Lists by nauru-1

a list of 20 titles
What I believe to be are the 20 greatest episodes of longrunning animated series, The Simpsons. Episodes range in time from 1991 to 1997. I opted to pull no punches and went directly for what I consider to be the prime episodes of the show at its absolute peak. Many are those you might expect, but I did not refrain from included those which I feel deserve even if they, for one reason or another, aren't generally recognized as one of the best. Moreover, 20 is a small number when you have so many episodes to consider, so there are going to be plenty of great episodes I haven't included. Without further rambling, here's the list...
 
a list of 100 titles
An insanely tough task, particularly once you get to the top. Once again I've done to make this based on a number of factors whether it's influence, accessibility, acclaim, personal enjoyment, and how effective it is as a horror film.
 
a list of 100 titles
In chronological order, I've set out to list 600 horror films that stand out as the best and most iconic of the genre. Although I was able to list all of my personal favourites, surely there will exist an exclusion here and there for some of you. Nevertheless, I was determined not to miss out on any of the most well-respected entries of the genre and it's truly a gigantic crop of films. I used my personal judgment to determine what constitutes a horror film leaning almost always toward inclusion. Comments and suggestions are welcome. For instance, you may question the presence of a few Hitchcockian thrillers or pure Sci-Fi classics, but I tried to formulate my list to those which approach the spirit of my interests. Comments and suggestions are welcome.

Be sure to check out the rest of the list I've also posted. Without further rambling, enjoy!
 
a list of 103 titles
In chronological order, I've set out to list 600 horror films that stand out as the best and most iconic of the genre. Although I was able to list all of my personal favourites, surely there will exist an exclusion here and there for some of you. Nevertheless, I was determined not to miss out on any of the most well-respected entries of the genre and it's truly a gigantic crop of films. I used my personal judgment to determine what constitutes a horror film leaning almost always toward inclusion. For instance, you may question the presence of a few Hitchcockian thrillers or pure Sci-Fi classics, but I tried to formulate my list to those which approach the spirit of my interests. Comments and suggestions are welcome.

Be sure to check out the rest of the list I've also posted. Without further rambling, enjoy!
 
a list of 100 titles
In chronological order, I've set out to list 600 horror films that stand out as the best and most iconic of the genre. Although I was able to list all of my personal favourites, surely there will exist an exclusion here and there for some of you. Nevertheless, I was determined not to miss out on any of the most well-respected entries of the genre and it's truly a gigantic crop of films. I used my personal judgment to determine what constitutes a horror film leaning almost always toward inclusion. For instance, you may question the presence of a few Hitchcockian thrillers or pure Sci-Fi classics, but I tried to formulate my list to those which approach the spirit of my interests. Comments and suggestions are welcome.

Be sure to check out the rest of the list I've also posted. Without further rambling, enjoy!
 
a list of 99 titles
In chronological order, I've set out to list 600 horror films that stand out as the best and most iconic of the genre. Although I was able to list all of my personal favourites, surely there will exist an exclusion here and there for some of you. Nevertheless, I was determined not to miss out on any of the most well-respected entries of the genre and it's truly a gigantic crop of films. I used my personal judgment to determine what constitutes a horror film leaning almost always toward inclusion. For instance, you may question the presence of a few Hitchcockian thrillers or pure Sci-Fi classics, but I tried to formulate my list to those which approach the spirit of my interests. Comments and suggestions are welcome.

Be sure to check out the rest of the list I've also posted. Without further rambling, enjoy!
 
a list of 98 titles
In chronological order, I've set out to list 600 horror films that stand out as the best and most iconic of the genre. Although I was able to list all of my personal favourites, surely there will exist an exclusion here and there for some of you. Nevertheless, I was determined not to miss out on any of the most well-respected entries of the genre and it's truly a gigantic crop of films. I used my personal judgment to determine what constitutes a horror film leaning almost always toward inclusion. For instance, you may question the presence of a few Hitchcockian thrillers or pure Sci-Fi classics, but I tried to formulate my list to those which approach the spirit of my interests. Comments and suggestions are welcome.

Be sure to check out the rest of the list I've also posted. Without further rambling, enjoy!
 
a list of 100 titles
In chronological order, I've set out to list 600 horror films that stand out as the best and most iconic of the genre. Although I was able to list all of my personal favourites, surely there will exist an exclusion here and there for some of you. Nevertheless, I was determined not to miss out on any of the most well-respected entries of the genre and it's truly a gigantic crop of films. I used my personal judgment to determine what constitutes a horror film leaning almost always toward inclusion. For instance, you may question the presence of a few Hitchcockian thrillers or pure Sci-Fi classics, but I tried to formulate my list to those which approach the spirit of my interests. Comments and suggestions are welcome.

Be sure to check out the rest of the list I've also posted. Without further rambling, enjoy!
 
a list of 23 titles
As apparent a discrepancy as there is between the show of, say, the early to mid-90's and today, this list is to determine the best episode of each season of the Simpsons. I've based this on personal opinion, but hopefully there at least seems to be some sense in these decisions. Enjoy!
 
a list of 1,275 titles
A comprehensive list of cinema's great fright films ordered by year. The focus is primarily on horror, but in order to match the spirit of this subject I at times venture into pure sci-fis, thrillers, and perhaps even dramas. Recommendations and comments are welcome, and I'm always looking to add!

Here are the links for each page as well a description of the years within for easy navigation.

Page 1 - 1910-1936
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Page 4 - 1955-1962
Page 5 - 1962-1966
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a list of 10 titles
After the fallout of the Universal monster cycle and a near-total drought of horror for the past two years, 1939 saw horror, including Universal horror, swiftly come back into relevance. This is a really strong collection of horror films that sets the stage well for the early-to-mid 40's, where fun chillers were churned out on a regular basis.

Notable Films sometimes labelled as horror:
The Wizard of Oz, Charlie Chan at Treasure Island, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, Miracles for Sale

Notable Films that didn't make the cut:
The House of Fear, The Phantom Creeps, The Gorilla, Prest-O Change-O, The Sign of Death, The Phantom Carriage, Spook Sport, De Spooktrein, The Devil's Daughter, Torture Ship, Every Madman to His Specialty

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As the decade draws to a close, horror has fallen off considerably. The Universal monsters, a reliable source of horror for the better part of two decades, are gone, and it seems the genre as a whole is out of vogue. Besides a couple of entries, there isn't much to choose. Some interesting dramas with dark elements in this year, however.

Notable Films sometimes labelled as horror:
The Rocking Horse Winner, Alias Nick Beal, The Window, Obsession

Notable Films that didn't make the cut:
Unusual Tales

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The 50's end on a strong note. While it lacks a top-shelf classic, this year has a strong share of solid horror films thanks to emerging contributors like Roger Corman, William Castle, and horror superstar Vincent Price. We have a healthy dose of gothic horror which had recently seen a renaissance and a few remaining remnants can be found of sci-fi horror, the dominant cycle several years prior.

Notable Films sometimes labelled as horror:
Suddenly Last Summer

Notable Films that didn't make the cut:
The Man Who Could Cheat Death, The Stranglers of Bombay, The Man and the Monster, Curse of the Undead, Return of the Fly, Horrors of the Black Museum, 4D Man, Plan 9 from Outer Space, The Giant Behemoth, The Four Skulls of Jonathan Drake, The Alligator People, The Angry Red Planet, First Man into Space, The Living Coffin, Caltiki the Immortal Monster, Invisible Invaders, The Woman Vampire, The Manster, The Monster of Piedras Blancas, Terror Is a Man, The Wasp Woman, The Head, The Killer Shrews, Attack of the Giant Leeches, Night of the Ghouls

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For whatever reason, sandwiched between the tail end of one of horror's best decade and on the cusp of another, this is a rather limp year. There are a few rewarding films here, but this year doesn't hold up to what surrounds it. Disappointing, but with such an incredible run of horror in this period, something had to be leaner. It's amazing how things can go from one extreme like 1968 was to another like this one.

Notable Films sometimes labelled as horror:
The Honeymoon Killers, One on Top of the Other, The Valley of Gwangi, Naked Violence, The Illustrated Man

Notable Films that didn't make the cut:
The Strangers Gundown, Eye of the Cat, Fear No Evil, Daughter of the Mind, The Lottery, Dead of Night: A Darkness at Blaisedon, Daddy's Gone A-Hunting, Bambi Meets Godzilla, Two Undercover Angels, Psychout for Murder, Inferno of Torture, The Mad Room, Marquis de Sade: Justine, The Witchmaker, Night of the Bloody Apes, The Haunted House of Horror

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The decade ends in typically strong fashion, boasting a couple more classics. In the wake of the previous year's low budget smash Halloween, the slasher boom emerges quickly onto the scene. Between these and the rise of the so-called Video Nasties, the seeds for the 80's are set in motion.

Notable Films sometimes labelled as horror:
Vengeance Is Mine

Notable Films that didn't make the cut:
Beyond the Darkness, Dracula, The Cars That Ate Paris, Love at First Bite, Fascination, Harpya, The Silent Scream, The Driller Killer, Thirst, Prophecy, Don't Go in the House, The Evictors, Legend of the Mountain, The Halloween That Almost Wasn't, Butterfly Murders, Star of David: Beauty Hunting, Vampire, Killer Nun, Fleisch, Gore in Venice, Screams of a Winter Night

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Though a more modest year for the decade, this rounds out the 80's rather smoothly with some good films. The momentum would effectively last one more year before retreating a fair bit in the 90's.

