Ranking my favorite Horror movies, monster movies and creature features with reviews.

These are my personal reviews and rankings of what I consider the best and worst horror and Monster movies of all time. I've listed the vast majority of the horror films I've seen and can remember. Where a movie is ranked is based solely on my personal preference, that is the only criteria. Frequently updated, bookmark me.
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1.
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
A radio host is victimized by the cannibal family as a former Texas Marshall hunts them. (101 mins.)
Director: Tobe Hooper
“ After two solid months of digesting 50 of my all-time favorite horror movies, this movie without a doubt was the most enjoyable. So even though I previously thought it was blasphemous to rate anything above the original Halloween, I'm doing it!!! As of 2016 anyway this movie is my new #1..

This movie is an absolute Madhouse!! It's dark, twisted, gory, funny, scary it literally has it all! It's shot beautifully, it's so colorful it seems to just jump off the screen. That's a huge contrast to the grittiness and the seeming lack of color in the original film.

The Score is simply amazing, all the sets are amazing. The near opening scene on the bridge where the two yuppie frat boys encounter Leatherface is Horror Cinema GOLD for my money. I love the radio station where Stretch and LG encounter Chop-Top and Leatherface. That station has a certain creepiness to it, they again use great color and shadows in the radio station scenes.

Dennis Hooper in all his cocaine fueled glory is the perfect advisory for the Sawyer family. If you've seen this movie you're full well aware of how psycho he is in the movie, again GOLD.

The ending scenes in the Sawyer lair, which is a sight that must be seen for my money are about as good as it gets, this movie is an amazing ride, everything seems to work to perfection! ” - garyvmiller
 
2.
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
“ This is a true American made classic!! You feel like you are watching a documentary, it's very raw and gritty.. It looks and feels real.. It has a certain feel and look about it no other horror movie before or after has ever matched.. The score is eerie, most of the time its just a small sound here or there mixed in with noises from the shoot but its blends perfectly. It has that amazing feel of 70's cinema which sets a perfect tone that is extremely effective for this movie.

When we first encounter Leatherface on screen it is truly the stuff of legends. Seeing Kurt stumble up that ramp and then from his point of view we see Leatherface raring back to deliver a fatal blow to his skull with that hammer, Jesus it may be the greatest introduction of any horror icon of all time. And then of course after Leatherface slams that steel door!!!

The hitchhiker and The Cook, the Leatherface brothers are also both equally effective, each in his own way. Everyone plays a role in making this movie the absolutely disgusting masterpiece that it is. The cook and The Hitchhiker both have countless iconic lines. The first scene in the van with the hitchhiker I've quoted to friends a million times, to me it's hysterical, hes so believably insane that the scene woks to absolute perfection!! ” - garyvmiller
 
3.
Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
After being mortally wounded and taken to the morgue, murderer Jason Voorhees spontaneously revives and embarks on a killing spree as he makes his way back to his home at Camp Crystal Lake. (91 mins.)
Director: Joseph Zito
“ Joseph Zito directed this gem. After a recent Friday marathon I crowned this one my all time favorite Friday film. To me its the class of the Friday the 13th series. I love the cast in this one, especially Feldman, Glover, Barton and Beck, Beck as the lead is great, as is the rest of the cast, this cast just feels a level above all other Friday casts before or after. This could be a result of a larger budget for this film then its predecessors. You can see that it had a larger budget in the feel of it, it doesn't feel cheap. Another thing is the viciousness of this film, even after some cuts its still a cut above the others, you can thank Zito for this. If you have seen the Prowler which is another Zito film it shares a similar ruthlessness. Jason is NASTY and evil in this one. Ted White plays him flawlessly he's hands down THE BEST JASON EVER!!!! He really excels in this role, bringing much more to the part of Jason. In the past (and later in the future) they pretty much would just cast a big guy and have him lurch around but White meant business and he added an athleticism to the role. Another thing about White that I thought was great was that he refused to talk to the other actors on the set because he thought it would diminish their fear of Jason, that's just awesome. To me its little things like this that say this guy "got it" in terms of being Jason. This chapter also boasts the best character development in the entire series which of course also adds to the quality of the film. Oh and did I also mention that Tom Savini is on the staff, we all know that equals top notch makeup effects. I also really like Erich Anderson as Rob Dyer (left him out earlier) hes essentially hunting for Jason to avenge his sister who was killed in part 2.. He seemed a formidable opponent for Jason, those who have seen it know how that worked out.... I like the little things in this movie like the paper clippings that Rob has about Jason, things like this give the feel that Jason is this REAL roaming dangerous killer at large and that everyone need be aware of him. It gives us something more then just Jason is a crazy retard roaming the woods. It identifies him as a ruthless dangerous killer.. The final stalk and chase scenes with the lead actress Beck are as good as it gets in a Friday the 13th. This is in one part again to the greatness of White as Jason he really goes after them he is menacing and relentless. I'm glad he opted for tearing around after them as opposed to the slow walk that many other "LESSER" Jason's adopted. I don't blame the other Jason's for this in fact I've read that they "the directors/producers" wanted Jason to move almost Frankenstein like after his victims.. Kimberly Beck who plays Trish is clearly my favorite actress to face off vs Jason at movies end she adds to the intensity of the chase scenes because she seems so genuinely terrified.. The house well two houses actually that Jason is stalking about are also near perfect for this type of film. I could go on and on with praise for this film but I will end by just simply saying that for me this film is a CLASSIC.. ” - garyvmiller
 
4.
Hell Night (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
Four college pledges are forced to spend the night in a deserted old mansion, where they are stalked by the monstrous survivor of a family massacre years earlier. (101 mins.)
Director: Tom De Simone
“ "Welcome to Garth Manor, Andrew is still believed by some to be living somewhere within this house" (cue the creepy music) One of the best of all time for this guy. Hell Night is very creepy, the atmosphere is amazing and the house "GARTH MANOR" is like a separate character in itself. All the tunnels under the house leading in and out of our unexpected victims rooms, the huge staircase, the giant fence with razor sharp blades at the top!! And last but not least the huge Garden or "The Maze" as I call it!! Maybe my favorite location ever for a horror film, everything just works for me. The cast is solid with Linda Blair as your leading lady.. However my personal favorite is Seth played by Vincent Van Patten. He makes the movie for me in some ways. This dude is super cool, he is the cool guy that is also actually kind of a bad ass. He tells stories to the lady of his choice to help himself score but then later proves to be very much a real hero. After escaping Garth Manor safe and sound and at a very safe distance he returns to attempt to save the others. Hes a refreshing change from the "cool jock douche" in most horror movies that we usually want knocked off, hes one to root for!! There are a million amazing scenes but for those who haven't seen it I won't ruin it. Check out this classic.. ” - garyvmiller
 
5.
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
“ KUBRICK!! He made this movie amazing! Stephen King wrote this but Kubrick is the reason the movie is a classic. This film is THICK with atmosphere, Danny racing through the halls on his big wheel in this giant creepy place is greatness. "REDRUM" if you've seen this you get it, if not I won't spoil it for you. A haunted hotel, snowed in, isolation.. An amazing movie!! ” - garyvmiller
 
6.
Halloween II (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
While Sheriff Brackett and Dr. Loomis hunt for Michael Myers, a traumatized Laurie is rushed to hospital, and the serial killer is not far behind her. (92 mins.)
Director: Rick Rosenthal
“ Many things in this sequel I actually prefer to the original. The dark hospital with its vacant empty hallways and the constant monitor shots placing Myers in these hallways either right before or right after the unsuspecting victims is creepy and unnerving. We see him much more in this film and even though no mask matches the perfection that is the original this one is VERY creepy in its own right. The actor playing Michael in this one comes under fire for not being as good as the original often but again for me he nails it! This is as strong a sequel as you'll ever find following a classic like the original and one that deserves being mentioned right with the original film. This is a much nastier more violent version of the original in all honesty and a complete slam dunk of a horror film for me. ” - garyvmiller
 
7.
Poltergeist (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A family's home is haunted by a host of ghosts. (114 mins.)
Director: Tobe Hooper
“ What do you get when you put Steven Spielberg, Tobe Hooper, Jerry Goldsmith, and Beatrice Straight in a big budget MGM motion picture about a haunted house?
You get "Poltergeist" a top of the pick, no holds barred, roller coaster ride through the supernatural world and back to ours. "Poltergeist" explores the side affects of a haunted house and it's effects on a normal suburban family who inhabits the house.
Poltergeist, in a nutshell, is a story of suburban California family that discovers the darker side of the American Dream when their youngest daughter, Carol Ann, makes contact with evil spirits through the family television set. "They're here", never fails to send chills down my spine as I recall seeing this film for the very first time when I was 7 or 8 years old.

