57 Horror Movies For The Unknowing Fan of Horrorby zen-illa | created - 18 Feb 2011 | updated - 25 Feb 2011 | Public
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1. Sauna (2008)
Unrated | 83 min | Horror
As a 25-year war between Russia and Sweden concludes, two brothers who are part of an effort to outline new border accords become undone by their actions, and their mistreatment of a young woman during their journey.
Moody, atmospheric, and even a bit hard to follow. I think that I understood the film and what it was meant to be. Not for everybody though, very deep horror.
2. Terror Train (1980)
R | 97 min | Horror, Thriller
A masked killer targets six college kids responsible for a prank gone wrong three years earlier and who are currently throwing a large New Year's Eve costume party aboard a moving train.
One of the top slashers from the 80s, and of course the sexyness that was Jamie Lee Curtis during the early part of that decade. We pretty much know from the beginning who the killer will be, but the way the story gets there is pretty interesting, in my opinion.
3. The Fog (1980)
R | 89 min | Horror, Thriller
An unearthly fog rolls into a small coastal town exactly 100 years after a ship mysteriously sank in its waters.
Votes: 52,631 | Gross: $21.38M
Classic from the year 1980- John Carpenter gives us another creepy flick. Definitely one of his best that isn't mentioned as much as it should be.
4. Curtains (1983)
R | 89 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Six young actresses auditioning for a movie role at a remote mansion are targeted by a mysterious masked murderer.
The mask of the killer is one of the creepiest ever. Low budget, but effective slasher flick. All about dreams, and the people that become obsessed with them. The theme is reminiscent of Darren Aronofsky's 'Black Swan', I find, although the movies are not similar nor are they on the same level. Check it out if you can find it- took me a lot of searching.
5. The Entity (1982)
R | 125 min | Biography, Drama, Horror
Supposedly based partially on a true story, a woman is tormented and sexually molested by an invisible demon.
Votes: 12,443 | Gross: $13.28M
The greatest parapsychological horror there is, about a woman who is repeatedly raped and sexually assaulted by an invisible demon. Barbara Hershey (sha-wing, in the words of Wayne & Garth!) acts out an amazing performance. I'm glad Martin Scorsese agrees that this is one of the more frightening movies of all time. Some great special effects for the 80s.
6. My Bloody Valentine (1981)
R | 90 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
A decades-old folk tale surrounding a deranged murderer killing those who celebrate Valentine's Day turns out to be true to legend when a group defies the killer's order and people start turning up dead.
Votes: 14,273 | Gross: $5.67M
Forget the remakes, like most, and watch the original. A few weak spots but no film is perfect- this one gives me the creeps. The scenes in the mine are by far some of the creepiest in any slasher to date.
7. The Prowler (1981)
R | 89 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
An unknown killer, clad in World War II U.S. Army fatigues, stalks a small New Jersey town bent on reliving a 35 year-old double murder by focusing on a group of college kids holding an annual Spring Dance.
Typical slasher that rises above most of them. Some excellent deaths, and of course lots of great gore courtesy of the master, Tom Savini. The killer is another creepy one, this time the recipient of a Dear John letter that drove him over the edge.
8. Don't Go in the House (1979)
R | 82 min | Horror
A disturbed young man who was burned as a child by his sadistic mother stalks women with a flamethrower.
Of course from the 80s! This might be a bit cheesy at points, but I think there's a lot more to this slasher flick than meets the eye. Our killer uses a real unique style when killing off his victims; more than that, this is a flick that ushers out the 70s and brings the 80s.
9. Pieces (1982)
Not Rated | 89 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Young co-eds are being dismembered by a mysterious murderer on a college campus. The killer is attempting to put together a human jigsaw puzzle made from body parts.
