25 Best Horror Films, Pt. 1...

These are some of the horror films that have inspired, influenced, impressed or just frightened me over the years. I recommend each for different reasons and each have qualities that make them worthy and special. For that reason I do not to draw a line between the "serious" films and so-called B-movie titles.
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The Thing (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A crew in Antarctica finds a neighboring camp destroyed and its crew dead. Whatever killed them is nowhere to be found, unless it's hidden in plain sight. (109 mins.)
Director: John Carpenter
“ Uncompromising, relentless, bleak. Brutally savage. One of the greatest endings in history. Unsurpassed special effects (no CGI here. 1982!). Haunting minimalist score via Ennio Morricone and John Carpenter. Superb photography by the Dean Cundey. This film is incredible. It's not my personal favorite Carpenter movie, but it's his BEST movie. ” - war-hound68
Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Count Dracula moves from Transylvania to Wismar, spreading the Black Plague across the land. Only a woman pure of heart can bring an end to his reign of horror. (107 mins.)
Director: Werner Herzog
“ Werner Herzog's re-imagining of Murnau. Morbid, atmospheric, with a pervasive sense of doom over the whole thing. Visually stunning and gorgeously photographed completely on location. Klaus Kinski is frightening and unforgettable as the tortured bloodsucker, half insane from living through endless centuries. ” - war-hound68
Suspiria (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A newcomer to a prestigious ballet academy comes to realize that the school is a front for something sinister amidst a series of grisly murders. (98 mins.)
Director: Dario Argento
“ Dario Argento somehow can make bloody excess beautiful. Sometimes sexual. In this, one of his masterpieces, he goes all out. It's a sensory overload. A psychedelic nightmare. A trip of color, sound, and black magic horror that you cannot turn away from. It sucks you into it's dark fairy tale world. A gruesome masterwork and one of the greatest pieces of filmmaking I have ever seen, horror or otherwise. I hear it's going to be remade, but this cannot be touched. ” - war-hound68
Dawn of the Dead (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Following an ever-growing epidemic of zombies that have risen from the dead, two Philadelphia S.W.A.T. team members, a traffic reporter, and his television executive girlfriend seek refuge in a secluded shopping mall. (127 mins.)
“ An epic tale of survival along the edges of a destroyed world. Filled with commentary about American consumer society, humor, terrifically written characters, and plenty of action and unflinching, gut-spilling gore. Arguably the best zombie movie ever and Romero's best. ” - war-hound68
Let the Right One In (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Oskar, an overlooked and bullied boy, finds love and revenge through Eli, a beautiful but peculiar girl. (115 mins.)
Director: Tomas Alfredson
“ Yes, it's a vampire movie. A very good one. A great one, in fact. But it's much more. It's about family, love, courage, betrayal, and loyalty. It's about looking at hard reality and facing it. Really good performances here. It's horror and it's drama. This is Twilight for people who have a brain in their head. ” - war-hound68
Halloween (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Fifteen years after murdering his sister on Halloween night 1963, Michael Myers escapes from a mental hospital and returns to the small town of Haddonfield to kill again. (91 mins.)
Director: John Carpenter
“ Influenced by German Expressionist style and using blues and deep shadows to bring a waking-nightmare quality to safe suburbia, Carpenter played his audience like a piano as only Hitchcock did before. ” - war-hound68
The Mist (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A freak storm unleashes a species of bloodthirsty creatures on a small town, where a small band of citizens hole up in a supermarket and fight for their lives. (126 mins.)
Director: Frank Darabont
“ Just when you thought big-budget mainstream horror was becoming bland and predictable. This movie is top-notch. One of the very best of 2000-2010. ” - war-hound68
Dust Devil (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
A woman on the run from her abusive husband encounters a mysterious hitch-hiker. (87 mins.)
