Movie Madness Monday: Horror With A Dash of Suspense

by - September 08, 2014

A Vintage Nerd


There are some films that you wonder if they are horror films or not. For today's installment of Movie Madness Monday, I bring you horror films that are blended with suspense. You don't know if you are watching a thriller or a true blue horror, but either way you will be frightened, shocked, and possibly cringed at some scenes.

I find horror films that expand themselves beyond what the genre is supposed to be (ie. gore, guts, and mayhem) are the most interesting. Add a dash of mystery or comedy even and you get a whole other look at a typical horror flick.

Here are my selections for horror films that have a dash of suspense:

House of Wax

Eyes Without A Face



Carnival of Souls


Rosemary's Baby

I reviewed Eyes Without A Face recently but I had to include it in this list. It is THAT good! Each of these selections left me dumbfounded at the end. The stories are twisted and scary but having that air of mystery creates such a level of suspense that your eyes will be glued from the moment you put them on.

I have found that horror films of the 1960's really experimented with adding levels of suspense and eeriess that leaves you feeling like you really watched something different. What horror films with a dash of suspense would you recommend? Have you seen any of these?


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4 comments

  1. I've seen them all. I love horror and suspense films and. 60s movie posters are pretty far out as they said.
    Retro rover
    PS you have good taste or at least we have the same taste. I knew u were a dr who fan like me bit didn't know u liked Star Trek

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  2. Sometime over a rainy summer weekend, the whole family did a back to back comparison viewing of the original House of Wax and the newer one, starring the one and only Paris Hilton. The story of the new one is not at all related to the original, other than the premise of the actual wax museum. All of us preferred the original, which surprised me. Teens are so used to constant action, I thought the original would be too slow to keep their attention but it did. Most of my favorite horror movies come from the 70s and are mostly Stephen King books, The Shinning, Carrie, Rosemary's baby.

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  3. Personally, I am not a fan of modern horror/suspense, but I have found that I really enjoy the older movies of this genre. My boyfriend is an avid horror movie buff so we are always looking for movies that we would both enjoy. I will have to add these to my list of movie date night options. Thank you for sharing.

    She Knits in Pearls

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  4. Just seeing these movie posters send a chill up my spine!!!! I'm more of a classic/campy honor movie fan, those that make you want to sleep with the lights on usually aren't up my alley, but in the spirit of Halloween, I'd be brave and watch any of them. :)

    ♥ Jessica

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