Do America
  • Scream
  • Grosse Pointe Blank
  • The Wrong Guy
  • Boogie Nights
  • Jackie Brown
  • Dirty Work
  • BASEketball
  • Rushmore
  • South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut
  • Fight Club
  • Ready to Rumble
  • The Ladies Man
  • 3000 Miles to Graceland
  • The Royal Tenenbaums
  • Death to Smoochy
  • Cabin Fever
  • Freddy vs. Jason
  • Kill Bill: Vol. 1
  • Club Dread
  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  • Kill Bill: Vol. 2
  • Shaun of the Dead
  • Team America: World Police
  • Slither
  • Hot Fuzz
  • Zodiac