Horror Movies Worth Watching

Each of these films bring something unique to the table that is the horror genre, so for whatever reason(s), here they are.
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28 Days Later... (2002)
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Four weeks after a mysterious, incurable virus spreads throughout the UK, a handful of survivors try to find sanctuary. (113 mins.)
Director: Danny Boyle
“ What George Romero's "Night Of The Living Dead" did to the zombie films of that time, "28..." does to everything prior, but don't tell George that, he hates this film simply because the "zombies" are fast. I think he hasn't yet realized that these "zombies" aren't really dead, that they're living people infected with the "rage virus". And hey, he's got room to talk? His "zombies" aren't "true" zombies either. ” - UrukTheRed
28 Weeks Later (2007)
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Six months after the rage virus was inflicted on the population of Great Britain, the US Army helps to secure a small area of London for the survivors to repopulate and start again. But not everything goes to plan. (100 mins.)
“ Take the first "28" film, cut out the slow-moving dialogue, and add some of the most intense moments in horror film history and you've got one of the best sequels of all time. Even people who hated the first one liked this. ” - UrukTheRed
Demons (1985)
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A group of people are trapped in a large movie theater in West Berlin that is infected by ravenous demons who proceed to kill and posses the humans one-by-one, thereby multiplying their numbers. (88 mins.)
Director: Lamberto Bava
“ This mid-80's campy masterpiece isn't overtly horrific, but it offers massive nostalgic value to those of us old enough to remember when "cheesy" was a good thing. It's just as hilarious as it is a good horror story, and it has some classic metal featured in the soundtrack, namely Saxon, Motley Crue, and Accept. ” - UrukTheRed
The Exorcist (1973)
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When a teenage girl is possessed by a mysterious entity, her mother seeks the help of two priests to save her daughter. (122 mins.)
“ How can you have a good horror list without the inclusion of this highly controversial film? Sure it's just a great movie NOW, but when it was released, there were death threats, people running out of the theaters, and a bunch of strange coincidences going on behind the scenes. ” - UrukTheRed
Hell Night (1981)
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Four college pledges are forced to spend the night in a deserted old mansion, where they are stalked by the monstrous survivor of a family massacre years earlier. (101 mins.)
Director: Tom De Simone
“ Speaking of Linda Blair, here she is about 8 years after "Exorcist" with much bigger breasts. This film is more of a fun horror movie, something you don't see much of nowadays. ” - UrukTheRed
Night of the Living Dead (1968)
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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 the remain safe from these flesh eating monsters. (96 mins.)
“ George Romero revolutionized the zombie (or properly - the ghoul) in this classic. He removed the black voodoo/slave aspect of zombies and kept the flesh-eating corpse part making this the iconic zombie mold for just about every zombie film during the next 2 or 3 decades. And hey, the 1990 remake is one of the best remakes ever made. ” - UrukTheRed
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.)
“ Ten years after his original zombie film, Romero puts his creatures in a mall and continues his theme of social commentary, this time being more about consumerism rather than racism. I've always thought that setting is always a main character in a zombie movie, secondary only to the walking dead themselves. ” - UrukTheRed
Day of the Dead (1985)
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A small group of military officers and scientists dwell in an underground bunker as the world above is overrun by zombies. (96 mins.)
“ In his third installment of the series, Romero sets the stage in an underground military base. Taking things a step further, George couldn't help but pose the questions: Do zombies have human memories somewhere in their rotting brains? Can you train a zombie? ” - UrukTheRed
Night of the Living Dead (1990)
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The unburied dead return to life and seek human victims. (92 mins.)
Director: Tom Savini
“ One of the most faithful remakes in horror, this version differs very little from the 1968 ground-breaker. ” - UrukTheRed
Dawn of the Dead (2004)
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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
“ While this remake is entertaining in it's own right, it bares little resemblance to the Romero original other than the fact that it too is set in a shopping mall. None of the original characters are featured, the zombies are fast this time (much like the ones in "28 Days Later"), and the story line is only vaguely similar. On the other hand, it is fast-paced for the most part, and the initial onset of the infection creates one hell of an opening to the film. ” - UrukTheRed
Silver Bullet (1985)
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A werewolf terrorizes a small city where lives Marty Coslaw, - a paralytic boy - his uncle and his sister - the narrator of the story. (95 mins.)
Director: Daniel Attias
“ A favorite as a kid, I'd constantly rent this from the local video store (remember when they weren't all chains or through the mail?) with my dad asking "again???".

Probably not a favorite of serious horror snobs, this is yet another gem from the 80's with tons of charm and nostalgia, yet this one still escapes the general goofiness with which the decade has come to be identified. All these years later, I STILL consider this to be one of the best werewolf movies ever made. ” - UrukTheRed
Bad Moon (1996)
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One man's struggle to contain the curse he hides within... and his last-ditch attempt to free himself with the love of family... (80 mins.)
