Best Horror Films: Part 2

I love horror movies too much to confine them to a mere fifty titles. Here's the spillover from the first list of essentials. Are all of the movies on this second list must-sees? No. A few perhaps. The rest are my personal favorites that have stuck with me for years after watching them. Despite what the star-count will say, there's not a bad movie on this list. They're all fun and some are even great.
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1.
Shutter (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A young photographer and his girlfriend discover mysterious shadows in their photographs after a tragic accident. They soon learn that you can not escape your past. (97 mins.)
“ A SEVERELY creepy movie! With this one Thailand showed the world that it's a country to be reckoned with in the horror genre. The final five minutes still leave me with chills down my spine. You'll never guess why the main character has back problems! ” - Danofthewoods
 
2.
Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Based on the true life serial killer, Henry Lee Lucas. (83 mins.)
Director: John McNaughton
“ I was on the fence about adding this one to the list. I've never been a big fan of horror movies that depict realistic violence. Some of the escapism gets removed when you're presented with horror that is actually feasible. Nonetheless, this one was so masterfully done that it just had to be here. Well worth a viewing (even if it does leave you with a sour taste in your mouth about humanity). ” - Danofthewoods
 
3.
Ringu (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Ruthlessly murdered by her father, the ghost of a seer's daughter kills all those who watch a weird video after 7 days; unless the viewer finds the escape clause. (96 mins.)
Director: Hideo Nakata
“ I just rewatched this one and it DEFINITELY stands up to a second viewing. Arguably even creepier the second time around. And it's still my vote for the most creative concept for a horror film. ” - Danofthewoods
 
4.
Black Sunday (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A vengeful witch and her fiendish servant return from the grave and begin a bloody campaign to possess the body of the witch's beautiful look-alike descendant. Only the girl's brother and a handsome doctor stand in her way. (87 mins.)
Director: Mario Bava
“ A top-notch sixties horror film with a tinge of the Gothic. ” - Danofthewoods
 
5.
The Ring (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A journalist must investigate a mysterious videotape which seems to cause the death of anyone in a week of viewing it. (115 mins.)
Director: Gore Verbinski
“ A superbly done remake even if it does still pale slightly to the original. That split second flash of the deformed girl who watched the tape towards the beginning is still one of the scariest things I've ever seen in a movie. ” - Danofthewoods
 
6.
Body Bags (1993 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
Three short stories in the horror genre. The first about a serial killer. The second about a hair transplant gone wrong... (91 mins.)
“ I only saw this one once and quite a long time ago, but I remember it being one of the better segmented story horror films. I remember the story in particular with Mark Hamill being pretty damned creepy. Plus Tobe Hooper and John Carpenter are involved! ” - Danofthewoods
 
7.
I Saw the Devil (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A secret agent exacts revenge on a serial killer through a series of captures and releases. (141 mins.)
Director: Kim Jee-woon
“ My wife never forgave me for showing her this. See it and you'll know why. It depicts perhaps the evilest serial killer that's ever graced the screen. ” - Danofthewoods
 
8.
The Cat (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
So-yeun gets stuck with a Persian cat when its owner dies. From then on, she is haunted by a girl with green cat-like eyes. (106 mins.)
“ A great little Korean film (pronounced "Goyangi") that I had the pleasure of seeing in theaters. There's some great suspense building here and even if it does take considerably from such other films as "Dark Water," it was really creepy and well done. Plus, what can I say? I'm a sucker for cats. ” - Danofthewoods
 
9.
House (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
A troubled writer moves into a haunted house after inheriting it from his aunt. (93 mins.)
Director: Steve Miner
“ Cartoony, creepy, Saturday night fun. This movie is a ball. Get out the popcorn and prepare to laugh and cover your eyes at a few points. ” - Danofthewoods
 
10.
House (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A schoolgirl and six of her classmates travel to her aunt's country home, which tries to devour the girls in bizarre ways. (88 mins.)
“ I remember hearing somebody compare the zaniness and unhinged surrealism of this one to the first two Evil Dead movies. I agree, but more so. What this film doesn't have in Raimi's gore, it makes up for in sheer strangeness...a strangeness that would make Salvador Dali beg for more. ” - Danofthewoods
 
11.
Dog Soldiers (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A routine military exercise turns into a nightmare in the Scotland wilderness. (105 mins.)
Director: Neil Marshall
“ A solid reimagining of the werewolf film that effortlessly juggles horror with action. ” - Danofthewoods
 
