The 10 Best Horror Flicks

by CannibalCraig | created - 20 Feb 2011 | updated - 20 Feb 2011 | Public

This obviously will be up for debate but, in my opinion, these are excellent horror movies. Also, this list is in no particular order. These are films that I truly like and it's hard to say what is my favorite.

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1. Hellbound: Hellraiser II (1988)

R | 97 min | Horror, Thriller

6.5
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Kirsty is brought to an institution after the death of her family, where the occult-obsessive head resurrects Julia and unleashes the Cenobites once again.

Director: Tony Randel | Stars: Doug Bradley, Ashley Laurence, Clare Higgins, Kenneth Cranham

Votes: 34,102 | Gross: $11.09M

A lot of people will debate that the first film was better but I liked this for it's sheer imagination, brilliant score, and excellent special effects given the small budget. Not only that, this film is in the rare category of films that can be watched over and over again.

2. The Return of the Living Dead (1985)

R | 91 min | Comedy, Horror

7.3
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When two bumbling employees at a medical supply warehouse accidentally release a deadly gas into the air, the vapors cause the dead to rise again as zombies.

Director: Dan O'Bannon | Stars: Clu Gulager, James Karen, Don Calfa, Thom Mathews

Votes: 44,288 | Gross: $14.24M

Excellent, fun and hilarious. This movie made watching zombies a fun thing unlike Romero's depressing "dead" series (those were great as well). Too bad just about all the sequels were horrendous (Rave to the Grave, anybody?).

3. House (1985)

R | 93 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

6.2
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A troubled writer moves into a haunted house after inheriting it from his aunt.

Director: Steve Miner | Stars: William Katt, Kay Lenz, George Wendt, Richard Moll

Votes: 19,000 | Gross: $19.44M

Great campy fun. Who would have guessed that William Katt would have made such a great lead. Also, excellent direction from Steve Miner. Probably his best work. A lot of imagination here.

4. Neighbor (2009)

R | 90 min | Horror, Thriller

4.0
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A mysterious new girl arrives in posh suburban neighborhood and quickly sets out to terrorize the town. As she starts breaking into homes and torturing the occupants, they begin to realize that she isn't just another girl next door.

Director: Robert A. Masciantonio | Stars: America Olivo, Christian Campbell, Joseph Aniska, Pete Postiglione

Votes: 1,665

Not really sure why this one has such a low score here. I am not one to be a huge fan of the torture porn genre but man, this movie had me squirming. No real redeeming qualities here but I really liked this. It's seriously disturbing and warped and that is probably why I like it so much. Horrible cover, though. Had I not seen in On Demand I would never have given this the time of day because that cover is just awful.

5. Creepshow (1982)

R | 120 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

6.9
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59 Metascore

An anthology which tells five terrifying tales based on the E.C. horror comic books of the 1950s.

Director: George A. Romero | Stars: Hal Holbrook, Leslie Nielsen, Adrienne Barbeau, E.G. Marshall

Votes: 34,003 | Gross: $19.73M

This was the first horror film I remember watching. I was about 3. Stephen King and George Romero collaborating made for an incredibly fun experience. For someone that loves horror movies there isn't anything not to like. It's hilarious with some really cool special effects from Tom Savini. And the last story with EG Marshall and the roaches was classic. The sequel was good as well but lacked compared to this one. Stay far, far away from Creepshow 3 though. God awful film.

6. Blood Feast (1963)

Not Rated | 67 min | Horror

5.1
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An Egyptian caterer kills various women in suburban Miami to use their body parts to bring to life a dormant Egyptian goddess, while an inept police detective tries to track him down.

Director: Herschell Gordon Lewis | Stars: William Kerwin, Mal Arnold, Connie Mason, Lyn Bolton

Votes: 4,603 | Gross: $4.00M

Pretty much the start of the gore genre, this can be argued that it's a terrible movie but I love this flick. The acting is atrocious, the storyline outrageously stupid, and the gore effects silly and highly unrealistic. But that is why I like this movie so much. It's a classic in its genre and deserves to be.

7. Tombs of the Blind Dead (1972)

PG | 101 min | Horror

6.2
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In the 13th century there existed a legion of evil knights known as the Templars, who quested for eternal life by drinking human blood and committing sacrifices. Executed for their unholy ... See full summary »

Director: Amando de Ossorio | Stars: Lone Fleming, César Burner, María Elena Arpón, José Thelman

Votes: 4,430

Not at all a part of the Mark of the Devil series. This is a beautifully crafted horror film that is moody, amazingly atmospheric, and down right creepy. None of the sequels were quite on par with this but they all shared excellent atmosphere.

8. The Last House on the Left (1972)

R | 84 min | Horror, Thriller

6.0
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Two teenage girls head to a rock concert for one's birthday. While trying to score marijuana in the city, they are kidnapped and brutalized by a gang of psychotic convicts.

Director: Wes Craven | Stars: Sandra Peabody, Lucy Grantham, David Hess, Fred J. Lincoln

Votes: 27,606 | Gross: $3.10M

I've never been able to look at David Hess the same way after his role in this film. This was Craven's first film and he made a statement right off the bat. Although a bit dated, this film is highly disturbing and is a thousand times better than the remake. This also remains to be my favorite Wes Craven film.

9. ...E tu vivrai nel terrore! L'aldilà (1981)

R | 87 min | Horror

6.9
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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.

Director: Lucio Fulci | Stars: Catriona MacColl, David Warbeck, Cinzia Monreale, Antoine Saint-John

Votes: 16,575 | Gross: $0.12M

You can say what you want about Lucio Fulci but this was an excellent film. Gory, dreamlike, and just plain bizarre. This was a masterpiece of Italian horror.

10. Prince of Darkness (1987)

R | 102 min | Horror

6.7
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50 Metascore

A research team finds a mysterious cylinder in a deserted church. If opened, it could mean the end of the world.

Director: John Carpenter | Stars: Donald Pleasence, Lisa Blount, Jameson Parker, Victor Wong

Votes: 28,785 | Gross: $14.18M

Really a rather frightening film from John Carpenter. This film is expertly written and is a rather intelligent horror film. The dream sequences are genuinely creepy and the twist on religion is very welcome. Especially in an era (the 80's) where most people just wanted to go and see Jason murder campers or Freddy haunt your dreams.