by Patrick Bromley
It should be said that I would only count one of the titles on this list as one of my favorite horror movies of all time. The rest are just movies I like, or that I saw at the right time, or that opened my eyes to a bigger world.
The '31 Dr. Jekyll became one of the Holy Grails of horror for me, as it was out of circulation for decades after MGM bought up the rights so they could remake it badly with Spencer Tracy. All I knew of the movie existed in those photos. It wasn't until I found a laserdisc of the movie in the Tower Records cutout bin in the late '90s that I finally got to see it. And guess what? It's one of the best horror movies EVER MADE. Brilliantly directed by Rouben Mamoulian, brilliantly acted by Frederic March and crazy transgressive in the way that only pre-code movies could be, the '31 Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde is way ahead of its time. It's now available on DVD. If you haven't seen it, you have to.
So my Dad rented the movie, only to discover upon trying to play it that our VCR was broken. He tried to fix it, and when that didn't work, he tried to rent a VCR from 7-11 (this was during that brief period when 7-11 was renting videos -- and video players, apparently). No dice. I ended up with eight-year old horror movie blueballs. I can't remember if it was days or weeks later, but I did see Creepshow and only managed to look away when the cockroaches climbed out of E.G. Marshall. Needless to say, I loved it and continued to love it to this day. It introduced me to George Romero, to Rated R horror, to E.C. Comics and to the lengths a parent will go to show his or her kid a really cool movie.