12.
Anthropophagus (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  
A group of tourists become stranded on an uninhabited island where they are stalked by an insane, violent, and grotesque killer that slaughtered the town's former residents. (90 mins.)
Director: Joe D'Amato
“ I almost couldn't forgive this film for what was arguably the most unconvincing prosthetic head I've ever seen in a horror movie. However, the film goes on to make up for its campiness with what is, in my opinion, the most shocking kill scene out of any horror film. You'll know what I'm talking about when you see it! ” - Danofthewoods
 
13.
One Missed Call (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
People mysteriously start receiving voicemail messages from their future selves, in the form of the sound of them reacting to their own violent deaths. (112 mins.)
Director: Takashi Miike
“ In my opinion, the movie falls apart a little towards the end...but I still hear the ringtone from this movie in my nightmares. Well worth a viewing especially for Miike fans. ” - Danofthewoods
 
14.
The Descent (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A caving expedition goes horribly wrong, as the explorers become trapped and ultimately pursued by a strange breed of predators. (99 mins.)
Director: Neil Marshall
“ I saw this one because people told me it was great...and it is. ” - Danofthewoods
 
15.
Tetsuo, the Iron Man (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A businessman accidentally kills The Metal Fetishist, who gets his revenge by slowly turning the man into a grotesque hybrid of flesh and rusty metal. (67 mins.)
“ I remember the last time I saw this one, my friend and I had smoked a substance of questionable legality and we were blasting Black Sabbath as the soundtrack while watching this. Good God. However, even without the questionable substances and Ozzy Osbourne, this movie still rocks in its sheer weirdness and clever portrayal of the not-so-distant future. ” - Danofthewoods
 
16.
Dream Home (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Cheng Li-sheung is a young, upwardly mobile professional finally ready to invest in her first home. But when the deal falls through, she is forced to keep her dream alive - even if it means keeping her would-be neighbors dead. (96 mins.)
Director: Ho-Cheung Pang
“ How far will a woman go to secure an apartment with an ocean view? See this blood-drenched gem and you'll find out. ” - Danofthewoods
 
17.
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
“ I was a skeptic about the "Paranormal Activity" movies before going to see the third one in theaters. Immediately I went home and watched the second one then the first one. It just kept getting better and better. This movie still makes my skin crawl thinking about it, especially the final scene! ” - Danofthewoods
 
18.
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
“ The creepy old lady who appears in the photographs of the father when he was young... yup. She's the reason I had trouble sleeping for a week after seeing this one. I bad mouthed this one, then saw it. I take back all my trash-talk. This is a great movie. ” - Danofthewoods
 
19.
Whispering Corridors (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
While investigating the school files, the frightened teacher Mrs. Park startles and calls the young teacher Eun-young Hur... (105 mins.)
Director: Ki-hyeong Park
“ A Korean horror landmark film that helped to propagate the popularly held belief in Korea that schools after dark are indeed the scariest places on earth. ” - Danofthewoods
 
20.
Deranged: Confessions of a Necrophile (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Based on the Ed Gein case, a deranged rural farmer becomes a grave robber and murderer after the death of his possessive mother whom he keeps her corpse, among others, as his companions in his decaying farmhouse (82 mins.)
“ This movie is indeed deranged, but not so psychological where it gets into your head. It keeps the viewer a safe distance from the true implications of Ed Gein. In that sense, it can still be fun. ” - Danofthewoods
 
21.
The Fly (1958)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A scientist has a horrific accident when he tries to use his newly invented teleportation device. (94 mins.)
Director: Kurt Neumann
“ I think I will go to my grave having lost the argument that this one is better than the Cronenberg remake. True, I've always been a sucker for Vincent Price, but, for myself, this story lent itself much better to the late 50s horror treatment than the graphic transformation that Goldblum undergoes in the remake. You'll probably disagree and that's cool but my verdict stands. ” - Danofthewoods
 
22.
Event Horizon (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A rescue crew investigates a spaceship that disappeared into a black hole and has now returned...with someone or something new on-board. (96 mins.)
Director: Paul Anderson
“ I loved it when I was 14 and I still love it now. A haunted house movie...in space! "Where we're going, we don't need eyes to see!" ” - Danofthewoods
 
23.
House of 1000 Corpses (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
Two teenage couples traveling across the backwoods of Texas searching for urban legends of murder end up as prisoners of a bizarre and sadistic backwater family of serial killers. (89 mins.)
Director: Rob Zombie
“ A horror movie made by a true horror fan. This is the movie that I waited like two years to see (because of the MPAA) and it was well worth the wait. ” - Danofthewoods
 
24.
Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
After his parents are murdered, a tormented teenager goes on a murderous rampage dressed as Santa, due to his stay at an orphanage where he was abused by the Mother Superior. (79 mins.)
“ Arguably the best Christmas slasher film after "Black Christmas." ” - Danofthewoods
 
25.
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.)
“ Very cartoony and very fun! ” - Danofthewoods
 
26.
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
“ I have always preferred this one over the first one. It's probably because I LOVE the story "The Raft" and the last one about the hitchhiker. This one felt a little less like a cartoon to me. True there was that Indian tale which almost made me fall asleep, but the rest was pretty solid. ” - Danofthewoods
 
27.
Storm of the Century (1999 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A small village off the mainland is about to receive a huge winter storm. It won't be just another storm for them... (257 mins.)
“ I saw this one when it was first aired back in '99. It still evokes for me the creepiness of being snowed in. The setting of this film is the true star of the show...a snowy isolated island with a supernatural killer on the lose. ” - Danofthewoods
 
28.
Paperhouse (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A young girl lost in the loneliness and boredom of reality finds solace in an ill boy, whom she can visit in a surreal dream world that she drew in her school composition book. (92 mins.)
Director: Bernard Rose
“ I remember this one being really creepy with some awesome dream sequences. It's long overdue for a second viewing. The concept is also pretty damn original. ” - Danofthewoods
 
29.
Magic (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A ventriloquist is at the mercy of his vicious dummy while he tries to renew a romance with his high school sweetheart. (107 mins.)
“ Great acting and intensely creepy! ” - Danofthewoods
 
30.
Re-Animator (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A dedicated student at a medical college and his girlfriend become involved in bizarre experiments centering around the re-animation of dead tissue when an odd new student arrives on campus. (104 mins.)
Director: Stuart Gordon
“ What happens when you mix Mary Shelley with Sam Raimi? This! ” - Danofthewoods
 
31.
Sisters (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A journalist witnesses a brutal murder in a neighboring apartment, but the police do not believe that the crime took place. With the help of a private detective, she seeks out the truth. (93 mins.)
Director: Brian De Palma
“ This one didn't get as much play as De Palma's other horror masterpiece, "Carrie," but it deserves to. Maybe some people got lost in the hallucinogenic finale. And if you haven't heard the twist ending (and you're totally oblivious to it) you're in for a treat! ” - Danofthewoods
 
32.
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
“ Another great popcorn-munching Saturday night horror flick that's more fun than scary. ” - Danofthewoods
 
33.
Grindhouse (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez's homage to exploitation double features in the 60s and 70s with two back-to-back cult films that include previews of coming attractions between them. (191 mins.)
“ This truly was a theater experience and I still attest that neither film is really solid enough to survive on it's own. But when you put it all together as a package with the two movies and the stellar spoof trailers in between, you've got a couple of cinematic masters just having a good time. ” - Danofthewoods
 
34.
Tales from the Crypt: Demon Knight (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A man on the run is hunted by a demon known as the Collector. (92 mins.)
“ A solid thoroughly enjoyable monster film. ” - Danofthewoods
 
35.
Thirst (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Through a failed medical experiment, a priest is stricken with vampirism and is forced to abandon his ascetic ways. (133 mins.)
Director: Chan-wook Park
“ What happens when you let Park Chan Wook make a horror movie. Profound implications for the vampire genre and truly artistic composition and cinematography. ” - Danofthewoods
 
36.
Jaws 2 (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
Police chief Brody must protect the citizens of Amity after a second monstrous shark begins terrorizing the waters. (116 mins.)
Director: Jeannot Szwarc
“ Of course it's not as good as the first one, but for my money, it's still the second best shark-related film out there. I love the first death scene and the scenario with the kids being attacked while on a sailboat trip. A very scary movie! ” - Danofthewoods
 
37.
Dead Friend (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
A teenage girl suffering from amnesia discovers that she is somehow connected to a group of people who are being killed off one by one by a vengeful ghost. (98 mins.)
Director: Tae-kyeong Kim
“ An excellent example of the "water ghost" ("meul keesheen") myth in Korean ghost stories. ” - Danofthewoods
 
38.
White: The Melody of the Curse (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
Girl group "Pink Dolls" is always pushed into the background by other popular idols. When the girls release their new song "White", a remake from unknown origins they become instant sensations. (106 mins.)
Director: Gok Kim, Sun Kim
“ This would make a good double feature with "Black Swan." A cautionary tale on the dangers of greed/ambition and the superficiality of the Korean pop culture. ” - Danofthewoods
 
39.
The Devil's Rejects (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
The murderous, backwoods Firefly family take to the road to escape a vengeful police force which is not afraid of being as ruthless as their target. (107 mins.)
Director: Rob Zombie
“ Rob Zombie's best movie. ” - Danofthewoods
 
