Interview with the Vampire (1994)
Brad Pitt, Christian Slater, Tom Cruise, Antonio Banderas and Kirsten Dunst make up the star cast of this classic vampire saga that begins in the 1700s and ends, well… never. It is a vampire movie, after all. Based on a 1976 novel by Ann Rice, Interview with the Vampire is voluptuous and dark. Twilight fans be warned. This is a proper vampire film that actually features blood.
Dawn of the Dead (1978)
Can a horror film function as both terrifyingly gruesome shock fest and as a (often hilarous) social critique at the same time? Yes. Yes it can. Dawn of the Dead follows director George Romero’s classic horror film Night of the Living Dead (also highly recommended).
Rosemary’s Baby (1968)
A young Mia Farrow is Rosemary Woodhouse, the sweet woman-next-door type who becomes pregnant with satan’s child. Rosemary’s Baby is a sophisticated, classic paranoia horror picture. (What are the neighbors really doing next door? And what about that spouse of yours?). The film is adapted by a novel by Ira Levin and directed by Roman Polanski.
The Cabinet of Doctor Caligari (1920)
Step into Holstenwall, the film’s fictional locale, and view the world through the eyes of a madman. Caligari (Werner Krauss) travels to a fair to exhibit Cesare, a somnambulist who can murder on command. A must-see for any horror film buff, Dr Caligari is an icon German expressionist film; and one that is credited for paving the way for other horror films like Nosferatu and Frankenstein.
Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992)
Francis Ford Coppola (think Apocalypose Now, The Conversation, etc.) produced this horror-romance film about a soliciter (Jonathan Harker played by Keanu Reeves) who travels to Transylvania to conduct business with a strange client who just happens to sleep in a coffin.
The Shining (1980)
“All work and no play make Jack a dull boy.” Indeed. Jack Torrance (played by Jack Nicholson), Wendy Torrance (Shelley Duvall) and their son Danny move to The Overlook, an isolated Colorado hotel, after Jack takes a job as winter caretaker. The previous caretaker went crazy and murdered his family — Jack soon wants to do the same.