Best Horror Filmsby Jamie_Shannon | created - 15 Feb 2013 | updated - 15 Feb 2016 | Public
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1. Halloween (1978)
R | 91 min | Horror, Thriller
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.
Votes: 197,120 | Gross: $47.00M
Brillantly filmed a masterwork of suspense, it created a flood of slasher films that followed in its wake. It is almost a flawless horror film.
2. The Thing (1982)
R | 109 min | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi
A research team in Antarctica is hunted by a shape-shifting alien that assumes the appearance of its victims.
Votes: 318,553 | Gross: $13.78M
A movie with no character development that is about not knowing who to trust. The apex of the special effects make up pre cgi period of horror movies.
3. Suspiria (1977)
R | 92 min | Horror
An American newcomer to a prestigious German ballet academy comes to realize that the school is a front for something sinister amid a series of grisly murders.
Filmed in a beautiful artistic way it is a film; that is the best of the watching people die in creative ways genre and stands as a work of art.
4. Dawn of the Dead (1978)
Unrated | 127 min | Horror, Thriller
Following an ever-growing epidemic of zombies that have risen from the dead, two Philadelphia S.W.A.T. team members, a traffic reporter, and his television executive girlfriend seek refuge in a secluded shopping mall.
Votes: 101,141 | Gross: $5.10M
I am heading to the nearest mall when the zombie apocalypse hits. This is the best zombie apocalypse movie.
5. The Evil Dead (1981)
NC-17 | 85 min | Horror
Five friends travel to a cabin in the woods, where they unknowingly release flesh-possessing demons.
Votes: 164,888 | Gross: $2.40M
Over the top buckets of blood and even claymation, this movie set a bar high.
6. The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)
Not Rated | 83 min | Horror
Two siblings and three of their friends en route to visit their grandfather's grave in Texas end up falling victim to a family of cannibalistic psychopaths.
Votes: 116,692 | Gross: $30.86M
Going to realistic extremes in style and content of surrealistic blends of real human evils and creating a scary new murderous family. Villans who are not supernatural but come from the Psycho template and makes it far worse.
7. The Hills Have Eyes (2006)
R | 107 min | Horror, Thriller
A suburban American family is being stalked by a group of psychotic people who live in the desert, far away from civilization.
Votes: 145,855 | Gross: $41.78M
This reboot is far superior to the original. The images that it creates are haunting to say the least. The battered father walking into hell to rescue his infant child alone.
8. Night of the Living Dead (1968)
Not Rated | 96 min | Horror
There is panic throughout the nation as the dead suddenly come back to life. The film follows a group of characters who barricade themselves in an old farmhouse in an attempt to remain safe from these bloodthirsty, flesh-eating monsters.
Votes: 102,253 | Gross: $0.09M
9. The Blair Witch Project (1999)
R | 81 min | Horror, Mystery
Three film students vanish after traveling into a Maryland forest to film a documentary on the local Blair Witch legend, leaving only their footage behind.
Votes: 212,018 | Gross: $140.54M
Defined the found footage genre as a real genre of horror, it feels real. The final shot of the movie is one of the best final shots of any horror film made.
10. Re-Animator (1985)
Unrated | 105 min | Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi
After an odd new medical student arrives on campus, a dedicated local and his girlfriend become involved in bizarre experiments centering around the re-animation of dead tissue.
Votes: 47,920 | Gross: $2.02M
Released in the middle of the eighties it was the year that Out of Africa one best picture. This movie was a wake up call to movies as whole that extreme film making can be mixed with humor. The movie has one of the funniest visual puns ever.
11. The Exorcist (1973)
R | 122 min | Horror
When a teenage girl is possessed by a mysterious entity, her mother seeks the help of two priests to save her daughter.
Votes: 322,092 | Gross: $232.91M
One of the few films that brought horror into the mainstream when it wasn't. It still shocks today.
12. A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
R | 91 min | Horror
The monstrous spirit of a slain janitor seeks revenge by invading the dreams of teenagers whose parents were responsible for his untimely death.
Votes: 179,018 | Gross: $25.50M
A truly unique horror villian that was the basis of a truly unique horror film.
13. Psycho (1960)
R | 109 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
A Phoenix secretary embezzles forty thousand dollars from her employer's client, goes on the run, and checks into a remote motel run by a young man under the domination of his mother.
Votes: 514,618 | Gross: $32.00M
15. The Howling (1981)
R | 91 min | Horror
After a bizarre and near deadly encounter with a serial killer, a television newswoman is sent to a remote mountain resort whose residents may not be what they seem.
Votes: 26,912 | Gross: $17.99M
16. Zombie (1979)
R | 91 min | Horror
Strangers searching for a young woman's missing father arrive at a tropical island where a doctor desperately searches for the cause and cure of a recent epidemic of the undead.
17. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
R | 118 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
A young FBI cadet must receive the help of an incarcerated and manipulative cannibal killer to help catch another serial killer, a madman who skins his victims.
