My 100 Greatest Horror Movies Of All Timeby gweez-37769 | created - 01 Nov 2016 | updated - 16 Sep 2018 | Public
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1. Halloween (1978)
R | 91 min | Horror, Thriller
Fifteen years after murdering his sister on Halloween night 1963, Michael Myers escapes from a mental hospital and returns to the small town of Haddonfield, Illinois to kill again.
Votes: 210,244 | Gross: $47.00M
This is the one that started it all. It created the slasher genre as we know it today. The mask killer that stalks teenagers and anybody that gets in their way also it kicked off when the horrible events take place on holidays. Psycho is considered one of the first slasher films and is a great scary movie but the mystique about a masked killer even heightens the senses as far as what's behind the mask and what it projects as far as mysterious, intrigue and fear goes that gets people all rallied up. John Carpenter's direction and storytelling is impeccable the way he used his character Michael Myers as an unstoppable force of evil that his character is coined the shape meaning that it defies the humanity side of Michael Myers that he's not a person but a force to be reckon with. John Carpenter and Debra Hill created a masterpiece in horror. They created great and everlasting characters such as the ultimate boogeyman, the great heroine that's smart and strong that can stand up to ultimate evil and come out on top and the grizzled, wise yet slightly off to the side hero that understands what they're going up against as they help the heroine put the finishing touches on putting a stop to pure evil. The shots that Carpenter displays in the film heightens the suspense and fear as you see Michael Myers in the background as he waits for the right time to strike at his victims when they least expecting it not to mention Carpenter created the greatest music score in horror history. As soon as you hear the music you get creeped out everybody that loves horror movies knows that infamous theme when it's being played throughout the film. I also loved how Carpenter used a dimmer when Jamie Lee Curtis is standing by that room and ever so slowly you can see Michael Myers standing in that doorway of that room before he strikes very creepy and pure genius. This is one of Jamie Lee Curtis' s first starting roles that would help launch her career and made Donald Pleasence relevant again thankfully because he's a brilliant actor. And so this is the reason that Halloween is my number one greatest horror movie of all time very influential and has tremendous staying power as you can put this movie in at anytime and watch it and be scared and frighten all over again truly the best of all time.
2. Friday the 13th (1980)
R | 95 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
A group of camp counselors are stalked and murdered by an unknown assailant while trying to reopen a summer camp which, years before, was the site of a child's drowning.
Votes: 108,509 | Gross: $39.75M
I love this film this is the one that catapulted the slasher genre to the forefront it also put a big emphasis on makeup effects and the makeup artists that created these great visual effects that we all grown to love over the years. Tom Savani became a household name after this gem was released a true master in horror makeup effects. Sean Cunningham is another great filmmaker that raised the bar to a whole new level that to this day filmmakers are still trying to aim for but don't come even close to what he pulled off. I thought it was brilliant not to see the killer until the very end because by doing so it kept the suspense at an all time high. The reveal was great because as an audience it was what you least expected but still believable and to me that was the right approach for this particular film. Sean Cunningham had the right vision for this film to make this an all time classic. Harry Manfredini's score was brilliant it's on the same level as John Carpenter's classic horror theme Halloween it conjures up the same emotions when you hear it throughout the film which is very creepy and scary. The cast was remarkable in this film I know that Halloween started the strong heroine that fights her way out of an horrible and deadly demise but Adrienne King put up an original performance as Alice that is still one of the iconic characters in horror film history. I love the scene when Steve Christie says to Alice as he looks at one of her drawings of him as he says to her do I really look like that. And her response is you did last night which is a funny line all around. Another one of my favorite scenes is when Officer Dorf is talking to the counselors on what their intentions are. He says to them asking them if they smoke weed, hash etc an unknown actor Kevin Bacon says i don't smoke it causes cancer his performance was brilliant in this film. I love it when Officer Dorf tells Ned as he is wearing an Indian headpiece doing some Indian chant clowning around to can it Cochise and to sit on it Tonto some of my favorite lines in the movie. Another one of my favorite scenes is with Kevin Bacon as Jack and Jeanine Taylor as Marcie was over by the lake when they are talking about Marcie's dream or nightmare that whole scene was cool and just another brilliant performances by both actors that added to the creepiness to the film. The kill scenes were so cool and unique that to this day that recipe is still being copied in horror films. I also have to say that this is my favorite horror franchise of all time because they stayed with the same winning formula for the most part very consistent. Betsy Palmer's performance is stellar I'm glad that she agreed to do the film because in the documentary that I have of Friday The 13th she wasn't particular fond of this film when she was making it at the time. This film still holds up today it's just as scary as it was when it first came out over thirty years ago a true gem in the horror genre. And Sean Cunningham and John Carpenter created their horror masterpieces on a very low budget which generated over hundreds of millions of dollars over the years. One other thing Victor Miller and Ron Kurtz wrote a gem of a screenplay. It doesn't get any better than that and by the way they have some of the great and creepy moon shots captured on film. One of the great franchises of all time.
3. A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
R | 91 min | Horror
The monstrous spirit of a slain child murderer seeks revenge by invading the dreams of teenagers whose parents were responsible for his untimely death.