Director: Richard Stanley
“ Upon completion, this was butchered in editing and dumped to VHS. It wasn't until a decade later that writer/director Richard Stanley had the opportunity to put it back together and create the film he originally set out to make. It is, in a word, stunning. Intelligent, surreal, beautiful. ” - war-hound68
StageFright (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A group of stage actors lock themselves in the theater for a rehearsal of their upcoming musical production, unaware that an escaped psychopath has sneaked into the theater with them. (90 mins.)
Director: Michael Soavi
“ An underrated gem. One of the best slasher films ever made. Michale Saovi's directorial debut. Bloody and artfully executed. ” - war-hound68
The Exorcist (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
When a girl is possessed by a mysterious entity, her mother seeks the help of two priests to save her daughter. (122 mins.)
“ The best version of this film is the 2002 director's cut titled 'The Version You've Never Seen'. It's remastered with added sound FX and several chilling scenes were restored, including the infamous backward walk down the stairs. ” - war-hound68
Dog Soldiers (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A routine military exercise turns into a nightmare in the Scotland wilderness. (105 mins.)
Director: Neil Marshall
“ Deep in the woods, a group of soldiers on a training exercise have to fight a band of pissed off werewolves. Sounds simple, but there's a couple twists I don't want to give away. Really good FX. I loved the werewolves in this. They were big and powerful and intimidating. One of the best werewolf films of all time. ” - war-hound68
Jeepers Creepers (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
A brother and sister driving home through isolated countryside for spring break encounter a flesh-eating creature which is in the midst of its ritualistic eating spree. (90 mins.)
Director: Victor Salva
“ Well-crafted horror tale. You'll love the Creeper's truck. The first 30 minutes of this are sensational (and, believe it or not, based on fact. It happened. The difference being, of course, the killer was a man, not a creature, and he drove a van, not suped-up fortress of a truck). The Creeper is an impressive creation, and it's nice to see somebody creating a new mythology. A new legend. ” - war-hound68
The Descent (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A caving expedition goes horribly wrong, as the explorers become trapped and ultimately pursued by a strange breed of predators. (99 mins.)
Director: Neil Marshall
“ I thought this was one of the best horror films of the decade. I hear there's two endings. I've only seen one, and what I heard is that the one I saw was supposed to be the intended one. And it was not a happy, Hollywood, upbeat ending, if that gives you any clues. Really strong all female cast. ” - war-hound68
Deep Red (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
After witnessing the murder of a famous psychic, a musician teams up with a feisty reporter to find the killer while evading attempts on their lives by the unseen assailant bent on keeping a dark secret buried. (126 mins.)
Director: Dario Argento
“ People either seem to love Dario Argento films or hate them. This is one of, if not the best, slasher/mystery, giallo movies of the 70's. From the Goblin score to the gorgeous photography to the twisting, turning, labyrinthine plot, this is unforgettable stuff. There is a lot of humorous, playful dialog here and more detail to character not present in many other of Argento's films. ” - war-hound68
Salem's Lot (2004 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Writer Ben Mears returns to his childhood home of Jerusalem's Lot and discovers that it is being terrorized by vampires. (181 mins.)
Director: Mikael Salomon
“ Salem's Lot was the first Stephen king novel I read when I was a kid. It's a very good vampire tale. The 1979 TV movie based on it was, in my opinion, no so hot. But this, a newer updated version from 2004 with Rob Lowe and Donald Southerland, is quite impressive. It deviates from the book at times, but the added material actually makes the story better, believe it or not. Other than the added sequences, the plot follows the novel very closely. I wasn't expecting much and was pleasantly surprised. ” - war-hound68
30 Days of Night (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
After an Alaskan town is plunged into darkness for a month, it is attacked by a bloodthirsty gang of vampires. (113 mins.)
