ONTD Original™: 60 Halloween viewing recommendations.

It's that wonderful time of the year when people dress up in sexy costumes, hand out candy to children and carve pumpkins. It's also a perfect time to watch something scary. Don't know what to watch? Or tired of watching the same movies again and again? Here's a list of recommendations.

Intruder (1989)
Directed by Scott Spiegel (From Dusk Till Dawn 2: Texas Blood Money, Hostel: Part III)

Bruce Campbell, Sam Raimi, Ted Raimi (Xena: Warrior Princess)

Plot: The night shift employees of a supermarket fall victim to a killer.

Intruder is a prime example of a film where the story is not inventive, but the execution is successful. Its writing is taut and the kills are rather gory (well, in the uncut version they are) - just how a slasher should be.


Hello Mary Lou: Prom Night II (1987)
Directed by Bruce Pittman

Michael Ironside (The Next Karate Kid), Terri Hawkes (she played Sailor Moon in some English dubbed episodes of Sailor Moon)

Plot: In this unrelated sequel to the first Prom Night (with Jamie Lee Curtis), the ghost of a 1957 prom queen returns from the dead to take revenge.

This is a fun slasher, simple as that. It's similar to A Nightmare on Elm Street because of the surreal quality.


Sleepaway Camp (1983)
Directed by Robert Hiltzik

Hmmm.Felissa Rose, Jonathan Tiersten, Karen Fields, Christopher Collet

Plot: A summer camp is targeted by a killer.

This was one of the many '80s movies that tried to emulate the formula and success of Friday the 13th. More or less, it's created its own legacy thanks to a shocking ending.


Urban Legend (1998)
Directed by Jamie Blanks (Nature's Grave, Storm Warning, Valentine)

Jared Leto, Alicia Witt (Cybil, Friday Night Lights), Rebecca Gayheart (Dead Like Me), Tara Reid, Michael Rosenbaum (Smallville), Joshua Jackson (Dawson's Creek, Fringe), Robert Englund (A Nightmare on Elm Street), Danielle Harris (Halloween 4: The Curse of Michael Myers, Hatchet II-III), Loretta Devine (Boston Public, The Client List, Grey's Anatomy)

Plot: College students are killed off by someone using urban legends as inspiration.

Scream renewed the slasher genre in the late nineties, and Urban Legend is one of the movies to come from this revival. It's cheeky and it has a good cast. Jamie Blanks' Valentine is another underrated modern slasher if you want to check that out.


Cut (2000)
Directed by Kimble Rendall (Bait 3D)

Molly Ringwald, Kylie Minogue

Plot: When a group of young filmmakers try to reboot an unfinished and supposedly cursed slasher film, they unleash the fictional killer into reality.

This Australian horror comedy saves itself by being self-aware of its shortcomings. Doesn't hurt that Molly Ringwald plays a bitter actor so well (And I quote, "Believe me, there was no creative energy that went into that piece of shit".).

Black Water (2007)
Directed by David Nerlich (Road Kill), Andrew Traucki (The ABCs of Death, The Jungle, The Reef)


Diana Glenn (Underbelly)

Plot: Three tourists find themselves trapped in a northern Australian mangrove with a territorial crocodile.

Andrew Traucki's schtick is typically humans versus animals. His best film is Black Water, though. What makes it work? They used an actual crocodile. That alone made this a tense experience.
Chaw (2009)
Directed by Shin Jeong-won (Ghost Sweepers, Sisily 2km)

Choi Won-yeong, Eom Tae-woong, Kim Gi-Cheon

Plot: A giant boar goes on a rampage in a South Korean village.

The western distributors added a "z" to the title for some reason or another. Chaw (meaning "trap") is a witty horror comedy with dark humor, some fair character development and above average special effects. Two small gripes: the length and pacing at some points.
The Nest (1988)
Directed by Terence H. Winkless (Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers)


Robert Lansing (Empire of the Ants), Lisa Langlois (Deadly Eyes, Happy Birthday to Me)

Plot: A breed of carnivorous mutant cockroaches devour a town's inhabitants.

Those with katsaridaphobia, beware: this movie will make your skin crawl. If you can endure it, the cat scene and the super roach monster at the end will be your rewards.
Frankenfish (2004)
Directed by Mark A.Z. Dippé (Spawn)


China Chow (Work of Art: The Next Great Artist), K.D. Aubert (Buffy, Soul Plane), Reggie Lee (The Dark Knight Rises, Grimm, No Ordinary Family), Tory Kittles (Sons of Anarchy)

Plot: A mutated snakehead fish is eating the locals in a Louisiana swamp.

