HORROR

ALL RIGHT.
This is the definitive list of the finest and best horror films ever made.
Right now it's a work in progress.
I'll try to add as many comments as possible and reasons for the rankings of these.
Some are legendary, some are genre defining, some are simply cool.
I've noticed that the first twenty of these are all elegant classic films that cannot be disputed. 30 DAYS OF NIGHT I believe is a great modern classic with a twist on NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD.
Everything is listed here from big budget blockbusters, black and white classics, silent films, no budget independents, fake japanese snuff, 70's Italian flare and others.
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1.
Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
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
“ More than likely the best horror film ever made and honestly perhaps the best film ever made. ” - vom666-774-302237
 
2.
Night of the Living Dead (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 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 to remain safe from these flesh eating monsters. (96 mins.)
“ Also right there with BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN, one of the greatest movies ever made...
Such an anomaly. Public domain?
Genre defining?
If I'm asked what movie to watch of all cinema...this one....my desert island....i watch it again and again. ” - vom666-774-302237
 
3.
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
“ I get pure pleasure every time i watch this....
a perfect film.
Argento and Polanski were never as visceral and i bet they wish they'd made this masterpiece.
yeah i shook Gunnar Hanson's hand once... ” - vom666-774-302237
 
4.
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
“ AHHHH! Finally the foreign horror.
Better than anything hitchcock ever did. In my mind a fitting sequel to PSYCHO, One of my all time favorites. Starts slow but will get ya by the gotcha at the end. ” - vom666-774-302237
 
5.
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
“ One of the prettiest movies I've seen. Hands down classic.
Disturbing, different. If you've not seen it this is the movie you were seeking. ” - vom666-774-302237
 
6.
Frankenstein (1931)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
An obsessed scientist assembles a living being from parts of exhumed corpses. (70 mins.)
Director: James Whale
“ The penultimate! The first scary movie.
KARLOFF!
Still affects us to this day.
Aren't zombies really just a bunch of FRANKENSTEINS? ” - vom666-774-302237
 
7.
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
“ SCARY!
A masterpiece.
So rich and such beautiful shots.
Bizarre hidden meanings throughout adds layers and layers of depth. ” - vom666-774-302237
 
8.
The Evil Dead (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Five friends travel to a cabin in the woods, where they unknowingly release flesh-possessing demons. (85 mins.)
Director: Sam Raimi
“ The best low budget horror film ever made. ” - vom666-774-302237
 
9.
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.)
“ What some forget about DAWN OF THE DEAD is that its early action horror.Great set pieces.
Great action. Great horror. ” - vom666-774-302237
 
10.
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 a distress call, its landing on the source moon finds one of the crew attacked by a mysterious life-form, and they soon realize that its life cycle has merely begun. (117 mins.)
Director: Ridley Scott
“ Too inluential.
Great creeping horror. ” - vom666-774-302237
 
11.
The Thing (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
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
“ Paranoia. Great example of timelessness....
Except for the old chess computer this looks like it was made last week.
I think this movie will last through the decades.
Carpenter did a great job with Kurt Russel in this film and ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK. ” - vom666-774-302237
 
12.
Dracula (1931)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
The ancient vampire Count Dracula arrives in England and begins to prey upon the virtuous young Mina. (85 mins.)
Director: Tod Browning
“ Sorta cheesy but still the real deal when Bela delivers those classic lines. Also DWIGHT FRYE! ” - vom666-774-302237
 
13.
Aliens (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
The moon from Alien has been colonized, but contact is lost. This time, the rescue team has impressive firepower, but will it be enough? (137 mins.)
Director: James Cameron
“ BEST ACTION HORROR MOVIE EVER MADE. ” - vom666-774-302237
 
14.
Eyes Without a Face (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A surgeon causes an accident which leaves his daughter disfigured, and goes to extremes to give her a new face. (90 mins.)
Director: Georges Franju
“ Super creep fest. I love this movie..
Underappreciated gem... SOOO GOTHIC! ” - vom666-774-302237
 
