In assembling this cogent compendium, the B Monster turned once again to a peerless team of pundits comprised of film scholars and industry professionals. Some made it short and sweet. Some waxed enthusiastically effusive (not that there's anything wrong with that).

Michael F. Blake
Emmy-winning makeup artist (Buffy, the Vampire Slayer) and author of the Lon Chaney Trilogy

1. Bride of Frankenstein
2. Frankenstein
3. Freaks
4. Mystery of the Wax Museum
5. Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
6. Werewolf of London
7. Dracula
8. Invisible Man
9. The Omen
10. The Wolf Man

Ted Bohus
Editor, publisher SPFX Magazine, director The Deadly Spawn, The Regenerated Man

1. The Exorcist
2. King Kong
3. Curse of the Demon
4. Horror of Dracula
5. Bride of Frankenstein
6. Jurassic Park
7. Night of the Living Dead
8. The Haunting
9.House on Haunted Hill
10.Sound of Music

John Brunas
Co-author, Universal Horrors (McFarland & Co.)

1. Curse of the Cat People
2. Black Cat
3. Psycho
4. Bride of Frankenstein
5. I Walked With a Zombie
6. Frankenstein
7. The Uninvited
8. Horror of Dracula
9. Dracula's Daughter
10. Carnival of Souls

Michael Brunas
Co-author, Universal Horrors (McFarland & Co.)

1. The Black Cat
2. Frankenstein
3. Bride of Frankenstein
4. The Body Snatcher
5. The Haunting
6. Cat People
7. King Kong
8. Psycho
9. Walking Dead
10. Son of Frankenstein

Jim Clatterbaugh
Editor, publisher Monsters From the Vault

1. Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
2. Frankenstein
3. Evil Dead 2
4. Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein
5. Horror of Dracula
6. King Kong
7. I Walked With a Zombie
8. Re-Animator
9. Night of the Living Dead
10. Fright Night

Kevin Clement
Editor, Chiller Theatre Magazine and the Jerry Garcia of Monsterdom

1. Bride of Frankenstein
2. The Wolf Man
3. Frankenstein
4. Eyes Without a Face
5. The Haunting
6. The Innocents
7. Black Sunday
8. Silence of the Lambs
9. Psycho
10. Last Man on Earth

Leonard Hughes
Washington Post theater critic

1. Night of the Living Dead
2. Halloween
3. Little Shop of Horrors
(the musical)
4. The Exorcist
5. Creature From the Black Lagoon
6. King Kong
(tie) The Werewolf (1956) I Was a Teenage Werewolf
8. The Birds
9. Ghostbusters
10. Jaws

Tom Johnson
Co-author Hammer Films: An Exhaustive Filmography and Peter Cushing: The Gentle Man of Horror and His 91 Films, author Censored Screams (All from McFarland & Co.)

1. The Body Snatcher
2. Horror of Dracula
3. Frankenstein
4. Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed
5. Curse of the Demon
6. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
7. The Black Cat
8. The Pit and The Pendulum
9. Curse of Frankenstein
10. The Mummy

Charles Kilgore
Charles Kilgore covers exploitation movies for ecco, the world of bizarre video, which he also publishes. He's also written for Psychotronic Video, Filmfax, Cult Movies, and Slaughterhouse magazines.
In chronological order:

1. The Unknown (1927)
2. The Black Cat
3. The Bride Of Frankenstein
4. I Walked With A Zombie
5. Eyes Without A Face
6. Peeping Tom
7. Psycho
8. Onibaba
9. Night of the Living Dead
10. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

Harris Lentz
Author Science Fiction, Horror & Fantasy Film and Television Credits (2 vols., 2 supplements) complete revised edition coming next year; annual series Obituaries in the Performing Arts, The Biographical Dictionary of Professional Wrestling (All from McFarland & Co.). Monthly obit column Classic Images magazine.

1. King Kong (1933)
The first, and best, of the giant monster movies.

2. The Uninvited (1944)
A compelling chiller with a great cast and a strange hint of mimosa.

3. The Haunting (1963)
One of the few films that still gives this jaded horror veteran goosebumps.

4. The Invisible Man (1933)
Stylish classic with Claude Rains giving a great performance.

5. Godzilla (1955)
Moody and atmospheric, which is hard to accomplish when your leading man is a giant lizard (re: Godzilla [1998] "I knew Godzilla -- Godzilla was a friend of mine -- and you, sir, are no Godzilla!")

