Top 175 Classic Horror Films

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1. 13 Ghosts (1960)

Not Rated | 85 min | Horror

A family inherits what proves to be a haunted house, but a special pair of goggles allows them to see their ghostly tormentors.

Director: William Castle | Stars: Charles Herbert, Jo Morrow, Martin Milner, Rosemary DeCamp

Votes: 4,288

2. Alice Sweet Alice (1976)

R | 98 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

In 1960s New Jersey, a withdrawn adolescent girl is suspected of her younger sister's brutal murder during her first communion, as well as a series of stabbings that follow.

Director: Alfred Sole | Stars: Linda Miller, Mildred Clinton, Paula E. Sheppard, Niles McMaster

Votes: 7,336

3. The Awful Dr. Orlof (1962)

Approved | 90 min | Horror

Dr. Orlof, a former prison doctor, abducts beautiful women from nightclubs and tries to use their skin to repair his daughter's fire-scarred face. He is assisted by Morpho, a deformed ... See full summary »

Director: Jesús Franco | Stars: Conrado San Martín, Diana Lorys, Howard Vernon, Perla Cristal

Votes: 1,240

4. Before I Hang (1940)

Unrated | 62 min | Crime, Horror, Sci-Fi

A physician on death row for a mercy killing is allowed to experiment on a serum using a criminals' blood, but secretly tests it on himself. He gets a pardon, but finds out he's become a Jekyll-&-Hyde.

Director: Nick Grinde | Stars: Boris Karloff, Evelyn Keyes, Bruce Bennett, Edward Van Sloan

Votes: 764

5. Black Sabbath (1963)

Not Rated | 92 min | Horror

Boris Karloff hosts a trio of horror stories concerning a stalked call girl, a patriarch who has become a vampire-like monster, and a nurse who is haunted by her ring's rightful owner.

Director: Mario Bava | Stars: Michèle Mercier, Lidia Alfonsi, Boris Karloff, Mark Damon

Votes: 8,516

6. Black Sunday (1960)

Not Rated | 87 min | Horror

A vengeful witch and her fiendish servant return from the grave and begin a bloody campaign to possess the body of the witch's beautiful look-alike descendant, with only the girl's brother and a handsome doctor standing in her way.

Director: Mario Bava | Stars: Barbara Steele, John Richardson, Andrea Checchi, Ivo Garrani

Votes: 11,384

7. Blacula (1972)

PG | 93 min | Fantasy, Horror, Romance

An ancient African prince, turned into a vampire by Dracula himself, finds himself in modern Los Angeles.

Director: William Crain | Stars: William Marshall, Vonetta McGee, Denise Nicholas, Thalmus Rasulala

Votes: 4,797 | Gross: $2.18M

8. The Blood Spattered Bride (1972)

R | 82 min | Horror

Newlywed Susan is haunted by visions of Mircalla Karnstein, a centuries-old bride who murdered her husband on their wedding night.

Director: Vicente Aranda | Stars: Simón Andreu, Maribel Martín, Alexandra Bastedo, Dean Selmier

Votes: 1,243

9. Blood and Roses (1960)

Not Rated | 74 min | Drama, Horror, Romance

A lonely and bitter young heiress - jealous of her cousin's engagement to another woman - becomes dangerously obsessed with legends surrounding a vampire ancestor, who supposedly murdered the young brides of the man she loved.

Director: Roger Vadim | Stars: Mel Ferrer, Elsa Martinelli, Annette Stroyberg, Alberto Bonucci

Votes: 939

10. The Blood on Satan's Claw (1971)

R | 97 min | Horror

Horror thriller set in 17th century England about the children of a village slowly converting into a coven of devil worshipers.

Director: Piers Haggard | Stars: Patrick Wymark, Linda Hayden, Barry Andrews, Michele Dotrice

Votes: 3,683

11. The Brainiac (1962)

Approved | 77 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

In 1661 Mexico, the Baron Vitelius of Astara is sentenced to be burned alive by the Holy Inquisition of Mexico for witchcraft, necromancy, and other crimes. As he dies, the Baron swears ... See full summary »

Director: Chano Urueta | Stars: Abel Salazar, Ariadne Welter, David Silva, Germán Robles

Votes: 861

12. Bride of Frankenstein (1935)

Not Rated | 75 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

Mary Shelley reveals the main characters of her novel survived: Dr. Frankenstein, goaded by an even madder scientist, builds his monster a mate.

