My Favourite Horror Movies

by fairlesssam | created - 02 Oct 2017 | updated - 02 Oct 2017 | Public

This list is 40 of my most favourite horror movies that I can watch over and over without getting bored with them. They're not really in any particular order, I love them all.

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1. Wrong Turn (I) (2003)

R | 84 min | Horror

32 Metascore

Six people find themselves trapped in the woods of West Virginia, hunted down by "cannibalistic mountain men grossly disfigured through generations of in-breeding."

Director: Rob Schmidt | Stars: Eliza Dushku, Jeremy Sisto, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Desmond Harrington

Votes: 102,731 | Gross: $15.42M

Great cast, great story, I love this movie. It was one of the those movies you could see happening to you and your mates when you took a WRONG TURN!

2. Population 436 (2006 Video)

R | 92 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

A census-taker (Sisto) is sent to investigate why a certain small town has had the same population -- 436 residents -- for the last 100 years.

Director: Michelle MacLaren | Stars: David Ames, Leigh Enns, Susan Kelso, Rick Skene

Votes: 10,411

A massively underrated movie featuring Jeremy Sisto whose character is from the census bureau and is sent to Rockwell Falls to investigate the numbers of people living in the town.

3. Turistas (2006)

R | 93 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

36 Metascore

A group of young backpackers' vacation turns sour when a bus accident leaves them marooned in a remote Brazilian rural area that holds an ominous secret.

Director: John Stockwell | Stars: Josh Duhamel, Melissa George, Olivia Wilde, Desmond Askew

Votes: 34,594 | Gross: $7.03M

Another one of those movies where it could happen to you and your mates, getting drugged on holiday and shipped off to have your organs harvested. Great chemistry within the cast, I love the scenes when they are in the village trying to get help but no one comes to their aid.

4. The Ruins (2008)

R | 90 min | Horror

44 Metascore

A group of friends whose leisurely Mexican holiday takes a turn for the worse when they, along with a fellow tourist, embark on a remote archaeological dig in the jungle where something evil lives among the ruins.

Director: Carter Smith | Stars: Shawn Ashmore, Jena Malone, Jonathan Tucker, Laura Ramsey

Votes: 66,802 | Gross: $17.43M

Another somewhat underrated horror, but it is terrifically horrific. The scenes with poor Stacy trying to hack vines out of herself is quite nauseating, so well portrayed. You really feel so very sorry for these innocent explorers who end up in hell basically.

5. The Midnight Meat Train (2008)

R | 100 min | Horror, Mystery

58 Metascore

A photographer's obsessive pursuit of dark subject matter leads him into the path of a serial killer who stalks late night commuters, ultimately butchering them in the most gruesome ways imaginable.

Director: Ryûhei Kitamura | Stars: Vinnie Jones, Bradley Cooper, Leslie Bibb, Brooke Shields

Votes: 56,452 | Gross: $0.08M

Woh The Midnight Meat Train is a bloody gore-fest. As Leon (Bradley Cooper) begins to tail Mahogany (Vinnie Jones) you start to wish he would just go back to his nice happy life. But he's hooked and slowly his life begins to unravel and he is a spectator in a very downhill spiral of events.

6. 30 Days of Night (2007)

R | 113 min | Action, Horror, Thriller

53 Metascore

After an Alaskan town is plunged into darkness for a month, it is attacked by a bloodthirsty gang of vampires.

Director: David Slade | Stars: Josh Hartnett, Melissa George, Danny Huston, Ben Foster

Votes: 157,524 | Gross: $39.57M

Isolation, snow, darkness and the sickest vampire creatures in film history - a perfect recipe for a delicious horror.

7. Ghost Ship (2002)

R | 91 min | Horror

28 Metascore

A salvage crew discovers a long-lost 1962 passenger ship floating lifeless in a remote region of the Bering Sea, and soon notices that its long-dead inhabitants may still be on board.

Director: Steve Beck | Stars: Julianna Margulies, Gabriel Byrne, Ron Eldard, Desmond Harrington

Votes: 88,789 | Gross: $30.11M

I love the opening scenes of this movie and the rest of it basically!

