I've been watching horror for 40 years, heres my top 40

by Titus_Lavitius | created - 1 month ago | updated - 1 month ago | Public

I've watched around 3.000 horror movies throughout my life, here's my 40 favorite horror movies, hopefully, you'll discover new gems

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1. 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: 27,040

2. The Conjuring 2 (2016)

R | 134 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

65 Metascore

Ed and Lorraine Warren travel to North London to help a single mother raising 4 children alone in a house plagued by a supernatural spirit.

Director: James Wan | Stars: Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Madison Wolfe, Frances O'Connor

Votes: 201,478 | Gross: $102.47M

3. The Dead Zone (1983)

R | 103 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

69 Metascore

A man awakens from a coma to discover he has a psychic ability.

Director: David Cronenberg | Stars: Christopher Walken, Brooke Adams, Tom Skerritt, Herbert Lom

Votes: 55,616 | Gross: $20.77M

4. The Ring (2002)

PG-13 | 115 min | Horror, Mystery

57 Metascore

A journalist must investigate a mysterious videotape which seems to cause the death of anyone one week to the day after they view it.

Director: Gore Verbinski | Stars: Naomi Watts, Martin Henderson, Brian Cox, David Dorfman

Votes: 301,649 | Gross: $129.13M

5. The Woman in Black (1989 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 100 min | Horror, Mystery

When a friendless old widow dies in the seaside town of Crythin, a young solicitor is sent by his firm to settle the estate. The lawyer finds the townspeople reluctant to talk about or go ... See full summary »

Director: Herbert Wise | Stars: Adrian Rawlins, Bernard Hepton, David Daker, Pauline Moran

Votes: 4,233

6. In the Mouth of Madness (1994)

R | 95 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

53 Metascore

An insurance investigator begins discovering that the impact a horror writer's books have on his fans is more than inspirational.

Director: John Carpenter | Stars: Sam Neill, Jürgen Prochnow, Julie Carmen, David Warner

Votes: 55,216 | Gross: $8.95M

7. Bone Tomahawk (2015)

Not Rated | 132 min | Drama, Horror, Western

72 Metascore

In the dying days of the old west, an elderly sheriff and his posse set out to rescue their town's doctor from cannibalistic cave dwellers.

Director: S. Craig Zahler | Stars: Kurt Russell, Patrick Wilson, Matthew Fox, Richard Jenkins

Votes: 73,503

8. Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979)

PG | 107 min | Drama, Horror

Count Dracula moves from Transylvania to Wismar, spreading the Black Plague across the land. Only a woman pure of heart can bring an end to his reign of horror.

Director: Werner Herzog | Stars: Klaus Kinski, Isabelle Adjani, Bruno Ganz, Roland Topor

Votes: 29,368

9. Valerie and Her Week of Wonders (1970)

Not Rated | 77 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

Inspired by fairy-tales such as Alice in Wonderland and Little Red-Riding Hood, "Valerie and her Week of Wonders" is a surreal tale in which love, fear, sex and religion merge into one fantastic world.

Director: Jaromil Jires | Stars: Jaroslava Schallerová, Helena Anýzová, Petr Kopriva, Jirí Prýmek

Votes: 6,998

10. The Exorcist III (1990)

R | 110 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

48 Metascore

A police Lieutenant uncovers more than he bargained for as his investigation of a series of murders, which have all the hallmarks of the deceased Gemini serial killer, leads him to question the patients of a psychiatric ward.

Director: William Peter Blatty | Stars: George C. Scott, Ed Flanders, Brad Dourif, Jason Miller

Votes: 22,366 | Gross: $26.10M

11. Audrey Rose (1977)

PG | 113 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

A stranger attempts to convince a happily married couple that their daughter is actually his daughter reincarnated.

Director: Robert Wise | Stars: Anthony Hopkins, Marsha Mason, John Beck, Susan Swift

Votes: 5,077

12. The Vault of Horror (1973)

R | 87 min | Horror

An anthology of five horror stories shared by five men trapped in the basement of an office building.

Director: Roy Ward Baker | Stars: Curd Jürgens, Terry-Thomas, Tom Baker, Daniel Massey

Votes: 4,339

13. Medium (1985)

98 min | Horror, Mystery

Story of four people in Sopot in 1933, mysteriously brought together to an old villa to reenact a murder ritual that took place 36 years earlier.