40.
Tales from the Hood (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
A funeral director tells four strange tales of horror with an African American focus to three drug dealers he traps in his place of business. (98 mins.)
Director: Rusty Cundieff
“ A racially charged horror film that manages to inject the terror without being goofy and a political commentary without being preachy. At the end of the day, though, it's just a really fun movie. ” - Danofthewoods
 
41.
The Legend of Hell House (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A scientist and his wife lead a team into the Belasco House, which is supposedly haunted by the victims of its late owner, a serial killer. (95 mins.)
Director: John Hough
“ A slow-burning haunted house film that's bound to leave you at least a little unsettled. ” - Danofthewoods
 
42.
The Last Exorcism (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
A troubled evangelical minister agrees to let his last exorcism be filmed by a documentary crew. (87 mins.)
Director: Daniel Stamm
“ I was NOT expecting this one to be as good as it was. SOOO creepy! I loved the idea of the charlatan getting played in the end by a genuine case of possession. The actress in this was also top-notch. She was as convincing as Linda Blair for me. ” - Danofthewoods
 
43.
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.)
“ This is not just one of my favorites from the Halloween series. It's a great horror movie just standing on it's own. Here's Michael Meyer's little niece getting chased around a town that has devolved into vigilanteeism in the wake of one chaotic Halloween night. ” - Danofthewoods
 
44.
Return of the Living Dead II (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
Curious kids unearth the barrels that helped revive the dead of the first film, which proves the second time's an undead charm. (89 mins.)
Director: Ken Wiederhorn
“ This is SO much fun! This is the pinnacle of horror/comedy fusion. ” - Danofthewoods
 
45.
From Beyond (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A group of scientists have developed the Resonator, a machine which allows whoever is within range to see beyond normal perceptible reality. But when the experiment succeeds, they are immediately attacked by terrible life forms. (86 mins.)
Director: Stuart Gordon
“ Stuart Gordon has done it again! I was even more impressed by the make-up effects in this one than in "Re-Animator." It's a winning story by Lovecraft matched with superb old-school horror effects. ” - Danofthewoods
 
46.
Child's Play 2 (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
While Andy's mother is admitted to a psychiatric hospital, the young boy is placed in foster care, and Chucky, determined to claim Andy's soul, is not far behind. (84 mins.)
Director: John Lafia
“ Another great sequel. The finale in the toy factory is classic and I personally think Chucky is creepier in this one than in any of the other Child's Play films. ” - Danofthewoods
 
47.
The Brood (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A man tries to uncover an unconventional psychologist's therapy techniques on his institutionalized wife, amidst a series of brutal murders. (92 mins.)
“ An offering from the director that refuses to be neatly categorized. David Cronenberg has given us sci-fi, drama, and careful character studies. Yet, while he masterfully shifts from genre to genre, he will always be a horror guru for me. This movie will tell you why. ” - Danofthewoods
 
48.
Rabid (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A young woman develops a taste for human blood after undergoing experimental plastic surgery, and her victims turn into rabid, blood-thirsty zombies who proceed to infect others, which turns into a city-wide epidemic. (91 mins.)
“ An early creeper from the master himself. I remember seeing the jacket for this one at the local video store growing up. I'll admit that the images on the front and back cover gave me far more nightmares than the film itself when I finally saw it last year. However, it's still a a spooky film with great special effects and quite the seductress in the leading role. ” - Danofthewoods
 
49.
Insidious: Chapter 2 (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
The Lamberts believe that they have defeated the spirits that have haunted their family, but they soon discover that evil is not beaten so easily. (106 mins.)
Director: James Wan
“ How refreshing! A sequel that actual lives up to the original. This one goes into more depth with the whole lady-in-black mythology. It's pretty damned messed up with some incredibly creepy visuals. James Wan delivers once again (more so, in my opinion, than with "The Conjuring"). ” - Danofthewoods
 
50.
Ju-on: The Beginning of the End (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  
In this seventh installment of the Ju-on franchise, a school teacher visits the home of a boy who's been absent from school for a long period of time, unaware of the horrific tragedy which occurred in the boy's household many years ago. (91 mins.)
Director: Masayuki Ochiai
“ I love the good old-fashioned gore effects and twisted visuals. True, I went to see this Japanese film, in a Korean theater...with Korean subtitles. So I definitely missed some of the finer points in the dialogue. But, damn! Even without catching everything that's being said, this is visually a kaleidoscope of suspense and blood. ” - Danofthewoods