8. Thir13en Ghosts (2001)

R | 91 min | Horror

30 Metascore

When Cyrus Kriticos, a very rich collector of unique things dies, he leaves it all to his nephew and his family. All including his house, his fortune, and his malicious collection of ghosts!

Director: Steve Beck | Stars: Tony Shalhoub, Shannon Elizabeth, Embeth Davidtz, Matthew Lillard

Votes: 75,132 | Gross: $41.87M

A great ghost story, why not to mess with the spirits.

9. Friday the 13th (2009)

R | 97 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

34 Metascore

A group of young adults discover a boarded up Camp Crystal Lake, where they soon encounter Jason Voorhees and his deadly intentions.

Director: Marcus Nispel | Stars: Jared Padalecki, Amanda Righetti, Derek Mears, Danielle Panabaker

Votes: 90,868 | Gross: $65.00M

I love this up to date Friday the 13th. The characters are great Travis van Winkle (yes that is his name) and Jared Padalecki (yep) give superb performances. The kills are fab and I like the historical stuff going on with the house in the woods and such as well.

10. Darkness (2002)

PG-13 | 88 min | Horror

15 Metascore

A teenage girl moves into a remote countryside house with her family, only to discover that their gloomy new home has a horrifying past that threatens to destroy the family.

Director: Jaume Balagueró | Stars: Anna Paquin, Lena Olin, Iain Glen, Giancarlo Giannini

Votes: 18,224 | Gross: $22.16M

A family move into a new home in the remote countryside. The home is haunted and has a mysterious history seemingly linked to the family that moves into it. I like the dynamics of this movie, how the teenage girl keeps pointing out stuff that is going on and no one takes any notice. Just like people do with teenagers.

11. 6 Souls (2010)

R | 112 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

28 Metascore

A forensic psychiatrist discovers that all but one of her patient's multiple personalities are murder victims. She will have to find out what's happening before her time is finished.

Directors: Måns Mårlind, Björn Stein | Stars: Julianne Moore, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Jeffrey DeMunn, Frances Conroy

Votes: 30,794

I know this movie as 'Shelter' but it is also known as '6 Souls'. Jonathan Rhys Meyers is mesmerising in his role as David/Adam etc The whole cast are superb, bringing with them a creepy, gritty web of intrigue and mystery. I love it.

12. See No Evil 2 (2014)

R | 90 min | Action, Horror, Thriller

An undertaker's birthday party is interrupted when Jacob Goodnight rises from the dead and proceeds to terrorize her and her friends.

Directors: Jen Soska, Sylvia Soska | Stars: Glenn Jacobs, Danielle Harris, Katharine Isabelle, Chelan Simmons

Votes: 5,570

The characters in this movie are great, I didn't want any of them to die! I think the story based in the morgue is a brilliant idea and how they are all locked in. Kane is superb in this movie, a giant killing machine.

13. The Possession (I) (2012)

PG-13 | 92 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

45 Metascore

A young girl buys an antique box at a yard sale, unaware that inside the collectible lives a malicious ancient spirit. The girl's father teams with his ex-wife to find a way to end the curse upon their child.

Director: Ole Bornedal | Stars: Natasha Calis, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Kyra Sedgwick, Madison Davenport

Votes: 54,266 | Gross: $49.13M

This movie, to me, felt quite clever. It has many layers and dynamics. It is interesting as well as horrific. As a kid I grew up going to boot sales and it brought home to me how easily we can purchase old items that may have spiritual value that we are not aware of and bring them into our homes.

14. Joy Ride (2001)

R | 97 min | Mystery, Thriller

75 Metascore

Three young people on a road trip from Colorado to New Jersey talk to a trucker on their CB radio, then must escape when he turns out to be a psychotic killer.

Director: John Dahl | Stars: Steve Zahn, Paul Walker, Leelee Sobieski, Jessica Bowman

Votes: 60,975 | Gross: $21.97M

Anyone who has an annoying sibling that is always getting them into trouble can relate well to this movie!

15. The Cave (2005)

PG-13 | 97 min | Action, Adventure, Horror

30 Metascore

Bloodthirsty creatures await a pack of divers who become trapped in an underwater cave network.