Director: Jacek Koprowicz | Stars: Wladyslaw Kowalski, Michal Bajor, Jerzy Zelnik, Jerzy Stuhr

Votes: 322

14. Drag Me to Hell (2009)

PG-13 | 99 min | Horror, Thriller

83 Metascore

A loan officer who evicts an old woman from her home finds herself the recipient of a supernatural curse. Desperate, she turns to a seer to try and save her soul, while evil forces work to push her to a breaking point.

Director: Sam Raimi | Stars: Alison Lohman, Justin Long, Ruth Livier, Lorna Raver

Votes: 178,848 | Gross: $42.10M

15. Thirst (2009)

R | 135 min | Drama, Horror, Romance

73 Metascore

Through a failed medical experiment, a priest is stricken with vampirism and is forced to abandon his ascetic ways.

Director: Chan-wook Park | Stars: Kang-ho Song, Ok-bin Kim, Hee-jin Choi, Dong-soo Seo

Votes: 38,534 | Gross: $0.30M

16. Beauty and the Beast (1978)

83 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

In this gothic rendition of the classic fairy tale, a merchant's youngest daughter is held prisoner by a mysterious winged beast.

Director: Juraj Herz | Stars: Zdena Studenková, Vlastimil Harapes, Václav Voska, Jana Brejchová

Votes: 891

17. The Omen (1976)

R | 111 min | Horror

62 Metascore

Mysterious deaths surround an American ambassador. Could the child that he is raising actually be the Antichrist? The Devil's own son?

Director: Richard Donner | Stars: Gregory Peck, Lee Remick, Harvey Stephens, David Warner

Votes: 99,482 | Gross: $4.27M

18. Blue Sunshine (1977)

R | 94 min | Horror, Thriller

A bizarre series of murders begins in Los Angeles, where people start going bald and then become homicidal maniacs. But could the blame rest on a particularly dangerous form of LSD called Blue Sunshine the murderers took ten years before?

Director: Jeff Lieberman | Stars: Zalman King, Deborah Winters, Mark Goddard, Robert Walden

Votes: 2,300

19. Haze (2005)

Not Rated | 49 min | Horror, Mystery

A man wakes up to find himself locked in a cramped concrete maze of corridors, in which he can barely move. He doesn't remember why he is there or how he got there. He has a terrible stomach injury and is slowly bleeding to death.

Director: Shin'ya Tsukamoto | Stars: Shin'ya Tsukamoto, Takahiro Murase, Takahiro Kandaka, Masato Tsujioka

Votes: 2,175

20. Sinister 2 (2015)

R | 97 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

32 Metascore

A young mother and her twin sons move into a rural house that's marked for death.

Director: Ciarán Foy | Stars: James Ransone, Shannyn Sossamon, Robert Daniel Sloan, Dartanian Sloan

Votes: 43,145 | Gross: $27.74M

21. Rituals (1977)

R | 100 min | Adventure, Horror, Thriller

Five doctors on a wilderness outing are stalked by disfigured, crazed killers.

Director: Peter Carter | Stars: Hal Holbrook, Lawrence Dane, Robin Gammell, Ken James

Votes: 1,584

22. Insidious (I) (2010)

PG-13 | 103 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

52 Metascore

A family looks to prevent evil spirits from trapping their comatose child in a realm called The Further.

Director: James Wan | Stars: Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Ty Simpkins, Lin Shaye

Votes: 258,672 | Gross: $54.01M

23. The Haunted Palace (1963)

Not Rated | 87 min | Horror

Charles Dexter Ward arrives at a small village to visit the house he inherited from his ancestor who died there 100 years ago.

Director: Roger Corman | Stars: Vincent Price, Debra Paget, Lon Chaney Jr., Frank Maxwell

Votes: 5,247

24. Hands of the Ripper (1971)

R | 85 min | Horror

As a young child Jack the Ripper's daughter witnesses him kill her mother. As a young woman she carries on the murderous reign of her father. A psychiatrist tries to cure her with tragic consequences.

Director: Peter Sasdy | Stars: Eric Porter, Angharad Rees, Jane Merrow, Keith Bell

Votes: 1,967

25. The Black Cat (1934)

Not Rated | 65 min | Adventure, Crime, Horror

American honeymooners in Hungary become trapped in the home of a Satan-worshiping priest when the bride is taken there for medical help following a road accident.

Director: Edgar G. Ulmer | Stars: Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, David Manners, Julie Bishop

Votes: 8,368 | Gross: $0.51M

26. Haunter (2013)

Not Rated | 97 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

49 Metascore

A teenager is stuck in a time loop that is not quite the same each time. She must uncover the truth but her actions have consequences for herself and others.