6. Attack of the Crab Monsters (1957)
Well, you asked for my favorites, not necessarily the best -- there's just something kind of fun about giant crabs eating people's heads to steal the memories (narrowly edges out It Conquered the World for my mandatory Corman pick).

7. The Mummy (1959)
Haven't seen the film in years, but it was my favorite Hammer flick and terrified me as a child. This mummy didn't shamble.

8. Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
For my money, the best of the Universal classics -- literate, witty, moving and frightening.

9. The Cat People (1942)
I'm a fan of most of Val Lewton's flicks, but this one's my favorite.

10. Rosemary's Baby (1968)
Beats out The Exorcist and The Omen for my favorite devil flick.

11. Blood of Ghastly Horror (1970) ( aka Man with the Synthetic Brain, Psycho A Go-Go!, The Fiend With the Electric Brain, Echo of Terror, etc.)

Oh, I'm sorry, you only wanted ten.. anyway, the film stinks, I just like all the titles.

Bob Madison
Author Dracula: The First 100 Years (Midnight Marquee Press)
I decided the best way to go about it was to be a completely objective film buff, and not a horror or science fiction fan. Most "classics" in these genres are only relative classics -- while Pet Semetary, for example, may be an excellent horror film, it wouldn't, objectively, rank with mainstream cinematic classics, such as Sunset Boulevard or The Grapes of Wrath. With that in mind, I asked myself what films in the horror and science fiction field were meritorious, regardless of however I feel about (or what they do for) the genre. This made selection much easier. Not only was it easier to discard potential films from the list, but I had to struggle to make 10 for each category! (I had also toyed with the idea of including the 10 Worst for each, but it was too daunting a task!)

1. The Black Cat
2. Bride of Frankenstein
3. Dead of Night
4. Freaks
5. Halloween
6. Invasion of the Body Snatchers
7. Masque of the Red Death
8. Nosferatu
9. Psycho
10. Rosemary's Baby

John Morgan
Film composer, fashion plate, and producer of Marco Polo's Classic Film Music Series.
In no particular order:

1. Bride of Frankenstein
2. Son of Frankenstein
3. Curse of the Demon
4. Dead of Night
5. The Invisible Man
6. Burn Witch, Burn
7. The Uninvited
8. The Wolf Man
9. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
10. I Walked With a Zombie

Michael H. Price
Director of the Gourmet Cinema project in Fort Worth's Sundance Square entertainment district and author of quite a few books on our movie heritage. His latest, with frequent collaborator George E. Turner, is a revamped and expanded edition of their pioneering Depression-era history Forgotten Horrors (Midnight Marquee Press).

Some conventionally accepted high points of the genres may occur here, but it scarcely matters whether they do. My greater point has been to single out prophetic or singularly resonant examples wherever they crop up, and this leads to the occasional extreme of placing a fundamentally inept or superficially ludicrous film on a "best" list. I genuinely believe that Victor Adamson's The Rawhide Terror, as recently rediscovered, is a seminal horror film, despite its being not only a "horse opera," but also hastily made and but vaguely coherent. And I Married a Monster from Outer Space has over the long haul been popularly judged by its title alone, and never mind the mature thematic content, the sharp speculative angles, or the
essential film noir attitude.

1. Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
2. Nosferatu
3. Dawn of the Dead
4. Eyes Without a Face
5. The Most Dangerous Game
6. Freaks
7. The Rawhide Terror
8. Rabid
9. Hangover Square
10. The Locket

Fred Olen Ray
Director, Invisible Mom, Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers, Dinosaur Island, Attack of the 60 Foot Centerfold

In no particular order, but make of it what you will:

1. Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein
2. Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man
3. House of Frankenstein
4. Attack of the Giant Leeches
5. Son of Dracula
6. Giant From the Unknown
7. The Evil Dead
8. Night of the Living Dead
9. The Haunting
10. The Wasp Woman

Gary Don Rhodes
Film historian, documentary filmmaker, adjunct lecturer at the University of Oklahoma. Author of Lugosi (McFarland, 1997) and White Zombie: Anatomy of a Bela Lugosi Horror Film, with a Biography of Director Victor Halperin (McFarland, 1999).

