I watch a lot of movies and I love to hit up a ton of horror movies every September/October. Below is my list of top horror movie by year(though not all would classify as horror). I include any type of sub-genre. Horror-Comedy, Space Horror, Thrillers.
If you have any suggestions for me to watch in years with a weak selection or with no selection at all. Leave a comment.
Paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren work to help a family terrorized by a dark presence in their farmhouse. (112 mins.)
“ A mainstream pick this year. But The Conjuring has everything you want in a horror film nowadays. Some great actors as well. The setting was perfect. The only thing really missing is a great ending.
Overall a decent year for horror.
1) 100 Bloody Acres
2) Evil Dead ” - Pu_Rock
The Cabin in the Woods
Five friends go for a break at a remote cabin, where they get more than they bargained for, discovering the truth behind the cabin in the woods. (95 mins.)
“ I know this pick is very divided. But it isn't cookie cutter stuff and deserves top billing. A genre-breaking horror film. Throws the kitchen sink (and Sigourney Weaver) at you.
Overall a great year for horror in 2012. Can't go wrong with any of the honorable mentions.
4) John Dies at the End
5) The Pact ” - Pu_Rock
Tucker and Dale vs Evil
Affable hillbillies Tucker and Dale are on vacation at their dilapidated mountain cabin when they are mistaken for murderers by a group of preppy college students. (89 mins.)
“ Another liberal choice. There weren't any pure horror films to knock your socks off in 2011. A bunch of middling picks. Tucker and Dale is another unique film from the horror-comedy sub genre. It's a fun must watch.
Note: IMDB year is 2010 but had a general US release in 2011
2) Grave Encounters
3) The Skin I Live In ” - Pu_Rock
A family looks to prevent evil spirits from trapping their comatose child in a realm called The Further. (103 mins.)
“ I'm a sucker for the Haunted House Genre. There were a lot of good horror movies during the years, but none (including Insidious) really ran away with it.
I know the hip thing to say is Insidious is too overrated. That it was the blockbuster in horror and can't be the best. But it keeps you thoroughly entertained.
1) The Crazies
2) Let Me In
3) The Final
4) Frozen ” - Pu_Rock
The Human Centipede (First Sequence)
A mad scientist kidnaps and mutilates a trio of tourists in order to reassemble them into a human centipede, created by stitching their mouths to each others' rectums. (92 mins.)
“ I gave this movie the nod because of the cult status it gained. Even had a South Park episode. But this was a good year. It brought us back Sam Raimi, it gave us the cult hit the Human Centipede, one of the most disturbing films of all time in Antichrist, and a whole other slew of interesting watches.
2. Drag Me to Hell
3. Dead Snow
5. Dogtooth - Wouldn't really call this a horror movie but its a great watch. ” - Pu_Rock
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.)
“ 2008 was a great year for underrated horror flicks. Martyrs tops the list for me. Sort of a powerful movie when you really think about it. I really liked Let the Right One In as well for the top spot.
1. Let the Right One In
2. Eden Lake
3. The Ruins
5. Midnight Meat Train ” - Pu_Rock
Trick 'r Treat
Five interwoven stories that occur on Halloween: An everyday high school principal has a secret life as a serial killer; a college virgin might have just met the guy for her; a group of teenagers pull a mean prank; a woman who loathes the night has to contend with her holiday-obsessed husband; and a mean old man meets his match with a demonic, supernatural trick-or-treater. (82 mins.)
“ This movie has it all. Slipped under my radar for a few years but when I did watch it, I fell in love. Its the ultimate horror movie to watch on Halloween. It has a bit of it all. It paced the honorable mentions
1. 30 Days of Night
3. The Mist ” - Pu_Rock
A woman, Rose, goes in search for her adopted daughter within the confines of a strange, desolate town called Silent Hill. (125 mins.)
“ Slow year for Horror in my opinion. But Silent Hill was dark. Haven't seen it in a few years, so maybe its time for a revisit. ” - Pu_Rock
A caving expedition goes horribly wrong, as the explorers become trapped and ultimately pursued by a strange breed of predators. (99 mins.)
“ Not much to say. If you haven't seen this flick, you should watch it. Not to many titles to pick from in 2005. ” - Pu_Rock
Shaun of the Dead
A man decides to turn his moribund life around by winning back his ex-girlfriend, reconciling his relationship with his mother, and dealing with an entire community that has returned from the dead to eat the living. (99 mins.)
“ This movie was like The 'Burbs on Crack. Its a comedy yet there's a horror aspect. Its just a fun ride from start to finish. Easy to watch over and over again.
Saw gets mentioned because it was the first. Never been a fan of the series however.
