Ten Best Horror Movies

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  1. smilin ed

    smilin ed Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Lists are always fun, especially when they involve a popular genre and they come with some kind of justification. Here's the 'Ten Best Horror Movies'...


    Not mine, however. As I get older, I doubt the wisdom of including Wicker Man or The Exorcist and would want to include Cat People (the original) and The Haunting - and probably a good few more (Night/Curse of the Demon, Bride of Frankenstein???).
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  2. Scott222C

    Scott222C Loner, Rebel & Family Man

    Pretty good list ...................... "Wicker Man" is one of the best IMO ..................... I'd rather have the original "Night of the living Dead" instead of the "Excorcist" .............. and what about "Alien" ?
  3. Rodney Toady

    Rodney Toady Waste of cyberspace

    No #1 on my list, for sure.
  4. jupiterboy

    jupiterboy Forum Residue

    Buffalo, NY
    I really like 70s horror. Just watched The Baby and Crucible of Horror. Not great movies, but odd movies.

    Where I get into trouble is with movies like Don’t Look Now, which are sort of suspense thriller horror movies.

    Black Christmas is usually on these sort of lists. There is usually some polarization around The Shining. Certainly, The Omen, Rosemary’s Baby, Susperia. I have always loved Let’s Scare Jessica to Death, partly because the crap cuts I watched on TV made the movie even more incomprehensible.
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  5. Standoffish

    Standoffish Don't you dare call me an ostrich!

    My top 10 (off the top of my head):

    1. Psycho
    2. Jaws
    3. Dawn of the Dead (2004)
    4. Hellraiser II: Hellbound
    5. The Shining
    6. Halloween
    7. When a Stranger Calls (2006)
    8. Nightmare on Elm Street
    9. Frankenstein (1931)
    10. Wrong Turn
  6. Jackson

    Jackson Forum Resident

    MA, USA
    Night Of The Living Dead
    Witchfinder General
    The Exorcist
    The Shining
    Carnival Of Souls
    The Texas Chainsaw Massacre ''original''
    An American Werewolf In London
  7. wave

    wave Well-Known Member

    Allen Park, MI
    My 10 favorites (all are the original versions if remade):
    Tourist Trap
    The Exorcist
    Alice Sweet Alice
    Nightmare on Elm Street
    The House of the Devil
    The Omen
    Texas Chainsaw Massacre
    Prom Night
    Amityville Horror
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  8. P(orF)

    P(orF) Forum Resident

    I keep waiting, decade after decade, for Phantom of the Paradise to be properly recognized as not only one of the greatest musicals ever filmed, but as one of the greatest horror movies.

    Oh well, at least I get to insert it into threads like this from time to time.

    (Agree very strongly with Don't Look Now on the linked list.)
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  9. sidewinder572

    sidewinder572 Forum Resident

    Decatur, GA
    1. The Shining
    2. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
    3. The Evil Dead
    4. The Exorcist
    5. The Wicker Man
    6. Halloween
    7. A Nightmare On Elm Street
    8. Nosferatu
    9. The Bride Of Frankenstein
    10. Scream
  10. Laservampire

    Laservampire ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

    Great list.... apart from The Exorcist. I don't think I will ever understand the praise that gets heaped on this movie. It's utterly comical to me.
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  11. ReadySteady

    ReadySteady Custom Title

    No order (except No. 1)

    01 - The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
    02 - The Thing
    03 - The Evil Dead (and Evil Dead 2... can't choose)
    04 -Poltergeist
    05 - Alien
    06 - The Descent
    07 - Dawn of the Dead
    08 - The Shining
    09 - Creepshow
    10 - Rec
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  12. smilin ed

    smilin ed Forum Resident Thread Starter

    I think my own top ten list is close to Martin Scorcese's than this one:


    Not in this order, but...

    The Haunting
    Night/Curse of the Demon
    The Innocents
    The Devil Rides Out (in spite of the bombastic music)
    Bride of Frankenstein
    Cat People
    Dead of Night
    The Omen (the original, not the sequels or the remake)

    But on another day, some of the following might replace some of the above: The Wicker Man, Alien, Quatermass and the Pit, Jaws, Night of the Eagle, The Changeling, The Devil's Backbone, The Others, The Shining, The Exorcist, Halloween, I Walked with a Zombie, The Hammer Dracula, Nosferatu The Vampyre, The Cabinet of Dr Caligari, The Pit and the Pendulum, The Masque of the Red Death, The Fall of the House of Usher, The Fly (either or both versions), The Seventh Victim, The Birds.
  13. malcolm reynolds

    malcolm reynolds Forum Resident

    My Top 10

    John Carpenter's The Thing
    Evil Dead 2
    Evil Dead
    Texas Chainsaw Massacre
    A Nightmare On Elm Street
    Friday The 13th
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  14. Here is mine:
    Quartermas and the Pit (AKA 5 Million Years to Earth)
    The Other
    The Descent
    Rosemary's Baby
    The Ring
    The Wicker Man (not really scary -but great)
    The Shining
    Burnt Offerings
    The Abomonible Dr. Phibes (campy -but fun)
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  15. Karnak

    Karnak "81-82-83-84..."

    Southern Ont.
    Came up with nine. All of these films scared me at one time or another. Most are British but I have no idea what that says about me.

    The Innocents
    The Woman In Black '89
    The Queen of Spades
    Dead Of Night
    The Changeling(George C Scott)
    The Lodger '44
    The Wicker Man
    Let's Scare Jessica To Death(thanx jupiterboy for prompting my memory here)
    An American Werewolf In London
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  16. Bill Hart

    Bill Hart Forum Resident

    Thank you for a list of things to watch when my wife is travelling!
    (of course, I've seen many of these, but not all).
    Would you consider 'Deliverance' to be a horror movie?
    What about "No Country for Old Men"?
    At one point there was discussion of finally producing a film based on Blood Meridian, but just checking, it looks like it is dead in the water. One of the most disturbing books I've ever read....
  17. jupiterboy

    jupiterboy Forum Residue

    Buffalo, NY
    Funny, my wife has been away for a week and this is exactly what I do.

    Picnic at Hanging Rock is another absolute classic, but watching it now, it does read as a very dark comedy of sorts.

    Along the lines of Deliverance, Rituals with Hal Holbrook is one I would love to see again.

    The Sentinel is pretty great.

    Oh, Audrey Rose, The Haunting of Julia and The Other.
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  18. I feel that way about Peeping Tom - I've seen it twice separated by a decade, and don't really get why people think it's scary, let alone an especially good movie. It's got an interesting concept but drags in the execution, and the explanation for why he does what he does struck me as kind of silly.
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  19. jojopuppyfish

    jojopuppyfish Forum Resident

  20. JETman

    JETman Forum Resident

    It says that you live in a province of Canada that is more English than it is French.
  21. smilin ed

    smilin ed Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Queen of Spades! I forgot about that one!
  22. babyblue

    babyblue Forum Resident

    Pacific NW
    My wife and I are right in the middle of our annual month-long horror film fest and just watched Halloween last night. My best horror films would include:

    Night Of The Living Dead
    Dawn of the Dead
    Nightmare on Elm Street
    The Exorcist
    An American Werewolf In London
    Rosemary's Baby
    Let the Right One In

    We just bought The Exorcist on DVD and it definitely holds up as a horror classic. One that I don't get is The Wicker Man, except maybe I you see it as a camp classic.

    GLUDFSSR Forum Resident

    Los Angeles, CA
    What is the deal with The Shinning. Do people mention it because a major movie star was in it, so they went to see it.
    I never got the whole thing with it, not scary at all and not a good movie.
  24. malcolm reynolds

    malcolm reynolds Forum Resident

    This is exactly how I feel. But I don't get the love of Kubrick in general.
  25. marblesmike

    marblesmike Forum Resident

    Philadelphia, PA
    In no order specific:

    Let the Right One In
    Event Horizon
    The Haunting (original)
    The Shining
    The Thing (1982)

    Honorable mentions for:
    Sleepless (2001)
    Profundo Rosso
    Prince of Darkness
    Evil Dead 2
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