Director: Eric Red
“ As the genre started fizzing out in the box offices, this film came out and gave me a little hope. It's one of the most underrated werewolf films I can think of. Sure, most of you have heard of it, but how many of you speak of it highly? The werewolf itself looks incredibly realistic, probably moreso than any other I've seen. ” - UrukTheRed
The Messengers (2007)
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An ominous darkness invades a seemingly serene sunflower farm in North Dakota, and the Solomon family is torn apart by suspicion, mayhem and murder. (90 mins.)
“ When most of you hear the name Kristen Stewart, you probably think of "Twilight", but I think of "The Messengers". It's a story of a teenage girl whose family moves from the city to farmland, USA. She has difficulty adjusting, then the horror unfolds. There isn't too much to the story, but it doesn't feel like it's lacking anything either, because of the strong cast and general mood of the film. ” - UrukTheRed
Seventh Moon (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  
Melissa and Yul, Americans honeymooning in China, come across the exotic 'Hungry Ghost' festival. When night falls... (87 mins.)
“ Why this film isn't widely known and critically acclaimed by horror fanatics is a mystery to me. I just recently watched this on Netflix and thought it was one of the best things I've seen in a long time. The atmosphere is so real in the beginning - courtesy of Eduardo Sánchez (The Blair Witch Project) that it sets the mood perfectly, for the absolute dread that follows.

This one is more of an occult-based creature feature that draws you in throughout pretty much the entire running time. ” - UrukTheRed
Wrong Turn (2003)
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Six people find themselves trapped in the woods of West Virginia, hunted down by "cannibalistic mountain men grossly disfigured through generations of in-breeding." (84 mins.)
Director: Rob Schmidt
“ This is what I would consider a modern classic of the genre. Starring Eliza Dushku, this film follows young adults in the middle of nowhere (I believe it's West Virginia) on a road trip, taking a wrong turn and being terrorized by a family of deformed inbreds. Not the most original idea for a horror movie, but it doesn't always have to be original to be good does it? ” - UrukTheRed
Castle Freak (1995 Video)
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A man struggles to save his family from the strange and deadly occurrences in the castle they've inherited. (90 mins.)
Director: Stuart Gordon
“ Akin to "Hell Night" but without as much of the cheese, "Castle Freak" heavily emphasizes it's roots in H.P. Lovecraft lore. ” - UrukTheRed
The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)
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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
“ Leatherface makes his debut performance in this self-described mutilation-fest. One of the quintessential horror films according to just about any fan of the genre. ” - UrukTheRed
Hell of the Living Dead (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  
A tough female reporter and her cameraman boyfriend team up with a four-man commando unit in the New Guinea jungle whom are fighting flesh-eating zombies. (101 mins.)
Director: Vincent Dawn
“ Set in the New Guinea jungle, this is your pretty basic zombie film, just better than most and pretty underrated. It's a bit slow at parts, but it's worth it. This is also one of those films with many names depending on which country you are in. I know it as "Hell Of The Living Dead". ” - UrukTheRed
Dagon (2001)
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A boating accident runs a young man and woman ashore in a decrepit Spanish fishing town which they discover is in the grips of an ancient sea god and its monstrous half human offspring. (95 mins.)
Director: Stuart Gordon
“ Based on the writings of H.P. Lovecraft, I'd say this one captures his essence pretty well. Eerie, otherworldly creatures live in a sea-side village in Spain and worship the god Dagon, terrorizing victims of a boat accident. ” - UrukTheRed
Rest Stop (2006 Video)
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The film follows Nicole Carrow, a young woman who is threatened by a maniac serial killer, after her boyfriend Jess, is abducted in a rest stop. (80 mins.)
Director: John Shiban
“ I usually prefer my horror to be based around the occult, werewolves, zombies, etc. but this is one of the better serial killer-type films that starting getting more popular a few years ago. ” - UrukTheRed
The Exorcism of Emily Rose (2005)
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A lawyer takes on a negligent homicide case involving a priest who performed an exorcism on a young girl. (119 mins.)
“ If "The Exorcist" left you hungry for more, this one feeds that hunger. While being similar for obvious reasons, it's different enough to stand on it's own as a modern-day classic. ” - UrukTheRed
Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979)
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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
“ A retelling of the silent film from the 1920's, this version while slow-going creates a strong tension that remains throughout much of the film. ” - UrukTheRed
The House of the Devil (2009)
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During a night of 1983 with full lunar eclipse, Samantha Hughes takes a babysitting job surrounded by mysterious circumstances before she finds out her client's terrifying secret. (95 mins.)
Director: Ti West
“ Usually when a film is set in the past, certain inaccuracies jump out at you, but this really feels like it was released in 1986. My only complaint is that the ending left a bit to be desired, but the gradual build-up to that point made it all worthwhile. ” - UrukTheRed
Orphan (2009)
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A husband and wife who recently lost their baby adopt a nine year-old girl who is not nearly as innocent as she claims to be. (123 mins.)
