Poppascotch’s Top 50 Horror Movies

PoppaScotch

It’s almost February and I completely understand that at this point in the year, you have probably already grown tired of comprehensive lists.  End of the year countdowns, top lists of the decade, and even my 10 “Great Whatever” lists are in need of a bit of a cool down period.  However you’re boredom with lists does not have as much relevance to me as getting bugged all the time about my personal horror preferences.  Since I write for this beautiful website, people assume that I have seen every horror film that has been ever made (I haven’t, not even close), and then ask me which horror movies they might be interested in. 

Not to be pretentious but I’m pretty sure the casual film watcher has a completely different definition of from me as far as “good” is concerned.  It’s not that I think that the films that I feel are good are complete cinematic masterpieces, it’s because horror is such a personal experience.  A film that I find absolutely amazing because it scares the crap out of me (good), you may find tame and sophomoric (you may hate it).  Different people = different definitions of good as well as different interests.

That being said, the following list is comprised of what I personally feel are the 50 Best Horror Movies of all time.  I’m sure most of you out there will disagree with some of my picks or where they appear on the list which is exactly what the comments section is for.  I want to hear what all of you are thinking so please don’t hesitate to throw in your two cents.  My list doesn’t speak for all of horror-movies.ca including Meh, the community of members, or any other contributing writers, so if you want to yell at someone, yell at me.

For your consideration:

  • 1.       Alien – Dir: Ridley Scott 1979
  • 2.       The Texas Chainsaw Massacre – Dir: Tobe Hooper 1974
  • 3.       The Exorcist – Dir: William Friedkin
  • 4.       The Thing – Dir: John Carpenter
  • 5.       Night of the Living Dead – Dir: George Romero 1968
  • 6.       Psycho – Dir: Alfred Hitchcock 1960
  • 7.       Black Christmas – Dir: Bob Clark 1974
  • 8.       The Shining – Dir: Stanley Kubrick 1980
  • 9.       The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari – Dir: Robert Weine 1920
  • 10.   Halloween – Dir: John Carpenter 1978
  • 11.   Freaks – Dir: Tod Browning 1932
  • 12.   Rosemary’s Baby – Dir: Roman Polanski 1968
  • 13.   Dawn of the Dead – Dir: George Romero 1978
  • 14.   The Wicker Man – Robin Hardy 1973
  • 15.   The Bride of Frankenstein – Dir: James Whale 1935
  • 16.   Cannibal Holocaust – Dir: Ruggero Deodato 1980
  • 17.   The Evil Dead – Dir: Sam Raimi 1981
  • 18.   The Birds – Dir: Alfred Hitchcock 1963
  • 19.   Dracula – Dir: Tod Browning 1931
  • 20.   Nosferatu – Dir: F.W. Murnau 1922
  • 21.   Audition – Dir: Takashi Miike 1999
  • 22.   Let the Right One In – Dir: Tomas Alfredson 2008
  • 23.   The Silence of the Lambs – Dir: Jonathan Demme 1991
  • 24.   A Nightmare on Elm Street – Dir: Wes Craven 1984
  • 25.   28 Days Later – Dir: Danny Boyle 2003
  • 26.   Repulsion – Dir: Roman Polanski 1968
  • 27.   The Fly – Dir: David Cronenberg 1986
  • 28.   An American Werewolf in London – Dir: John Landis 1981
  • 29.   Jaws – Dir: Steven Spielberg 1975
  • 30.   Carrie – Dir: Brian De Palma 1976
  • 31.   The Omen – Dir: Richard Donner 1976
  • 32.   Session 9 – Dir: Brad Anderson 2001
  • 33.   Seven – Dir: David Fincher 1997
  • 34.   Frailty – Dir: Bill Paxton 2001
  • 35.   Friday the 13th – Dir: Sean Cunningham 1980
  • 36.   The Host – Dir: Joon-ho Bong 2006
  • 37.   Martyrs – Dir: Pascal Laugier 2008
  • 38.   Poltergeist – Dir: Tobe Hooper 1982
  • 39.   May – Dir: Lucky McKee 2002
  • 40.   Dead Ringers – Dir: David Cronenberg 1988
  • 41.   The Descent – Dir: Neil Marshall 2005
  • 42.   Videodrome – Dir: David Cronenberg 1982
  • 43.   Phantasm – Dir: Don Coscarelli 1979
  • 44.   Inside – Dirs: Alexandre bustillo and Julien Maury 2007
  • 45.   The Devil’s Backbone – Dir: Guillermo del Toro 2001
  • 46.   Evil Dead 2 – Dir: Sam Raimi 1987
  • 47.   The invasion of the Body Snatchers – Dir: Robert Wise 1952
  • 48.   Hellraiser – Dir: Clive Barker 1987
  • 49.   Re-Animator – Dir: Stuart Gordon 1985
  • 50.   Scream – Dir: Wes Craven 1996

This list was extremely difficult for me to put together because there have been so many amazing horror films in the world.  It really pained me to narrow it down to 50 when I had to leave off movies like The Mist, the Howling, Candyman, and The Hills Have Eyes.  But nevertheless, that was a tough decision that had to be made.  So what do you think?  Let me hear about it, I will be more than happy to debate my choices!

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