29. An American Werewolf in London (1981)"I'm sorry I called you a meatloaf, Jack." John Landis's brilliant werewolf film is equal parts fright and fun. Special effects by Rick Baker won an Academy Award and there's a reason for that - they are outstanding. Poor David (David Naughton) and Jack (Griffin Dunne), all they were trying to do is see the English countryside when even after being warned, they veer off the road and onto the moors, where they are promptly attacked by....something. Injecting humor at every turn, Landis nonetheless creates a terrifying film with gruesome and suspenseful attacks. You're rooting for David to discover the truth, and with the help of new girlfriend Alex (Jenny Agutter), he's bound to figure things out, right? I've loved this film since I was in high school, shortly after its release. When it comes on TV, I'm compelled to watch it. Likewise I can throw my BluRay in for some much needed comfort horror, it's just that good.
27. The Fog (1980)Following up with a film after Halloween must have been a difficult task for John Carpenter, and I'm not here to say The Fog is superior to Halloween even though it is higher on my list. I just happen to find the themes and atmosphere of The Fog more intriguing. I love the ocean, so anything creepy and set at the sea does it for me. The Fog also has some serious horror heavyweights in it, including Jamie Lee Curtis, Tom Atkins, Adrienne Barbeau, and Janet Leigh. When the town of Antonio Bay is set to celebrate its 100th Founders Anniversary, a curse is let loose upon them - seems the original founders sunk a ship full of lepers before they made shore and then proceeded to steal all their gold to build the current town. And the ghosts of the pissed off sailors exact a nasty revenge....
26. Gojira (aka Godzilla, 1954)First things first - stay away from the 1956 Americanized version with Raymond Burr....just NO.
When I was a young whippersnapper, Mom and I used to watch Godzilla movies on Saturday afternoons and this was my first experience with the great monster from the deep. And I LOVED it. I still have unwavering love for the big guy, but I will always count this one as my favorite. Long story short, giant dinosaur-like creature is awakened deep under the sea by hydrogen bomb testing and wreaks havoc on unsuspecting Japanese folks. Some viewers may say this is hokey, and of course they'd be right. But Godzilla is KING OF THE MONSTERS and don't let anyone tell you different. If you've seen all the remakes and sequels but haven't seen the original, you need to rectify that shit right now.