Notable Films sometimes labelled as horror:
Black Rain, Tales from the Gimli Hospital, Ghostbusters II

Notable Films that didn't make the cut:
Bride of Re-Animator, The Church, Puppetmaster, Warlock, I Madman, Communion, Stepfather II, Leviathan, Shocker,Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers, Kitchen Sink, Sundown: The Vampire in Retreat, Clownhouse, Godzilla vs. Biollante, The Phantom of the Opera, The Fly II, Legend of the Overfiend, DeepStar Six, Dr. Caligari, The Dead Pit, Sleepaway Camp III: Teenage Wasteland, After Midnight, Black Rainbow, Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan, The Dead Next Door, The House of Clocks

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For whatever reason, the final year of the 90's had an inordinate amount of notable horror films. In a decade that was often underwhelming, there is a lot of quality stuff here ending the century on a very hopeful note. It gives 1990 and 1992 a run for their money. Perhaps the Y2K concerns made horror especially relevant!

Notable Films sometimes labelled as horror:
Samurai X: Trust and Betrayal, Bringing Out the Dead

Notable Films that didn't make the cut:
The Ninth Gate, Gemini, Memento Mori, Idle Hands, Stigmata, Ring 2, The 4th Floor, Lake Placid, End of Days, Deep Blue Sea, Gamera 3: Revenge of Iris, Nang-Nak, Tell Me Something, The 13th Warrior, Wild Zero, The Ring Virus, Oxygen, Buddy Boy, Terror Firmer, Criminal Lovers, The Haunting, House on Haunted Hill, Virus, Resurrection, The Nameless, Curse of the Blair Witch, Intruder, Inferno

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Effectively the end of the silent era and the rise of the sound era, horror leaves the 20's with a couple more notable entries. Not a particularly plentiful year, but horror, and film in general, was still relatively young.

Notable Films sometimes labelled as horror:
Pandora's Box, Blackmail, The Mysterious Dr. Fu Manchu

Notable Films that didn't make the cut:
Der Hund von Baskerville, Chamber of Horrors

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Along with the previous year and perhaps 1950, this is the driest horror would ever get this side of World War I. At a time when film trends would come and go seemingly over night, the typically constant horror genre fell completely out of favour. That wouldn't last long, but for this brief time it was quite decisive. Again some very borderline choices have been included to round out the list.

Notable Films sometimes labelled as horror:
The Lady Vanishes, The Invisible Menace

Notable Films that didn't make the cut:
Edo ni arawareta Kingu Kongu: Ôgon no maki

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A better year for horror than its predecessor, but one still very sparse in genre entries. A few of the borderline films this year lean a bit back on gothic style again. Things would only get worse after this for the next couple of years, as horror completely reaches rock bottom.

Notable Films sometimes labelled as horror:
Rope, Sorry Wrong Number, The Woman in White, Blanche Fury, Portrait of Jennie, Night Has a Thousand Eyes, The Feathered Serpent

Notable Films that didn't make the cut:
House of Darkness, Castle Sinister

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A rather good year that changes the tide based on pieces set up the year prior. Science fiction still plays a key role for a little longer, but with back-to-back successes, Hammer solifidies its place in horror history for the next 15 years, in the process reinvigorating gothic horror in a triumphant return after a decade-long hiatus.

Notable Films sometimes labelled as horror:
The Magician, It Happened in Broad Daylight, The Snorkel

Notable Films that didn't make the cut:
Grip of the Strangler, The Veil, Macabre, Monster on the Campus, Mannequin in Red, Tales of Frankenstein, The Vampire's Coffin, The Return of Dracula, The Colossus of New York, The H-Man, Frankenstein - 1970, Attack of the 50 Foot Woman, Blood of the Vampire, My World Dies Screaming, How to Make a Monster, Attack of the Puppet People, Baran: Monster from the East, The Strange World of Planet X, The Trollenberg Terror, Earth vs. the Spider, The Screaming Skull

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The 60's has been consistently solid, but not since earlier in the decade had there been a game-changing year for horror. Look no further than here for another one of those landmark years, however. When you consider how it has multiple all-time horror classics and far more than its fair share of good ones in support, this may very well be the single best year for horror films.

Notable Films sometimes labelled as horror:
The Boston Strangler, 2001: A Space Odyssey, The Bride Wore Black, Pretty Poison, The Anniversary

Notable Films that didn't make the cut:
Spirits of the Dead, Dracula Has Risen from the Grave, A Quiet Place in the Country, Even the Wind Is Afraid, Destroy All Monsters, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Death Laid an Egg, Curse of the Crimson Altar, The Strange World of Coffin Joe, Naked You Die, The Alphabet, Ghost Story of the Snow Witch, The Joy of Torture, The Power, Goke the Vampire, The Lost Continent, The Body, The Blood of Fu Manchu, Ghost Story of the Snake Woman, Corruption, The Rape of the Vampire, Journey to Midnight, The Hand of Night, The Blood Beast Terror, The Living Skeleton, The Monster of Blackwood Castle, The Hundred Monsters, Yokai Warriors: Spook Warfare, A Thousand Pleasures, The Green Slime, Frankenstein's Bloody Terror, Mad Doctor of Blood Island, Brides of Blood, Confessions of a Psycho Cat

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Much like ten years prior, this year is remarkable for having two of what are considered among the best horror films of all-time. The top of this list tends to overshadow everything else, but there are still other good entries this year in a decade that has consistently delivered.

Notable Films sometimes labelled as horror:
Coma, Beauty and the Beast

Notable Films that didn't make the cut:
Damien: Omen II, Someone's Watching Me!, Eyes of Laura Mars, Blue Sunshine, The Grapes of Death, The Dark Secret of Harvest Home, The Bloodstained Shadow, Piranha, Patrick, Within the Woods, Jaws 2, The Evil, Stranger in Our House, I Spit on Your Grave, Satan's Blood, The Toolbox Murders, The Legacy, The Cat and the Canary, The Redeemer: Son of Satan, Devil Dog: The Hound of Hell, Prey, Are You in the House Alone?, It Lives Again, The Manitou, The Swarm, Attack of the Killer Tomatoes!, The Initiation of Sarah, The Comeback, Last House on the Beach, Krabat: The Sorcerer's Apprentice, Ringing Bell, Jennifer, Killer's Moon, The Ghost of Flight 401, Virgin Killer, The Mountain of the Cannibal God

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Following in the footsteps of the previous year, 1988 is another great one for horror thanks to a significant crop of chillers. As if it wasn't already clear, the slasher genre is beginning to wane with endless franchise sequels, but this didn't stop horror from having a wide variety of interesting directions. There's actually a ridiculous amount of serviceable horror films that came out in the late 80's.

Notable Films sometimes labelled as horror:
Alice, Apartment Zero, The Hound of the Baskervilles

Notable Films that didn't make the cut:
Pin: A Plastic Nightmare, Lady in White, The Blob, Killer Klowns from Outer Space, Maniac Cop, Return of the Living Dead Part II, Monkey Shines, Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers, Night of the Demons, Evil Dead Trap, Waxwork, Amsterdamned, Scarecrows, Men Behind the Sun, Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood, A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master, The Twelve Months of the Summer, Sleepaway Camp II: Unhappy Campers, Pumpkinhead, Poltergest III, The Seventh Sign, The Lair of the White Worm, Fright Night Part 2, High Spirits, Pulse, Scooby-Doo and the Ghoul School, Rowing With the Wind, Watchers, I Saw What You Did, Nightmare Sisters, Prison, Elvira Mistress of the Dark, Slime City, Demon City Shinjuku, Critters 2, Vampire's Kiss, Dead Heat, Zombi 3, 976-EVIL, American Gothic, Bad Dreams, Jack's Back, Nosferatu in Venice

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Another relatively weak year in a decade that was very hit and miss, or at least one that does not seem to have much consensus on what good films horror had to offer.

Notable Films sometimes labelled as horror:
Dark City, Pi, I Stand Alone

Notable Films that didn't make the cut:
Halloween H20: 20 Years Later, Bio-Zombie, Deep Rising, Sphere, Disturbing Behaviour, Whispering Corridors, The Last Broadcast, Alien Abduction: Incident in Lake County, Genesis, The Prophecy II, Phantasm IV: Oblivion, I Still Know What You Did Last Summer, Psycho, Urban Legend, Species II, Beloved, Godzilla, Phantom, Dead Man's Curve

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It is interesting how certain years have a wealth of good stuff to choose from, while others immediately surrounding are lacking. Whereas the preceding year was extremely strong, 2008 seems to pale in comparison. That being said, it is not without its highlights.

Notable Films sometimes labelled as horror:
Hellboy II: The Golden Army, Changeling, Red

Notable Films that didn't make the cut:
I Sell the Dead, The Midnight Meat Train, Quarantine, Tokyo Gore Police, Mirrors, The Cottage, 4bia, Saw V, The Eye, Cold Prey II, Shiver, The Burrowers, The Ruins, Sauna, Repo! The Genetic Opera, The Disappeared, Vinyan, Baghead, The Horribly Slow Murderer With the Extremely Inefficient Weapon, Sebastien's Voodoo, Kandisha, Genova, Pathology, The Happening, Shutter, Dorothy Mills, Dance of the Dead

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There are some very strong genre films here, even if there are not many in total. For more obscure entries especially, there is also the issue of certain films being lost. With the silent era drawing to a close, this is a great collection in what has been a rather fruitful first decade of significance.

Notable Films sometimes labelled as horror:
The Passion of Joan of Arc

Notable Films that didn't make the cut:
Maria Marten, The Haunted House, The Ape, The Leopard Lady, Thief in the Dark

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With a change in ownership at Universal, a ban in Great Britain, and the genre waning a little in popularity, horror movies essentially went into hibernation for a couple years. Chillers suddenly became scarce, and the result is a challenge to form any kind of top 10 horror list. With lenient criteria, there's enough here, and this year fares better than its successor. This year is notable for some very early Asian entries into the genre.

Notable Films sometimes labelled as horror:
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Night Key

Notable Films that didn't make the cut:
Ticket of Leave Man, Symphony of Lianhua, The Queen of Spades, The Super Madman, Witches' Night

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This is where horror completely falls off the map once again, a drought from which it would not fully recover until the mid-50's. Monster movies became passé after the war ended, with film-noir taking over as the sole provider for dark, moody films (making for a lengthy list of borderline mentions). Remnants of the recent success allow one to scrounge up some kind of list, but horror is effectively in hiding. I took a few liberties again when making this list, but only to an extent.

Notable Films sometimes labelled as horror:
The Ghost and Mrs. Muir, Nightmare Alley, Kiss of Death, The Two Mrs. Carrolls, Possessed, Lured, Dick Tracy Meets Gruesome

Notable Films that didn't make the cut:
The Execrable Fate of Guillemette Babin, Gas House Kids in Hollywood, The Headless Woman

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Sci-fi horror films with its giant monsters and aliens remain firmly at the top here, with only a few notable exceptions that push toward another direction. While this may have been a different type of horror, it was a hugely popular trend that helped boost up horror in a way that reflected post-WWII public fears of the time. In a sense, this era would be the last in which classic B&W monster movies would dominate. Some good films this year even if they lean heavily toward one particular subgenre.

Notable Films sometimes labelled as horror:
The Seventh Seal, Throne of Blood, Nights When the Devil Came

Notable Films that didn't make the cut:
The Monster That Challenged the World, Kronos, The Land Unknown, Spook Chasers, I Was a Teenage Werewolf, I Was a Teenage Frankenstein, Invasion of the Saucer Men, Daughter of Dr. Jekyll, The Body Snatcher, The Ghost of Kasane, Cat Girl, The Black Scorpion, Blood of the Demon, Voodoo Island, Attack of the Crab Monsters, Zombies of Mora Tau, The Brain from Planet Arous, The Man Who Turned to Stone, The Undead, The Cyclops, The Unknown Terror, She Devil, The Deadly Mantis, The Giant Claw, Pharoah's Curse

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The strong run that has been the 60's shows no signs of slowing here with yet another really good crop of horror. With rare exception, it is interesting to note that black and white horror has essentially vanished by this point. It marks the end of a visual form tied to virtually all of the classics of horror's early days.

Notable Films sometimes labelled as horror:
Marat/Sade, Games, Titicut Follies, Weekend

Notable Films that didn't make the cut:
Torture Garden, The Shuttered Room, The Torture Chamber of Dr. Sadism, Night of the Big Heat, The Living Corpse, It!, The Bloody Dead, The Spirit Is Willing, Doctor Faustus, Berserk, Succubus, The Image, The Mummy's Shroud, The Gruesome Twosome, The Vengeance of Fu Manchu, Theatre of Death, King Kong Escapes, Son of Godzilla, They Came from Beyond Space, The X from Outer Space, Something Weird, Yongary, A Taste of Blood, Gappa the Triphibian Monster, Gamera vs. Gaos, Hillbillys in a Haunted House

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A good year for sure, though not overwhelmingly so like some of the other years in this great decade. It's a given in this era that you're going to get some great horror films. Horror continues delivering from a variety of sources, with plenty of films for horror fans worth checking out beyond the top ten and international films reclaiming prominence much like the early 70's.

Notable Films sometimes labelled as horror:
The Last Wave, Hitch-Hike, Sorcerer

Notable Films that didn't make the cut:
Pensione Paura, Full Circle, Dead of Night, The Sentinel, The Deep, Audrey Rose, Kingdom of the Spiders, The Island of Dr. Moreau, Rituals, The Car, Shock Waves, The Spell, The Uncanny, Alucarda, Spectre, The Cat's Victims, Desperate Living, Eaten Alive, The Last House on Dead End Street, Last Cannibal World, Exorcist II: The Heretic, Orca, Day of the Animals, The Child, The Pack, Ruby, Haunts, Curse of the Black Widow, Possessed, Victor Frankenstein, Mosquito the Rapist

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The past couple years prior have been good, and 1987 may have roughly the same amount of classics. However, beyond those there is an embarrassment of riches here as far as horror goes. This is a year overflowing in good horror. No doubt a good 15 more were worthy of most lists. It's an excellent year in a great decade.

Notable Films sometimes labelled as horror:
Full Metal Jacket, Suspect

Notable Films that didn't make the cut:
Bad Taste, The Stepfather, A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors, Fatal Attraction, Prince of Darkness, Dolls, The Witches of Eastwick, In a Glass Cage, Anguish, StageFright: Aquarius, Creepshow 2, Street Trash, Wicked City, The Gate, Reflections, Faceless, The Believers, Scooby-Doo Meets the Boo Brothers, Dead of Winter, Flowers in the Attic, The Offspring, Nekromantik, Hello Mary Lou: Prom Night II, Devilman: Birth, Epidemic, My Best Friend is a Vampire, Blood Diner, The Kindred

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Although a few of the films are not always considered horror and as a consequence do not bring iconic horror images to mind, this is quite a solid top ten, especially considering other years around this time. As the decade begins to draw to a close, the rising quantity of films being made leads to more diversity even if Hollywood horror leaves a lot to be desired.

Notable Films sometimes labelled as horror:
Open Your Eyes, Insomnia, The Game, Photographing Fairies

Notable Films that didn't make the cut:
Mimic, Alien: Resurrection, The Lost World: Jurassic Park, Nightwatch, The Ugly, The Night Flier, Wishmaster, Campfire Tales, Snow White: A Tale of Terror, I Know What You Did Last Summer, Under Wraps, The Shining, Ghosts, The Tale of Sweeney Todd, Perdita Durango, Spawn, An American Werewolf in Paris, The Relic, Tower of Terror, Quicksilver Highway

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This year, like much of the decade, has a number of solid silent horror films to its name. Lon Chaney continues to reign as the supreme force in horror and beyond. It's unfortunate that some of the more obscure entries have been lost.

Notable Films sometimes labelled as horror:
Metropolis, Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans, The Show

Notable Films that didn't make the cut:
Le manoir de la peur, The Thirteenth Hour, The Witches

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This year, in a way, marks the end of an era. The original slate of gothic monster movies that began in the early 30's comes to a close, before being rebooted in 1939. Although boasting fewer classics than previous years, this would also mark the last fruitful year for horror until the tail end of the decade.

Notable Films sometimes labelled as horror:
Charlie Chan at the Opera, Juggernaut, The House of Mystery

Notable Films that didn't make the cut:
Shadow of Chinatown, Bottles, The Rogues' Tavern, A Face in the Fog, Revolt of the Zombies, Midnight Blunders, Mummy's Boys, The Phantom Ship, The Macabre Trunk, Drums of the Jungle

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A very notable step down, with Universal and Lewton horrors on their last stretch before the lull of the late 40's and early 50's began to set in. Unlike the following few years, rounding out a collection of films is not much trouble, but no longer is horror overflowing. Consider this the end of 40's horror in many ways.

Notable Films sometimes labelled as horror:
Dragonwyck, Beauty and the Beast, The Locket, The Time of Their Lives, Great Expectations

Notable Films that didn't make the cut:
The Catman of Paris, The Cat Creeps, Devil Bat's Daughter, The Flying Serpent, The Face of Marble, The Valley of the Zombies, The Curse of the Wraydons

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Despite a boom in sci-fi horror popularity in the 50's, the limited quantity of horror films is still showing. The top of this list is great, but, unlike future years, there are limited options from which to choose. The quality suffers a little as a result, but there is still enough to round out a reasonable top ten list.

Notable Films sometimes labelled as horror:
Forbidden Planet, The Killer Is Loose

Notable Films that didn't make the cut:
The Black Sleep, The Beast of Hollow Mountain, It Conquered the World, The Gamma People, Fright, The Mole People, Indestructible Man

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A reasonably strong year all around. Over the course of the decade, Hammer Studios went a long way to bolstering the amount of horror produced in the 60's, and this year is no exception. As typical for the time, there are a few great horror films and a number of good ones. If 1965 was the year of thrillers on the cusp of horror, this is the year of dramas with horror elements. Also of note is that there are several infamously bad horror movies that came out this year.

Notable Films sometimes labelled as horror:
The Face of Another, Persona, Cul-de-sac, The Ghost and Mr. Chicken, Munster Go Home!

Notable Films that didn't make the cut:
Eye of the Devil, An Angel for Satan, Rasputin: The Mad Monk, The Witches, The Black Cat, The Psychopath, The Third Eye, Aura, Chamber of Horrors, Evening Primrose, Queen of Blood, One Million Years B.C., Aroused, The War of the Gargantuas, The Return of Giant Majin, Majin Strikes Again, Night of Terrors, Let's Kill Uncle, The Brides of Fu Manchu, Invasion, Blood Bath, Circus of Fear, The Frozen Dead, Sound of Horror, The Undertaker and His Pals, The She-Beast, Picture Mommy Dead, The Deadly Bees, Gamera vs. Barugon, Billy the Kid vs. Dracula, Jesse James Meets Frankenstein's Daughter, The Ghost in the Invisible Bikini, Manos: The Hands of Fate

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Yet another very good year for horror with some fantastic top films. As a matter of fact, this might be one of the most consistently great top ten lists. This is a time in the genre where the high-profile films become classics year after year.

Notable Films sometimes labelled as horror:
Face to Face, Marathon Man, Obsession

Notable Films that didn't make the cut:
God Told Me To, Burnt Offerings, House of Mortal Sin, The Town That Dreaded Sundown, Massacre at Central High, To the Devil a Daughter, Death Weekend, Deadly Strangers, Shadow of the Hawk, King Kong, The Witch Who Came from the Sea, Assault! Jack the Ripper, Inquisition, A Whisper in the Dark, Embryo, Schizo, J.D.'s Revenge, Born for Hell, When the Screaming Stops, Mansion of the Doomed, Island of Death, Grizzly, Squirm

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Another good year for horror boasting a strong top 5. This could be seen as the point where serial killer films of the crime variety picked up steam, a trend that would straddle back and forth on the horror line for years to come. There are of course a number of good traditional horrors here as well.

Notable Films sometimes labelled as horror:
Blue Velvet, Big Trouble in Little China, Little Shop of Horrors, The Pied Piper

Notable Films that didn't make the cut:
April Fool's Day, Chopping Mall, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, Demons 2, Vamp, Fair Game, Deadly Friend, Psycho III, TerrorVision, Gothic, Poltergeist II: The Other Side, Invaders from Mars, The Wraith, Haunted Honeymoon, Crawlspace, Nomads, Link, Class of Nuke 'Em High, The Murders in the Rue Morgue, Trick or Treat, Slaughter High, Witchboard, Maximum Overdrive, Dr. Yuen and Wisely, Monster in the Closet, Dead End Drive-In, Spookies

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A top-heavy year for horror, with some very noteworthy entries but also some slighter choices. The slasher genre, which was struggling to maintain momentum for a while, is temporarily reinvigorated here.

Notable Films sometimes labelled as horror:
Crash

Notable Films that didn't make the cut:
Mary Reilly, Tremors II: Aftershocks, Thinner, The Dentist, Bad Moon, The Island of Dr. Moreau, Jack Frost, Gamera 2: Attack of the Legion, Hellraiser: Bloodline, Bordello of Blood, Diabolique, Trilogy of Terror II

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Another reasonable year for horror, though again merely good beyond the first few entries. By this point in time, horror seemed to be coming from every source imaginable, leaving an overload of films to consider. This is a trend that only continues to grow.

Notable Films sometimes labelled as horror:
Inland Empire, Taxidermia, Requiem, The Bothersome Man

Notable Films that didn't make the cut:
Bug, 13 Beloved, Retribution, Monster House, Black Sheep, The Abandoned, The Woods, Final Destination 3, When a Stranger Calls, Cold Prey, The Last Winter, Mulberry Street, Sweeney Todd, The Covenant, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning, Saw III, The Omen, All the Boys Love Mandy Lane, Hatchet, Pulse, The Grudge 2, Black Christmas, Turistas, Underworld: Evolution

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It seems the success of previous years made an impression on filmmakers, with the quantity of horror films taking another step forward here. This is a healthy collection of chillers, most of them well-regarded.

Notable Films sometimes labelled as horror:
Secrets of a Soul

Notable Films that didn't make the cut:
The Love-Mad Tutoress, Haunted Range

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After the enforcement of the Hays code in 1934, horror was on unsure footing. Although this wouldn't be the last time that censorship got in the way of horror productivity, the studios were quickly back to one-upping each other for this year. With additional classics to add to the canon, this is a great year for horror much like earlier on in the decade.

Notable Films sometimes labelled as horror:
Dante's Inferno, She, The Clairvoyant

Notable Films that didn't make the cut:
The Crime of Doctor Crespi, Murder in the Red Barn, Rocky Mountain Mystery, Condemned to Live

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Though the monster movie formula is starting to wane a bit here, this is yet another in a string of fantastic, fruitful years for the genre in a decade that often doesn't get the credit it deserves. That's without even considering the wealth of dark noirs and thrillers that were popular around this time.

Notable Films sometimes labelled as horror:
My Name Is Julia Ross, Leave Her to Heaven, The Lost Weekend, And Then There Were None, Spellbound, The Woman in Green, The Jade Mask

Notable Films that didn't make the cut:
A Place of One's Own, Pillow of Death, Strange Confession, The Frozen Ghost, The Woman Who Came Back, The Jungle Captive, I Love a Mystery, A Game of Death, Linnaisten vihreä kamari, The Man in Half Moon Street, The Unseen, Zombies on Broadway, Fog Island, The Bellman, The Vampire's Ghost, The Phantom Speaks

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The quantity of horror starts to pick up a bit here, and this year is particularly aided by two film classics that verge enough on horror to classify for this list. The science fiction aspects of the past few years continues to make a mark.

Notable Films sometimes labelled as horror:
Kiss Me Deadly

Notable Films that didn't make the cut:
Cult of the Cobra, Revenge of the Creature, Day the World Ended, Bride of the Monster, Creature with the Atom Brain, Half Human

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The unsustainable quantity of horror in the past couple of years softens in this decidedly weaker year. That doesn't stop good horror from coming through, however. Notably there are a number of thrillers that border on horror, some of which made the list.

Notable Films sometimes labelled as horror:
Fists in the Pocket, The War Game, Ten Little Indians, The Sleeping Car Murder, The Saragossa Manuscript

Notable Films that didn't make the cut:
The Lady of the Lake, Dark Intruder, Two on a Guillotine, Die Monster Die!, The Night Caller, Curse of the Fly, Nightmare Castle, Godzilla vs. Monster Zero, Hysteria, Bloody Pit of Horror, She, Color Me Blood Red, Terror Creatures from the Grave, The Face of Fu Manchu, Devils of Darkness, Illusion of Blood, The Sweet Sound of Death, The Diabolical Hatchet, Sting of Death, Monster of Venice, Frankenstein vs. Baragon, Gamera

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With the decline of British horror and the Italian horror market being much smaller, North America has had to pick up the slack. Not nearly as many noteworthy horror films are coming out as in early 70's. In this respect, 1975 probably offers the fewest selections of the decade, but the top ones remain genre classics.

Notable Films sometimes labelled as horror:
The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Salò or the 120 Days of Sodom

Notable Films that didn't make the cut:
The Killer Must Kill Again, Night of the Seagulls, Night Train Murders, The Beast, Autopsy, Blacker Than the Night, Satan's Triangle, Lips of Blood, Legend of the Werewolf, Bug, Satanic Pandemonium, The Suspicious Death of a Minor, The Night Child, The Love Butcher, Black Magic, The Devil's Rain, A Woman Called Abe Sada, Ilsa: She Wolf of the SS, Calling All Police Cars, Poor Pretty Eddie, The Killer Snakes

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If 1981 was the year of the werewolf, then this no doubt is the year of the zombie, claiming the top three spots on this list. A strong year for 80's horror at the peak of its downright fun tone.

Notable Films sometimes labelled as horror:
Come and See, Angel's Egg, Mr. Vampire

Notable Films that didn't make the cut:
The Stuff, Silver Bullet, The Doctor and the Devils, The Midnight Hour, Blackout, Warning Sign, The Bride, A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge, Friday the 13th: A New Beginning, Confessions of a Serial Killer, Crimewave, The New Kids, Vampires in Havana, Transylvania 6-5000, Once Bitten, Ghoulies, Cut and Run, Chiller, The Mutilator, Screamplay

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Things fall back again as we move to the second half of this decade. Much like 1991 and 1993, it features a highly well-regarded film on top whose horror categorization is tenuous and few genre staples beyond that. Despite some years being stronger than others, horror is certainly not operating at its peak at this point.

Notable Films sometimes labelled as horror:
Outbreak, Dolores Claiborne

Notable Films that didn't make the cut:
Castle Freak, Lord of Illusions, The Langoliers, Tales from the Hood, Village of the Damned, Species, Habit, The Nature of the Beast, Vampire in Brooklyn, Godzilla vs. Destroyah, Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers, Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh, Dracula: Dead and Loving It, The Mangler

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The mid-way point of the new millenium's first decade hits. This isn't a top-heavy year like some of the previous ones, but is quite strong in terms of the quantity of decent horror films. It was a bit of a challenge to decide what to leave off, particularly with J-horror firmly entrenched into the genre by this point.

Notable Films sometimes labelled as horror:
Lunacy, The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, Red Eye, Cache, Noriko's Dinner Table, War of the Worlds

Notable Films that didn't make the cut:
Wolf Creek, Next Door, The Skeleton Key, Strange Circus, Haze, Neighbour No. 13, Voice, Rampo Noir, Isolation, The Dark Hours, Feast, House of Wax, Hostel, The Amityville Horror, The Ring Two, Hide and Seek, Dark Water, Cry_Wolf, Boogeyman, White Noise

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The popularity of the horror genre continues to gain some momentum, though a full list remains hard to come by. Most notably, this year's top entry offers one of the most iconic horror faces to hit the screen.

