James Gunn Shares Massive List of His 50 Favorite Horror Films

Thanks to his two Guardians of the Galaxy films, director James Gunn is one of the most sought-after filmmakers in the industry. His entries in the Marvel Cinematic Universe might have put him on many fans' radars, but others know his work in the horror genre, like Slither, the Dawn of the Dead remake and his work with Troma.

"In case you’re looking for some horror movies to watch in this Halloween season, here are a few of my favorites, in kinda-sorta order of preference,” Gunn recently shared on his Facebook page. “I of course am not including the movies I had a hand in, such as Slither, Dawn of the Dead, or The Belko Experiment. Those are films you should, obviously, watch first.”

"And I should note, as usual, this is my list of FAVORITES. It does not mean these are the BEST. They are simply the horror films I get the most out of personally," he confessed, hoping to preemptively shoot down any bickering about how he chose the films on his list.

His list of films is as follows:

  1. Jaws – Spielberg, 1975
  2. Audition – Miike, 1999
  3. Invasion of the Body Snatchers – Kaufman, 1978
  4. The Host – Bong Joon-ho, 2006
  5. The Thing – Carpenter, 1982
  6. Green Room – Saulnier, 2016
  7. The Brood – Cronenberg, 1979
  8. Rosemary’s Baby – Polanski, 1968
  9. A Tale of Two Sisters – Kim Jee-woon, 2004
  10. The Birds – Hitchcock, 1963
  11. 28 Days Later – Boyle, 2003
  12. Train to Busan – Sang-ho Yeon, 2016
  13. House – Obayashi, 1977
  14. Saw – Wan, 2004
  15. Invasion of the Body Snatchers – Siegel, 1956
  16. Night of the Living Dead – Romero, 1968
  17. They Live – Carpenter, 1988
  18. Cloverfield – Reeves, 2008
  19. Cronos – Del Toro, 1993
  20. Piranha 3D – Aja, 2010
  21. Peeping Tom – Powell, 1960
  22. The Night of the Hunter – Laughton, 1955
  23. The Mist – Darabont, 2007
  24. Dead Alive – Jackson, 1992
  25. Shaun of the Dead – Wright, 2004
  26. Funny Games – Haneke, 1997
  27. Troll Hunter – Ovredal, 2011
  28. Evil Dead II – Raimi, 1987
  29. The Shining – Kubrick, 1980
  30. The Descent – Marshall, 2005
  31. Haxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages – Christensen, 1929
  32. The Sixth Sense – Shyamalan, 1999
  33. Aliens – Cameron, 1986
  34. Bride of Frankenstein – Whale, 1935
  35. Martin – Romero, 1977
  36. Near Dark – Bigelow, 1987
  37. Abbot and Costello Meet Frankenstein – Barton, 1948
  38. Suspiria – Argento, 1977
  39. Zombieland – Fleisher, 2009
  40. King Kong – Shoedsack, Cooper, 1933
  41. Get Out – Peele, 2017
  42. Scream – Craven, 1996
  43. Cemetery Man – Soavi, 1996
  44. Shivers – Cronenberg, 1975
  45. Carrie – DePalma, 1976
  46. Basket Case – Henenlotter, 1982
  47. The Blob – Russell, 1988
  48. Alien – Scott, 1979
  49. The Fly – Cronenberg, 1986
  50. The Faculty – Rodgriquez, 1998

Despite the director not having announced any plans to return to the horror genre any time soon, it's clear how deep his passion runs and how diverse his tastes are based on the list above.

[H/T Facebook]