“ An instant modern classic, I saw this at the drive-in and was really into it even though I didn't really know much about it before-hand. This is more of a psychological thriller with a pretty creepy turn in the plot, so I won't spoil it for you. ” - UrukTheRed
Night of the Comet (1984)
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A comet wipes out most of life on Earth, leaving two Valley Girls to fight the evil types who survive. (95 mins.)
Director: Thom Eberhardt
“ Let's run the checklist here shall we? The 80's? Check. Zombies? Check. A desolate city (creepy, I always love to see that in horror movies)? Check. Thanks, Jen, for this one. ” - UrukTheRed
Humanoids from the Deep (1980)
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Scientific experiments backfire and produce horrific mutations: half man, half fish, which terrorize... (80 mins.)
Director: Barbara Peeters
“ A slew of creatures from the sea terrorize a local beach community... and it's from 1980, so you know it's good. ” - UrukTheRed
The Entity (1982)
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Supposedly based partially on a true story, a woman is tormented and sexually molested by an invisible demon. (125 mins.)
Director: Sidney J. Furie
“ Based on a "true story", this supernatural chiller tells the story of a woman who is repeatedly raped and beaten by a ghost or demon, which follows her no matter where she goes. ” - UrukTheRed
In a Dark Place (2006)
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The disturbed arts teacher, Anna Veigh, is hired by Mr. Laing as a governess to raise Flora and her brother Miles... (95 mins.)
Director: Donato Rotunno
“ A newer film with an older approach, this one is all about setting up the eerie vibe with it's haunting pace and atmosphere. ” - UrukTheRed
The House by the Cemetery (1981)
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A New England home is terrorized by a series of murders, unbeknownst to the guests that a gruesome secret is hiding in the basement. (86 mins.)
Director: Lucio Fulci
“ A classic Fulci film that sticks out in my mind, "The House..." moves along quicker than most of his others. It brings to mind childhood fears about evil lurking in shadows. ” - UrukTheRed
The Last House on the Left (1972)
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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. (84 mins.)
Director: Wes Craven
“ Akin to "I Spit On Your Grave", "The Last House..." is a brutal dose of realism, torture, and revenge (just wait 'til you see what the mother does). ” - UrukTheRed
The Haunting (1999)
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When Eleanor, Theo, and Luke decide to take part in a sleep study at a huge mansion they get more than they bargained for when Dr. Marrow tells them of the house's ghostly past. (113 mins.)
Director: Jan de Bont
“ A young Catherine Zeta Jones in a film about a haunted house - need I say more? ” - UrukTheRed
The Evil Dead (1981)
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Five friends travel to a cabin in the woods, where they unknowingly release flesh-possessing demons. (85 mins.)
Director: Sam Raimi
“ Bruce Campbell owes everything to his role as Ash - an every-day guy fighting the evil forces known as "deadites" in this campy 1981 classic. ” - UrukTheRed
The Serpent and the Rainbow (1988)
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An anthropologist goes to Haiti after hearing rumors about a drug used by black magic practitioners to turn people into zombies. (98 mins.)
Director: Wes Craven
“ What's so important about this film is that it's probably one of the truest zombie movies ever made. It takes you back to the roots of zombies in Haitian magic rituals. ” - UrukTheRed
I Spit on Your Grave (1978)
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An aspiring writer is repeatedly gang-raped, humiliated, and left for dead by four men whom she systematically hunts down to seek revenge. (101 mins.)
Director: Meir Zarchi
“ This is a story of violent rape, and violent revenge. ” - UrukTheRed
Children Shouldn't Play with Dead Things (1972)
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Six friends dig up a corpse to use in a Satanic ritual to make the dead rise from their graves. (87 mins.)
Director: Benjamin Clark
“ This 70's cult-classic mixes campy humor with spooky corpses and I wouldn't doubt that this had something to do with influencing "The Evil Dead". ” - UrukTheRed
Wolfen (1981)
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A New York cop investigates a series of brutal deaths that resemble animal attacks. (115 mins.)
“ Despite being a bit slow at times, Wolfen makes its mark by just being an all around unique film, offering a somewhat different take on the werewolf sub-genre in horror. ” - UrukTheRed
The Dunwich Horror (1970)
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Wilbur Whateley pops over to the Arkham Miskatonic University to borrow the legendary Necronomicon and Sandra Dee. But little does anyone know, Whateley isn't quite human... (90 mins.)
Director: Daniel Haller
“ I'm a sucker for film adaptations of H.P. Lovecraft classics (except "Reanimator") and this is certainly one of the best, if not THE best though it can be agonizingly slow, as most horror was during this era.

As slow as it may be, this is probably the iconic satan rites film of all time. ” - UrukTheRed