Votes: 189,401 | Gross: $25.50M
This rounds out the big three as far as the great slashers go. Like the 30's and early 40's when Dracula, Frankenstein and The Wolf Man hit the big screen and created the horror genre Halloween, Friday The 13th and A Nightmare on Elm Street made just as imp-actual punch 30, 40 some odd years later. This slasher was more thought out and had more complexity than the other two giants but no less effective. Wes Craven penned down an imaginative slasher tale about this child killer Freddy Krueger that the parents take revenge on and kill by burning him alive at a mill in the boiler room to rid the evil that plagues their neighborhood only for Freddy Krueger to come back from the grave to torment the children from Elm Street in their dreams. I thought this was a well creative horror movie two of the great kill scenes in horror history was when Tina was getting dragged up the walls and ceiling as she is getting torn to shreds by Freddy Krueger in which you don't see him actually doing it to Tina very original and scary as well as an unknown upstart Johnny Depp gets pulled through a bed as he is getting mauled and then the blood starts shooting out of the bed and onto the ceiling once again very original and scary. Wes Craven created a third iconic horror character in Freddy Krueger which his razor sharp claws and that hat it's no mistaken the trademark that is Freddy Krueger. I thought for the most part it was a scary film but the part where Nancy who is played by Heather Langenkamp creates these booby traps for Freddy was a bit cutesy and took away the scare factor. I also thought the ending was a little on the weak side but all in all it's still a great horror movie. I think that Heather Langenkamp did a tremendous job portraying Nancy the smart, resourceful, the girl next door type that you can root for. The theme score was pretty re memorable one it had a sadness and creepy vibe to it very effective. Johnny Depp was brilliant in his first major role as the all american boy Glen. This is truly one of the best horror films of all time watch it and enjoy.
4. Jaws (1975)
PG | 124 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller
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.
Votes: 518,039 | Gross: $260.00M
Steven Spielberg one of the great filmmakers of our time directed this great, fearful masterpiece about a great white shark that terrorizes vacationers that takes a dip in the waters off of Cape Cod. When this happens panic, and fear ensues as the great white goes on an feeding frenzy only Brody, Matt Hooper and Quint can save the vacationers from a horrific fate. I thought the performances were really well done as you have Roy Scheider that plays a police officer that tries to warn the vacationers but they do not heed his warning Richard Dreyfuss the marine scientist that tries to give insight on what they are dealing with and Robert Shaw who plays the off kilter ed sea captain Quint. The material I thought could have been a bit stronger but what it lacked in material it made up in substance in a big way. This is one of the most celebrated fears of all time because the fear is very real because sharks do exists and there are real great white sharks that swim among us in those big body waters that we call Oceans and Seas. There are several reported shark attacks on humans each year. The beginning of the movie really says it all when you see the woman jump into the water to have a late night swim with her boyfriend but fortunately for him he is sloppy ass drunk and passes out on the beach. She is in the water waiting for him when you see her get jerked around in the water then you see her getting thrust around in the water very violently as we know the shark has her that is extremely scary as we know as audience goers that it's not going to end pleasant for her. The fact that the mechanical shark didn't work half the time I personally thought that was a beneficial accident that made the movie that much better because it let's your mind imagine the worst and as an audience you didn't have to see the shark actually doing it's thing to be scared out of your mind this was extremely effective. By that being the case it kept up the suspense very nicely. Love this movie I saw Jaws when I was a kid and it still holds up today and for that matter it will hold up always because there will always be sharks swimming in those body of waters. My advice to people is don't have a late night swim in the ocean not a good idea if you don't want to be shark bait.
5. The Exorcist (1973)
R | 122 min | Horror
When a teenage girl is possessed by a mysterious entity, her mother seeks the help of two priests to save her daughter.
Votes: 340,002 | Gross: $232.91M
This is still one of the scariest movies of all time. Even grown men are bothered by this movie after they see it. It such an imp actual movie on so many different levels questioning one's faith, questioning one's mortality, religion and so on. I think William Friedkin did a fantastic job in directing this horror masterpiece. William Peter Blatty wrote one for the ages. The legendary makeup artist Dick Smith did a phenomenal job on Linda Blair giving us audience goers a long lasting frightening impression that will last a lifetime. It was a cool moment with Regan and her mother when Regan asks for a horse for her birthday a real touching moment. There's something about corrupting innocence and possession that's universal scary as hell. Like Jaws you here these stories of people becoming possessed so it's a real fear that you're dealing with once again and that becomes really scary. The great classic scenes where Linda Blair is possessed and she's levitating from off the bed and into the air, spinning her head around and spitting pea soup and masturbating with a crucifix was pretty crazy and scary as hell. Linda Blair's performance was brilliant that she was at the time thirteen or fourteen years old when this was being filmed so it could have gone a rye in no time flat if she wasn't on her game. That showed you the talent that she has to be able to carry a film in this matter at such a young age. Like Jaws this fear is real and will never go away. You watch this movie just be prepared to be scared as hell.
6. Dracula (1931)
Passed | 75 min | Fantasy, Horror
The ancient vampire Count Dracula arrives in England and begins to prey upon the virtuous young Mina.