Notable Films sometimes labelled as horror:
Battleship Potemkin, The Mystic

Notable Films that didn't make the cut:
The Green Archer, Ten Days

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Sudden strict enforcement of the Hays code put horror films in a limbo in 1934. Though there are certainly some here, it pales in comparison to the years surrounding it, especially with regards to the top-class entries that were usually coming out year after year at this time.

Notable Films sometimes labelled as horror:
Death Takes a Holiday, Fétiche, The Man Who Reclaimed His Head, Menace, The Man with Two Faces

Notable Films that didn't make the cut:
The Tell-Tale Heart, House of Mystery, Secret of the Loch, Smoking Guns, The Beast of Borneo, The Rawhide Terror, Chloe Love Is Calling You

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Continuing the wartime horror trend, horror remains very popular with fun monster movies abound. Thanks to some mysteries and dramas falling on the right side of horror, it's arguably as impressive as the fantastic previous year. This a solid crop from beginning to end with a number of worthy choices left over.

Notable Films sometimes labelled as horror:
Arsenic and Old Lace, The Spider Woman, Experiment Perilous

Notable Films that didn't make the cut:
Bluebeard, The Return of the Vampire, Dead Man's Eyes, Black Magic, Murder in the Blue Room, The Mummy's Ghost, The Mummy's Curse, The Invisible Man's Revenge, The Climax, Jungle Woman, The Lady and the Monster, Ghost Catchers, Cry of the Werewolf, One Body Too Many, The Soul of a Monster, Voodoo Man, Return of the Ape Man, The Monster Maker, Gildersleeve's Ghost

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This will be the last instance in which the sheer lack of horror films being made will be much of an issue. Things are better than the opening of the decade, but a solid amount is still hard to come by. The top of this list does provide, however, some classic of the 50's sci-fi horror, a trend that is further reinforced.

Notable Films sometimes labelled as horror:
Rear Window

Notable Films that didn't make the cut:
Claws for Alarm, Monster from the Ocean Floor, Killers from Space, The Snow Creature

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This strong year is bolstered by Asian cinema, giving us two highly-regarded chillers from a source that, prior to, only had a few notable examples to its name. It seems that there is great stuff coming from all over the world at this point. From early giallos to the Corman Poe films to Hammer, horror is thriving and delivering a significant amount of interesting films.

Notable Films sometimes labelled as horror:
Séance on a Wet Afternoon, Woman of the Sands, Dead Ringer, Unearthly Stranger, First Men in the Moon

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The Gorgon, Children of the Damned, Nightmare, The Evil of Frankenstein, The Strangler, The Earth Dies Screaming, The Night Walker, The Ghost of Sierra de Cobre, Witchcraft, Mothra vs. Godzilla, Two Thousand Maniacs!, The Long Hair of Death, Night Must Fall, Monster of Monsters: Ghidorah, The Black Torment, The Flesh Eaters, The Time Travelers, Castle of the Living Dead, Crypt of the Vampire, The Curse of the Living Corpse, The Curse of the Mummy's Tomb, The Phantom of Soho, The Secret of Dr. Orloff, The Thrill Killers, The Blood Drinkers, The Mysterious Magician, Room 13, The Monster of London City, The Unknown, Devil Doll, Cave of the Living Dead

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After the very prolific early 70's, things settle down here a tad. The top ten, however, remains excellent as the 70's continue to impress.

Notable Films sometimes labelled as horror:
The Conversation, Rabid Dogs, Thriller: They Call Her One Eye

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What Have They Done to Your Daughters?, Bad Ronald, Frightmare, Madhouse, The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires, Blood for Dracula, Vampyres, It's Alive, Spasmo, Reflections of Murder, The Terminal Man, Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla, The Beast Must Die, The Tempter, Sugar Hill, House of Whipcord, Blue Eyes of the Broken Doll, Scream of the Wolf, The Cars That Are Paris, Chosen Survivors, Abby, Female Trouble, Homebodies, Dracula, Puzzle, The Turn of the Screw, The Killer Reserved Nine Seats, Lisa Lisa, Peopletoys, Killdozer, Flavia the Heretic, The Mutations, Curse of the Living Dead, Horror High, Shanks

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The 1980's as a whole are one of the most entertaining in terms of horror, but this may be the weakest of the decade. It just doesn't have the quantity, especially if you remove the borderline horror entries that made this list. That being said, there are some very good films here.

Notable Films sometimes labelled as horror:
Threads, Blood Simple., Body Double, Ghostbusters

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Children of the Corn, Terror in the Aisles, Combat Shock, Firestarter, Godzilla, Silent Night Deadly Night, C.H.U.D., Bloodbath at the House of Death, The Initiation, Strangler vs. Strangler, Impulse

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As much as I've criticized the 90's for its horror output, this is a third solid year out of five so far. The number one choice was the most challenging yet, but largely due to a consistently strong top 5. Beyond selections that made the list, things start to fall, but this is significantly ahead of some other years around this time.

Notable Films sometimes labelled as horror:
The Crow, Heavenly Creatures, Shallow Grave, Death and the Maiden

Notable Films that didn't make the cut:
The Puppet Masters, Brainscan, Night of the Demons 2, Phantasm III: Lord of the Dead, Nadja, Serial Mom, Giorgino, Angel Dust, Death Machine, Schramm: Into the Mind of a Serial Killer

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2004 was a decent year for horror thanks in large part to the top entries which are some of the more notable of the decade. For better or worse, these would be trendsetters for the rest of the decade to the torture porn and zombie subgenres.

Notable Films sometimes labelled as horror:
Hellboy, Dead Man's Shoes, Epitafios

Notable Films that didn't make the cut:
The Grudge, Seed of Chucky, Blade: Trinity, Resident Evil: Apocalypse, Exorcist: The Beginning, Creep, Ginger Snaps Back: The Beginning, The Stranger from Afar, One Missed Call, Dead Birds

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A few notable entries atop this list, but the bulk of the horror from this year is incredibly obscure. Many films from this time are now lost, so this list remained a bit of a challenge. It would take until the mid-point of the decade before a substantial amount would come out consistently. Here, horror is still a little hard to come by.

Notable Films sometimes labelled as horror:
Kriemhild's Revenge, Die Nibelungen: Siegfried, The Thief of Bagdad

Notable Films that didn't make the cut:
What an Eye

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A decent close to the decade. The 2000's can be considered a comeback of sorts from the 1990's, with part of this being due to the sheer quantity of horror films being produced post-millennium. This is especially true of the latter half of the decade. Modern horror is heavily criticized for its lack of originality and intelligence, one that has some merit especially when you look at mainstream trends. However, with the amount of options out there now, there are bound to be some good ones as there have been.

Notable Films sometimes labelled as horror:
The White Ribbon, District 9, Sin Nombre, Coraline, Mother, Red Riding: In the Year of Our Lord 1974, Red Riding: In the Year of Our Lord 1980, Red Riding: In the Year of Our Lord 1983, Exam

Notable Films that didn't make the cut:
Daybreakers, Amer, Pandorum, The Last House on the Left, The Collector, Case 39, Carriers, The Uninvited, Survival of the Dead, Polytechnique, Tony, The Eclipse, The Forbidden Door, Doghouse, Dread, Laid to Rest, Phobia 2, The Revenant, Jennifer's Body, Splice, Friday the 13th, The Final Destination, Saw IV, The Human Centipede (First Sequence), My Bloody Valentine, The Haunting in Connecticut, The Unborn, Halloween II, After.Life, The Descent: Part 2, Sorority Row

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Coming off a rather weak horror decade, but one that ended on a strong note, how would things go in the new millenium? This is a modest year as far as horror films go. The year 2000 is sandwiched between two better years in horror but provides a few solid entries to the genre.

Notable Films sometimes labelled as horror:
Werckmeister Harmonies, Quills

Notable Films that didn't make the cut:
The Cell, Scream 3, Anatomy, Versus, Terror Tract, Dracula 2000, Cherry Falls

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This is a year with some fantastic horror films and in many ways is the end of an era. It is very much like an extension of the 1980's, something that would be made painfully clear in the subsequent years. It could even be considered the last gasp of a time where practical effects were the only real option, an element quite significant in the world of horror. There are a wide variety of good films this time around, so this list was a challenging one to make. The best of the 1990's, a decade that would peak in its infancy.

Notable Films sometimes labelled as horror:
Edward Scissorhands, Gremlins 2: The New Batch, Predator 2

Notable Films that didn't make the cut:
Arachnophobia, Begotten, Frankenhooker, Tales from the Darkside: The Movie, Hardware, Two Evil Eyes, Pacific Heights, Nightbreed, Brain Dead, Buried Alive, Lord of the Flies, Singapore Sling, Jekyll and Hyde, Fear, The Death King, A Chinese Ghost Story 2, Basket Case 2, Maniac Cop 2, Child's Play 2, Leatherface: Texas Chainsaw Massacre III, Dark Angel, Graveyard Shift, Class of 1999, Frankenstein Unbound, Psycho IV: The Beginning

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Continuing right where the 70's left off, 1980 is an excellent year for horror, adding several classics to the genre. The slasher is booming in popularity, but there's also a healthy spread here for supernatural horror. You can easily go beyond the ten on this list and find something worthwhile.

