100 GREATEST HORROR MOVIES

A list of 100 of my personal all-time favorite horror movies.
Listing is in random order and purely subjective.
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1.
Eyes Without a Face (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A surgeon causes an accident which leaves his daughter disfigured, and goes to extremes to give her a new face. (90 mins.)
Director: Georges Franju
“ Georges Franju's sublime and atmospheric masterpiece, frightening yet tender in its execution. Beautifully photographed by Eugen Schüfftan, with a menacing score to match.

Deserves a wider audience. ” - Dr-Faustus
 
2.
The Exorcist (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
When a teenage girl is possessed by a mysterious entity, her mother seeks the help of two priests to save her daughter. (122 mins.)
“ William Friedkin's brilliant take on possession and exorcism. A must see for any serious horror aficionado, and a true horror classic that still continues to resonate after all these years. Considered by some as the scariest movie of all time. Great movie-making in every respect, with special mention going to the outstanding make-up effects created by 'The Godfather of Make-up' - the late, great, Dick Smith. A pioneer who combined make-up and practical special-effects with great success. Also of note, is the all-round, convincing and sympathetic performances by the entire cast, which adds an emotional believability complimentary to the supernatural elements of "The Exorcist". ” - Dr-Faustus
 
3.
Phantasm (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A teenage boy and his friends face off against a mysterious grave robber known only as the Tall Man, who keeps a lethal arsenal of terrible weapons with him. (88 mins.)
Director: Don Coscarelli
“ Don Coscarelli's low-budget cult horror/science-fiction/fantasy movie is a wonderful dream-logic exercise that has garnered an avid following over the years. Chock full of iconic images and complimented by one of the greatest synthesizer horror scores ever, "Phantasm" will always remain the much-loved and entertaining classic, that it is. ” - Dr-Faustus
 
4.
Nosferatu (1922)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Vampire Count Orlok expresses interest in a new residence and real estate agent Hutter's wife. (94 mins.)
Director: F.W. Murnau
“ The legendary Max Schreck stars in this expressionistic masterpiece, directed by F.W. Murnau. Visual storytelling of the eternal conflict between darkness and light. The basis for all vampire movies to follow. And horror in general. ” - Dr-Faustus
 
5.
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Hypnotist Dr. Caligari uses a somnambulist, Cesare, to commit murders. (76 mins.)
Director: Robert Wiene
“ A true expressionistic masterpiece and highly influential on future horror. ” - Dr-Faustus
 
6.
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
“ An American classic; raw, dark and atmospheric, with a visually gritty documentary-like approach. Highly influential on (too numerous to mention) future horror films. A collective representation of the harsh realities society was facing at the time. Allusions to Ed Gein and the Vietnam war, often mentioned. The iconic Leatherface, together with an assortment of demented family members, are introduced in great fashion to an unsuspecting audience.

Masterful. ” - Dr-Faustus
 
7.
Friday the 13th (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A group of camp counselors are stalked and murdered by an unknown assailant while trying to reopen a summer camp which, years before, was the site of a child's drowning. (95 mins.)
“ Influential low budget slasher flick that became an unexpected box-office smash and cult favorite. Gory special effects by make-up maestro, Tom Savini, is the real star here. Jason's mother goes on a murderous rampage to avenge her son's death and subsequently, Jason goes on a killing spree in the sequels and becomes immortalized as a horror icon. "Friday the 13th's" lasting cultural impact is undeniable and continues to inspire filmmakers to reinvent the lead character... that is, the one into mass-slaughter who acquired a penchant for wearing hockey-masks in Friday the 13th Part III-(1982). ” - Dr-Faustus
 
8.
Dracula (1931)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
The ancient vampire Count Dracula arrives in England and begins to prey upon the virtuous young Mina. (85 mins.)
Director: Tod Browning
“ An important milestone in the horror genre, directed by Tod Browning. Art direction and a great performance by Bela Lugosi, a plus. Adapted directly from the stage and cementing the horror movie as a distinct genre. Cinematographer; Karl Freund, with his experience in German Expressionist cinematography, another bonus. Lon Chaney who had been first choice to play Dracula, unfortunately died, but was replaced by the great Bela Lugosi. An iconic role that would cement his career as one of horror's most beloved character actors. ” - Dr-Faustus
 
9.
Halloween (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 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
“ Much imitated never equaled. The original scream king of them all. The world is introduced to Michael Myers, the boogeyman with the William Shatner mask. John Carpenter's visual style and hauntingly iconic score make for an unforgettable movie. Great performances from stalwart Donald Pleasence and 'good-girl' newcomer, Jamie Lee Curtis - who would later garner the illustrious title of 'scream queen'.

A great cult classic. ” - Dr-Faustus
 
10.
Zombie (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Strangers searching for a young woman's missing father arrive at a tropical island where a doctor desperately searches for the cause and cure of a recent epidemic of the undead. (91 mins.)
Director: Lucio Fulci
“ The best out of a series of zombie movies directed by Lucio Fulci. Great looking zombies, worms and all (literally speaking). Lots of gore. An effective melancholy score, and some fine set-pieces. A surreal underwater sequence, featuring a zombie doing battle with a shark, and a wooden spike being driven slowly into the eye of actress Olga Karlatos, are just some of the many, 'highlights'.

A zombie classic. ” - Dr-Faustus
 
11.
Hellraiser (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
An unfaithful wife encounters the zombie of her dead lover; demons are pursuing him after he escaped their sadomasochistic underworld. (94 mins.)
Director: Clive Barker
“ Written and directed by Clive Barker and based on Barker's own novella, 'The Hellbound Heart', "Hellraiser" remains as one of the better horror movies of the 80s. Spawning a number of sequels (ranging from good to bad), and introducing audiences to the horrific realm of cult-characters; 'The Cenobites'. ” - Dr-Faustus
 
12.
Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Jonathan and Lucy live in Wismar and the Count wants a house there. Varna is a port on the Black Sea, close to Dracula's castle. (107 mins.)
Director: Werner Herzog
“ Werner Herzog's homage to "Nosferatu"-(1922), reworked the vampire myth, yet, remained faithful to the Murnau classic. Panned by critics when originally released, "Nosferatu the Vampyre" has, over time, gained a well deserved cult following. In many respects, a great film in it's own right. ” - Dr-Faustus
 
13.
The Shining (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
A family heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where an evil and spiritual presence influences the father into violence, while his psychic son sees horrific forebodings from the past and of the future. (146 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
“ Kubrick and Nicholson, how could you go wrong? Stephen King was not pleased with Stanley Kubrick's reworking of his novel, I believe. Yet, in my opinion, it is Kubrick who understands the interpretation of the written word in cinematic terms. Spectacular film-making in every respect. An epic horror movie that has stood the test of time. Kubrick's beautifully composed shots and visual story-telling is the work of a true master of cinema. Nicholson's performance is legendary. As well as becoming a horror icon in the process.

