Horror movies take as their focus that which frightens us: the mysterious and unknown, death and bodily violation, and loss of identity. Horror films aim to elicit responses of fear or revulsion from their audience, whether through suggestion and the creation of mood or by graphic representation. Horror paradoxically provides pleasure, providing a controlled response of fear that is presumably cathartic. The main categories of horror are gothic horror, monster terror, and psychological thriller. Watch best horror movies of all time!
#1 The Exorcist 1973
The Scariest Film of All Time.
Director: William Friedkin. Cast: Ellen Burstyn, Jason Miller, Max von Sydow, Lee J. Cobb, Kitty Winn, Linda Blair, William O'Malley, Jack MacGowran, Barton Heyman, Peter Masterson, Rudolf Schündler, Robert Symonds, Titos Vandis, Donna Mitchell, Robert Gerringer.
Overview: Regan MacNeil, a 12-year-old girl living in Georgetown with her mother Chris, begins to adapt an explicit new personality as strange events befall the local area. Chris becomes torn between science and superstition in a desperate bid to save her daughter, and ultimately turns to her last hope: Father Damien Karras, a troubled priest who is struggling with his own faith after the death of his mother.
Genre: Horror. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 2h 2m. Rated: R.
#2 Psycho 1960
Check in. Relax. Take a shower.
Directors: Alfred Hitchcock, Hilton A. Green. Cast: Anthony Perkins, Vera Miles, John Gavin, Janet Leigh, Martin Balsam, John McIntire, Simon Oakland, Frank Albertson, Patricia Hitchcock, Vaughn Taylor, Lurene Tuttle, Mort Mills, John Anderson.
Overview: Psycho is one of the most famous masterpieces from Hitchcock and for it’s time was unparalleled in it’s horror effect. A chilling score sets the pace for an introverted killer and a mystery thriller case of multiple dimensions. The credits for the film directed by Saul Bass were revolutionary for their time.
Genres: Drama, Horror, Thriller. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 1h 46m. Rated: R.
#3 The Shining 1980
The Horror is driving him crazy
Director: Stanley Kubrick. Cast: Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Danny Lloyd, Scatman Crothers, Barry Nelson, Philip Stone, Joe Turkel, Anne Jackson.
Overview: The Shining is a Stanley Kubrick adaptation of Steven King’s horror novel of the same name. The film takes the viewer into a remote hotel where a Jack Torrance and his wife and son must live in for the winter. One of the scariest films of all times mixes up reality and makes isolation a psychological nightmare.
Genres: Drama, Horror, Thriller. Country: United Kingdom. Runtime: 2h 24m. Rated: R.
#4 [REC] 2007
One Witness. One Camera
Directors: Jaume Balagueró, Paco Plaza. Cast: Manuela Velasco, Carlos Lasarte, Pablo Rosso, David Vert, Vicente Gil, Martha Carbonell, Carlos Vicente, Ferran Terraza, Jorge Yamam.
Overview: "REC" turns on a young TV reporter and her cameraman who cover the night shift at the local fire station. Receiving a call from an old lady trapped in her house, they reach her building to hear horrifying screams -- which begin a long nightmare and a uniquely dramatic TV report.
Genres: Foreign, Horror. Country: Spain. Runtime: 1h 18m. Rated: R.
#5 Rosemary's Baby 1968
Pray for Rosemary's Baby
Director: Roman Polanski. Cast: Mia Farrow, John Cassavetes, Ruth Gordon, Sidney Blackmer, Maurice Evans, Ralph Bellamy, Victoria Vetri, Patsy Kelly, Elisha Cook Jr., Emmaline Henry, Marianne Gordon.
Overview: Rosemary’s Baby is a classic psychological horror film from Roman Polanski about a young couple who move into a New York apartment to start a family and have a baby. Things soon turn ugly as Rosemary believes her baby isn’t safe around their strange neighbors.
Genres: Drama, Horror, Thriller. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 2h 16m. Rated: R.
