My main source of gaming inspiration comes from films and television. Yes, I read books (I'm not a complete heathen), but I work better with visual images to fire up my old brain cells. Your mileage may vary, of course.
And I am a sucker for horror films, as you may have guessed. While sci-fi and fantasy movies might be obvious gaming fodder, I like to dip in to the horror genre every now and then to keep my players on their toes (even though we don't play horror systems, per se)
Now given, for instance, that Halloween III: Season Of The Witch (the second greatest film about Halloween, after Trick 'r' Treat) would be - barring its nihilistic ending - an ideal Doctor Who RPG scenario (just swap the robots for Autons and you're sorted), I found some lists of movies that might contain inspirational nuggets for other non-horror games.
The great site Dread Central had a trio of lists I expect to be drawing from in the future, be it for our Heroes & Other Worlds campaign, or whatever comes next:
- 13 Of The Most Influential Horror Films.
- Seven of the Best Military Horror Movies
- Top Five Christmas Horror Movies to Give You Some Yuletide Chills