Director: Bruce Hunt | Stars: Piper Perabo, Morris Chestnut, Cole Hauser, Eddie Cibrian

Votes: 33,528 | Gross: $15.01M

I prefer this movie to the similar 'The Descent'. I really like the cast and the dynamics of the group and how loyalties get tested to the limit.

16. The Gravedancers (2006)

R | 95 min | Horror

After a night of drunken exploits, Allison, Harris, and Kira are chased and terrorized by the ghosts of a child pyromaniac, an ax murderer, and a rapist.

Director: Mike Mendez | Stars: Dominic Purcell, Clare Kramer, Josie Maran, Marcus Thomas

Votes: 8,962

Not sure why I like this movie so much but I do. I like the message of 'be careful how you behave because you will pay for your actions. Three friends drunkenly dance on some graves and get pursued by angry spirits and they have to repent for their actions.

17. Evil Dead (2013)

R | 91 min | Fantasy, Horror, Thriller

57 Metascore

Five friends head to a remote cabin, where the discovery of a Book of the Dead leads them to unwittingly summon up demons living in the nearby woods.

Director: Fede Alvarez | Stars: Jane Levy, Shiloh Fernandez, Jessica Lucas, Lou Taylor Pucci

Votes: 148,481 | Gross: $54.24M

For me this is real horror, bloody, violent, relentless. Horrific deaths, gore to the extreme and a great story to go with it. I love it.

18. World War Z (2013)

PG-13 | 116 min | Action, Adventure, Horror

63 Metascore

Former United Nations employee Gerry Lane traverses the world in a race against time to stop the Zombie pandemic that is toppling armies and governments, and threatening to destroy humanity itself.

Director: Marc Forster | Stars: Brad Pitt, Mireille Enos, Daniella Kertesz, James Badge Dale

Votes: 562,986 | Gross: $202.36M

I like how you see this begin and follow it through to a relatively feasible conclusion. I love the special effects and how you go worldwide. The only thing I didn't like was the relationship between Jerry and Karin Lane, it just didn't feel real. However the rest of the movie is so enjoyable that I ignore that part of it.

19. The Facility (2012)

TV-MA | 80 min | Horror

Eight volunteers find themselves fighting for their lives when a drug trial goes horribly wrong.

Director: Ian Clark | Stars: Aneurin Barnard, Alex Reid, Chris Larkin, Jack Doolan

Votes: 1,773

This is great, a group of people going in for a drugs trial and things go seriously wrong very quickly. It's gory, violent and a bit sick really.

20. Paintball (2009)

Not Rated | 86 min | Action, Thriller

A group of young urban workaholics sign up for a weekend of paintballing to have some adventure. But the adrenaline-filled entertainment soon turns into a manhunt, in which they become the ... See full summary »

Director: Daniel Benmayor | Stars: Brendan Mackey, Jennifer Matter, Patrick Regis, Iaione Perez

Votes: 2,294

I went paint-balling once and it's bloody awful. I like the rawness of this movie, the story is good and the cast do well. It's a little rough around the edges but I think it suits the films delivery.

21. Prowl (2010)

R | 84 min | Horror

Amber dreams of escaping her small town existence and persuades her friends to accompany her to find an apartment in the big city. When their transportation breaks down, she and her friends... See full summary »

Director: Patrik Syversen | Stars: Ruta Gedmintas, Josh Bowman, Perdita Weeks, Jamie Blackley

Votes: 4,595

A good tale of finding out who your birth mother is.

22. Open Graves (2009)

R | 88 min | Horror, Thriller

A group of surfers discover an old board game which claims a life every time it is played.

Director: Álvaro de Armiñán | Stars: Mike Vogel, Eliza Dushku, Iman Nazemzadeh, Naike Rivelli

Votes: 2,797

I like the cast and the mystery surrounding the game. The deaths are cool.

23. Needle (2010)

R | 90 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

A killer uses an 18th century machine with supernatural powers to terrorize students at a college.

Director: John V. Soto | Stars: Travis Fimmel, Ben Mendelsohn, Murray Bartlett, Michael Dorman

Votes: 2,634

A film a little similar to Open Graves but it is a device this time rather than a game.