This is another film that I love. This particular film created the horror genre in general. When I saw the documentary on Dracula it was surprising to me that Bela Lugosi wasn't the first choice actually it was Lon Chaney Sr. that was supposed to play the role of Count Dracula but he fell ill and then shortly after passed away. So Bela put on the cape that would make him a horror icon for the ages and make cinematic history. He created the greatest vampire of them all so anybody that came along to dare portray the evil count after Bela put his mark on that infamous character is measured by that measuring stick alone even including Christopher Lee. I loved when at the beginning where they have an up close shot of Count Dracula as he gave the scariest expression know to man extremely creepy and cool. I thought that Dwight Frye played an excellent Renfield and when he got converted over after Dracula turned him his performance was dynamic because he was creepy as hell. Edward Van Sloan did an excellent job as Van Helsing the one who would try to bring down the evil count. Hamilton Deane and John L. Balderston among others that adapted the novel from legendary Bram Stoker was well written for the big screen. I thought that Tod Browning did a good job of directing I know that seeing the documentary on Dracula that it was thrown out there that he didn't do such a bang up job when he filmed Dracula I agree that there were some missed opportunities where he could have taken full advantage of seizing some of those classic moments where one example I didn't like the one scene where Count Dracula is confronting Renfield and the shot seemed like it was filmed a million miles away. However I thought he captured the shot quite well when Count Dracula is talking to Renfield on the stairwell at the beginning because in the documentary the Spanish version had the camera flying up to the steps towards Count Dracula and is considered the best shot of the two versions but I disagree I think it was a better shot with Bela Lugosi on the stairwell because it had a more creepier vibe to it than the Spanish version because the spider webs looked faked in the background I liked how the spider webs looked in the English version better. They looked creepier and more realistic as you don't get a head on shot of them more off to the side which for me plays better. The hills guy in the beginning had a creepy look as he tells Renfield that it wasn't a good idea to travel the mountainside to get to the count's castle after dark very cool and creepy. I loved the look of the Count Dracula's Castle it was so scary and cool to bad they don't have that look anymore. I thought that the dry ice effect was pretty cool at the beginning when you see Count Dracula in the bottom part of the castle it made it more ominous looking. I thought they could have done more with the brides than they did that was an opportunity missed. I also enjoyed the stagecoach scene with the count picking up Renfield and seeing the count's eyes was very creepy and cool. This is such a great horror film that embodies everything that you love about this genre as a whole. I'll say that Bela Lugosi had more range to do more great things than to be typecast in one realm alone. So I'll say Hail to Bela Lugosi the true Count Dracula that matters period end of story!
7. Frankenstein (1931)
Passed | 70 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi
An obsessed scientist assembles a living being from parts of exhumed corpses.
This film solidify Universal as kicking off the horror genre the father studio if you will for horror films. This is another great classic in the horror department. Boris Karloff's portrayal of the monster was off the charts no one has ever seen a character liked that ever in cinematic history then or since. A truly iconic character for all time sake. The mastermind that started to create these great iconic monsters of all time was The great, legendary makeup artist Jack Pierce who helped Universal Studios be the king studio of motion pictures. And helped create the horror genre as we know it today thanks to his god given talent, artistry. The story is a great tale of man trying to create and meddle in God's arena by trying to create the first living man from using a bunch of cadavers to pull his ambitious goal off. And then as we know it all to well man screws it up by trying to go somewhere where he shouldn't go. And so you have a man made creation that gets out of control and to no fault of his own has to deal with the consequences that was placed on him without his ability to understand the depths of trying to be human. I think James Whale did a fantastic job directing this horror gem. The way you had sympathy for the monster as he tries to fit in into a world that he was thrust upon never asked to be brought into this crazy situation and try to behave accordingly it was doomed from the start. A victim of man's game. I loved the scene where he plays with the little girl by throwing flower pedals into the lake it was a great and compassionate scene because your first thought as an audience goer is that he 's going to kill the little girl or cause her harm and at first that's not the case so you have a sweet moment but unfortunately he doesn't have an understanding on how things work and accidentally throws the little girl into the lake not knowing that she cannot swim therefore accidentally drowns which sets him up as a monster in the public's eyes and they want revenge for what he has done. Dwight Frye was great as Fritz which I thought when I first saw this that Igor was Dr. Frankenstein's assistant not Fritz, Igor actually came later played by the legendary Bela Lugosi. Colin Clive was a great Dr. Frankenstein he had to portray an somewhat out of his mind doctor and then be sympathetic to his character once he realizes what he has done. i thought that Mae Clarke was great as Dr. Frankenstein's love interests. Edward Van Sloan was great as Doctor Waldman. John L. Balderston, Garrett Fort and Francis Edward Faragoh did an excellent job by adapting the great novel from legendary Mary Shelley to the big screen. This film touched on a deeper scale than Dracula but they both are still great horror classics that can't be denied.
8. The Wolf Man (1941)
Not Rated | 70 min | Horror
A practical man returns to his homeland, is attacked by a creature of folklore, and infected with a horrific disease his disciplined mind tells him can not possibly exist.
Another great Universal horror classic. This film rounds out the original big three of horror movies. Curt Siodmak wrote this horror classic from the perspective that man should try to stay in control if not and you allow the rage and anger to take over than you will become destructive and destroy everything that surrounds you and care about the most and so the theory about werewolves existing is just an imaginative thing that man has made up to allow this unacceptable behavior to take shape and fester without being responsible for your actions. Claude Rains played the father who was perfect for this role he was sensational. Like Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff would forever stamp their ticket to cinematic history with portraying iconic roles as Count Dracula and Frankenstein's monster Lon Chaney would be able to do the same with his iconic character portrayal of The Wolf Man. He starts out as this great all American guy that you root for and then when ill fate intervenes and he's attacked by a werewolf played by none other than Bela Lugosi to save Jenny played by Fay Helm he becomes the monster himself The Wolf Man. He does a phenomenal job as he's saddened and grieve stricken that he becomes this tragic figure and there's nothing to change the outcome to being himself again so instead of wandering around being this God awful monster for the rest of his life he instead tries to deal with it and come to terms with it. But he can't no longer hide the fact that he's a monster inside and not wanting to go on any longer being this way. And the really sad part is that he falls in love with Gwen played by Evelyn Ankers who did a masterful job. They can't be together because he will turn into The Wolf Man and kill her which ultimately happens at the end of the story as well as meeting his demise and through death only then he is truly at peace. Maria Ouspenskaya played a great gypsy woman and mother to Bela she was incredible. George Waggner did a fantastic job of directing this horror gem. I love the backdrops and the fog that surrounded the woods very ominous and cool. Next time there is a full moon you might want to rethink about having a late night stroll through the woods.
