Favorite Horror Films

An ever-growing list of my favorite horror films, in no particular order.
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1.
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.)
“ Scariest movie I've ever seen. I was 13 When I first saw it, and I'm 30 now - still creeps me out. It's at the top of many horror lists for a reason. ” - Rycatastrophe
 
2.
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
“ Brilliant concept, great ending . . . the amount of sequels ruined Saw's good name. ” - Rycatastrophe
 
3.
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
“ Very well done, still haven't gotten around to seeing the original Japanese version. ” - Rycatastrophe
 
4.
The Changeling (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A man staying at a secluded historical mansion finds himself being haunted by the presence of a spectre. (107 mins.)
Director: Peter Medak
“ Classic ghost story. ” - Rycatastrophe
 
5.
The Orphanage (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A woman brings her family back to her childhood home, which used to be an orphanage for handicapped children. Before long, her son starts to communicate with an invisible new friend. (105 mins.)
Director: J.A. Bayona
“ Another great ghost story. ” - Rycatastrophe
 
6.
A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Several people are hunted by a cruel serial killer who kills his victims in their dreams. While the survivors are trying to find the reason for being chosen, the murderer won't lose any chance to kill them as soon as they fall asleep. (91 mins.)
Director: Wes Craven
“ Freddy Krueger will always be synonymous with horror for me. I met Robert Englund awhile back, and he's a very cool guy. ” - Rycatastrophe
 
7.
The Thing (1982)
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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
“ My favorite John Carpenter film. It had great special effects for its time. ” - Rycatastrophe
 
8.
Dead Silence (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
A young widower returns to his hometown to search for answers to his wife's murder, which may be linked to the ghost of a murdered ventriloquist. (89 mins.)
Director: James Wan
“ Creepy and original, a nice follow up from director James Wan after the success of Saw. ” - Rycatastrophe
 
9.
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.)
“ I would say this falls more under the suspense category, but I just have to include it. When Norman starts talking as mother . . . psycho indeed. ” - Rycatastrophe
 
10.
Drag Me to Hell (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A loan officer who evicts an old woman from her home finds herself the recipient of a supernatural curse. Desperate, she turns to a seer to try and save her soul, while evil forces work to push her to a breaking point. (99 mins.)
Director: Sam Raimi
“ Sam Raimi returns to his horror roots, combining scares with goofiness and laughs. Great stuff. ” - Rycatastrophe
 
11.
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
“ You never heard much about this one, but I loved it. ” - Rycatastrophe
 
12.
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
“ Extremely original, great movie. The pool scene at the end is filmed brilliantly. ” - Rycatastrophe
 
13.
Let Me In (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A bullied young boy befriends a young female vampire who lives in secrecy with her guardian. (116 mins.)
Director: Matt Reeves
“ The remake of Let the Right One In. I thought it was very good, just like the original. ” - Rycatastrophe
 
14.
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 marketing for this film was clever, and really jump-started the documentary style horror genre. ” - Rycatastrophe
 
15.
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
“ Damien is one twisted little S.O.B. If you hear that name anywhere, this is what you think of. ” - Rycatastrophe
 
16.
Paranormal Activity (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
After moving into a suburban home, a couple becomes increasingly disturbed by a nightly demonic presence. (86 mins.)
Director: Oren Peli
“ Enjoyed the style of this one, had some moments that gave you chills. ” - Rycatastrophe
 
17.
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
“ A great remake. I liked how the zombies were RUNNING after everyone, instead of plodding along slowly. ” - Rycatastrophe
 
18.
Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A vampire tells his epic life story: love, betrayal, loneliness, and hunger. (123 mins.)
Director: Neil Jordan
“ Great story. ” - Rycatastrophe
 
19.
The Descent (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A caving expedition goes horribly wrong, as the explorers become trapped and ultimately pursued by a strange breed of predators. (99 mins.)
Director: Neil Marshall
“ The creatures in the cave! Awesome. ” - Rycatastrophe
 
20.
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
“ Carol Anne! ” - Rycatastrophe
 
21.
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
“ Slow moving but steadily gets creepier. ” - Rycatastrophe
 
22.
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.)
“ Cusack is money, and the plot kept you intrigued. ” - Rycatastrophe
 
23.
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
“ All work and no play . . . other than Cuckoo's Nest, Nicholson's finest. ” - Rycatastrophe
 
24.
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
“ Gory vampire goodness. ” - Rycatastrophe
 
25.
The Evil Dead (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Five friends travel to a cabin in the woods, where they unknowingly release flesh-possessing demons. (85 mins.)
Director: Sam Raimi
“ Goofy with some jump scares, and Bruce Campbell is the B-Movie King. ” - Rycatastrophe
 
26.
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
“ Awesome zombie, er, I mean infected people movie. ” - Rycatastrophe
 
27.
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
“ A horror list wouldn't be complete without it. ” - Rycatastrophe
 
28.
The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
A young F.B.I. cadet must confide in an incarcerated and manipulative killer to receive his help on catching another serial killer who skins his victims. (118 mins.)
Director: Jonathan Demme
“ I'm having an old friend for lunch . . . ” - Rycatastrophe
 
29.
The Devil's Backbone (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
After Carlos - a 12-year-old whose father has died in the Spanish Civil War - arrives at an ominous boys' orphanage, he discovers the school is haunted and has many dark secrets that he must uncover. (106 mins.)
“ Spanish civil war era ghost story, very good. ” - Rycatastrophe
 
30.
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
“ Truly disturbing, felt very raw and real while watching. ” - Rycatastrophe
 
31.
Dracula (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
The vampire comes to England to seduce a visitor's fiancée and inflict havoc in the foreign land. (128 mins.)
“ Entertaining except for Keanu Reeves. ” - Rycatastrophe
 
32.
From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Two criminals and their hostages unknowingly seek temporary refuge in an establishment populated by vampires, with chaotic results. (108 mins.)
“ Pretty clever to go from a criminals on the run/kidnapping story to smack dab into the middle of a bar full of vampires. ” - Rycatastrophe
 
33.
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
“ Good story, nice twist. ” - Rycatastrophe
 
34.
It (1990 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
In 1960, seven pre-teen outcasts fight an evil demon who poses as a child-killing clown. Thirty years later, they reunite to stop the demon once and for all when it returns to their hometown. (192 mins.)
“ Pennywise has to be a reason why so many people are afraid of clowns. ” - Rycatastrophe
 
35.
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
“ I love this movie. Of course it's more comedy than horror, but hey there are zombies in it! ” - Rycatastrophe
 
36.
Zombieland (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A shy student trying to reach his family in Ohio, a gun-toting tough guy trying to find the last Twinkie, and a pair of sisters trying to get to an amusement park join forces to travel across a zombie-filled America. (88 mins.)
Director: Ruben Fleischer
“ See above. Also . . . SPOILER ALERT - Bill Murray! ” - Rycatastrophe
 
37.
Vampires (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
A vengeful vampire slayer must retrieve an ancient Catholic relic that, should it be acquired by vampires, will allow them to endure sunlight. (108 mins.)
Director: John Carpenter
“ This one wasn't very critically acclaimed, but I liked it. ” - Rycatastrophe
 
38.
The Grudge (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
An American nurse living and working in Tokyo is exposed to a mysterious supernatural curse, one that locks a person in a powerful rage before claiming their life and spreading to another victim. (91 mins.)
Director: Takashi Shimizu
“ I'd like to see the original Japanese version of this one as well. I enjoyed the remake, so I'm assuming the orginal would be even better. ” - Rycatastrophe