The 20 Greatest Horror Films of All time.

My Personal 20 Favourites from about about my personal 2000 favourites. It's not definative as lists seldom are but i'm content with my choices.
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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.)
“ George Romero's Follow up to the groundbreaking 'Night of the Living Dead' is the benchmark for all zombie movies that followed. Ironically a movie about the undead with a pulse. Often imitated but never bettered. ” - xecutionrecords
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
“ Argento's masterful psychadelic trip into the world of witchcraft still dazzles the eye and astounds the brain. Doesn't make much sense but it's not trying to. When horror looks this good, who needs coherence. ” - xecutionrecords
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
“ Put away the remakes & sequels and go back to the original and only entry in the franchaise that bares repeated viewings. Tough, nasty & brilliant. This is not torture porn but those movies wouldn't exist without it. ” - xecutionrecords
Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A young FBI agent disappears while investigating a murder miles from Twin Peaks that may be related to the future murder of Laura Palmer; the last week of the life of Laura Palmer is chronicled. (135 mins.)
Director: David Lynch
“ 'Not a horror film?' watch it again, lynch's severely under-rated shocker is his most perversely sinister film and features some hair-raising moments as terrifying as anything put on screen in the last 100 years. The word genius is over-used but for this guy, it's reality. ” - xecutionrecords
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
“ Ji-woon Kim's beautiful and unsettling folk tale is by far the most startlingly original post-ringu horror movie. It's shifts in narrative between characters whilst unmasking the twisty turny plot keeps you glued to the screen whilst it's shock moments have you reaching for the nearest pillow. Everything a good horror movie should. ” - xecutionrecords
The Blair Witch Project (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Three film students vanish after traveling into a Maryland forest to film a documentary on the local Blair Witch legend, leaving only their footage behind. (81 mins.)
“ Love it or hate it, nobody of sound mind can deny the power that this film had when it first surfaced. Although borrowing elements from arguably better films 'cannibal holocaust' & 'The Last Broadcast', blair witch really does nothing more than set the audience up with the joke and lets you deliver the punchline. The less is more theory really doesn't get any better than this. ” - xecutionrecords
Re-Animator (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A dedicated student at a medical college and his girlfriend become involved in bizarre experiments centering around the re-animation of dead tissue when an odd new student arrives on campus. (104 mins.)
Director: Stuart Gordon
“ If you were a child of the eighties then chances are this would appear in any of your 20 best horror films. Jeffrey Comb's deliriously mad 'Herbert West' a modern take on the mad scientist fable 'Frankenstien', Barbara Crampton getting a-head!, excuse the pun and a stack load of zombies & gore. Who say's all the best horror films can't have a touch of humour. Essential viewing for any discerning horror addict. ” - xecutionrecords
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
“ Lucio Fulci's zombie masterpiece is probably the most unsubtle horror film of all time and all the better for it. Always reviled by critics who seemed to want more from his movies, Fulci throws in the kitchen sink as far as body violence goes but unllike alot of his work that was to come, the ambience & dream like quality of all this stuff going on on-screen takes the film to a different level. Alot more than just a video nasty, the Beyond is the cherry on the bakewell of Italian gore movies. Eat it and savour it. ” - xecutionrecords
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
“ Also known as Marmite, you either love it or you hate it, one thing is for sure, you won't forget about it. Pascal laugier's entry into torture porn was riding on the wave of a French rennaisance in horror movies but this one up's the ante and pushes the boundaries of endurance cinema way beyond it's predecessors. The 1st hour flies by at 100mph whilst the 2nd half is painful & slow. Too much for some, but horror movies like this don't come along that often so need to be applauded. ” - xecutionrecords
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.)
“ Not much intro needed on this one. Basically a master technician behind the camera and a sick & twisted individual in front of it. Check out the sequels aswell which are amazingly really good. ” - xecutionrecords
The Blood on Satan's Claw (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Horror thriller set in 17th century England about the children of a village slowly converting into a coven of devil worshipers. (97 mins.)
Director: Piers Haggard
“ Superb chiller from Tigon studios, who had previously dabbled in the supernatural with the controversial 'Witchfinder General' This period piece has a village going slowly mad with desire & violence after the discovery of a claw that may or may not belong to Satan himself. It's quiet & brooding and will not satisfy the gorehounds but for those who like their horror with a hammer/amicus like dollop of pagan witchcraft, this is most definately one of the best. ” - xecutionrecords
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.)
“ Regarded by many as the 'greatest horror film of all time' Friedkins movie is undoubtedly great but has lost some of it's power over the years. What can't be denied is along with 'Don't look Now' is the incredible performances from the cast largely thanks to an incredible script from writer William Blatty. Just keep repeating 'Don't make a re-make' 'Don't make a re-make' ” - xecutionrecords
Let the Right One In (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Oskar, an overlooked and bullied boy, finds love and revenge through Eli, a beautiful but peculiar girl. (115 mins.)
Director: Tomas Alfredson
“ Not just a great horror movie, it's a great movie, full stop. Some call it drama, coming of age tale, love story but after all the arguments it's a vampire movie about love & lonliness, very similar to Bram stokers original take on the vampire myth. They made a re-make to this which was ok but maybe one of the most pointless things to do ever. Please watch this version before you entertain that one and you'll probably understand why people are so passionate about it. A work of art. ” - xecutionrecords
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
“ Another one of those depraved video nasties that were going to make you run down the streets, spitting bile and lopping the heads off your neighbours. Actually it was the main debut feature of the guy who went on to make Spider-man. Evil Dead is a barn-storming senses overload low budget demon/zombie movie with more ideas than it can hold in it's 80 minutes. Obviously the effects don't hold up too well today, who cares, they made it for the hollywood equivilant of a 12 piece bucket of chicken but it's far more entertaining than a dozen transformers sequels. SEE IT ” - xecutionrecords
Cannibal Holocaust (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
During a rescue mission into the Amazon rainforest, a professor stumbles across lost film shot by a missing documentary crew. (95 mins.)
Director: Ruggero Deodato
“ Deodato's well documented semi-mundo film within a film is essentially another one of those endurance movies and although it's edited as well as an episode of sunset beach when we get to the hand-held camera elements 'the found footage' it is frightingly realistic & expertly done. The real life killing of wild animals is bad, very bad and cannot be excused but as far as horror films challenging your perceptions and for moments of balls to the floor (quite literally) violence, you can do no better than deodato's gut muncher, just approach with caution if watching the usa release. ” - xecutionrecords
Halloween (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Fifteen years after murdering his sister on Halloween night 1963, Michael Myers escapes from a mental hospital and returns to the small town of Haddonfield to kill again. (91 mins.)
Director: John Carpenter
“ Ok, obvious choice again but it really does set the bar for the 'slasher genre' and has the honour of being the only film from my childhood (along with amytiville horror 2 the possession) of scaring me witless. Carpenters classic has no equal, the best villain, the best scream queen, the best score, the best washed up doctor in search of redemption, and the best last 10 minutes of any horror film ever. I liked it alot. ” - xecutionrecords
Carrie (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Carrie White, a shy, friendless teenage girl who is sheltered by her domineering, religious mother, unleashes her telekinetic powers after being humiliated by her classmates at her senior prom. (98 mins.)
Director: Brian De Palma
“ The best Stephen King adaptation to date (of his horror novels & novellas anyway) De Palma's tale of the coming of age of a bullied, bookish, shy teenage girl with a religious fanatical mother has a slow steady build with all of the stylish de palma camera tricks & pans until when Carrie finally does see red, it's as fist pumpin as a chuck norris movie. You go girl!! ” - xecutionrecords
Daughters of Darkness (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A newlywed couple are passing through a vacation resort. Their paths cross with a mysterious, strikingly beautiful countess and her aide. (87 mins.)
Director: Harry Kümel
“ Perhaps the most sensual looking vampire movie of all time. This dreamy, wildly bleek but astoundingly beautiful French entry into the short 'lesbian vampire' genre of the early seventies shares no simularaties with the watered down hammered efforts but is in itself a truly original piece of surrealist horror. Not too disimilar to the efforts of writer 'Anne Rice' who would later chronicle in more depth, the perils of being an over-aged vampire always looking for fresh blood to share your time with. Brilliant. ” - xecutionrecords
Creepshow (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
An anthology which tells five terrifying tales based on the E.C. horror comic books of the 1950s. (120 mins.)
“ Truly a superb tribute to the EC comics that practically re-invented horror & raised moral concerns themselves in their day (similar to the video nasties debate in the uk in the early 80's) Romeros & stephen kings Five short stories are not without filler (Jody verill was most definately for the cutting room floor) but Leslie Nielson's Husband out for vengeance and Hal Holbrooks well, husband out to kill his wife by feeding her to a giant ape monster are superb. Fantastic zombie effects from Ton Savini and a perfect wraparound using the comic book itself as the storyteller. Not quite but could have been the perfect Horror film. ” - xecutionrecords
An American Werewolf in London (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
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
“ Where have all the werewolves gone. Easily the best Werewolf movie of all time (Although pushed hard by The Howling) landis's knack for black comedy and horror merged almost perfectly in this touching and very bleek tale of one man's realisation that he's a werewolf & his best friend is a zombie who wants him to off himself. Despite this rather odd predicament, it's at times as funny as it is savage and features the best use of the London underground ever on celluloid (Although finding Totteham Court Road station empty at any time of the evening these days seems implausable) Good ole days. What No Shining???? ” - xecutionrecords