9. April Fool's Day (1986)
R | 89 min | Horror, Mystery
Nine college students staying at a friend's remote island mansion begin to fall victim to an unseen murderer over the April Fool's Day weekend.
Votes: 12,905 | Gross: $12.95M
I think this is one of the most underrated horror movies of all time. A lot of people felt let down because of the surprise ending but for me I think this was done in an intelligent manner it was refreshing that it took a different turn not repeating the same plot line that a lot of horror movies do. I don't have a problem with this being considered a slasher film because the setup was similiar to that and had the feel of one for me this was pure enjoyment to watch. I felt this had one of the better endings in a horror film of all time the last fifteen minutes kept you at the edge of your seat even though I seen it many times over and know what's going to happen it still pumps me up as I watch it through the exciting climax. I think that Fred Walton did a phenomenal job in directing this great horror classic the lighting that they used in the evening when the stuff was hitting the fan was fantastic and very creepy it really captured the mood nicely. I think the script could have been a bit stronger. It just felt at times that there should be some strengthening to the material for the actors to really sink their teeth into. The performances were brilliant I thought that everybody was casted perfectly. I felt that when they all gathered at the dinner table that Griffin O'Neal should have been there as well when they were doing the toasting and talking about their futures with their dear friend Muffy St.Clair. I also thought that the kill scences could have been better planned out than what they were knowing the circumstances. There were a lot of comedic scenes for a horror film but they didn't do it at the expense of the scary moments in the movie which would have ruined the film it never was campy the comedic scenes were actually pretty funny and worked well with this particular setup. This is just my personal opinion but I believe they got it right when they filmed this precious jewel hopefully people will watch it over again or see it for the first time and keep an open mind when they see it and understand the thought process that was laid out when they made this fantastic film. As you can tell by reading this that I loved this film truly one of the great horror movies of all time.
10. Scream (1996)
R | 111 min | Horror, Mystery
A year after the murder of her mother, a teenage girl is terrorized by a new killer, who targets the girl and her friends by using horror films as part of a deadly game.
Votes: 265,662 | Gross: $103.05M
I loved this film. This is one of the first films that acknowledges the rules that you have to abide by to survive a horror flick. I thought it was brilliant to have a hard hitting scene in the first fifteen minutes of the film that grabs the audience right away. Wes Craven is truly one of the masters of horror he had a great visual of what tremendous potential this film could have if done in the proper manner. I loved the guy's voice on the other end of the phone when he's talking to Drew Barrymore about her favorite scary movies and then he goes from being playful with her to down right scary and threating as they play this game as her life hangs in the balance with every right or wrong answer. Everybody was great in the film. Neve Campell created one of the great heroine's in cinematic horror history with her portrayal of Sydney Prescott the smart, strong and yet just enough vulnerability to love and root for this character. Skeet Ulrich and Matthew Lilliard were amazing in their roles as Billy Loomis and Stu a real joy to watch. Jamie Kennedy was terrific as the buddy in the group Randy who spilled out the comic relieve to ease the tensions throughout the film. Courtney Cox was joyful to watch as the bitchy reporter Gail Weathers at times you wanted to punch her lights out like Neve's character Sydney did earlier in the film. Boy did she ever send her a copy, the bitch went down and at times you wanted to love her because in the end her heart was always in the right place. David Arquette as Deputy Dewey Riley was magnificent because his character was still young trying to learn the ropes about being a police officer so there was an awkwardness about him which I liked without being to hamy, Barneyfifish which would have lost the audience goers on this particular character David's performance created a lovable and rememberal character for all time. i thought that Drew Barrymore taking a lesser role was a bold move on her part at the time I must say that I was bummed out but with all the great performances that you got in the film it eased it slowly to where I was able to continue in enjoying the film. I thought it was great seeing Henry Winkler playing Principal Embry he was awesome and so the younger fans probably see him as that and not so much as The Fonze in Happy Days I think he would take that. Rose McGowan was terrific in playing the best friend to Neve's charater Sydney and the sister to Deputy Dewey. She had some cool lines and was funny when she had to be.One of my favorite parts in the movie is when Randy and Stu are at the video store talking about Stu's party, who did the killings and about going out with Sydney in which Randy asks Stu. I love his response when he gets all goofey and are you kidding me moment to real serious at a drop of a dime when he answers Randy No, I don't. It's a great funny scene that I just love and the scene where they're at Stu's house for the big party when Randy goes balistic that nobody knows the rules to survive a horror film. The clicking of the beers it's awesome and a lot of fun just a terrific scene. I have to say that it wasn't much of a mystery to me on who was doing the killings I got it right off the bat. But I still love this film Kevin Williamson wrote a brilliant, funny and most important of all a real scary screenplay that's always key when writing a horror story. This is a fun and solid franchise in the horror genre so I recommend all four films to watch or to own to complete your horror collection nicely.
11. The Conjuring (2013)
R | 112 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren work to help a family terrorized by a dark presence in their farmhouse.
Votes: 408,497 | Gross: $137.40M
I thought this was an awesome and down right scary movie it had everything working for itself. The performances were outstanding the writing was excellent the directing was suberp. The visual, special effects and makeup were spot on. The story about a family moving into this wonderful house that later on we find out that it is haunted and cursed. Once they start to settle in it doesn't take long for the strange and scary events to occur. Then it's all about trying to save this family from being the next victims to fall prey to the house. Even the subtle scenes were excuted perfectly to give you a great scare. It was The Exorcist, Amintyville Horror and The Haunted Collector all rolled into one which makes this a winning combination. There were many great scary scenes in this film just pick anyone of them and you can't go wrong. Just one of the scary scenes in which is very subtle but very effective when the little girl keeps sleepwalking and bumping her head up against the wall or up against the cabinet closet that was down right creepy. And not to mention that this was based on actual events so to me that makes it that much scarier. All I can say is turn off the lights throw some popcorn in the microwave grab one of your favorite beverages and have your girlfriend or boyfriend sitting on the couch next to you because you're going to need to grab a hold of them when you get scared out of your ever loving mind. One of my all time favorites to watch.
12. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003)
R | 98 min | Horror
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.
Votes: 124,508 | Gross: $80.57M
I know I'm going to get some flack over this but I'll just put it out there. i actually like this version a bit better than the original and I'll tell you why. Even though it's supposed to take place in the early 70's this version feels more modern up to date and yet it feels like it could have been filmed in the 70's as well. The characters seem more interesting you want to know who they are and what they're about. Plus you have Jessica Biel in a tie off showing midriff shirt she is easy on the eyes and she is one hell of an actress to boot. Everybody shines in this film I think that Eric Balfour is a cool leading man not traditional looking in a sense which is perfect a strong character with an edge to him. Jessica was a strong lead as well and her and Eric had really good chemistry together. R Lee Emrey was great as Sheriff Hoyt crazy and psychotic especially when he pops Morgan in the face with a not so empty whiskey bottle and knocks some of his teeth out in back of the patrol car as he takes him back to the house where Leatherface does some of his best work. There's so many great moments in this film that you can't list them all but you can slip this in your DVD Player and watch these great moments unfold. And at the end of the day this is still a really good scary movie. Leatherface strikes again a must watch.
13. The Fog (1980)
R | 89 min | Horror, Thriller
An unearthly fog rolls into a small coastal town exactly 100 years after a ship mysteriously sank in its waters.
Votes: 58,480 | Gross: $21.38M
I think this is a very underrated movie. It had great story telling, excellent acting and cool special effects on a technical level was pretty solid. I believe that this ranks right up towards the top of the all time great scary movies that's why I have it in this slot ranked in the top twenty. After the sucess of Halloween John Carpenter wanted to go back to the drawing board and create a original scary ghost story not another slasher film that he already established with Halloween a couple years back. I believe he sucessfully accomplished that feat with this film. The phenomenal acting of Tom Atkins who I love and then you have the original scream queen herself the extradornaire talent Jamie Lee Curtis and then you have her mom Janet Leigh playing the cursed town mayor which she did a superb job Hal Holbrook the cursed father of the town put in a brilliant performance. Adrienne Barbeau was excellent as the town's DJ Rayne and the little boy that played her son was really good as well. Nancy Loomis played Janet Leigh's assistant and a best friend to Jamie Lee Curtis in Halloween did a fine job here. And we get a cameo apperance by the master of horror and suspense John Carpenter who works at the church as well. I thought it was cool how in the beginning of the movie that it opens up with crazy activity going on in the cursed town. Then you add the ominious Fog that creates a creepy ambiance to it. I love how John Carpenter made the ominious Fog it's own entity and have it spread it's evil presence over and blanked the town and what was embedded in the ominious Fog were the fearful ghosts that were going to take their revenge on the cursed town because the people that founded the town they stole the treasure from these pirates now revengeful ghosts. Once again there wasn't much gore at all with this scary classic which was fine with me because the story was really strong that it could stand on it's own. It's ashame that this film wasn't a bigger hit than it was but I think the majority was wanting another Halloween type film from John Carpenter and there wasn't much gore to satisfy the masses so it fell to blind eyes for the most part. I urge you to watch the special features on this because it is so cool how they created the fog and how they were able to move it around in the film. I love this movie one of John Carpenter's classics.
14. The Black Cat (1934)
Not Rated | 65 min | Adventure, Crime, Horror
American honeymooners in Hungary become trapped in the home of a Satan-worshiping priest when the bride is taken there for medical help following a road accident.
