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    The 25 Greatest Horror Movies
(and the 10 worst)

I know 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."

 

1
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 1974
Cutting deep: Tobe Hooper takes horror to the bleeding edge.
2 Halloween 1978
Hawks meets Hitchcock as the slasher cycle finds true Shape...
3 Suspiria 1977
Sighs and whispers (and screams) in Argento’s baroque bloodletter.
4 Dawn of the Dead 1978
George A Romero’s definitive document of the walking dead.
5 The Shining 1980
Loving family man tries to put an axe through his son’s head.
6 Psycho 1960
Come on up to the house. Oh, and don’t mind Mother...
7 The Wicker Man 1973
Creeping pagan terror on a remote Scottish island.
8 Rosemary's Baby 1968
The horny Devil hits home and hearth...
9 Don't Look Now 1973
Nicolas Roeg’s clammy elegy to love and loss.
10 Cannibal Holocaust 1980
Horror doesn’t get any harsher than this.
11 The Thing 1982
Snatched bodies and reheated Cold War paranoia.
12 Carrie 1976
Memo to all bullies – Stop. Picking. On. The. Quiet. Ones.
13 The Exorcist 1973
The Devil rides into the mother of all religio-horrors.
14 The Blair Witch Project 1999
If you go down to the woods today... take a camcorder.
15 Witchfinder General (The Conqueror Worm) 1968
Lyrical English landscapes are painted red with torture.
16 The Haunting 1963
You are invited to a born-bad house. Bring your own ghosts.
17 The Evil Dead 1981
Five go bloody in the woods in Raimi’s splatter-punk debut.
18 Peeping Tom 1960
Cameraman films as he kills. Such a nice young man...
19 Alien 1979
The ultimate hack’n’slash bad-boy monster.
20 The Bride of Frankenstein 1935
Karloff’s monster lumbers towards matrimony.
21 Night of the Living Dead 1968
A bunch of amateurs stake out a home in horror history.
22 Cat People 1944
A haunting, shivery study of childhood loneliness.
23 Switchblade Romance (High Tension) 2003
Modern horror grows some bloody big balls.
24 A Nightmare on Elm Street 1984
Horny teens get fingered by the son of a thousand maniacs.
25 An American Werewolf in London 1981
More than just a shaggy dog story.
         

... and the Ten Worst Horror Movies

 (2006 ratings as evaluated by votes to IMDb)

 

    Die Hard Dracula 1

Die Hard Dracula 1998
To kill
the unkillable, one step at a time.

    Club Vampire 2 Club Vampire 1998
Check your soul at the door.
    Voyeur.com 3

Voyeur.com 2000
Two young entrepreneurs open up a voyeuristic Internet site.

    Bigfoot 4 Bigfoot 1970
Bigfoot kidnaps women and some bikers go on a rescue mission.
    B.T.K. Killer 5

B.T.K. Killer 2005
A look into the mind of a killer, through the smallest conceivable budget.

    Flesh Feast 6

Flesh Feast 1970
Florida Nazis possess the body of Adolf Hitler, and plan revive him.

    Hillbillys in a Haunted House 7

Hillbillys in a Haunted House 1967
Country singers have car trouble and stop at a haunted mansion...

    Erotic Ghost 8

Erotic Ghost 2001
Featuring the Syphilitic Stricken Balloon Sales Gorilla.

    9 Trip with the Teacher (Deadly Field Trip) 1975
Female students are terrorized by psycho bikers in the desert.
    Nightmare Circus 10 Nightmare Circus (Barn of the Naked Dead) 1974
Captive young showgirls... chained... abused... by a madman.
       
 

 

     
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