Best Horror Movies

Best horror movies, in my humble opinion. Not in any particular order.
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1.
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 life-form, and soon realize that its life cycle has merely begun. (117 mins.)
Director: Ridley Scott
 
2.
The Thing (1982)
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A research facility in Antarctica comes across an alien force that can become anything it touches with 100% accuracy. The members must now find out who's human and who's not before it's too late. (109 mins.)
Director: John Carpenter
“ Don't go digging up stuff that's been buried in ice for 100,000 years. Or else there'll be trouble. ” - blanketjones
 
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
“ The whole plot angle with the videotape is dumb, but the movie otherwise is very well done. ” - blanketjones
 
4.
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
“ Hobbits gone bad terrorize an all-women group of spelunkers. ” - blanketjones
 
5.
White Noise (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
An architect's desire to speak with his wife from beyond the grave, becomes an obsession with supernatural repercussions. (101 mins.)
Director: Geoffrey Sax
“ One of the best ghost story movies out there. ” - blanketjones
 
6.
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
“ Derelict ships, ghosts - what more could you ask for? ” - blanketjones
 
7.
The Sixth Sense (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A boy who communicates with spirits that don't know they're dead seeks the help of a disheartened child psychologist. (107 mins.)
“ Not really horror, but a great ghost flick. ” - blanketjones
 
8.
The Fog (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Legend says that Antonio Bay was built in 1880 with blood money obtained from shipwrecked lepers, which no one believes. On the eve of the town's centennial, many plan to attend the celebrations, including the murdered lepers. (89 mins.)
Director: John Carpenter
“ Ghost pirates. Enough said. Kind of hokey but still entertaining. ” - blanketjones
 
9.
The Mist (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A freak storm unleashes a species of bloodthirsty 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
“ Not to be confused with The Fog. Actually a better movie, in my opinion. Tragic ending. ” - blanketjones
 
10.
Open Water (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
Based on the true story of two scuba divers accidentally stranded in shark infested waters after their tour boat has left. (79 mins.)
Director: Chris Kentis
“ Not really horror, but a good thriller. ” - blanketjones
 
11.
Cujo (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
Cujo, a friendly St. Bernard, contracts rabies and conducts a reign of terror on a small American town. (93 mins.)
Director: Lewis Teague
“ One of the few entertaining movies based on a Stephen King concept. ” - blanketjones
 
12.
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
“ One of the best ghost stories out there. ” - blanketjones
 
13.
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
“ Outer space; black holes; strange Latin messages (not translated very well); funky makeup. ” - blanketjones
 
14.
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
“ Watch out for the maneating plants. ” - blanketjones
 
15.
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
“ Best part is the very end. ” - blanketjones
 
16.
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
“ Animal rights activists unleash zombie apocalypse upon England. ” - blanketjones
 
17.
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
“ More cerebral than most horror movies. George C. Scott stars. ” - blanketjones
 
18.
Quarantine (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
A television reporter and her cameraman are trapped inside a building quarantined by the CDC, after the outbreak of a mysterious virus which turns humans into bloodthirsty killers. (89 mins.)
 
19.
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.)
“ Compelling ghost story. Interesting background against the Spanish Civil War. ” - blanketjones
 
20.
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.)
“ Classic, one of Hitchcock's best. Mindbender in its day. ” - blanketjones
 
21.
The Amityville Horror (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
Newlyweds are terrorized by demonic forces after moving into a large house that was the site of a grisly mass murder a year before. (90 mins.)
Director: Andrew Douglas
“ Pretty scary, but cliched. ” - blanketjones
 
22.
Jeepers Creepers (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
A brother and sister driving home through isolated countryside for spring break encounter a flesh-eating creature which is on the last day of its ritualistic eating spree. (90 mins.)
Director: Victor Salva
 
23.
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.)
“ Ships. Strange assailants. Time warps. ” - blanketjones
 
24.
House on Haunted Hill (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
A millionaire offers a group of diverse people $1,000,000 to spend the night in a haunted house with a horrifying past. (93 mins.)
Director: William Malone
“ Scary ghosts in abandoned insane asylum. ” - blanketjones
 
25.
Deathwatch (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
In the middle of World War I, nine British soldiers caught behind enemy lines seek refuge in a complex network of German trenches. What they soon discover is that they aren't alone - and it isn't a German soldier that's hunting them down. (94 mins.)
“ Scary German ghosts in WW1. ” - blanketjones
 
26.
Outpost (2008)
    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
 
27.
R-Point (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
During the Vietnam War, a South Korean base receives a radio transmission from a missing squad, presumed dead, and sends a platoon to rescue the lost squad from the R-Point. (107 mins.)
Director: Kong Soo-chang
“ Scary Korean film about ghosts terrorizing a ROK unit in Vietnam. ” - blanketjones
 
28.
The Keep (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
Nazis are forced to turn to a Jewish historian for help in battling the ancient demon they have inadvertently freed from its prison. (96 mins.)
Director: Michael Mann
“ Before Michael Mann did The Last of the Mohicans, he did . . . The Keep ” - blanketjones
 
29.
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
“ More of a thriller/whodunit, but cool. ” - blanketjones
 
30.
Pumpkinhead (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
After a tragic accident, a man conjures up a towering, vengeful demon called Pumpkinhead to destroy a group of unsuspecting teenagers. (86 mins.)
Director: Stan Winston
“ Scary, esp. if you were a kid in 1988 ” - blanketjones
 
31.
Wolf Creek (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Three backpackers stranded in the Australian outback are befriended by a local who turns out to be a sadistic psychopath and will plunge them into a hellish nightmare of insufferable torture. (99 mins.)
Director: Greg Mclean
“ Killer in the outback! And I'm not talking about a dingo! ” - blanketjones
 
32.
Dead Snow (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A ski vacation turns horrific for a group of medical students, as they find themselves confronted by an unimaginable menace: Nazi zombies. (90 mins.)
Director: Tommy Wirkola
“ Norwegian teenagers still ghosts' gold. Then the ghosts come for it. More of a horror/comedy. ” - blanketjones
 
33.
The Mothman Prophecies (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A reporter is drawn to a small West Virginia town to investigate a series of strange events, including psychic visions and the appearance of bizarre entities. (119 mins.)
Director: Mark Pellington
“ Creepy. What is the Mothman? Is he real? Is he dangerous or just trying to help? You be the judge. ” - blanketjones
 
34.
The Wicker Man (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
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
“ Weirdos team up on police officer from mainland searching for lost child. ” - blanketjones
 
35.
Cold Creek Manor (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  
A family relocates from the city to a dilapidated house in the country that was once a grand estate. As they begin renovations, they discover their new home harbors a secret and may not be completely free of its former inhabitant. (118 mins.)
Director: Mike Figgis