Poltergeist works as both a horror and a thriller. The cast, lead by O'Rourke, Jo-Beth Williams, Craig T. Nelson and Oliver Robins have real chemistry and are believable as a family unit, and unlike most horror films, they make sound judgments and know their limitations. When Carol Ann's bedroom becomes overtaken by the ghostly spirits, they lock the room and keep away rather than trying to fight something they cannot contain. And when things begin to look bleak, they call for help and look for experts in the field. This is an intelligent horror that doesn't have people running up the stairs when they should be running out the door. Being a father O'Rourke steals my heart as Carol Anne. She's the heart and soul of this movie. An adorably sweet young girl, as a father you understand the innocence of such a sweet young child and you feel like you're in the house with the family fighting to get this innocent child back. The entire cast is flawless. Being close to Robbie's age when this movie was made I completely relate to his character we had the same toys the same mindset we were the same child pretty much. The movie is deep deep with nostalgia of the wonderful 1980s to me. A golden era you could say. I simply loved growing up in that time. Having been a child of the 70s and 80s I don't think there would have been a better time to have grown up here in America. It was an amazing time, now as a 40 year old man I look back quite fondly at that which was my youth. And this movie is simply just another part of it as it has long been one of my personal favorites. ” - garyvmiller
 
8.
Halloween (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 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
“ Carpenters masterpiece.. This started the slasher generation, after this everybody had one, but none are like this.. This movie has it all, its one I always view multiple times a year. I know it inside and out and yet it NEVER gets old. Myers is the best on screen killer in the history of horror films for me in this original film. Carps score is EPIC, John always has the music right where it needs to be. Jamie Lee is the prefect choice as the lead, the rest of the cast is also flawless. This movie is the class of all the Slasher films. Like I said at the beginning none are quite like this one. ” - garyvmiller
 
9.
Jason Lives: Friday the 13th Part VI (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Tommy Jarvis goes to the graveyard to get rid of Jason Voorhees' body once and for all, but inadvertently brings him back to life instead. The newly revived killer once again seeks revenge, and Tommy may be the only one who can defeat him. (86 mins.)
Director: Tom McLoughlin
“ Updated review 2017.

WOW!! Though I've seen this movie enough to literally know every line of dialogue it once again blew my doors off, well that actually might be underselling it. It dropped a freaking Nuke on my front steps!!

This movie has THE BEST opening pre credits scene of any Friday the 13th film and it's not close! The Jason resurrection scene is simply just in a word UNBELIEVABLE!!! It's clearly a nod to the classic Frankenstein, Jason it's brought back via multiple lightning strikes, ala the classic Universal Monster. I like that having always been a fan of the classic monster movies, growing up as a little boy watching them with my grandfather late on PBS on Friday nights. So the first on screen monsters I ever knew were the O.G.'s. Ah Friday Nights at grandmas, what a glorious time. Nothing quite like being 4-8 years old.

The actor playing Jason plays it flawless. He's a large intimidating and motivated to kill mad man, a rage filled angry MACHINE!! His first kill, Haws dies result of Jason punching strait thru him, one punch, it starts in the front and comes out the back!!! Haws is kind enough to go ahead and fall strait into Jason's open casket and grave!! And that's just a taste of this amazing opening.

Jason storms thru the woods in this one with great intensity, we get lots of daytime shots of him in this one which are a very cool touch.

Let's talk a little about "Jason" in this one. "Tom McLoughlin's Jason" once we've resurrected what looked like a completely decayed human corpse while in casket we get a character who's now once semi-human figure from parts 2-4 is replaced with a better, more menacing, unkillable, zombie-like figure. In this installment, it seems that Jason has stopped chasing his victims and has become a little more quiet and subtle about his "kills".Jason wrecks whatever gets in his way with no mercy. Yet at the same time we see many shots of Jason patiently hiding in the shadows waiting for the right moment to strike.

This is the (intentionally) funniest film of the series; wisely avoiding out and out parody – save for the ‘Jason does James Bond’ opening – and opting for a classic gothic feel to its horror opus: floating mists, the lightning storm, the creepy cemetery and the shadowy trees. Interesting point, this is the only entry to feature no nudity but you’d hardly notice, even during the requisite sex scene. The characters are drawn much more sharply than other instalments, where they exist only to die gruesomely. McLoughlin largely avoids stereotypes, squeezing nice attributes out of even the bit-parters.

The film doesn't have a slow minute in it, I'm glued to the screen any and every time I watch it! After the great opening we are treated over and over again with great kills of an oddly likable (for horror) cast of characters, we have great dialogue throughout, a funny, likable and very believable cast.

Another great thing is camp is actually back on and this time there are even kids about! Yes REAL KIDS!!!! This is one element that richly enhances the likeability of Jason Lives. While Parts 1 and 2 were set at camp, neither were operating and, summer camp is what Friday the 13th is all about. Trees, cabins, pontoons, open fires, kids being kids telling stories, sleeping with stuffed animals it just adds something. This chapter has it all!! And lastly it holds a deep nostalgia with me as I saw it as a youngster myself in the Theater with a friend. We'd of been 10 years old at the time and I was already completely obsessed with the horror Genre, something that never has and never will change. ” - garyvmiller
 
10.
Wrong Turn (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
Six people find themselves trapped in the woods of West Virginia, hunted down by "cannibalistic mountain men grossly disfigured through generations of in-breeding." (84 mins.)
Director: Rob Schmidt
“ Old school style on a modern day horror flick. I love this movie, its kind of Texas Chainsaw meets Hills have eyes but set deep in the woods, its a classic. Top notch acting (for horror) super creepy and full of atmosphere.. The movie has a very likable cast which is another rarity in horror, but in the end that just makes it more jarring as the fall one by one. ” - garyvmiller
 
12.
Black Christmas (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
During their Christmas break, a group of sorority girls are stalked by a stranger. (98 mins.)
Director: Bob Clark
“ This may have actually started the slasher era, Carpenter loved this film and took its style over to Halloween. This one tops the charts for atmosphere in my book. Filmed in Canada the dreary cold and overcast winter sky's are like a separate bit of evil all to themselves. It really creates a sense of isolation within the Sorority house, its similar to the way I feel when watching Carpenters The Thing another movie with a bitter cold outside environment. The house is creepy to the highest level, so big and so old it fits this story perfectly. You get the feeling there are all sorts of hidden passages and rooms uncharted you just never know when someone or something may pop up. Tension is high at all times as the killer is point of view and he's always watching. I find it interesting that Bob Clark directed this as he is also the director of one of my other favorite Christmas films "The Christmas Story". John Saxon shines as LT Fuller, this is his wheelhouse as he owns this type of character. This is one I highly recommend, its best around Christmas time but can be watched anytime. I personally watch it multiple times every December as its an absolute classic. ” - garyvmiller
 
12.
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.)
“ What a great movie, 5 great mini movies here from the mind of Stephen King and directed by George A Romero (Night of the living dead). Inspired by the old EC Horror comics from back in the 50's. We open with "Father's Day," where a deceased victim of murder rises from the grave for a nice little Father's Day surprise. This is my second favorite of the five, it has a young Ed Harris in it. The walking corpse is excellently done by Mr. Tom Savini. Next up is "The Lonesome Death of Jordy Verrill" which follows Stephen King taking on the lead role as a hillbilly who finds a meteor with a nasty habit of making green hair grow on, well, everything. This one is more dark humor, its my least favorite though King does a great job as the clumsy and unintelligent-but-likable Jordy Verrill. Next up is "Something to Tide You Over," where a vengeful man (Leslie Nielsen) gets even on his cheating wife and her lover (Ted Danson) by burying them both in the sand and letting the tide take care of the rest. This is my favorite of the bunch. It's cool to see Nielsen take on the role of the "bad guy" for a change. Goes to show his versatility as an actor. Ted Danson is great too. This one is creepy and FULL of great atmosphere, especially when the dead rise and are looking for some revenge. Then we get "The Crate," which is most peoples favorite I have seen. It's also the longest one. Hal Holbrook plays a loser whose nasty wife gets what she deserves when he finds a mysterious blood-thirsty creature locked away in an old crate. This is the darkest of all the stories. Pure fun, with top-notch acting from everyone. The final story, "They're Creeping Up On You," we meet an eccentric millionaire who is pretty heartless and evil with a roach phobia, he just can't seem to get rid of his little crawling friends no matter what he does. Anyone who doesn't like roaches is advised to skip this one. The final scene will take away your appetite for at least a few days. ” - garyvmiller
 
13.
Fright Night (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
When a teenager learns that his next door neighbour is a vampire, no one will believe him. (106 mins.)
Director: Tom Holland
“ The first Vampire entry on this list, its my favorite Vampire of them all. Chris Sarandon is PERFECT in this role as the Vamp Jerry Dandrige! The entire cast is great, as a huge Planet of the Apes fan I loved seeing Roddy McDowall not as Caesar or Cornelius but as Peter Vincent "Vampire Killer" ” - garyvmiller
 
15.
Nightmares (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
Anthology of four horror tales with a supernatural twist based on urban legends. (99 mins.)
Director: Joseph Sargent
“ This is a great movie, its 4 shorts actually.. You get everything here, story one is a Slasher, two is supernatural, three possession/demonic, four Monster!! ” - garyvmiller
 
15.
The Thing (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A research facility in Antarctica comes across an alien force that can become anything it touches with 100% accuracy. The members must now find out who's human and who's not before it's too late. (109 mins.)
Director: John Carpenter
“ The Thing takes its title from the influential 1951 Sci-Fi classic The Thing from Another World, a film it otherwise resembles only in similarity of location and a few plot points. The location is an isolated antarctic research station, cut off from radio contact with the outside world, where Kurt Russell, Wilford Brimley, Keith David and several other men unknowingly take in an alien creature that can adopt the form of members of the crew as it destroys them. They quickly find themselves in a desperate and paranoia-inducing situation, each not knowing who among the others might be an alien waiting to kill him. Internal organs are spread into view in various creative ways, while violence and tension build. This is an amazing movie and a must see. ” - garyvmiller
 
16.
Friday the 13th (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
A group of young adults discover a boarded up Camp Crystal Lake, where they soon encounter Jason Voorhees and his deadly intentions. (97 mins.)
Director: Marcus Nispel
“ I thought this was a very solid remake (retelling) of the Friday the 13th series and worthy of standing next to ALL the previous installments.

I like how Jason is a more honed hunter/killer in this chapter. Using a bow and arrow at one point, this is no retarded inbred hillbilly here. I also love the under ground tunnels idea, it adds an explanation to a question in many horror films as to how is he always around if you think about it.

Derek Mears is one of the best to ever play Jason. This remake basically took the premise of the first lets say 3 Friday films and made one great movie.

Now Since this is a Big Michael Bay production its got a certain feel which is refreshing to a series which often times suffered from a low budget.

Yes Sometimes a low budget adds a certain charm, as it forces a director to really reach into his bag of tricks and come up with the best he's got.

The first four Friday films for example all are excellent in my view in spite of budget limitations, they are near flawless to me. However some of the later chapters began to suffer (suck), however I think that had to do more with the direction the later chapters were taking and NOT the budget!

This film starts strong and keeps a fast pace throughout. DM as Jason once again is a force, he's intimidating, scary and a massive upgrade from any Jason since probably part six. ” - garyvmiller
 
17.
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
“ This movie is an absolute masterpiece. I crown it the #1 Werewolf movie of all time and one of the best horror films of all time. I've had a rich history with this movie, it was absolutely one of my all time favorite horror movies all thru the 80's and 90's as a young horror fan. I always held the film in very high regard. But somewhere over the last 5-8 years for some unknown reason I just hadn't watched it. So slowly but surely it kinda free fell down my list of all time favorite horror films. Well today now in 2017 after being strongly urged by a fellow horror fan and good friend I got reacquainted with this absolute CLASSIC!!!!!

Everything works here. The setting and scenery over in the U.K. is simply perfect for a Werewolf film, the constant Grey overcast sky's, the rain and all those miles and miles of beautiful English countryside are just perfect.

The opening 20 minutes of this movie really grab you and quite simply it just never lets go. This movie also has many funny scenes and comedic elements in spots which I'm usually not a fan of but this movie has some genuinely hilarious moments.

The Jack scenes as he rapidly decays are mixed in I believe for some humor and also as a way to guide David to his inevitable destiny. They are both funny and a bit creepy and unsettling.

The movie without a doubt boasts the best Werewolf transformation scene in cinema history and it's not even up for debate.

All the actors and actresses in this film nail their roles, not a bad performance in the bunch.

The nightmare scene which features the Ghouls/Demons/Mutants not sure exactly what to actually call them wearing Nazi SS gear is only a min or so but it really sticks with you.

All the Werewolf stalk and kill scenes are all shot to perfection. I honestly can't find one negative thing to say about this movie. As I said in the open this a masterpiece and a flawless film.. It'll be one I watch every year for the rest of my years!! ” - garyvmiller
 
18.
A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Several people are hunted by a cruel serial killer who kills his victims in their dreams. While the survivors are trying to find the reason for being chosen, the murderer won't lose any chance to kill them as soon as they fall asleep. (91 mins.)
Director: Wes Craven
“ Freddy Kruger!!! This is the only Nightmare on Elm Street that I rank high on the list, all of the rest of these films focused on trying to make Freddy funny or were just a tad bit to overboard for my liking. This one however is a classic. ” - garyvmiller
 
20.
Clownhouse (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
Just before Halloween, three young brothers alone in a big house are menaced by three escaped mental patients who have murdered some traveling circus clowns and taken their identities. (81 mins.)
Director: Victor Salva
“ Another little known gem that I love, three boys home alone while crazed mental patients posing as clowns are lurking outside.. It stars a young Sam Rockwell.. ” - garyvmiller
 
20.
Jaws (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
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.)
“ Probably the best movie on this list if you take everything into account. It's an amazing movie, it has everything. But my love starts with the Slasher films, they are my favorites so this movie lands here. ” - garyvmiller
 
22.
The Fog (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
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. (89 mins.)
Director: John Carpenter
“ Another Carpenter classic.. Another one rich with atmosphere!! What's in the FOG is terrifying! ” - garyvmiller
 
22.
Alien (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
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 life-form, and they soon realize that its life cycle has merely begun. (117 mins.)
Director: Ridley Scott
“ This is Ridley Scott's Masterpiece. The following is not my own but a PERFECT synopsis for this great movie "with spoilers":
A landmark of science fiction and horror, Alien arrived in 1979 between Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back as a stylishly malevolent alternative to George Lucas's space fantasy. Partially inspired by 1958's It! The Terror from Beyond Space, this instant classic set a tone of its own, offering richly detailed sets, ominous atmosphere, relentless suspense, and a flawless ensemble cast as the crew of the space freighter Nostromo, who fall prey to a vicious creature (designed by Swiss artist H.R. Giger) that had gestated inside one of the ill-fated crew members. In a star-making role, Sigourney Weaver excels as sole survivor Ripley, becoming the screen's most popular heroine in a lucrative movie franchise. To measure the film's success, one need only recall the many images that have been burned into our collective psyche, including the "facehugger," the "chestburster," and Ripley's climactic encounter with the full-grown monster. Impeccably directed by Ridley Scott, Alien is one of the cinema's most unforgettable nightmares. ” - garyvmiller
 