1) Saw ” - Pu_Rock
House of 1000 Corpses
Two teenage 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.)
“ This was 1a and 'Dead End' was 1b. Both movies I love. I feel like 1000 corpses doesn't get the praise it deserves. It has a vivid imagination in a colorful movie. When I first got the movie, I insisted everybody watch it.
1) Dead End
2) High Tension (Haute Tension) ” - Pu_Rock
Elvis and JFK, both alive and in a nursing home, fight for the souls of their fellow residents as they battle an ancient Egyptian Mummy. (92 mins.)
“ Not really a horror movie. But another fun movie. It won't scare your pants off, but it will keep you thoroughly entertained. ” - Pu_Rock
Tensions rise within an asbestos cleaning crew as they work in an abandoned mental hospital with a horrific past that seems to be coming back. (100 mins.)
“ A very underrated movie. Has a haunted house type feel to it. It doesn't have monsters or cheap thrills, but it manages to scare the pants off you. ” - Pu_Rock
Two death-obsessed sisters, outcasts in their suburban neighborhood, must deal with the tragic consequences when one of them is bitten by a deadly werewolf. (108 mins.)
“ Weak year. You can't go wrong with Ginger Snaps. In all honesty, I wanted to pick Donnie Darko (my favorite movie). But I couldn't bring myself to classify it even as pseudo-horror. ” - Pu_Rock
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.)
“ Depp and Burton get a bad wrap. But they nailed this classic story. Some very good competition though. Could have gone a few different ways.
1. The Blair Witch Project
2. The Sixth Sense
3. Audition ” - Pu_Rock
A half-vampire, half-mortal man becomes a protector of the mortal race, while slaying evil vampires. (120 mins.)
“ Another Slow year. But Blade was a unique movie and it was good. ” - Pu_Rock
A rescue crew investigates a spaceship that disappeared into a black hole and has now returned...with someone or something new on-board. (96 mins.)
“ Bam! Space horror. By far one of the best. Fishburne and cast nailed it. Makes space seem like a place I never want to go. This is one of the best horror films ever made as well. ” - Pu_Rock
From Dusk Till Dawn
Two criminals and their hostages unknowingly seek temporary refuge in an establishment populated by vampires, with chaotic results. (108 mins.)
“ Fun times. All star cast in a fun vampire movie. Probably my favorite Clooney movie. ” - Pu_Rock
Tales from the Hood
A funeral director tells four strange tales of horror with an African American focus to three drug dealers he traps in his place of business. (98 mins.)
“ Very slow year, at least from my watching. I am going to have to do some more homework for 1995 and I am sure I can find a better title. Se7en deserves a mention, although its too much a thriller/drama.
1. The Addiction
2. Se7en ” - Pu_Rock
A cemetery man must kill the dead a second time when they become zombies. (105 mins.)
“ I like unique feeling movies. And this movie has that feel. Its fun and the characters are fun. ” - Pu_Rock
An evil, sadistic Leprechaun goes on a killing rampage in search of his beloved pot of gold. (92 mins.)
“ I almost feel obliged to always give the nod to the first movie in a well known series. There aren't many things more scary in this world than a freaky leprechaun. ” - Pu_Rock
The vampire comes to England to seduce a visitor's fiancée and inflict havoc in the foreign land. (128 mins.)
“ What a good year for horror. It was a tough decision between Dracula and Army of Darkness. But I gave the edge to the pure horror. Dracula is chilling and Oldman rarely does wrong. But Army of Darkness cannot be forgotten.
1. Army of Darkness
2. Candyman ” - Pu_Rock
The Silence of the Lambs
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.)
“ Only Horror movie to ever win best picture. That's gotta count for something. ” - Pu_Rock
A species of South American killer spider hitches a lift to the U.S. in a coffin and starts to breed and kill. (103 mins.)
“ I saw this at a drive in movie theater and I think that creeped me out more. Spiders scare me more than horror movies.
1) Misery ” - Pu_Rock
Behind a young family's home in Maine is a terrible secret that holds the power of life after death. When tragedy strikes, the threat of that power soon becomes undeniable. (103 mins.)
“ Another tough one. Pet Sematary is a classic but I really wanted to choose The 'Burbs. But I try to stick with the pure horror first.
1. The 'Burbs ” - Pu_Rock
A drifter discovers a pair of sunglasses that allow him to wake up to the fact that aliens have taken over the Earth. (94 mins.)
“ Roddy, Roddy, Piper & Super Glasses. What more needs to be said.
2. Hellbound: Hellraiser II ” - Pu_Rock
The Monster Squad
A young group of monster fanatics attempt to save their hometown from Count Dracula and his monsters. (82 mins.)
