Perhaps in an unseasonal manner (although I, for one, am in favor of writing on the topic in more seasons than just Halloween), Arts & Faith (in association with Image Journal) has released an important list of their top 25 horror films. As one of the compilers, Jeffrey Overstreet, notes in his explanation of the list, “It may seem strange, but horror movies are important to this community for the way they can raise and address vital questions about human nature, addiction, spiritual forces, death, the afterlife, and the wages of sin.”
I really appreciate Arts & Faith putting forth this list with wonderful critical commentary beside each entry. I also highly agree with the list of films, including many of my personal favorites like (their number one pick) The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, Vampyr, The Exorcist, and Nosferatu (amongst others).
(Illustration: A still from The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari)