Not That You Should Care...My top 20 horror films of all time.

I've seen some terrible choices for the best of all time, so I thought I'd take a stab. (pun intended) I tried not to be biased as to sub-genre, and present what I think are, for reasons stated below, the top 20 ever.
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1.
The Exorcist (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
When a preteen girl is possessed by a mysterious entity, her mother seeks the help of two priests to save her daughter. (122 mins.)
“ This has to be #1. Widely considered the best horror film of all time, and I can't help but agree. One to watch with friends, who will then let you sleep on their couch...because you may be too scared to move! ” - bink-8
 
2.
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's classic portrayal of the most brilliant horror writer ever. This movie begs you figure out exactly what Jack's problem is. Is he going crazy because he's an alcoholic without booze in the middle of the Colorado mountains, or is the Overlook Hotel turning him...or both. Either way, when you add Kubrick, King, and Nicholson, you get the psycho masterpiece that is The Shining...and where did they find those creepy twins...thanks Central Casting. ” - bink-8
 
3.
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
“ Super-fast, rage-infected zombies? Bad ass! This movie kicks right in and grabs you by the throat, before tearing it out and eating it. I loved the colors, the acting, the pace. Bonus that this takes place across the pond, I get to tour England on a budget! ” - bink-8
 
4.
Event Horizon (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A rescue crew investigates a spaceship that disappeared into a black hole and has now returned...with someone or something new on-board. (96 mins.)
Director: Paul Anderson
“ It's got gore, it's got spaceships, it's got Morpheus! Laurence Fishburne is at his stoic best in this Sci-Fi/Horror mix also starring Sam Neill, himself a veteran of some great horror flicks. Going to hell has never been so much fun! ” - bink-8
 
5.
The Ring (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A journalist must investigate a mysterious videotape which seems to cause the death of anyone in a week of viewing it. (115 mins.)
Director: Gore Verbinski
“ In the back of my mind, for the next seven days, there was the smallest little voice that said...what if...and that is the reason this movie made the list. I struggled with Ringu...to add it or not to add it, but in the end, I liked this remake just a bit better. Creepy kids are always just so damn creepy! ” - bink-8
 
6.
Session 9 (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Tensions rise within an asbestos cleaning crew as they work in an abandoned mental hospital with a horrific past that seems to be coming back. (100 mins.)
Director: Brad Anderson
“ One of the most underrated and underwatched horror films I've ever seen, this one is a moody masterpiece. Set in the (now demolished) Danvers State Mental Hospital facility, all of the actors said they experienced crazy stuff during shooting, and I believe it. The best "haunted house" movies include the setting as a character, and man what character this place makes. Even David Caruso can't ruin this one! ” - bink-8
 
7.
Shaun of the Dead (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A man decides to turn his moribund life around by winning back his ex-girlfriend, reconciling his relationship with his mother, and dealing with an entire community that has returned from the dead to eat the living. (99 mins.)
Director: Edgar Wright
“ This movie is so funny, it almost isn't a horror movie...but there are moments when it can't be anything but. That is the brilliance of Shawn of the Dead. Perfect blend of great, easy comedy with tense, bloody, violent scenes that make you laugh and gross you out simultaneously. Touching, and then immediately brutal, it's a roller coaster ride you can't miss! ” - bink-8
 
8.
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 distress call, their landing on the source planet finds one of the crew attacked by a mysterious lifeform. Continuing their journey back to Earth with the attacked crew having recovered and the critter deceased, they soon realize that its life cycle has merely begun. (117 mins.)
Director: Ridley Scott
“ I have to admit, I saw Aliens first, and loved it. It was on this list first, but going back...realizing that when this movie came out, no one knew what that SOS was going to bring to the rescue ship. One of the most startling moments in horror history...you can't tell me you saw that one coming, bursting right out of your chest cavity, and trying to kill Sigourney Weaver. With a great supporting cast, real sets (not that green-screen *beep* and 70's filmstock, which always makes the movie more scary, this is a true classic. ” - bink-8
 
9.
The Blair Witch Project (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Three film students vanish after traveling into a Maryland forest to film a documentary on the local Blair Witch legend, leaving only their footage behind. (81 mins.)
“ The publicity prior to opening, making it unclear to some whether this was a real film or fiction was brilliant. I loved this movie, despite it's handheld camera shots, and relished in the "less is more" philosophy of the direction. I must admit hiking in Yellowstone in the dark 4 days after seeing this movie, and the subsequent scarring of my psyche, may have something to do with it's inclusion. ” - bink-8
 
10.
Scream (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Sidney, attempting to cope with her mother's mysterious murder, and her horror movie-obsessed friends are stalked by an unknown killer who seems to have a hard time letting the past go. (111 mins.)
Director: Wes Craven
“ I saw this in a crowded theatre on a college campus, and 90% of the football team screamed 50% of the movie...sorry about the story problem. The opening scene lets you know that the new generation of horror films has arrived (circa 96), you just prayed they'd "liver alone." Ha! ” - bink-8
 
