EVIL LIVES: a Total Nightmareby smokzey | created - 27 May 2011 | updated - 20 Oct 2014 | Public
Some movies employ scares every 5-minutes, build atmosphere, use gore or a dark plot to bring the horror alive.
What is interesting about this genre is that for some clowns could be funny, scary for others. Some people prefer original, others the freshness of a remake.
Here are my top picks from the genre
This is not a 'I have seen this movie 10 years ago at Joe's house' kinda list. All of these movies are part of my collection.
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1. The Thing (1982)
R | 109 min | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi
A crew in Antarctica finds a neighboring camp destroyed and its crew dead. Whatever killed them is nowhere to be found, unless it's hidden in plain sight.
Votes: 305,479 | Gross: $13.78M
2. Child's Play (1988)
R | 87 min | Horror, Thriller
A single mother gives her son a much sought-after doll for his birthday, only to discover that it is possessed by the soul of a serial killer.
Votes: 70,815 | Gross: $33.24M
The one and only. Forget the others - this is what Chucky's like when Tom Holland's involved! Best killer doll movie ever made.
3. Jacob's Ladder (I) (1990)
R | 113 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery
Mourning his dead child, a haunted Vietnam War veteran attempts to uncover his past while suffering from a severe case of dissociation. To do so, he must decipher reality and life from his own dreams, delusions, and perceptions of death.
Votes: 84,518 | Gross: $26.12M
4. Misery (1990)
R | 107 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
After a famous author is rescued from a car crash by a fan of his novels, he comes to realize that the care he is receiving is only the beginning of a nightmare of captivity and abuse.
Votes: 153,261 | Gross: $61.28M
5. Cube (1997)
R | 90 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Six complete strangers of widely varying personality characteristics are involuntarily placed in an endless maze containing deadly traps.
Votes: 180,573 | Gross: $0.50M
It's a love/hate movie. To some it's a cult classic, others will find it boring and cheesy. I loved it and think it's a wonderfully creative little gem. Paranoia, suspense and psychological survival horror await!
7. The Experiment (2001)
R | 120 min | Drama, Thriller
For two weeks, 20 male participants are hired to play prisoners and guards in a prison. The "prisoners" have to follow seemingly mild rules, and the "guards" are told to retain order without using physical violence.
Votes: 84,641 | Gross: $0.14M
8. Audition (1999)
R | 115 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery
A widower takes an offer to screen girls at a special audition, arranged for him by a friend to find him a new wife. The one he fancies is not who she appears to be after all.
Kinda slow-paced, but the creepy atmosphere slowly lures us to something wickedly sick. This is Miike - not for the faint of heart.
9. Final Destination (2000)
R | 98 min | Horror, Thriller
After a teenager has a terrifying vision of him and his friends dying in a plane crash, he prevents the accident only to have Death hunt them down, one by one.
Votes: 199,995 | Gross: $53.33M
10. Frailty (2001)
R | 100 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
A man confesses to an FBI agent his family's story of how his religious fanatic father's visions led to a series of murders to destroy supposed "demons."
Votes: 67,406 | Gross: $13.10M
11. Resident Evil (2002)
R | 100 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi
A special military unit fights a powerful, out-of-control supercomputer and hundreds of scientists who have mutated into flesh-eating creatures after a laboratory accident.
Votes: 221,653 | Gross: $40.12M
12. Identity (2003)
R | 90 min | Mystery, Thriller
Stranded at a desolate Nevada motel during a nasty rain-storm, ten strangers become acquainted with each other when they realize that they're being killed off one by one.
Votes: 198,173 | Gross: $52.16M
13. High Tension (2003)
R | 91 min | Crime, Drama, Horror
Best friends Marie and Alexia decide to spend a quiet weekend at Alexia's parents' secluded farmhouse. But on the night of their arrival, the girls' idyllic getaway turns into an endless night of horror.
Votes: 59,993 | Gross: $3.68M
14. Freddy vs. Jason (2003)
R | 97 min | Action, Horror, Thriller
Freddy Krueger and Jason Voorhees return to terrorize the teenage population. Except this time, they're out to get each other, too.
Votes: 97,834 | Gross: $82.62M
Not a masterpiece - but it can be a lot of fun if you don't take it seriously. Come on - Freddy vs. Jason? Horror buffs might still appreciate this, with plenty of homage to its roots.
15. One Point O (2004)
R | 92 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery
After receiving mysterious empty packages inside his apartment, a young computer-programmer begins a personal investigation into their origins.
16. 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
Due to Saw's excellent advertising campaign and its virus-like word-of-mouth spread, this one remained overlooked. If you're a horror fanatic looking for something truly evil - you might find it here. And no, this is nothing like Saw.
17. Saw (2004)
R | 103 min | Crime, Horror, Mystery
Two strangers, who awaken in a room with no recollection of how they got there, soon discover they're pawns in a deadly game perpetrated by a notorious serial killer.
Votes: 334,556 | Gross: $56.00M
19. Land of the Dead (2005)
R | 93 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
The living dead have taken over the world, and the last humans live in a walled city to protect themselves as they come to grips with the situation.
Votes: 84,123 | Gross: $20.70M
20. The Jacket (2005)
R | 103 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror
A Gulf war veteran is wrongly sent to a mental institution for insane criminals, where he becomes the object of a doctor's experiments, and his life is completely affected by them.
