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We’ve polled more than 100 horror industry folks in the making of our best horror films listGuillermo del ToroRoger CormanAlice CooperClive Barker and Simon Pegg have all put in their tuppence worth. Now we want to hear from you.


Vote for your favourite horror film. Choose from our top 20 or tell us what we've missed. No ‘Saw’? Where’s Tod Browning’s ‘Dracula’? Or ‘Scream’, come to think of it? Tell us the films that have shredded your nerves, made your skin crawl and otherwise scared you silly.


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Jess P
Jess P

OK so there are a few missing, some may have come out after this list was put together.  So, The Howling - ultimate werewolf movie, The Conjuring (I think this is maybe the most terrifying film I've ever seen) and Insiduous... seriously all three of these are way better than some on this list, for example Let Me In totally sucked (excuse the pun)!  I agree with many of the commenters below that a lot of the movies up here are there because they are considered classic rather than still being haunting... if that's the case what about Bram Stoker's Dracula or Frakenstein  - they're classics too.  TimeOut, get a new bunch of thrill-seeker panelists that are a bit more thick skinned and comprise a new list full of films that will actually make it hard for us to sleep at night rather than these cult-seekers.

densy
densy

i love horror movies

MonikaGrafika
MonikaGrafika

I think this list is pretty decent but it definitely lacks of some amazing horror jewels. Pet Sematary is a MUST HAVE if you like older and truly terrifying movies, and also, if what you like is murder per se, The Hills have eyes is an mazing choice, it is quick, wild and brutal, something you must see.

MonikaGrafika
MonikaGrafika

I think this list is pretty decent but it definitely lacks of some amazing horror jewels. Pet Sematary is a MUST HAVE if you like older and truly terrifying movies, and also, if what you like is murder per se, The Hills have eyes is an mazing choice, it is quick, wild and brutal, something you must see.

Luís David
Luís David

I like every horror film but my favorite is evil dead II

Rosie
Rosie

The list is ok in general, but lacks some movies like: Pet Sematary, The Exorcist III, Shutter (the thai version, of course), Alone and The Howling.

Mycho
Mycho

I'm so tired of seeing Exorcist top these lists. It just doesn't do it for me. I saw it as a kid when it was fairly new, it just moves so slowly. It has good moments, but it's no "The Thing" which I would have had higher. I know most people put Alien above it, but not me. Try watching Alien now, go ahead I'll wait....see? Now watch The Thing. It's better, trust me. And I know it's dumb to lobby for a remake to go higher than the original, but where the hell is the re-make of "Dawn of the Dead?" I have watched all of Romero's original films, I gotta say, Night of the Living Dead is the only good one. His Dawn is unwatchable. And "Day of the Dead?" Are you frigging kidding? That's a piece of garbage.

DeNiro
DeNiro

1408, the only movie that has ever made me really terrified, the same with all my friends. Yes i have seen all of these ''old'' movies, but seriously they are just not scary anymore, they will not make you shiver of fear, while you are watching them, not anymore, not in this world we live in today, we see scarier things in the news, or in a bad new remake of some old movie. Perhaps, back in those times, this was terrifying, and would make you really scared almost to the brink of tears. Just not anymore. And well, 99% of all the new movies, have nothing, the same plot, almost the same things that happen in all of them, it is not really horror anymore, it is two or three times in a movie where you jump out of your seat, because the volume is so high and there is a crazy lady,man,child, or monster, in your face screaming. 1408. One of the only horror movie's that are still worth watching.

Dave imhoff
Dave imhoff

I'd add REC, Night of the living Dead, and maybe even The Woman In Black

Death-carioca
Death-carioca

Friday the 13th isn't one of the largest,original,best and incredible sagas on the history?

Dave
Dave

...surely Childs Play? Not only that, but the subsequent follow ups moved horror fiction into reality. It took puppet/toy horror to the next stage. The judges appear to have judged their top 100 by artistic attributes, so might explain the dominance of pre 1970's films. Either that or they're all over 50 yo....

MiJoDo
MiJoDo

BTW I have seen 95 of the 100 so not a horror rookie!

Leland
Leland

The main disappointments here, for me, were that films like Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer and The Vanishing (Dutch) didn't place as well as films like Jaws (??) or Nightmare on Elm Street. The former are much more intelligent, and far more terrifying--although overall, this was a very fun list to go through.

leno
leno

The Howling di J.Dante Creepshow di G.A. Romero The village of the damned di W.Rilla Chiller di Wes Craver

spk7
spk7

The two films that should have been on this list (or at least one of them surely) were both made by the same company: Tigon. 'Witchfinder General' and maybe even more deserving 'Blood On Satan's Claw'. How could they not be on the list?

Sian
Sian

Candyman is a glaring omission. Good acting, score, highly entertaining, and with a subtext that gives it a powerful punch and a dose of realism. Real and supernatural threats combining together.

Linda Dixon
Linda Dixon

What about " IDENTITY". Staring John Cusak and Amanda Peet ?

seb
seb

where is funny games ? pet semetary?

cassius
cassius

Why isn't From Dusk Till Dawn on here?!