Don't let the stupid name fool you - this fish has legs. Plus, the cast is diverse and the special effects are better than most Syfy movies.
Komodo (1999)
Directed by Michael Lantieri

Kevin Zegers (Frozen, Transamerica, Wrong Turn), Billy Burke (Twilight series, Revolution), Jill Hennessy (Law & Order)

Plot: A teenager is taken back to the place where his parents were killed. He and his therapist soon learn that their deaths were caused by Komodo dragons.

This was directed by the guy who worked on the special effects for Jurassic Park. The CG for the Komodo dragons is quite good, probably better than the actual film. It still gets points for diverging from the usual concept for killer reptile movies.
Campfire Tales (1997)
Directed by Matt Cooper, Martin Kunert (MTV's Fear) & David Semel (Angel, Buffy, Dawson's Creek, House M.D., Roswell)

James Marsden (30 Rock, X-Men, Superman Returns), Christine Taylor (The Brady Bunch Movie, Hey Dude!, A Very Brady Sequel), Ron Livingston (The Conjuring, Sex and the City), Glenn Quinn (Angel, Roseanne), Christopher Masterson (Malcolm in the Middle), Jacinda Barrett (The Real World: London, The Last Kiss, Suits, Urban Legends: Final Cut), Amy Smart (The Butterfly Effect, Felicity, Varsity Blues), Jay R. Ferguson (Mad Men, Surface)

: Four teenagers get stranded in the woods while returning home from a concert. To pass the time, they share scary stories: newlyweds traveling by RV encounter something evil on their honeymoon; a cyber predator finds the young girl he's been stalking online; and a motorcyclist gets caught in a ghostly time loop.

Don't confuse this with another Campfire Tales from the nineties or even the abysmal Campfire Stories starring Jamie-Lynn Sigler. Most of the stories draw inspriration from well known urban legends. It won't be difficult to guess the twists, but the familiar faces and the obvious affinity of the genre from the directors make this worthwhile.
After Midnight (1989)
Directed by Jim Wheat & Ken Wheat

Pamela Adlon (Californication, King of the Hill, Recess), Marg Helgenberger (CSI), Tracy Wells (Gremlins, Mr. Belvedere)

: When a college course on the study of fear gets out of hand, the professor invites his eager students back to his house for a private gathering. The students take turns telling stories about fear: a couple celebrating their anniversary finds refuge in a murder house that same night; several teens out on the town are attacked by a gas station owner and his hungry dogs; and a phone messenging operator finds herself the target of a deranged killer.

The story with the dogs and the daughter from Mr. Belvedere isn't the best or remotely scary, but the other two tales are good.
Trilogy of Terror II (1996)
Directed by Dan Curtis (Intruders, Trilogy of Terror)

Lysette Anthony (Beneath Loch Ness, Dracula: Dead and Loving It, Krull, Tale of the Mummy)

: Just like the first Trilogy of Terror, one actor (Lysette Anthony) plays the protagonist in each story: a widow robs the grave of her dead husband; a grieving mother resurrects her dead son through dark magic; and the killer Zuni doll returns to stalk a scientist in her lab.

The original Trilogy collection, with the exception of the Zuni doll story, was boring. All three allegories here, on the other hand, are engaging. The quality gradually improves with each yarn before you reach "He Who Kills". The middle story "Bobby", based on a Richard Matheson short, was featured in Dan Curtis' other anthology Dead of Night.
Terror Tract (2000)
Directed by Lance W. Dreesen, Clint Hutchison

John Ritter (8 Simple Rules, Buffy, Three's Company), Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad, Malcolm in the Middle), Will Estes (American Dreams, Blue Bloods, Mimic 2), Brenda Strong (Desperate Housewives)

: A real estate agent on a deadline shows two prospective home buyers some houses with sordid pasts: a cheating wife's affair takes a deadly turn; Walter White Sr. a father battles his daughter's monkey; and a teenager has premonitions about a masked killer's future victims.

