Project Haunted House Presents: the Guide to Films for the Astute Observer

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Ah, good! So you've found the filmic archives! The purpose of this particular guide is to suggest to you, comrade in arms, a selection of visual aids to further assist you in your fight 'twixt good and evil, as it were. Of course (and always), any suggestions you might offer to supplement this guide are greatly appreciated and can be flown by carrier pigeon, floated by corked wine bottle, or fast-tracked by email to the webmaster via our handy-dandy and ever-so-versatile suggestions page.

The table below lists the film's title, year of prouction, and each troublesomely tricky situation that each film addresses. Additionally, each title also serves as a link to the most appropriate or relevant page for the film. Each film's title also lists the film's director, in most cases, particularly if the director's work is, on the whole, relevant to our efforts to fight the good fight and survive long enough to come home in time for hot chocolate and a shower.

Title Year Released Horror Baddie(s) Concerned
28 Days Later2002"Rage"-fueled zombie-like "dead" humans — agile, quick, tool-using; post-apocalypse survival
Darkness2002Occult-like activities, ghosts, haunted house, supernatural architecture, chaos, insanity
Dawn of the Dead — George A. Romero 1978 Zombies, zombie epidemic
Dawn of the Dead (remake) 2004 Zombies: faster, more agile, tool-users
Day of the Dead — George A. Romero 1985 Zombies, surviving the aftermath
Dead Ringers — David Cronenberg 1988 Twins, murder/suicide, mutant genitalia
The Fly1958Gigantic homicidal fly-human mutant hybrid; also a smaller, guinea pig-human accident
The Hills Have Eyes — Wes Craven 1977 Psychopaths, twisted "American family," cannibals
The Hunger — Tony Scott 1983 Vampires (though the word "vampire" is never spoken), immortality
Identity2003Secretive psychotic serial killer (oh yes, there's a beautiful twist)
Invasion of the Body Snatchers — Don Siegel 1956 Aliens, plant/pod people
Invasion of the Body Snatchers — Philip Kaufman 1978 Pod people, aliens, paranoia
Land of the Dead — George A. Romero 2005 Post-apocalypse zombie survival
Last House on the Left — Wes Craven 1972 Sadistic/psychopathic killers, torture
Night of the Living Dead — George A. Romero 1968 Zombies
The Order2003Conspiracy involving The Church and ritualistic homicide
Return of the Fly1959Return of the gigantic homicidal mutant human-fly (and then some)
Rosemary's Baby1968Conspiracy: Satan's child carried to term by unsuspecting housewife
Se7en1995Sadistic serial killer who enacts theatrical homicides around the seven deadly sins to eke out "justice"
Shaun of the Dead 2004 Zombies, modern aftermath of failing to notice zombification of the general population
The Stepford Wives1975Homicidal robots, idenity theft, mass conspiracy
The Thing — John Carpenter 1982 Aliens (webmaster's note: Absolutely fantastic movie.)

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