What Is One Of Your Favorite Horror Movies?




October is my favorite month of the year. Not only does Fall typically make its full appearance, complete with painted leaves in a wide palate of colors, but October is also the month of my favorite holiday–Halloween!


The history of Halloween is a subject that I will cover in another post, but I also have a life-long affinity for the Gothic and Horror, including in movies and books. For the purposes of this post, I am interested in hearing from you what your favorite horror film is. I will address the question of favorite horror novels in the near future.

It would, of course, be completely fair to ask me the same question. If I pose such a question to my students in college classes at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA or the Department of Graduate and Continuing Education of Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA, I always make it clear that they may turn the question on me.



If I had to choose just one horror film, among the many possibilities, it would be It (2017)  and It Chapter Two (2019) based on Stephen King’s brilliant novel. I was prepared to dislike these movies, because I am typically very critical of adaptations of books, but this time I was very pleasantly surprised. The films deal well with the narrative dilemma of two intertwined time periods in the novel by presenting them in two separate movies. The movies not only show the supernatural horror clearly, and much better than the made for TV version, but also the films show, in the most powerful manner, the fear and horror that children can experience from bullying.  This is a theme King often incorporates in his writing, and this movie shows this disturbing reality that many children face very well. If you have not yet seen It (both parts), then I recommend these movies highly!

Once again, what is your favorite horror film?

47 thoughts on “What Is One Of Your Favorite Horror Movies?

  1. I understand that Stephen did not like some of the handling of his movies, and worked it to having more control that they did reflect his concept as important. From what I have learned, just bits he is a very interesting person, down to earth person. A lover of the macabre for sure if you have ever seen pictures of his home I am sure that he must love Halloween. He and Tabatha are friends with Grafton, a friend of both Tom and Grafton one John Perna was a college room mate with Stephen. I love hearing those stories! If Thomas was here he would remind me of those movies and what Stephen had said about them. The pond in Stand by me is located in Pownal, Maine and it is indeed full of blood sucker! I would not want to capsize and have to climb out! It is not too far from where I live.

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  2. That’s a hard answer because there are so many good ones to choose from. The Invisible Man is one of my favorite old classics, and I’ve always enjoyed the original Halloween film. The Conjuring is one of the best of modern horror films.

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  3. First things first, our son’s bday is tomorrow, Halloween. Not done yet. His twins, our grandchildren, will be five tomorrow, as well. Now, that’s a scary story. But one of my fav horror, or scary movies, was the first Dark Shadows movie, in mid/late 79s, I believe. Wish I could find it still. Now, what are you dressing as in Halloween?🥸

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  4. I’m not sure if I could pick just one movie, but high on the list of my favorite horror films is another based on a King book: “The Shining.” The mood is unnerving with the various creepy things that the boy sees as he pedals around the hallways of the old hotel. And the father’s descent into madness is gripping.

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  5. I think the Shining. Thomas wanted me to watch this with him. Both Tom and his brother Grafton learned to love movies via their parents. Grafton got into it further when at Columbia University where he became Assistant Dean. Then Dean at Emerson, Now president at Cleveland Institute of Art. The pair of them watching a movie was very interesting so much was brought into the discussion. Grafton knowing directors and actors____Thomas the history of movies as well as his brother. Being cyclopedic___ They would break for discussion but when it came to the movie watching it was often intensely watching and enjoying the story being told.

    Thomas introduced our grandson Daniel to the spaghetti westerns___The Good, The Bad, And the Ugly was one of them. Daniel was 7 or 8 I think. They took a road trip and ran across a motorcyclist who Daniel identified as Leigh Van Cleef! The gentleman was not Leigh Van Cleef but obviously knew who he was! And was amused that such a young boy would know of him! One of those rich moments for Thomas and the day spent in the White Mountains a fabulous one!

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