The first story is not memorable, but the others are a big improvement. Even the wraparound is a treat.
Amusement (2008)
Directed by John Simpson

Katheryn Winnick (Bones, Vikings), Laura Breckenridge (Related), Jessica Lucas (90210, Cloverfield, Cult, Life as We Know It, Melrose Place), Reid Scott (The Big C, My Boys, Veep), Tad Hilgenbrink (The Curiosity of Chance, The Hills Run Red, Lost Boys: The Tribe), Keir O'Donnell (My Generation, United States of Tara)

: Three estranged friends are abducted by someone from their past.

This is a different knd of anthology - the three "stories" are subplots to the wraparound. Winnick's piece, involving a menacing clown, is the best of the bunch. This production underwent several problems in development and it shows in the script. Still, the final product is not exactly boring so perhaps viewers will be forgiving.
The Gravedancers (2006)
Directed by Mike Mendez (The Convent)

Dominic Purcell (John Doe, Prison Break), Clare Kramer (Bring It On, Buffy), Josie Maran

: After three friends drunkenly desecrate some graves, the ghosts of those burial spots start to haunt them.

Most of the movies from the "8 Films to Die for" series were disappointing, and Mike Mendez's previous ghost feature The Convent was a mess. So I was surprised that The Gravedancers turned out to be the monster it was. It has ghoulish practical effects and some scary-looking apparitions.
Lake Mungo (2008)
Directed by Joel Anderson

Talia Zucker, Rosie Traynor, David Pledger

Plot: A restless family deals with their grief after the daughter dies in a swimming accident.

Foremost, Lake Mungo is a mockumentary and psychological drama. The supernatural influence is subtle and that may not warrant it being labeled a traditional ghost movie. Nonetheless, it's one of the spookiest movies to come out in years.
Candyman (1992)
Directed by Bernard Rose (Paperhouse)

Virginia Madsen (The Haunting, Sideways, Red Riding Hood, Zombie High), Tony Todd (Final Destination series), Xander Berkeley (24, Being Human, The Guardian), Vanessa A. Williams (Melrose Place)

Plot: A university professor obsesses over a local urban legend known as "Candyman".

This is a very different kind of ghost movie. Strong performances, a beautiful soundtrack and visceral imagery all make Candyman a classic in gothic and urban horror.
Stir of Echoes (1999)
Directed by David Koepp (Secret Window)

Kevin Bacon (The Following, Friday the 13th, Tremors), Jennifer Morrison (House M.D., Once Upon a Time, Urban Legends: Final Cut), Kathryn Erbe (Law & Order: Criminal Intent), Illeana Douglas (Cape Fear, Goodfellas, To Die For)

Plot: A man experiences supernatural phenomena after his sister-in-law puts him under hypnosis.

This film, loosely based on a Richard Matheson novel, was filmed quickly and released soon after The Sixth Sense. Both movies have some similarities. While there's no big twist ending, Echoes has great performances (Bacon particularly).
The Innocents (1961)
Directed by Jack Clayton (Something Wicked This Way Comes)

Deborah Kerr (From Here to Eternity, Julius Caesar, The King and I), Megs Jenkins, Pamela Franklin (And Soon the Darkness, The Legend of Hell House, The Food of the Gods), Martin Stephens (Village of the Damned, The Witches)

Plot: A neglectful man hires a new nanny for his niece and nephew. As the nanny settles in at the mansion, she starts to suspect that ghosts are haunting her wards.

This forgotten British thriller, based on Turn of the Screw, is downright suspenseful. On top of strong acting, it boasts an eerieness that's absent in many movies today.
Death Bell (2008)
Directed by Yoon Hong-Seung

Nam Gyu-Ri (Seeya), Kim Bum (Boys Over Flowers)

Plot: High schools are tortured in the order of their class rank.

Some reviews have likened this to Battle Royale. Seeing as the students aren't pitted against one another, that's not an accurate comparison. It draws more from the gorno genre, specifically the Saw franchise. Much like Saw, the killer's motive is a little convoluted. Regardless, fans of decent pacing and bloody executions will eat this up. There is an unrelated sequel called Death Bell 2: Bloody Camp.
The Doll Master (2004)
Directed by Jeong Yong-Ki

Kim Yu-Mi, Im Eun-Gyeong, Shin Hyeong-Tak, Ok Ji-Young, Lim Hyeong-Jun, Lee Ka-Yeong

Plot: A trip to an isolated doll museum in the woods goes very wrong.