23.
Paranormal Activity 2 (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
After experiencing what they think are a series of "break-ins", a family sets up security cameras around their home, only to realize that the events unfolding before them are more sinister than they seem. (91 mins.)
Director: Tod Williams
“ My favorite modern day horror franchise. I love this movie, the first two for my money are instant classics. The filming of it with the use of the home security system and a hand held camera is great.. This movie doesn't give you that sick to much motion feel that a lot of footage films do. In this movie its done perfect and it adds an actual feeling of realism to what you are watching. This sequel is superior to the original in many ways. This movie is a prequel that combines all the players from the original, and by the films end everything has come full circle and we are basically back at the end of the original movie. This is done seamlessly and to perfection. The movie more than delivers on scares throughout, its one of the scariest movies I've ever had the privilege of watching in a theater . ” - garyvmiller
 
25.
Silver Bullet (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A werewolf terrorizes a small city where lives the paralytic Marty Coslaw, his uncle, and his sister, the story's narrator. (95 mins.)
Director: Daniel Attias
“ My favorite Werewolf movie of all time.. I love the mystery angle of them trying to figure out who is the Wolf.. Haim and Busey are great together. Busey nails the "Drunk Uncle" with a heart of gold and there is nothing he won't do for his nephew Haim. ” - garyvmiller
 
25.
Child's Play (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A single mother gives her son a much sought after doll for his birthday, only to discover that it is possessed by the soul of a serial killer. (87 mins.)
Director: Tom Holland
“ The first 45 minutes of this movie are actually scary, the scene where aunt Maggie takes a hammer to the face, goes thru the window and falls many stories to her death is s great opening kill for Chucky. The Chucky POV shots work well early in the film and NOT really seeing him except in quick glances also builds some suspense and terror. Now during the last 30 min when Chucky is on screen cracking one liners and fully moving around it's still good but some of the magic goes away a bit for me, showing sometimes less is more. The scene where the mother confronts Chucky to "come clean" before assuming she's being unrealistic is great. As she goes to throw away the box and the batteries fall out! This is when we meet Chucky in all his fillthy R rated wonderful glory. ” - garyvmiller
 
27.
The Howling (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
After a bizarre and near fatal encounter with a serial killer, a television newswoman is sent to a remote mountain resort whose residents may not be what they seem. (91 mins.)
Director: Joe Dante
“ One of the most menacing Werewolf movies you'll find. Its very dark and dirty and that's one of the reasons why I love it. Our main werewolf Eddie is a psycho serial killer. He's a far cry from the standard werewolf formula which is almost always poor guy bitten and now has to cope with what he's become. Not here, not in the Howling these wolves are mean and nasty and can change at will NO full moon needed. . Eddie our main Wolf is a very EVIL nasty and sinister character in human form. I mean in his first encounter with Karen he meets with her and wants her to watch what looks like a snuff rape film, it's just the two of them mind you in what looks like one of those peep show rooms, that's pretty gross. Throw on top of that Eddie's secret, he's a gigantic intimidating evil werewolf. . The colony of Wolves in this films are of my favorite variety.. I have always preferred the standing wolves to the "on all fours" variety, makes them more werewolf and less just wolf to me. The setting and atmosphere for this film are also top notch. And it boasts a perfect score. I love the community far off the beaten path where this society of wolves inhabit, it's a perfect backdrop. Many of the night scenes where you can vaguely see something lurking in the woods but you know something is there are fantastic.” ” - garyvmiller
 
27.
Creepshow 2 (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
Three more bone-chilling tales that include a vengeful wooden Native American, a monstrous blob in a lake, and a hitchhiker who wants revenge and will not die. (92 mins.)
Director: Michael Gornick
“ Excellent sequel, only 3 chapters this go around but all 3 are classics. I'd have real trouble picking my favorite but if pressed I'd go with Old Chief Woodenhead. ” - garyvmiller
 
29.
The Strangers (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
A young couple staying in an isolated vacation home are terrorized by three unknown assailants. (86 mins.)
Director: Bryan Bertino
“ Other than the two original Paranormal movies there hadn't been a better horror film in quite sometime quite like the Strangers. This movie is very scary. I had the pleasure of seeing it at the theater and it was quite a chilling experience. This movie has no ghosts demons or unstoppable monsters just regular sick psychopaths that provide real terror for the victims and for us the audience. The Strangers begins it's night of terror early and doesn't relent. Full of chilling imagery and a sense of menacing mystery, the film tries to disorient you while slowly feeding you bit by bit. The evil forces in this film are never completely revealed, which means even we the viewers are somewhat blind to the terror. The house becomes a character too, but the doors are opened to the nature surrounding it (which is equally as creepy) thus expanding the playground. Tall trees are shrouded in shadow, and the stark contrast of the evil standing there is made all the more frightening because of the brilliant lighting. ” - garyvmiller
 
29.
Paranormal Activity (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
After moving into a suburban home, a couple becomes increasingly disturbed by a nightly demonic presence. (86 mins.)
Director: Oren Peli
“ A great start to a great franchise. These are my favorite modern day horror films. I prefer the sequel but this one is also very good. There are less players in this one as the story revolves around only Katie and Micah, but the night scenes in the bed truly made my skin crawl. When watching anything "footage" related the anticipation is killer and it builds so much tension it becomes very intense! ” - garyvmiller
 
30.
Signs (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A family living on a farm finds mysterious crop circles in their fields which suggests something more frightening to come. (106 mins.)
“ This is the best of M. Night. There is zero blood or gore in this one, yet even without it he produces genuine tension and real scares. He lets you decide alot of the time as to what may be happening off camera and I like that. Great Acting, Atmosphere and an amazing score. ” - garyvmiller
 
31.
Insidious (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A family looks to prevent evil spirits from trapping their comatose child in a realm called The Further. (103 mins.)
Director: James Wan
“ This is the scariest movie In the continuing rise of James Wan's film credits, It also may very well be his best movie. And for me it is!

After my first viewing and having already seen Saw and then later when it was released the Conjuring, at that point I thought the Conjuring was his best film.

But 2017 brought my 2nd viewing of this film and man it was much better and scarier then I had remembered!! It'll now and forever be a yearly watch if not more.

Everything works in this film. The way it's shot with almost a blue tint feels very cold and ghostly which sets the mood immediately. The score is quiet and then really ramps up on the scares, lots of jump scares in this one, but not cheap ones, the film has a collection of very disturbing imagery which create the scares and the amazing tension and atmosphere that the film maintains throughout.

The Demon, The Old Woman, the doll faced girl, the super creepy doll like family. All these entities are exactly what you wouldn't want to see on the other side and are exactly what we get to see when we enter "The Further " which makes for chills and tense moments. The demon, devil-like in his appearance down to his forked tongue and hoofs for feet, he's black as darkness with that ghastly red face!! What a great creepy monster, something to fear! We see his liar at one point where he's listening to and old record and has a collection of creepy items all surrounding him. He's great! And the old woman is very "lady in black" which is also quite terrifying!!

The whole dynamic of entering "The Further" feels a new and fresh concept. Which is why this one edges out The Conjuring for me. That and the fact that it's just honestly a better and more terrifying thrill ride.

So far James Wan has put out many a good horror movie, but this is his best to date!! ” - garyvmiller
 
33.
Friday the 13th (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A group of camp counselors are stalked and murdered by an unknown assailant while trying to reopen a summer camp which, years before, was the site of a child's drowning. (95 mins.)
“ One of the best horror films of all time. It gave birth to my all time favorite series of horror films.

