the unholy corpse of john w. lehtonen

My 100 favorite horror films. Ranked, in the spirit of pain. Some personal, and probably contradictory, decisions were made regarding what counts and what doesn't.

Every horror fan has their reasons for obsession: expunging or working through traumas, venting bloodlust, stimulating the adrenal gland, genre nostalgia, etc.

I come to horror because it's transformative, or suggests transformation. Its fear, destruction, degeneration, have, for me, creative energy, demented slides on Heraclitean scales between would-be values. Horror is as much absurdity as it is fear -- that's why a laugh is as likely as a gasp, the pleasure/pain division erased to make an uncut feeling, sensation. It stimulates far edges and weird corners of the intellect, blending ideas, materializing abstractions, giving emotions…

  • Zombie Flesh Eaters

    1

  • Tenebre

    2

  • The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

    3

  • A Bay of Blood

    4

  • The Leopard Man

    5

  • Cannibal Holocaust

    6

  • Halloween

    7

  • Pulse

    8

  • Lisa and the Devil

    9

  • The Blair Witch Project

    10

  • Torso

    11

  • Cure

    12

  • A Page of Madness

    13

  • Blood and Black Lace

    14

  • The Mummy

    15

  • Love Massacre

    16

  • Day of the Dead

    17

  • The Thing

    18

  • The Whip and the Body

    19

  • I Walked with a Zombie

    20

  • Suspiria

    21

  • Lifeforce

    22

  • Prince of Darkness

    23

  • Splatter: Naked Blood

    24

  • Eugenie

    25

  • A Nightmare on Elm Street

    26

  • Videodrome

    27

  • Opera

    28

  • Kill, Baby... Kill!

    29

  • The Bride of Frankenstein

    30

  • The Black Cat

    31

  • All the Colors of the Dark

    32

  • Four Flies on Grey Velvet

    33

  • Halloween III: Season of the Witch

    34

  • Loft

    35

  • Black Sabbath

    36

  • Dawn of the Dead

    37

  • God Told Me To

    38

  • Vampyr

    39

  • The Psychic

    40

  • Audition

    41

  • Scream

    42

  • The Devil Rides Out

    43

  • Pieces

    44

  • Vampyros Lesbos

    45

  • The Exorcist

    46

  • White of the Eye

    47

  • Retribution

    48

  • New Blood

    49

  • Martin

    50

  • Halloween II

    51

  • Christine

    52

  • Knock Knock

    53

  • Black Sunday

    54

  • The People Under the Stairs

    55

  • Nosferatu

    56

  • The Slumber Party Massacre

    57

  • Re-Animator

    58

  • Inferno

    59

  • The Lords of Salem

    60

  • Night of the Demon

    61

  • The Ghost of Yotsuya

    62

  • Exorcist II: The Heretic

    63

  • Dracula

    64

  • Celluloid Nightmares

    65

  • Scream 4

    66

  • The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2

    67

  • The Addiction

    68

  • Beyond the Darkness

    69

  • The Happening

    70

  • Lust of the Vampire

    71

  • The Strange Vice of Mrs Wardh

    72

  • Shocker

    73

  • Night Terrors

    74

  • Ganja & Hess

    75

  • The Unknown

    76

  • Sleepaway Camp

    77

  • The House by the Cemetery

    78

  • The Mangler

    79

  • In the Mouth of Madness

    80

  • The Gorgon

    81

  • A Night to Dismember

    82

  • The Fly

    83

  • Matango

    84

  • Island of Lost Souls

    85

  • The Funhouse

    86

  • Creature from the Black Lagoon

    87

  • The Avenging Conscience: or 'Thou Shalt Not Kill'

    88

  • Blood Rage

    89

  • Toolbox Murders

    90

  • StageFright: Aquarius

    91

  • The Fog

    92

  • The Witch

    93

  • Cat People

    94

  • Night of the Living Dead

    95

  • The Church

    96

  • See No Evil

    97

  • The Visit

    98

  • House on the Edge of the Park

    99

  • Love - Zero = Infinity

    100