Notable Films sometimes labelled as horror:
The Ninth Configuration, Bad Timing, The Lathe of Heaven

Notable Films that didn't make the cut:
Motel Hell, City of the Living Dead, Humanoids from the Deep, The Watcher in the Woods, Spooky Encounters, Alligator, Terror Train, Nightmare City, Fade to Black, Macabre, Prom Night, Night of the Hunter, You Better Watch Out, Anthropophagus, We're Going to Eat You, Zombi Holocaust, The House on the Edge of the Park, Mother's Day, The Boogey Man, The Island, Eaten Alive, Death Ship, The Children

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Ah, the early 70's. Where horror was dominated by Europe, vampires were the monster of choice, and relaxed censors led to increasing amounts of sex and blood. Hard to pinpoint many staples for this particular year, but 1970 has an absurd amount of interesting horror films. This is the decade where the genre was downright unstoppable. It is also important to note the explosion of the giallo here, a subgenre that would dominate for the next couple years.

Notable Films sometimes labelled as horror:
The Butcher, Deep End, Performance

Notable Films that didn't make the cut:
Scars of Dracula, The Man Who Haunted Himself, An Evening with Edgar Allan Poe, Scream and Scream Again, The Forbidden Photos of a Lady Above Suspicion, I Drink Your Blood, Count Dracula, Count Yorga Vampire, Eugenie: The Story of Her Journey Into Perversion, Multiple Maniacs, Mark of the Devil, 5 Dolls for an August Moon, Awakening of the Beast, The Wizard of Gore, The Horror of Frankenstein, The Naked Vampire, The Dunwich Horror, Equinox, Cry of the Banshee, Dorian Gray, In the Folds of the Flesh, Crowhaven Farm, Paranoia, The Tattooed Swordswoman, Eden and After, And God Said to Cain, The Ballad of Tam Lin, The House That Would Not Die, Crescendo, Goodbye Gemini, How Awful About Allan

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Very possibly the best year in horror history, starting off the 60's with a huge bang. The classics, and there are a number of them, serve to shake the foundations of the past and lead the genre into a new direction throughout the decade. This is essentially the birthing of modern horror, but here it is so fresh and masterfully done. Much like the music giants of the 60's, it seemed like filmmakers were trying to one up each other in innovation. When it comes to horror, I don't think you could find a better top 5, or top 10 for that matter.

Notable Films sometimes labelled as horror:
The Housemaid, Never Take Sweets from a Stranger, Macario, The Full Treatment

Notable Films that didn't make the cut:
The Flesh and the Fiends, The Little Shop of Horrors, Mill of the Stone Women, Blood and Roses, 13 Ghosts, The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll, Circus of Horrors, The Hands of Orlac, The Tell-Tale Heart, The Leech Woman, The Skeleton of Mrs. Morales, Last Woman on Earth, The Hypnotic Eye, The Hand, House of Terror, The Enchanting Shadow, Masterworks of Terror, The Ship of Monsters, The Terrible People, The Avenger

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After the early horror classics of the 30's and the wartime monster fun of the 40's, horror for a few years seemingly vanished off the face of the earth. This is ground zero, where any top ten horror list needs a very liberal criteria to scrape something together. If you remove the borderline entries such as the top film on this list, it's possibly the worst year for horror since the early days of film.

Notable Films sometimes labelled as horror:
Stage Fright, In a Lonely Place

Notable Films that didn't make the cut:
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

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1940 starts off the decade in decent fashion, with horror having been revitalized again the year prior. Solidifying their return to monster movies with new sequels, Universal holds a firm footprint on the genre which it will maintain for much of the decade. Though there are not many classics this year, this is a good collection of chillers.

Notable Films sometimes labelled as horror:
Gaslight, Charlie Chan at the Wax Museum, Stranger on the Third Floor

Notable Films that didn't make the cut:
The Door with Seven Locks, The Devil Bat, Crimes at the Dark House, The Snow Man, One Million B.C., Doomed to Die, The Fatal Hour, The Ape, Son of Ingagi

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It takes some effort to eek out any semblance of a top ten for 1930. As silent films transition to sound, there's very little in terms of horror to speak of. That would all change the next year. This also marks the final year where some of the most notable entries are lost films.

Notable Films sometimes labelled as horror:
The Return of Dr. Fu Manchu, The Cuckoo Murder Case

Notable Films that didn't make the cut:
Will of the Dead Man

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This year isn't the birth of the genre, but it may be the first truly significant year for horror. Several silent classics came out in close succession and there are more than enough horror-related films to go around. There's a reason this is often the starting point when it comes to horror history.

Notable Films sometimes labelled as horror:
Leaves from Satan's Book, The Parson's Widow

Notable Films that didn't make the cut:
Die Wurghand, Le Silence, The Dark Mirror, Go and Get It, The Great London Mystery, The Hound of the Baskervilles: The House Without Windows

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Mainstream modern horror is often plagued by originality and quality issues, but there are so many coming out that the cream rises to the top. With some prestigious films flirting with horror and some very good full-on genre entries, this is a notably strong year. Foreign films continue to provide worthwhile additions as well.


Notable Films sometimes labelled as horror:
Confessions, Machete

Notable Films that didn't make the cut:
The Crazies, Monsters, Julia's Eyes, 7 Days, Dream Home, Predators, Black Death, Kidnapped, Red White & Blue, Frozen, I Spit on Your Grave, The Wolfman, Devil, Piranha 3D, The Ward, Don't Be Afraid of the Dark, The Last Circus, Paranormal Activity 2, The Last Exorcism, Shelter, Mother's Day, Rubber, Wake Wood, Resident Evil: Afterlife, Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale, Revenge: A Love Story, Saw 3D, A Nightmare on Elm Street, The Dead, We Are What We Are, We Are the Night, Hatchet II, A Serbian Film, Legion

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A very solid year for horror and definitely one of the most impressive of the 2000s. We have a couple of modern classics and several other strong entries making the list this time around. You could argue this solidifies horror picking up steam after a dry spell in the 90's, if the previous couple of years didn't already show that.

Notable Films sometimes labelled as horror:
Mulholland Dr., Donnie Darko

Notable Films that didn't make the cut:
Suicide Club, Dagon, Hannibal, Jeepers Creepers, Thir13en Ghosts, The Hole, Ghosts of Mars, Jason X, Visitor Q, Trouble Every Day

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Horror enters its biggest dry spell since the early 1950's. Endless sequels to the 80's horror franchises were growing stale and great original films were slim pickings. Ironically, it is a scary movie this year that captured usually elusive awards. There is always something worthwhile each year, but beyond the top of this list, things decline rather quickly. This is certainly one of the weakest years for horror in modern film, unfortunately.

Notable Films sometimes labelled as horror:
Naked Lunch, Dead Again

Notable Films that didn't make the cut:
The Sect, The Sandman, Subspecies, Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare, Child's Play 3, Ernest Scared Stupid, Riki-oh: The Story of Ricky, Afraid of the Dark, Body Parts, Popcorn, The Borrower, Pupper Master II, Puppet Master III: Toulon's Revenge, Sometimes They Come Back, 964 Pinocchio

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Much like the early 70's when the giallo was huge in numbers, the early 80's is overflowing with slashers, though not all are good. That doesn't even begin to cover the wealth of horror for this year, however. There could have easily been 20 films make this list. This was a time when you could count on a few permanent staples every year and plenty of other good ones, making 1981 one of the great years for horror. And as far as werewolf movies go, this most certainly takes the cake.

Notable Films sometimes labelled as horror:
Blow Out, Ms. 45, Heavy Metal, Eyewitness

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Roadgames, The House by the Cemetery, Just Before Dawn, The Burning, The Funhouse, My Bloody Valentine, Burial Ground: The Nights of Terror, The Prowler, Friday the 13th Part 2, Ghost Story, The Monster Club, Happy Birthday to Me, The Night of the Werewolf, Bloody Birthday, Strange Behavior, The Day of the Triffids, Omen III: The Final Conflict, Cannibal Ferox, Student Bodies, Deadly Blessing, Makai Tensho: Samurai Reincarnation, Hell Night, There Was a Little Girl, Dr. Jekyll and His Women, Evilspeak, Saturday the 14th, The Black Cat, Nightmare, Eyes of a Stranger, The Pit, Galaxy of Terror, Burial Ground: The Nights of Terror

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This is horror firing on all cylinders. In terms of quantity of horror, this may take the cake. In fact, it's one of the best years for horror period despite few iconic staples. This list could have been expanded to 30 films and still have notable choices left over. The year is dominated by numerous Italian giallos and a significant amount of British horror as well.

Notable Films sometimes labelled as horror:
A Clockwork Orange, Straw Dogs, Play Misty for Me, Wake in Fright

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After the historical quality of 1960, things had to fall back to earth a bit. There are still some great films here to keep horror going in interesting new directions.

Notable Films sometimes labelled as horror:
Last Year at Marienbad

Notable Films that didn't make the cut:
What a Carve Up!, The Shadow of the Cat, Terror of the Tongs, The Curse of the Doll People, Mothra, The Mask, Gorgo, Door-to-Door Maniac, The World of Vampires, Doctor Blood's Coffin, House of Mystery, Reptilicus, Konga, Ursula, Goliath and the Island of Vampires, The Devil's Hand, The Devil's Messenger, Lycanthropus, Creature from the Haunted Sea, The Beast of Yucca Flats

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In the early 50's, horror was a lost cause and needed something, anything, to bring it out of one of its biggest dry spells ever. The seeds for the sci-fi/horror boom emerge, but other than a couple entries there is not much to say. Hard times for the horror veterans of the 30's and 40's.