The photography is especially eerie and the soundtrack is terrifying. It has an amazing atmosphere that was never quite matched by any of the sequels. The cabins and the camp look and feel more authentic here than in any of the other chapters. The cabins have a very old time look to them which would make sense since the camp is to have supposedly been closed since the late 50s. Anytime a counselor is in a cabin you get the feeling they are being watched, the POV shots are done quite well in the second half of the film.

The dialogue and interaction between the actors (characters) even the ones with small rolls like the truck driver or the policeman are all very authentic and very well done, again good dialogue.

The movie almost plays like a murder mystery, almost like a Agatha Christie novel right up to the big reveal at the end which is surprising when you first view it..

It all started here this movie gave birth to one of the most recognizable horror icons of all time.

The ending is the stuff of legends. ” - garyvmiller
 
34.
Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Ten years after his original massacre, the invalid Michael Myers awakens and returns to Haddonfield to kill his seven-year-old niece on Halloween. Can Dr. Loomis stop him? (88 mins.)
 
34.
Pumpkinhead (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
After a tragic accident, a man conjures up a towering, vengeful demon called Pumpkinhead to destroy a group of unsuspecting teenagers. (86 mins.)
Director: Stan Winston
“ One of the most wickedly original creatures you'll ever see in a horror film. The Witch in the woods is terrifying and one of my favorite parts of this movie. I love the location, these woods look legit, you feel like you are actually deep in the woods. They use a couple different filters in this movie obviously. When we see the Witch its very RED I always assumed this meant Ed was entering Hell, so those very RED shots work wonderful in setting a great vibe. What makes it even better is the shots in the wood especially when Pumpkinhead is in pursuit are shot very BLUE. I'm not sure if I've ever seen that prior to or in the years that proceeded this film.
Stan Winston who is a well known commodity to all horror and creature feature fans as an exceptional makeup artist directed this movie and for me anyway created a classic! ” - garyvmiller
 
36.
The Hills Have Eyes (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A suburban American family is being stalked by a group of psychotic people who live in the desert, far away from civilization. (107 mins.)
Director: Alexandre Aja
“ Far superior to the original to me. ” - garyvmiller
 
37.
Terror Train (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
A masked killer targets six college kids responsible for a prank gone wrong three years earlier and who are currently throwing a large New Year's Eve costume party aboard a moving train. (97 mins.)
“ The Train, The Cold Winter, the many costumes. All three of these key elements play a major factor in setting a great tone and giving this film amazing atmosphere!! The costumes allow our killer to move amongst everyone Chamaeleon like, but we the audience know exactly who he is which provides some very good tension. The train in the middle of the night during a very bitter cold snowy winter provides both a sense of isolation and almost claustrophobia, entrapment even, there simply is no way to escape. It's a tossup for me as to which mask is the creepiest the Groucho mask is pretty good but I think the old man mask at the end is probably the coup de grace. This movie is a classic. ” - garyvmiller
 
38.
The Funhouse (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Four teenage friends spend the night in a carnival funhouse and are stalked by a deformed man in a Frankenstein mask. (96 mins.)
Director: Tobe Hooper
“ This movie is at its highest point every year around September for me because it's set at a fair/carnival and that just happens to be the month that our fair runs through town every year for one week.

Atmosphere and tone set the tone for this film. Much of my love for this movie is derived in the fair aspect. I like the fair always have since I was a small child. I remember hearing my father tell stories about the freak shows and things that accompanied fairs from his past. There is just something about the fair and the carnies that I just love, it's a feeling. It goes hand-in-hand with the wonderful fall season.

On to the movie, you can tell T Hooper is at the helm as it's kind of got that gritty realistic feel, just like TCM. Though it's got its own vibe different from TCM.

The monster in this film who spends the first half of the movie wearing a Frankenstein mask to only later reveal what's under that mask is even more horrifying. I kind of have a love-hate relationship with him, the make up is kind of cool and kind of silly at the same time. But they nailed the carnival aspect of the film, they nailed the fun house and I like the cast for the most part. My favorite villain in this film is actually the father of the monster, he plays a couple of different roles in the film but mostly he plays the father and he is very human and very Carney, which is exactly what I'm looking for since the main appeal of this film to me is the fact that it is filmed at a fair/carnival. ” - garyvmiller
 
39.
Devil (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
A group of people are trapped in an elevator and the Devil is mysteriously amongst them. (80 mins.)
“ Another one from M Knight, this is another that falls into the watch all the time category. I never tire of this one, its got great atmosphere and keeps you on edge and guessing all the way. The reveal at the end is creepy stuff. ” - garyvmiller
 
40.
Slaughter High (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  
Eight people are invited to their old high school for their ten-year reunion where a fellow former student, disfigured from a prank gone wrong, is out to seek revenge. (90 mins.)
 
41.
Friday the 13th Part III (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
Having revived from his wound, Jason Voorhees takes refuge at a cabin near Crystal Lake. As a group of co-eds arrive for their vacation, Jason continues his killing spree. (95 mins.)
Director: Steve Miner
“ Other than possibly Part 4 "The Final Chapter" this is probably the chapter that I have watched the most frequently over the years. For a very long time Part 2 and 3 were my favorites. And arguably outside of the original Halloween my two favorite horror movies ever! However in recent years the final chapter (part 4) has become my favorite of the series. I think because part 4 was the first Friday the 13th movie that I ever watched when I was young. But in all honesty parts 2, 3 and 4 are all amazing to me!

This chapter picks right up where part two left off, and has the usual opening Friday the 13th kills. But this Jason is a much different Jason than the one we last saw at the end of part two. This is the Richard Brooker Jason and he is a force. He's a HULK and one of the two best men to ever play Jason, The other of course being Ted White who is my favorite Jason of all time.

The cast here, this chapter may have some of the worst acting at least if you're talking about the first four films, but a few of the characters I actually like quite a bit.. The annoying Shelley character I like quite a bit he's annoying in the film because of the character but he adds something to the movie. Him being the "jokester" and faking his own death multiple times actually adds a is he dead element to when he is actually killed. And of course good old Shelley is the one who just happened to bring along a hockey mask for Jason to claim, iconic status cemented.

The whole movie seems to be almost shot in sort of a dreamlike filter, very glossy, now that may have had something to do with the fact that it was shot in 3-D and I am now watching it in 2-D.

I like how in this chapter you keep seeing Jason in the distance many times without his mask (as he didn't have it yet) it kind of gives that feeling that he's lurking around watching and waiting. We see a few shots of him early from just outside the barn or inside the barn and in the opening of the movie he's wandering around outside of the first two victims home in plain sight. And then of course once he gets his iconic hockey mask then he is on screen pretty much the remainder of the movie, the first scene where he walks out with the mask on is epic stuff!!

Now don't get me wrong I enjoy the first movie and it's "who done it" angle, I mean we don't see the killer or know who the killer is until the end.. Then when we find out its Mother, she's only on screen for 13 minutes total, yup 13 minutes wonder if that's clearly just a coincidence. That works for part one as that is what they wanted.

Now in part two we see Jason much more then we saw his mother in part one but we still don't see him nearly as often as we do in this chapter. And again being that Richard Brooker is such an awesome Jason watching this intimidating hulking force coming after the victims makes this movie for me.

At the end of the day this is one of the best chapters, and one of the best Jason's in this entire series! ” - garyvmiller
 
42.
Dark Night of the Scarecrow (1981 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
In a small Southern town, a wrongfully-killed man exacts revenge on those who murdered him from beyond the grave. (96 mins.)
“ The best made for TV horror film of all time. This movie is living proof that you can create genuine scares and real horror with no blood or gore. Its all about atmosphere and story. This movie is very suspenseful, well acted, well written, well filmed, everything about it is good. If you haven't seen this masterpiece do yourself a favor and pick it up. ” - garyvmiller
 
43.
King Kong (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
A petroleum exploration expedition comes to an isolated island and encounters a colossal giant gorilla. (134 mins.)
Director: John Guillermin
“ One of my favorite movies of all time from my childhood. I was always obsessed with giant monsters (still am) and this movie, this "version" of KONG is the definitive version for me, always has been and I'm assuming it always will be.