#6 The Thing 1982
Director: John Carpenter. Cast: Kurt Russell, Wilford Brimley, T.K. Carter, David Clennon, Keith David, Richard Dysart, Charles Hallahan, Peter Maloney, Richard Masur, Donald Moffat, Joel Polis, Thomas G. Waites.
Overview: Scientists in the Antarctic are confronted by a shape-shifting alien that assumes the appearance of the people that it kills.
Genres: Horror, Science Fiction, Thriller. Countries: Canada, United States of America. Runtime: 1h 49m. Rated: R.
#7 Alien 1979
In space no one can hear you scream.
Director: Ridley Scott. Cast: Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, Veronica Cartwright, Harry Dean Stanton, John Hurt, Ian Holm, Yaphet Kotto, Bolaji Badejo, Helen Horton, Eddie Powell.
Overview: During its return to the earth, commercial spaceship Nostromo intercepts a distress signal from a distant planet. When a three-member team of the crew discovers a chamber containing thousands of eggs on the planet, a creature inside one of the eggs attacks an explorer. The entire crew is unaware of the impending nightmare set to descend upon them when the alien parasite planted inside its unfortunate host is birthed.
Genres: Action, Horror, Science Fiction, Thriller. Countries: United Kingdom, United States of America. Runtime: 1h 57m. Rated: R.
#8 The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 1974
Who will survive and what will be left of them?
Director: Tobe Hooper. Cast: Allen Danziger, Paul A. Partain, William Vail, Teri McMinn, Edwin Neal, Jim Siedow, Gunnar Hansen, Marilyn Burns.
Overview: En route to visit their grandfather's grave (which has apparently been ritualistically desecrated), five teenagers drive past a slaughterhouse, pick up (and quickly drop) a sinister hitch-hiker, eat some delicious home-cured meat at a roadside gas station, before ending up at the old family home... where they're plunged into a never-ending nightmare as they meet a family of cannibals who more than make up in power tools what they lack in social skills...
Genres: Horror, Thriller. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 1h 23m. Rated: R.
#9 The Omen 1976
It is the greatest mystery of all because no human being will ever solve it.
Director: Richard Donner. Cast: Gregory Peck, Lee Remick, David Warner, Billie Whitelaw, Harvey Stephens, Patrick Troughton, Martin Benson, Robert Rietty, Tommy Duggan, John Stride, Holly Palance, Anthony Nicholls, Roy Boyd, Sheila Raynor, Robert MacLeod.
Overview: Immediately after their miscarriage, the US diplomat Robert Thorn adopts the newborn Damien without the knowledge of his wife. Yet what he doesn’t know is that their new son is the son of the devil. A classic horror film with Gregory Peck from 1976.
Genres: Horror, Thriller, Foreign. Countries: United Kingdom, Italy. Runtime: 1h 51m. Rated: R.
#10 Dawn of the Dead 1978
When there's no more room in hell, the dead will walk the earth.
Director: George A. Romero. Cast: David Emge, Ken Foree, Scott H. Reiniger, Gaylen Ross, David Crawford, David Early, Richard France, Howard Smith, Daniel Dietrich, Fred Baker, James A. Baffico, Rod Stouffer, Jese Del Gre, Clayton McKinnon, John Rice.
Overview: During an ever-growing epidemic of zombies that have risen from the dead, two Philadelphia SWAT team members, a traffic reporter, and his television-executive girlfriend seek refuge in a secluded shopping mall.
Genre: Horror. Countries: Italy, United States of America, Japan. Runtime: 2h 7m. Rated: NR.
#11 A Nightmare on Elm Street 1984
A scream that wakes you up, might be your own...
Director: Wes Craven. Cast: Robert Englund, Heather Langenkamp, Johnny Depp, Ronee Blakley, John Saxon, Amanda Wyss, Jsu Garcia, Charles Fleischer, Joseph Whipp, Lin Shaye, Joe Unger, Mimi Craven, David Andrews.
