"OK, some of this you may already know: I've seen all of the Evil Dead movies (and the musical) and enjoyed them immensely. I even own the "Boomstick" edition of Army of Darkness. And I saw Bubba Ho-Tep, too, which was super! I saw Dusk til Dawn and hated it because I find Quentin Tarantino loathsome. I've seen Rosemary's Baby and it scared me, but in a good way. I saw Arachnophobia the same night I went camping. THIS WAS A BAD IDEA. But I learned from the experience and did not go to see Blair Witch while I was living upstate in the woods. The lesson didn't really take -- I saw The Shining while living in a big, run-down Victorian mansion in the woods in upstate NY. Somehow I thought this would be OK. IT WAS SO NOT OK. I've seen Lost Boys but it didn't leave much of an impression on me. I can barely remember it. I've seen The Frighteners -- I went specifically for MJF and left thinking, "Well, that was not his usual type of vehicle." I saw the Buffy movie and was unimpressed but I loved the series. I'm looking forward to Zombieland, which you already know. I'm also looking forward to Død Snø because foreign films are classy. I've never seen any of the other movies suggested, but I trust your judgment. Especially because I know you will take responsibility for peeling me off the ceiling if I get too freaked out."
So far, I'm thinking of the following movies, which she hasn't seen:
Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (plus all the old Universal classics like Frankenstein, Bride of Frankenstein, The Mummy, The Wolf Man and The Creature from the Black Lagoon)
Cast a Deadly Spell
The Comedy of Terrors (which I can then use to ease her into the Corman Poe adaptations)
The Company of Wolves (I'm pretty sure she can handle this one right now, as it's more dreamy than scary)
Drag Me to Hell
Ed Wood (not a horror movie, but it came up in conversation)
Killer Klowns from Outer Space
Return of the Living Dead
Theatre of Blood (which we're seeing at the Film Forum in November!)
On reserve for the "intermediate class":
Keep those great suggestions coming!