Votes: 6,391 | Gross: $2.03M
Hidden gem of a movie. Like many, this has it's cheesy fingers... but it has some really great deaths, some cool gore, classic slasher film dialogue ("Bastard! Bastard!! BASTAAAAARD!!!!"), a loony college Dean, and an inexplicable last minute jump scene. I don't know if they intentionally wanted it to be funny but it is- and it works!
10. Prince of Darkness (1987)
R | 102 min | Horror
A research team finds a mysterious cylinder in a deserted church. If opened, it could mean the end of the world.
Votes: 29,295 | Gross: $14.18M
I don't know why this movie isn't held up on high more than it is, because this is another John Carpenter film that kicks ass (I won't put The Thing on this list because everybody KNOWS that film is a scorcher!). Donald Pleasance is always incredible, and the story itself is just absolutely excellent: the death of a priest belonging to a secret sect uncovers hidden writings, and a vat full of a green liquid that contains Satan himself, kept secret by the Church for thousands and thousands of years. Gnarly. Add in Alice Cooper and some pretty gnarly effects, you've got another great addition to the Carpenter library.
11. Clownhouse (1989)
R | 81 min | Horror
Just before Halloween, three young brothers alone in a big house are menaced by three escaped mental patients who have murdered some traveling circus clowns and taken their identities.
Wicked little film starring a babyface Sam Rockwell about a trio of brothers who visit a carnival one night and see a bunch of clowns perform, which scares the shit out of the youngest one. They go home for the night, but little does anybody know three escaped mental patients kill the clowns and take their clothes. The three of them then decide to do a little home invasion on the young boys' house while they're home alone for the night. Pretty creepy and inventive horror movie; the part where the patients take over the clowns is pretty spooky.
12. And Soon the Darkness (1970)
GP | 94 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Two young English women go on a cycling tour of the French countryside. When one of them goes missing, the other begins to search for her. But who can she trust?
Not slasher horror, but some intense psychological terror in this one. I prefer this to the remake mainly because of the typical human trafficking plotline the latter takes on which is so overused nowadays in horror. Two girls biking in France have a fight and split up, then one goes missing prompting the other to search for her. She meets a mysterious man, who is claiming to be looking for someone himself but he seems shady. She gets the police involved. It's pretty slow for the first 1/4, but then it really takes off and keeps you guessing until the end. Watching it now, you'll probably guess the ending.. but before all these backwoods movies with the same formula came out, you'd probably never guess it.
13. Tombs of the Blind Dead (1972)
PG | 101 min | Horror
In the 13th century there existed a legion of evil knights known as the Templars, who quested for eternal life by drinking human blood and committing sacrifices. Executed for their unholy ... See full summary »
Reanimated Templar Knights looking for revenge on innocent tourists- fucking gnarly!
14. Alice Sweet Alice (1976)
R | 98 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
After a young girl is brutally murdered during her first communion, her strange and withdrawn older sister becomes the main suspect. But are the authorities mistaken?
Unique slasher film, very creepy and some real cool killing.
15. Suspiria (1977)
R | 92 min | Horror
A newcomer to a prestigious german ballet academy comes to realize that the school is a front for something sinister amidst a series of grisly murders.
Any horror fan knows of Dario Argento and many other giallo filmmakers, but for those of you who aren't hardcore fans of the genre I present to you one of the most kick ass films about witches EVER. Argento is one of the greatest.
16. Begotten (1990)
Unrated | 72 min | Fantasy, Horror
This gory and entirely visual film tells the surreal tale of the death and rebirth of gods.
A silent film that is sort of grotesque but still very intriguing. Using a lot of mythology, we see the tale of a god unfolding in front of our eyes. Intense and weird... I think that John Carpenter used this as inspiration for his Masters of Horror episode 'Cigarette Burns'.
17. Nadja (1994)
R | 93 min | Drama, Horror
This ultra-hip, post-modern vampire tale is set in contemporary New York City. Members of a dysfunctional family of vampires are trying to come to terms with each other, in the wake of ... See full summary »
Votes: 2,644 | Gross: $0.45M
One of the coolest, innovative and most unique films out there about vampires. It's produced by David Lynch- 'nuff said.