Overview: Years after being burned alive by a mob of angry parents, child murderer Freddy Krueger returns to haunt the dreams -- and reality -- of local teenagers. As the town's teens begin dropping like flies, Nancy and her boyfriend, Glen, devise a plan to lure the monster out of the realm of nightmares and into the real world.
Genre: Horror. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 1h 31m. Rated: R.
#12 The Ring 2002
Director: Gore Verbinski. Cast: Naomi Watts, Martin Henderson, David Dorfman, Brian Cox, Shannon Cochran, Daveigh Chase, Rachael Bella, Jane Alexander, Lindsay Frost, Amber Tamblyn, Sandra Thigpen, Richard Lineback, Sara Rue, Adam Brody.
Overview: It sounded like just another urban legend: A videotape filled with nightmarish images, leading to a phone call foretelling the viewer's death in exactly seven days. As a newspaper reporter, Rachel Keller was naturally skeptical of the story, until four teenagers all met with mysterious deaths exactly one week after watching just such a tape. Allowing her investigative curiosity to get the better of her, Rachel tracks down the video... and watches it. Now she has just seven days to unravel the mystery of the Ring.
Genres: Horror, Mystery, Suspense, Thriller. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 1h 55m. Rated: PG-13.
#13 Saw 2004
Live or die. Make your choice.
Director: James Wan. Cast: Leigh Whannell, Cary Elwes, Danny Glover, Ken Leung, Dina Meyer, Mike Butters, Paul Gutrecht, Michael Emerson, Benito Martinez, Shawnee Smith, Makenzie Vega, Monica Potter, Ned Bellamy, Alexandra Bokyun Chun, Avner Garbi.
Overview: Would you kill to live? That's what two men, Adam and Gordon, have to ask themselves when they're abducted by a serial killer and paired up in a deadly situation -- holed up in a prison constructed with such ingenuity that escape seems impossible. Attempting to break free might kill them, but their captor could decide at any moment that it's time to dismantle their bodies in his signature way.
Genres: Horror, Thriller. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 1h 42m. Rated: R.
#14 Nosferatu 1922
Director: F.W. Murnau. Cast: Max Schreck, Gustav von Wangenheim, Greta Schröder, Alexander Granach, Georg H. Schnell, Ruth Landshoff, John Gottowt, Gustav Botz, Max Nemetz, Wolfgang Heinz, Albert Venohr, Guido Herzfeld, Hardy von Francois, Karl Etlinger, Heinrich Witte.
Overview: Although the critics in 1922 didn’t find the film to be anything special, a few years after it’s release it was called innovative and a landmark in cinema history. German director Murnau’s vampire film holds claim to one of the most, if not the most important German expressionist film and a foundation for horror films.
Genres: Fantasy, Horror. Country: Germany. Runtime: 1h 22m.
#15 The Conjuring 2013
Based on the true case files of the Warrens
Director: James Wan. Cast: Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga, Lili Taylor, Ron Livingston, Hayley McFarland, Mackenzie Foy, Joey King, Shanley Caswell, Shannon Kook, Kyla Deaver, Sterling Jerins, John Brotherton, Marion Guyot, Morganna Bridgers, Amy Tipton.
Overview: Paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren work to help a family terrorized by a dark presence in their farmhouse. Forced to confront a powerful entity, the Warrens find themselves caught in the most terrifying case of their lives.
Genre: Horror. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 1h 52m. Rated: R.
#16 The Conjuring 2 June 2016
Director: James Wan. Cast: Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga, Madison Wolfe, Frances O'Connor, Simon McBurney, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Simon Delaney, Franka Potente, Robin Atkin Downes, Javier Botet, Sterling Jerins, Shannon Kook-Chun, Steve Coulter, Abhi Sinha, Nancy DeMars.
Overview: Lorraine and Ed Warren travel to north London to help a single mother raising four children alone in a house plagued by malicious spirits.
Genre: Horror. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 2h 14m. Rated: R.
#17 Halloween 1978
The Night HE Came Home!