The characters are flat, but the production design and creepy atmosphere make up for that.
The Eye (2002)
Directed by Oxide Pang Chun & Danny Pang (Bangkok Dangerous, Child's Eye, The Eye 2, The Eye 3, Re-Cycle)

Angelica Lee (Re-Cycle)

Plot: Once a blind woman undergoes a transplant surgery that restores her sight, she develops the ability to see ghosts.

One element in The Eye that made it so appealing is the emotion. You care about the protagonist and some of the side characters. The 2008 remake, starring Jessica Alba, omitted this factor and even changed the ending.
House (1977)
Directed by Nobuhiko Obayashi

Kimiko Ikegami, Miki Jinbo, Kumiko Oba, Ai Matubara, Mieko Sato, Eriko Tanaka

Plot: When a girl brings her friends to her aunt's house, each of them starts to disappear one by one.

This cult classic, also known as "Hausu" (the transliteration of "house"), is a must for anyone who likes strange movies. It starts off pretty and serene before taking a dramatic turn. House is a bizarre trip that fans of Raimi and Tolkien's early works might enjoy.
Tales of the Unusual (2000)
Directed by Mamoru Hosi, Masayuki Ochiai (Parasite Eve, Shutter), Hisao Ogura and Masayuki Suzuki

Tamori, Kazuyuki Aijima, Saya Takagi, Kiichi Nakai

: While waiting out the rain in a train station, some strangers listen to stories from a man in sunglasses. These tales include: Survivors of a plane crash find more than shelter inside a snowy mountain cabin; a samurai in feudal Japan discovers a cell phone; a chess prodigy is forced to confront his past; and an engaged couple experiences an advanced form of pre-marriage counseling.

If you want an athology with a variety of genres, and you don't mind reading subtitles, you should seek this movie out. It's more along the lines of Tales of the Unexpected, and it only has one horror entry. I found that the best story was in the heart strings tugging finale.
Joy Ride (2001)
Directed by John Dahl (Rounders)

Paul Walker (The Fast & The Furious series), Steve Zahn (Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, Night Train, Riding in Cars with Boys, Speak), Leelee Sobieski (The Glass House, In a Dark Place, Night Train), Jim Beaver (Supernatural)

Plot: Using a CB radio, two brothers play a prank on a truck driver named "Rusty Nail". The joke goes too far and Rusty Nail comes after the brothers.

Joy Ride is a splendid thriller. Steve Zahn brings the laughs and Rusty Nail delivers the terror.
Dead End (2003)
Directed by Jean-Baptiste Andrea, Fabrice Canepa

Ray Wise (Reaper, Swamp Thing, Twin Peaks), Lin Shaye (Alone in the Dark, The Hidden, Insidious, Insidious: Chapter 2, A Nightmare on Elm Street), Amber Smith (American Beauty, L.A. Confidential)

: While driving with his family during the holidays, a father decides to take a different route. They never seem to reach their destination, and then a mysterious hearse shows up wherever they go.

This sinister indie film is an almost solid horror comedy. Its biggest con is a dated and lackluster twist at the end.
The Locals (2003)
Directed by Greg Page

Dwayne Cameron (Power Rangers Operation Overdrive), John Barker (Go Girls, Mercy Peak), Kate Elliott (Power Rangers Samurai)

: Two friends' road trip is interrupted by an invitation to a party by some strangers. They end up in the country side where everything seems to be a little off.

There are no scares to be found in this New Zealand feature. Even so, it's engaging and the leads give good, almost touching performances. The practical special effects seem misplaced and corny yet they add some charm to The Locals.
Say Yes (2001)
Directed by Kim Sung-Hong

Park Joong-Hoon, Choo Sang-Mi, Kim Ju-Hyuk

Plot: A couple, on a road trip to celebrate their anniversary, is terrorized by a deranged man.

This is pretty much a Korean retelling of The Hitcher. Plenty of action, blood and thrills.
Black Cadillac (2003)
Directed by John Murlowski (Amityville: A New Generation)

Randy Quaid (Kingpin, National Lampoon's Vacation series, Saturday Night Live), Jason Dohring (Moonlight, Ringer, Veronica Mars), Josh Hammond (Jeepers Creepers 2), Shane Johnson

Plot: Three young men are followed by a maniac driving a black cadillac.