Votes: 8,480 | Gross: $0.51M
This is one of the great horror classics of all time. First time that Universal teames up the Bela and Boris combo with great results they totally knocked it out of the ballpark with this fine horror gem. This is more twisted and evil than the other Universal horror classics because of the subject matter and the fact it's about real people not of made up monsters. I like the fact that Bela was the hero in this film they had more depth and range in their acting than what most people give them credit for. Bela's character befriends an american couple that are honeymooning over in Europe when their bus gets into an accident Julie Bishop's charcter gets injured and they seek refuge at Poelzig's house played by Karloff who so happens to be a friend of Bela's character Vitus. After being a prisoner of war for fifteen years through the accident he visits his friend Poelzig which he finds out that he got envolved with his wife while he was held captive in the war. Then Poelzig has Bela's wife perserved in a glass turret for display. He also takes Vitus's daughter to keep there to control and has a plot to sacrifice Joan who is Julie Bishop's character on the first full moon which is rather creepy. I loved how Bela's performance kicks into another gear when he tells Karloff's character Poelzig what he's going to do with him after he finds out about the truth of what happened to Vitus's wife in his abscence. He tells him that he's going to be skinned alive that's just a phenomenal performance. I love this movie and if your a big fan of both Lugosi, and Karloff I suggest you add this horror masterpiece to your collection you won't be sorry.
15. The Raven (1935)
Approved | 61 min | Crime, Horror
A brilliant surgeon obsessed with Edgar Allan Poe saves the life of a beautiful dancer and goes mad when he can't have her.
This is another great Lugosi, Karloff gem. This isn't as creative and complex as The Black Cat was this had a more straight approach to the storyline but still very effective. Bela plays a twisted plastic surgeon Dr. Vollin who has an obsession with Edgar Alan Poe and for torturing his soon to be victims. Bela's character falls in love with this dancer who's played by Irene Ware she gets into a car accident which leaves her crippled and suffering from a brain injury as well. Her father goes to Bela's character Vollin to ask him to save his daughter in which he does by doing so he falls for her but when he finds out that she is engaged to another man he throws away those plans and everbody falls victim to his evil ways. Karloff's character is Edward Bateman who is a murderer and a thief who goes to Bela's character to ask him to perform plastic surgery on his face so he can go undetected. Dr. Vollin performs surgery on his face and purposely distords it so he can control him to do his evil bidding. I personally love this film it's as dark and twisted as The Black Cat. Whoever was playing the lead role was going to shine because that's how it was structured. This is another one to add to your horror collection. A must have.
16. I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997)
R | 101 min | Horror, Mystery
Four young friends bound by a tragic accident are reunited when they find themselves being stalked by a hook-wielding maniac in their small seaside town.
Votes: 125,509 | Gross: $72.59M
I love this movie Kevin Williamson is a great writer. He brilliantly wrote Scream and followed up with this horror masterpiece. The old fisherman with a hook when you accidently run him over make sure that he is actually dead before you try to dump the body into the ocean it creates less stress. This has a great cast Ryan Phillippe, Freddie Prinze Jr., Jennifer Love Hewitt, Sarah Michelle Gellar, also Johnny Galiecki, Bridgett Wilson, and Ann Heche. There were some great and memberable lines. It also has the infamous scene where the group hashes out their strategy on how they're going to expose the evidence or body and never to speak of it again until that fateful move comes back to bite them in the ass big time. You find this scene in every other slasher flick known to man. All in all this was well directed and well acted it's truly a classic.
17. House of Wax (2005)
R | 108 min | Horror
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.
Votes: 109,501 | Gross: $32.06M
I think this is an underrated Horror movie. Jaume Colliet Serra did a great job directing this horror masterpiece and it was well written. It has a Texas Chainsaw and The Hills Have Eyes type feel to it. From the beginning you get a good feel of the characters and the good sense to where the story is headed. The premise of the story is six friends are on their way to a football game when they find out that the main road is closed and they have to take a detour but they soon get tired and find an open field off the road to camp for the night.They have a little fun when a strange vehicle pulls up to their campsite and unnerved the six friends as Nick played by Chad Michael Murray throws an empty beer bottle that breaks one of the headlights on the truck once that happens the truck pulls away and leaves the campsite. Everything seems fine for the moment until you see someone scrummaging through the six friends stuff at the campsite. The afternoon arrives when Wade finds out that his belt from his car has been cut. He decides to stay with his car, because he's afraid that same person that showed up at the campsite in the truck would strip his car so he decides to stay behind, alongside his girlfriend Carly played by Elisha Cuthbert. After they get her out from the road kill pit they hitch a ride with a stranger to a close by town named Ambrose. Later they run into Brian Van Holt who tells them the story about Trudy and her kids and about how the House Of Wax came to be. Soon he takes them up to the house, where he's going to get a belt to put on Wade's car when they find out that he's the one that was at the campsite. Shortly thereafter all hell's breaks loose as Bo and Vincent played by Brian Van Holt goes on a murderous spree and tries to turn the six friends into their own exhibits at the House Of Wax. This has a great cast, one of my favorite scenes are when the friends are at the campsite having a good time seeing that just makes you want to be there. It had some really great kill scenes in it. At first when I heard that Paris Hilton was going to be in the movie I thought it was going to be some sort of joke, but I stand corrected she held her own she turned out to be really good in the movie. This is one of my favorite movies to watch at any time, especially on Halloween. This is a must-have for horror fans.
18. House on Haunted Hill (1959)
Not Rated | 75 min | Horror, Mystery
A millionaire offers $10,000 to five people who agree to be locked in a large, spooky, rented house overnight with him and his wife.