Director: James Whale | Stars: Boris Karloff, Elsa Lanchester, Colin Clive, Valerie Hobson

Votes: 37,429

13. The Brotherhood of Satan (1971)

GP | 92 min | Horror

A family is trapped in a desert town by a cult of senior-citizens who recruit the town's children to worship Satan.

Director: Bernard McEveety | Stars: Strother Martin, L.Q. Jones, Charles Bateman, Ahna Capri

Votes: 1,076

14. Burn, Witch, Burn (1962)

Not Rated | 90 min | Horror

A woman who may be a witch defends her husband from forces attempting to harm him.

Director: Sidney Hayers | Stars: Peter Wyngarde, Janet Blair, Margaret Johnston, Anthony Nicholls

Votes: 2,390

15. Burnt Offerings (1976)

PG | 116 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

48 Metascore

A family moves into an old, haunted house that regenerates itself by feeding off of the life forces of its injured occupants.

Director: Dan Curtis | Stars: Karen Black, Oliver Reed, Burgess Meredith, Eileen Heckart

Votes: 8,087

16. Carnival of Souls (1962)

PG | 78 min | Horror, Mystery

After a traumatic accident, a woman becomes drawn to a mysterious abandoned carnival.

Director: Herk Harvey | Stars: Candace Hilligoss, Frances Feist, Sidney Berger, Art Ellison

Votes: 16,386

17. Castle of Blood (1964)

Not Rated | 87 min | Horror

A journalist takes a bet that he can spend the night in a haunted castle on All Hallow's Eve. During his stay, he bears witness to the castle's gruesome past coming to life before him, and falls in with a beautiful female ghost.

Directors: Sergio Corbucci, Antonio Margheriti | Stars: Barbara Steele, Georges Rivière, Margrete Robsahm, Arturo Dominici

Votes: 1,668

18. The Changeling (1980)

R | 107 min | Horror

70 Metascore

A man staying at a secluded historical mansion finds himself being haunted by the presence of a spectre.

Director: Peter Medak | Stars: George C. Scott, Trish Van Devere, Melvyn Douglas, Jean Marsh

Votes: 25,013

19. Children Shouldn't Play with Dead Things (1972)

PG | 87 min | Comedy, Horror

Six friends in a theatrical troupe dig up a corpse on an abandoned island to use in a mock Satanic ritual. It backfires with deadly consequences.

Director: Bob Clark | Stars: Alan Ormsby, Valerie Mamches, Jeff Gillen, Anya Ormsby

Votes: 3,552

20. Corridors of Blood (1958)

Not Rated | 86 min | Crime, Horror, Thriller

Dr. Thomas Bolton fights for the use of anesthetic in surgery and uses himself as a guinea pig but soon finds himself addicted.

Director: Robert Day | Stars: Boris Karloff, Betta St. John, Christopher Lee, Finlay Currie

Votes: 1,418

21. Count Yorga, Vampire (1970)

PG-13 | 93 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

A couple invites a Count from Hungary, who recently immigrated to America, to conduct a seance for the woman's recently deceased mother, oblivious to the fact that he is actually a vampire.

Director: Bob Kelljan | Stars: Robert Quarry, Roger Perry, Michael Murphy, Michael Macready

Votes: 1,918

22. Cry of the Banshee (1970)

GP | 91 min | Horror

In Elizabethan England, a wicked lord massacres nearly all the members of a coven of witches, earning the enmity of their leader, Oona. Oona calls up a magical servant, a "banshee", to ... See full summary »

Director: Gordon Hessler | Stars: Vincent Price, Essy Persson, Hilary Heath, Carl Rigg

Votes: 1,543

23. Curse of the Demon (1957)

Approved | 95 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

American professor John Holden arrives in London for a parapsychology conference, only to find himself investigating the mysterious actions of Devil-worshiper Julian Karswell.

Director: Jacques Tourneur | Stars: Dana Andrews, Peggy Cummins, Niall MacGinnis, Maurice Denham

Votes: 9,920

24. Daughters of Darkness (1971)

R | 87 min | Horror

A newlywed couple are passing through a vacation resort. Their paths cross with a mysterious, strikingly beautiful countess and her aide.

Director: Harry Kümel | Stars: Delphine Seyrig, John Karlen, Danielle Ouimet, Andrea Rau

Votes: 3,695

25. Dead of Night (1945)

Approved | 77 min | Horror

An architect senses impending doom as his half-remembered recurring dream turns into reality. The guests at the country house encourage him to stay as they take turns telling supernatural tales.