So while the car and driving logic in Black Cadillac is suspect, the character development between the three leads is well done.
When a Stranger Calls Back (1993)
Directed by Fred Walton

Jill Schoelen (Popcorn, The Stepfather), Carol Kane (When a Stranger Calls), Charles Durning (Dark Night of the Scarecrow, When a Stranger Calls)

: A young babysitter is terrorized by a man outside the front door. Years later, a counselor who went through a similar incident helps her face her past.

It's almost a universal opinion that the original When a Stranger Calls fell apart after the opening. Fred Walton inserted an awful middle portion that ruined the movie. He managed to fix those mistakes with a made for cable sequel. With good pacing and well balanced storytelling, When a Stranger Calls Back surpasses its predecessor.
Black Christmas (1974)
Directed by Bob Clark (A Christmas Story, Porky's)

John Saxon (Enter the Dragon, A Nightmare on Elm Street series), Olivia Hussey (1968's Romeo and Juliet, It), Margot Kidder (Superman, The Amityville Horror, Captain Planet and the Planeteers)

Plot: While their housemates go home for Christmas, the remaining sisters in a sorority house receive unsettling phone calls from a mad man.

One of the best (and first) slashers. It has atmosphere, suspense and originality. It actually precedes Halloween (they share some similarities). What made this movie scary was the anonymity of the killer. The remake, produced by Clark, failed on all accounts. It really dropped the ball by incorporating an unnecessary back story for the killer.
The Night Listener (2006)
Directed by Patrick Stettner

Robin Williams (Jumanji, Mrs. Doubtfire, One Hour Photo), Toni Collette (Fright Night, Muriel's Wedding, The Sixth Sense), Bobby Cannavale (Boardwalk Empire), Rory Culkin (Igby Goes Down, Mean Creek, Signs), Sandra Oh (Grey's Anatomy, Hard Candy)

Plot: A New York radio host receives a memoir written by Pete, who was once abused and is now diagnosed with AIDS. The host has only spoken to the boy on the phone and has never met him in person. He starts to believe that Pete doesn't exist.

Here is one of the more unnerving thrillers involving phones, identity and anonymity. Those who hate Robin's usual comedy routine will be glad to know that he doesn't do that here.

Someone's Watching Me! (1978)
Directed by John Carpenter (The Fog, Halloween, They Live, The Thing)

Lauren Hutton (Fear, Once Bitten), Adrienne Barbeau (Batman the Animated Series, Creepshow, Escape from New York, The Fog, Swamp Thing)

Plot: After a woman moves to L.A. for her new job, she begins to receive strange phone calls and random gifts.

This overlooked TV movie aired on NBC just a few weeks after Carpenter's iconic Halloween hit theaters. Someone's Watching Me!s like Rear Window with hints of a slasher.
I Saw What You Did (1988)
Directed by Fred Walton (April Fool's Day, When a Stranger Calls, When a Stranger Calls Back)

Shawnee Smith (Saw series), Tammy Lauren (Wishmaster), Robert Carradine (Lizzie McGuire, Revenge of the Nerds series), David Carradine (Dead & Breakfast, Kill Bill, Waxwork II: Lost in Time), Candace Cameron (Full House),

Plot: Two teenage girls play phone pranks on random people listed in the phonebook. They then make the mistake of calling a man who just committed a murder.

This eighties remake of the Joan Crawford movie of the same name (both based on the novel Out of the Dark) is a fairly standard cat and mouse thriller. It moves quickly and conveys some nice tension, though.

Tales from the Darkside (1983, 1984-1988)

Plot: George A. Romero (Night of the Living Dead) created this TV anthology in the eighties. It was later spun off into Tales from the Darkside: The Movie, which many consider to be the real Creepshow 3.

Similar to The Outer Limits and The Twilight Zone, Darkside was a collection of one offs about the supernatural. Not every story was horror - some were just dark humored or plain odd.

Some recommended episodes: Inside the Closet, Answer Me, Halloween Candy, Ursa Minor, Monsters in My Room, Seasons of Belief, Sorry - Right Number.
R.L. Stine's The Haunting Hour: The Series (2010-)

Plot: This youth oriented horror anthology is partially based on shorts written by R.L. Stine (Fear Street, Ghosts of Fear Street, Goosebumps). Several of its producers have worked on past horror shows, such as Tales from the Darkside and Night Visions.