Tage Weie
Tage Weie

"Tokaido Yotsuya kaidan", "Onibaba", "The Tomb Of Ligeia", "Witchfinder General"...the list goes on and on. Oh, well.

Tage Weie
Tage Weie

Umm...where's "The Brood"? "Who Can Kill A Child?" and others...oh, and you can put anyhing made by Stuart Gordon, Yuzna & Darabont on fire. "Threads" was one "pleasant" surprise, though. And "The Omen" was Donner's forth feature, not his first, by the way.

Marc
Marc

I think "The Legacy" deserves a spot on the list.

KyleReese
KyleReese

I'm normally not a big fan of lists but i liked this one a lot. I especially liked seeing George A. Romero's Day of the Dead listed!

Leigh
Leigh

"I spit on your grave" was really scary and not on the list. A female writer goes into the woods to write her book. Gets brutally raped by country bumkins, they tried to kill her. The think they do, but she lives and seeks REVENGE on them. It's low budget, and gruesome early 80's I think.I'm not at home so I can't see the old video to tell you the directer and actors.

Pete
Pete

The Devil's Rejects (Rob Zombie 2005), The Hills Have Eyes (Wes Craven 1977), The Burning (Tony Maylam 1981), are all great slasher movies, the ending of Devil's Rejects, one of my all time favourites. However, if you want to be spooked in black and white, no gore whatsoever, but genuine atmosphere, you may like Whistle And I'll Come To You (Jonathan Miller 1968).

Vanessa Stewart
Vanessa Stewart

2004, the movie that sparked my love of zombie and wow now I have seen a few!. From the initial scene of a child to the baby to the setting in a shopping centro. This fast paced zombie theme was the best on this list. Full of seat jumping greatness. Love love love, leave the lights on at bedtime scary. Yes there are a few movies also well worthy of this list that are missing but hey,and still a few on it I haven't seen but this one here is a must see for non stop action and suspense. The sequels were also mind blowing goodness of zombie gore.

Dean Beauchamp
Dean Beauchamp

couldn't see many horror films in this list- I mean, honestly "the sixth sense"? If that pantomime qualifies, then why not "haunted honeymoon" and "ghostbusters"? Stupid, stupid list.

pieter nooten
pieter nooten

missed 'lake mungo', 'the grudge' and 'tale of two sisters' a.o. brilliant movies in the list!

JB
JB

Okay...I am a bit upset about this list. If Alien is considered Horror and not sci fi--then why isn't Event Horizon or Pandorum on here? They are equally, if not just as, scary. Where is Paranormal Activity? Love it or hate it--the movie has created numerous sequels, is cleverly done on a low budget, and is a relatively interesting spin on demon possession. Where is House on Haunted Hill? Such a great story--it's been made more than once! And The Grudge--mostly the Japanese version--but the American remake is practically identical and both are seriously creepy. And I agree with an earlier post--where is "It" starring Tim Curry as the creepy clown?

Drew
Drew

Why no Coffin Joe? He is one of cult horror's most enduring icons, a major genre innovator and was polled for the list to boot! At Midnight I'll Take Your Soul is a milestone in sacrilegious horror. This Night I'll Possess Your Corpse didn't have the same impact upon release, but, in my opinion, has held up ever better than its precedent. Yet my vote lies with what may be Marins' most outrageous Coffin Joe film ever, Awakening of the Beast, as it really expanded horror's possibilities of social commentary with audacity I find comparable to Ferrara's The Addiction or Cohen's The Stuff, which are also pretty damn good films.

James Miller
James Miller

Dark Water, the Japanese version, has a very uneasy, eerie atmosphere all the way through, and there is a scene in a lift towards the end that is incredibly frightening and scares me right now thinking about it. So that one I'd have had in my Top Ten.

Nitrous McBread
Nitrous McBread

As a seasoned horror afficionado, I have to say that "Noroi (The Curse)", a Japanese horror from a few years ago, scared me more than any film since I saw "American Werewolf In London" when I was 12. It's not on the list - probably 'cos no-one's heard of it.

Izzi
Izzi

The Birds by Du Maurier and directed by Hitchock - because it takes an ordinary creature which we see on a daily basis and plays with our mind by empowering the birds in a very menacing way and in turn makes us the prey and extremely vulnerable. I'm surprised it's not on the list

DumDumBoy
DumDumBoy

Where the hell is 'ils' ('Them')? A 77 minute little gem from 2006 directed and written by David Moreau & Xavier Palud. Economical, dark, emotionally engaging with a brutally downbeat finale. Big miss, folks!

Silvia
Silvia

IT, is not posibble that IT is not on the list! is one of the movies that are more scaring!

andrew
andrew

You should have included the very underrated "Exorcist III", which is also the scariest horror film ever made.

Bill Mattos
Bill Mattos

I am surprised that neither DRACULA, The Spanish version (1931) nor VILLAGE OF THE DAMNED (1960) made the "100 best horror films" list.

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