11.
The Thing (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
It's the first week of winter in 1982. An American Research Base is greeted by an alien force, that can assimilate anything it touches. It's up to the members to stay alive, and be sure of who is human, and who has become one of the Things. (109 mins.)
Director: John Carpenter
“ John Carpenter's remake with Kurt Russell, Keith David, and the guy who slings diabetic supplies packaged in Quaker Oats is the perfect example of why you do a remake. The original was great for it's time, but this re-imagining uses the actors, sets, and effects to the fullest, and the $2000 in creamed corn they used for the monster(s) was worth every damn penny. A great "who is really the bad guy" film! ” - bink-8
 
12.
House of 1000 Corpses (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
Two teenage couples traveling across the backwoods of Texas searching for urban legends of murder end up as prisoners of a bizarre and sadistic backwater family of serial killers. (89 mins.)
Director: Rob Zombie
“ Directed by Rob Zombie, this film is long on creepy and short on daylight, just the way it should be. Zombie's foray into film was doubly welcome, as we didn't have to hear him shouting the same notes over a new riff, and got to see Sid Haig in clown makeup. ” - bink-8
 
13.
In the Mouth of Madness (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
An insurance investigator begins discovering that the impact a horror writer's books have on his fans is more than inspirational. (95 mins.)
Director: John Carpenter
“ John Carpenter knows how to make a horror film. You cast Sam Neill, you get a good script, and you don't skimp on the axe-wielding elderly. Man, what a creepy lady ol' Gramma is, huh? I love this film because it asks a question that I find fascinating...If enough people believe in something so much, that for them it's real...how real does that make it...and just what is "reality" anyway. If it's perception, lock your doors, and hope your grandmother doesn't sprout extra legs and develop a taste for your blood. ” - bink-8
 
14.
Friday the 13th (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A group of camp counselors is 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.)
“ This is the reason why the slasher film is the slasher film. Intentional or not, a morality play mirror is shone on the characters in a classic. On the list partially because it was one of the first horror films I saw as a kid, I made it through to the final scene, and was then terrified all over again...brilliant! ” - bink-8
 
15.
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
“ I guess I should say I have a thing about clowns. This movie didn't help that at all. In fact, this movie may be why I have a thing about clowns. Man, did this family move into the wrong house. JoBeth Williams, Craig T. Nelson, and the gone too soon Heather O'Rourke star in a film many said was cursed due to the fact that some of the skeletons that appear in the film were apparantly real. Regardless of all that, this was a great depiction of angry spirits that really stuck it to the living! ” - bink-8
 
16.
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
“ Could I saw through my own ankle to get away from this situation...or kill someone to free myself...? How about the razor wire room, could you negotiate that? This film was so unique, so great at getting the audience to empathise with the characters, and interesting, full of false clues, and some real ones...like an incredibly brutal whodunnit, and this one also includes Jigsaw when it was still plausible to do so....how many lame sequels are there now? ” - bink-8
 
17.
Stir of Echoes (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
After being hypnotized by his sister in law, a man begins seeing haunting visions of a girl's ghost and a mystery begins to unfold around him. (99 mins.)
Director: David Koepp
“ I added this lesser-known gem as an example of the classic ghost story. Being somewhat of an enthusist in the paranormal, this one is as close to reported "genuine" hauntings as I have found in Hollyweird. Kevin Bacon is really good, and Katherine Erbe is great as well, one degree from Vince D'Onofrio on Law & Order, with... ” - bink-8
 
18.
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
“ Probably the most obscure film in my list, if you haven't seen it, and you love horror films, get this one. I promise you won't be disappointed. Unbelieveably original, and not tainted with Hollywood's usual horror conventions, (boobs, bad jokes, hunky nobodys and mindless bimbos, overdone gore, more boobs), the mood and feel of this piece are pitch-perfect. I understand that western audiences were uncomfortable with some of the subject matter, but art imitates life, and Europe doesn't have our odd view of sex and sexuality, hence... Just watch it, it's great! ” - bink-8
 
19.
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
“ I should mention I'm not a huge fan of the Werewolf genre, though some movies that barely missed this list were of that ilk. I loved this flick, however, such a perfect blend of humor and horror. Gory, creepy and funny, this movie is one of the first movies I ever remember giving me nightmares, which is probably why it made the list. If you're thinking about taking shortcuts through pitch-black marshes in England, maybe watch this first, just to clarify a few things. ” - bink-8
 
20.
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
“ I think I added this film because I love evil that isn't supposed to exist. Like the kind in an inanimate object. Such a fun ride, with sequels that actually don't suck, and who could ever forget Pinhead? This is one Rubik's Cube that you don't want to solve. ” - bink-8
 
21.
Ginger Snaps (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Two death-obsessed sisters, outcasts in their suburban neighborhood, must deal with the tragic consequences when one of them is bitten by a deadly werewolf. (108 mins.)
Director: John Fawcett
“ Honorable Mention-- I couldn't get rid of this completely amazing contribution to horror from our neighbors to the north, hence it's being #21. This film can't rely on budget, star power, or exotic locals, cause it doesn't have any. What it does have is the best opening titles in the history of the cinema, letting you know what you're in for, adolencent angst, rebellion, and even doobie smoking! Brutal, gory, creepy, wonderful, and not your mother's horror film. It's number 21 with a silver bullet, give it a watch. ” - bink-8