18. The Last Broadcast (1998)
86 min | Horror, Mystery
A film crew ventures into the forest in search of the mythical 'Jersey Devil'.
Awesome horror mockumentary that falls flat on its god damn face during the last 15 minutes when the "revelation" occurs. Other than that, this would be one of the most amazing faux documentaries in the horror genre. All based around the legend of the Jersey Devil.
19. Antropophagus (1980)
R | 90 min | Horror
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.
Gorey tale that could almost be a myth of it's own: a bunch of visitors to a Greek island encounter a blood thirsty cannibal man out for a snack. Typical splatter type horror, but I find the story of the cannibalistic man very intriguing; as I said before, this could almost be it's own myth it's that gnarly.
20. Ravenous (1999)
R | 101 min | Horror
In a remote military outpost in the 19th Century, Captain John Boyd and his regiment embark on a rescue mission which takes a dark turn when they are ambushed by a sadistic cannibal.
Votes: 32,806 | Gross: $2.06M
Innovative film about cannibals. One of my favourite movies of ALL TIME! Stars Guy Pearce, Robert Carlyle, Jeffrey Jones, David Arquette and directed by the amazingly talented Antonia Bird. Incredibly weird soundtrack that truly fits the atmosphere of the movie.
21. Session 9 (2001)
R | 97 min | Horror, Mystery
Tensions rise within an asbestos cleaning crew as they work in an abandoned mental hospital with a horrific past that seems to be coming back.
Votes: 47,651 | Gross: $0.38M
I love this film, and it absolutely creeps the hell out of me. Only bad point, which I still enjoy because I love David Caruso, is when he says: "Hey- fuck YOU!". Unintentionally hilarious. Other than that, solid film that includes a few really wonderful actors. I can watch Peter Mullan in anything, and Brendan Sexton is a great young actor.
22. Trouble Every Day (2001)
Not Rated | 101 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller
Two American newlyweds in Paris experience a love so strong, it almost devours them.
Votes: 5,966 | Gross: $0.01M
Claire Denis proves that there are still concepts out there for new fresh horror films. Amazing. Vincent Gallo for once puts his creepiness to the correct use, and Beatrice Dalle is perfect (and beautiful, even covered in blood). One of the most interesting concepts for a horror movie in some time now!
23. Wendigo (2001)
R | 91 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
George is a high-strung professional photographer who is starting to unravel from the stress of his work with a Manhattan advertising agency. Needing some time away from the city, Jake, his... See full summary »
Votes: 3,430 | Gross: $0.10M
Larry Fessenden- need I say more?
24. The Last Winter (2006)
Not Rated | 101 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
The American oil company North Corporation is building an ice road to explore the remote Northern Arctic National Wildlife Refuge seeking oil. The independent environmentalists together ... See full summary »
Votes: 7,871 | Gross: $0.03M
Fessenden proves again he is the freshest breath of air in the horror genre over the last 20 years. Plus, who doesn't like Ron Perlman?
25. Villmark (2003)
Not Rated | 85 min | Adventure, Horror, Mystery
The crew of the TV show "Real TV" with controlling boss Gunnar on the front line will soon begin production of a reality show for which participants are selected to survive in the ... See full summary »
26. Calvaire (2004)
Not Rated | 88 min | Horror
Marc, a traveling entertainer, is on his way home for Christmas when his van brakes in the middle of a jerkwater town with some strange inhabitans.
Votes: 10,352 | Gross: $0.00M
Gives a whole new level of terror to the backwoods genre of horror. This doesn't contain much death or blood, but it's still creepy as all hell. Incredible performances and unique filmmaking.
27. Naboer (2005)
Unrated | 75 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
John has just been left by his girlfriend Ingrid. That day he allows himself to be seduced into a mystical and scary world, where it is impossible to separate truth from the lies
The most psychological terror I've experienced in a film outside of Hitchcock, Darren Aronofsky and Roman Polanski.