“ This was one of my favorites as a kid. It still holds up today. Beat out a tough list. There were many iconic horror movies throughout 1987 including Hellraiser and the Lost Boys.
1. Near Dark
3. The Lost Boys ” - Pu_Rock
A troubled writer moves into a haunted house after inheriting it from his aunt. (93 mins.)
“ Like I said for Insidious. I am a sucker for the haunted house sub-genre. ” - Pu_Rock
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.)
A boy inadvertently breaks three important rules concerning his new pet and unleashes a horde of malevolently mischievous monsters on a small town. (106 mins.)
“ Gremlins.....Nightmare on Elm Street......Gremlins.....Nightmare on Elm Street......Gremlins!!!!
Gotta also give a shot out to Ghostbusters. Growing up in the 80's, it gave me some thrills. The library, the hotel lobby, the eggs. It is a GOAT.
1. Nightmare on Elm Street
2. Ghostbusters ” - Pu_Rock
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.)
“ This movie is unique and a classic Horror flick. Honestly on my first watch I wasn't that big of a fan. But I can't deny it's merit. ” - Pu_Rock
A family's home is haunted by a host of ghosts. (114 mins.)
The Evil Dead
Five friends travel to a cabin in the woods, where they unknowingly release flesh-possessing demons. (85 mins.)
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.)
“ My top Horror Movie all time. The shining is frightful. Jack Nicholson at his prime. ” - Pu_Rock
After a space merchant vessel perceives an unknown transmission as distress call, their landing on the source moon finds one of the crew attacked by a mysterious life-form, and soon realize that its life cycle has merely begun. (117 mins.)
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.)
Henry Spencer tries to survive his industrial environment, his angry girlfriend, and the unbearable screams of his newly born mutant child. (89 mins.)
A family moves into an old, haunted house that regenerates itself by feeding off of the life forces of its injured occupants. (116 mins.)
A giant great white shark arrives on the shores of a New England beach resort and wreaks havoc with bloody attacks on swimmers, until a local sheriff teams up with a marine biologist and an old seafarer to hunt the monster down. (124 mins.)
“ I don't even really see Jaws as horror. Maybe its a water thing. But I will say this, Jaws is frightening. Anybody who's seen it, has a hard time not thinking about it when swimming in the ocean.
1) Deep Red ” - Pu_Rock
The Texas Chain Saw Massacre
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.)
When a teenage girl is possessed by a mysterious entity, her mother seeks the help of two priests to save her daughter. (122 mins.)
Tales from the Crypt
Five strangers get lost in a crypt and, after meeting the mysterious Crypt Keeper, receive visions of how they will die. (92 mins.)
“ Honorable Mentions:
1) Last house on the Left. ” - Pu_Rock
(1971 TV Movie)
A business commuter is pursued and terrorized by the malevolent driver of a massive tractor-trailer. (90 mins.)
“ What a hidden Gem. The plot is so simple. Yet it keeps you on the edge. Who is the Trucker? What is his problem? Just leave the poor man alone! ” - Pu_Rock
House of Dark Shadows
Vampire Barnabas Collins is released from his prison and searches for a cure to his affliction, so he can marry the incarnation of his lost love. (97 mins.)
“ I have to admit that I haven't seen this yet. Nor have I watched many horror movies from 1970. But I am a fan of the classic goth show 'Dark Shadows'. On Episode 900-something. So I am giving it some respect.
The atmosphere is eerie, the music is great. I will be watching this after I complete the series and I will be watching more films from 1970. ” - Pu_Rock
Set in World War II, a demented cremator believes cremation relieves earthly suffering and sets out to save the world. (95 mins.)
“ Not an overly good year for horror. But this foreign film is near the top if not the best. ” - Pu_Rock
Night of the Living Dead
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.)
“ I originally had Rosemary's Baby for 1968. But after some heavy thinking. I realize I can't neglect the birth of the modern zombie.
1) Rosemary's Baby ” - Pu_Rock
The Fearless Vampire Killers
A noted professor and his dim-witted apprentice fall prey to their inquiring vampires, while on the trail of the ominous damsel in distress. (108 mins.)
Kill Baby, Kill
An 18th century European village is haunted by the ghost of a murderous little girl. (85 mins.)
“ A very atmospheric horror film from Mario Bava. ” - Pu_Rock
A sex-repulsed woman who disapproves of her sister's boyfriend sinks into depression and has horrific visions of rape and violence. (105 mins.)
“ Coffin Joe is an icon that you probably never heard of.
