Favourite Horror Movies

Out of the hundreds of horror movies I've watched, these are the ones that have stayed with me over the years. They're listed chronologically since it's hard to choose favourites and because, in their different ways, they're all extraordinary to me.
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1.
Cat People (1942)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
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.)
“ Jacques Tourneur's movie is a B movie, no doubts about it, with a silly plot about a jealous woman who can turn into a large cat. But he hides the film's most glaring problems with intelligent camera work and excellent black-and-white cinematography, making Cat People one of the most atmospheric and suspenseful movies ever made. ” - Eumenides_0
 
2.
Dead of Night (1945)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
An architect senses impending doom as his half-remembered recurring dream turns into reality. The guests at the country house encourage him to stay as they take turns telling supernatural tales. (103 mins.)
“ This movie is in fact a series of stand-alone stories linked by a frame narrative. Each story, ranging from comical ghost story to psychological horror that foreshadows movies like Psycho, establishes ideas, symbols and tropes that have become permanent cliches of the genre since it came out. As such it's one of the most influential horror movies ever made and any fan needs to watch it to fully appreciate the development of the genre in cinema. ” - Eumenides_0
 
3.
Diabolique (1955)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
The wife of a cruel headmaster and his mistress conspire to kill him, but after the murder is committed, his body disappears, and strange events begin to plague the two women. (116 mins.)
Director: H.G. Clouzot
“ Henri-Georges Clouzot's masterpiece of a botched murder that haunts two female killers is on par with the the best Alfred Hitchcock made. This movie is impeccably written, is full of tense moments, and has a superb twist ending. ” - Eumenides_0
 
4.
Curse of the Demon (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Dr. John Holden ventures to London to attend a paranormal psychology symposium with the intention to expose devil cult leader Julian Karswell... (95 mins.)
“ Jacques Tourneur perhaps surpassed his own Cat People with this adaptation of a short-story by M.R. James, the classical horror author. A notorious skeptic travels to London to expose the cult of Dr. Julian Karswell, a satanist and occultist (based on the infamous Aleister Crowley). But Karswell's powers are true and he puts a course on his enemy: a giant demon starts coming after him. The only way is to turn the curse back to Karswell, making the movie a creepy, exciting battle of wits. Also the demon's special effects still hold up over half a century later. ” - Eumenides_0
 
5.
Psycho (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
A Phoenix secretary steals $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.)
“ Anthony Perkins' performance is legendary and so influential he's become the de facto madman of horror movies. But Hitchcock's movie doesn't just rely on an extraordinary actor, it's also a master lesson on pacing and building up suspense. ” - Eumenides_0
 
6.
Eyes Without a Face (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A surgeon causes an accident which leaves his daughter disfigured, and goes to extremes to give her a new face. (90 mins.)
Director: Georges Franju
“ Released in the same year as Psycho, this French movie uses excellent cinematography and a poetic style to tell a very pulpy story about a mad doctor kidnapping young women to cut off their faces in order to restore his daughter's face, damaged in a car accident. It lacks Psycho's rich characterisation but it's visually remarkable. ” - Eumenides_0
 
7.
Carnival of Souls (1962)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
After a traumatic accident, a woman becomes drawn to a mysterious abandoned carnival. (78 mins.)
Director: Herk Harvey
“ A woman suffers a car accident. Although she doesn't suffer any injuries, she starts seeing a creepy-looking man wherever she goes. Persecuted by this sinister figure that disrupts her ordinary life, she is drawn to a mysterious carnival where she'll have a reckoning with a shattering truth. I wouldn't be surprised if David Lynch had watched this movie and decided to base Robert Blake's Mystery Man on Herk Harvey's pale-faced ghoul. ” - Eumenides_0
 
8.
The Birds (1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
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 idea is so irresistible and yet simple: one day all the birds start waging, for unknown reasons, a war against mankind. The idea that our destruction could come from such an unexpected and apparently frail source is what makes this movie so fascinating and frightening. ” - Eumenides_0
 