So many '90s kids grew up watching Are You Afraid of the Dark? and Goosebumps. Nostalgia makes you forget how terrible some episodes were. Here comes along another scary show for kids and you expect it to be bad. On the contrary - several episodes of The Haunting Hour have surprised many people, even the most hardened horror fan. A handful of episodes are questionably inappropriate for children as the protagonists always seem to die or suffer some terrible fate. One has to wonder if the writers simply hate kids. Unfortunately, the most recent and third season was a letdown. Maybe complaints about how dark the series was caused the writers to ease up. Unaired episodes from the third season will become the fourth season, which begins this October.

Some recommended episodes: The Red Dress, Catching Cold, Lights Out, Flight, Brush with Madness, Pumpkinhead, Mascot, Scarecrow, Stage Fright, My Imaginary Friend.

Tales from the Crypt (1989-1996)

Plot: The Cryptkeeper shares tales of fear, revenge and terror.

If you didn't have HBO during this show's original airing, you settled for the "clean" versions that aired in syndication. With the creative freedom of HBO, Crypt could do things that other anthology series only dreamt of - uncensored language, gore and sex. Who'd have thought a show hosted by a pun spewing puppet could be so scandalous? Many notable celebrities happened to pass through as characters in this series.

Some recommended episodes: And All Through the House, Dead Right, Loved to Death, Four-Sided Triangle, The Thing from the Grave, House of Horror.

The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror (1990-)

Plot: Since its sophomore year, The Simpsons series has featured a Halloween themed episode in each season.

It's no secret that The Simpsons is not the show it once was. The quality of the the Halloween specials appears to have ebbed, too. Fear not, DVDs give everyone the option of going back and watching their favorite "Treehouse of Horror". The early ones have some great parodies.

Some recommended episodes: "Treehouse of Horror" specials I through XV.

The X-Files (1993-2002)

Plot: Two FBI agents are assigned cases that are deemed strange or even paranormal.

What's there to say about The X-Files that hasn't already been said? If the mythology arcs aren't for you, the filler or monster-of-the-week episodes could be.

Some recommended episodes: Jersey Devil, Darkness Falls, The Host, Our Town, Quagmire, War of the Coprophages, Home, Kaddish, Detour, Arcadia, Field Trip, Alpha, Hungry, X-Cops, Chimera, Medusa, Badlaa.

Night of the Creeps (1986)
Directed by Fred Dekker (The Monster Squad)

Jason Lively (European Vacation), Steve Marshall, Allan Kayser (Mama's Family), Tom Atkins (The Fog, Halloween III: Season of the Witch, My Bloody Valentine)

Plot: College students and a detective battle an army of zombies created by alien parasites.

If you love B-movies, zombies and '80s movies, you really can't go wrong with Night of the Creeps. Dekker's The Monster Squad is also recommended.

Return of the Living Dead 3 (1993)
Directed by Brian Yuzna (Bride of Re-Animator, Initiation: Silent Night, Deadly Night 4, Society)

J. Trevor Edmond (Pumpkinhead II: Blood Wings), Melinda Clarke (Nikita, The O.C.)

Plot: A young man uses Trioxin to resurrect his dead girlfriend. Good news: it worked. Bad news: she's a zombie.

The Return of the Living Dead series was campy, but this movie tried to be creative by including a Romeo and Juliet spin. The gore is typical of Yuzna's body horror style.

Dawn of the Dead (2004)
Directed by Zack Snyder (300, Man of Steel, Sucker Punch, Watchmen)

Sarah Polley (Go, My Life Without Me), Jake Weber (Medium, Wendigo), Kevin Zegers (Frozen, Transamerica, Wrong Turn), Ving Rhames (Day of the Dead, Piranha 3D, Piranha 3DD), Ty Burrell (Modern Family), Mekhi Phifer (ER, I Still Know What You Did Last Summer)

Plot: A zombie epidemic forces a group of survivors to hide out in a Midwestern mall.

This remake is definitely one of the most exciting zombie movies to come out in a long time. It's deserves all the kudos.

Dance of the Dead (2008)
Directed by Gregg Bishop

Jared Kusnitz (Underemployed), Blair Redford (The Lying Game, Switched at Birth), Lucas Till (Hannah Montana: The Movie, Laid to Rest, X-Men: First Class)

Plot: High school students battle zombies on prom night.

This zombie film is aimed at a younger audience, but there's enough gore and laughs for everyone.

