I'm not a fan of slasher movies and gore. Hate them, to be frank. Predictable and boring. The Halloween difference is suspense - Carpenter's ability to tap into our collective insecurities, and then the score ropes you in like a noose around your neck. Examples of great moments... the scene where the Dr. is driving to the institution, sound of rain and wiper blades on the windshield, and then you see the patients wandering around in the dark in their white gowns. Truly, creepy. It's unpredictable, yet not beyond our comprehension. Then of course there are all the scenes where Michael appears, then disappears - car outside school, hedges, clothesline. Less believable, but adds that necessary ghostly quality of stealth and super-human abilities. Ranks up there for me with Rear Window, The Shining, and Silence of the Lambs. Wife and I watch it every year on Halloween. I think I also love the non-tech 1970's quality. Nowadays, they can do anything on film, but that is always in my head the movie loses something as a result. For example - look at all those creatures attacking the castle in Lord of the Rings... I start wondering how long it took the graphics team to design that because it's so incredibly unbelievable (yep, my mind unfortunately goes there!). I would be fine if I never have to watch another movie with fictitious creatures or dragons or vampires. I had given up on zombies until The Walking Dead redeemed that genre. Good suspense has some foundation in reality. The fact is the film industry had to work harder to scare people before Jurassic Park's CGI. That's the treat of Halloween. And this is my totally subjective opinion. Incidentally, not a fan of the Halloween sequels. One Halloween was all we needed.
The 100 best horror films: the list
The best horror films, as voted for by more than 100 experts including Simon Pegg and Roger Corman
By Derek Adams, Dave Calhoun, Cath Clarke, Sarah Cohen, Nigel Floyd and Tom Huddleston, with the generous support of everyone at FrightFest and Cine-Excess. Explore the individual top tens of every contributor.
Dir Tobe Hooper (Gunnar Hansen, Marilyn Burns)
'Sounds like the neighbours are doing DIY again.'
There are horror films which bend the boundaries of the genre, which deal with the psychological, the suggested or the subtly thematic – and then there are the sheer, in-your-face, terrifying horrors which threaten to drain your body of sweat and lock your jaw shut forever. This is one of the latter. There have been sequels and remakes and plenty of pretenders looking to steal the film’s terrifying demonisation of those strange folk who live in the woods with a link to the local abattoir, but this is where it began. Its methods are basic: innocent kids (a guy in a wheelchair! A blonde girl!), a creepy house in the forest, nighttime chases through the trees, the sound of the chainsaw, the killer’s mask… This is high-energy peril, right up until the frenzied final scene on the road as dawn arrives. Simple and sick. DC
What the experts said
‘A film from hell. Low budget, dirty and wrong.’
‘Burned in my memory forever!’
‘A feverish oven of sweat, grease and rage – and probably the best American satire made.’
‘Raw power courses through every frame of this darkly comic endurance test. Relying on masterful suggestion rather than gratuitous gore, it crawls under the skin and straight into your nightmares.’ Billy Chainsaw
‘The only film that, as an adult, has given me a sleepless night. From the moment that Leatherface killed that first guy with the hammer, I couldn’t leave my seat. I was trapped.’
Friday the 13th??? Where is it? Spawned many sequels and the iconic Jason Vorhees who is one of the biggest icons in horror... I would have to put the original on there as well as part 2 in which Jason is first introduced and doesn't even rock the hockey mask yet... Part 2 is probably my favorite as Jason sports a one-holed nap sack and even runs after his victims... Not to mention a really cool cat and mouse chase seen that concludes what I would say is a cheesy but classic horror movie. One of the movies is got to be in the top 100 is all I'm saying. No Child's Play either? Your list is okay but merely a drastic opinion I would say... Brad Dourif's chilling vocals portrayed through a killer doll post CGI is a horror classic. This list has some great movies no doubt but misses a few I can think of off the top of my head... Just saying it could have been done better and honestly if given the time I could do better myself. And the original Frankenstein not in the top 5 is disappointing... Boris Karloff is the classic monster in a truly original horror story that is one of the greatest movies of the horror genre of all time. You get 2 stars... A little disappointed
Not a bad list, but a pretty predictable top 10. And what about Near Dark, Basket Case, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, Island of Lost Souls, The Wolf man, The Howling, The Last Man on Earth, Let Sleeping Corpses Die, From Beyond, Zombi 2, Fright Night, Night of The Demons, Candyman, Dog Soldiers, May, Shutter.