15.
Zombie (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Strangers searching for a young woman's missing father arrive at a tropical island where a doctor desperately searches for the cause and cure of a recent epidemic of the undead. (91 mins.)
Director: Lucio Fulci
“ Bring in the FULCI! You can put it there. ” - vom666-774-302237
 
16.
Ms .45 (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A timid and mute seamstress goes insane after being attacked and raped twice in one day, in which she takes to the streets of New York City after dark and randomly shoots men with a .45 caliber pistol. (80 mins.)
Director: Abel Ferrara
“ Is this a horror movie? I don't know but it is a fine film with horrorfying parts.
A big favorite I've not watched in a while.
I LOVE IT!
super sleazey! ” - vom666-774-302237
 
17.
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.)
“ An absolute terror *beep* fest for christians.
Pretty freaky/ ” - vom666-774-302237
 
18.
Day of the Dead (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A small group of military officers and scientists dwell in an underground bunker as the world above is overrun by zombies. (96 mins.)
“ A great movie that used to be more appreciated for it's gore and story. ” - vom666-774-302237
 
19.
Evil Dead II (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
The lone survivor of an onslaught of flesh-possessing spirits holes up in a cabin with a group of strangers while the demons continue their attack. (84 mins.)
Director: Sam Raimi
“ hard to talk about....ONE OF THE BEST HORROR FILMS EVER MADE.
influential to me in life. ” - vom666-774-302237
 
20.
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
“ Another great genre flick...
The sheer antidote to Ann Rice as well as TWILIGHT. ” - vom666-774-302237
 
21.
Guinea Pig: Ginî piggu - Akuma no jikken (1985 Video)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.0/10 X  
A group of guys capture a young girl with the intent of hurting her. They torture her in many ways,... (43 mins.)
Director: Satoru Ogura
“ JAPANESE FAKE SNUFF THAT MAKES HOSTEL SEEM LIKE well whatever.
DEEPLY INFLUENCIAL TO WHO I AM.
MADE A FRIEND SERIOUSLY FALL OFF HIS FEET AND FAINT WHEN HE GOT THE HACKSAW.
man fell out. gruesome. one of my favorites. exciting still. ” - vom666-774-302237
 
22.
Mad Love (1935)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
An insane surgeon's obsession with an actress leads him to replace her husband's hands with the hands of a knife murderer which still have the urge to throw knives. (68 mins.)
Director: Karl Freund
“ HA! I love peter lorre when he freaks out in this. ” - vom666-774-302237
 
23.
Prince of Darkness (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A research team finds a mysterious cylinder in a deserted church. If opened, it could mean the end of the world. (102 mins.)
Director: John Carpenter
“ underappreciated carpenter who i'm recognizing im huge on. ” - vom666-774-302237
 
24.
The Haunting (1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A scientist doing research on the paranormal invites two women to a haunted mansion. One of the participants soon starts losing her mind. (112 mins.)
Director: Robert Wise
“ very scary in a real way.
you can almost watch it with yer kid. almost. ” - vom666-774-302237
 
25.
Videodrome (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A sleazy cable-TV programmer begins to see his life and the future of media spin out of control in a very unusual fashion when he acquires a new kind of programming for his station. (87 mins.)
“ too intense. very close to my heart.
almost cannot believe how transgressive. ” - vom666-774-302237
 
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
“ was wonderful and actually a thrill in the theatre when it came out....amazing beginning and parts. ” - vom666-774-302237
 
27.
Curse of the Demon (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
American professor John Holden arrives in London for a parapsychology conference, only to find himself investigating the mysterious actions of Devil-worshiper Julian Karswell. (95 mins.)
“ if you have not seen this you should...not so lost as harder to find these days. will make you rethink your narrowminded ideas on b/w horror....freaky! and well desrved praised. ” - vom666-774-302237
 
28.
The Tenant (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A bureaucrat rents a Paris apartment where he finds himself drawn into a rabbit hole of dangerous paranoia. (126 mins.)
Director: Roman Polanski
“ FUUUUUUUUUUU!!!!
POLANSKI in REPULSION.
INSANE *beep* FILM.
with Isabelle Adjanni. ” - vom666-774-302237
 
