I tried to have only one film per director for this list, but had to make an exception with Ti West. Great slow-burn style and excellent homage to 1980s horror. Nice and tense, with a focus on buildup and getting the audience to care about the characters.
Eraserhead was very ahead of its time, with its ultra-bizarre and equally horrifying visuals, as well as its stark, but very well-shot black and white cinematography. David Lynch broke new ground with his first full-length surrealist feature.
What Hellraiser lacks in terms of acting and pacing, more than makes up for in its atmosphere, dramatic lighting, set pieces, and the cenobite designs, some of which are the most uniquely disturbing and memorable movie monsters I’ve ever seen.
While guilty of having some 80s cheese to it, Manhunter remains a great installment in the Hannibal saga. The ever awesome Tom Noonan delivers a chilling performance as Francis Dolarhyde, the Tooth Fairy, and steals the show.
Not a horror per se, but indicative of a Halloween mood. Everything about Pan’s Labyrinth is just about perfect; the atmosphere, the setting, the story, characters and especially the unique and amazing creature design.