28. Skjult (2009)
R | 95 min | Horror, Thriller
Painful memories arise when Kai Koss goes back to his childhood home after 19 years and inherits his dead mother's house.
Incredible film about traumatic experiences from a persons childhood.
29. Saam gaang yi (2004)
R | 125 min | Horror
An Asian cross-cultural trilogy of horror films from accomplished indie directors.
Votes: 17,100 | Gross: $0.08M
One of the greatest horror anthologies ever. Three of the best directors from Asia each give us a piece, my favourite being Takashi Miike's 'Box'.
30. Antikörper (2005)
Not Rated | 127 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
Wanted for a long time, serial killer Gabriel Engel gets arrested in a spectacular police strike. Small town cop Michael Martens travels to the big city to interrogate him and finds out more then he is looking for.
Film about a German serial killer who is paralyzed from the waist down after a police raid of his apartment; a small town police officer is brought in involving an unsolved murder in his county, then is personally requested by the killer to sit and talk with him.
This rivals Se7en & Silence of the Lambs when it comes to serial killers in movies. Very psychological and disturbing.
31. Sheitan (2006)
Not Rated | 94 min | Comedy, Horror, Thriller
A group of youngsters go out to a disco on Christmas Eve and accidentally run into a shepherd who has prepared himself for a night of pure insanity.
I will watch Vincent Cassel sit and read the newspaper. This is a film about a bunch of young people partying that end up at a creepy farmhouse where an old backwoods boy decides to have some good old fashioned fun.
32. Fritt vilt (2006)
Not Rated | 97 min | Horror, Thriller
Jannicke, Morten Tobias, Eirik, Mikal and Ingunn are on a snowboarding vacation in Jotunheimen. They are forced to take shelter in an abandoned hotel when Morten Tobias breaks his leg and ... See full summary »
One of the best slashers to come out of the 2000s, in my opinion. Not the same old setting and the same stupid teens getting slashed to pieces. And finally a hardcore, unstoppable killing machine of a slasher again!
33. Them (2006)
R | 77 min | Horror, Thriller
Lucas and Clementine live peacefully in their isolated country house, but one night they wake up to strange noise... they're not alone... and a group of hooded assailants begin to terrorize them throughout the night.
Based on true stories, we watch as a couple is terrorized by a group in an isolated mansion out in the country. Absolutely terrifying. The Strangers is basically the American version of this; I did enjoy that film, but this one is much more effective.
34. The Poughkeepsie Tapes (2007)
R | 81 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
In an abandoned house in Poughkeepsie, New York murder investigators uncover hundreds of tapes showing decades of a serial killer's work.
Diabolical and grim. I love it. One of the best horror mockumentaries out there, if not the absolute best. The story of the perfect killer who cannot be profiled, who leaves a full house with no fingerprints, who documents all his kills on video, who returns to the scenes of his crimes and even talks to parents of the victims offering 'help', who cannot be stopped. Chilling.
35. The Signal (2007)
R | 103 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
A horror film told in three parts, from three perspectives, in which a mysterious transmission that turns people into killers invades every cell phone, radio, and television.
Votes: 19,155 | Gross: $0.60M
It's like a zombie flick, but not really. Very original. I happened upon it by accident and I'm so glad I did. Even a little touching love story going on, just not at all like what you'd think. Really impressed by this one.
36. Whisper (I) (2007)
R | 94 min | Crime, Drama, Horror
Sinister things begin happening to kidnappers who are holding a young boy for ransom in a remote cabin.
Creepiest kid outside of The Omen.
37. Inside (2007)
R | 82 min | Horror
Four months after the death of her husband, a woman on the brink of motherhood is tormented in her home by a strange woman who wants her unborn baby.
Vicious and unrelenting. Very cool horror film from the French. Beatrice Dalle- marry me.
