From ghosts and demons to psychosis and the mysteries lying in-between, these are tales for our generation that harken back to classics past.
The 1990s began with some award-winning masterpieces, followed by international films that would shape the future of the genre.
The 1980s were dominated by low-budget bloodbaths, but a handful of stylish, A-rate productions went against the tide and still stand today as amazing cinematic contributions to the genre.
The 1970s featured a surprisingly direct approach to spiritual warfare shown in now legendary pictures like several of these films.
Even as the world faced its own terrors with the most expansive war in history, Hollywood continued to make modes of escape, even if it had to slash budgets to do so. Smaller budgets, however, did not prevent some real gems from emerging.
The 1930s continued onward, with each film bringing more nuanced characters and plot-lines into the mix and, with them, some of the most striking performances on film.
There is one decade where I could not possibly narrow down my selected films to five. The 1930s were the heyday of the horror film and, for this reason, it alone earns two posts.
This is the beginning of a new series tracing the history of the horror film over the past nine decades, interacting with five favorites from each decade.
Occasionally there will come along a horror film that rises above schlock and cheap thrills and gives us a truly meaningful and chilling story. The Conjuring is one of those films.
Hammer Films produced many of the very best gothic horror films in the 1950s and 1960s. After its resurrection just a few years ago, Hammer now seems set to continue its tradition onward if The Woman in Black is any indicator.