Courting Creepy: 13 slots for an ever-shifting list of movies I have to see asap.

As I create these Courting Creepy lists, I repeatedly discover gaps in my viewed-films list. My knowledge of zombie movies, for example, was so thin that I had to ask a guest blogger to construct a 13 crucial zombie films list for me. Each time I write a supposedly definitive list, I receive suggestions from readers for additions and replacements. Though I stand by my choices, I must also admit that I haven’t seen everything and, consequently, I could be missing a great film. I’ve been trying to keep the list of must-see movies in my head, and/or on random scraps of paper. It just occurred to me, that this is a better way to keep track. Duh.

[Last updated July 21st, 2014.]

As with all the lists, feel free (even compelled) to make suggestions and recommendations!

Twin Ranch Drive-In Movie Theater, Cleveland, Texas by Patrick Feller


13 creepy movies I most want to see next:

I. Byzantium (2012) – DVD – vampires

II. Silent House (2011) – Netflix – ghosts

III. Absence (2013) – Netflix – recommended by Monster Men – aliens

IV. The Conspiracy (2012)  – Netflix – secret society

V.  House of Voices (2004) – Netflix – ghosts

VI.  Munger Road (2011) – Netflix – ?

VII.  A Haunting at Silver Falls (2013) – Netflix – ghosts

VIII. Stoker (2013) – DVD – strange

IX.  Grave Encounters (2011) – Netflix – ghosts

X.  The Last Will and Testament of Rosalind Leigh (2012) – Netflix – recommended by Scholar – ghosts

XI.  Don’t Look Now (1973) – Netflix – ghosts? psychics?

XII.  Case 39 (2009) – DVD – strange

XIII. One Missed Call (2003 Japanese version) – DVD – recommended by Craft Fear – time-slip? ghosts?


Films to be moved up, as needed:

Recommendations by The Horror Online follow:
Paranormal Activity (2007) with DIRECTORS COMMENTARY –  ghosts

Alone with Her (2006) – DVD – stalker
The Poughkeepsie Tapes (2007) – saved on Netflix – serial killer
Home Movie (2008) – DVD – looks gruesome maybe? – strange
The Last Exorcism (2010) – DVD – demons
Troll Hunter (2010) – Netflix – monster
The Woman Who Came Back (1945) – DVD – ghosts?
Warlock (1989) – DVD – witches
The Witches (1990) – DVD – children, witches
To The Devil A Daughter (1976) – saved on Netflix – demons, writers
Witchfinder General (1968) – DVD – witches
The Devil Rides Out (1968) – saved on Netflix – witches
The City of the Dead (Horror Hotel) (1960) – saved on Netflix – witches
La Maschera Del Demonio aka Black Sunday (1960) – Netflix – witches

Other recommendations:
Communion (1989) – DVD – aliens
Children Shouldn’t Play With Dead Things (1973) – DVD – recommended by Hunter Shea – zombies
The Screaming Skull (1958) – DVD, very long wait – recommended by Parlor of Horror – psycho?
The New Daughter (2009) – DVD – recommended by Jimmy Smith – possession?
The Deaths of Ian Stone (2007) – DVD – recommended by parlorofhorror – time-slip? psycho?
The Echo (2008) – DVD – recommended by Scholar – ghosts?
The Bay (2012) – Netflix – recommended by Monster Men – monsters?
God Told Me (1976) – DVD – recommended by Wed’s Child – psycho? demons?
Let’s Scare Jessica to Death (1971) – DVD – classic, recommended by Daryll – ghosts
The Woman in Black (1989) – TV movie, also recommended by Daryll – ghosts
Prince Of Darkness (1987) – DVD – recommended by Hunter Shea – demons?
Candyman (1992) – Netflix – urban legend
The Howling (1981) – DVD – classic, think I’ve seen it, don’t remember well, werewolves
A Tale of Two Sisters (2003) – DVD – recommended by pilgrim52 – ghosts
Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982) -DVD – ?
The Exorcist III (1990) – DVD – Saw it at the drive-in, needs a rewatch – demons
The Skull (1965) – DVD – recommended by Parlor of Horror – strange, possession
The Stone Tape (1972) – recommended by Mark Hill (obscure made for British TV – hard to find?) – ghosts
Peeping Tom (1959) – DVD – rough going, I’ve heard (caught part of it on TV) – psycho? serial killer?
Obsession (1976) – saved on Netflix – stalker
The Spiral Staircase (1946) – DVD – stalker
Final Destination (2000) – DVD – psychic? time-slip?
Wolfen (1981) – DVD – werewolves
The Company of Wolves (1984) – DVD – werewolves
The Desperate Hours (1955) – saved on Netflix – psycho? stalker?
They Live (1988)  – DVD – aliens
A Clockwork Orange (1971)  – DVD – strange, psycho
Darkness (2002)  – DVD – ghosts
Shutter (2004)  – DVD – ghosts
Al Final del Espectro aka At the End of the Spectra (2006) – psycho
Cronos (1993) – DVD – strange, time-slip?
We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011) – DVD – read an intriguing review at IPC – strange
Dr. Terror’s House of Horrors (1965) – tarot stories
The Eclipse (2009) – DVD – Irish – ghosts
The Hearse (1980) – saved on Netflix – ghosts?
The Awakening (1980) – Charlton Heston! – ghosts
The Girl in the Swing (1988) – saved on Netflix – ghosts
Deadly Presence (2012) – saved on Netflix – ghosts
Haunter (2013) –  Netflix -ghosts
 6 Souls (2010) – Netflix – psycho, ghosts
Apartment 1303 (2012) – Netflix – ghosts
The Quiet Ones (2014) – saved on Netflix -ghosts
Horns (2014) – saved on Netflix – strange
Wer (2013)
The Battery (2012) – zombies & BASEBALL 🙂

The ones I’ve bagged:

Under the Skin (2013)
We Are What We Are (2013)
JULY 2014^
Only Lovers Left Alive (2013)
House at the End of the Street (2012)
Transcendence (2014)
The Virgin Suicides (1999)
Mama (2013)
The Innkeepers (2011)
Dark Skies (2013)
Europa Report (2013)
Labor Day (2013) (not horror but certain creepy & sexy elements)
Gravity (2013) (sci-fi)
The Haunting of Julia (1977)
The Awakening (2011) – recommended by Tim Prasil
Twixt (2011) – writer list candidate
The Gift (2000)
Silver Bullet (1985)
The Little Girl Who Lives Down The Lane (1976)
Drive Angry (2011)
The Conjuring (2013)
AUGUST 2013 ^
The Devil’s Backbone (2001)
Lady in White (1988)
Gothika (2003)
Trick ‘r Treat (2007)
Sleepy Hollow (1999)
The Descent (2005)
BETWEEN DEC 2012 & JULY 2013 ^
The Pact (2012)
The Sentinel (1977)
Kill Baby, Kill [Operazione paura] (Italy, 1966)
Burnt Offerings (1986)
The Skeleton Key (2005)
Ju-on: The Grudge (2002)
Ringu (1998)
Repulsion (1965)
The Mist (2007)
The Cabin in the Woods (2011)
Wake Wood (2011)
OCTOBER 2012 ^

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16 Comments on “Courting Creepy: 13 slots for an ever-shifting list of movies I have to see asap.”

  1. Don’t Look Now needs to go to the top of the list!

  2. Zombob says:

    ‘Prince of Darkness’ by John Carpenter should be a priority! And add ‘The Changeling’ to your list!

  3. The Changeling is magnificent. Don’t Look Now is a good number one choice. Really the entire list is good. I just watched The Haunting of Julia the other night. Very very creepy! I’ll need to reread Peter Straub’s novel now to see how closely the movie followed it…

    • Another Changling fan! Excellent. Of course, if we keep talking about that movie, I’m going to end up watching it again, instead of getting on with all the other viewing I need to do.

      I’d forgotten about Straub’s story … now I have to decide if I should read first or watch first.

  4. Robyn says:

    You haven’t seen Candyman?! Or are you saying you want to watch it again?

    I have read very mixed reviews of Trick r Treat, so I’ve been wondering whether to look for it for a while now, although I don’t know if it’s an easy film to find.

  5. pilgrim52 says:

    Another Changeling fan. Totally creepy, as is the original Haunting of Hill House which my sister and I saw as children and couldn’t sleep after. I know it’s a comedy, but The Ghost and Mr. Chicken with Don Knotts scared us also when we saw it at a theatre in the 1960s.

  6. Ok. You got me. Now I have to see The GHost and Mr. Chicken. Sounds like a perfect film for a rainy, late fall afternoon. I’ll see if I can add it to my Netflix queue.

  7. I love this ongoing list.
    Let’s Scare Jessica to Death was a movie that frightened me as a little kid. I’d love to see it now and laugh. God Told Me To is worth watching because you get a quick look at a pre-famous Andy Kaufman as a cop.

  8. Kashpals says:

    The compilation is quite good. You could add Final Destination, all sequels (1-5) and House of Wax (2005) and the older one. It is creepy.

  9. selwyn says:

    here are some bizarre movies worth checking out the fields(2011) cloris leachman
    tideland (2005) the reflecting skin (1990) siesta (1987) also a couple of good old ones witchcraft (1964) burn witch burn (1962) the spell (1977)what’s the matter with helen and whoever slew auntie roo both with shelly winters.

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