I just hate it when people claim that they've seen virtually every horror film in existence: with film-makers spitting out scary flicks faster than any other genre, it's an impossibility to keep up with the new ones, let alone be able to check out the classics of yesteryear.
Being such a devoted fan of the genre, at times it's hard for me to accept that I won't live long enough to see many of the great (or even not-so-great) films that are out there, but I have decided that my best approach is to set myself some achievable targets.
I intend to watch all of the important films from the genre: the Universal films of the 30s and 40s, Hammer's influential titles, the best of Italian horror, the grindhouse classics of the 70s, the entire official DPP Video Nasties list, the goriest films of the 80s, and if time permits, the more original contemporary titles. I also plan on reviewing at least 1000 horror films for IMDb.
So far, it's going OK: I've seen the more famous of Universal's monster films, checked out quite a few Hammers, seen loads of giallos and Italian gore flicks, ticked off the big hitters of the 70s and 80s, done a fair amount of splatter pics, and at least two thirds of the nasties. But still, the list of horror films I want to see looms large in front of me.
Which begs the question, 'When will I be able to fit in the tons of exploitation, martial arts, fantasy, action, and sci-fi DVDs that I have waiting?'.