29.
Scanners (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A scientist sends a man with extraordinary psychic powers to hunt others like him. (103 mins.)
“ *beep* SCANNERS!!!!
scary if youve not viewed it before. dated but low budget charm...fearsome! ” - vom666-774-302237
 
30.
Halloween II (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
While Sheriff Brackett and Dr. Loomis hunt for Michael Myers, a traumatized Laurie is rushed to hospital, and the serial killer is not far behind her. (92 mins.)
Director: Rick Rosenthal
“ HA people are pissed!
yes this is a great movie! ” - vom666-774-302237
 
31.
City of the Living Dead (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
A reporter and a psychic race to close the Gates of Hell after the suicide of a clergyman caused them to open, allowing the dead to rise from their graves. (93 mins.)
Director: Lucio Fulci
“ OH TOOO CLASSIC VHS ERA! ” - vom666-774-302237
 
32.
The Last House on Dead End Street (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  
After being released from prison, a young gangster with a chip on his shoulder decides to punish society by making snuff films. (78 mins.)
Director: Victor Janos
“ Well, here is some interesting cinema!
Avant garde fake snuff from the 70's noone wants to claim for twenty years...
one of my all time favorites. INSANE! but probably not for you....or anyone else. ” - vom666-774-302237
 
33.
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
“ Definately my top 3 for last ten years.
actually scary.
fun ” - vom666-774-302237
 
34.
Inferno (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
An American college student in Rome and his sister in New York investigate a series of killings in both locations where their resident addresses are the domain of two covens of witches. (107 mins.)
Director: Dario Argento
“ Flawed follow up to Maestro Argento's SUSPERIA.... I like it alot. ” - vom666-774-302237
 
35.
Antropophagus (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  
A group of tourists become stranded on an uninhabited island where they are stalked by an insane, violent, and grotesque killer that slaughtered the town's former residents. (90 mins.)
Director: Joe D'Amato
“ WHAT IT TOOK THE BEAST THIS LONG TO SHOW UP????

LOVE THIS ...wish they had some lights like any. ” - vom666-774-302237
 
36.
Possession (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A woman starts exhibiting increasingly disturbing behavior after asking her husband for a divorce. Suspicions of infidelity soon give way to something much more sinister. (124 mins.)
“ Great actors Sam Neil and Isabelle Adjanni. Ah. A personal favorite. Surreal. Jarring. Loud.
Art film *beep* ” - vom666-774-302237
 
37.
The Last Man on Earth (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
When a disease turns all of humanity into the living dead, the last man on earth becomes a reluctant vampire hunter. (86 mins.)
“ Prodinger to NOTLD.....
nuff said. ” - vom666-774-302237
 
38.
The Return of the Living Dead (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
When two bumbling employees at a medical supply warehouse accidentally release a deadly gas into the air, the vapors cause the dead to rise again as zombies. (91 mins.)
Director: Dan O'Bannon
“ classic that i think will move up the list.
soundtrack.
"brains" ” - vom666-774-302237
 
39.
M (1931)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
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
“ Why is this here? The first film with some certain Horror tropes. The little girl murdered at the doorstep and the blood that seeps from beneath the door. The sheer terror at the end when Peter Lorre is finally taken by the mob. A great creepy old film. FRITZ LANG! ” - vom666-774-302237
 
40.
House on Haunted Hill (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A millionaire offers $10,000 to five people who agree to be locked in a large, spooky, rented house overnight with him and his wife. (75 mins.)
Director: William Castle
“ yeah its actually gpot one or two scares....
maybe one. ” - vom666-774-302237
 
41.
Carnival of Souls (1962)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
After a traumatic accident, a woman becomes drawn to a mysterious abandoned carnival. (78 mins.)
Director: Herk Harvey
“ Classic independent flare. OriginaL. ” - vom666-774-302237
 
42.
The Beyond (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A young woman inherits an old hotel in Louisiana where, following a series of supernatural "accidents", she learns that the building was built over one of the entrances to Hell. (87 mins.)
Director: Lucio Fulci
“ FULCI'S classic. well made genre ” - vom666-774-302237
 