9.
Hour of the Wolf (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
While vacationing on a remote Scandanavian island with his younger pregnant wife, an artist has a emotional breakdown while confronting his repressed desires. (90 mins.)
Director: Ingmar Bergman
“ Nobody expects Ingmar Bergman to make a horror movie, that's what makes this movie so interesting. One is at best curious to know how the director of movies like The Virgin Spring and The Seventh Seal is going to tackle horror. The result is very good: Max Von Sydow plays a struggling artist living in seclusion, trying to work. But he's drawn to the inhabitants of a nearby castle. Are these people supernatural creatures toying with his mind, or is he simply crazy? And is he turning his wife crazy too? Intense, poetic, disturbing, Vargtimmen is an unforgettable experience. ” - Eumenides_0
 
10.
A Quiet Place in the Country (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A popular painter, plagued by nightmares that he and his lover/sales agent are engaging in bizarre, ritualistic, sadistic sexual acts, seeks to escape the city and rent a house in the country. (106 mins.)
Director: Elio Petri
“ A painter rents a secluded village in order to work, but instead his attention is taken up by ancient mysteries and apparitions... this sounds a lot like Vargtimmen, but since both came out in 1968 it's just a strange coincidence that they're so similar in their premise. Elio Petri may not be as good as Ingmar Bergman, but in this movie he shows a talent for strange imagery and for implying horrors rather than showing them, and he's aided by two fine performances by Franco Nero and Vanessa Redgrave. ” - Eumenides_0
 
11.
Rosemary's Baby (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A young couple move into an apartment, only to be surrounded by peculiar neighbors and occurrences. When the wife becomes mysteriously pregnant, paranoia over the safety of her unborn child begins to control her life. (136 mins.)
Director: Roman Polanski
“ Roman Polanski understand the horror genre better than most directors, and Rosemary's Baby is the lesson of a Master on how to set up suspense, maintain tension, and avoid cliches while simultaneously creating many new ideas that continue to be imitated by hundreds of filmmakers nowadays. ” - Eumenides_0
 
12.
The Exorcist (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
When a preteen girl is possessed by a mysterious entity, her mother seeks the help of two priests to save her daughter. (122 mins.)
“ The best horror movie ever made. The cast is peerless in the history of horror: Max Von Sydow, Ellen Burstyn, Lee J. Cobb, Linda Blair, and Jason Miller, stealing every scene as the sad-looking but generous and heroic Father Karras. Friedkin's direction is immaculate and Blatty more than deserved his Oscar for the screenplay, one of the most intelligent horror movies ever written. ” - Eumenides_0
 
13.
Images (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Schizophrenic housewife, engulfed by terrorizing apparitions, kills off each, unknowing if these demons are merely figments of her hallucinatory imagination or part of reality. (101 mins.)
Director: Robert Altman
“ This is another interesting portrayal of slow madness totally overcoming a person. In this case we have Susannah York playing a children's books author who starts hearing voices and soon starts imagining things. It's slow-paced and not very creepy, but the performances are very good, John Williams' score is one of the strangest ever composed. ” - Eumenides_0
 
14.
Don't Look Now (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A married couple grieving the recent death of their young daughter are in Venice when they encounter two elderly sisters, one of whom is psychic and brings a warning from beyond. (110 mins.)
Director: Nicolas Roeg
“ An eliptic, meandering movie full of exquisite imagery. Donald Sutherland plays a grieving father who thinks his dead daughter is alive in Venice. Most of the movie is him running through archways, under bridges, along narrow, decadent streets, entering churches, in hopes of finding the illusive figure wearing a red jacket. Throw in a blind psychic and you have a recipe for an unsettling movie. ” - Eumenides_0
 
15.
Deep Red (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
After witnessing the murder of a famous psychic, a musician teams up with a feisty reporter to find the killer while evading attempts on their lives by the unseen assailant bent on keeping a dark secret buried. (126 mins.)
Director: Dario Argento
“ For me this is Dario Argento's masterpiece. Many will argue it's Suspiria, but I think everyone is just mesmerized by the strange colors of the movie. Deep Red is Argento at the height of his fascination with memory, clues and the way the mind interprets facts in order to crack mysteries. It's half horror half detective story, the perfect giallo, with a fine performance by David Hemmings. ” - Eumenides_0
 