Director: David Slade
“ The vampires here are what I think about when I think about vampires. They are fast, strong, relentless, and eager to kill. Bloodthirsty. Monsters, not sexy well dressed music video stars. In this, they don't even speak English, but some other, foreign tongue. I cannot tell what it is. They are a clan who have their own rules and codes to live by. And the idea of hunting in Alaska, where it's dark for 30 days- awesome. This movie is packed with tension, action, and it's just a bloody good time. ” - war-hound68
Martyrs (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A young woman's quest for revenge against the people who kidnapped and tormented her as a child leads her and a friend, who is also a victim of child abuse, on a terrifying journey into a living hell of depravity. (99 mins.)
Director: Pascal Laugier
“ Generally speaking, I don't like torture horror. But this one is...different. I don't know how to describe it. It's not just about the capture and mindless torture of victims, as with most of the films. It's about the reason behind it. And there is a reason. It's the point of the movie, and it's sick. Disturbing. This is an unsettling, upsetting, and disturbing movie. It also happens to be very well-made and clever. This is not horror, it's HORROR. ” - war-hound68
The Dead Zone (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A man awakens from a coma to discover he has a psychic ability. (103 mins.)
“ David Cronenberg directed this adaptation of Stephen King's popular novel. Christopher Walken gives a terrific performance as a man who, after an accident, develops psychic powers and finds himself sucked into a world of dark political scheming and world-changing events. It has touching moments as he realizes he may need to sacrifice his own life for something much bigger. A gripping supernatural tale. ” - war-hound68
Night of the Living Dead (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
The unburied dead return to life and seek human victims. (92 mins.)
Director: Tom Savini
“ Not always, but most of the time, I prefer the original film to the remake. Romero's NOTLD from '68 was the first horror movie I ever saw, and I have nothing but respect and admiration for it and for George Romero. But, I must be completely honest. I prefer this Tom Savini-directed 1990 version. The makeup is excellent, the acting is superb. There is a strong central performance from the female lead. It's quite moody and eerie all the way through. The only thing I was disappointed with was the Fx being cut down so much, which was, I guess, at the studio's insistence. Every gore sequence was toned way back. Otherwise, this is a really strong film. ” - war-hound68
Tenebre (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
An American writer in Rome is stalked by a serial killer bent on harassing him while killing all people associated with his work on his latest book. (101 mins.)
Director: Dario Argento
“ Argento's visual tour de force. His piece de resistance of murderous mayhem and bloody carnage. Incredible set piece after set piece delivered note-perfect until he is painting the wall with blood; literally. ” - war-hound68
The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Two siblings visit their grandfather's grave in Texas along with three of their friends and are attacked by a family of cannibalistic psychopaths. (83 mins.)
Director: Tobe Hooper
“ The one, the only, the original is still unstoppable! ” - war-hound68
The Beyond (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A young woman inherits an old hotel in Louisiana where, following a series of supernatural "accidents", she learns that the building was built over one of the entrances to Hell. (87 mins.)
Director: Lucio Fulci
“ Lucio Fulci's mind-bending glimpse straight into hell. ” - war-hound68
Black Christmas (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
During their Christmas break, a group of sorority girls are stalked by a stranger. (98 mins.)
Director: Bob Clark
“ Equal parts horror and mystery, this one holds up today. Incredibly well-made on a shoestring. Highly influential, and with good reason. ” - war-hound68
Psycho (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
A Phoenix secretary embezzles $40,000 from her employer's client, goes on the run, and checks into a remote motel run by a young man under the domination of his mother. (109 mins.)
“ Alfred Hitchcock created the granddaddy of all knife-wielding lunatics here. ” - war-hound68
The Exorcist III (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
A police lieutenant uncovers more than he bargained for as his investigation of a series of murders, which have all the hallmarks of the deceased 'Gemini' serial killer, lead him to question the patients of a psychiatric ward. (110 mins.)
“ Written and directed by William Peter Blatty and based upon his novel, Legion, this is the true sequel to The Exorcist. Originally John Carpenter was set to direct, but had a disagreement over plot points with Blatty. This movie is beautiful to look at, it's got a great script, fine performances all around, and a few really good, really effective scares. I admire this movie a lot. George C. Scott and Brad Dourif are excellent. ” - war-hound68