My Top 20 Horrors of All Time!

by gnrconspiracy | created - 26 Jun 2011 | updated - 26 Jun 2011 | Public

I've been a huge horror movie fan since I was too young to even watch horror films, so with just over four decades worth of movies to choose from, these are the ones that really stuck out from the rest!

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1. A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

R | 91 min | Horror

78 Metascore

Several people are hunted by a cruel serial killer who kills his victims in their dreams. While the survivors are trying to find the reason for being chosen, the murderer won't lose any chance to kill them as soon as they fall asleep.

Director: Wes Craven | Stars: Heather Langenkamp, Johnny Depp, Robert Englund, John Saxon

Votes: 171,535 | Gross: $25.50M

This is the first horror film I ever watched I think. I was way too young to watch an 18 cert movie, and I did so from behind the sofa through most of it.

2. Child's Play (1988)

R | 87 min | Horror, Thriller

58 Metascore

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.

Director: Tom Holland | Stars: Catherine Hicks, Chris Sarandon, Alex Vincent, Brad Dourif

Votes: 70,815 | Gross: $33.24M

Again, another movie I was too young to watch, but Chucky really did it for me as far as evil animated dolls went! Awesome film for it's time!

3. A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987)

R | 96 min | Action, Fantasy, Horror

49 Metascore

A psychiatrist familiar with knife-wielding dream demon Freddy Krueger helps teens at a mental hospital battle the killer who is invading their dreams.

Director: Chuck Russell | Stars: Heather Langenkamp, Robert Englund, Craig Wasson, Patricia Arquette

Votes: 57,912 | Gross: $44.79M

Let's face it, the second Elm Street film was a huge joke, but then came Elm Street 3. Loved it. Much more comical than the first film, but even so, some great death scenarios, and the return of Nancy made this the last really good Elm Street movie.

4. Trick or Treat (1986)

R | 98 min | Comedy, Horror, Music

Sammi Curr was an infamous rock star who died under mysterious circumstances. Now, he wants to come back to life. Doing so requires possessing radio waves and automobiles, and making a few human sacrifices.

Director: Charles Martin Smith | Stars: Marc Price, Tony Fields, Lisa Orgolini, Doug Savant

Votes: 4,787 | Gross: $6.80M

Ozzy Osbourne AND Gene Simmons in a horror movie about a rock star who comes back from the dead after someone plays a record backwards. REALLY cheesy, but a fun film!

5. Class of 1999 (1990)

R | 99 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi

Robot teachers have been secretly placed in the schools where the students have run riot. The teachers do a good job of controlling the unruly youngsters, until they go too far and some ... See full summary »

Director: Mark L. Lester | Stars: Bradley Gregg, Traci Lind, Malcolm McDowell, Stacy Keach

Votes: 5,410 | Gross: $2.46M

Teachers who are robots! The world has gone into anarchy, it's 1999 and schools are just one part of society where hell has broken loose. So, the introduction of Robo Teachers is set into play to try and control the out of control kids! Again, another cheesy one, but pretty awesome!

6. Eden Lake (2008)

R | 91 min | Horror, Thriller

65 Metascore

Refusing to let anything spoil their romantic weekend break, a young couple confront a gang of loutish youths with terrifyingly brutal consequences.

Director: James Watkins | Stars: Kelly Reilly, Michael Fassbender, Tara Ellis, Jack O'Connell

Votes: 65,730 | Gross: $0.01M

Brutal, disturbing, and scarily....this could actually happen! Very extreme movie about a couple who get tormented by a group of youthes whilst camping. It all ends very badly! Truly, this movie made me think '...WHAT THE ****?'

7. Donnie Darko (2001)

R | 113 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

88 Metascore

A troubled teenager is plagued by visions of a man in a large rabbit suit who manipulates him to commit a series of crimes, after he narrowly escapes a bizarre accident.

Director: Richard Kelly | Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Jena Malone, Mary McDonnell, Holmes Osborne

Votes: 660,939 | Gross: $0.19M

Not so much a horror as a psychological brain-blender, but I loved this film.

8. Dawn of the Dead (2004)

R | 101 min | Action, Horror, Thriller

59 Metascore

A nurse, a policeman, a young married couple, a salesman, and other survivors of a worldwide plague that is producing aggressive, flesh-eating zombies, take refuge in a mega Midwestern shopping mall.

Director: Zack Snyder | Stars: Sarah Polley, Ving Rhames, Mekhi Phifer, Jake Weber

Votes: 211,273 | Gross: $59.02M

Awesome remake of an equally awesome original. Set in a shopping arcade in America (or a Mall as they call it), this is the ultimate Zombie survival movie!

9. Dead Set (2008– )

141 min | Comedy, Drama, Horror

During a fictional series of Big Brother, a zombie outbreak occurs, but the house-mates are unaware of the impending doom outside of the Big Brother House.

Stars: Jaime Winstone, Liz May Brice, Beth Cordingly, Adam Deacon

Votes: 15,823

If you like Zombie movies, you'll love this mini-series played over 5 episodes on Channel 4 back in 2008. Set in the Big Brother house, it's eviction night, but the remaining residents are yet to find out that the World has been infected by a Zombie plague, and the outside world that they have been missing, is not the world they left behind before entering the Big Brother house!

10. House of 1000 Corpses (2003)

R | 89 min | Horror

31 Metascore

Two young couples traveling across the backwoods of Texas searching for urban legends of murder end up as prisoners of a bizarre and sadistic backwater family of serial killers.

Director: Rob Zombie | Stars: Sid Haig, Karen Black, Bill Moseley, Sheri Moon Zombie

Votes: 66,112 | Gross: $12.63M

Written and directed by Rob Zombie, this truly is a psychadelic 70s B-Movie throwback in the veins of Chainsaw Massacre after a huge acid party with the Manson Family. Brutal, yet humerous. A great set of characters, and a family of freaks you can't help but like!

11. The Devil's Rejects (2005)

R | 107 min | Crime, Horror

53 Metascore

The murderous, backwoods Firefly family take to the road to escape a vengeful police force which is not afraid of being as ruthless as their target.

Director: Rob Zombie | Stars: Sid Haig, Sheri Moon Zombie, Bill Moseley, William Forsythe

Votes: 82,484 | Gross: $17.04M

Sequel to House of 1000 Corpses, this movie differs from the prequel in the fact that it's not as weird and psychadelic, it's just a straight movie set in the aftermath of the first film. The police and authorities set out to hunt down and kill the murderous family these two films are set around. So, it's a cat and mouse kind of film, brutal yet humerous again, with an ending to beat all endings!

12. The Lost Boys (1987)

R | 97 min | Comedy, Horror

63 Metascore

After moving to a new town, two brothers discover that the area is a haven for vampires.

Director: Joel Schumacher | Stars: Jason Patric, Corey Haim, Dianne Wiest, Barnard Hughes

Votes: 104,085 | Gross: $32.22M

The ultimate vampire movie in my opinion! This film spawned the next generation of blood sucker films. Anyone who hasn't seen this film...why not? It's been around since the 80s and truly does ROCK!

13. The Hills Have Eyes (2006)

R | 107 min | Horror, Thriller

52 Metascore

A suburban American family is being stalked by a group of psychotic people who live in the desert, far away from civilization.

Director: Alexandre Aja | Stars: Ted Levine, Kathleen Quinlan, Dan Byrd, Emilie de Ravin

Votes: 142,666 | Gross: $41.78M

Brutal remake of the 70s classic that earned Wes Craven the beginning of an awesome career. Plotline: inbred freaks terrorise family. Yea yea yea, it's been done many times before, but this film is truly brutal! Love it!

14. Wrong Turn (I) (2003)

R | 84 min | Horror

32 Metascore

Six people find themselves trapped in the woods of West Virginia, hunted down by "cannibalistic mountain men grossly disfigured through generations of in-breeding."

Director: Rob Schmidt | Stars: Eliza Dushku, Jeremy Sisto, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Desmond Harrington

Votes: 96,290 | Gross: $15.42M

I love these movies about freaks in the woods hunting down innocent teenagers! I know it's all been done before, but this is one of the better movies from the genre!

15. Halloween (1978)

R | 91 min | Horror, Thriller

78 Metascore

Fifteen years after murdering his sister on Halloween night 1963, Michael Myers escapes from a mental hospital and returns to the small town of Haddonfield to kill again.

Director: John Carpenter | Stars: Donald Pleasence, Jamie Lee Curtis, Tony Moran, Nancy Kyes

Votes: 180,174 | Gross: $47.00M

Of course, a classic! Much better than the remake, which I thought was a dissapointment, but that's just my opinion! What can you say about Halloween that you don't know already! The beginning of the Slasher genre. Awesome!

16. Friday the 13th (1980)

R | 95 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

19 Metascore

A group of camp counselors are stalked and murdered by an unknown assailant while trying to reopen a summer camp which, years before, was the site of a child's drowning.

Director: Sean S. Cunningham | Stars: Betsy Palmer, Adrienne King, Jeannine Taylor, Robbi Morgan

Votes: 96,747 | Gross: $39.75M

Again, another true classic!

17. [Rec] (2007)

R | 78 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

A television reporter and cameraman follow emergency workers into a dark apartment building and are quickly locked inside with something terrifying.

Directors: Jaume Balagueró, Paco Plaza | Stars: Manuela Velasco, Ferran Terraza, Jorge-Yamam Serrano, Pablo Rosso

Votes: 145,497

I'm going to link (Rec)2 in with this as well because it's equally as good and ties up the loose ends from the first film. Based in an appartment block somewhere in Spain, the residents are quarantined for reasons I won't go into, don't want to spoil it, and the whole incident is captured by a film crew following the fire service who are called out initially to the incident before it unfolds!

18. YellowBrickRoad (2010)

R | 98 min | Horror, Thriller

52 Metascore

1940: the entire population of Friar, New Hampshire walked up a winding mountain trail, leaving everything behind. 2008: the first official expedition into the wilderness attempts to solve the mystery of the lost citizens of Friar.

Directors: Jesse Holland, Andy Mitton | Stars: Michael Laurino, Anessa Ramsey, Alex Draper, Cassidy Freeman

Votes: 5,048

I watched this a couple of weeks ago. It left me a little disturbed to be honest. It's a really good psychological horror, hard to describe, but definitely up there in my top 20!

19. Critters (1986)

PG-13 | 86 min | Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi

A group of small, furry aliens makes lunch out of the locals in a farming town.

Director: Stephen Herek | Stars: Dee Wallace, M. Emmet Walsh, Billy Green Bush, Scott Grimes

Votes: 26,387 | Gross: $13.17M

Evil gremlins from outer space! You get it!

20. Shaun of the Dead (2004)

R | 99 min | Comedy, Horror

76 Metascore

A man decides to turn his moribund life around by winning back his ex-girlfriend, reconciling his relationship with his mother, and dealing with an entire community that has returned from the dead to eat the living.

Director: Edgar Wright | Stars: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Kate Ashfield, Lucy Davis

Votes: 442,194 | Gross: $13.54M

The ultimate (and probably the only) Zombie spoof that mixes great action with side-splitting comedy. Also, I'd recommend Attack The Block by the same guys if you haven't seen it!