'Heeere's Johnny!' ” - Dr-Faustus
 
14.
The Innocents (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A young governess for two children becomes convinced that the house and grounds are haunted. (100 mins.)
Director: Jack Clayton
“ Eerie and beautifully photographed. A great example of ambiguous storytelling that is also one of the greatest psychological horror movies of all time. Is the threat real, or is it result of the protagonist's mental state?

A timeless classic. ” - Dr-Faustus
 
15.
The Bird with the Crystal Plumage (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A witness of an attack, a writer becomes stalked by a serial killer. (98 mins.)
Director: Dario Argento
“ In his first feature movie, a spin on the Hitchcockian thriller, Dario Argento lays down the basis of his trademark style. A unique blend of thriller, detective story and horror. ” - Dr-Faustus
 
16.
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
“ Italian horror of the highest order. Whodunnit plot, gruesome murders, great score, and Dario Argento's unique visual flair make for a great movie and a true cult classic. ” - Dr-Faustus
 
17.
Suspiria (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A newcomer to a fancy ballet academy gradually comes to realize that the school is a front for something far more sinister and supernatural amidst a series of grisly murders. (98 mins.)
Director: Dario Argento
“ First film in the 'Three Mothers Trilogy'. Dario Argento's style is very apparent here. "Suspiria" is great example of one of the director's finest works. Stunning visuals, great use of color, Argento's assured direction at the peak of his creativity, and spine-tingling music by the band, 'Goblin', collectively add up to an undisputed horror-movie classic. ” - Dr-Faustus
 
18.
Inferno (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
An American college student in Rome and his sister in New York investigate a series of killings in both locations where their resident addresses are the domain of two covens of witches. (107 mins.)
Director: Dario Argento
“ Second of the 'Three Mothers' trilogy, and an underrated gem. Avid fans of Dario Argento's unmistakable cinematic style will certainly agree, "Inferno" stands out as one of the director's finest efforts. ” - Dr-Faustus
 
19.
The Evil Dead (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Five friends travel to a cabin in the woods, where they unknowingly release flesh-possessing demons. (85 mins.)
Director: Sam Raimi
“ Sam Raimi made his mark with this movie, and likewise, cemented Bruce Campbell's reputation as one of horror's most beloved character actors. "The Evil Dead" is a great example of film-making ingenuity and talent prevailing above and beyond limited resources. A great template for aspiring film-makers. Inventive, gory with loads of black humor thrown in for good measure. A blood-soaked cinematic gem. ” - Dr-Faustus
 
20.
Evil Dead II (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
The lone survivor of an onslaught of flesh-possessing spirits holes up in a cabin with a group of strangers while the demons continue their attack. (84 mins.)
Director: Sam Raimi
“ Almost a reworking of the first "Evil Dead", with a bigger budget. The result is a wacky, slapstick, and very firmly tongue-in-cheek movie. Very entertaining, and more than worthy of multiple viewings. ” - Dr-Faustus
 
21.
Frankenstein (1931)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
An obsessed scientist assembles a living being from parts of exhumed corpses. (70 mins.)
Director: James Whale
“ "It's alive! It's alive! In the name of God! Now I know what it feels like to be God!"

This parable concerning the consequences of playing God, is widely considered as one of the most influential horror movies of all-time, which scared the wits out of the audience in it's day. Make-up legend, Jack P. Pierce, created one of the most iconic and recognizable creatures in the history of cinema. "Frankenstein" has over the years, stood the test of time, and is universally accepted as the timeless classic, that it deservedly is.

A true classic. ” - Dr-Faustus
 
22.
Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Mary Shelley reveals the main characters of her novel survived: Dr. Frankenstein, goaded by an even madder scientist, builds his monster a mate. (75 mins.)
Director: James Whale
“ With complete artistic control, James Whale made a sequel to the box office smash, "Frankenstein". According to some viewers; equal to, if not better than, the original film.

Another true classic. ” - Dr-Faustus
 
23.
Horror of Dracula (1958)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Jonathan Harker begets the ire of Count Dracula after he accepts a job at the vampire's castle under false pretenses. (82 mins.)
Director: Terence Fisher
“ Hammer Studios at their peak. A revision of 'Bram Stoker's Dracula' that overstepped boundaries defined by earlier horror films. Directed by the legendary Terence Fisher, "Horror of Dracula" is also supported by great performances by the legendary 'Gentlemen of Horror' - Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing.
Previously lost footage discovered at the National Film center in Tokyo in 2011 has resulted in much excitement among fans.
A true classic, rightfully and deservedly, selected for preservation by the British Film Institute (BFI) in 2007.
Many reworkings to follow, but "Horror of Dracula" remains one of the best and most iconic in the Dracula canon. ” - Dr-Faustus
 
24.
Dracula (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
The centuries old vampire Count Dracula comes to England to seduce his barrister Jonathan Harker's fiancée Mina Murray and inflict havoc in the foreign land. (128 mins.)
“ Francis Ford Coppola's large scale, ambitious adaptation of Dracula, remaining truer to Bram Stoker's novel. Gary Oldman is superb as Count Dracula, a tortured and tragic figure that dominates every scene that he's in. Anthony Hopkins is effective as Van Helsing. Splendid effects, all done without the help of computer generated imagery, is commendable. Coppola insisted, instead, on effects techniques from the early history of cinema. Created by using on set and in-camera methods. Art direction, production design, costume design and photography by Michael Ballhaus, also add substantial weight in making "Dracula" a worthy entry in the genre. ” - Dr-Faustus
 
25.
Freaks (1932)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A circus' beautiful trapeze artist agrees to marry the leader of side-show performers, but his deformed friends discover she is only marrying him for his inheritance. (64 mins.)
Director: Tod Browning
“ Caused a major stir upon release, which led to world-wide bans. "Freaks" has deservedly become a cult favorite. Ex circus-performer, Tod Browning, assembled a cast of real-life carnival performers, with real physical deformities, to startling effect. Ironically, through the course of the film, we learn that the term "Freaks", alluded to in the title, is not really associated to those physically handicapped, but to those crippled by ignorance and hate for others who are physically different from themselves. Issues of prejudice, xenophobia and exploitation, which the film addresses, remains a relevant issue.

