EVIL LIVES: a Total Nightmare

Some movies employ scares every 5-minutes, build atmosphere, use gore or a dark plot to bring the horror alive.
What is interesting about this genre is that for some clowns could be funny, scary for others. Some people prefer original, others the freshness of a remake.

Here are my top picks from the genre

This is not a 'I have seen this movie 10 years ago at Joe's house' kinda list. All of these movies are part of my collection.
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1.
The Thing (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 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
 
2.
Child's Play (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A single mother gives her son a much sought after doll for his birthday, only to discover that it is possessed by the soul of a serial killer. (87 mins.)
Director: Tom Holland
“ The one and only. Forget the others - this is what Chucky's like when Tom Holland's involved! Best killer doll movie ever made. ” - smokzey
 
3.
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
 
4.
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
 
5.
Cube (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
6 complete strangers of widely varying personality characteristics are involuntarily placed in an endless kafkaesque maze containing deadly traps. (90 mins.)
Director: Vincenzo Natali
“ It's a love/hate movie. To some it's a cult classic, others will find it boring and cheesy. I loved it and think it's a wonderfully creative little gem. Paranoia, suspense and psychological survival horror await! ” - smokzey
 
6.
Urban Legend (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
A college student suspects a series of bizarre deaths are connected to certain urban legends. (99 mins.)
Director: Jamie Blanks
 
7.
The Experiment (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
For two weeks, 20 male participants are hired to play prisoners and guards in a prison. The "prisoners" have to follow seemingly mild rules, and the "guards" are told to retain order without using physical violence. (120 mins.)
 
8.
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
“ Kinda slow-paced, but the creepy atmosphere slowly lures us to something wickedly sick. This is Miike - not for the faint of heart. ” - smokzey
 
9.
Final Destination (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
After a teenager has a terrifying vision of him and his friends dying in a plane crash, he prevents the accident only to have Death hunt them down, one by one. (98 mins.)
Director: James Wong
 
10.
Frailty (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A man confesses to an FBI agent his family's story of how his religious fanatic father's visions lead to a series of murders to destroy supposed "demons." (100 mins.)
Director: Bill Paxton
 
11.
Resident Evil (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A special military unit fights a powerful, out-of-control supercomputer and hundreds of scientists who have mutated into flesh-eating creatures after a laboratory accident. (100 mins.)
 
12.
Identity (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Stranded at a desolate Nevada motel during a nasty rain-storm, ten strangers become acquainted with each other when they realize that they're being killed off one by one. (90 mins.)
Director: James Mangold
 
13.
High Tension (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Best friends Marie and Alexia decide to spend a quiet weekend at Alexia's parents' secluded farmhouse. But on the night of their arrival, the girls' idyllic getaway turns into an endless night of horror. (91 mins.)
Director: Alexandre Aja
 
14.
Freddy vs. Jason (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
Freddy Krueger and Jason Voorhees return to terrorize the teenage population. Except this time, they're out to get each other, too. (97 mins.)
Director: Ronny Yu
“ Not a masterpiece - but it can be a lot of fun if you don't take it seriously. Come on - Freddy vs. Jason? Horror buffs might still appreciate this, with plenty of homage to its roots. ” - smokzey
 
15.
One Point O (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
After receiving mysterious empty packages inside his apartment, a young computer-programmer begins a personal investigation into their origins. (92 mins.)
 
16.
Three... Extremes (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
An Asian cross-cultural trilogy of horror films from accomplished indie directors. (118 mins.)
“ Due to Saw's excellent advertising campaign and its virus-like
word-of-mouth spread, this one remained overlooked. If you're a horror fanatic looking for something truly evil - you might find it here. And no, this is nothing like Saw. ” - smokzey
 
17.
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
 
18.
Tamara (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  
Tamara, an unattractive girl, who is picked on by her peers returns after her death as a sexy seductress to exact revenge. (98 mins.)
Director: Jeremy Haft
 
19.
Land of the Dead (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
The living dead have taken over the world, and the last humans live in a walled city to protect themselves as they come to grips with the situation. (93 mins.)
 
20.
The Jacket (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A Gulf war veteran is wrongly sent to a mental institution for insane criminals, where he becomes the object of a Doctor's experiments, and his life is completely affected by them. (103 mins.)
Director: John Maybury
 
21.
Masters of Horror (2005 TV Series)
Episode: Imprint (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
In the 1800s, an American returns to Japan to find the prostitute he fell in love with, but instead learns of the psychical and existential horror that befell her after he left. (60 mins.)
“ A beautifully horrible masterpiece. It's Miike. Sick and twisted, and freakin' scary. ” - smokzey
 
22.
30 Days of Night (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
After an Alaskan town is plunged into darkness for a month, it is attacked by a bloodthirsty gang of vampires. (113 mins.)
Director: David Slade
 
23.
28 Weeks Later (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
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.)
 
