Top 50 Best Horror Movies

Here's a selection of horror flicks I quite enjoyed... I didn't make the list at random; I thought about which I loved most and went down the list. Sorry if there aren't any black-and-white era pictures here; those weren't my favorites by a long shot, although I do respect them in their own right. Also, I'm not very fond of zombie flicks or random slashers... I went for the more psychological and demonic entities as opposed to the basic Jason/Freddy-esque norm, which weren't very frightening. Also, I selected based on actual fear factor and moral value in mind.
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1.
Candyman (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
The Candyman, a murderous soul with a hook for a hand, is accidentally summoned to reality by a skeptic grad student researching the monster's myth. (99 mins.)
Director: Bernard Rose
 
2.
Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  
The Candyman arrives in New Orleans and sets his sights on a young woman whose family was ruined by the immortal killer years before. (93 mins.)
Director: Bill Condon
 
3.
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.)
 
4.
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
 
5.
The Grudge (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
An American nurse living and working in Tokyo is exposed to a mysterious supernatural curse, one that locks a person in a powerful rage before claiming their life and spreading to another victim. (91 mins.)
Director: Takashi Shimizu
 
6.
Wrong Turn (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
Six people find themselves trapped in the woods of West Virginia, hunted down by "cannibalistic mountain men grossly disfigured through generations of in-breeding." (84 mins.)
Director: Rob Schmidt
 
7.
House of Wax (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  
A group of unwitting teens are stranded near a strange wax museum and soon must fight to survive and keep from becoming the next exhibit. (108 mins.)
 
8.
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
 
9.
Hellbound: Hellraiser II (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Kirsty is brought to an institution after the death of her family, where the occult-obsessive head resurrects Julia and unleashes the Cenobites once again. (97 mins.)
Director: Tony Randel
 
10.
The Cell (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
An FBI agent persuades a social worker, who is adept with a new experimental technology, to enter the mind of a comatose serial killer in order to learn where he has hidden his latest kidnap victim. (107 mins.)
Director: Tarsem Singh
 
11.
Hellraiser (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
An unfaithful wife encounters the zombie of her dead lover; demons are pursuing him after he escaped their sadomasochistic underworld. (94 mins.)
Director: Clive Barker
 
12.
The Ring Two (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  
Six months after the incidents involving the lethal videotape, new clues prove that there is a new evil lurking in the darkness. (110 mins.)
Director: Hideo Nakata
 
13.
The Grudge 2 (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.0/10 X  
Three interwoven stories about a terrible curse. A young woman encounters a malevolent supernatural force while searching for her missing sister in Tokyo; a mean high school prank goes horribly wrong; a woman with a deadly secret moves into a Chicago apartment building. (102 mins.)
Director: Takashi Shimizu
 
14.
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
 
15.
Wishmaster (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
A demonic djinn attempts to grant its owner three wishes, which will allow him to summon his brethren to earth. (90 mins.)
Director: Robert Kurtzman
 
16.
The Omen (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
A remake of the horror classic The Omen, an American official realizes that his young son may literally be the devil incarnate. (110 mins.)
Director: John Moore
 
17.
Wishmaster 2: Evil Never Dies (1999 Video)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.0/10 X  
The evil Djinn is awakened once more, and must collect 1001 souls to begin the Apocalypse. (96 mins.)
Director: Jack Sholder
 
18.
Hannibal (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Living in exile, Hannibal Lecter tries to reconnect with now disgraced FBI agent Clarice Starling and finds himself a target for revenge from a powerful victim. (131 mins.)
Director: Ridley Scott
 
19.
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
 
20.
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 planet 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
 
21.
Predator (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A team of commandos on a mission in a Central American jungle find themselves hunted by an extra-terrestrial warrior. (107 mins.)
Director: John McTiernan
 
22.
Predator 2 (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Amidst a territorial gang war in 1997, a sophisticated alien hunter stalks the citizens of Los Angeles and the only man between him and his prey is veteran L.A.P.D. officer, Lieutenant Mike Harrigan. (108 mins.)
Director: Stephen Hopkins
 
23.
Mimic (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Three years ago, entomologist Dr. Susan Tyler genetically created an insect to kill cockroaches carrying a virulent disease. Now, the insects are out to destroy their only predator, mankind. (105 mins.)
 