I will outline the reasons why I consider this the best of all the Kong movies.. I always liked the fact that it takes place in the present time, in the 1970's being as thats when it was filmed.. Being that's it in the 70's before the days of CGI (Video game movies) movies relied on actually sets and real locations in addition to actual built working parts not actors in front of green screen fakery.

I absolutely love the Rick Baker Kong suit, so well done and so much emotion is caught in his eyes and his facial expressions. His Roar is chilling yet very vulnerable and sympathetic while also being terrifying. He's also larger than any Kong before or since which makes him even a little more menacing than the others. Once again he tows the line between scary and sympathetic .

Jessica Lange is absolutely gorgeous in this film, as a young boy I was totally in love with her, she is simply beautiful in this film. The scenes between her and Kong you really can see and feel Kong's absolute infatuation with her and I don't blame him a bit LOL. The score is magnificent and by far and away gives this film the most heart at any other entry in the series.

Like I said at the beginning this is the best of all the Kong movies. ” - garyvmiller
 
43.
King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
A pharmaceutical company captures King Kong and brings him to Japan, where he escapes from captivity and battles a recently released Godzilla. (97 mins.)
Director: Ishirô Honda
 
45.
Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
Mrs. Voorhees is dead, and Camp Crystal Lake is shut down, but a camp next to the infamous place is stalked by an unknown assailant. (87 mins.)
Director: Steve Miner
“ For a very long time, going on 20 or more years this was my favorite Friday the 13th film. But during a recent Marathon of the Friday films I can now say this one is no longer #1 on my list, nor is #2 or #3 even.

Part 2 is still one of the creepiest chapter in the series. But at this point in the series they hadn't yet adopted the style of showing Jason on camera much, he was still a bit of a mystery hiding in the shadows. And I actually prefer seeing Jason more as we do in every chapter after this one.

Some highlights in this chapter include. The chase scene through the woods with the constant flashes of the full moon with that great score!!

Ginny, Amy Steel is one of the better final girls and we have a good final chase scene with her and Jason. But I much prefer the more physically imposing much more invincible Jason beginning in the next chapter.

This is one of the best horror movies of all time but for me in terms of this Franchise it falls well behind a few of the other entities. ” - garyvmiller
 
45.
It Follows (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A young woman is followed by an unknown supernatural force after a sexual encounter. (100 mins.)
 
46.
The Conjuring (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren work to help a family terrorized by a dark presence in their farmhouse. (112 mins.)
Director: James Wan
“ Super Creepy Demonic-Possession film. Its based on a true story. Nothing over the top in here which would make you doubt that it may actually be on the level. It feels believable, a must see! ” - garyvmiller
 
48.
1408 (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
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.)
“ Very good, creepy ghost story. ” - garyvmiller
 
48.
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
 
49.
War of the Worlds (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
As Earth is invaded by alien tripod fighting machines, one family fights for survival. (116 mins.)
 
51.
Halloween (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
After being committed for 17 years, Michael Myers, now a grown man and still very dangerous, escapes from the mental institution and immediately returns to Haddonfield to find his baby sister, Laurie. (109 mins.)
Director: Rob Zombie
“ Very solid work by Zombie with this remake, you can't top the original but RZ made a great movie!! Some things in this I prefer to the original but like Ive said before the original Halloween to me is near untouchable. ” - garyvmiller
 
52.
I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
After a nasty accident, four friends begin to drift apart. One year later Julie James gets a anonymous message and then a slicker wearing, hook wielding killer begins to rip apart her life. (101 mins.)
Director: Jim Gillespie
“ This ones a little Slasher and a little urban legend. Great cast and setting (town) a very underrated movie, for me its one of the best in the last 20 years. ” - garyvmiller
 
52.
A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  
A teenage boy is haunted in his dreams by Freddy Krueger who is out to possess him in order to continue his murder spree in the real world. (87 mins.)
Director: Jack Sholder
 
53.
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
After picking up a traumatized young hitchhiker, five friends find themselves stalked and hunted by a deformed chainsaw-wielding killer and his family of equally psychopathic killers. (98 mins.)
Director: Marcus Nispel
“ Solid remake of a classic. It's not as good as the original but it has its moments. Leatherface and the family are well cast and our victims also are very strong. It's a TCM remake so it's nasty, grimey and has some strong gore. It's not quite as sinister as its own sequel but a much better movie than the one that followed it. ” - garyvmiller
 
55.
The Lost Boys (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
After moving to a new town, two brothers discover that the area is a haven for vampires. (97 mins.)
Director: Joel Schumacher
“ Its got the two Cory's and Vampires come on now thats classic stuff! ” - garyvmiller
 
55.
The Monster Squad (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A young group of monster fanatics attempt to save their hometown from Count Dracula and his monsters. (82 mins.)
Director: Fred Dekker
 
57.
Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Four horror and science fiction segments, directed by four famous directors, each of them being a new version of a classic story from Rod Serling's landmark television series. (101 mins.)
 
58.
Jeepers Creepers (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
A brother and sister driving home through isolated countryside for spring break encounter a flesh-eating creature which is on the last day of its ritualistic eating spree. (90 mins.)
Director: Victor Salva
 
58.
The Dead Zone (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A man awakens from a coma to discover he has a psychic ability. (103 mins.)
 
60.
Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
Laurie Strode, now the dean of a Northern California private school with an assumed name, must battle the Shape one last time and now the life of her own son hangs in the balance. (86 mins.)
Director: Steve Miner
“ This sequel seems to come under fire quite often. When I originally saw it in the theater I loved it, seeing Jamie Lee involved again and having a solid cast overall made it a great movie. Then I backed off that and wasn't sure how much I actually liked it but it now has firmly taken hold as one I like quite a bit. ” - garyvmiller
 
60.
The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
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
“ Hannibal Lecture has arrived. One of the best Thrillers ever. ” - garyvmiller
 
61.
American Psycho (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
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
 
62.
Dressed to Kill (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A mysterious blonde woman kills one of a psychiatrist's patients, and then goes after the high-class call girl who witnessed the murder. (105 mins.)
Director: Brian De Palma
 
63.
Halloween II (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  
Laurie Strode struggles to come to terms with her brother Michael's deadly return to Haddonfield, Illinois; meanwhile, Michael prepares for another reunion with his sister. (105 mins.)
Director: Rob Zombie
“ After originally having only watched this opening night in the theater I left there being underwhelmed.

I still however purchased it on DVD as soon as it was released to complete my forever growing Halloween collection (they keep making more) which don't misunderstand me here the more the better!

So this film was released in '09 and even though I've stopped on it from time to time when its been on one of my movie channels I'd never actually sat down and given it another run, that was until this weekend.

I was pleasantly surprised with how much I thoroughly enjoyed it this go around! Maybe it's been the years since and all the bad horror I've watched between now and then or maybe it just wasn't what I was expecting back in '09.

I found the movie, dirty, gritty, grimy,edgy,relentless,cruel,depressing and at the end of it all a very effective and solid movie.

Myers is again a giant intimidating force of nature. RZ cast the perfect Myers for his two films. Though I love the originals that Michael seems pedestrian compared to this monster.

Some of the dream sequences I could've done without but they don't necessarily take away from that movie too much and I didn't like the recast of the young Michael but I realize the original kid was probably too old at this point to reprise the role.

Danielle Harris was my favorite character she's the cream of the crop here.. I like the fact that RZ cast her, her link to the Halloween franchise after having been in Part four and five I thought was a very nice touch by Rob. Her death in the movie was the only one that really shook me a little. It was effective because we don't really see what he did to her it's all left up to our imagination and implied which makes it even more gruesome I believe.

