Rob Zombie Picks the Top Five Best Horror Movies

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Rob Zombie recently announced that his forthcoming new horror film will be titled 31 and released a NSFW teaser trailer for the movie, which you can see right here. On May 20, he released his latest film, the live concert DVD/Blu-ray The Zombie Horror Picture Show.

As any fan knows, Zombie is a discerning connoisseur of all things horror–as he demonstrated with his list of the worst fright flicks of all time, and as he demonstrates once again with the list below of what he considers to be the best.

1. Frankenstein (1931)
“This just set the standard for everything. The movie is 70-minutes long, and it’s never dull. And it still holds up, 80 years later. The art direction is incredible, James Whale’s direction was way ahead of its time, and the acting was great. Boris Karloff created a character that became an icon. Show anyone a picture of him as the monster, and everyone knows what it is, even if they’ve never seen the film. What Elvis is to rock and roll, Frankenstein is to horror movies. It’s the first, best, and the greatest.”

2. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)
“It set the standard for this kind of movie. It’s such a simple movie, it’s so well-directed, the characters are completely memorable–it’s just amazing. The first time I saw it, I was like, Holy fuck!”

3. Dawn of the Dead (1978)
“This was so over the top. It’s completely riveting, and it creates an amazing feeling of claustrophobia with those people barricaded in the shopping mall. I’ve probably seen Dawn of the Dead more than any other movie.”

4. Freaks (1932)
“This is another movie that pushed the boundaries so hardcore. At the time, people were just disgusted that they can cast actual freaks in a film, and it was actually banned for many years.”

5. Cannibal Holocaust (1980)
“Probably the most extreme film I can think of. They kill animals in the movie for real, and there’s scenes where the natives are raping these women–it’s so insane. You just watch it and wonder, Who would make this movie?”


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  • Mike High Sr

    Gee, Rob, you start off really right, but quickly descend into the stupidity apparent in your own movies.

    • Rosie

      I totally agree! His movies are lame not scary.

    • Eugene Debs

      You’re kidding, right? Those are all good movies.

  • Dan

    Very surprised Halloween isn’t up there

  • Rosie

    Frankenstein is good, but the others arent that great. So many better ones out there!

    • Jesse Sikora

      He’s got great taste in movies!!

  • Steve Alexander

    FUCK the haters zombie is god

  • Fester Adams

    trick or treat(1986)

  • Eugene Debs

    My top 5: Frankenstein, Hellraiser, Exorcist, Psycho, and evil dead 2.

  • Albert Grossman

    I tought that the best part of HALLOWEEN was the first half… but now that i see Frankenstein listed here, now i know why Zombie choose Tyler Mane for the role. More like a Frankenstein-Killer-like than a Psycho-Killer-like.

  • Isaac M. Baranoff

    The 1931 Frankenstein is lacking in character development and doesn’t have a real ending (because it’s basically half of the book).

    And “Freaks” really isn’t a horror movie.