24.
The Faculty (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Students suspect that their teachers are aliens after bizarre occurrences. (104 mins.)
 
25.
The Relic (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
A homicide detective and an anthropologist try to destroy a South American lizard-like god, who's on a people eating rampage in a Chicago museum. (110 mins.)
Director: Peter Hyams
 
26.
The Number 23 (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Walter Sparrow becomes obsessed with a novel that he believes was written about him. As his obsession increases, more and more similarities seem to arise. (101 mins.)
Director: Joel Schumacher
 
27.
The Blob (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A strange lifeform consumes everything in its path as it grows and grows. (95 mins.)
Director: Chuck Russell
 
28.
Zodiac (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A San Francisco cartoonist becomes an amateur detective obsessed with tracking down the Zodiac killer. (157 mins.)
Director: David Fincher
 
29.
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
 
30.
Alien: Resurrection (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Two centuries after her death, Ellen Ripley is revived as a powerful human/alien hybrid clone who must continue her war against the aliens. (109 mins.)
 
31.
I Still Know What You Did Last Summer (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  
The murderous fisherman with a hook is back to once again stalk the two surviving teens, Julie and Ray, who left him for dead, as well as cause even more murder and mayhem, this time at a posh island resort. (100 mins.)
Director: Danny Cannon
 
32.
I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
Four teens are in great danger one year after their car hits a stranger whose body they dump in the sea. (101 mins.)
Director: Jim Gillespie
 
33.
Scream (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Sidney, attempting to cope with her mother's mysterious murder, and her horror movie-obsessed friends are stalked by an unknown killer who seems to have a hard time letting the past go. (111 mins.)
Director: Wes Craven
 
34.
The Island of Dr. Moreau (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.4/10 X  
After being rescued and brought to an island, a man discovers that its inhabitants are experimental animals being turned into strange-looking humans, all of it the work of a visionary doctor. (96 mins.)
 
35.
The Arrival (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Zane, an astronomer, discovers intelligent alien life. But the aliens are keeping a deadly secret, and will do anything to stop Zane from learning it. (115 mins.)
Director: David Twohy
 
36.
Scream 2 (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
Two years after the first series of murders, a new psychopath dons the Ghostface costume and a new string of killings begins. (120 mins.)
Director: Wes Craven
 
37.
Sleepy Hollow (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Ichabod Crane is sent to Sleepy Hollow to investigate the decapitations of 3 people with the culprit being the legendary apparition, the Headless Horseman. (105 mins.)
Director: Tim Burton
 
38.
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
 
39.
Saw 3D: The Final Chapter (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
As a deadly battle rages over Jigsaw's brutal legacy, a group of Jigsaw survivors gathers to seek the support of self-help guru and fellow survivor Bobby Dagen, a man whose own dark secrets unleash a new wave of terror. (90 mins.)
Director: Kevin Greutert
 
40.
Paranormal Activity 2 (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
After experiencing what they think are a series of "break-ins", a family sets up security cameras around their home, only to realize that the events unfolding before them are more sinister than they seem. (91 mins.)
Director: Tod Williams
 
41.
Paranormal Activity (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
After moving into a suburban home, a couple becomes increasingly disturbed by a nightly demonic presence. (86 mins.)
Director: Oren Peli
 
42.
Orphan (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A husband and wife who recently lost their baby adopt a nine year-old girl who is not nearly as innocent as she claims to be. (123 mins.)
 
43.
Hellraiser: Bloodline (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  
In the 22nd century, a scientist attempts to right the wrong his ancestor created: the puzzle box that opens the gates of Hell and unleashes Pinhead and his Cenobite legions. (85 mins.)
 
44.
Phantasm (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
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
 
45.
Cube (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
6 complete strangers of widely varying personality characteristics are involuntarily placed in an endless kafkaesque maze containing deadly traps. (90 mins.)
Director: Vincenzo Natali