Must see Horror Films

Great horror films from different gendres. The films are in no particular order.
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1.
The Exorcist (1973)
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When a preteen girl is possessed by a mysterious entity, her mother seeks the help of two priests to save her daughter. (122 mins.)
“ Still frightens after all these years. The scene where Regan comes down the staircase on all fours upside down is still startling. ” - tm6206
 
2.
Let the Right One In (2008)
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Oskar, an overlooked and bullied boy, finds love and revenge through Eli, a beautiful but peculiar girl. (115 mins.)
Director: Tomas Alfredson
“ Somehow manages to be both horrorific and tender at the same time. ” - tm6206
 
3.
The Addiction (1995)
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A New York philosophy grad student turns into a vampire after getting bitten by one, and then tries to come to terms with her new lifestyle and frequent craving for human blood. (82 mins.)
Director: Abel Ferrara
“ The vampire gendre had been moving for some time in the direction of treating vampirism as a disease (see House of Dracula), but this cerebral film takes the analogy to a new level with bloodlust equated with drug addiction. ” - tm6206
 
4.
M (1931)
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When the police in a German city are unable to catch a child-murderer, other criminals join in the manhunt. (117 mins.)
Director: Fritz Lang
“ Based loosely on the real life case of Peter Kurten, an infamous serial killer. ” - tm6206
 
5.
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
“ The atmosphere here is very eerie. Barbara Steele's scene with the dogs at the castle is classic misdirection. ” - tm6206
 
6.
Black Sabbath (1963)
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A trio of atmospheric horror tales about: A woman terrorized in her apartment by phone calls from an... (92 mins.)
Director: Mario Bava
“ Two of the stories here seem somewhat dated, but the Wurdalak is outstanding, and the only time Boris Karloff ever played a vampire. ” - tm6206
 
7.
The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
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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
“ Again, some people would argue about classifying this as horror. But how is it that Buffalo Bill or Hannibal Lecter are any different from other slasher killers? The only difference is this story is largely told from the perspective of Clarice. ” - tm6206
 
8.
Jaws (1975)
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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.)
“ I have seen other lists were people criticized this film for being classified as a horror film. But make no mistake, this has all the elements of a classic horror film. ” - tm6206
 
9.
Ringu (1998)
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Ruthlessly murdered by her father, the ghost of a seer's daughter kills all those who watch a weird video after 7 days; unless the viewer finds the escape clause. (96 mins.)
Director: Hideo Nakata
“ There are a number of outstanding Japanese horror films, but this is arguably the best of them. ” - tm6206
 
10.
The Birds (1963)
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A wealthy San Francisco socialite pursues a potential boyfriend to a small Northern California town that slowly takes a turn for the bizarre when birds of all kinds suddenly begin to attack people. (119 mins.)
“ Hitchcock... what else needs to be said? ” - tm6206
 
11.
Psycho (1960)
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A Phoenix secretary steals $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.)
“ This film set the stage for all slasher films that followed. ” - tm6206
 
12.
Halloween (1978)
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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
“ In my opinion, one of only two classic slasher films that belongs on a "must see" list. ” - tm6206
 
13.
The Omen (1976)
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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
“ The antichrist...the religious imagery... this is one of the best "Devil" movies. ” - tm6206
 
14.
The Devils (1971)
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In 17th-century France, Father Urbain Grandier seeks to protect the city of Loudun from the corrupt establishment of Cardinal Richelieu. Hysteria occurs within the city when he is accused of witchcraft by a sexually repressed nun. (111 mins.)
Director: Ken Russell
“ Some will argue that this is not a horror film, but the violent, sexual and sacrilegious overtones was controversial for its time and focuses in on witch hunting. Besides, just about anything directed by Ken Russell borders on the bizarre. ” - tm6206
 
15.
Evil Dead II (1987)
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The lone survivor of an onslaught of flesh-possessing spirits holds up in a cabin with a group of strangers while the demons continue their attack. (84 mins.)
Director: Sam Raimi
“ I had a difficult time deciding whether to include this or the first film from the Evil Dead trilogy. Bruce Campbell became a cult movie superstar because of this film. ” - tm6206
 
16.
An American Werewolf in London (1981)
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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
“ The first attack scene on the moor is still scary. Sure, the animatronic werewolf at the end of the film isn't up to today's standards, but this film is the quintessential contemporary werewolf film. ” - tm6206
 
17.
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
“ Sometimes John Carpenter hits it out of the park, sometimes he misses badly... this is definitely in the former category. ” - tm6206
 
