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

  • Blood and Black Lace

    4

  • The Leopard Man

    5

  • Cannibal Holocaust

    6

  • Halloween

    7

  • Cure

    8

  • A Bay of Blood

    9

  • Torso

    10

  • The Blair Witch Project

    11

  • A Page of Madness

    12

  • Lisa and the Devil

    13

  • Pulse

    14

  • The Whip and the Body

    15

  • The Mummy

    16

  • Love Massacre

    17

  • Day of the Dead

    18

  • The Thing

    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

  • Black Sabbath

    35

  • Dawn of the Dead

    36

  • Loft

    37

  • The Psychic

    38

  • God Told Me To

    39

  • Vampyr

    40

  • Audition

    41

  • Scream

    42

  • The Devil Rides Out

    43

  • Pieces

    44

  • Halloween II

    45

  • Vampyros Lesbos

    46

  • White of the Eye

    47

  • Retribution

    48

  • Martin

    49

  • New Blood

    50

  • Christine

    51

  • Knock Knock

    52

  • Black Sunday

    53

  • The People Under the Stairs

    54

  • Nosferatu

    55

  • The Slumber Party Massacre

    56

  • Re-Animator

    57

  • Inferno

    58

  • The Lords of Salem

    59

  • Night of the Demon

    60

  • The Ghost of Yotsuya

    61

  • Dracula

    62

  • Celluloid Nightmares

    63

  • Scream 4

    64

  • The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2

    65

  • The Addiction

    66

  • The Happening

    67

  • Lust of the Vampire

    68

  • The Strange Vice of Mrs Wardh

    69

  • Shocker

    70

  • Night Terrors

    71

  • Ganja & Hess

    72

  • The Unknown

    73

  • Sleepaway Camp

    74

  • The House by the Cemetery

    75

  • The Mangler

    76

  • In the Mouth of Madness

    77

  • The Gorgon

    78

  • A Night to Dismember

    79

  • Exorcist II: The Heretic

    80

  • The Fly

    81

  • Matango

    82

  • Island of Lost Souls

    83

  • The Funhouse

    84

  • Creature from the Black Lagoon

    85

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

    86

  • Blood Rage

    87

  • Toolbox Murders

    88

  • StageFright: Aquarius

    89

  • The Fog

    90

  • The Witch

    91

  • Cat People

    92

  • Night of the Living Dead

    93

  • The Church

    94

  • See No Evil

    95

  • The Visit

    96

  • House on the Edge of the Park

    97

  • Love - Zero = Infinity

    98

  • The Living Dead at Manchester Morgue

    99

  • Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives

    100