1) Onibaba ” - Pu_Rock
A wealthy San Francisco socialite pursues a potential boyfriend to a small Northern California town that slowly takes a turn for the bizarre when birds of all kinds suddenly begin to attack people. (119 mins.)
“ The Birds is a classic. But the Haunting may just be the better movie.
1) The Haunting ” - Pu_Rock
Carnival of Souls
After a traumatic accident, a woman becomes drawn to a mysterious abandoned carnival. (78 mins.)
“ Just an eerie movie throughout. The atmosphere is eerie, the music is eerie, the organ is eerie. An inspiration to zombie movies to come. ” - Pu_Rock
A young governess for two children becomes convinced that the house and grounds are haunted. (100 mins.)
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.)
“ Honorable Mentions:
1) The City of the Dead a.k.a Horror Hotel ” - Pu_Rock
Plan 9 from Outer Space
Aliens resurrect dead humans as zombies and vampires to stop humanity from creating the Solaranite (a sort of sun-driven bomb). (79 mins.)
“ Probably one of the worst best movies. It's a staple in horror films. Its so bad its good. From the classic director Ed Wood. He mixes people from space with the undead. ” - Pu_Rock
I Bury the Living
Cemetery director Robert Kraft discovers that by arbitrarily changing the status of plots from empty to occupied on the planogram causes the death of the plots' owners. (76 mins.)
“ One of Stephen King's favorites. This movie played like an extended Twilight Zone episode. Richard Boone was excellent. ” - Pu_Rock
Curse of the Demon
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.)
“ This just screams movie night for the 50's. The kind of movie you take your date to the drive-in for. This movie won't scare you of your seat. It isn't chilling, or anything all that special. But it does have its awesome moments. ” - Pu_Rock
Invasion of the Body Snatchers
A small-town doctor learns that the population of his community is being replaced by emotionless alien duplicates. (80 mins.)
The wife and mistress of a cruel headmaster conspire to kill him; after the murder is committed, his corpse disappears, and strange events begin to plague the two women. (117 mins.)
“ Honorable Mentions:
1) Dementia (Daughter of Horror) ” - Pu_Rock
The earliest atomic tests in New Mexico cause common ants to mutate into giant man-eating monsters that threaten civilization. (94 mins.)
House of Wax
An associate burns down a wax museum with the owner inside, but he survives only to become vengeful and murderous. (88 mins.)
The Thing from Another World
Scientists and American Air Force officials fend off a bloodthirsty alien organism while at a remote arctic outpost. (87 mins.)
An American man marries a Serbian immigrant who fears that she will turn into the cat person of her homeland's fables if they are intimate together. (73 mins.)
The Wolf Man
A practical man returns to his homeland, is attacked by a creature of folklore, and infected with a horrific disease his disciplined mind tells him can not possibly exist. (70 mins.)
Bride of Frankenstein
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.)
A film crew goes to a tropical island for an exotic location shoot and discovers a colossal giant gorilla who takes a shine to their female blonde star. He is then captured and brought back to New York City for public exhibition. (100 mins.)
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.)
“ Honorable Mentions:
1) The Mummy
2) The Old Dark House ” - Pu_Rock
An obsessed scientist assembles a living being from parts of exhumed corpses. (70 mins.)
“ The Year of Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi. Both Movies deserve their praises.
1) Dracula ” - Pu_Rock
The demon Mephisto wagers with God that he can corrupt a mortal man's soul. (85 mins.)
“ What a beautiful movie. So many images that visually spectacular for the time. This movie had an epic budget and it showed. ” - Pu_Rock
The owner of a Waxmuseum needs for three of his models stories to be told to the audience. For that reason he has hired a writer... (65 mins.)
Vampire Count Orlok expresses interest in a new residence and real estate agent Hutter's wife. (94 mins.)
“ Grandfather of Vampire Flicks. ” - Pu_Rock
The Phantom Carriage
On New Year's Eve, the driver of a ghostly carriage forces a drunken man to reflect on his selfish, wasted life. (93 mins.)
“ Beautiful and eerie silent film. Easy to lose focus, but a very good film for the time. Its hard to classify as a horror', but it did help to pave the way. ” - Pu_Rock
“ The grandfather of horror films.
1) The Golem ” - Pu_Rock
The House of the Devil
(1896 Short Film)
With the help of a magic cauldron, Mephistopheles conjures up a variety of supernatural characters. (3 mins.)
“ Aka "The Haunted Castle" aka "The Devil's Castle" aka "The Manor of the Devil" , "Le Manoir du Diable"
The scariest thing about this short flick (3 min) is the premise that it was filmed in 1896. Its all over Youtube, go check it out.
Within three minutes, it has a bat, ghosts, witches, skeletons, and a demon. ” - Pu_Rock