Directors: Alberto Cavalcanti, Charles Crichton, Basil Dearden, Robert Hamer | Stars: Mervyn Johns, Michael Redgrave, Roland Culver, Mary Merrall

Votes: 9,053

26. The Devil Commands (1941)

Approved | 65 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

Scientist becomes obsessed with the idea of communicating with his dead wife.

Director: Edward Dmytryk | Stars: Boris Karloff, Anne Revere, Amanda Duff, Richard Fiske

Votes: 759

27. The Devil's Rain (1975)

PG | 86 min | Horror

A satanist cult leader is burnt alive by the local church. He vows to come back and haunts down, and enslave, every descendant of his congregation by the power of a book of blood contracts, in which they sold their souls to the devil.

Director: Robert Fuest | Stars: Ernest Borgnine, Eddie Albert, Ida Lupino, William Shatner

Votes: 2,616

28. Die, Monster, Die! (1965)

Approved | 80 min | Mystery, Horror, Sci-Fi

A young man visits his fiancée's estate to discover that her wheelchair-bound scientist father has discovered a meteorite that emits mutating radiation rays that have turned the plants in ... See full summary »

Director: Daniel Haller | Stars: Boris Karloff, Nick Adams, Freda Jackson, Suzan Farmer

Votes: 2,319

29. Don't Look Now (1973)

R | 110 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

A married couple grieving the recent death of their young daughter are in Venice when they encounter two elderly sisters, one of whom is psychic and brings a warning from beyond.

Director: Nicolas Roeg | Stars: Julie Christie, Donald Sutherland, Hilary Mason, Clelia Matania

Votes: 40,349

30. The Forgotten (1973)

R | 89 min | Horror, Thriller

A young psychiatric nurse goes to work at a lonesome asylum following a murder. There, she experiences varying degrees of torment from the patients.

Director: S.F. Brownrigg | Stars: Bill McGhee, Jessie Lee Fulton, Robert Dracup, Harryette Warren

Votes: 2,508

Originally titled Don't Look In The Basement

31. Dracula's Daughter (1936)

Approved | 71 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

Hungarian countess Marya Zaleska seeks the aid of a noted psychiatrist, hoping to free herself of a mysterious evil influence.

Director: Lambert Hillyer | Stars: Otto Kruger, Gloria Holden, Marguerite Churchill, Edward Van Sloan

Votes: 4,658

32. The Dunwich Horror (1970)

R | 90 min | Horror

Wilbur Whateley travels to the Arkham Miskatonic University to borrow the legendary Necronomicon. But, little does anyone know, Whateley isn't quite human...

Director: Daniel Haller | Stars: Sandra Dee, Dean Stockwell, Ed Begley, Lloyd Bochner

Votes: 3,162

33. The Exorcist (1973)

R | 122 min | Horror

82 Metascore

When a teenage girl is possessed by a mysterious entity, her mother seeks the help of two priests to save her daughter.

Director: William Friedkin | Stars: Ellen Burstyn, Max von Sydow, Linda Blair, Lee J. Cobb

Votes: 318,481 | Gross: $232.91M

34. Eye of the Devil (1966)

Not Rated | 92 min | Crime, Horror, Mystery

Workers employed at a French vineyard follow old pagan rituals that call for the life of the marquis owner to save his crops during dry seasons.

Director: J. Lee Thompson | Stars: David Niven, Sharon Tate, Deborah Kerr, Donald Pleasence

Votes: 1,647

35. Les yeux sans visage (1960)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama, Horror

90 Metascore

A surgeon causes an accident which leaves his daughter disfigured, and goes to extremes to give her a new face.

Director: Georges Franju | Stars: Pierre Brasseur, Alida Valli, Juliette Mayniel, Alexandre Rignault

Votes: 20,944 | Gross: $0.05M

36. House of Usher (1960)

Not Rated | 79 min | Drama, Horror

Upon entering his fiancée's family mansion, a man discovers a savage family curse and fears that his future brother-in-law has entombed his bride-to-be prematurely.