I like the movie "Burn witch Burn." It's not your classic jump scare movie but has some good scares about witchcraft and a killer ending.
Newton once said "If I have seen far it is because I stand on shoulders of giants", and whilst I agree with the rating of Carpenter's "The Thing", to applaud it without a nod and a wink to the original movie and the author of the story (John Campbell Jr.) is, at least, careless.
I've never thought The Exorcist scary because it requires a religious belief I don't have. I do, however, accept crazed, evil people and zombies.
do you have to use the tired old myth about the cast of 'Alien' not knowing what was going to happen to John Hurt? How do you think they filmed it? - With Hurt in a body cast with fx crew there to perform the effect. Oh and the scene used in the film was a retake so the cast had seen it all before anyway... You don't have to know any of this for common sense to tell you that the alien didn't just burst out of his chest without some serious preparation. Lazy, poorly-researched journalism really hacks me off...
the Conjuring is best of all for me. http://www.flipkart.com/the-conjuring/p/itmdn3dnwdxyxadq?affid=sandeepsem
i dont understand all the genre nuts losing their minds over certain "non-horror" films on the list. horror is horror. if you want to fine-tooth comb the genre and only accept "strict" definition films aka ghost stories, monsters, gore, etc, then you're missing out on a whole range of disturbing material that elicit the same emotional responses. kudos to time out for listing films like come and see and jacob's ladder, that are just as horrifying (probably more so, even) than most horror films.
this is a great list - very comprehensive, both in terms of eras and sub-genres. i personally would have liked to have seen capenter's prince of darkness and burial ground: nights of terror. though, the former definitely gets a mixed reaction from the masses as far as john carpenter films go. and the latter, totally niche and terrible in a lot of respects. but i still see it as the ultimate atmospheric zombie flick.
dont look now almost breaking the top 10? awesome.
Session 9, very underrated but creepy as hell, made in a real haunted asylum called Danvers (unfortunately not standing anymore)
Although I respect this list and all of its original choices, I believe the following three films must be included:
(1) The Eclipse (2009)
(2) Sinister (2012)
(3) The Conjuring (2013)
Personally I believe people saying all old horror movies are bad and likewise those claiming all new horror movies are bad are wrong. I did like many older titles on this list including The Thing, Alien, Jaws etc and I am delighted it has at least one new good horror movie The Descent(2005).
Since An American Werewolf movies was mentioned in this list I have 3 werewolf movies that I like much better. The Howling(1981) the original the rest of Howling movies are more or less B budget movies. Ginger Snaps(2000) was great and I also like the Action/Horror movie Dog Soldiers(2002). The classic Action/Horror movie for me is Aliens(1986).
One of the best horror lists I have ever seen. Tired of seeing movies considered "horror" and scary when they don't belong. There is a strong difference between disturbing and scary ( if disturbing was accounted for then you would see Saw on this list probably,The Girl Next Door, and Wicker Man , which I love, would be higher). I do have to agree with a previous post. Insidious should have a spot. Even more so for Conjuring. Otherwise the list was perfect.
Halloween in my opinion is the granddaddy of them all, a true masterpiece. I appreciate slow burn horror films as much as the next person but sometimes I want a horror movie to punch me in the gut from the opening frame and not let up. Martyrs is that type of movie.
Oops, just reviewed the list again REC is included, my bad still The Stepfather should have been included even if at 100 also the series of Eye films by the Pang Brothers were not too shabby, especially the first.
Good list, I found alot of new films here, but the last 5 were actually in a good order of how scary, finishing on the exorcist which is in my opinion the most scariest film ever created. So 5 stars from me. :)
Rosemary's Baby. One of the worst horror films of all-time. Boring as it gets. No suspense or scares whatsoever. The Exorcist yes, great film. The Shining as well. Overall a good list.
no insidious? no sinister or paranormal activity? they may not be for everyone but one cannot deny the impact they have had on the modern horror genre, look at the conjuring, fantastic movie. where is the changeling from 1981? or 1982, not sure of the year, and how does dont look now, a drama with a slightly shocking ending make it into this list when the prince of darkness doesnt? that film made me feel dirty all over with its literally unrelenting feel of oppression, forcing you deeper into your seat with each passing moment, forcing you to wonder if anyone will actually make it out alive, some poor decisions on what made this list, especially as ive always found movies like the ring(both countries versions) literally knock-me-to-sleep boring and the original grudge i found awful too, although i like the american remakes, which is unusual
You really had to put the last 10 as single items? I found they took just as long to load as the 10 per page ones. I had to stop at 6. The loading is unbearable and there seems to be many script errors on this site. I'd rather deal with those sites that make you click the link 5-10 times than this. At least they load fast.