A true cult classic. ” - Dr-Faustus
 
26.
Carnival of Souls (1962)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
After a traumatic accident, a woman becomes drawn to a mysterious abandoned carnival. (78 mins.)
Director: Herk Harvey
“ Eerie and atmospheric low budget movie. Influential on films like George A. Romero's classic, "Night of the Living Dead"-(1968). Achieved recognition and a well deserved cult-status over the years. Please avoid the colorized version which obliterates the atmosphere of the film. ” - Dr-Faustus
 
27.
The Wicker Man (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A police sergeant is sent to a Scottish island village in search of a missing girl whom the townsfolk claim never existed. Stranger still are the rites that take place there. (88 mins.)
Director: Robin Hardy
“ A highly original movie, part horror, part murder mystery. A film that has steadily grown in stature over the years. Rightfully achieving cult classic status in the process. Actor Christopher Lee is noted as stating that he considers "The Wicker Man" to be his best film. No mean feat when one considers Lee's prolific and equally impressive filmography.
Shooting "The Wicker Man" in unique Scottish locations creates a mystical, creepy atmosphere that compliments the subject matter. Also of note, is the soundtrack, which works effectively as a major component of the narrative. Studio executives suggested a more upbeat ending, but thankfully this was refused. The downbeat ending is integral to the film, and after all these years, still has the ability to shock.
All in all, "The Wicker Man" is a collector's must for horror-movie aficionados that show an appreciation for compelling and atmospheric horror films - minus the cheap thrills. ” - Dr-Faustus
 
28.
Videodrome (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A sleazy cable-TV programmer begins to see his life and the future of media spin out of control in a very unusual fashion when he acquires a new kind of programming for his station. (87 mins.)
“ David Cronenberg's audacious, prophetic, and ground-breaking movie caused quite a stir when released. Even more relevant today on themes of media interaction, perversity and its effects on the individual. A commercial and critical flop that has rightfully achieved a well deserved cult-following, and re-evaluation by many critics. ” - Dr-Faustus
 
29.
Scanners (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A scientist sends a man with extraordinary psychic powers to hunt others like him. (103 mins.)
“ David Cronenberg fans won't be disappointed. The underrated Michael Ironside is perfectly cast and makes great use of his notoriously menacing persona.
"Scanners" has rightfully gained acknowledgment over the years. A great addition to David Cronenberg's already impressive filmography, and a prime example of the director's earlier works.
The exploding head scene - eventually perfected after much trial and error with a shotgun, and a fiery bodily-fluid-oozing finale, has become legendary. ” - Dr-Faustus
 
30.
The Unknown (1927)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A criminal on the run hides in a circus and seeks to possess the daughter of the ringmaster at any cost. (63 mins.)
Director: Tod Browning
“ This chilling masterpiece of psychological drama is often considered as Tod Browning's greatest film. An underrated gem, deserving re-discovery. Lon Chaney ('The Man of a Thousand Faces') who was often subjected to physically torturous makeup transformations, delivers one of his greatest and most expressive performance ever, as 'Alonzo the Armless'. All in all, this is one of the silent horror movie greats. ” - Dr-Faustus
 
31.
The Thing (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A research facility in Antarctica comes across an alien force that can become anything it touches with 100% accuracy. The members must now find out who's human and who's not before it's too late. (109 mins.)
Director: John Carpenter
“ One of John Carpenter's greatest achievements, and the first film in what was to become known as 'The Apocalypse Trilogy'. Great ensemble of characters (led by Kurt Russell) doing battle with an alien life-form which can assimilate and morph into any living thing it consumes - and with an insatiable need to survive and procreate on a cellular level. Great setting where isolation and distrust play a key role. Rob Bottin's physically-rendered and organic special effects are an absolute knockout. ” - Dr-Faustus
 
32.
Tetsuo, the Iron Man (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A businessman accidentally kills The Metal Fetishist, who gets his revenge by slowly turning the man into a grotesque hybrid of flesh and rusty metal. (67 mins.)
“ Surreal, gory, with a slice of humor. Technology gone amuck as a metal fetishist transforms into "The Iron Man".

A cyber-punk classic. ” - Dr-Faustus
 
33.
Rosemary's Baby (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A young couple move into an apartment, only to be surrounded by peculiar neighbors and occurrences. When the wife becomes mysteriously pregnant, paranoia over the safety of her unborn child begins to control her life. (137 mins.)
Director: Roman Polanski
“ Roman Polanski's classic and every expectant woman's worst nightmare. Exceptional film-making in every sense. Fantastic performances. Especially that of Oscar-winner, Ruth Gordon, as a sinister senior citizen. Polanski effectively explores themes of paranoia and isolation with bone-chilling effect.

A timeless masterpiece. ” - Dr-Faustus
 
34.
Ringu (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A reporter and her ex-husband investigate a cursed video tape that is rumored to kill the viewer seven days after watching it. (96 mins.)
Director: Hideo Nakata
“ Effective tale of a cursed video-tape. Tense build-up to a scary conclusion. Effectively remade as 'The Ring'-(2002). ” - Dr-Faustus
 
35.
Let the Right One In (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Oskar, an overlooked and bullied boy, finds love and revenge through Eli, a beautiful but peculiar girl. (115 mins.)
Director: Tomas Alfredson
“ A new twist on the vampire movie, exploring themes of alienation, loneliness and despair. Original, scary, dramatic, yet remaining faithful to the vampire legend. Sympathetic characters we can identify with, and therefor relate to, is the movie's winning ingredient. An outstanding horror movie, with a heart... and a dark soul to match. ” - Dr-Faustus
 
36.
Repulsion (1965)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A sex-repulsed woman who disapproves of her sister's boyfriend sinks into depression and has horrific visions of rape and violence. (105 mins.)
Director: Roman Polanski
“ A descent into madness. Polanski explores themes of trauma, isolation and claustrophobia to great effect. Catherine Deneuve gives a stunning performance as Polanski visualizes her state of mind. ” - Dr-Faustus
 
37.
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.)
“ A true classic by Alfred Hitchcock. Since it's release, "Psycho" has steadily grown in stature. Becoming one of the most recognizable, and iconic, horror movies of all-time. The Bates Motel, the shower scene, (imitated in many movies) and Anthony Perkins as Norman Bates, to name a few, have become legendary. Oh yes... and let's not dare forget mentioning... 'Mother'. ” - Dr-Faustus
 
38.
Poltergeist (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A family's home is haunted by a host of ghosts. (114 mins.)
Director: Tobe Hooper
“ Directed by Tobe Hooper but, in many respects "Poltergeist" is trademark Steven Spielberg. "Poltergeist"was produced and co-written by Spielberg, and was undoubtedly influential in that which appears on screen. Yet, in all fairness, Tobe Hooper deserves recognition for his accomplished direction. Set in a typically 'Spielbergian' suburban environment, a family has to contend with ill-mannered ghosts. Having their family bonds tested when their youngest daughter, and most susceptible member of the family (Heather O'Rourke) is abducted. Ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances is explored here. A movie that is in equal measure, enjoyable, heartfelt, and scary. ” - Dr-Faustus
 
39.
Onibaba (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Two women kill samurai and sell their belongings for a living. While one of them is having an affair with their neighbor, the other woman meets a mysterious samurai wearing a bizarre mask. (103 mins.)
Director: Kaneto Shindô
“ An allegory by Kaneto Shindo, connecting real life horrors of Japan to the horror genre itself. ” - Dr-Faustus
 
40.
Night of the Living Dead (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
There is panic throughout the nation as the dead suddenly come back to life. The film follows a group of characters who barricade themselves in an old farmhouse in an attempt to remain safe from these flesh eating monsters. (96 mins.)
“ George A. Romero's classic zombie movie, and the first in what was become to be known as the 'Dead Trilogy'. Initially shown in matinee theaters, and to a mostly younger audience, word of mouth eventually elevated this independent movie in becoming a world-wide phenomena. A movie that turned the horror genre on it's head by effectively playing on the collective fears associated to the social and cultural issues of the time.
A daring and relevant allegory, with one of the most cynical and downbeat endings ever committed to celluloid. A true horror classic that accentuated the fact that horror films can serve a higher purpose. ” - Dr-Faustus
 
41.
Dawn of the Dead (1978)
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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.)
“ "When there's no more room left in hell the dead will walk the earth."