Director: Vincenzo Natali | Stars: Abigail Breslin, Peter Outerbridge, Michelle Nolden, Stephen McHattie

Votes: 15,655

27. The Sentinel (1977)

R | 92 min | Horror

A young woman moves into an apartment in a building which houses a sinister evil.

Director: Michael Winner | Stars: Cristina Raines, Ava Gardner, Chris Sarandon, Martin Balsam

Votes: 8,301

28. The Autopsy of Jane Doe (2016)

R | 86 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

65 Metascore

A father and son, both coroners, are pulled into a complex mystery while attempting to identify the body of a young woman, who was apparently harboring dark secrets.

Director: André Øvredal | Stars: Brian Cox, Emile Hirsch, Ophelia Lovibond, Michael McElhatton

Votes: 80,412

29. No One Lives (2012)

R | 86 min | Horror, Thriller

26 Metascore

A gang of ruthless highway killers kidnap a wealthy couple traveling cross country only to shockingly discover that things are not what they seem.

Director: Ryûhei Kitamura | Stars: Luke Evans, Gary Grubbs, Adelaide Clemens, Derek Magyar

Votes: 17,094 | Gross: $0.07M

30. Remember Me (2014)

TV-14 | 60 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

The day Tom Parfitt moves from his home into residential care, he becomes the sole witness to a violent death.

Stars: Michael Palin, Mark Addy, Jodie Comer, Julia Sawalha

Votes: 1,362

31. Savage Hunt of King Stakh (1980)

134 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

A mystical drama based on a story by V. Korotkevich. The film is set in out-of-the-way Belarusian woodlands at the end of the 19th century. A young ethnographer, Andrej Bielarecki, comes here to research local folk legends.

Director: Valeri Rubinchik | Stars: Boris Plotnikov, Elena Dimitrova, Igor Klass, Aleksandr Kharitonov

Votes: 426

32. 13 Sins (2014)

R | 93 min | Horror, Thriller

44 Metascore

A cryptic phone call sets off a dangerous game of risks for Elliot, a down-on-his luck salesman. The game promises increasing rewards for completing 13 tasks, each more sinister than the last.

Director: Daniel Stamm | Stars: Mark Webber, Devon Graye, Tom Bower, Rutina Wesley

Votes: 30,016 | Gross: $0.01M

33. Lake Mungo (2008)

R | 87 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

Strange things start happening after a girl is found drowned in a lake.

Director: Joel Anderson | Stars: Rosie Traynor, David Pledger, Martin Sharpe, Talia Zucker

Votes: 13,713

34. 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: 2,639

35. Silent Hill (2006)

R | 125 min | Horror

31 Metascore

A woman, Rose, goes in search for her adopted daughter within the confines of a strange, desolate town called Silent Hill.

Director: Christophe Gans | Stars: Radha Mitchell, Laurie Holden, Sean Bean, Deborah Kara Unger

Votes: 204,465 | Gross: $46.98M

36. Alice, Sweet Alice (1976)

R | 98 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

67 Metascore

In 1961 suburban New Jersey, a withdrawn adolescent girl is suspected of her younger sister's brutal murder during her First Communion, and a series of subsequent stabbings.

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

Votes: 8,211

37. Death Game (1977)

R | 91 min | Thriller

Two young girls come to the home of a businessman whose family is away on his birthday. They seduce him and afterwards, however, they tie him up, torture him and trash his house.

Director: Peter S. Traynor | Stars: Sondra Locke, Colleen Camp, Seymour Cassel, Beth Brickell

Votes: 663

38. In Fear (I) (2013)

R | 85 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

66 Metascore

Driving to a music festival in Ireland, a new couple become lost and are then set upon by a tormentor with an unknown motive.

Director: Jeremy Lovering | Stars: Iain De Caestecker, Alice Englert, Allen Leech

Votes: 8,208

39. Fragile (2005)

PG-13 | 101 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

At her new job in a rundown children's hospital, a nurse desperately tries to keep her patients safe from a plague of random, mysterious attacks.

Director: Jaume Balagueró | Stars: Calista Flockhart, Richard Roxburgh, Elena Anaya, Gemma Jones

Votes: 14,935

40. The Witch in the Window (2018)

Not Rated | 77 min | Drama, Horror

When Simon brings his twelve year-old son, Finn, to rural Vermont to help flip an old farmhouse, they encounter the malicious spirit of Lydia, a previous owner. And now with every repair they make - she's getting stronger.

Director: Andy Mitton | Stars: Arija Bareikis, Alex Draper, Charlie Tacker, Carol Stanzione

Votes: 2,504



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