Must Watch Horror Films

Some of the best horror films out there
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1.
From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)
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Two criminals and their hostages unknowingly seek temporary refuge in an establishment populated by vampires, with chaotic results. (108 mins.)
“ one of my top 5 favs- love Tarantino's acting. To put it bluntly you can't die without seeing this film! ” - mshortall
 
2.
Se7en (1995)
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Two detectives, a rookie and a veteran, hunt a serial killer who uses the seven deadly sins as his motives. (127 mins.)
Director: David Fincher
“ OMG sooo amazing- was really impressed with the plot and how great the actors carry out this story line. Must see!! ” - mshortall
 
3.
American Psycho (2000)
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A wealthy New York investment banking executive hides his alternate psychopathic ego from his co-workers and friends as he delves deeper into his violent, hedonistic fantasies. (102 mins.)
Director: Mary Harron
“ Wow- best film portraying a serial killer (book is amazing too) ” - mshortall
 
4.
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
“ Classic, one of my favs ” - mshortall
 
5.
Devil (2010)
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A group of people are trapped in an elevator and the Devil is mysteriously amongst them. (80 mins.)
“ It amazed me that I could watch a whole film that was mainly in a elevator, left an impression on me ” - mshortall
 
6.
The Exorcist (1973)
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When a teenage girl is possessed by a mysterious entity, her mother seeks the help of two priests to save her daughter. (122 mins.)
“ Another must see before you die, to me this is not a horror film and it did not scare me like it did for most people. I feel this is a film that shows us that evil exists in the world. ” - mshortall
 
7.
The Shining (1980)
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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
“ Classic! ” - mshortall
 
8.
Kwaidan (1964)
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A collection of four Japanese folk tales with supernatural themes. (183 mins.)
“ So amazing ” - mshortall
 
9.
Hannibal (2001)
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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
“ Love Anthony Hopkins in the Hannibal Lector role- one of my top 5 favorite films ” - mshortall
 
10.
Inglourious Basterds (2009)
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In Nazi-occupied France during World War II, a plan to assassinate Nazi leaders by a group of Jewish U.S. soldiers coincides with a theatre owner's vengeful plans for the same. (153 mins.)
“ Not a horror film but got enough blood and gore for one and it's my favorite film ever so it's a must to check out! ” - mshortall
 
11.
Funny Games (1997)
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Two violent young men take a mother, father, and son hostage in their vacation cabin and force them to play sadistic "games" with one another for their own amusement. (108 mins.)
Director: Michael Haneke
“ I prefer the original which is hard to find since the American remake (which is good but not exceptional like the original) but this is a very twisted and crazy film but it's one that you can't take your eyes off it. ” - mshortall
 
12.
Drag Me to Hell (2009)
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A loan officer who evicts an old woman from her home finds herself the recipient of a supernatural curse. Desperate, she turns to a seer to try and save her soul, while evil forces work to push her to a breaking point. (99 mins.)
Director: Sam Raimi
“ Really disturbing...but in psychological way ” - mshortall
 
13.
Hostel (2005)
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Three backpackers head to a Slovak city that promises to meet their hedonistic expectations, with no idea of the hell that awaits them. (94 mins.)
Director: Eli Roth
“ Genius and absolutely crazy and very messed up only for the strong stomach and mind ” - mshortall
 
14.
The Devil's Backbone (2001)
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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.)
“ very creepy ” - mshortall
 
15.
The Final Destination (2009)
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After a young man's premonition of a deadly race-car crash helps saves the lives of his peers, Death sets out to collect those who evaded their end. (82 mins.)
Director: David R. Ellis
“ These films are not top of the line masterpieces but I love them- 1st and 2nd film are my favorite ” - mshortall
 
16.
Shutter Island (2010)
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In 1954, a U.S. marshal investigates the disappearance of a murderess who escaped from a hospital for the criminally insane. (138 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
“ Leonardo DiCaprio totally rocked this film- a great mind teaser with great twists ” - mshortall
 
17.
The Sixth Sense (1999)
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A boy who communicates with spirits that don't know they're dead seeks the help of a disheartened child psychologist. (107 mins.)
“ This film really leaves and impression on the individual- you'll look around you when you get up in the middle of the night! ” - mshortall
 
18.
1408 (2007)
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A man who specializes in debunking paranormal occurrences checks into the fabled room 1408 in the Dolphin Hotel. Soon after settling in, he confronts genuine terror. (104 mins.)
“ awesome psychological thriller- truly messes with your mind! ” - mshortall
 
19.
Salem's Lot (1979 TV Movie)
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A novelist and a young horror fan attempt to save a small New England town which has been invaded by vampires. (184 mins.)
Director: Tobe Hooper
“ well not very scary but I love Stephen King and I just really enjoyed the story line ” - mshortall
 
20.
Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles (1994)
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A vampire tells his epic life story: love, betrayal, loneliness, and hunger. (123 mins.)
Director: Neil Jordan
“ really an amazing old fashion vampire film. A+ ” - mshortall
 
