Yes, it’s that time of year, time for an end-of-year roundup of sorts. Originally I thought I’d list my favorite horror movies of 2017, but since we’re all doing our favorite 2017 DVDs for Naro Video (yes, I actually work there now), I thought I’d take a slightly different tack.
So here are 25 horror movies (including links to those I’ve reviewed) available at Naro Video but not on Netflix (at least, not as I write this). Not necessarily all the best flicks ever, but still some (not nearly all) of my favorites. Incidentally, you can also check out the staff favorites at Naro Video soon.
Arguably one of the best horror anthologies ever made (and Barbara Steele).
Vengeance from the grave (and more Barbara Steele).
Creature From The Black Lagoon
For all you fans of The Shape Of Water, if you haven’t seen this, you’re missing some important references.
Dead Of Night
Early horror anthology and still one of the best.
Ken Russell’s near hallucinatory religious fever dream.
The Evil Dead
The original and best.
Withcraft Through The Ages. Silent and strangely unnerving.
If not the weirdest thing I’ve ever seen, certainly in the top 3.
A little Sweeney Todd, a little Sawney Bean, a little Eating Raoul. Yummy.
Japanese horror anthology based on the works on Lafcadion Hearn.
Mark Of The Devil
The most horrifying thing about this movie is the actual witchcraft hysteria that made it possible.
Attack Of The Mushroom People, from William H. Hodgson’s “A Voice In The Night.”
Yeah, yeah, Steven Yeun, but trust me. This ain’t Glenn from Walking Dead.
Night Of The Living Dead
What do you mean you haven’t seen this already?
Night Of The Creeps
This movie was Slither way before Slither was Slither.
The Night Of The Hunter
Robert Mitchum and the little story of right-hand/left-hand. What more could you want?
Nope. Not on Netflix. Day The Earth Stood Still? Yep. Fritz Lang’s Destiny? Oddly enough, yes. But no Psycho.
One of the most criminally underappreciated films I’ve ever seen.
Possibly the only zombie motorcycle gang flick ever.
Suddenly, Last Summer
Katherine Hepburn wants to have Elizabeth Taylor lobotomized, and that’s just for starters. If you don’t think this is a horror movie, you weren’t paying attention.
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
As with Evil Dead, the original, and still the best.
Tombs Of The Blind Dead
The first and by far the best of Amando De Ossorio’s series. Dreamlike visuals and, come on, zombie Knight Templars.
Trilogy Of Terror
Karen Black’s tour de force based on short stories by Richard Matheson (plus that ungodly Zuni fetish doll).
What Ever Happened To Baby Jane?
But ya are, Blanche! Ya are in that chair!
What We Do In The Shadows
One of the best takes on the vampire to come along since Lestat.