This is a great horror film. I believe this is one of Vincent Price's best movies ever. I loved his character as Frederick Loren the bored millionaire that throws a party for seven people in a haunted mansion. The intro to the film is classic where Frederick Loren explains why each guests are going to spend the evening in this supposedly haunted mansion and why he invited these specific guests. The fact that it's insinuating that he might have put money in the mansion to pull off these elaborate tricks to thrill his guests or the fact that it's possibly that the mansion is haunted was brilliant. Every character in this film was interesting, and the performances were excellent. I especially love the banter between Vincent Price's character Frederick Loren and his beautiful, cunning and deviant wife Annabelle Loren played by Carol Ohmart they made it fun and a joy to watch. Carolyn Craig played a great young, attractive, naive, impressionable woman who was basically hysterical in most of the film. Richard Long played the cool, slick, down on his luck ladies man as the film goes on, you could see that there is a cool sincerity to him. Alan Marshal played Dr. David Trent a smart and yet you find yourself somewhat suspicious of him. Julie Mitchum plays Ruth Bridgers a middle aged woman that has a gambling problem somewhat a skeptic and somewhat fearful of being at the mansion at the same time. Then you have Elisha Cook who plays Watson Pritchard, that is the believer of the group and had some of his family members murdered in the mansion and also believes in the ghosts that occupy the mansion. I thought it was great that the guns were laying in the miniature coffins to use at their disposal. Leona Anderson as Mrs. Slydes was great in her performance as the creepy, ghost, witch that was floating around in the room in the dark cellar to scare Nora Manning played by Carolyn Craig. Howard Hoffman played Jonas the older man caretaker of the haunted mansion and the husband of Mrs. Slydes was creepy as well especially when he put his hand on Nora's shoulder and told her a creepy tidbit that led to her running off through the mansion hysterically. Then you have the skeleton played by himself that had a critical part towards the end of the movie. One of my favorite parts of the movie is when Richard Long played Lance Schroeder was telling the group in one of the rooms that I don't think anything I'm just going to go up to my room and if anyone comes in I'm going to shoot him or her. I love that line. As the story moves along, we realize why Frederick Loren invited these guests to Haunted Hill Mansion to uncover a devious plot. I love this film. This is a must watch, and a must have for all horror fans.
19. Hell Night (1981)
R | 101 min | Horror, Thriller
Four college pledges are forced to spend the night in a deserted old mansion, where they are stalked by the monstrous survivor of a family massacre years earlier.
This is one of those great horror classics that floats under the radar. It had a nice blend of comedy, which wasn't campy and great horror all at the same time. The performances were great Linda Blair as Marti Gaines was interesting to say the least I love the fact that here is this good looking attractive woman thinking it's going to be the same stereotype debutante or cheerleader but instead she's an auto mechanic that works in her father's garage after school to help make ends meet with her tuition. Peter Barton plays Jeff Reed the cool and caring guy who falls for Linda Blair's character Marti. One of my favorite parts in the movie is when they are locked up in the mansion the four of them, and Marti and Jeff are sitting by the fireplace getting to know one another where he finds out that she's a mechanic working in her father's garage. Vincent Van Patten, I loved his character Seth. He was the cool, likable goofball that you just pull for in the movie. His comedic presence was spot on in this film and gave it some room to breathe. As far as the audience is concerned with the comedic side and the horror side of this film that kept it still scary which was a great balancing act a little too far on the comedic side and that would've made it a parity or a campy spoof which would have been disastrous for this film. I thought that Suki Goodwin's character Denise was joyful to watch this British party girl and somewhat of a hippie made it fun for us audience goers. Jenny Neumann played her part well, as May West. Jimmy Sturtevant played Scott, a good sidekick to Kevin Brophy's Peter Bennett character who was also excellent in this film as well. His performance in this was stellar. He was cool but not a jerk, as a lot of these films portray these type of characters to be. I loved his storytelling at the beginning of the movie to set it all up. He's taken the pledges up to the mansion where four of them will have to stay overnight and tells them of the gruesome story about the family that owned the mansion to add to the uneasiness of their stay. The mansion is creepy and the Mongoloid monsters that occupy the mansion are pretty creepy as well. I love the fact that Seth leaves the mansion after they discover that there's some gruesome things going on inside the mansion and he scales over the spiked gate and heads to the police station to get help and he returns to the mansion to try to help Marti and Jeff which normally you wouldn't get that they would just left the people there to defend for themselves and not to return I thought that it was a good spin on the story.It would be great to see this on TV from time to time, because it's one of the horror greats of all time. I love this horror classic watch it and you'll see why.
20. Underworld (2003)
R | 121 min | Action, Fantasy, Thriller
Selene, a vampire warrior, is entrenched in a conflict between vampires and werewolves, while falling in love with Michael, a human who is sought by werewolves for unknown reasons.