38. Shrooms (2007)
Not Rated | 84 min | Comedy, Horror, Mystery
A group of friends are stalked and murdered whilst looking for psilocybin mushrooms in the Irish woods.
Votes: 14,794 | Gross: $0.00M
This never happened to me on mushrooms, ever... but it's still awesome. Once again, a fresh look at the genre even if it has a typical sort of ending.
39. Acolytes (2008)
Not Rated | 91 min | Crime, Drama, Horror
Three teenagers blackmail a serial killer.
Pretty neat film that kept me guessing a bit; not the typical slasher, and it's not reaaaally a slasher. It's a great thriller that has its moments of horror.
40. The Burrowers (2008)
R | 96 min | Horror, Thriller, Western
In the Wild West a rescue party sets out to find a family of settlers that has vanished from their home under mysterious circumstances.
Any time a horror film is set back in the old, old days I love it! Check this one out. Sort of like what you'd imagine Tremors would be like if you lived in the Wild West.
41. Deadgirl (2008)
R | 101 min | Horror
Two high school boys discover an imprisoned woman in an abandoned mental asylum who cannot die.
This movie is full of creeps, and it's one of the more original takes on zombie horror you'll find. Some great acting too by a young cast.
42. Dead Birds (2004)
R | 91 min | Horror, Thriller, Western
A group of Confederate soldiers hole up in an abandoned plantation after robbing a bank and find themselves at the mercy of supernatural forces.
Haunted houses full of Confederate gold and Haitian spirits, set back in the Confederate days. Gnarly! Pay real close attention to the visuals, you might find some stuff in the background that will creep you the fuck out!
43. Home Movie (II) (2008)
R | 77 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller
In the remote woods of Upstate New York, David and Clare Poe are attempting to live an idyllic life. However, their twin children's bizarre behavior might just tear the family apart.
Amazing sleeper of a film. Check this out! You never truly know what's going on, and I love it. Great acting.
44. Lake Mungo (2008)
R | 87 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery
A supernatural drama about grief.
Best ghost story in a long time and one of the better fake horror documentaries out there.
45. Noroi (2005)
115 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
A documentary filmmaker explores seemingly unrelated paranormal incidents connected by the legend of an ancient demon called the "kagutaba."
Scariest movie of all time for me. The Asians do it right. Fake documentary about a filmmaker tracing the origins of a curse that affects the lives of several people in creepy ways. Amazing. Absolutely incredible.
46. Rovdyr (2008)
78 min | Horror
The summer of 1974, four young people are all ambushed and left unconscious. They wake up deep in the woods with no one around but the sound of a hunting horn.
Backwoods horror done right. Same old stuff, but you've got to go outside of North America to really hit the paydirt for this subgenre.
47. Splinter (I) (2008)
R | 82 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Trapped in an isolated gas station by a voracious Splinter parasite that transforms its still-living victims into deadly hosts, a young couple and an escaped convict must find a way to work together to survive this primal terror.
Unique addition to the zombie horror genre. It's nice to see people figuring out new ways to reanimate the dead and contort the human body. Gnarly film!
48. The Wild Man of the Navidad (2008)
Not Rated | 86 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery
Based on the recently acquired journals of Texan Dale S. Rogers, this vintage horror tale from IFC Films debunks history books to tell the veracious, harrowing story of a rural Texas ... See full summary »
You want some sasquatch throwback? This is it. Remember The Legend of Boggy Creek? It gets it's ass kicked by this low budget killer.
49. Mutants (2009)
R | 95 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi
In the middle of a zombie apocalypse, a resourceful couple hides out in an isolated abandoned building. The woman is pregnant and the man is infected, slowly transforming into the kind of inhuman monster they are trying to escape.
Another cool zombie horror take. Could have used a beefier plot, but it's still a great flick.
50. Perkins' 14 (2009)
R | 95 min | Horror, Thriller