24. Outbreak (1995)

R | 127 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

65 Metascore

Army doctors struggle to find a cure for a deadly virus spreading throughout a California town that was brought to America by an African monkey.

Director: Wolfgang Petersen | Stars: Dustin Hoffman, Rene Russo, Morgan Freeman, Kevin Spacey

Votes: 102,180 | Gross: $67.82M

I watched this movie at the cinema over 20 years ago and it still stands up as a superb movie showing how easily an infection can spread and the potential consequences of smuggling animals.

25. Contagion (2011)

PG-13 | 106 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

70 Metascore

Healthcare professionals, government officials and everyday people find themselves in the midst of a worldwide epidemic as the CDC works to find a cure.

Director: Steven Soderbergh | Stars: Matt Damon, Kate Winslet, Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow

Votes: 203,698 | Gross: $75.66M

For me this is an up-to-date version of Outbreak and I love it for the same reasons. Portrayal of how easily an infection can spread worldwide.

26. The Sacrament (2013)

R | 99 min | Horror, Thriller

49 Metascore

A news team trails a man as he travels into the world of Eden Parish to find his missing sister, where it becomes apparent that this paradise may not be as it seems.

Director: Ti West | Stars: Joe Swanberg, AJ Bowen, Kentucker Audley, Amy Seimetz

Votes: 15,807 | Gross: $0.01M

This movie is the hideous portrayal of a true story. It shows us that the real monsters in the world are often the human beings that we trust.

27. Hostel (2005)

R | 94 min | Horror

55 Metascore

Three backpackers head to a Slovak city that promises to meet their hedonistic expectations, with no idea of the hell that awaits them.

Director: Eli Roth | Stars: Jay Hernandez, Derek Richardson, Eythor Gudjonsson, Barbara Nedeljakova

Votes: 161,233 | Gross: $47.33M

Torture porn at it's very best.

28. Hostel: Part III (2011 Video)

R | 88 min | Horror

Four men attending a bachelor party in Las Vegas fall prey to the Elite Hunting Club, who are hosting a gruesome game show of torture.

Director: Scott Spiegel | Stars: Kip Pardue, Brian Hallisay, John Hensley, Sarah Habel

Votes: 25,881

I absolutely love this movie, the cast work so well together and the fact that it's a stag night, the poor guys have no idea what they're in for. Bless em.

29. Cabin Fever 3: Patient Zero (2014)

Not Rated | 91 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

30 Metascore

When a group of friends enjoying a bachelor cruise in the Caribbean stumble upon a research facility on a remote island, a deadly virus is unleashed. The group must find a way to survive before the flesh eating virus consumes them all.

Director: Kaare Andrews | Stars: Sean Astin, Currie Graham, Ryan Donowho, Brando Eaton

Votes: 6,523

A flesh eating virus on a desert island, great stuff.

30. Jaws (1975)

PG | 124 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller

87 Metascore

When a killer shark unleashes chaos on a beach community, it's up to a local sheriff, a marine biologist, and an old seafarer to hunt the beast down.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw, Richard Dreyfuss, Lorraine Gary

Votes: 518,215 | Gross: $260.00M

One of the greatest horror movies of all time. Just re-watch it on a massive television with the volume up, you will not disagree.

31. Uninhabited (2010)

TV-14 | 93 min | Horror, Thriller

A young couple go to a remote and deserted coral island for a camping holiday, only to find that the island is inhabited by a ghost seeking retribution for a past outrage.

Director: Bill Bennett | Stars: Geraldine Hakewill, Henry James, Bob Baines, Billy Milionis

Votes: 2,663

It's not perfect, the two main characters could have been better but I love the mystery and historical relevance to the present. Also how we would all think being on a desert island would be our paradise yet it turns out to be Harry and Beth's hell.

32. Mine Games (2012)

TV-14 | 92 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

A group of young friends make an incomprehensible discovery in an abandoned mine, but the more they try to change the future, the more they seal their fate.