No particular order; years given to distinguish when more than one version exists:

1. The Shining (1980)
2. The Haunting
3. Night of the Living Dead
4. Bride of Frankenstein
5. Dead of Night
6. Nosferatu
7. Texas Chainsaw Massacre
8. Halloween
9. White Zombie
10. Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

David J. Schow
Screenwriter of The Crow and a bunch of other movies, Crypt Orchids and a bunch of other books, and just completed (about five minutes ago) a massive new edition of his much-coveted Outer Limits Companion, which you can see by CLICKING HERE.

1. Creature From the Black Lagoon
2. Alien
(only the original)
3. Repulsion
4. Psycho
(the original, dammit!)
5. La Casa Dalle Finestre Che Ridono (Pupi Avati)
6. In a Glass Cage
7. Black Sunday
8. The Night Stalker
(+ sequel and series)
9. The Mummy's Tomb
10. Dawn of the Dead

Bryan Senn
Bryan Senn is the author of the books Drums of Terror: Voodoo in the Cinema (Midnight Marquee Press), Golden Horror: A Critical Filmography of Terror Cinema, 1931-1939 (McFarland & Co.) and co-author of Fantastic Cinema Subject Guide (McFarland & Co.) VISIT BRYAN'S WEB SITE

My favorites are those I'll watch at the drop of a hat (or click of the remote); they're not necessarily the BEST, mind you, but the movies I enjoy the most.

1. The Black Cat (1934)
Multi-layered, perverse, and always fascinating.

2. The Old Dark House (1932)
Quirky, acerbically funny, and one of the best character studies in the genre.

3. The Body Snatcher (1945)
Karloff's finest hour (and 17 minutes).

4. Young Frankenstein (1974)
Simply the funniest horror comedy ever.

5. The Haunting (1963)
One of the scariest films ever made (and director Robert Wise didn't even SHOW anything!); the "Who was holding my hand?!" scene STILL gives me a cold chill every time.

6. King Kong (the 1976 Dino DeLaurentis classic) -- okay, I'm kidding; OF COURSE I mean the 1933 original, the greatest adventure film of all time (and YES it is a horror movie -- just ask one of those half-eaten or foot-stomped natives!).

7. Targets (1968)
One of the most effective and disturbing blendings of reel and real horror.

8. The Ghost Breakers (1940)
Bob Hope at his funniest (and a movie I invariably watch when I'm home sick -- no, I don't know why).

9. I Walked With a Zombie (1943)
Poetry in (horror) motion.

10. From Dusk 'til Dawn (1996)
Yeah, I know it didn't get the greatest reviews, but I found it a hoot -- witty, exciting, and two-films-in-one!

Gary J. Svehla
Editor, publisher Midnight Marquee Press

1. Bride of Frankenstein
2. Horror of Dracula
3. Brides of Dracula
4. Curse of the Demon
5. The Haunting
6. Cat People
(Val Lewton)
7. The Mummy (1933)
8. Black Sunday
9. Frankenstein
10. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Fredric March)

Tony Timpone
Editor, Fangoria, world's best-selling horror magazine, author Men, Makeup & Monsters (St. Martin's Press)

1. Psycho (1960)
2. Bride of Frankenstein
3. The Exorcist
4. Jaws
5. Night of the Living Dead
6. The Omen
7. Alien
8. Rosemary's Baby
9. Horror of Dracula
10. Cat People

George E. Turner
Co-author Human Monsters (Kitchen Sink Press), Forgotten Horrors (Midnight Marquee Press)

I think a horror picture should qualify on the basis of its relative excellence as a motion picture rather than "how scary it is" or its ability to "gross one out." This may seem ironic, as I've worked on a number of the blood-fests myself. Similarly, most of the sci fi pics, including such sacred cows as 2001 and Gross Encounters, are too pretentious and self-indulgent (directorially) for my simple tastes.

1. King Kong (1933)
2. Bride of Frankenstein
3. Frankenstein
4. Son of Frankenstein
5. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1932)
6. Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939)
7. Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923)
8. Phantom of the Opera (1925)
9. Horror of Dracula
10. White Zombie

Will "The Thrill" Viharo
Midnight Lounge
movie host, swingin' scribe, creator of Vic Valentine, Private Eye, contributor Filmfax, Outre magazines. E-MAIL WILL | VISIT WILL'S SITE

Are these the best of all time? Maybe not. Just my personal favorites, no apologies offered -- or required.

