The 25 Greatest Horror Movies
(and the 10 worst)
that no ranked list of the best horror movies will please everyone, so don't be
offended if you disagree with this one. I just respect the fact that someone gave it a
shot and took a methodical approach to doing it.
Total Film Magazine took on this
controversial task in 2005 and compiled the Greatest Horror Movies.
Although my own preferences differ somewhat, the list did prompt me to rent a few good ones
that I hadn't seen before.
As characterized by Total Film, "Some are
terrifying, some are horrifying, some are just plain gross. But all make up the
greatest horror movies of all time."
Hawks meets Hitchcock as the slasher cycle finds true Shape...
Sighs and whispers (and screams) in Argento’s baroque bloodletter.
Dawn of the Dead 1978
George A Romero’s definitive document of the walking dead.
The Shining 1980
Loving family man tries to put an axe through his son’s head.
Come on up to the house. Oh, and don’t mind Mother...
The Wicker Man
Creeping pagan terror on a remote Scottish island.
Rosemary's Baby 1968
The horny Devil hits home and hearth...
Don't Look Now 1973
Nicolas Roeg’s clammy elegy to love and loss.
Cannibal Holocaust 1980
Horror doesn’t get any harsher than this.
The Thing 1982
Snatched bodies and reheated Cold War paranoia.
Memo to all bullies – Stop. Picking. On. The. Quiet. Ones.
The Devil rides into the mother of all religio-horrors.
The Blair Witch Project 1999
If you go down to the woods today... take a camcorder.
( The Conqueror Worm )
Lyrical English landscapes are painted red with torture.
You are invited to a born-bad house. Bring your own ghosts.
The Evil Dead 1981
Five go bloody in the woods in Raimi’s splatter-punk debut.
Cameraman films as he kills. Such a nice young man...
The ultimate hack’n’slash bad-boy monster.
The Bride of Frankenstein 1935
Karloff’s monster lumbers towards matrimony.
Night of the Living Dead 1968
A bunch of amateurs stake out a home in horror history.
Cat People 1944
A haunting, shivery study of childhood loneliness.
( High Tension )
Modern horror grows some bloody big balls.
A Nightmare on Elm Street
Horny teens get fingered by the son of a thousand maniacs.
An American Werewolf in London
More than just a shaggy dog story.
... and the Ten Worst Horror Movies
ratings as evaluated by votes to IMDb)
Die Hard Dracula
To kill the unkillable, one step at a time.
Check your soul at the door.
Two young entrepreneurs open up a voyeuristic Internet
Bigfoot kidnaps women and some bikers go on a rescue
look into the mind of a
killer, through the smallest conceivable budget.
Florida Nazis possess the body of Adolf Hitler, and plan
Hillbillys in a Haunted House
Country singers have car trouble and stop at a haunted
Featuring the Syphilitic Stricken Balloon Sales Gorilla.
Trip with the Teacher
(Deadly Field Trip) 1975
students are terrorized by psycho bikers in the desert.
Nightmare Circus ( Barn of the Naked Dead )
Captive young showgirls... chained... abused... by a
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