Notable Films sometimes labelled as horror:
The Day the Earth Stood Still, Strangers on a Train, The House on Telegraph Hill

Notable Films that didn't make the cut:
The Man and the Beast

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Monster movies continue to regain momentum in another solid year of horror. In the midst of war, it seems people were looking to escape with a horror they could experience outside of the real world.

Notable Films sometimes labelled as horror:
Suspicion

Notable Films that didn't make the cut:
The Monster and the Girl, The Black Cat, Horror Island, The Smiling Ghost, Third Dimensional Murder, King of the Zombies, Spooks Run Wild, Invisible Ghost, The Haunted Mouse

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Horror had numerous classic entries in the silent era, but it is 1931 that changed the world of horror forever. After a couple years transition, film was now firmly in the sound era and Universal made a mark on the genre that would go down in history. Maybe the most important year for the horror film. There is not an overwhelming amount of horror in this year, but the impact of the top films caused an explosion almost immediately thereafter.

Notable Films sometimes labelled as horror:
The Black Camel

Notable Films that didn't make the cut:
The Phantom, The Cat's Out, Wot a Night, King of the Wild, Ghost Train

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After the huge burst of success in the horror genre at the dawn of the 20's, some momentum continues here with several more first-rate chillers. This is actually one of the more plentiful years, even featuring obscure early versions of Dracula and Frankenstein.

Notable Films sometimes labelled as horror:
The Ace of Hearts, Backstairs, The Indian Tomb: The Mission of the Yogi, The Indian Tomb: The Tiger of Bengal

Notable Films that didn't make the cut:
The Lost Shadow, Das grinsende Grisicht, Gevatter Tod, Pan Twardowski, Der Nacht der Toten, The Other Person

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Using a combination of critical acclaim, impact, and personal bias, I've constructed a list of what I might consider the best anthology horror films. For those who don't know, this involves horror movies that are segmented with several stories, often with a wraparound to connect them.
 
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Although perhaps not quite up to the level of 2010, there are some very worthwhile highlights, thanks in large part to some significant borderline entries. However, more obscure genre films take several years to come out in this day and age, so perhaps the verdict is not over. From here on, the lists might need some revising after some time has passed. As it stands, this is a solid collection.

Notable Films sometimes labelled as horror:
The Grey, Killer Joe, Contagion, Super 8, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Melancholia

Notable Films that didn't make the cut:
The Awakening, Scream 4, Red State, The Woman, Juan of the Dead, The Innkeepers, Paranormal Activity 3, The Thing, The Rite, Final Destination 5, Detention, Grave Encounters, Some Guy Who Kills People, Hobo with a Shotgun, Silent House, The Resident, The Enemy, Intruders, The Caller, The Tunnel, The Divide, The Darkest Hour, The Whisperer in Darkness, Chillerama, Livid, Apollo 18, Red Riding Hood, Twixt, Priest

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Continuing where the previous year left off, 2002 is a solid year for horror with a hefty quantity of entries. It was difficult to whittle things down at times. Notably, the top film listed here could be considered responsible for reinvigorating a certain subgenre.

Notable Films sometimes labelled as horror:
Spider, One Hour Photo, Irreversible, Dracula: Pages from a Virgin's Diary

Notable Films that didn't make the cut:
Blade II, Rose Red, Dahmer, My Little Eye, Ghost Ship, In My Skin, Malefique, Cabin Fever, The Mothman Prophecies, Resident Evil, Below, Tattoo, Eight-Legged Freaks

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Okay, so maybe horror wasn't quite dead yet. 1991 was a notably poor year for the genre, but 1990 was very strong and here 1992 picks up right where that one left off. For a top ten, this is a great collection.

Notable Films sometimes labelled as horror:
Basic Instinct, Death Becomes Her, Benny's Video, Bad Lieutenant

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Alien³, Raising Cain, Tetsuo II, Single White Female, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Split Second, Godzilla vs. Mothra, Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth, Dr. Giggles, Sleepwalkers, Waxworks II: Lost in Time, Pet Sematary II, Raat, Intruders, The Lawnmower Man

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As the 80's grow older, some of the 70's grittiness is going away in favour of a more playful kind of horror. That doesn't stop this from being another great year, however. 1982 contributes some excellent chillers.

Notable Films sometimes labelled as horror:
The Atomic Café, Vice Squad, Eating Raoul

Notable Films that didn't make the cut:
Q: The Winged Serpent, Halloween III: Season of the Witch, Don't Go to Sleep, Next of Kin, Friday the 13th Part III, Swamp Thing, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Night Warning, The New York Ripper, Pieces, Amityville II: The Possession, Visiting Hours, The Beast Within, The Living Dead Girl, The Slumber Party Massacre, Forbidden World, The Sender, Madman, Death Watch, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Silent Rage, Superstition, One Dark Night, Incubus, The Dorm That Dripped Blood, The Last Horror Film, Pandemonium

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Very much the companion to 1971, giving it a serious run for its money in terms of sheer volume of good horror. This also seems to be a year of many great TV movies, an art that seems to have fallen by the wayside. Another fantastic year all around in a fantastic horror decade.

Notable Films sometimes labelled as horror:
Frenzy, Deliverance, Solaris, Sleuth

Notable Films that didn't make the cut:
Vampire Circus, Your Vice is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key, The Last House on the Left, Horror Express, All the Colors of the Dark, The Case of the Bloody Iris, Who Saw Her Die?, Seven Blood-Stained Orchids, My Dear Killer, Fear in the Night, Demons of the Mind, Straight on Till Morning, Dr. Phibes Rises Again, Tombs of the Blind Dead, The Blood Spattered Bride, Endless Night, Red Queen Kills 7 Times, The Stone Tape, Crawlspace, Home for the Holidays, The Screaming Woman, Dracula A.D. 1972, Baron Blood, Silent Night Bloody Night, Blacula, Death Walks at Midnight, The Devil, You'll Like My Mother, Night of the Devils, Whoever Slew Auntie Roo?, When Michael Calls, Hungry Wives, Ben, The Hound of the Baskervilles, Godzilla vs. Gigan, The Gore Gore Girls, Private Parts, Pink Flamingos, The Man from the Deep River, Something Evil, So Sweet So Dead, Night of Fear, Frogs, Night of the Lepus, Beware! The Blob, The Legend of Boggy Creek

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Yet another quality year as horror seems to have hit a stride that will last for quite some time moving forward. This seemed to be an exceptionally good year for thrillers with tinges of horror.

Notable Films sometimes labelled as horror:
Knife in the Water, The Trial, Experiment in Terror, The Manchurian Candidate, Cash on Demand, The Exterminating Angel, Panic in Year Zero!, An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge

Notable Films that didn't make the cut:
Invasion of the Triffids, Tower of London, The Awful Dr. Orloff, The Cabinet of Caligari, The Sadistic Baron Von Klaus, King Kong vs. Godzilla, The Curse and the Coffin, The Inn on the River, Journey to the Seventh Planet, Hands of a Stranger, The Last Will of Dr. Mabuse, Varan the Unbelievable, The Invisible Dr. Mabuse, Beauty and the Beast, Baron of Terror, The Brain, The Brain That Wouldn't Die, Little Red Riding Hood and Tom Thumb vs. the Monsters

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Still in the midst of a time where horror was almost a complete non-entity. Essentially, if a movie was remotely horror this year, it made the list. Thanks to a couple notable entries, it's a little more substantial than the recent 1950, but that's about it. The last year in which a top ten list is a complete and utter struggle.

Notable Films sometimes labelled as horror:
Sudden Fear, My Cousin Rachel

Notable Films that didn't make the cut:
A Ghost for Sale

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Monsters and mad doctors continue to dominate the horror world. If the first two years in the decade didn't already make it clear, there is a quantity of horror seen in the early to mid-40's that even surpasses that of the early 30's. This year is decent enough to round out a list without much trouble, but isn't quite as strong as the previous two.

Notable Films sometimes labelled as horror:
I Married a Witch, Castle in the Desert

Notable Films that didn't make the cut:
Mystery of Marie Roget, The Hidden Hand, Bowery at Midnight, The Living Ghost, Black Dragons, The Corpse Vanishes, Man with Two Lives, The Mad Doctor of Market Street, The Mad Monster, The Strange Case of Dr. Rx, A Light in the Window

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After a landmark year for the horror film that was perhaps the most significant of all-time, the followup is arguably even more impressive as everyone is getting in on the act. Where 1931 was top-heavy, this year spreads out the goods while also featuring a number of all-time greats. Likely horror's greatest year prior to 1960 and stays in the discussion even after that.

Notable Films sometimes labelled as horror:
Fantômas, The Mistress of Atlantis, L'Atlantide, Tombstone Canyon

Notable Films that didn't make the cut:
Murders in the Rue Morgue, Thirteen Women, Chandu the Magician, Behind the Mask, The Monster Walks, Murder at Dawn, The Lodger, Strangers of the Evening, The Crooked Circle, Mystery Ranch, Secrets of the French Police, Boo, The Phantom of Crestwood, A Strange Adventure, The Menace, Haunted Gold, Unholy Tales

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Some game-changers atop this list make this an impressive early year for horror. Beyond these first few are more modest or obscure fare, but there's enough here.

Notable Films sometimes labelled as horror:
Phantom, From Morn to Midnight

Notable Films that didn't make the cut:
The Haunted House, Der unheimliche gast

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After a moderately eventful half-decade for horror, but one that usually only provided a handful of standouts each year at the most, the genre was due for a big year. Look no further than 2007, which provides the goods in terms of quantity and quality. We can't expect the style and tone that was present in decades past, but for the first time in a while, some of the omissions in the top ten were very difficult to make and are strong films in their own right. It's that good of a year. 2007 has my vote for best of the 2000's, easily.