Scream isn't scary enough to be in the top 100 scary horror movies. The movie was based off of suspense and drama based on the massacres and not enough fear by the audience.
considering this film is based on a true story, i think its pretty frightening , those of you who think its not frightening . i suggest you work your tiny little brains into action and think ,,,,, this scenario actually took place !!
I agree with AshS. What a lame, p'whipped list of crap. The title is Horror movies, and few of these elicit any feelings of ill ease, much less horror. Listing the Exorcist as No. 1? Are you kidding or just a limp-wristed theater critic?
Trash list, don't put movies if you think they are not actually scary movies. So many explanations like that are in so many of the movies you put. Useless.
First thing where is scream?? it may not be a top 10 contender but come on to not make the top 100 Is silly. Also hellraiser 3 has got to be in any top 100 list. I also think Woman in black and the strangers deserve a place in this list. Overall not that impressed with this list I mean A nightmare on Elm Street number 30 ish pffft
To the reviewer of "The Tenant" Did you even saw the movie or just searched in the web like a kid today would have in this wikipedia generation? Adjani played the character of Simone Choule??? You must have seen some other Tenant other than the one i saw... Really guys, and you are paid to do this job. Its scary the ignorance of a Time Out employee... If you don't know about something don't write about it, or just give it to someone who does.
not really impressed with this list, silence of the lambs 59??? come on, its not even a horror movie, its a psychological thriller.
Anybody who puts The Exorcist higher on their list than The Shining doesn't deserve to review horror movies. Kubrick is God. Remember that. Kubrick is God.
I didn't actually watch the film.. But I think its sounds like it could be quite a good film. Merry Christmas everyone ! Rechal
Rec should been higher. Ending in rec 5mins is more intense than watching 1hour shitty oldies in top10.
@Steven R Original Frankenstein is great, but Friday the 13th? Yes it spawned a bunch of sequels and they are all just as terrible as the original. Friday the 13th is just a real bad movie.
@Gghj H ugh that movie is crazy! :-)
@Gghj H try #31
@Martin K wow you must feel so proud announcing that you don't have a religious affiliation....I wonder if you'll be as quick to deny God in judgment day, just before you get tossed into the lake of fire!
@72trailsofsmoke You don't know what you're talking about.
Except that's not a myth, it's true. The shot of Veronica Cartwright falling over is a real. They knew that SOMETHING was going to happen, just not WHAT or WHEN. Stop calling it a myth when it isn't.
@mjer90 There is a difference between horror and horrible
@Matt Yeah this is my intake on this list. First of all I am NOT young. However I do eat
and everyone believes I am like 10 year younger when they meet me. I also tested online dating and if I put myself 10 years younger they believe me. In addition I do like NEW horror movies. I am happy that The Descent made it to top 100 it really deserves its place. I do like many of the old movies in this list like Alien, The Thing, Jaws the first of these were all good. That said this list represent taste of old people voting what are the best movies. Many youngsters say horror fans 20-25 years old would laugh at this list at least some titles. Personally I think those people who laugh saying all old horror movies are bad and likewise those who say all new horror movies are bad are very wrong or they are stuck in their own subjective timeline what is best.
I am not saying all new horror movies are good. That said 2000+ era has brought great horror movies. 3 Werewolf movies that I like more then then An American Werewolf in London. The Howling(1981 the original the first of them rest are low budget B movies) and YES I do like Ginger Snaps(2000) and Dog Soldiers(2002). Ok Dog Soldiers(2002) is more like Action/Horror, but Aliens(1986) the second Alien movie was also a great Action Horror movie.
@Lars Rosemary's Baby builds suspense from the very beginning. You must not have been paying attention.