The second film in the 'Dead Trilogy'. George A. Romero's bloody stab at consumerism and human nature. An all out zombie movie with all too real social-issues under its surface. A benchmark of zombie movies to follow.

A great movie and an undisputed classic. ” - Dr-Faustus
 
42.
Day of the Dead (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A small group of military officers and scientists dwell in an underground bunker as the world above is overrun by zombies. (96 mins.)
“ George A. Romero's third film in the 'Dead Trilogy'. Initially dismissed as the lesser of the three films, "Day of the Dead" has steadily grown in stature, and has deservedly gained acceptance as a worthy counterpart to the previous two 'Dead' entries. Taken on it's own terms, "Day of the Dead" is especially notable for bravely opting to expand it's view of the zombie/human condition, instead of taking the more commercially viable route of simply rehashing the two previous films. Great make-up by master-craftsman, Tom Savini, deserves special mention.

An effective, underrated film, deserving recognition. ” - Dr-Faustus
 
43.
Dead Alive (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A young man's mother is bitten by a Sumatran rat-monkey. She gets sick and dies, at which time she comes back to life, killing and eating dogs, nurses, friends, and neighbors. (104 mins.)
Director: Peter Jackson
“ Way over the top gorefest by Peter Jackson. Tongue-in-cheek horror-comedy at it's very slapstick best. ” - Dr-Faustus
 
44.
The Masque of the Red Death (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A European prince terrorizes the local peasantry while using his castle as a refuge against the "Red Death" plague that stalks the land. (89 mins.)
Director: Roger Corman
“ Roger Corman's masterpiece, based on the Edgar Allan Poe short story of the same name. Vincent Price stars as Prince Prospero, and gives what is arguably his best performance. Great cinematography by future director, Nicolas Roeg, superb art-direction, and a critique of corrupt luxury thrown in, all contribute in making this a true gem of a film. ” - Dr-Faustus
 
45.
Black Sunday (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A vengeful witch and her fiendish servant return from the grave and begin a bloody campaign to possess the body of the witch's beautiful look-alike descendant. Only the girl's brother and a handsome doctor stand in her way. (87 mins.)
Director: Mario Bava
“ Mario Bava's great gothic, cult, horror-movie. Full of memorable, eerie images with complimentary, and beautifully-rendered, contrasting black and white photography. The sensual, Barbara Steele stars. Becoming the queen of 1960s Italian horror, very much as a result of "Black Sunday's" undeniable influence and popularity.

A gothic horror classic. ” - Dr-Faustus
 
46.
Jacob's Ladder (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Mourning his dead child, a haunted Vietnam War veteran attempts to discover his past while suffering from a severe case of dissociation. To do so, he must decipher reality and life from his own dreams, delusion, and perception of death. (113 mins.)
Director: Adrian Lyne
“ Adrian Lyne takes us on a journey into the soul of a dying man. The viewer follows Tim Robbins on his downward spiral. Ultimately the movie is about coming to peace with oneself. Fantastic interpretation, believable sympathetic performances and stunning nightmare sequences collectively add up to a great movie. ” - Dr-Faustus
 
47.
Häxan (1922 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Fictionalized documentary showing the evolution of witchcraft, from its pagan roots to its confusion with hysteria in modern Europe. (91 mins.)
“ A unique work by Danish director, Benjamin Christensen. A bizarre silent film exploring witchcraft and satanism. Still has the ability to be unsettling. An unique documentary-like experience with countless iconic images.

A cult classic. ” - Dr-Faustus
 
48.
The Haunting (1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A scientist doing research on the paranormal invites two women to a haunted mansion. One of the participants soon starts losing her mind. (112 mins.)
Director: Robert Wise
“ Complimented with brilliant use of sound and photography, Robert Wise blurs the lines between imaginary and real in this classic, cerebral movie. Making ambiguous the real cause of the threat, and leaving "The Haunting" wide open to discussion and analysis.

To quote the cliché; "They don't make them like this anymore." ” - Dr-Faustus
 
49.
The Fly (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A brilliant but eccentric scientist begins to transform into a giant man/fly hybrid after one of his experiments goes horribly wrong. (96 mins.)
“ A more commercial outing by David Cronenberg, nevertheless has all his trademark elements. Especially his preoccupation with the flesh. Jeff Goldblum gives a bravura performance, make-up and all included. Melodrama and pure horror to match.

"Be afraid. Be very afraid." ” - Dr-Faustus
 
50.
[Rec] (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A television reporter and cameraman follow emergency workers into a dark apartment building and are quickly locked inside with something terrifying. (78 mins.)
“ Not only a great Spanish horror movie, but also one of the best, found-footage, shaky-camera, horror movies in recent years. According to co-writers/directors, Jaume Balagueró and Paco Plaza; their main influence was not that of other films but, rather that of TV. Telling the story in the way of a TV-show. This approach works, and adds not only a sense of urgency to the film, but also enhances the chaotic feel of the film. Choosing to film in an apartment building, devoid of open spaces or easy escape, is another attribute. The result of which, the viewer is subjected to a constant feeling of claustrophobia, coupled with an unrelenting awareness that a threat is always in close proximity. All in all, all these factors collectively add up to an effective and genuinely scary movie.

A great effort deserving of it's accolades. ” - Dr-Faustus
 
51.
Eraserhead (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Henry Spencer tries to survive his industrial environment, his angry girlfriend, and the unbearable screams of his newly born mutant child. (89 mins.)
Director: David Lynch
“ A midnight-movie favorite. David Lynch's independent, cult, surreal, classic. Funded in part by Sissy Spacek. Though difficult to define in conventional terms, "Eraserhead" makes for an original and brooding film. Loaded with symbolic imagery and open to numerous interpretations, "Eraserhead" is a prime example of what is defined as cinema of the subconscious. ” - Dr-Faustus
 
52.
The Blood on Satan's Claw (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Horror thriller set in 17th century England about the children of a village slowly converting into a coven of devil worshipers. (97 mins.)
Director: Piers Haggard
“ An overlooked classic. Witchcraft in old England. Great atmospheric photography and creepy settings. Unique outing with a very unique visual approach. A film deserving of a wider audience. ” - Dr-Faustus
 