Votes: 1,082,301 | Gross: $130.74M
19. Saw (2004)
R | 103 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
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: 343,563 | Gross: $56.00M
21. Alien (1979)
R | 116 min | Horror, Sci-Fi
After a space merchant vessel perceives an unknown transmission as a distress call, its landing on the source moon finds one of the crew attacked by a mysterious lifeform, and they soon realize that its life cycle has merely begun.
Votes: 687,808 | Gross: $78.90M
22. Jaws (1975)
PG | 124 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller
When a killer shark unleashes chaos on a beach resort, it's up to a local sheriff, a marine biologist, and an old seafarer to hunt the beast down.
Votes: 494,032 | Gross: $260.00M
23. 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.
24. The Descent (2005)
R | 99 min | Adventure, Horror, Thriller
A caving expedition goes horribly wrong, as the explorers become trapped and ultimately pursued by a strange breed of predators.
Votes: 179,869 | Gross: $26.02M
25. Sinister (I) (2012)
R | 110 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Washed-up true-crime writer Ellison Oswalt finds a box of super 8 home movies that suggest the murder he is currently researching is the work of a serial killer whose work dates back to the 1960s.
Votes: 191,727 | Gross: $48.09M
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: 253,975 | Gross: $25.59M
27. The Serpent and the Rainbow (1988)
R | 98 min | Fantasy, Horror
An anthropologist goes to Haiti after hearing rumors about a drug used by black magic practitioners to turn people into zombies.
Votes: 19,728 | Gross: $19.60M
28. Evil Dead II (1987)
R | 84 min | Comedy, Horror
The lone survivor of an onslaught of flesh-possessing spirits holes up in a cabin with a group of strangers while the demons continue their attack.
Votes: 131,638 | Gross: $5.92M
30. The Crazies (2010)
R | 101 min | Horror, Thriller
After a strange and insecure plane crash, an unusual toxic virus enters a quaint farming town. A young couple are quarantined, but they fight for survival along with help from a couple of people.
Votes: 102,548 | Gross: $39.12M
32. Rosemary's Baby (1968)
R | 137 min | Drama, Horror
A young couple moves in to an apartment only to be surrounded by peculiar neighbors and occurrences. When the wife becomes mysteriously pregnant, paranoia over the safety of her unborn child begins to control her life.
33. Hostel (2005)
R | 94 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Three backpackers head to a Slovak city that promises to meet their hedonistic expectations, with no idea of the hell that awaits them.
Votes: 155,309 | Gross: $47.33M
34. 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.
35. 28 Days Later... (2002)
R | 113 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi
Four weeks after a mysterious, incurable virus spreads throughout the UK, a handful of survivors try to find sanctuary.
Votes: 337,645 | Gross: $45.06M
36. Dracula (1992)
R | 128 min | Horror
The centuries old vampire Count Dracula comes to England to seduce his barrister Jonathan Harker's fiancée Mina Murray and inflict havoc in the foreign land.
Votes: 167,825 | Gross: $82.52M
37. Carrie (1976)
R | 98 min | Horror
Carrie White, a shy, friendless teenage girl who is sheltered by her domineering, religious mother, unleashes her telekinetic powers after being humiliated by her classmates at her senior prom.
Votes: 147,038 | Gross: $33.80M
39. My Bloody Valentine (2009)
R | 101 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Tom returns to his hometown on the tenth anniversary of the Valentine's night massacre that claimed the lives of 22 people. Instead of a homecoming, Tom finds himself suspected of committing the murders, and it seems like his old flame is the only one that believes he's innocent.
Votes: 49,725 | Gross: $51.55M
40. The Shining (1980)
R | 146 min | Drama, Horror
A family heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where an evil spiritual presence influences the father into violence, while his psychic son sees horrific forebodings from the past and of the future.
Votes: 747,334 | Gross: $44.02M
41. 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.
43. Phenomena (1985)
R | 116 min | Horror, Mystery
A young girl, with an amazing ability to communicate with insects, is transferred to an exclusive Swiss boarding school, where her unusual capability might help solve a string of murders.
44. Scream (1996)
R | 111 min | Horror, Mystery
A year after the murder of her mother, a teenage girl is terrorized by a new killer, who targets the girl and her friends by using horror films as part of a deadly game.
Votes: 254,277 | Gross: $103.05M
45. Paranormal Activity (2007)
R | 86 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
After moving into a suburban home, a couple becomes increasingly disturbed by a nightly demonic presence.
Votes: 204,277 | Gross: $107.92M
46. An American Werewolf in London (1981)
R | 97 min | Comedy, Horror
Two American college students on a walking tour of Britain are attacked by a werewolf that none of the locals will admit exists.
Votes: 79,100 | Gross: $30.57M
47. Phantasm (1979)
R | 88 min | Horror, Sci-Fi
A teenage boy and his friends face off against a mysterious grave robber known only as the Tall Man, who keeps a lethal arsenal of terrible weapons with him.
Votes: 27,531 | Gross: $11.99M
48. [Rec] (2007)
R | 78 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller