News

Brannon Braga's 10 Favorite Horror Films

Meet the horror influences of Salem's executive producer, including Frankenstein, Black Sunday, Eraserhead, and more.

by | October 25, 2016 | Comments

gettyimages-462065155
(Photo by Jerod Harris/Getty Images for WGN America)

To develop a show like Salem, WGN America’s horror-fantasy account of the 17-century witch trials, Executive Producer Brannon Braga must spend his days knee-deep in supernatural lore. So naturally we’re interested to find out what influences the aesthetic of the sci-fi veteran, who spent over 13 years developing Star Trek TV properties like The Next Generation, Voyager, and Enterprise, as well as films Generations and First Contact. Here are 10 of Braga’s favorite horror films:

Frankenstein (1931) 100%


One of the most influential horror movies ever made, with a heartbreaking tragic dimension. How many movies have you seen where you empathize with the monster?

Black Sunday (1960) 85%


The image of a witch’s mutilated face after being impaled by an iron maiden has frightened me since childhood. I still can’t watch that scene.

The Innocents (1961) 96%


This psychosexual ghost story is a masterpiece of atmosphere and tension. My favorite “evil child” movie.

Rosemary's Baby (1968) 99%


The second horror film in Polanski’s trilogy about mentally unstable women trapped in apartments (Repulsion and The Tenant are the others). The Devil is resurrected by a kindly old woman played by Ruth Gordon, who won an Oscar for her insidiously charming performance.

Don't Look Now (1973) 97%


A fierce, disorienting, harrowing, supernatural thriller about a couple grieving after the tragic drowning of their daughter. A masterwork of dread, with one of the all-time freaky endings in horror film history.

The Exorcist (1973) 85%


Horror doesn’t get any better than this. A groundbreaking film so unflinchingly graphic that I’m not sure it would get made today. The first horror film to be nominated for Best Picture.

Eraserhead (1977) 91%


Indescribable. The only film to truly capture what it’s like to have a nightmare.

The Thing (1982) 84%


Body horror, possession, paranoid suspense, and a monster so alien it borders on the supernatural — nearly every sub-genre of horror packed into an isolated research station. A certified classic.

Martyrs (2008) 58%


Extreme horror laced with nihilistic metaphysical rage. Utterly original, unpredictable, and transcendent.

Under the Skin (2014) 84%


I don’t scare easily nowadays, but this movie paralyzed me with fear. One of the most unnerving film scores in recent memory.


Season 3 of Salem premieres Wednesday, Nov. 2 at 9/8C on WGN America

Tag Cloud

El Rey serial killer Heroines LGBT discovery Red Carpet Sundance Comic Book politics unscripted Netflix NBC Trailer Spectrum Originals Marathons Disney SXSW MCU game show crime GoT The CW Trivia streaming VH1 psychological thriller Oscars period drama National Geographic Martial Arts Podcast Fox News crime drama Esquire 2015 History OWN teaser cops toy story Superheroes Vudu Emmys Countdown Western HBO The Witch Lucasfilm Action sports Set visit docudrama richard e. Grant supernatural cults binge Best and Worst Ovation Freeform composers YouTube Premium nature Pirates Sony Pictures The Arrangement sitcom DGA Photos cats Infographic USA Network RT History what to watch Biopics Interview Sundance Now Paramount Network Winners Shudder Epix spy thriller Rom-Com Grammys Summer Kids & Family IFC cinemax Mary Poppins Returns medical drama Musicals social media DC Universe Nominations aliens WGN Music Hulu Comics on TV Valentine's Day RT21 E! 007 AMC Apple Starz Syfy Pet Sematary Character Guide dragons APB Pop 2018 boxoffice Nickelodeon Quiz Elton John Box Office ABC Walt Disney Pictures Awards San Diego Comic-Con sequel Trophy Talk YouTube Red mockumentary Fantasy award winner Tomatazos Shondaland finale BBC Showtime science fiction Year in Review golden globes war IFC Films 2019 Amazon Watching Series Winter TV Paramount Reality Competition ITV BET adaptation Comedy Film Festival TLC Acorn TV CNN robots USA anthology Rocky Super Bowl dramedy doctor who strong female leads justice league Brie Larson ESPN Tarantino Bravo Disney Channel harry potter Fall TV VICE thriller technology Teen miniseries Food Network 20th Century Fox zombie Mindy Kaling Women's History Month Cosplay ABC Family Sneak Peek GLAAD dceu Cartoon Network diversity PBS Certified Fresh blaxploitation ratings comic Marvel BBC America Polls and Games Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Holidays Opinion 2016 Adult Swim Pixar CW Seed Emmy Nominations space Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt adventure Toys mutant spinoff Columbia Pictures Reality facebook President festivals MSNBC true crime Schedule TCA Amazon Prime talk show Writers Guild of America vampires travel MTV anime Masterpiece comiccon FX 2017 Crackle Mystery X-Men Musical DC Comics Warner Bros. jamie lee curtis YA TruTV historical drama First Look DirecTV Rock Pride Month Logo TV crossover CBS Tumblr LGBTQ Christmas hist Star Trek police drama TBS Creative Arts Emmys CMT television CBS All Access Awards Tour TCM Election elevated horror Spike Captain marvel Mary Tyler Moore Stephen King Anna Paquin SDCC Lifetime Thanksgiving Cannes singing competition political drama Spring TV Ellie Kemper Mary poppins FOX based on movie Black Mirror 24 frames E3 Mudbound TV Land Star Wars New York Comic Con PaleyFest psycho transformers Video Games Ghostbusters Drama GIFs See It Skip It Chernobyl natural history TIFF romance A&E American Society of Cinematographers biography SundanceTV Comedy Central DC streaming service 21st Century Fox Premiere Dates animated Extras 45 TCA 2017 Lionsgate crime thriller NYCC Song of Ice and Fire disaster theme song dc Calendar Rocketman spider-man casting Animation Sci-Fi Superheroe TNT zombies Britbox Universal cooking witnail Dark Horse Comics Horror Country zero dark thirty green book FXX Nat Geo