Director: John Carpenter. Cast: Donald Pleasence, Jamie Lee Curtis, Nancy Kyes, P.J. Soles, Charles Cyphers, Kyle Richards, Brian Andrews, John Michael Graham, Nancy Stephens, Arthur Malet, Mickey Yablans, Brent Le Page, Adam Hollander, Robert Phalen, Tony Moran.
Overview: Michael Myers, who just escaped from a mental hospital, goes on a murderous rampage on Halloween night after returning to his hometown of Haddonfield, Ill. Inexplicably, his prize victim seems to be babysitter Laurie. Psychiatrist Dr. Loomis is on a mission to stop Myers in this slasher classic.
Genres: Horror, Thriller. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 1h 31m. Rated: R.
#18 Frankenstein 1931
Director: James Whale. Cast: Colin Clive, Mae Clarke, John Boles, Boris Karloff, Edward Van Sloan, Frederick Kerr, Dwight Frye, Lionel Belmore, Michael Mark.
Overview: Dr. Frankenstein, an obsessed scientist, creates a living being from parts of exhumed corpses. The movie revolves around this monster and his struggle to live again.
Genre: Horror. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 1h 11m. Rated: PG.
#19 Bride of Frankenstein 1935
The monster demands a mate.
Director: James Whale. Cast: Boris Karloff, Colin Clive, Valerie Hobson, Ernest Thesiger, Elsa Lanchester, Gavin Gordon, Douglas Walton, Una O'Connor, E.E. Clive, Lucien Prival, O.P. Heggie, Dwight Frye, Reginald Barlow, Mary Gordon, Anne Darling.
Overview: Bride of Frankenstein begins where James Whale's Frankenstein from 1931 ended. Dr. Frankenstein has not been killed as previously portrayed and now he wants to get away from the mad experiments. Yet when his wife is kidnapped by his creation, Frankenstein agrees to help him create a new monster, this time a woman.
Genres: Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Science Fiction. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 1h 15m. Rated: PG.
#20 The Cabin in the Woods 2012
If you hear a strange sound outside... have sex
Director: Drew Goddard. Cast: Richard Jenkins, Bradley Whitford, Jesse Williams, Chris Hemsworth, Fran Kranz, Kristen Connolly, Brian J. White, Amy Acker, Anna Hutchison, Jodelle Ferland.
Overview: Five college friends spend the weekend at a remote cabin in the woods, where they get more than they bargained for. Together, they must discover the truth behind the cabin in the woods.
Genres: Horror, Thriller, Comedy. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 1h 35m. Rated: R.
#21 Friday the 13th 1980
You’ll wish it were only a nightmare.
Director: Sean S. Cunningham. Cast: Betsy Palmer, Adrienne King, Harry Crosby, Laurie Bartram, Jeannine Taylor, Kevin Bacon.
Overview: Camp Crystal Lake has been shuttered for over 20 years due to several vicious and unsolved murders. The camp's new owner and several young counselors are readying the property for re-opening despite warnings of a "death curse" by local residents. The curse proves true on Friday the 13th as one by one each of the counselors is stalked by a violent killer.
Genre: Horror. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 1h 35m. Rated: R.
#22 Kwaidan 1964
Director: Masaki Kobayashi. Cast: Michiyo Aratama, Misako Watanabe, Rentarô Mikuni, Kenjiro Ishiyama, Ranko Akagi, Fumie Kitahara, Kappei Matsumoto, Yoshiko Ieda, Otome Tsukimiya, Kenzô Tanaka, Kiyoshi Nakano, Tatsuya Nakadai, Keiko Kishi, Yûko Mochizuki, Kin Sugai.
Overview: A classic collection of four Japanese Horror stories. Features "Black Hair", "The Woman in the Snow", "Hoichi the Earless" and "In a Cup of Tea".
Genres: Fantasy, Foreign, Horror, Indie. Country: Japan. Runtime: 2h 41m.
