My Top Horror Movies

My favorite horror movies in chronological order. English is not my native language, so bear with me.
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1.
Peeping Tom (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A young man murders women, using a movie camera to film their dying expressions of terror. (101 mins.)
Director: Michael Powell
“ Captures the very essence of horror film making: fear. ” - monkeyscreams
 
2.
Black Sunday (1960)
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A vengeful witch and her fiendish servant return from the grave and begin a bloody campaign to possess the body of the witch's beautiful look-alike descendant. Only the girl's brother and a handsome doctor stand in her way. (87 mins.)
Director: Mario Bava
“ Mario Bava was an extraordinary filmmaker and his influence on modern day directors is huge imo. La maschera del demonio is a wonderful Gothic movie that hasn't lost its power after more than six decades. ” - monkeyscreams
 
3.
Repulsion (1965)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A sex-repulsed woman who disapproves of her sister's boyfriend sinks into depression and has horrific visions of rape and violence. (105 mins.)
Director: Roman Polanski
“ Early work by the great Polanski. A study of a disturbed mind. Catharine Deneuve is beautiful as ever, but that doesn't really help her... ” - monkeyscreams
 
4.
A Lizard in a Woman's Skin (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A young woman is accused of murdering her debauched neighbor after dreaming it. Was she set up, or did she really do it? (104 mins.)
Director: Lucio Fulci
“ Lucio Fulci is best known for his Romero rip-off Zombi 2 (1979, AKA Zombie Flesh Eaters), but this one is a lot better. Many memorable scenes like the dream sequence at the start of the movie and the grotesque dog sequence somewhere in the middle. Also check The Beyond and House by the Cemetery. ” - monkeyscreams
 
5.
Deep Red (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
After witnessing the murder of a famous psychic, a musician teams up with a feisty reporter to find the killer while evading attempts on their lives by the unseen assailant bent on keeping a dark secret buried. (126 mins.)
Director: Dario Argento
“ In my opinion Dario Argento is one of greatest directors ever, and Profondo Rosso proves this. Every minute of this film is beautifully shot, like a symphony of images. The music score by Goblin is amazing, with or without the film. ” - monkeyscreams
 
6.
Le orme (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A woman is tormented by strange dreams of astronauts on the moon. She visits a deserted seaside town whose inhabitants know her even though she does not know them. (96 mins.)
Director: Luigi Bazzoni
“ Weird movie with an astonishing atmosphere and a very, very strange story. Highly recommended if you're into these sort of things. Check out the Shameless release. ” - monkeyscreams
 
7.
Who Can Kill a Child? (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A couple of English tourists arrive on an island where all the children have gone crazy and are murdering the adults. (112 mins.)
 
8.
Martin (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A young man, who believes himself to be a vampire, goes to live with his elderly and hostile cousin in a small Pennsylvania town where he tries to redeem his blood-craving urges. (95 mins.)
 
9.
Eraserhead (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Henry Spencer tries to survive his industrial environment, his angry girlfriend, and the unbearable screams of his newly born mutant child. (89 mins.)
Director: David Lynch
 
10.
Suspiria (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A newcomer to a fancy ballet academy gradually comes to realize that the school is a front for something far more sinister and supernatural amidst a series of grisly murders. (98 mins.)
Director: Dario Argento
 
11.
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
“ It is the cinematography that appeals me most. But also the sound design, acting, the sets. ” - monkeyscreams
 
12.
The Brood (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A man tries to uncover an unconventional psychologist's therapy techniques on his institutionalized wife, amidst a series of brutal murders. (92 mins.)
 
13.
The Night of the Hunted (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
A woman is taken to a mysterious clinic whose patients have a mental disorder in which their memories and identities are disintegrating as a result of a strange environmental accident. (87 mins.)
Director: Jean Rollin
“ Mmmh, Jean Rollin. Weird filmmaker, is it art or just plain silly? The dance scene outside the building is hilarious, so are the gun skills of the girl... But hey, it's a film. And somehow Rollin's atmosphere is unique and makes it a worthwhile watch. This is one of his best efforts, but he also made one of the worst films ever: Zombie Lake! ” - monkeyscreams
 
14.
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
“ Just perfect. Once you've seen it, you'll never forget it. Based on a Stephen King novel (read it now!). The music features Bartok and Ligeti, two of my favorite composers. Bartok *and* Ligeti, wow! ” - monkeyscreams
 
15.
Phenomena (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A young girl, with an amazing ability to communicate with insects, is transferred to an exclusive Swiss boarding school, where her unusual capability might help solve a string of murders. (116 mins.)
Director: Dario Argento
 
16.
Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Henry, a drifter, commits a series of brutal murders, supposedly operating with impunity. (83 mins.)
Director: John McNaughton
“ A very disturbing movie. Michael Rooker *is* Henry, one of the best performances ever in a movie. ” - monkeyscreams
 
17.
Tetsuo, the Iron Man (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A businessman accidentally kills The Metal Fetishist, who gets his revenge by slowly turning the man into a grotesque hybrid of flesh and rusty metal. (67 mins.)
“ Sit down and watch this movie. Open your mind and you'll be amazed. ” - monkeyscreams
 
18.
Cronos (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A mysterious device designed to provide its owner with eternal life resurfaces after four hundred years, leaving a trail of destruction in its path. (94 mins.)
 
19.
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
“ Cold as ice, this one. ” - monkeyscreams
 
20.
Oldboy (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
After being kidnapped and imprisoned for 15 years, Oh Dae-Su is released, only to find that he must find his captor in 5 days. (120 mins.)
Director: Chan-wook Park
 
21.
A Tale of Two Sisters (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A family is haunted by the tragedies of deaths within the family. (115 mins.)
Director: Kim Jee-woon
“ This film boils down to "what is reality?". A beautiful film accompanied by a delicate musical score. Absolutely one of my favorites, and somehow connected to Repulsion on this list. ” - monkeyscreams
 
22.
[Rec] (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A television reporter and cameraman follow emergency workers into a dark apartment building and are quickly locked inside with something terrifying. (78 mins.)
 
23.
Funny Games (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Two psychopathic young men take a family hostage in their cabin. (111 mins.)
Director: Michael Haneke
“ Haneke is probably one of the best directors. Very precise directing, no compromise. ” - monkeyscreams
 
24.
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
“ A beautiful movie with great performances. ” - monkeyscreams
 
25.
Eden Lake (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Refusing to let anything spoil their romantic weekend break, a young couple confront a gang of loutish youths with terrifyingly brutal consequences. (91 mins.)
Director: James Watkins
“ Horror is just around the corner. An instant classic, this one. ” - monkeyscreams
 
26.
Martyrs (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A young woman's quest for revenge against the people who kidnapped and tormented her as a child leads her and a friend, who is also a victim of child abuse, on a terrifying journey into a living hell of depravity. (99 mins.)
Director: Pascal Laugier
“ The torture scenes are terrible. This movie is very hard to watch, and I nearly switched it off. But the ending and the plot is truly amazing. Very provocative, but also beautiful. And that makes a great horror movie. ” - monkeyscreams
 
27.
Antichrist (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A grieving couple retreat to their cabin in the woods, hoping to repair their broken hearts and troubled marriage. But nature takes its course and things go from bad to worse. (108 mins.)
Director: Lars von Trier
“ A rather nasty little flick. A return to horror by Lars von Trier. ” - monkeyscreams
 
28.
Amer (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Three key moments, all of them sensual, define Ana's life. Her carnal search sways between reality and... (90 mins.)