Votes: 100,158 | Gross: $6.30M
Masters of Horror (2005–2007)
TV-MA | 63 min | Horror
In the 1800s, an American returns to Japan to find the prostitute he fell in love with, but instead learns of the psychical and existential horror that befell her after he left.
A beautifully horrible masterpiece. It's Miike. Sick and twisted, and freakin' scary.
23. 28 Weeks Later (2007)
R | 100 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi
Six months after the rage virus was inflicted on the population of Great Britain, the US Army helps to secure a small area of London for the survivors to repopulate and start again. But not everything goes to plan.
Votes: 231,578 | Gross: $28.64M
24. Storm Warning (2007)
R | 86 min | Horror
A yuppie couple lost in a thick brush filled marsh seek refuge at an isolated farmhouse only to discover they've jumped out of the frying pan into the fire.
26. The Mist (2007)
R | 126 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
A freak storm unleashes a species of bloodthirsty creatures on a small town, where a small band of citizens hole up in a supermarket and fight for their lives.
Votes: 247,611 | Gross: $25.59M
27. 1408 (2007)
PG-13 | 104 min | Drama, Horror
A man who specializes in debunking paranormal occurrences checks into the fabled room 1408 in the Dolphin Hotel. Soon after settling in, he confronts genuine terror.
Votes: 231,912 | Gross: $71.99M
28. Planet Terror (2007)
Not Rated | 105 min | Action, Comedy, Horror
After an experimental bio-weapon is released, turning thousands into zombie-like creatures, it's up to a rag-tag group of survivors to stop the infected and those behind its release.
29. Outpost (2008)
R | 90 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi
In war-torn Eastern Europe, a world-weary group of mercenaries discover a long-hidden secret in an abandoned WWII bunker.
A bit of a mess and at the same time thought-provoking and inspiring. Low-budget indie that I enjoyed and loved its spin on zombies.
30. Pontypool (2008)
Not Rated | 93 min | Fantasy, Horror, Thriller
A radio host interprets the possible outbreak of a deadly virus which infects the small Ontario town he is stationed in.
Votes: 25,283 | Gross: $0.00M
Unique in its ways. Not like the others. The atmosphere and tension are incredible. For a low budget movie this one looks beautiful. Lights, acting, music and script all go great together.
31. The Ruins (2008)
R | 90 min | Horror
A group of friends whose leisurely Mexican holiday takes a turn for the worse when they, along with a fellow tourist, embark on a remote archaeological dig in the jungle where something evil lives among the ruins.
Votes: 63,652 | Gross: $17.43M
33. 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.
34. Daybreakers (2009)
R | 98 min | Action, Fantasy, Horror
In the year 2019, a plague has transformed almost every human into vampires. Faced with a dwindling blood supply, the fractured dominant race plots their survival; meanwhile, a researcher works with a covert band of vamps on a way to save humankind.
Votes: 112,776 | Gross: $30.10M
36. Triangle (2009)
R | 99 min | Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller
A group of friends suffer a yachting accident and take refuge on a cruise drifting on the open sea, but quickly realize they were better off on the upturned yacht
Quite a mind-bender. This is a crazy movie that could be interpreted in many ways, and a great one to debate about after watching.
37. The Crazies (2010)
R | 101 min | Horror, Thriller
About the inhabitants of a small Iowa town suddenly plagued by insanity and then death after a mysterious toxin contaminates their water supply.
Votes: 100,489 | Gross: $39.12M
38. Scream 4 (2011)
R | 111 min | Horror, Mystery
Ten years have passed, and Sidney Prescott, who has put herself back together thanks in part to her writing, is visited by the Ghostface Killer.
Votes: 112,954 | Gross: $38.18M
The best in the series. Kevin Williamson and Wes Craven have outdone themselves and set the bar once again.
39. The Thing (I) (2011)
R | 103 min | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi
At an Antarctica research site, the discovery of an alien craft leads to a confrontation between graduate student Kate Lloyd and scientist Dr. Sander Halvorson.
Votes: 105,389 | Gross: $16.93M
40. Ghost Ship (2002)
R | 91 min | Horror
A salvage crew that discovers a long-lost 1962 passenger ship floating lifeless in a remote region of the Bering Sea soon notices, as they prepare to tow it back to land, that strange things happen.
Votes: 82,456 | Gross: $30.11M
41. Vanishing on 7th Street (2010)
R | 92 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
The population of Detroit has almost completely disappeared, but a few remain. As daylight disappears they realize that the Dark is coming for them.
Votes: 23,185 | Gross: $0.02M
42. The Last Days on Mars (2013)
R | 98 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
A group of astronaut explorers succumb one by one to a mysterious and terrifying force while collecting specimens on Mars.
Votes: 31,784 | Gross: $0.02M
43. Deliver Us from Evil (I) (2014)
R | 118 min | Action, Biography, Crime
New York police officer Ralph Sarchie investigates a series of crimes. He joins forces with an unconventional priest, schooled in the rites of exorcism, to combat the possessions that are terrorizing their city.
Votes: 60,665 | Gross: $30.58M
44. Mimic (1997)
R | 105 min | Horror, Sci-Fi
Three years ago, entomologist Dr. Susan Tyler genetically created an insect to kill cockroaches carrying a virulent disease. Now, the insects are out to destroy their only predator, mankind.
Votes: 40,662 | Gross: $25.48M