21.
The Strangers (2008)
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A young couple staying in an isolated vacation home are terrorized by three unknown assailants. (86 mins.)
Director: Bryan Bertino
“ very creepy, make sure you're paying attention to the background of the scenes when you watch! ” - mshortall
 
22.
Audition (1999)
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A widower takes an offer to screen girls at a special audition, arranged for him by a friend to find him a new wife. The one he fancies is not who she appears to be after all. (115 mins.)
Director: Takashi Miike
“ One of those insane Asian horror films that is so damn good ” - mshortall
 
23.
May (2002)
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A lonely young woman traumatized by a difficult childhood and her increasingly desperate attempts to connect with the people around her is sent into a murderous tailspin. (93 mins.)
Director: Lucky McKee
“ Story of a very unusual girl that goes to the extreme! ” - mshortall
 
24.
Cape Fear (1991)
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A convicted rapist, released from prison after serving a fourteen-year sentence, stalks the family of the lawyer who originally defended him. (128 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
“ Love Robert De Niro's acting very realistic and leaves an unsettling feeling ” - mshortall
 
25.
Natural Born Killers (1994)
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Two victims of traumatized childhoods become lovers and psychopathic serial murderers irresponsibly glorified by the mass media. (118 mins.)
Director: Oliver Stone
“ Strange film but worth watching ” - mshortall
 
26.
Helter Skelter (2004 TV Movie)
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A new take on the Manson Family murders, with a keen focus on Charles Manson himself. (180 mins.)
Director: John Gray
“ Pretty good portrayal of Charles Manson's story ” - mshortall
 
27.
The Exorcism of Emily Rose (2005)
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A lawyer takes on a negligent homicide case involving a priest who performed an exorcism on a young girl. (119 mins.)
“ Never thought I would enjoy a film that primarily took place in a court room but this was amazing ” - mshortall
 
28.
The Night Flier (1997)
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A reporter is on the trail of a vampiric murderer who travels by plane. (94 mins.)
Director: Mark Pavia
“ Again another Stephen King adaption so of course I love it-it's low budget but hey I like it! ” - mshortall
 
29.
The Lost Boys (1987)
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After moving to a new town, two brothers discover that the area is a haven for vampires. (97 mins.)
Director: Joel Schumacher
“ Yup this is one of my cheesy 80's horror films that I can't help but like ” - mshortall
 
30.
Fear Itself (2008 TV Series)
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A television series broken down into 13 separate 60-minute films from premiere horror writers and directors. (43 mins.)
“ If you call yourself a horror fan this you must see this one and only season, it contains the best of horror stories- it is up there with Masters of Horror! ” - mshortall
 
31.
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
“ Very good ” - mshortall
 
32.
Left Bank (2008)
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When Marie moves into her boyfriend's apartment, she uncovers a disturbing mystery. (102 mins.)
Director: Pieter Van Hees
“ freaky.... ” - mshortall
 
33.
House of 1000 Corpses (2003)
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Two young couples traveling across the backwoods of Texas searching for urban legends of murder end up as prisoners of a bizarre and sadistic backwater family of serial killers. (89 mins.)
Director: Rob Zombie
“ From the genius Rob Zombie ” - mshortall
 
34.
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)
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The infamous story of Benjamin Barker, a.k.a. Sweeney Todd, who sets up a barber shop down in London which is the basis for a sinister partnership with his fellow tenant, Mrs. Lovett. Based on the hit Broadway musical. (116 mins.)
Director: Tim Burton
“ If you like musicals and horror than you're in for a treat plus the hotness of Johnny Depp!! ” - mshortall
 
35.
The Evil Dead (1981)
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Five friends travel to a cabin in the woods, where they unknowingly release flesh-possessing demons. (85 mins.)
Director: Sam Raimi
“ Hilarious! ” - mshortall
 
36.
A Tale of Two Sisters (2003)
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A family is haunted by the tragedies of deaths within the family. (115 mins.)
Director: Kim Jee-woon
“ Disturbing ” - mshortall
 
37.
Psycho (1960)
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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.)
“ No list could be complete without this classic! ” - mshortall
 
38.
Misery (1990)
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After a famous author is rescued from a car crash by a fan of his novels, he comes to realize that the care he is receiving is only the beginning of a nightmare of captivity and abuse. (107 mins.)
Director: Rob Reiner
“ Katy Bates is the best villain!! ” - mshortall
 
39.
Altered States (1980)
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A Harvard scientist conducts experiments on himself with a hallucinatory drug and an isolation chamber that may be causing him to regress genetically. (102 mins.)
Director: Ken Russell
“ totally trippy and very weird but something I keep renting over and over again ” - mshortall
 
40.
It (1990 Mini-Series)
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In 1960, seven pre-teen outcasts fight an evil demon who poses as a child-killing clown. Thirty years later, they reunite to stop the demon once and for all when it returns to their hometown. (192 mins.)
“ If you weren't scared of clowns before you will be after seeing this ” - mshortall