1.) Evil Dead 2: Dead By Dawn (1987) Detroit’s Sam Raimi, Bruce Campbell & co.!

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2.) Cemetery Man (1994) bizarre Italian zombie movie

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3.) The Beyond (1981) Lucio Fulci Italian zombie

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4.) Dead Alive (1992) Peter Jackson (before he did Lord of the Rings) made the goriest movie of all time!

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5.) Children Shouldn’t Play with Dead Things (1972) excellent zombie movie made by Bob Clark (the same guy who did ‘A Christmas Story’!)

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6.) The Thing (1982) Kurt Russell battles aliens at an Antarctic research station!

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7.) Brain Dead (1990) bizarre horror-thriller starring Bill Pullman

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8.) Dead and Buried (1981) Stan Winston makeup

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9.) Re-Animator (1985) HP Lovecraft’s story on the big screen

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10.) Hard Rock Zombies (1985) one of the strangest movies ever made

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11.) Burial Ground (1981) Italian zombie flick

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12.) Return of the Living Dead (1985) excellent 80s zombie comedy

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13.) Bad Taste (1987) Peter Jackson was into some weird shit!

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14.) April Fools Day (1986) excellent murder mystery at island mansion

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15.) Intruder (1989) excellent indie horror from Detroit’s own Scott Spiegel! While living in Los Angeles, a young Quentin Tarantino used to crash on Spiegel’s couch!

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16.) The Ninth Gate (1999) unscrupulous book dealer Johnny Depp becomes entangled in a spooky Satanic web of treachery

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17.) Return to Horror High (1987) witness a young George Clooney and a great murder mystery!

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18.) Motel Hell (1980) “it takes all kinds of critters to make Farmer Vincent’s tasty fritters”

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19.) Curse of the Demon (1957) excellent B&W horror

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20.) Hausu (1977) Japanese horror; one of the weirdest films of all time

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21.) Biozombie (1998) excellent Chinese zombie movie!

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22.) Death Bed: the Bed That Eats (1977) bizarre horror shot on Detroit’s Lower Eastside at the Gar Wood Mansion (450 Keelson Drive, Detroit, MI)!

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23.) I, Madman (1989) excellent psychological horror; when books become real

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24.) The Stuff (1985) sci-fi horror from Larry Cohen

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25.) Night of the Creeps (1986) great horror comedy

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26.) From Hell (2001) Johnny Depp in Whitechapel London, 1888, hunting Jack the Ripper

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27.) Let’s Scare Jessica to Death (1971) superb psychological horror

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28.) Dead Heat (1988) largely unknown horror comedy starring Joe Piscopo!

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29.) From Beyond (1986) another crazy Lovecraft tale brought to the big screen

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30.) The Changeling (1980) excellent ghost story starring Detroit’s own George C. Scott. Fun Fact: George C. Scott used to be an usher at Detroit’s Old Redford Theatre at Lasher & Grand River!

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31.) Haunter (2013) creepy little chiller

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32.) Rabid Grannies (1988) hilarious horror from those sickos at Troma

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33.) The Asphyx (1973) photographing Victorian death spirits

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34.) V/H/S (2012) one of the best from the found footage horror genre; also check out the sequel V/H/S/ 2 (2013)

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35.) Rec (2007) well-done found footage zombie movie from Barcelona, Spain

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36.) Sinister (2012) excellent horror about true crime writer tracking an otherworldly serial killer

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37.) The Thing (1951) excellent B&W sci-fi horror from Howard Hawks

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38.) Phantasm (1979) the Tall Man comes for you!

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39.) The Haunting (1963) possibly the best ghost movie ever made

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40.) Killer Klowns from Outer Space (1988) classic 80s horror-comedy

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41.) Dog Soldiers (2002) creepy unusual British horror movie

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42.) The Serpent and the Rainbow (1988) bizarre true story of Harvard anthropologist Wade Davis encountering voodoo in Haiti

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43.) House (1986) surreal haunted house flick

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44.) The Gate (1987) two kids dig up ‘the gate to hell’ in their backyard

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45.) The Taking of Deborah Logan (2014) found footage pseudo-doc worth a watch

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46.) Paperhouse (1988) dark psychological horror

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47.) Fright Night (1985) when vampires move in next door!

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48.) Beast of Yucca Flats (1961) hilariously bad atomic sci-fi horror starring Tor Johnson

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49.) Popcorn (1991) killer who wears others faces

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50.) Mr. Boogedy (1985) hard-to-find Disney horror movie

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51.) The Toolbox Murders (1978) ski-masked maniac kills apartment complex tenants in L.A. with the contents of a toolbox. Oddly well done. 

52.) Megan is Missing (2011) Disturbingly graphic found-footage horror of two 13-year old girls who are kidnapped, tortured, raped and killed. 

53.) Canvas of Blood (1997) Female violin prodigy’s dreams are dashed when her abusive boyfriend damages her hand. So, her pissed off father builds her a deadly new bionic hand!

54.) Frailty (2001) Gods Hands Killer string of murders. This movie is a sort of rural, supernatural Taxi Driver. 

 

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