20 Favorite Horror Flicksby kevin-arnold-113-618176 | last updated - 22 Jul 2011 | Public
Not all scary, but these are my top 20 for sheer entertainment value.
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1. The Exorcist (1973)
R | 122 min | Horror
When a girl is possessed by a mysterious entity, her mother seeks the help of two priests to save her daughter.
Votes: 307,686 | Gross: $232.91M
Best horror film ever made. Poor Reagan.
2. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
R | 118 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
A young F.B.I. cadet must receive the help of an incarcerated and manipulative cannibal killer to help catch another serial killer, a madman who skins his victims.
Votes: 1,003,926 | Gross: $130.74M
I know its a thriller but still gives you goosebumps...
3. The Omen (1976)
R | 111 min | Horror
Mysterious deaths surround an American ambassador. Could the child that he is raising actually be the Antichrist? The Devil's own son?
Votes: 89,622 | Gross: $4.27M
Its all for you, Damien.
4. Alien (1979)
R | 117 min | Horror, Sci-Fi
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 lifeform, and they soon realize that its life cycle has merely begun.
Votes: 642,023 | Gross: $78.90M
Still counts as horror in my book
5. Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (1994)
R | 123 min | Drama, Horror, Romance
When the brilliant, but unorthodox scientist, Dr. Victor Frankenstein, rejects the artificial man that he has created, the Creature escapes, and later swears revenge.
Votes: 45,368 | Gross: $22.01M
Awesome adaptation of a classic monster story.
6. The Thing (1982)
R | 109 min | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi
A crew in Antarctica finds a neighboring camp destroyed and its crew dead. Whatever killed them is nowhere to be found, unless it's hidden in plain sight.
Votes: 292,817 | Gross: $13.78M
Classic tale of seclusion, human nature, mistrust....oh and aliens.
7. Dracula (1992)
R | 128 min | Horror
The centuries old vampire Count Dracula comes to England to seduce his barrister Jonathan Harker's fiancée Mina Murray and inflict havoc in the foreign land.
Votes: 157,829 | Gross: $82.52M
Gary Oldman will send chills down your spine.
8. The Shining (1980)
R | 146 min | Drama, Horror
A family heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where an evil spiritual presence influences the father into violence, while his psychic son sees horrific forebodings from the past and of the future.
Votes: 690,782 | Gross: $44.02M
Not exactly a retelling of the book, but Kubrick and King deliver an incredible film
9. Suspiria (1977)
Not Rated | 92 min | Horror
A newcomer to a prestigious ballet academy comes to realize that the school is a front for something sinister amidst a series of grisly murders.
Awesome acting and really cool lighting make this one something to see
10. The Fly (1986)
R | 96 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi
A brilliant but eccentric scientist begins to transform into a giant man/fly hybrid after one of his experiments goes horribly wrong.
Votes: 131,771 | Gross: $40.46M
Hats off to Jeff Goldblum for making a housefly scary.
11. Psycho (1960)
R | 109 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
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.
Votes: 475,794 | Gross: $32.00M
Hitchcock truly is the master of suspense and horror.
12. Phantasm (1979)
R | 88 min | Horror, Sci-Fi
A teenage boy and his friends face off against a mysterious grave robber known only as the Tall Man, who keeps a lethal arsenal of terrible weapons with him.
Votes: 25,761 | Gross: $11.99M
The funeral is about to begin, sir.
13. Halloween (1978)
R | 91 min | Horror, Thriller
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.
Votes: 176,570 | Gross: $47.00M
John Carpenter's first breakout horror film is still a classic today
14. Poltergeist (1982)
PG | 114 min | Horror, Thriller
A family's home is haunted by a host of ghosts.
Votes: 117,942 | Gross: $76.61M
Not for those afraid of clowns, but a classic nonetheless.
15. Let the Right One In (2008)
R | 115 min | Drama, Horror, Romance
Oskar, an overlooked and bullied boy, finds love and revenge through Eli, a beautiful but peculiar girl.
Votes: 185,141 | Gross: $2.12M
Why did we need a U.S. remake? This film knocked the pants off of its wannabe copycat.
16. The Fog (1980)
R | 89 min | Horror, Thriller
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.
Votes: 51,416 | Gross: $21.38M
One of John Carpenter's many forgotten gems.
17. It (1990)
TV-14 | 192 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror
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.
Classic made for TV movie...Again, not for those afraid of clowns.
18. Braindead (1992)
R | 104 min | Comedy, Horror
A young man's mother is bitten by a Sumatran rat-monkey. She gets sick and dies, at which time she comes back to life, killing and eating dogs, nurses, friends, and neighbors.
Votes: 82,486 | Gross: $0.24M
Not the scariest, but Peter Jackson hit the zombie movie genre right on the head.
19. The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)
R | 83 min | Horror
In this cult horror classic, five friends pick up a traumatized young hitchhiker, and find themselves stalked and hunted by a deformed chain saw-wielding killer and his family of psychopaths.
Votes: 109,454 | Gross: $30.86M
Flat out scary 70's horror classic
20. Army of Darkness (1992)
R | 81 min | Comedy, Horror
A man is accidentally transported to 1300 A.D., where he must battle an army of the dead and retrieve the Necronomicon so he can return home.
Votes: 140,753 | Gross: $11.50M
Humorous take on an epic dilemma.