Cockneys vs. Zombies (2012)
Directed by Matthias Hoene

Harry Treadaway (City of Ember, Control, Fish Tank, The Lone Ranger), Michelle Ryan (Bionic Woman, Doctor Who, Merlin), Jack Doolan (Cemetery Junction, Demons Never Die)

Plot: Bank robbers fight off a sudden swarm of zombies in London.

It's not the next coming of Shaun of the Dead, but it's a humorous British zombie movie.

Dog Soldiers (2002)
Directed by Neil Marshall

Kevin McKidd (Brave, Grey's Anatomy, Hannibal Rising, Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, Trainspotting), Sean Pertwee (Devil's Playground, Doomsday, The Mutant Chronicles), Liam Cunningham (Blood the Last Vampire, Centurion, Clash of the Titans, Safe House, War Horse)

Plot: A group of British Army soldiers training in the Highlands get mixed up with werewolves.

Before The Descent, there was Dog Soldiers. It flew under the radar and Marshall's next film won over mainstream audiences. Practical effects mixed with steely action make this a stellar werewolf entry.

Creep (2004)
Directed by Christopher Smith (Black Death, Severance, Triangle)

Franka Potente (Anatomy, Anatomy 2, Copper, Run Lola Run), Joe Anderson (Across the Universe, The Crazies, The Ruins)

Plot: A woman gets stuck in the London subway with something evil.

The build-up in this claustrophobic movie is great, but it does lose some steam near the conclusion.

Eden Lake (2008)
Directed by James Watkins (The Woman in Black)

Michael Fassbender (12 Years a Slave, Fish Tank, Prometheus, Shame, Town Creek), Kelly Reilly (Flight, The Libertine, Sherlock Holmes, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, A Single Shot), Jack O'Connell (The Liability, Skins, Tower Block)

Plot: A couple on vacation is hunted down by sadistic youths.

The ending alone will leave you angry. Eden Lake is as brutal as it is frustrating.

No One Lives (2012)
Directed by Ryuhei Kitamura (Azumi, Godzilla: Final Wars, Midnight Meat Train, Versus)

Luke Evans (Clash of the Titans, Fast & Furious 6, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, The Hobbit: There and Back Again, Immortals), Adelaide Clemens (The Great Gatsby, Silent Hill: Revelation, X-Men Origins: Wolverine), Lee Tergesen (Monster, Oz, Wayne's World, Weird Science), Lindsay Shaw (10 Things I Hate About You, Pretty Little Liars), Laura Ramsey (The Covenant, The Ruins, She's the Man, Venom)

Plot: A group of criminals abduct a wealthy couple, but soon regret the decision as the pair is not exactly normal.

This is one of those films where you expect one thing, but then receive something different. Roles are switched  and the mood changes. This is for the best since the start of No One Lives is shaky. It shifts into slasher mode and turns into something better.

My Little Eye (2002)
Directed by Marc Evans (Snow Cake, Trauma)

Bradley Cooper (Case 39, The Hangover series, Midnight Meat Train, Silver Linings Playbook), Kris Lemche (Ginger Snaps, Final Destination 3, Joan of Arcadia), Sean Cw Johnson (Power Rangers Lightspeed Rescue), Jennifer Sky (Cleopatra 2525), Laura Regan (Dead Silence, Mad Men, They)

Plot: Five strangers agree to live in a house together for six months as part of a reality webcast. So long as no leaves during that time, they will win a million dollars. Strange events start to occur that create friction between the roommates.

If you're looking for commentary about reality television, you may be disappointed. My Little Eye ignores that and focuses on creating a tightly wound thriller.

Incident at Loch Ness (2004)
Directed by Zak Penn (The Grand)

Werner Herzog (Grizzly Man), Zak Penn, Kitana Baker

Plot: German filmmaker Werner Herzog sets out to find the monster at Loch Ness.

More mockumentary than found footage horror, this quasi-drama is a comedic adventure about some ornery and clueless individuals looking for Nessie. It may not have enough cryptozoology for cryptid fans, but it's highly entertaining.

Amber Alert (2012)
Directed by Kerry Bellessa

Summer Bellessa, Chris Hill, Jasen Wade, Caleb Thompson, Brooke Thompson, Tom Murray

Plot: Three friends filming a video for a reality show audition see the car described in an AMBER Alert. They decide to follow the car when cops can't respond.

This movie was harshly criticized, mostly for the behavior the characters displayed throughout. Even if you hate the protagonists, this is a nail biter.