24.
Storm Warning (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
A yuppie couple lost in a thick brush filled marsh seek refuge at an isolated farmhouse only to discover they've jumped out of the frying pan into the fire. (86 mins.)
Director: Jamie Blanks
 
25.
Mr. Brooks (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A psychological thriller about a man who is sometimes controlled by his murder-and-mayhem-loving alter ego. (120 mins.)
Director: Bruce A. Evans
 
26.
The Mist (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A freak storm unleashes a species of blood-thirsty creatures on a small town, where a small band of citizens hole up in a supermarket and fight for their lives. (126 mins.)
Director: Frank Darabont
 
27.
1408 (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A man who specializes in debunking paranormal occurrences checks into the fabled room 1408 in the Dolphin Hotel. Soon after settling in, he confronts genuine terror. (104 mins.)
 
28.
Planet Terror (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 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.)
 
29.
Outpost (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
In war-torn Eastern Europe, a world-weary group of mercenaries discover a long-hidden secret in an abandoned WWII bunker. (90 mins.)
Director: Steve Barker
“ A bit of a mess and at the same time thought-provoking and inspiring. Low-budget indie that I enjoyed and loved its spin on zombies. ” - smokzey
 
30.
Pontypool (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A psychological thriller in which a deadly virus infects a small Ontario town. (93 mins.)
Director: Bruce McDonald
“ Unique in its ways. Not like the others. The atmosphere and tension are incredible. For a low budget movie this one looks beautiful. Lights, acting, music and script all go great together. ” - smokzey
 
31.
The Ruins (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
A group of friends whose leisurely Mexican holiday takes a turn for the worse when they, along with a fellow tourist, embark on a remote archaeological dig in the jungle where something evil lives among the ruins. (90 mins.)
Director: Carter Smith
 
32.
Mirrors (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
An ex-cop and his family are the target of an evil force that is using mirrors as a gateway into their home. (110 mins.)
Director: Alexandre Aja
 
33.
Splinter (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
Trapped in an isolated gas station by a voracious Splinter parasite that transforms its still living victims into deadly hosts, a young couple and an escaped convict must find a way to work together to survive this primal terror. (82 mins.)
Director: Toby Wilkins
 
34.
Daybreakers (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
In the year 2019, a plague has transformed almost every human into vampires. Faced with a dwindling blood supply, the fractured dominant race plots their survival; meanwhile, a researcher works with a covert band of vamps on a way to save humankind. (98 mins.)
 
35.
The Unborn (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  
A young woman fights the spirit that is slowly taking possession of her. (88 mins.)
Director: David S. Goyer
 
36.
Triangle (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
The story revolves around the passengers of a yachting trip in the Atlantic Ocean who, when struck by mysterious weather conditions, jump to another ship only to experience greater havoc on the open seas. (99 mins.)
“ Quite a mind-bender. This is a crazy movie that could be interpreted in many ways, and a great one to debate about after watching. ” - smokzey
 
37.
The Crazies (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
About the inhabitants of a small Iowa town suddenly plagued by insanity and then death after a mysterious toxin contaminates their water supply. (101 mins.)
Director: Breck Eisner
 
38.
Scream 4 (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Ten years have passed, and Sidney Prescott, who has put herself back together thanks in part to her writing, is visited by the Ghostface Killer. (111 mins.)
Director: Wes Craven
“ The best in the series. Kevin Williamson and Wes Craven have outdone themselves and set the bar once again. ” - smokzey
 
39.
The Thing (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
At an Antarctica research site, the discovery of an alien craft leads to a confrontation between graduate student Kate Lloyd and scientist Dr. Sander Halvorson. (103 mins.)
 
40.
Ghost Ship (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
A salvage crew that discovers a long-lost 1962 passenger ship floating lifeless in a remote region of the Bering Sea soon notices, as they prepare to tow it back to land, that strange things happen. (91 mins.)
Director: Steve Beck
 
41.
Vanishing on 7th Street (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  
The population of Detroit has almost completely disappeared, but a few remain. As daylight disappears they realize that the Dark is coming for them. (92 mins.)
Director: Brad Anderson
 
42.
The Last Days on Mars (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
A group of astronaut explorers succumb one by one to a mysterious and terrifying force while collecting specimens on Mars. (98 mins.)
Director: Ruairi Robinson
 
43.
Deliver Us from Evil (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
New York police officer Ralph Sarchie investigates a series of crimes. He joins forces with an unconventional priest, schooled in the rites of exorcism, to combat the possessions that are terrorizing their city. (118 mins.)
 
44.
Mimic (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Three years ago, entomologist Dr. Susan Tyler genetically created an insect to kill cockroaches carrying a virulent disease. Now, the insects are out to destroy their only predator, mankind. (105 mins.)