Director: Richard Gray | Stars: Joseph Cross, Briana Evigan, Rafi Gavron, Julianna Guill

Votes: 3,143

Now Rose is extremely annoying in this movie but I love the rest of it. Just ignore her wailing and try to appreciate the predicament these young people find themselves in.

33. Terror Trap (2010)

R | 86 min | Thriller

While driving at night on a lonely road, the car of estranged couple Don and Nancy is hit twice by another car in the middle of nowhere. Nancy asks for help and unpleasant sheriff Cleveland... See full summary »

Director: Dan Garcia | Stars: David James Elliott, Heather Marie Marsden, Michael Madsen, Jeff Fahey

Votes: 992

In the middle of nowhere, needing somewhere to stay.....

34. Dead Mary (2007 Video)

Not Rated | 103 min | Horror

A group of friends enjoying a weekend in the woods play a game of "Dead Mary" and summon an evil witch who begins possessing them one by one.

Director: Robert Wilson | Stars: Dominique Swain, Marie-Josée Colburn, Steven McCarthy, Maggie Castle

Votes: 2,234

For me this is a modern-day Candyman. Don't say things in mirror kids!! I like this film as you have no idea who is doing what. It's very well done.

35. House of Wax (2005)

R | 108 min | Horror

41 Metascore

A group of unwitting teens are stranded near a strange wax museum and soon must fight to survive and keep from becoming the next exhibit.

Director: Jaume Collet-Serra | Stars: Chad Michael Murray, Paris Hilton, Elisha Cuthbert, Brian Van Holt

Votes: 109,552 | Gross: $32.06M

As with Wrong Turn this movie has a great cast. I love how they go camping and then end up causing a ruckus with an unknown truck driver. It's a fun romp really.

36. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003)

R | 98 min | Horror

38 Metascore

After picking up a traumatized young hitchhiker, five friends find themselves stalked and hunted by a deformed chainsaw-wielding loon and his family of equally psychopathic killers.

Director: Marcus Nispel | Stars: Jessica Biel, Jonathan Tucker, Andrew Bryniarski, Erica Leerhsen

Votes: 124,555 | Gross: $80.57M

This is my favourite Texas Chainsaw Massacre movie, it captures the absolute horror and filth of the situation the kids are in. Monty in the wheelchair is my favourite character in this film. And the Sheriff oh my god he is hideous! A true horror.

37. Mirrors (I) (2008)

R | 110 min | Horror, Mystery

35 Metascore

An ex-cop and his family are the target of an evil force that is using mirrors as a gateway into their home.

Director: Alexandre Aja | Stars: Kiefer Sutherland, Paula Patton, Amy Smart, Cameron Boyce

Votes: 98,103 | Gross: $30.69M

Although not perfect I still have a soft spot for Mirrors. Ben and Amy are both very 'whiny' which is irritating but push that aside it's a pretty good concept.

38. Panic Button (2011)

Not Rated | 96 min | Horror, Thriller

Jo, Max, Gwen and Dave win the competition.Then they head off on an all expenses paid trip to New York, courtesy of the social network. As they board the private jet, they are asked to ... See full summary »

Director: Chris Crow | Stars: Scarlett Alice Johnson, Jack Gordon, Michael Jibson, Elen Rhys

Votes: 6,464

With social media and trolling how it is this movie is great. I would like it if all the trolls could go on a plane ride like this one!

39. Quarantine 2: Terminal (2011)

R | 86 min | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi

A plane is taken over by a mysterious virus. When the plane lands it is placed under quarantine. Now a group of survivors must band together to survive the quarantine.

Director: John Pogue | Stars: Mercedes Mason, Josh Cooke, Mattie Liptak, Ignacio Serricchio

Votes: 17,554

A great quarantine movie, love it.

40. The Resident (2011)

R | 91 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

When a young doctor suspects she may not be alone in her new Brooklyn loft, she learns that her landlord has formed a frightening obsession with her.

Director: Antti Jokinen | Stars: Hilary Swank, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Lee Pace, Christopher Lee

Votes: 25,207

An apartment that is too good to be true, a landlord who is gorgeous and the silly woman wants her cheating ex back! Jeffrey Dean Morgan is this movie, he is awesome, mesmerising.

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