43.
The Masque of the Red Death (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A European prince terrorizes the local peasantry while using his castle as a refuge against the "Red Death" plague that stalks the land. (89 mins.)
Director: Roger Corman
“ LUSH.... ” - vom666-774-302237
 
44.
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
“ terrible and mysogynistic.
wonderful performance by michael rooker (good tough guy). ” - vom666-774-302237
 
45.
The Phantom of the Opera (1925)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A mad, disfigured composer seeks love with a lovely young opera singer. (93 mins.)
Director: Rupert Julian
“ ha cannot escape the classics... silent...thankfully...
will watch and have.....lon chaney. ” - vom666-774-302237
 
46.
Nosferatu (1922)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Vampire Count Orlok expresses interest in a new residence and real estate agent Hutter's wife. (94 mins.)
Director: F.W. Murnau
 
47.
Freaks (1932)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A circus' beautiful trapeze artist agrees to marry the leader of side-show performers, but his deformed friends discover she is only marrying him for his inheritance. (64 mins.)
Director: Tod Browning
“ yeah its pretty bad but not as bad as they say...
some gruesome parts but the "gabba gabba" chant will please all fans of the old dead RAMONES ” - vom666-774-302237
 
48.
The Howling (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
After a bizarre and near fatal encounter with a serial killer, a television newswoman is sent to a remote mountain resort whose residents may not be what they seem. (91 mins.)
Director: Joe Dante
“ pretty cool still...
will scare kids. ” - vom666-774-302237
 
49.
Maniac (1934)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.4/10 X  
A former vaudevillian gifted at impersonation assists a mad scientist in reanimating corpses and soon goes mad himself. (51 mins.)
Director: Dwain Esper
 
50.
Don't Go in the House (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
A disturbed young man who was burned as a child by his sadistic mother stalks women with a flamethrower. (82 mins.)
Director: Joseph Ellison
 
51.
Maniac (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A psychopath, troubled by his childhood abuse, loose in New York City, kills young women and takes their scalps as his trophies. Will he find the perfect woman in a photographer, and end his killing spree? (87 mins.)
Director: William Lustig
 
52.
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
“ Flawed and slow but the ending makes it all worth while. ” - vom666-774-302237
 
53.
I Walked with a Zombie (1943)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A Canadian nurse is hired to care for the wife of a sugar plantation owner, who has been acting strangely, on a Caribbean island. (69 mins.)
“ LOVE ME SOME JAQUES TOUNIER and VAL LEWTON! ” - vom666-774-302237
 
54.
The Invisible Man (1933)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A scientist finds a way of becoming invisible, but in doing so, he becomes murderously insane. (71 mins.)
Director: James Whale
 
55.
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Hypnotist Dr. Caligari uses a somnambulist, Cesare, to commit murders. (76 mins.)
Director: Robert Wiene
 
56.
Nightbreed (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A troubled young man is drawn to a mythical place called Midian where a variety of monsters are hiding from humanity. (102 mins.)
Director: Clive Barker
 
57.
Alone in the Dark (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
A quartet of murderous psychopaths break out of a mental hospital during a power blackout and lay siege to their doctor's house. (92 mins.)
Director: Jack Sholder
 
58.
Doctor X (1932)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A wisecracking New York reporter intrudes on a research scientist's quest to unmask The Moon Killer. (76 mins.)
Director: Michael Curtiz
 
59.
High Tension (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Best friends Marie and Alexia decide to spend a quiet weekend at Alexia's parents' secluded farmhouse. But on the night of their arrival, the girls' idyllic getaway turns into an endless night of horror. (91 mins.)
Director: Alexandre Aja
 
60.
Rabid (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A young woman develops a taste for human blood after undergoing experimental plastic surgery, and her victims turn into rabid, blood-thirsty zombies who proceed to infect others, which turns into a city-wide epidemic. (91 mins.)
 
61.
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
 
62.
Fade to Black (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
A shy, lonely film buff embarks on a killing spree against those who browbeat and betray him, all the while stalking his idol, a Marilyn Monroe lookalike. (102 mins.)