[REC] (2007)
Directed by Jaume Balagueró (Darkness, Fragile, The Nameless, [REC] 2, [REC] Apocalypse, Sleep Tight) and Paco Plaza ([REC] 3 Genesis)

Manuela Velasco, Ferrán Terraza

Plot: A reporter, her cameraman and some emergency workers get trapped inside a quarantined apartment complex.

The shakiness of the camera work may be a deterrent for some people, but this Spanish faux-docu should not be missed. An English remake, Quarantine, was basically a shot-for-shot.

Evil Things (2009)
Directed by Dominic Perez

Laurel Casillo, Morgan Hooper, Ryan Maslyn, Elyssa Mersdorf, Torrey Weiss, Gail Cadden

Plot: A group of friends celebrating a birthday drive out to a remote country house. Along the way, they notice a black van that shows up everywhere they go...

The title is a misnomer since there is no "evil thing" (implying something non-human) in the film. This shoestring feature is a surprise, and the only major complaint would be a few unnecessary scenes. The last twenty minutes are frightening.

Lost Tapes (2008-2010)

Plot: Humans cross paths with cryptids and dangerous creatures. Most of the time, all that's left from the confrontations is video footage.

This unique TV series was treated as part found footage, part mockumentary. In between the "recovered" video was testimonials from supposed authorities and witnesses. Obviously this show was fake, and at times, poorly acted. Some episodes still might catch you off guard.

Some recommended episodes: Bigfoot, Monster of Monterey, Oklahoma Octopus, Mothman, Hellhound, Southern Sasquatch, White River Monster, Jersey Devil, Bear Lake Monster, Kraken, Yeti, Beast of Bray Road.

Abominable (2007)
Directed by Ryan Schifrin

Matt McCoy (The Hand That Rocks the Cradle, L.A. Confidential), Jeffrey Combs (From Beyond, Re-Animator), Haley Joel, Karin Anna Cheung (Better Luck Tomorrow), Christien Tinsley

Plot: As part of his therapy, a paraplegic is brought to a cabin. His neighbors, several young women having a bachelorette party, are attacked by a bigfoot. The man, bound to his wheelchair, does everything he can to save them.

Imagine Rear Window with a bigfoot as the murderer. The highlights of this movie are the monster suit and some of the death scenes.

Scarecrows (1988)
Directed by William Wesley (Route 666)

Ted Vernon, Michael David Simms, Richard Vidan, Kristina Sanborn, Victoria Christian, David James Campbell, B.J. Turner

Plot: Bank robbers flying to Mexico land in a field full of demonic scarecrows.

The premise might seem silly, but this a legitimately scary movie. The atmosphere will remind you of the original Night of the Living Dead.

C.H.U.D. (1984)
Directed by Douglas Cheek

Daniel Stern (Home Alone, Home Alone 2: Lost in New York), John Goodman (Argo, The Big Lebowski, Damages, Roseanne), John Heard (Big, Home Alone, Home Alone 2: Lost in New York)

Plot: In the sewers of New York City is a race of cannibalistic mutants.

This is one of the better monster movies to emerge from the eighties. Even after two decades, the special effects are impressive.

Never Cry Werewolf (2008)
Directed by Brenton Spencer (Earth: Final Conflict, Mutant X, Sanctuary, Stargate Atlantis)

Nina Dobrev (Degrassi, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, The Vampire Diaries), Kevin Sorbo (Hercules: The Legendary Journeys), Spencer Van Wyck (Degrassi), Peter Stebbings (Immortals, The Listener)

Plot: A high school student suspects that her new next door neighbor is a werewolf.

Take Fright Night, turn the main character into a girl and change the vampire to a werewolf - voilà, you have Never Cry Werewolf. It's completely unoriginal, but it's not a bad movie. The villain, alluring and charismatic, is undoubtedly the most memorable thing here.

Citadel (2012)
Directed by Ciaran Foy

Aneurin Barnard (The White Queen), James Cosmo, Jake Wilson, Wunmi Mosaku

Plot: An agoraphobic father tries to save his baby from a pack of feral children.

There's been a trend of British horror focusing on urban areas and youths. Citadel continues this and adds a monstrous twist - the creatures are, or were, human. Viewers may get frustrated with Aneurin Barnard's character, who isn't the brave hero you normally find in these films. The story here is the focus so don't expect a lot of explicit violence.

I wish I had the time to make a bigger list. What movies/TV episodes do you recommend?