Votes: 242,114 | Gross: $51.97M
This is one of my all-time favorites. I know this reads more of an action flick than a horror movie it's a smart and creative take on the genre that's never been done before. A war between Vampires and Lycans was a great take on the genre that I've never seen before done at all in this manner which was cool and fresh. A great piece of storytelling to say the least. Selene played by Kate Beckinsale is a vampire warrior who's trying to take out as many werewolves,or Lycans as they call them as she can to the brink of extinction. Scott Speedman's character Michael gets caught up in the middle of the Vampires and Lycans war as you soon find out his character plays an important role to end the blood feud between vampires and Lycans. I thought everybody was great in this film. Michael Sheen playing Lucian the head of the Lycans put on a stellar performance first you're led to believe that he's the bad guy in the story, but as the story unravels you soon find out that it might not be the case at all. Bill Nighy as Viktor the ruthless leader of the vampires his performance was superb. Kevin Grevoius played Raze Lucian's right-hand man or shall I say Lycan who also helped write the screenplay for this. Kate Beckinsale and Scott Speedman as Selene and Michael put on awesome performances. They're on top of their game Shane Brolley as Kraven his performance was excellent as well not someone or a vampire that you can trust watch the movie you'll see what I'm talking about. Erwin Leder, Sophia Myles, Robbie Gee and Wentworth Miller put on excellent performances as well. I love the one scene where Sophia Myles as Erika talks to Kate Beckinsale's character about Scott Speedman's character Michael So the rumors are true, for once the whole house is completely buzzing about your new pet! I also love the fact to where they show Selene preparing to wake up Viktor the whole process of it all was so cool along with the explanation on how the process is done seeing Bill Nighy's transformation was so cool on film the makeup job on him was out of this world. All in all this was a classic one for the ages I recommend all the Underworld movies I will say that Underworld Awakening is the weaker one of the bunch but you could still give it a watch. By the way the special effects and makeup effects are awesome in this film. Selene is one of the great heroine, warriors in cinematic film history. Love this film!
21. Nosferatu (1922)
Not Rated | 81 min | Fantasy, Horror
Vampire Count Orlok expresses interest in a new residence and real estate agent Hutter's wife.
This is the first vampire movie ever created. It got the ball rolling as far as the horror genre is concerned. F.W. Murnau directed this great masterpiece about the undead coming back from the grave to stalk his prey at night. The bloodthirsty count waits for darkness to take on his victims and feeds on their flesh. I thought this was shot really well. This is a silent film but very effective far as the visual is concerned. Max Schreck's performance in this was off the charts as the blood thirsty count Graf Orlok. The makeup job that they did on him they completely hit it out of the ballpark. It holds up today, this is still the creepiest vampire that's ever been seen in cinematic horror film history. The wild thing about this is that the story was taken from Bram Stoker's Dracula. And there was a whole big controversy court case about the copyright infringements. As the laws in this area was different back then. So that's why in the film you never as an audience acknowledge that that's Count Dracula, because it couldn't be used for this matter. This is a must have for true horror fans!
22. Pumpkinhead (1988)
R | 86 min | Fantasy, Horror
After a tragic accident, a man conjures up a towering, vengeful demon called Pumpkinhead to destroy a group of unsuspecting teenagers.
Votes: 18,418 | Gross: $4.39M
This is one of the great underrated horror movies of all time.When I saw this movie for the first time. It was pretty creepy. The creature Pumpkin Head was something that you haven't seen in cinematic history before and it was very effective it scared the living hell out of you. The backdrops were awesome and very creepy. Like the witch's place and the graveyard that was back in the woods was scary as hell.The atmosphere of the movie was perfect, and spot on. I thought the acting was pretty good. The characters you cared about even the jerk as an audience you had some sympathetic feel towards him. Lance Henriksen is an awesome actor and you felt his pain going through that dramatic event, with his character. I thought showing his anguish and pain as he wanted to get revenge on the group of teenagers that did him wrong was amazing. When he summons up this demon creature to take revenge on these teenagers that caused his pain and anguish he realizes that he was wrong . So that he has a change of heart and tries to help the teenagers survive this horrible revenge plot to get even with them.I personally like the kids taunting the one kid about Pumpkin Head when he did something wrong to throw up the legend like that was a very nice touch. Towards the beginning of the movie it had a nice heartfelt moment so that was cool as well to set up what was yet to come.All in all, I love this movie. You should put this on your must-see list. When you do, then you will see why I ranked this number 22 on my all-time horror list.
23. My Bloody Valentine (1981)
R | 90 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
A decades-old folk tale surrounding a deranged murderer killing those who celebrate Valentine's Day turns out to be true to legend when a group defies the killer's order and people start turning up dead.
Votes: 15,904 | Gross: $5.67M
This is one of the greatest slasher films of all time. Also one of the most brutal ones of all time as well. Unfortunately, they butchered some of the greatest scenes in horror history, especially putting one of the women and ramming her skull into the shower head out at the mines.The makeup affects were really good. I love the fact that they had a love triangle between the three main stars of this film. That was pretty interesting in itself and also I love the fact that the murders take place out at a mine. I think it was also great that they had a pre-existing killer in this story where everybody is on edge thinking that Harry Warden is back doing all the killings out at the mine, but we later find out that this isn't the case at all. Harry Warden wind up passing away a few years back. So then it's all about trying to figure out who is actually doing the killing at this present time. I think everybody is excellent in this film. I pretty much love all the characters and the suspense in this film is really good. It keeps you on edge throughout the whole movie. In fact that the killer is actually a miner was a pretty smart move because of the attire that the minor is wearing helps keep the killers identity a secret which keeps adding to the suspense. This is a phenomenal horror movie, and is certainly one of my favorites of all time and I thought this should have been even bigger than it actually was. And for me the remake was really good as well, but the original earns this spot on the list. I love the scene where TJ played by Paul Kelman and Axel played by Neil Affleck had a jam session out in the middle of a junkyard was pretty cool.Watch it, love it!
24. Terror Train (1980)
R | 97 min | Horror, Thriller
Three years after a prank that went terribly awry, the six college students responsible are targeted by a masked killer at a New Year's Eve party aboard a moving train.