In closing I will now add this movie to my more frequent rotation as my opinion on it has changed, I love it! ” - garyvmiller
 
64.
Freddy vs. Jason (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
Freddy Krueger and Jason Voorhees return to terrorize the teenage population. Except this time, they're out to get each other, too. (97 mins.)
Director: Ronny Yu
“ What a blast this movie is! I saw this opening weekend with a group of couples and it did not disappoint, it was pretty much everything I could've hoped for.

Now let me first point out that this movie is basically a parody of its self. I honestly believe most of the poor acting, hilariously cheesy dialog and goofy characters was "Mostly" on purpose. The movie knows its audience and knows not to take its self to seriously I believe. The fact that Lochlyn Munro plays a cop (and does his best to be serious) was a great touch, in all honestly this movie should be watched back to back with the original Scary Movie as he has a decent role in both.

This is basically a Nightmare on Elm Street movie, but....... Jason while he's maybe not the star manages to get more screen time and actually is the hero or "good guy" here.. All while still killing innocent (mostly) people in a very cold rage fueled glorious spectacular set of ways!!

Freddy (Robert England) is on point with some classic one liners and while he's past his prime still is and always will be the ONLY FREDDY!!

Jason is Jason even though I don't love his look in this, they cast a very large actor but he's to thin or something. Honestly he reminds me to much of Frankenstein (no offense to the great Frankenstein) he seems slow, clumsy and uncoordinated. Give me the Jason from part 4 or 6 or even 3 those are the best versions in my eyes.

On to the actual movie. The opening kills at the Elm Street house are great the d-bag boyfriends being the best and then the father/son death combo down the road.

Outside of the end fight scene the Jason at the Cornfield Rave is clearly my favorite scene! Jason lit on fire and hurling his flaming machete at his victims is absolutely beautiful as is some of the dialog (insults) hurled at Jason by two of the Rave dbags.

The last 30 min leading up to the final showdown and then the fight its self absolutely delivers the goods. Jason and Freddy chop, hack, slice and dice and basically gut and kill one another. It's over the top with blood and gore which is perfect and exactly what this should be, there is enough give and take on both sides for fanboys of each genre.

Great movie, it delivered what it promised

FREDDY VS JASON!!!! ” - garyvmiller
 
65.
The Man Who Saw Tomorrow (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
Hosted by Orson Welles, this documentary utilizes a grab bag of dramatized scenes, stock footage... (90 mins.)
Director: Robert Guenette
“ You might be thinking "A Documentary" but I would answer with a resounding YES!! To me this movie is SUPER CREEPY.. I first saw it as a child back in '81, the "future" segments depicting Nuclear War and WWIII freaked me out.. I'm sure this was my introduction to the Cold War. I still remember the Prince who was to come out of the Middle East to destroy us.. I remember him in his advanced looking control room giving orders to what I assumed was dropping Nukes all over us!! I tracked this down again after 9/11 went down, I had remembered that this video had predicted an attack on New York. It still remained chilling, even if many of the things didn't actually go down.. Welles's voice (if nothing else) will hold you riveted as he narrates on and off camera. ” - garyvmiller
 
66.
The Mysterious Monsters (1975 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
One of the many notorious 70's "unknown" documentaries, The Mysterious Monsters covers topics such as Bigfoot and the Loch Ness Monster... (86 mins.)
Director: Robert Guenette
“ Very cool old school documentary, if you are into this kind of thing. Majority of the movie deals with Bigfoot which I liked as he is my favorite of these "mysterious monsters" Peter Graves brings what feels like legitimacy to this documentary. The reenactments of encounters with Bigfoot which are done almost like short movie clips are fantastic and some of the best Bigfoot stuff from this era hands-down.. The Bigfoot monster used in many of these reenactments looks much better than the Bigfoot Monsters used in many feature films from this era. If you are in to things involving the Bigfoot monster then I would recommend this one. ” - garyvmiller
 
68.
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.)
 
69.
Vacancy (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
A married couple becomes stranded at an isolated motel and finds hidden video cameras in their room. They soon realize that unless they escape, they'll be the next victims of a snuff film. (85 mins.)
Director: Nimród Antal
 
70.
Scream (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A year after the murder of her mother, a teenage girl is terrorized by a new killer, who targets the girl and her friends by using horror films as part of a deadly game. (111 mins.)
Director: Wes Craven
“ Ah Scream, it brought the Slasher genre back. Scream also did something clever that hadn't been done before, making reference to horror movies of the past, that was GENIUS!! The horror crowd is very loyal and students to these films so making reference was simply brilliant. The film also delivers on scares and stays true to the genre. ” - garyvmiller
 
70.
Deliverance (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Intent on seeing the Cahulawassee River before it's turned into one huge lake, outdoor fanatic Lewis Medlock takes his friends on a river-rafting trip they'll never forget into the dangerous American back-country. (109 mins.)
Director: John Boorman
 
71.
From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Two criminals and their hostages unknowingly seek temporary refuge in an establishment populated by vampires, with chaotic results. (108 mins.)
 
72.
Zodiac (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
In the late 1960s/early 1970s, a San Francisco cartoonist becomes an amateur detective obsessed with tracking down the Zodiac Killer, an unidentified individual who terrorizes Northern California with a killing spree. (157 mins.)
Director: David Fincher
“ "Zodiac", is a semi-adaptation of Robert Graysmith's non-fiction bestseller of the same name, about the hunt for one of the most mysterious serial killers in American history. This movie is simply amazing! The movie is packed with stunningly written and brilliantly developed dialogue scenes, and the few kill scenes are all simply awesome. However, the ABSOLUTE highlight is the scene where Gyllenhaal's character meets up with a mysterious suspect (outstandingly played by Charles Fleischer) and follows him down into one of the creepiest basements in movie history. Fleischer looks scary as hell, and Gyllenhaal is totally frightened.. I love that scene! When Fleischer says "Mr. Graysmith, I do the posters myself. That's my handwriting."... EPIC!!!!!!! ” - garyvmiller
 
73.
Saw (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Two strangers awaken in a room with no recollection of how they got there or why, and soon discover they are pawns in a deadly game perpetrated by a notorious serial killer. (103 mins.)
Director: James Wan
 
75.
Psycho II (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
After twenty-two years of psychiatric care, Norman Bates attempts to return to a life of solitude, but the specters of his crimes - and his mother - continue to haunt him. (113 mins.)
 
76.
The Grudge (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
An American nurse living and working in Tokyo is exposed to a mysterious supernatural curse, one that locks a person in a powerful rage before claiming their life and spreading to another victim. (91 mins.)
Director: Takashi Shimizu
“ Better than the ring, these two get lumped together I feel but in my opinion this is the better movie. ” - garyvmiller
 
77.
Apollo 18 (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  
Decades-old found footage from NASA's abandoned Apollo 18 mission, where two American astronauts were sent on a secret expedition, reveals the reason the U.S. has never returned to the moon. (86 mins.)
“ Space and the Moon just kinda freak me out so this one plays on those fears perfectly. If the thought of potentially being stuck on the moon with no willing outside help and something not human outside is scary to you then this one is for you. ” - garyvmiller
 
77.
Frailty (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A man confesses to an FBI agent his family's story of how his religious fanatic father's visions led to a series of murders to destroy supposed "demons." (100 mins.)
Director: Bill Paxton
 
79.
Leatherface: Texas Chainsaw Massacre III (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  
A California couple and a survivalist encounter Leatherface and his family. (85 mins.)
Director: Jeff Burr
 
79.
Paranormal Activity 3 (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
In 1988, young sisters Katie and Kristi befriend an invisible entity who resides in their home. (83 mins.)
 