53.
Carrie (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Carrie White, a shy, friendless teenage girl who is sheltered by her domineering, religious mother, unleashes her telekinetic powers after being humiliated by her classmates at her senior prom. (98 mins.)
Director: Brian De Palma
“ Brian De Palma's take on the Stephen King novel of the same name. One of the better interpretations, aided by strong performances by Sissy Spacek, and Piper Laurie as Carrie's domineering and religiously fanatical mother. John Travolta plays a bit part. Great storytelling, typical De Palma flourishes, and a much imitated ending, are some of the factors that contribute in making "Carrie" the classic that it is. ” - Dr-Faustus
 
54.
The Birds (1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A wealthy San Francisco socialite pursues a potential boyfriend to a small Northern California town that slowly takes a turn for the bizarre when birds of all kinds suddenly begin to attack people. (119 mins.)
“ Open to various interpretations and Alfred Hitchcock's only conventional horror movie. Excellently staged scenes, menacing score and ground-breaking special effects, for its time, make this a more than worthy entry in the horror genre. ” - Dr-Faustus
 
55.
An American Werewolf in London (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Two American college students on a walking tour of Britain are attacked by a werewolf that none of the locals will admit exists. (97 mins.)
Director: John Landis
“ John Landis spoofs the werewolf movie and pays homage to the classics. Great songs with lyrics directly connected to the visuals and working in support of the narrative. Groundbreaking effects by Rick Baker who won an Oscar for his input. Funny, scary and gory, with great support from the entire cast, notably that of the 'undead' - who are cursed to walk the earth in Limbo until the werewolf curse is lifted. ” - Dr-Faustus
 
56.
Alien (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
After a space merchant vessel perceives an unknown transmission as a distress call, its landing on the source moon finds one of the crew attacked by a mysterious life-form, and they soon realize that its life cycle has merely begun. (117 mins.)
Director: Ridley Scott
“ Ridley Scott's groundbreaking and much imitated horror, science fiction movie. Described by Scott as 'The Texas Chain Saw Massacre' in outer-space. Believable setting, great ensemble cast and remarkable H.R. Giger designed alien, attained a new level of realism in the genre. ” - Dr-Faustus
 
57.
Aliens (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
The moon from Alien has been colonized, but contact is lost. This time, the rescue team has impressive firepower, but will it be enough? (137 mins.)
Director: James Cameron
“ James Cameron achieved the almost impossible, by making a sequel worthy of its predecessor, 'Alien'. A high octane horror thriller with multiple aliens. Similarities to the Vietnam war are evident. A rollercoaster ride of a movie where special effects are in unison with characterization. Rare in special effects driven movies. ” - Dr-Faustus
 
58.
Maniac (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A psychopath, troubled by his childhood abuse, loose in New York City, kills young women and takes their scalps as his trophies. Will he find the perfect woman in a photographer, and end his killing spree? (87 mins.)
Director: William Lustig
“ William Lustig angered feminist groups with "Maniac", subsequently tearing down posters when publicly displayed. Joe Spinell is perfectly cast in the role of a tormented, psychotic, serial-killer, which is arguably his greatest character-driven performance. Tom Savini created the gory make-up effects, and notably, playing a bit-part, gets his head blown off, in slow motion, by the shotgun wielding maniac of the title. Just one of the many scenes that offended critics and audiences alike. Though maligned, the bad press worked in it's favor and "Maniac" has since become a cult favorite among 80s 'splatter-movie' fans. ” - Dr-Faustus
 
59.
The Howling (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
After a bizarre and near fatal encounter with a serial killer, a television newswoman is sent to a remote mountain resort whose residents may not be what they seem. (91 mins.)
Director: Joe Dante
“ Joe Dante has created one of the better werewolf movies here. Good make-up and great 80s, physically-rendered, pre-CGI transformation scenes are effective. ” - Dr-Faustus
 
60.
The Conqueror Worm (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A young soldier seeks to put an end to the evils caused by a vicious witch hunter. (86 mins.)
Director: Michael Reeves
“ Underrated film that features a great performance by the iconic Vincent Price. This time, playing a despicable 'Witchfinder General'. The abuse of power and personal gain is highlighted here. Shocking on release and subjected to various cuts, this movie remains shocking in it's senseless sadism and executions. Still relevant today where atrocities are committed under the guise of religion and politics. In that sense alone, "The Conqueror Worm" achieves it's intended objective. ” - Dr-Faustus
 
61.
Naked Lunch (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
After developing an addiction to the substance he uses to kill bugs, an exterminator accidentally murders his wife and becomes involved in a secret government plot being orchestrated by giant bugs in a port town in North Africa. (115 mins.)
“ David Cronenberg's own interpretation of the work of William S. Burroughs. Bizarre images abound. Part noir detective story, part fantasy and part horror movie. A drug-fueled head-trip where reality and fantasy become indistinguishable. ” - Dr-Faustus
 
62.
The Wolf Man (1941)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A practical man returns to his homeland, is attacked by a creature of folklore, and infected with a horrific disease his disciplined mind tells him can not possibly exist. (70 mins.)
Director: George Waggner
“ Directed by George Waggner, "The Wolf Man" remains the most recognizable werewolf movie. Makeup maestro Jack Pierce devised the yak-hair costume for Lon Chaney Jr. The success of this movie led to numerous updates and imitators. ” - Dr-Faustus
 
63.
I Walked with a Zombie (1943)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A Canadian nurse is hired to care for the wife of a sugar plantation owner, who has been acting strangely, on a Caribbean island. (69 mins.)
“ The second of the Val Lewton-Jacques Tourneur horror films. Taking place in the West Indies and involving voodoo and zombies. An atmospheric and eerie movie with great cinematography by J.Roy Hunt.

A timeless classic. ” - Dr-Faustus
 
64.
Them! (1954)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
The earliest atomic tests in New Mexico cause common ants to mutate into giant man-eating monsters that threaten civilization. (94 mins.)
Director: Gordon Douglas
“ A Cold War-era monster movie tapping into societies fear of the Atomic age. Atomic tests in New Mexico result in ants mutating into giant man-eating monsters. Directed by Gordon Douglas, "Them" still holds up well by todays standards. Highly influential and an inspiration to movies like: 'Godzilla'-(1954) and 'Rodan'-(1956) - to name a few.

A class A, B-movie. ” - Dr-Faustus
 
65.
Peeping Tom (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A young man murders women, using a movie camera to film their dying expressions of terror. (101 mins.)
Director: Michael Powell
“ Released in the same year as 'Psycho'. But, unlike Alfred Hitchcock's success with similar subject-matter, Michael Powell's landmark movie instead, both destroyed his career and angered many viewers and critics. One critic stating the film should be flushed down the sewer. Though severely criticized in it's day, "Peeping Tom" has deservedly been re-evaluated. Notably, Martin Scorsese being a great proponent of the film. "Peeping Tom's" subject matter has become even more relevant in today's society - the invasiveness of the camera. The topic of which, "Peeping Tom" effectively succeeds in pushing the audience deep into the psyche of a madman and implicating the viewer as a fellow voyeur. The discomfort of this implication, the reason the film was so maligned. A deep, dark and challenging movie, but nonetheless, an important milestone in horror cinema.