18.
Dawn of the Dead (1978)
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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.)
“ I am generally not a fan of the "flesh eating zombie" gendre, but this is, in my opinion, the best of that gendre. ” - tm6206
 
19.
Dracula Has Risen from the Grave (1968)
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When his castle is exorcised, Dracula plots his revenge against the Monsignor who performed the rites... (92 mins.)
Director: Freddie Francis
“ Christopher Lee is one of my favorite actors, period. It was difficult to pick one Dracula film that respresents his work in this series. Horror of Dracula is great, but the storyline is familiar. The storyline in this film is not as familiar, and you have to love the way Dracula is destroyed in this one. ” - tm6206
 
20.
Vampyr (1932)
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A drifter obsessed with the supernatural stumbles upon an inn where a severely ill adolescent girl is slowly becoming a vampire. (83 mins.)
Director: Carl Th. Dreyer
“ An early offering in the vampire gendre, this film is very compelling in terms of the cinematography. The dream sequence is often discussed as being ahead of its time. ” - tm6206
 
21.
Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
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Mary Shelley reveals the main characters of her novel survived: Dr. Frankenstein, goaded by an even madder scientist, builds his monster a mate. (75 mins.)
Director: James Whale
“ This film is so much more superior to Frankenstein. Probably James Whale's masterpiece. ” - tm6206
 
22.
The Curse of the Werewolf (1961)
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In Spain, Leon is born on Christmas day to a mute servant girl who was raped by a beggar. His mother... (93 mins.)
Director: Terence Fisher
“ Based loosely on the book, The Werewolf of Paris, this is probably the best werewolf movie ever made. Oliver Reed, in my opinion one of the most underrated actors, is superb as Leon, the damned protagonist. ” - tm6206
 
23.
The Wicker Man (1973)
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A police sergeant is sent to a Scottish island village in search of a missing girl whom the townsfolk claim never existed. Stranger still are the rites that take place there. (88 mins.)
Director: Robin Hardy
“ This film does not abide by your typical horror film structure. Edward Woodward plays the overly moralistic police inspector who is drawn to an island to investigate what appears to be a missing child. But things are not what they seem. Do not even bother with the 2006 remake. ” - tm6206
 
24.
Dracula (1992)
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The vampire comes to England to seduce a visitor's fiancée and inflict havoc in the foreign land. (128 mins.)
“ Overproduced? probably... Over the top acting? definitely... but Gary Oldman is compelling as Dracula.. and Sadie Frost is outstanding as the doomed Lucy. ” - tm6206
 
25.
The Devil Rides Out (1968)
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In the countryside of England, the Duc de Richleau a.k.a Nicholas welcomes his old friend Rex Van Ryn that has flown to meet him and Simon Aron... (96 mins.)
Director: Terence Fisher
“ Okay, you have figured out by now that I am a big Christopher Lee fan. This film gives us one of the few films where he is the hero. Lee plays Duc de Richleau, who takes on a satanic cult that has targeted one of his friends for membership. The special effects do not live up to contemporary standards, but the storyline is great. ” - tm6206
 
26.
Suspiria (1977)
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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
“ Probably Dario Argento's best film. The movie focuses on a coven of witches at a ballet school. The atmosphere of this movie is first rate -- much imitated but seldom matched. ” - tm6206
 
27.
Phantasm (1979)
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A young boy and his friends face off against a mysterious grave robber known only as the Tall Man, who keeps a mysterious arsenal of terrible weapons with him. (88 mins.)
Director: Don Coscarelli
“ Surreal is a good term to use in describing this film. The Tall Man, played by Angus Scrimm, is one of the creepiest horror film characters of all time. ” - tm6206
 
28.
Angel Heart (1987)
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Harry Angel is a private investigator. He is hired by a man who calls himself Louis Cyphre to track down a singer called Johnny Favorite. But the investigation takes an unexpected and somber turn. (113 mins.)
Director: Alan Parker
“ Robert DeNiro as Lucifer... what else needs to be said? ” - tm6206
 
29.
Poltergeist (1982)
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A family's home is haunted by a host of ghosts. (114 mins.)
Director: Tobe Hooper
“ Yeah, I know... so well known that it is often parodied, it is nevertheless a great film, at least until the last twenty minutes or so. ” - tm6206
 
30.
Curse of the Demon (1957)
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Dr. John Holden ventures to London to attend a paranormal psychology symposium with the intention to expose devil cult leader Julian Karswell... (95 mins.)
“ I love this film. Yes the special effects are cheesy, but the film manages to be creepy thanks largely to good acting. Pay attention especially to the performance of Niall MacGinnis, who plays Karswell, the villian of the film. ” - tm6206