Director: Roger Corman | Stars: Vincent Price, Mark Damon, Myrna Fahey, Harry Ellerbe

Votes: 9,973

37. The Four Skulls of Jonathan Drake (1959)

Approved | 70 min | Horror, Mystery

Jonathan Drake, while attending his brother's funeral, is shocked to find the head of the deceased is missing. When his brother's skull shows up later in a locked cabinet, Drake realizes an... See full summary »

Director: Edward L. Cahn | Stars: Eduard Franz, Valerie French, Grant Richards, Henry Daniell

Votes: 699

38. Freaks (1932)

Not Rated | 64 min | Drama, Horror

A circus' beautiful trapeze artist agrees to marry the leader of side-show performers, but his deformed friends discover she is only marrying him for his inheritance.

Director: Tod Browning | Stars: Wallace Ford, Leila Hyams, Olga Baclanova, Roscoe Ates

Votes: 36,874

39. Games (1967)

Not Rated | 100 min | Thriller

A young couple who are into kinky "mind games" get more than they bargained for when a mysterious woman comes into their lives.

Director: Curtis Harrington | Stars: Simone Signoret, James Caan, Katharine Ross, Don Stroud

Votes: 933

40. God Told Me To (1976)

R | 91 min | Crime, Horror, Sci-Fi

A New York detective investigates a series of murders committed by random New Yorkers who claim that "God told them to."

Director: Larry Cohen | Stars: Tony Lo Bianco, Deborah Raffin, Sandy Dennis, Sylvia Sidney

Votes: 3,586

41. Grave of the Vampire (1972)

PG | 95 min | Horror

Kroft, a legendary vampire, returns from sleep. Kroft attacks a couple in a graveyard, raping the woman. The child born feeds only on blood from his mother's breast.

Director: John Hayes | Stars: William Smith, Michael Pataki, Lyn Peters, Diane Holden

Votes: 850

42. The Haunted Strangler (1958)

Not Rated | 78 min | Crime, Mystery, Horror

A researcher investigating a notorious serial killer who was hanged 20 years earlier seemingly becomes possessed by the long dead strangler.

Director: Robert Day | Stars: Boris Karloff, Anthony Dawson, Jean Kent, Elizabeth Allan

Votes: 1,030

43. The Haunting of Julia (1977)

R | 98 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

After her daughter's death, wealthy American homemaker Julia Lofting moves to London to restart her life. All seems well until she is haunted by the ghosts of other children while mourning for her own.

Director: Richard Loncraine | Stars: Mia Farrow, Keir Dullea, Tom Conti, Jill Bennett

Votes: 1,470

44. The Haunting (1963)

G | 112 min | Horror

74 Metascore

A scientist doing research on the paranormal invites two women to a haunted mansion. One of the participants soon starts losing her mind.

Director: Robert Wise | Stars: Julie Harris, Claire Bloom, Richard Johnson, Russ Tamblyn

Votes: 29,836 | Gross: $2.62M

45. The City of the Dead (1960)

PG-13 | 78 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

A young college student arrives in a sleepy Massachusetts town to research witchcraft; during her stay at an eerie inn, she discovers a startling secret about the town and its inhabitants.

Director: John Llewellyn Moxey | Stars: Patricia Jessel, Dennis Lotis, Christopher Lee, Tom Naylor

Votes: 4,686

Original title Horror Hotel

46. The House That Screamed (1970)

GP | 94 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

A strict headmistress runs a secluded school for wayward girls in 19th century France, whose students are disappearing under mysterious circumstances.

Director: Narciso Ibáñez Serrador | Stars: Lilli Palmer, Cristina Galbó, John Moulder-Brown, Maribel Martín

Votes: 2,150

47. Lisa and the Devil (1973)

R | 95 min | Horror, Mystery

A tourist spends the night in a derelict Spanish villa seemingly held in the supernatural grip of an eccentric butler, who resembles a depiction of the Devil she had seen on an ancient fresco.

Director: Mario Bava | Stars: Telly Savalas, Elke Sommer, Sylva Koscina, Alessio Orano

Votes: 3,302

48. House on Haunted Hill (1959)

Not Rated | 75 min | Horror, Mystery

A millionaire offers $10,000 to five people who agree to be locked in a large, spooky, rented house overnight with him and his wife.

Directors: William Castle, Rosemary Horvath | Stars: Vincent Price, Carol Ohmart, Richard Long, Alan Marshal

Votes: 19,095

49. Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte (1964)

Approved | 133 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

An aging, reclusive Southern belle plagued by a horrifying family secret descends into madness after the arrival of a lost relative.

Director: Robert Aldrich | Stars: Bette Davis, Olivia de Havilland, Joseph Cotten, Agnes Moorehead

Votes: 10,890

50. I Bury the Living (1958)

Unrated | 77 min | Horror

6.3