A provocative cult-classic. ” - Dr-Faustus
 
66.
The Devil's Rejects (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
The murderous, backwoods Firefly family take to the road to escape a vengeful police force which is not afraid of being as ruthless as their target. (107 mins.)
Director: Rob Zombie
“ One of director Rob Zombie's best. A stylish movie, full of unforgettable, wacky characters, dark humor, and sadistic violence that has become synonymous with the director's body of work. ” - Dr-Faustus
 
67.
Planet Terror (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
After an experimental bio-weapon is released, turning thousands into zombie-like creatures, it's up to a rag-tag group of survivors to stop the infected and those behind its release. (105 mins.)
“ Shown initially as a double feature together with Quentin Tarantino's: 'Death Proof'. "Planet Terror" pays homage to Grindhouse cinema, exploitative science-fiction and horror movies of old. Robert Rodriguez creates a highly enjoyable romp, including scratches, jumps and missing reel (in some prints) that adds substantial weight to the retro experience. ” - Dr-Faustus
 
68.
Island of Lost Souls (1932)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
An obsessed scientist conducts profane experiments in evolution, eventually establishing himself as the self-styled demigod to a race of mutated, half-human abominations. (70 mins.)
Director: Erle C. Kenton
“ The first, and best, film adaptation based on H.G. Wells' classic novel, 'The Island of Dr. Moreau'. Though H.G. Wells disliked the overt horror elements, director Erle C. Kenton delivers a great movie in it's own right. Banned in England upon initial release, "Island of Lost Souls" still has the ability to shock, thanks largely in part to a noteworthy performance by the great character actor, Charles Laughton, who plays Dr. Moreau with enough gusto and relish necessary for the part. An influential film that continues to spur re-makes, but none, as of yet, comparable to this timeless classic. ” - Dr-Faustus
 
69.
The Mummy (1932)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A living mummy stalks the beautiful woman he believes is the reincarnation of his lover. (73 mins.)
Director: Karl Freund
“ Director Karl Freund uses a minimalist technique, free of major special effects to good effect. Boris Karloff, the chameleon that he was, transforms perfectly into his mummy role. Scaring audiences out of their wits, at the time.

An enduring classic. ” - Dr-Faustus
 
70.
The Addiction (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A New York philosophy grad student turns into a vampire after getting bitten by one, and then tries to come to terms with her new lifestyle and frequent craving for human blood. (82 mins.)
Director: Abel Ferrara
“ Abel Ferrara explores vampirism in modern society. Commonly referred to as an allegory on drug-addiction, yet open to various interpretations. "The Addiction" is full of theological references, and a prime example of the exploration of sin, damnation, redemption and Catholicism found throughout Ferrara's body of work. Lil Tyler gives an excellent performance as an Anthropology student coming to terms with her addiction. An effective, thought-provoking film, and an underrated gem. ” - Dr-Faustus
 
71.
28 Days Later... (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Four weeks after a mysterious, incurable virus spreads throughout the UK, a handful of survivors try to find sanctuary. (113 mins.)
Director: Danny Boyle
“ Director Danny Boyle 'does' reinvent the zombie movie. Ferocious, scary and violent. There are some truly jump out of your seat moments. The cause of the zombie apocalypse is made clear from the beginning, and the infected display uncontrollable rage. According to director Danny Boyle; the film is a metaphor for the phenomenon of social rage. And it shows.

One of the modern horror-movie greats. ” - Dr-Faustus
 
72.
What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A former child star torments her paraplegic sister in their decaying Hollywood mansion. (134 mins.)
Director: Robert Aldrich
“ Hollywood Grand Guignol at its best. Directed by Robert Aldrich. Joan Crawford at the mercy of Bette Davis is a stand-out alone. The scene where Bette serves Joan a cooked rat has become legendary. Notwithstanding the real-life antagonism and competitiveness openly displayed between the two leading ladies.

An undisputed classic. ” - Dr-Faustus
 
73.
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
“ Another great outing by director Dario Argento. His trademark violence, visual flair, score and murder-mystery, all present. ” - Dr-Faustus
 
74.
The Brood (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A man tries to uncover an unconventional psychologist's therapy techniques on his institutionalized wife, amidst a series of brutal murders. (92 mins.)
“ David Cronenberg's exploration of the connection between physical and mental states. "The Brood" is initially slow paced, but builds up to a frightening conclusion. Well worth the wait. Art Hindle investigates a psychologist's unconventional therapy to treat his wife, Samantha Eggar (filmed from the waist up, until the final revelation), that may be connected to violent attacks by some very creepy mutant children. A must for fans of the director's earlier work. ” - Dr-Faustus
 
75.
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.)
“ Part horror, part murder-mystery and part human drama. One of the better screen adaptations based on a Stephen King novel. Honors to a great performance by Christopher Walken, as the man with a gift, but may also be a curse? Directing honors go to David Cronenberg. ” - Dr-Faustus
 
76.
Misery (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
After a famous author is rescued from a car crash by a fan of his novels, he comes to realize that the care he is receiving is only the beginning of a nightmare of captivity and abuse. (107 mins.)
Director: Rob Reiner
“ Fantastic movie, and one of the best Stephen King adaptations to date. Rob Reiner's direction and great performances by James Caan, Richard Farnsworth, and notably, that of Kathy Bates (direct from the stage), all contribute in making this a winner. Masterful build-up of nail-biting, physical and psychological tension, throughout. ” - Dr-Faustus
 
77.
The New York Ripper (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A burned-out New York police detective teams up with a college psychoanalyst to track down a vicious serial killer randomly stalking and killing various young women around the city. (91 mins.)
Director: Lucio Fulci
“ Banned or heavily censored in many parts of the world, Lucio Fulci's nasty, sleazy, and politically-incorrect slasher-movie raised many eyebrows and controversy with it's graphic depiction of sexual violence perpetrated against women. Contains some well executed and chilling scenes. Fans of Fulci's more graphic work will not be disappointed - though others may be offended by the sordid content.

"Quack, quack, quack..." ” - Dr-Faustus
 
78.
House of Wax (1953)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
An associate burns down a wax museum with the owner inside, but he survives only to become vengeful and murderous. (88 mins.)
Director: Andre de Toth
“ Highly entertaining movie by director André De Toth. This was Warner Bros. first 3-D movie. Another great performance by the master of the dramatic, Vincent Price. Charles Bronson, playing Igor, can also be seen appearing in a bit-part. Great scenes throughout, notably a beautifully rendered and symbolic sequence of wax figures melting.

A classic. ” - Dr-Faustus
 
79.
Re-Animator (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A dedicated student at a medical college and his girlfriend become involved in bizarre experiments centering around the re-animation of dead tissue when an odd new student arrives on campus. (104 mins.)
Director: Stuart Gordon
“ Stuart Gordon's cult horror movie. So much to like here: plenty of gore, black humor, and Jeffrey Combs hamming it up (in a great way) as Dr. Herbert West, and stealing every scene he's in. Not forgetting David Gale as Dr. Carl Hill, 'with plans of his own'. Freely adapted from a H.P. Lovecraft story, that clearly pays twisted homage to films like 'Frankenstein'.