1. I Was a Teenage Werewolf (1957)
Paul Dunlap's score, Gene Fowler's direction, Michael Landon's performance, Joseph LaShelle's photography, and my own tortured adolescence make this the most memorable and enduring B monster movie of my weird little life. And they did it in just five days. (Earth took seven, though.)

2. I Was a Teenage Frankenstein (1957)
Gotta have it. One of my favorite makeup jobs of all times, cheap jack as it was. Whit Bissell repeats his mad doctor stint from Werewolf. Another great Dunlap score. Love the scene with the blonde. Best line: "Speak! You've got a civil tongue in your head, I know you have, because I sewed it back myself!"

3. Blood of Dracula (1957)
Completes the AIP teen monster trilogy, this time with a doll. Drips atmosphere if not blood. Sadly eerie Dunlap score. Bullet bras abound. Love it, love it, love it.

4. The Creature Walks Among Us (1956)
I love having the minority opinion. The Creature is my favorite movie monster, and this is my favorite in the series. It's simply the most compelling, with the Creature at his most sympathetic as well as scary. Great rampaging finale. And set in my adopted neighborhood (the SF Bay area). It's the one I watch the most, that's how I know I dig it the most.

5. Creature From the Black Lagoon (1954)
Jack Arnold gave us the ultimate 50s rubber suited monster, with one of the sexiest B movie babes, Julie Adams, as his love interest. The Gill Guy even won the adoration of Marilyn Monroe (and if you're a true film buff you know damn well what I'm referring to, I won't debase myself by directly referring to it). The suit remains unsurpassed, as does the incredible underwater photography.

6. Revenge of the Creature (1955)
More thrills, kills, and spills. I always loved it when an exotic monster went rampaging through modern civilization, and the Gill Guy's attack on Florida, beginning with his escape from captivity, remains a high point in the annals of B monsterdom. Plus John Agar's in it. Too much, baby, too much.

7. The She-Creature 1956)
AIP's ripoff of the Creature is nonetheless an atmospheric gem and a classic on its own, featuring B monster maker Paul Blaisdell's greatest creation. Theremin on the soundtrack (courtesy of Ronald Stein)! And Marla English still haunts my dreams.

8. The Hideous Sun Demon 1959)
Robert Clarke is one of the nicest guys in the world. When I met him I couldn't believe he was the same monster who squashed that rat with his bare hands. This daylight twist on lycanthropy has it all, baby: the titular beast, a busty boozy blonde bimbo, gangsters, sci-fi psychobabble, loads of low-rent period ambiance, and Robert Clarke going slowly insane before our eyes. And then there's that mess in his pants ...

9. From Hell It Came (1957)
Tiki jungle masterpiece. Theremin. Walking tree that looks like a reject from Oz, courtesy again of Mr. Blaisdell. I first saw it on TV when I was five or so and it left an indelible impression that only grows deeper over time. If I had such a thing as a "guilty pleasure," this would be it. But I'm proud of it. Got nothin' to hide. Tabonga rules!

10. Daughter of Horror (1955)
Possibly the most amazing flick ever made. A surreal film noir horror movie. You'd never guess that was Ed McMahon narrating it. Literally a nightmare on film. It's the purest example of pop cinematic pulp I've ever seen. It looks like all those lurid paperback covers of the period, and feels like it, too.

Bill Warren
Author of Keep Watching the Skies and accumulator of aloha shirts.
If asked at another time to make a list of the top ten horror movies, it would probably be different from the one below. For example, I cannot decide if Cocteau's Beauty and the Beast is really horror or not; if it is, it should be on the list.

1. Alien
2. Bride of Frankenstein
3. King Kong
4. I Walked With a Zombie
5. Bram Stoker's Dracula
6. Horror of Dracula
7. Rosemary's Baby
8. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
9. The Body Snatcher
10. The Fly
11. Psycho (1960)

Tom Weaver
Co-author Universal Horrors (McFarland & Co.), author Science Fiction and Fantasy Film Flashbacks (McFarland & Co.), Mutants, Monsters and Heavenly Creatures (Midnight Marquee Press).

1. The Black Cat (1934)
2. Curse of the Demon
3. Diaboliques
4. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
5. Frankenstein
6. The Haunting
7. Island of Lost Souls
8. The Most Dangerous Game
9. Nosferatu
10. Psycho

"Are they human, or awesome things from another world?!"
It Came From Outer Space

"Ghouls, see if your boy fiends can take it!"
The Vampire

"What supernatural force made them want to kill!"
Shadow of the Cat

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