Notable Films sometimes labelled as horror:
No Country for Old Men, Zodiac, Sunshine, Disturbia, Mr. Brooks, Day Watch, Timecrimes

Notable Films that didn't make the cut:
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Peur(s) du Noir, I Am Legend, 30 Days of Night, Stuck, Dead Silence, Halloween, Funny Games, Joshua, Rogue, The Signal, The Number 23, Teeth, The Poughkeepsie Tapes, Jekyll, My Name is Bruce, Diary of the Dead, Vacancy, Frontier(s), Storm Warning, Resident Evil: Extinction, Saw IV, P2, Wind Chill, The Belly of the Beast, Hostel: Part 2, The Hills Have Eyes II, The Reaping, Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer

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As we move into the present day, this year is noticeably weaker in the department of the top quality horrors. Expect to see this rise in time when remnants from this year see full-scale release. It doesn't look like it will match the previous few years, but there are some good films here.

Notable Films sometimes labelled as horror:
Chronicle, Hotel Transylvania, Red Lights, The Raven, Sightseers, The Body

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Excision, Grabbers, Dark Shadows, Maniac, V/H/S, The Collection, The Pact, American Mary, The Devil's Carnival, Tell, The Battery, Stitches, Cockneys vs. Zombies, Resident Evil: Damnation, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, The Tall Man, Chained, The Possession, Resident Evil: Retribution, The Devil Inside, The ABCs of Death, Paranormal Activity 4, Chernobyl Diaries, House at the End of the Street, Would You Rather, Antiviral, The Lords of Salem, [REC]³ Genesis, Silent Hill: Revelation 3D

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Definitely a lean year in terms of horror. The most worthwhile endeavours can be found in foreign-language films. A lot of the mainstream releases are considered mediocre or subpar, but there's at least enough on this list perhaps worth checking out if you're a fan of the genre. Some years are just better than others.

Notable Films sometimes labelled as horror:
Oldboy, Save the Green Planet!, Alexandra's Project

Notable Films that didn't make the cut:
Wrong Turn, Freddy vs. Jason, Gothika, Dreamcatcher, Darkness Falls, House of 1000 Corpses, Ju-on: The Grudge 2, Underworld, Beyond Re-Animator, Final Destination 2, The Locals, King of the Ants

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This seems to establish a strange trend in the first half of the 90's where the even-numbered years are significantly better in terms of horror than the odd-numbered ones. That doesn't bode well for 1993 then, which, much like 1991, is a very weak year for the genre.

Notable Films sometimes labelled as horror:
Matinee, The Nightmare Before Christmas, So I Married An Axe Murderer

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Trauma, Body Bags, Hocus Pocus, Necronomicon, Body Melt, Needful Things, The Vanishing, Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday, Leprechaun, When a Stranger Calls Back, The Secret Life: Jeffrey Dahmer, The Ornate Lock, Ed and His Dead Mother, The Tommyknockers, Warlock: The Armageddon

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After an incredible run for horror in the 70's and early 80's, things finally fall back to earth a little bit here. 1983 lacks the stone-cold classics, but this is still a rather good collection of films.

Notable Films sometimes labelled as horror:
Barefoot Gen, The Day After, The Fourth Man, Zu Warriors from the Magic Mountain

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The Deadly Spawn, Sleepaway Camp, The Lift, The Hound of the Baskervilles, Of Unknown Origin, Zeder, Night Warning, The Boxer's Omen, Thriller, Nightmares, Curtains, Sole Survivor, The Keep, A Blade in the Dark, The House on Sorority Row, Xtro, Jaws 3-D, 2019: After the Fall of New York

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After the huge outburst of giallo films at the beginning of the decade, that trend softens significantly here. However, what this year might lose in overwhelming quantity of great horror, it gains in quality. Not only is there still a huge amount of good films, but the best of them are considered all-time greats. As a result, this is another contender for one of horror's greatest years.

Notable Films sometimes labelled as horror:
Badlands, Soylent Green, The Spirit of the Beehive, The Candy Snatchers

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Torso, The Creeping Flesh, Messiah of Evil, Frankenstein: The True Story, The Crazies, Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell, The Asphyx, Lemora: A Child's Tale of the Supernatural, Lisa and the Devil, And Now the Screaming Starts!, Tenderness of Wolves, A Cold Night's Death, Scream Pretty Peggy, The Devil's Daughter, The Baby, Flesh for Frankenstein, Night Watch, Death Line, Tales That Witness Madness, The Iron Rose, Ganja & Hess, Children Shouldn't Play with Dead Things, The Norliss Tapes, Dying Room Only, Isn't It Shocking, The Killing Kind, Sssssss, Psychomania, Return of the Evil Dead, The Satanic Rites of Dracula, Leptirica, Shock Treatment, Seven Deaths in the Cat's Eye, A Bell from Hell, Baby Yaga, The Forgotten, Horror Hospital, The Picture of Dorian Gray, Hunchback of the Morgue, Schlock, The Vengeance of the Mummy, The Spirit of Dark and Lonely Water, Nothing But the Night, Santo & Blue Demon vs. Dracula & the Wolfman, Death Smiled at Murder, The Cat Creature, A Reflection of Fear, Cannibal Man, At a Meeting with Joyous Death, Blood Castle, Scream Blacula Scream, Satan's School for Girls, Curse of the Devil, The Pyx, Dark Places, Love Me Deadly

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As the 60's move foward, the classics keep coming out. It is notable how Italian horror is swiftly becoming a reliable source for horror, thanks in no small part to Mario Bava. Notably, there is an immense quantity of solid horror coming out at this point, a trend that would continue for the most part for the rest of the decade and certainly the 70's.
All things considered, this is a great year for horror. There are many worthy entries that spread beyond the top ten.

Notable Films sometimes labelled as horror:
Lord of the Flies, The Damned, Shock Corridor, The Mind Benders

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X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes, The Sadist, Twice-Told Tales, The Kiss of the Vampire, Matango, Diary of a Madman, The Virgin of Nuremberg, Maniac, The Old Dark House, The Strangler of Blackmoor Castle, Dementia 13, Blood Feast, The Ghost, The Terror, The Curse of the Crying Woman, House of the Damned, The Squeaker, Samson in the Wax Museum, Black Zoo, Six She's and a He, The Demon, Horror, Doctor of Doom, Terrified, Violent Midnight, The Mad Executioners, Invasion of the Vampires, The Black Abbot

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The best year for horror in the first half of the decade, which was sorely needed in order to bring the horror film back into relevance. Picking up from the sci-fi entries two years prior, a hybrid genre would emerge here that would persist for the rest of the 50's.

Notable Films sometimes labelled as horror:
Ugetsu, The Hitch-Hiker

Notable Films that didn't make the cut:
Return to Glennascaul, The Maze, The Magnetic Monster, The Neanderthal Man, Dracula in Istanbul, Mesa of Lost Women

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Between Universal's monster series, Val Lewton's low-budget psychological horrors, and a slew of standalone chillers, this is as prolific horror would get until the late 50's. It's honestly a fantastic year for horror all things considered. Also, for those fans of the 40's monster mashups, it all starts here.

Notable Films sometimes labelled as horror:
Jane Eyre, Sherlock Holmes Faces Death, Day of Wrath

Notable Films that didn't make the cut:
Calling Dr. Death, The Mysterious Doctor, The Mad Ghoul, Captive Wild Woman, Revenge of the Zombies, The Phantom Baron, Dead Men Walk, Henry Aldrich Haunts a House, The Ape Man, Ghosts on the Loose, The Wolf of the Malveneurs

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For the third year in a row, this is a great collection of horror films. Following Universal's footsteps, competitors work to keep up, resulting in several classic films. The genre has been getting increasingly sophisticated in the early sound era, with this period serving as the backbone of classic monster movies and gothic horror.

Notable Films sometimes labelled as horror:
White Woman, Betty Boop's Hallowe'en Party

Notable Films that didn't make the cut:
The Vampire Bat, Night of Terror, Terror Aboard, King Klunk, The Crying Woman, The Whispering Shadow, Before Dawn, Before Midnight, The Sphinx, The Intruder, The Monkey's Paw

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The 1920's were reliable for at least a couple significant entries every year, and this is no exception. Germany continues its role as king of the genre so far. Like other years around this time, many films have been lost.

Notable Films sometimes labelled as horror:
Salome

Notable Films that didn't make the cut:
Itching Palms, Trilby, Puritan Passions, The Red Night

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A pretty solid collection so far that will hopefully be bolstered further in the coming couple of years. It will be interesting to see what future years have in store. Horror is not an easy genre to crack and the film industry has been very inconsistent when it comes to finding an original, quality direction to take. Sheer numbers work in the present day's favour to offer enough worthwhile additions.

Notable Films sometimes labelled as horror:
Side Effects, Europa Report, This Is the End, Room 237

Notable Films that didn't make the cut:
Carrie, Dark Skies, Curse of Chucky, We Are What We Are, Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, Berserk Golden Age Arc III: Descent, Pee Mak, The Human Race, The Purge, Zombieland, Texas Chainsaw 3D, The Last Days on Mars, Frankenstein's Army, Go Goa Gone, Devil's Pass, Magic Magic, I Spit on Your Grave 2

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