Great entertaining movie. ” - Dr-Faustus
 
80.
Altered States (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A Harvard scientist conducts experiments on himself with a hallucinatory drug and an isolation chamber that may be causing him to regress genetically. (102 mins.)
Director: Ken Russell
“ Directed by Ken Russel. The movie that made William Hurt a star. Hurt stars as a Harvard scientist, conducting experiments on himself, in an isolation chamber, aided by hallucinatory drugs. Gradually starting to regress, and at one point, becoming a neanderthal man. Visually great, thought-provoking film, complimented by ground-breaking special-effects, and William Hurt's career-defining performance. ” - Dr-Faustus
 
81.
The Devils (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
In 17th-century France, Father Urbain Grandier seeks to protect the city of Loudun from the corrupt establishment of Cardinal Richelieu. Hysteria occurs within the city when he is accused of witchcraft by a sexually repressed nun. (111 mins.)
Director: Ken Russell
“ Directed by Ken Russel. A highly controversial film, demanding rediscovery. Oliver Reed gives one of his finest performances. Church and politics come into play here, and remains a relevant issue in current society. Compelling and intelligent film-making of the highest order. Unsettling scenes, great performances and thought-provoking subject-matter are just some of the components that adds substantial weight to "The Devils". A complete uncensored version still eludes audiences, to this day.

Essential viewing. ” - Dr-Faustus
 
82.
Don't Look Now (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A married couple grieving the recent death of their young daughter are in Venice when they encounter two elderly sisters, one of whom is psychic and brings a warning from beyond. (110 mins.)
Director: Nicolas Roeg
“ Nicholas Roeg directs this classic psychological horror movie and does an exceptional job of it. Roeg's previous experience as a director of photography is clearly influential, and adds a tremendous visual aesthetic to the film. "Don't Look Now" is also complimented by the exceptional talents of Julie Christie and Donald Sutherland, who convincingly play grieving parents of a recently deceased daughter. Grief, personified by the beautifully composed and emotionally-charged opening sequence, is the emotional thread that runs throughout the film. Beautiful dream-like sequences abound. Imagery of Venice, with mist, passages and menace, serves as the perfect metaphor for the enigmatic and dark recesses of the mind.

A true subliminal horror masterpiece. ” - Dr-Faustus
 
83.
Martin (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A young man, who believes himself to be a vampire, goes to live with his elderly and hostile cousin in a small Pennsylvania town where he tries to redeem his blood-craving urges. (95 mins.)
“ Better known for his 'Dead Trilogy', George A. Romero's under-appreciated yet exceptional vampire film, "Martin", provides for a socially-relevant, intense and realistic character study. Staying true to that which is great about vampire lore yet, avoiding the clichés that are so often associated with it. All in all, "Martin" is an underrated gem, demanding re-discovery. ” - Dr-Faustus
 
84.
Demons (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A group of random people are invited to a screening of a mysterious movie, only to find themselves trapped in the theater with ravenous demons. (88 mins.)
Director: Lamberto Bava
“ Lamberto Bava's virtually plotless, yet very entertaining movie. Art imitating art is the basis here, where people are invited to a free horror screening and the results thereof. Proving the old adage that 'nothing's free'. Lots of stylish bloodletting, together with an opening track by the cult-band, ' Goblin', makes for a very entertaining watch. ” - Dr-Faustus
 
85.
Basket Case (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
A young man carrying a big basket that contains his extremely deformed Siamese-twin brother seeks vengeance on the doctors who separated them against their will. (91 mins.)
“ Frank Henenlotter's cult movie about siamese twins separated at birth. One brother normal, the other deformed and carried around in a basket. Revenge is the driving force here. Though low-budget with some cheesy effects, "Basket Case" doesn't detract from an enjoyable, and believe it or not, thought-provoking movie. For fans of gory 80s horror, with the added bonus of stop-motion creature animation, this is a treat. Sequels to follow, but this film remains the best.

A cult classic. ” - Dr-Faustus
 
86.
Brain Damage (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
One morning, a young man wakes to find that a small, disgusting creature has attached itself to the base of his brain stem. The creature gives him a euphoric state of happiness but demands human victims in return. (84 mins.)
“ Another Frank Henenlotter outing which has garnered a small cult-following. A young man becomes dependent on a parasite which feeds its host a drug in exchange for assistance in obtaining brains of innocent victims. Enough said. A gory, wacky, tongue-in-cheek, shocker.

Great B-movie. ” - Dr-Faustus
 
87.
Audition (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A widower takes an offer to screen girls at a special audition, arranged for him by a friend to find him a new wife. The one he fancies is not who she appears to be after all. (115 mins.)
Director: Takashi Miike
“ Under the guise of what initially appears to be a run-of-the-mill, movie-of-the-week type melodrama, Takashi Miike methodically builds-up tension to the point where "Audition" becomes a full-fledged horror movie that will make most horror-movie aficionados proud. Contains some effective cringe-worthy scenes. Not recommended for the squeamish, or those who suffer from Trypanophobia. ” - Dr-Faustus
 
88.
Dawn of the Dead (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A nurse, a policeman, a young married couple, a salesman, and other survivors of a worldwide plague that is producing aggressive, flesh-eating zombies, take refuge in a mega Midwestern shopping mall. (101 mins.)
Director: Zack Snyder
“ A good zombie movie in its own right. Directed by Zack Snyder. Great opening sequence complimented by great make-up effects. Similar plot to George A. Romero's classic of the same name, but with a different approach. Best viewed on it's own terms and not as a comparison to the original film. The extended version is better, containing more character development. ” - Dr-Faustus
 
89.
Village of the Damned (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
In the English village of Midwich, the blonde-haired, glowing-eyed children of uncertain paternity prove to have frightening powers. (77 mins.)
Director: Wolf Rilla
“ Directed by Wolf Rilla and based on the novel, 'The Midwich Cuckoos', by John Wyndham. "Village of the Damned" is a great thought-provoking, science-fiction, horror movie. Containing a minimal of effects. Instead, relying more on atmosphere and performance. An accomplished film containing very creepy kids. Numerous remakes and re-imaginings don't even come close to this timeless classic. ” - Dr-Faustus
 
90.
My Bloody Valentine (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
A decades-old folk tale surrounding a deranged murderer killing those who celebrate Valentine's Day turns out to be true to legend when a group defies the killer's order and people start turning up dead. (90 mins.)
Director: George Mihalka
“ In the wake of much controversy from films such as 'Friday the 13th' and other slasher movies at the onset of the 1980s, "My Bloody Valentine" came under severe scrutiny regarding it's gory content. The result of which led to numerous cuts that denied it's box-office potential and appeal. However, "My Bloody Valentine" has since been rediscovered and is now considered an 80s cult-horror-slasher gem. ” - Dr-Faustus
 
91.
Vampyr (1932)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A drifter obsessed with the supernatural stumbles upon an inn where a severely ill adolescent girl is slowly becoming a vampire. (83 mins.)
Director: Carl Th. Dreyer
“ Master film-maker Carl Theodor Dreyer's first sound movie. Mesmerizing, dreamlike quality throughout. Though unconventional, this film is a treat in every respect. Dreyer is considered by many critics as the greatest of all directors, and "Vampyr" is a prime example of his masterful talent.

