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The 100 best horror films: contributors A-B

View the top ten lists of horror films chosen by the likes of Clive Barker and Emily Booth

Read through top ten lists for the best horror films as recommended by famous faces in the movie industry and beyond. The likes of Emily Booth and Jurgen Bruning provide their top horror movie lists below.

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Derek Adams

Derek Adams is a Film Writer at Time Out London and a globetrotting rock ‘n’ roll drummer. Take a look at his mullet during a 1980s appearance with Dream Academy on ‘Saturday Night Live’ and you’ll understand the true meaning of horror.

Derek Adams' top ten
Halloween (John Carpenter, 1978)
Psycho (Alfred Hitchcock, 1960)
The Omen (Richard Donner, 1976)
The Exorcist (William Friedkin, 1973)
Wolf Creek (Greg McLean, 2005)
Black Christmas (Bob Clark, 1974)
The Blair Witch Project (Daniel Myrick, Eduardo Sánchez, 1999)
Alien (Ridley Scott, 1979)
The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (Tobe Hooper, 1974)
House of Wax (André De Toth, 1953)

Chris Alexander

Chris Alexander is the editor-in-chief of the world’s finest horror magazine, Fangoria.

Chris Alexander's top ten
Dawn of the Dead (George A Romero, 1978)
Angel Heart (Alan Parker, 1987)
Nosferatu the Vampyre (Werner Herzog, 1979)
Daughters of Darkness (Harry Kümel, 1970)
The Devils (Ken Russell, 1971)
Antichrist (Lars von Trier, 2009)
House of Dark Shadows (Dan Curtis, 1970)
Fright Night (Tom Holland, 1985)
Horror of Dracula (Terence Fisher, 1958)
City of the Living Dead (Lucio Fulci, 1980)

Clive Barker

Clive Barker spearheaded the renaissance of British horror with his ‘Books of Blood’ short story series and his remarkable 1987 debut as a writer-director, ‘Hellraiser’. He hasn’t directed a film since 1995’s ‘Lord of Illusions’, but his stories remain a treasure trove for horror directors, from ‘Candyman’ to the still ongoing ‘Hellraiser’ franchise.

Clive Barker's top ten
Cannibal Holocaust (Ruggero Deodato, 1979)
The Exorcist (William Friedkin, 1973)
Education for Death (Dir unknown, 1943)
Ataque de Panico (Fede Alvarez, 2009)
A Serbian Film (Srdjan Spasojevic, 2010)
Saló (Pier Palo Pasolini, 1975)
Don't Look Now (Nicolas Roeg, 1973)
High Tension (Alexandre Aja, 2003)
Eyes Without a Face (Georges Franju, 1959)
Le Sange des Betes (Georges Franju,1949)

Roxanne Benjamin

Roxanne Benjamin is the American producer of horror anthology films ‘VHS’, ‘VHS2’ and ‘Silence’.

Roxanne Benjamin's top ten 
Jacob’s Ladder (Adrian Lyne, 1990)
Alien (Ridley Scott, 1979)
Carrie (Brian De Palma, 1976)
The Fly (David Cronenberg, 1986)
Halloween (John Carpenter, 1978)
Let the Right One In (Tomas Alfredson, 2008)
The Vanishing (George Sluizer, 1988)
Don't Look Now (Nicolas Roeg, 1973)
In the Mouth of Madness (John Carpenter, 1994)
28 Days Later (Danny Boyle, 2002)

Matt Bettinelli-Olpin (Radio Silence)

Radio Silence are a four-man filmmaking team who have directed segments of horror anthology movies ‘VHS’ and ‘Southbound’. 

Matt Bettinelli-Olpin's top ten
Aliens (James Cameron, 1986)
Joy Ride (John Dahl, 2001)
The Vanishing (George Sluizer, 1988)
American Werewolf In London (John Landis, 1981)
The Changeling (Peter Medak, 1980)
The Lost Boys (Joel Schumacher, 1987)
Final Destination (James Wong, 2000)
A Nightmare On Elm Street (Wes Craven, 1984)
The Strangers (Bryan Bertino, 2008)
Nightmare On Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (Chuck Russell, 1987)

Anne Billson

Anne Billson is a film critic, novelist and photographer. Her books include studies of John Carpenter's ‘The Thing’ and Tomas Alfredson's ‘Let the Right One In’, as well as horror novels ‘Suckers’, ‘Stiff Lips’ and ‘The Ex’.

Anne Bilson's top ten (In chronological order)
Dead of Night (Alberto Cavalcanti, Charles Crichton, Basil Deardon, Robert Hamer, 1945)
Night of the Demon (Jacques Tourneur, 1957)
The Innocents (Jack Clayton, 1961)
Black Sabbath (Mario Bava, 1963)
Night of the Living Dead (George A Romero, 1968)
The Fury (Brian de Palma, 1978)
The Thing (John Carpenter, 1982)
Videodrome (David Cronenberg, 1982)
Pulse (Kairo) (Kiyoshi Kurosawa, 2001)
Let the Right One In (Tomas Alfredson, 2008)

Anton Bitel

Anton Bitel is a film critic and horror expert who has written for the likes of Sight & Sound, Little White Lies and Total Film.

Anton Bitel's top ten
The Shining (Stanley Kubrick, 1980)
The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (Tobe Hooper, 1974)
The Exorcist (William Friedkin, 1973)
Audition (Takashi Miike, 1999)
Pontypool (Bruce Mcdonald, 2008)
Dark Water (Hideo Nakata, 2002)
The Signal (David Bruckner, Jacob Gentry, Dan Bush, 2007)
Lake Mungo (Joel Anderson, 2008)
Night of the Living Dead (George A Romero, 1968)
Long Weekend (Colin Eggleston, 1978)

Michael Blyth

Michael Blyth works in the festivals department at the British Film Institute, chiefly on the annual London Gay and Lesbian Film Festival. He is a gentleman of impeccable taste and breeding.

Michael Blyth's top ten
Carrie (Brian De Palma, 1976)
Creepshow (George A Romero,1982)
Tenebrae (Dario Argento, 1982)
Candyman (Bernard Rose, 1992)
Ms .45 (Abel Ferrara, 1981)
Don't Look Now (Nicolas Roeg, 1973)
Possession (Andrzej Zulawski , 1981)
The Shining (Stanley Kubrick, 1980)
Psycho (Alfred Hitchcock, 1960)
May (Lucky McKee, 2002)

‘A top ten horror list with no Bava, Fulci, Carpenter or Cronenberg? Seems somehow inexcusable, so here's ten more that deserve a mention, if only so I can sleep at night: “Anguish” (Luna, 1987), “The Beyond” (Fulci, 1981), “The Fog” (Carpenter, 1980), “Frankenstein (James Whale, 1931)” (Whale, 1931), “Les Yeux Sans Visage” (Franju, 1960), “Onibaba” (Shindo, 1964), “Shock” (Bava, 1977), “Stagefright” (Soavi, 1987), “The Texas Chain Saw Massacre” (Hooper, 1974), “Videodrome” (Cronenberg, 1983).’

Emily Booth

Actress Emily Booth is best known for her roles in ‘Pervirella’, ‘Cradle of Fear’, ‘Evil Aliens’ and the BAFTA nominated short ‘Inferno’. She appeared in Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriquez's ‘Grindhouse’. She is also a presenter on The Horror Channel.

Emily Booth's top ten
An American Werewolf in London (John Landis, 1981)
Jaws (Steven Spielberg, 1975)
The Shining (Stanley Kubrick, 1980)
The Company of Wolves (Neil Jordan, 1984)
Psycho (Alfred Hitchcock, 1960)
A Nightmare on Elm Street (Wes Craven, 1984)
Alien (Ridley Scott, 1979)
Trick or Treat (Charles Martin Smith, 1986)
The Orphanage (JA Bayona, 2007)
The Ring (Gore Verbinski, 2002)

Catherine Bray

Catherine Bray is a regular guest presenter on BBC Film 2012, the editor of Film4.com and a member of the London Critics’ Circle. She will watch any film where a giant whatever attacks something.

Catherine Bray's top ten
Alien (Ridley Scott, 1979)
The Fly (David Cronenberg , 1986)
The Thing (John Carpenter, 1982)
The Shining (Stanley Kubrick, 1980)
Scream (Wes Craven, 1986)
The Wicker Man (Robin Hardy, 1973)
The Vanishing (George Sluizer, 1988)
Society (Brian Yuzna, 1989)
Eyes Without a Face (Georges Franju, 1959)
Peeping Tom (Michael Powell, 1960)

‘There’s a badass monster. On a spaceship. And you’re trapped with it. It’s just so damn simple. It’s hard to explain why it works as well as it does, but “Alien” is one of those films I can’t fault on any level. Perfect. And heartbreaking but also scary is a tough mix to pull off, but Jeff Goldblum nails it in “The Fly”. David Cronenberg’s clinical approach is heaven – you feel that if Cronenberg found himself turning into a fly, this is exactly how he would handle it, documenting the disgusting detail and confusing emotions with a scientist’s objective fascination. “The Wicker Man” should not work. On paper, it’s completely ridiculous. In practice, it’s that weird thing – a charming horror movie. I would hang out with these people. They have fun. Unfortunately, “Society” just keeps getting more relevant. I suspect this film won’t rate that high up in the Time Out top 100, but the final latex extravaganza alone more than justifies it a spot.’

David Bruckner

David Bruckner is the American director of ‘The Signal’, and instalments in horror anthology films ‘VHS’ and ‘Southbound’. 

David Bruckner's top ten
Alien (Ridley Scott, 1979)
Jacob’s Ladder (Adrian Lyne, 1990)
Dawn of the Dead (George A Romero, 1978)
Funny Games (Michael Haneke, 1997)
Poltergeist (Tobe Hooper, 1982)
Repulsion (Roman Polanski, 1965)
Martyrs (Pascal Laugier, 2008)
A Nightmare On Elm Street (Wes Craven, 1984)
It Follows (David Robert Mitchell, 2015)
Cemetery Man (Michele Soavi, 1994)

Jurgen Bruning

Jurgen Bruning is a German-born producer, writer and director working in the independent gay movie scene. His horror credentials include producing insane zombie flicks ‘Otto, or Up With Dead People’ and ‘LA Zombie’ for director Bruce LaBruce.

Jurgen Bruning's top ten
Flesh for Frankenstein (Paul Morrissey, Antonio Margheriti, 1973)
Nekromantik (Joerg Buttgereit, 1987)
Nekromantik 2 (Joerg Buttgereit, 1991)
The Evil Dead (Sam Raimi, 1981)
Science of Horror (Katharina Klewinghaus, 2008)
Otto, or Up with Dead People (Bruce LaBruce, 2008)
Night of the Living Dead (George A Romero, 1968)
From Dusk till Dawn (Robert Rodriguez, 1996)
Nosferatu: Eine Symphonie des Grauens (FW Murnau , 1922)
Blood for Dracula (Paul Morrissey, 1974)

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