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DAWN OF THE DEAD (2004) Sheriff: "Danny, put another round in that woman over there! Look! She's a twitcher!" An injection of mordant wit and a transfusion of black humour ensured that Zack Snyder's remake of the George A Romero horror classic isn't braindead. A cross-section of American society hides inside a Milwaukee shopping mall while zombies threateningly maraud outside.

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THE OTHERS (2001) Grace: "Where's my daughter? What have you done with my daughter?" Anne: "Are you mad? I am your daughter." With a knowing nod to the horror classic The Innocents, this classic chiller gave Nicole Kidman one of her most underrated roles. She plays Grace, a mother whose husband is away at war and whose children are photo-sensitive and cannot be exposed to light. leaving their remote house in near total darkness.

JU-ON: THE GRUDGE (2004) Karen: "The whole time I was in that house I felt something was wrong. What happened there?" Director Takashi Shimizu's decision to remake his own spine-chiller with an American cast paid doomladen dividends. Karen, the American nurse living in Tokyo is exposed to a mysterious supernatural curse which locks a person in a powerful rage before claiming their life and spreading to another victim.

THE CABINET OF DR CALIGARI (1920) Francis: "You fools, this man is plotting our doom! We die at dawn! He is Caligari!" This silent German chiller still has the power to shock. A fairground somnambulist exhibited by Dr Caligari (Werner Krauss), becomes the prime murder suspect when a man whose demise he predicted is found dead. Murderous mayhem ensues in a cock-eyed artificial landscape of over-sized furniture and ill-formed spiky trees where everything tends towards spirals and spider webs.

SE7EN (1995) William Somerset: "This isn't going to have a happy ending." Director David Fincher gave the ailing American horror industry a welcome shot in the arm with this rain-drenched chiller which defied convention to sign off on a very un-Hollywood note (Brad Pitt refused to make it if the ending were changed). Veteran homicide detective William Somerset and his young partner David Mills pursue a serial killer who is selecting his victims according to the Seven Deadly Sins.

MISERY (1990) Annie Wilkes: "I thought you were good Paul... but you're not good. You're just another lying ol' dirty birdy." Caught in a blizzard on the way back from the wilds of Colorado after finishing his new book, novelist James Caan is rescued after his car crashes. With both legs broken, he awakes in a house in the countryside. But he has a problem - his nurse saviour (Oscar-winning Kathy Bates) is his number one fan...but isn't happy with a sneak-peek of his latest opus.

EDEN LAKE (2008) Brett: "Follow the blood." This grim demonisation of the chav sub-class could have been the work of the Daily Mail Film Unit. A romantic weekend by the lake turns into a terrifying ordeal for Jenny (Kelly Reilly) and Steve (Michael Fassbender) when they confront a mob of vicious local tearaways. Frequently crossing the pain threshold, James Watkins’ blood-drenched survival thriller is a grim reflection of a society where teenage kicks can become a matter of life or death.

THE OMEN (1976) Father Brennan: "He must DIE, Mr. Thorn!" There are hellish goings-on when the American ambassador to Italy (Gregory Peck) swaps his stillborn child - at the suggestion of the hospital priest - for the baby of a woman who died in childbirth. Years go by uneventfully...until the grisly deaths begin. The child's nanny hangs herself and a priest is speared to death in a freak accident. Why - because Gregory has inadvertently adopted the antichrist.

THE SHINING (1980) Danny Torrance: "Do you really want to go and live in that hotel for the winter?" Wendy Torrance: "Sure I do. It'll be lots of fun." A creepy adaptation of the Stephen King novel finds novelist Jack Nicholson gradually losing the plot while spending a winter as the caretaker of a remote mountain hotel. The blood starts to run when his paranormally gifted son picks up on the opulent hideaway's evil past, while his distraught wife discovers there's nowhere to hide.

DAY OF THE DEAD (1985) Dr Logan: "It wants me! It wants food! But it has no stomach, can take no nourishment from what it ingests. It's acting on INSTINCT!" A small handful of surviving humans is holed up in a claustrophobic missile silo, where the military members of the group are at odds with the scientists. Among them is the crazed Dr Logan who is experimenting at trying to 'tame' the zombies and Sarah, a doctor who is attempting to reverse the process of the dead returning to life.

AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON (1981) Dart Player: "Stay on the road. Keep clear of the moors." Chess Player: "Beware the moon, lads. David Naughton and Griffin Dunne star in this excellent tongue-in-cheek horror film as two American backpackers who, despite warnings from the locals in The Slaughtered Lamb pub, find themselves straying from the path and wandering about the Yorkshire moors in the thrashing rain, where they are attacked by a werewolf.

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