A masterpiece in it's own right. ” - Dr-Faustus
 
92.
Saw (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Two strangers awaken in a room with no recollection of how they got there or why, and soon discover they are pawns in a deadly game perpetrated by a notorious serial killer. (103 mins.)
Director: James Wan
“ James Wan proves his worth as a talented director of visceral horror movies with his acclaimed sleeper - "Saw". A suspenseful horror mystery with a moral message, containing one of the greatest - "I did not see that coming" - twist endings in recent memory. Many sequels to follow, in what was to become one of the most successful horror franchises of all-time, but the first in the series remains the best.

Visceral and entertaining. ” - Dr-Faustus
 
93.
King Kong (1933)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A film crew goes to a tropical island for an exotic location shoot and discovers a colossal giant gorilla who takes a shine to their female blonde star. He is then captured and brought back to New York City for public exhibition. (100 mins.)
“ "Oh, no, it wasn't the airplanes... it was Beauty killed the Beast."

Directed by Miriam C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack. "King Kong" remains the much beloved classic that it is. It's influence undeniable. A milestone in the giant creature mold. Great ground-breaking, stop-motion animation by Willis H. O'Brien. Cementing his talents in the previous, 'The Lost World'-(1925). The Max Steiner conducted score also of special note. Actress Fay Wray, King Kong, the Empire State Building, and various iconic scenes, have become legendary, and have subsequently become an integral part of film culture, and it's history.

A timeless and undisputed classic. ” - Dr-Faustus
 
94.
The Hills Have Eyes (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A suburban American family is being stalked by a group of psychotic people who live in the desert, far away from civilization. (107 mins.)
Director: Alexandre Aja
“ Alexandre Aja's effective, mutant, horror movie. The affects of nuclear fallout and man's basic instinct to survive under extraordinary circumstances are addressed here. For fans of gory creature-movies this film is a treat. Without a doubt, Alexandre Aja aimed for this audience and, in my opinion, he succeeds on many levels. Fast-paced, violent and bloody, with the added bonus of great creature make-up and believable characters. Overall "The Hills Have Eyes" is an accomplished horror film that not only does justice to the original Wes Craven classic but, reinvents it.

See the unrated version. ” - Dr-Faustus
 
95.
The Seventh Victim (1943)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A woman in search of her missing sister uncovers a Satanic cult in New York's Greenwich Village, and finds that they may have something to do with her sibling's random disappearance. (71 mins.)
Director: Mark Robson
“ One of the best of the RKO horror movies produced by Val Lewton. Containing beautiful contrasting black and white photography and remarkable suspense sequences. Modernist in its telling, that still remains striking today.

A true classic. ” - Dr-Faustus
 
96.
Kwaidan (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A collection of four Japanese folk tales with supernatural themes. (183 mins.)
“ A great Japanese 'horror' film by master-director, Masaki Kobayashi. Ghost stories based on classic Japanese folklore. Divided up into four separate segments. Namely; 'The Black Hair', 'The Woman of the Snow', Hoichi the Earless', and 'In a Cup of Tea'. If one loves ghost stories, minus the gore? This is essential viewing. Koyabashi's visual flare and leisurely build-up of suspense are just some of the great components of "Kwaidan". To add to this; this film is a great peek into the fascinating world of Japanese culture. Stunning and beautiful are just a few adjectives that immediately come to mind.

An exceptional film. ” - Dr-Faustus
 
97.
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
“ Part of the 'New French Extremity' film movement, "Martyrs" sharply divided critics and movie-goers alike. Yet, I strongly believe, in time, "Martyrs" will deservedly gain the recognition it deserves. There is no denying, director Pascal Laugier has created an effective, brutal, dark, disturbing, yet compelling film. A microcosm of the ugly reality of the pain and suffering so prevalent in our world. Metaphorically portrayed through the suffering of the protagonist, who comes across as a modern-day Joan of Arc. Unrelenting, and with plot-twists at every turn, Laugier has fashioned a film that breathes new life into the genre by taking cues from earlier horror films, and reinventing them for a modern audience. The film is dedicated to horror maestro, Dario Argento. All in all, "Martyrs" is a provocative and relevant film, that achieves it's intended objective of not only being shocking and disturbing, but most importantly, thought-provoking. ” - Dr-Faustus
 
98.
The Conjuring (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren work to help a family terrorized by a dark presence in their farmhouse. (112 mins.)
Director: James Wan
“ Previously, James Wan has proven himself as a great director of suspenseful horror, in films such as; 'Saw'-(2004) and 'Insidious'-(2011). In "The Conjuring", Wan borrows freely from films like 'The Exorcist'-(1973), 'The Amityville Horror'-(1979), and 'Poltergeist'-(1982). Yet, this never comes across as plagiarism. On the contrary, Wan and the effects crew have conjured a stylishly new-age sensibility that compliments existing, iconic scenes in the horror genre. This is where the strength of the film lies: In it's technical know-how, great timing, choreographed and effective build-up of suspense, and director James Wan's assured hand. All in all, this a highly enjoyable outing. A great homage to classic horror, and an effective spooky shocker. ” - Dr-Faustus
 
99.
Diabolique (1955)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
The wife and mistress of a cruel headmaster conspire to kill him; after the murder is committed, his corpse disappears, and strange events begin to plague the two women. (117 mins.)
Director: H.G. Clouzot
“ A classic by director Henri-Georges Clouzot. A major international hit at the time. "Diabolique" still has the ability to disturb with scenes of physical and psychological horror. A Hitchcock-like murder, horror mystery, told with conviction.

An immortal classic. ” - Dr-Faustus
 
100.
The Omen (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Mysterious deaths surround an American ambassador. Could the child that he is raising actually be the Antichrist? The Devil's own son? (111 mins.)
Director: Richard Donner
“ Director Richard Donner does great justice to David Seltzer's best-selling novel. And though the film does contain some incredulity, as so far as some far-fetched revelations are concerned, it does not detract from a very compelling film. Thanks largely to convincing performances played with straight-faced earnestness from the entire cast. Billie Whitelaw as Mrs. Baylock deserves special mention. Other pluses include a great choral score, composed by Jerry Goldsmith, a number of well-staged set-pieces, great photography, great pacing, and plot disclosures that steadily build-up tension as the film progresses. All in all, "The Omen" is a fine piece of entertainment and story-telling that has aged well over the years. ” - Dr-Faustus