The Boogeyman, a puzzle box, 7 deadly sins, and a jigsaw puzzle...
Halloween (1978)- OMG, this isn't the #1 horror movie of the 70's??? No, but it is perhaps the quintessential movie to watch on Halloween (not just because of it's name), and the best slasher movie ever made. To this day the theme song gives me the creeps... I once had it as my ring tone, but it made me cry when I'd get calls at night, so I changed it to something happy. Carpenter gives us his best film here, one with no flaws and maximum Horror. Michael is the quintessential boogeyman, and Halloween is a quintessential horror movie.
Hellraiser (1987)- Clive Barker, I love you. If that makes me gay, I don't care! You have given us many great nightmares, both on paper and celluloid, but none greater than Pinhead & his Cenobites and their uber-wicked puzzle box. With some of the best writing of any Horror film I've ever seen, and quotes like "The box. You opened it. We came," "No tears, please. It's a waste of good suffering," and "We have such sights to show you!" have stuck with us over the years, and through many sequels. Plain and simple, Hellraiser is a brilliant concept and an even better film.
Se7en (1995)- Alright, I know that some of you are saying, "WTF?!? A Brad Pitt movie at #2?" Make no mistake, this is a horror movie, it's just disguised as a high end work of art. A brilliant movie with brilliant performances, direction and cinematography (not to mention story), Se7en is a hellish ride through a dark city plagued by the murders of a serial killer... Hollywood gets it right now and then, and this is a perfect example of that.
Saw (2004)- Oh Saw, how I adored you in part one, and could care less about the 20 sequels that followed. The first one was inventive, fresh and effective from start to finish... not to mention creepy. The traps are the best part about the Saw movies; what twisted and wince-inducing ways to die! Unfortunately, we will have to sit through Saw 6, but at least the first one will always be there for us. After long last, tomorrow we get to see what #1 holds for us!