80.
Joy Ride (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Three young people on a road trip from Colorado to New Jersey talk to a trucker on their CB radio, then must escape when he turns out to be a psychotic killer. (97 mins.)
Director: John Dahl
“ Builds some good tension. Rusty Nail had potential. ” - garyvmiller
 
81.
Body Double (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A young actor's obsession with spying on a beautiful woman who lives nearby leads to a baffling series of events with drastic consequences. (114 mins.)
Director: Brian De Palma
“ Brian De Palma (Scarface) directed this gem. I love this movie its very "Hitchcock". A twisted tale of murder & deception, with the moral of the story, don't always believe what you see, & if you see it, don't keep watching, do something about it. A story of a man battling his inner most fears. A story of a man whose voyeuristic tendencies get in the way of his actions, as he becomes obsessed with his beautiful neighbor down the hill, watching her through a telescope. Watching her until..........
A masterful mystery thriller, that will appeal to not only fans of those genres, but many horror fans too. ” - garyvmiller
 
83.
Daffy Duck's Quackbusters (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Daffy Duck opens a detective agency for the supernatural along side his Looney Toon buddies. (72 mins.)
“ Yup it's a cartoon. But for starters it's Looney Toons so it's top shelf and it centers around scares and horror so.. Plus though released in '88 the chapters are from the classic catalog. ” - garyvmiller
 
84.
Christine (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A nerdish boy buys a strange car with an evil mind of its own and his nature starts to change to reflect it. (110 mins.)
Director: John Carpenter
 
84.
Zombie (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Strangers searching for a young woman's missing father arrive at a tropical island where a doctor desperately searches for the cause and cure of a recent epidemic of the undead. (91 mins.)
Director: Lucio Fulci
“ The SCORE!! Unbelievable!!! One of the best in any horror film ever. Loosely considered a direct sequel to Dawn of the Dead. Another one that is a bit of a slow burn, but the score, scenery/cinematography and wonderful scenes of Gore make this movie very good. The Zombies look fantastic!! ” - garyvmiller
 
86.
City of the Living Dead (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
A reporter and a psychic race to close the Gates of Hell after the suicide of a clergyman caused them to open, allowing the dead to rise from their graves. (93 mins.)
Director: Lucio Fulci
 
87.
Night of the Living Dead (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
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.)
“ The start of the ZOMBIE era!! This is hands down Romero's masterpiece in my eyes.. The black and white only adds to the creepiness and feeling of realism. This movie feels legit, nothing campy about it to me. "They're coming to get you Barbara' and "Yeah, they're dead. They're all messed up" classic lines from this amazing flick.. With out this movie there is no Walking Dead.. ” - garyvmiller
 
87.
Nosferatu (1922)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Vampire Count Orlok expresses interest in a new residence and real estate agent Hutter's wife. (94 mins.)
Director: F.W. Murnau
“ Max Schreck!! Man did this guy make this part, I know there is a lot of folklore surrounding this mysterious actor. Some people going as far as to say he actually was a vampire. Obviously that's not true but that is just an example of how well he played the role the fact that people would actually buy into this myth. This is a silent film and that doesn't bother me one bit I thought it might but I was completely captivated from start to finish. I'll take this over Dracula all day long. ” - garyvmiller
 
88.
Candyman (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
The Candyman, a murderous soul with a hook for a hand, is accidentally summoned to reality by a skeptic grad student researching the monster's myth. (99 mins.)
Director: Bernard Rose
“ This movie has amazing atmosphere and cinematography.

A sinister and disturbing vibe permeates this film.

Cabrini–Green is a creepy and scary place. The kind of place you'd not want to hang around. Most of the scenes there involve Virginia Madsen's character so you feel uneasy and afraid for her being there. Then throw in the Candyman, a man so scary that even the thugs at CG run and hide from him. ” - garyvmiller
 
90.
When a Stranger Calls (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.0/10 X  
During a babysitting gig, a high-school student is harassed by an increasingly threatening prank caller. (87 mins.)
Director: Simon West
“ Very solid modern remake of a classic. It took the scary elements from the first film (the 1st 30 minutes) and churned out a full length movie. Even though at times it may come off a little "teen horrish" the house sets a scary tone and atmosphere. ” - garyvmiller
 
91.
Annabelle (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  
A couple begins to experience terrifying supernatural occurrences involving a vintage doll shortly after their home is invaded by satanic cultists. (99 mins.)
 
92.
Scream 4 (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Ten years have passed, and Sidney Prescott, who has put herself back together thanks in part to her writing, is visited by the Ghostface Killer. (111 mins.)
Director: Wes Craven
“ What a nice little surprise this one turned out to be. ” - garyvmiller
 
93.
I Still Know What You Did Last Summer (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  
The murderous fisherman with a hook is back to once again stalk the two surviving teens, Julie and Ray, who left him for dead, as well as cause even more murder and mayhem, this time at a posh island resort. (100 mins.)
Director: Danny Cannon
 
94.
Halloween 5 (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  
One year after the events of Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers, the Shape returns to Haddonfield once again in an attempt to kill his now-mute niece. (96 mins.)
 
95.
The Prowler (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
An unknown killer, clad in World War II U.S. Army fatigues, stalks a small New Jersey town bent on reliving a 35 year-old double murder by focusing on a group of college kids holding an annual Spring Dance. (89 mins.)
Director: Joseph Zito
“ Joseph Zito's relentlessly cruel THE PROWLER is one of the best of the 80's slashers. THE PROWLER boasts some memorable characters, decent production values, and an effective musical score and, of course, some of the most inventive and grotesquely realistic murder sequences in the genre. In fact, this may very well be the most violent movie of its ilk ever made. Despite its ferocious gore, this film somehow managed to get an uncensored theatrical release (with an obviously bogus "R" rating) The death scenes in this one are some of Tom Savini's best work. ” - garyvmiller
 
96.
When a Stranger Calls (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A psychopathic killer terrorizes a babysitter, then returns seven years later to menace her again. (97 mins.)
Director: Fred Walton
“ The first and last 20 mins of this film are as good as any, the middle drags which is all that holds this one back. ” - garyvmiller
 
97.
The Town That Dreaded Sundown (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
A Texas Ranger hunts for a hooded serial killer terrorizing the residents of a small town, set in 1946 Texas. Loosely based on a true story. (90 mins.)
 
98.
The House by the Cemetery (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
A New England home is terrorized by a series of murders, unbeknownst to the guests that a gruesome secret is hiding in the basement. (86 mins.)
Director: Lucio Fulci
“ The opening score and opening scene to this movie are amazing! It hooked me instantly!! This was my first Fulci movie and wouldn't be my last! The house is a great setting as it is super creepy. The shots of the basement and of the giant stairs going up or going down are fantastic. What's in the basement is pretty terrifying!! The last 15 minutes are frantic and fantastic!! ” - garyvmiller
 
98.
Blair Witch (2016)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.0/10 X  
After discovering a video showing what he believes to be his vanished sister Heather, James and a group of friends head to the forest believed to be inhabited by the Blair Witch. (89 mins.)
Director: Adam Wingard
“ I thought this was a very good sequel, though it honestly feels more like a reboot. But the main premise is looking for Heather, which is the older sister of our main character in this film. So for that it is most definitely a sequel. It used most of the same elements that made the first movie scary and it even upgraded and enhanced some of the things done in the original film. The original movie was groundbreaking as it was the first "found footage" horror film. Like I said earlier this movie played almost like a reboot or a remake but was actually (for me) often even more effective then its predecessor with many of the things they were able to pull off. I found it scary, intense, disturbing and a great ride. The house where let's face it we all knew they would end up was much more explored and much creepier than in the original film and a perfect setting for the final act of the film, this one will have you looking over your shoulder. ” - garyvmiller
 
100.
The Woman in Black (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A young solicitor travels to a remote village where he discovers the vengeful ghost of a scorned woman is terrorizing the locals. (95 mins.)
Director: James Watkins
“ A slow, slow burn. But a fantastic setting (scenery) and a great performance by D.R. held my attention completely. Hammer style and highly recommended! ” - garyvmiller
 
101.
The Slumber Party Massacre (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
A high school student's slumber party turns terrifying as an escaped mental patient with a drill decides to crash the party. (77 mins.)
Director: Amy Jones
“ Silly, yet some how it succeeds at being both creepy and a little sleezy! ” - garyvmiller