16.
The Tenant (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A bureaucrat rents a Paris apartment where he finds himself drawn into a rabbit hole of dangerous paranoia. (126 mins.)
Director: Roman Polanski
“ Roman Polanski has made many horror movies, but this may be his most refined, a harrowing descent into total madness. A Polish man living in France moves to an apartment where a woman jumped off a woman. Slowly he starts losing his identity and adopting the dead woman's identity, goaded by sinister neighbors whom he thinks are monsters. Maybe there's a conspiracy, or maybe he's just insane. ” - Eumenides_0
 
17.
Halloween (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
On Halloween night of 1963, six-year-old Michael Myers stabbed his sister to death. After sitting in a mental hospital for 15 years, Myers escapes and returns to Haddonfield to kill. (91 mins.)
Director: John Carpenter
“ There are so many things to love about this movie: the creepy and iconic mask the killer uses, the use of eerie music, the tightness of the pacing, the killer's relentlessness. John Carpenter, using few resources, created a horror masterpiece that holds up very well. ” - Eumenides_0
 
18.
The Shining (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
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
“ The only movie that scared me when I was a child that continues to scare me as an adult. ” - Eumenides_0
 
19.
Opera (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A young opperata is stalked by a deranged fan bent on killing the people associated with her to claim her for himself. (107 mins.)
Director: Dario Argento
“ Dario Argento was in decline when he made this movie, and the glorious days of Deep Red and Tenebre belonged in the past. But Opera has many of his best trademarks: gripping suspense, a strange mystery, inventive, gruesome murders, and beautiful cinematography. And for a director who used animals for most of his career, starting with The Bird with the Crystal Plumage, Opera has one of his best scenes with animals, a scene with murdering ravens that has to be seen to be believed in all its feverish madness. ” - Eumenides_0
 
20.
StageFright (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A group of stage actors lock themselves in the theater for a rehearsal of their upcoming musical production, unaware that an escaped psychopath has sneaked into the theater with them. (90 mins.)
Director: Michael Soavi
“ Dario Argento's protege proves that he's learned many fine lessons from the Master. Deliria can easily get lost in the surge of mid-'80s slasher flicks about teenagers being butchered by a psycho, but director Michele Soavi brings better production values, better cinematography, an artsier setting for the murders, and the killer, with the creepy owl mask, is simply unforgettably chilling. ” - Eumenides_0
 
21.
Misery (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
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
“ Kathy Bates steals every scene in the movie, plying the deranged fan of a popular writer. After a car accident, she saves him but then keeps him locked inside, forced to write a new novel for her. Bates' character is unstably dangerous even if she seems nice and harmless most of the time. James Caan also does a great job with a difficult role, having to stay in bed for most of the movie, barely moving and mostly conveying emotions through facial expressions. There's a scene involving a hammer and an ankle that still creeps me out years after watching it. ” - Eumenides_0
 
22.
Dracula (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
The vampire comes to England to seduce a visitor's fiancée and inflict havoc in the foreign land. (128 mins.)
“ My favourite adaptation of this classic novel, and also its most faithful. Francis Ford Coppola's career, to me, had been in trouble since the '80s, but this movie managed to show his genius and cinematic skill again for a new generation of film-goers. The movie has excellent performances by Anthony Hopkins and Gary Oldman, and the production values are gorgeous; visually the movie is one of the most distinctive and stunning ever made. ” - Eumenides_0
 
23.
In the Mouth of Madness (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
An insurance investigator begins discovering that the impact a horror writer's books have on his fans is more than inspirational. (95 mins.)
Director: John Carpenter
“ In John Carpenter's homage to H.P. Lovecraft and Stephen King, an insurance investigator (played by Sam Neill) pursues a series of strange occurrences involving the new book of a successful horror novelist. His investigation takes him to a seemingly ordinary little town, but soon he discovers it's teeming with monsters and that a mysterious entity is beginning the end of the world there. ” - Eumenides_0
 
24.
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
“ Tarsem Singh is a filmmaker who is more interested in visuals and design than story or actors. He's very good at what he does, namely creating exuberant and sinister settings for his stories. Because of that attention to design this movie is one of the most beautiful horror movies ever made, which is ironic since the story is disturbingly twisted. ” - Eumenides_0