The thing is, I've seen a bunch of those films (some I haven't), and I just never seem to find much to like about them. The Exorcist, The Shining and Texas Chainsaw Massacre are three really overrated films imo. I haven't seen TCM for years but I didn't like it the last time I saw it. I actually watched the other two more recently and The Shining bored me to tears and has Nicholson in overacting mode, and The Exorcist just didn't do anything for me at all. There's just this disconnect between me and the genre, even a lot of the classic horror films and a bunch of the ones you listed there, and the ones I haven't seen I've read about, but have no motivation to watch them because I know I probably won't enjoy them. It's my movie blindspot tbh.
The Thing is amazing though.
Like a recommendation, look at them just for fun. Many times people look to horror films looking at opressors structures or creepy ambient and movies like TCM or Suspiria have effects that seems the most cheesy thing ever. But that has a explanation, is serie b, is filmmakers ridiculing the excess of violence. Or at least i want to believe that.
But yes, in general the Horror is a "take it or let it" thing, when i began to introduce myself more in the cinema world i rejected the horror genre for sometime because i was idiot enough to believe that it wasn't serious enough or "cinematographically good"
And yeah i agree with your feelings about The Shining, specially in the Nicholson department
Freaks is undoubtedly the creepiest movie ever released. That song still sends chills down my spine
Browning is a really underrated filmmaker, i don't get it. Freaks is one of the best movies in the 30´s
A top 20 horror movies list without the movie Jaws just seems like a fraudulent list to me.
Jaws is the only horror movie to have ever affected me in real life. I will not go in the ocean. I wont. On the list of horror movies, to me, it's Jaws and then everything else.
I think Jaws is a step beyond movies with a similar idea like Psycho, Halloween or Alien. But still is a great movie and one of the few real good things Spielberg has done
I adore horror movies, it's just a real shame that the vast majority of them are utter schlock. I mean some people seem to think a horror movie has to be dead serious to the point it's bordering on camp and yes, serious horror movies can be astonishingly brilliant, but then some just get over serious or rely on jump scares or what have you, looking purely at "modern" (1978 onwards) horror alot seem to think all you need is some loud sound effects and a few jump scares, there's a reason a film like Halloween is revered and... I dunno, I Know What You Did Last Summer isn't, Halloween creates a real sense of foreboding and horror, it gives you a big chance to get to know all your main characters (And it came out before those characters became horror movie cliche) and it also doesn't just rely on a teen group, a horror movie with just teens is a horrible played out thing, even modern slashers can be good as long as it's not your stereotypical "jock, nerd, virgin" layout, you need a Dr Loomis or fuck even a Laurie Strode in Halloween H20 (Is it weird that in my head the "Official" Halloween series just goes 1, 2 and H20? They make a complete story, make perfect sense coherently and are just damn good (Although you need to watch 1 and 2 in a double bill (They're set minutes apart) for maximum effect))
I love this Ascetic and malevolous feeling in Halloween. This "virgin" thing actually works because Michaels is an Omnipresent figure that seems to be the Evil himself and Laurie is the Opposite figure
I still maintain Nosferatu is possibly the creepiest film out there, it's one of those films that really improves with age, the 1922 film look around it really helps give it an otherworld quality.
There is an incredible remake of the Murnau version made it by Herzog, i believe that is even a better version for some moments. Also Klaus Kinski is out of this world in the Nosferatu Role