My favorite horror films

I've seen a lot of horror movies, and as many horror film fans know there are many types out there. Some love blood and guts, some love supernatural. Others go for the mystery or thriller angle, and others love only what they can laugh at because it's so bad it's good.

Most of the favorites in my list deal with the story, what is setup visually for us to see and anticipate, and then usually what is not shown makes it even scarier.
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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.)
“ Still as shocking as ever, I saw this when I was about 13. The combination of brilliant performances and serious storyline makes this simply unbeatable in the horror genre. So many horror movies that deal with with subject don't take it seriously and don't base their story and characters is realistic ways. This hit it right on the money. ” - madcaplaughs79
 
2.
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.)
“ The eerie atmosphere, the fantastic music, and Hitchcock's brilliant unfolding of showing us just enough for our imagnations to run wild make this one of my favorites. ” - madcaplaughs79
 
3.
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 moon 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
“ For something we know could never happen, Scott takes the "there's a monter in the house" theme and makes you jump at every shadow, every sound, and constantly guess what might be in the corner. ” - madcaplaughs79
 
4.
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
“ Huge fan of both the novel and movie. There are differences but the movie perfectly captures the essence of the novel. Stephen King is a master of psycological horror, and having Kubrick throw in his cold unrelenting lonliness he has matered before shows nothing but brilliance. Another movie that proves showing less is definately worth more in terms of scares. ” - madcaplaughs79
 
5.
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
“ So intense and unrelenting. This was made years and years before it became cliche for a group of teenagers to get into scary mischief. Again, it portrays feeling and fear realistically and not contrived. ” - madcaplaughs79
 
6.
Dawn of the Dead (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
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.)
“ A horror movie that isn't as scary as it is amazing dramatic storytelling. The effects are wonderful and the characters and their actions are genuine helping you to sympathize with their situations and actions. ” - madcaplaughs79
 
7.
Jaws (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
When a gigantic great white shark begins to menace the small island community of Amity, a police chief, a marine scientist and a grizzled fisherman set out to stop it. (124 mins.)
“ Brilliantly directed, and acted. One of the best 'jump' scenes ever in a movie. I saw this around 7 years of age and it has been one of my favorites ever since. ” - madcaplaughs79
 
8.
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
“ Completely underrated, this movie made my whole generation afraid of clowns. The unpredictability of what may come next kept me on my toes. ” - madcaplaughs79
 
9.
Se7en (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
Two detectives, a rookie and a veteran, hunt a serial killer who uses the seven deadly sins as his modus operandi. (127 mins.)
Director: David Fincher
“ May be the best example in a movie to explain how atmosphere and the setup of a scene can heighten the scare factor in a movie. Scene after scene what is hinted at made my mind spin at what it is they would find next. The ending is one of the best in recent film history. ” - madcaplaughs79
 
10.
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
“ The scenes with the policemen bring Lector his dinner, and Starling in the basement are some of teh most intense scenes I've ever watched. The direction escpecially with shot setup and camera placement is brilliant in this movie. ” - madcaplaughs79
 
11.
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.)
“ Touching love story, mixed with some gross out effects. ” - madcaplaughs79
 
12.
Halloween (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
On Halloween night of 1963, six-year-old Michael Myers stabbed his sister to death. After sitting in a mental hospital for 15 years, Myers escapes and returns to Haddonfield to kill. (91 mins.)
Director: John Carpenter
“ A classic that lives up to its reputation. Another good example of less is more in horror films. ” - madcaplaughs79
 
13.
Signs (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A family living on a farm finds mysterious crop circles in their fields which suggests something more frightening to come. (106 mins.)
 
14.
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
“ Should have been left alone and had no sequels, Saw borrows heavily from Se7en and Silence of the Lambs, and integrates a good story and great ending. ” - madcaplaughs79
 
15.
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 slow, methodic, and scary throughout. ” - madcaplaughs79
 
16.
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.)
“ It is loved or hated, but in my opinion completely effective although it can't stand up to repeat viewings. ” - madcaplaughs79
 
17.
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
In San Francisco, a group of people discover the human race is being replaced one by one, with clones devoid of emotion. (115 mins.)
Director: Philip Kaufman
“ Saw this around 10 years old and it freaked me out to no end with he pod people. ” - madcaplaughs79
 
18.
Diabolique (1955)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
The wife of a cruel headmaster and his mistress conspire to kill him, but after the murder is committed, his body disappears, and strange events begin to plague the two women. (116 mins.)
Director: H.G. Clouzot
 
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
“ I was very surprised at how much I liked this movie. The first half is by far superior to the blood an guts, second half. The final scene of her climbing up towards the light was beautifully shot and for a modern horror movie, very well done. ” - madcaplaughs79
 
20.
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
“ Perfectly captures the essence of Stephen King's novel. The hobbling scene still is difficult to watch. ” - madcaplaughs79
 
21.
Carrie (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Carrie White, a shy, friendless 17 year-old 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
“ The scenes between Carrie and her mother make this one of the better Stephen King adaptaions. ” - madcaplaughs79
 
22.
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
 
23.
Night of the Living Dead (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 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 the remain safe from these flesh eating monsters. (96 mins.)
 
24.
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
“ Very creepy sci-fi borrows heavily from earlier movies on this list mostly from The Shining and Alien, but manages to pull off some very genuine scares for me. ” - madcaplaughs79
 
25.
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.)
“ Beautifully shot and performed, this is one of my favorites. ” - madcaplaughs79