#23 The Others 2001
Sooner or later she'll see them, then everything will be different.
Director: Alejandro Amenábar. Cast: Nicole Kidman, Christopher Eccleston, Alakina Mann, James Bentley, Eric Sykes, Elaine Cassidy, Renée Asherson, Keith Allen, Michelle Fairley, Alexander Vince, Gordon Reid, Ricardo López, Fionnula Flanagan.
Overview: Grace is a religious woman who lives in an old house kept dark because her two children, Anne and Nicholas, have a rare sensitivity to light. When the family begins to suspect the house is haunted, Grace fights to protect her children at any cost in the face of strange events and disturbing visions.
Genres: Drama, Mystery, Suspense, Thriller. Country: Spain. Runtime: 1h 41m. Rated: PG-13.
#24 The Crazies 2010
Fear Thy Neighbor
Director: Breck Eisner. Cast: Timothy Olyphant, Radha Mitchell, Joe Anderson, Danielle Panabaker, Christie Lynn Smith, Brett Rickaby, Preston Bailey, John Aylward, Joe Reegan, Glenn Morshower, Larry Cedar, Lynn Lowry, Pierce Gagnon, Justin Price.
Overview: Imagine living in a small town where everything is safe and happy…until suddenly it isn’t. Imagine your friends and neighbors going quickly and horrifically insane. In a terrifying tale of the “American Dream” gone horribly wrong, four friends find themselves trapped in their hometown in The Crazies, a reinvention of the George Romero classic.
Genres: Action, Horror, Mystery. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 1h 41m. Rated: R.
#25 I Saw The Devil 2011
Abandon all compassion.
Director: Kim Jee-Woon. Cast: Jeon Kuk-Hwan, Oh San-Ha, Kim Yun-Seo, Lee Byung-hun, Choi Min-sik, Gook-hwan Jeon, Ho-jin Cheon, Yoon-seo Kim.
Overview: Kyung-chul (Choi Min-sik) is a dangerous psychopath who kills for pleasure. He has committed infernal serial murders in diabolic ways that one cannot even imagine and his victims range from young women to even children. The police have chased him for a long time, but were unable to catch him. One day, Joo-yeon, daughter of a retired police chief becomes his prey and is found dead in a horrific state. Her fiance Soo-hyun (Lee Byung-hun), a top secret agent, decides to track down the murderer himself. He promises himself that he will do everything in his power to take bloody vengeance against the killer, even if it means that he must become a monster himself to get this monstrous and inhumane killer.
Genres: Horror, Thriller, Foreign. Country: Korea, Democratic People's Republic of. Runtime: 2h 21m. Rated: R.
#26 Dracula 1931
Director: Tod Browning. Cast: Bela Lugosi, Helen Chandler, David Manners, Dwight Frye, Edward Van Sloan, Herbert Bunston, Frances Dade, Joan Standing, Charles K. Gerrard.
Overview: The legend of vampire Count Dracula begins here with this original 1931 Dracula film from Bela Lugosi.
Genre: Horror. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 1h 12m. Rated: NR.
#27 Night of the Living Dead 1968
Director: George A. Romero. Cast: Duane Jones, Judith O'Dea, Karl Hardman, Marilyn Eastman, Keith Wayne, Judith Ridley, Kyra Schon, Charles Craig, S. William Hinzman, Bill 'Chilly Billy' Cardille, George A. Romero, Russell Streiner, John A. Russo.
Overview: A group of people try to survive an attack of bloodthirsty zombies while trapped in a rural Pennsylvania farmhouse. Although not the first zombie film, Night of the Living Dead is the progenitor of the contemporary "zombie apocalypse" horror film, and it greatly influenced the modern pop-culture zombie archetype.
Genres: Horror, Science Fiction. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 1h 36m. Rated: R.
#28 Shaun of the Dead 2004
A Romantic Comedy. With Zombies.
Director: Edgar Wright. Cast: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Kate Ashfield, Lucy Davis, Dylan Moran, Peter Serafinowicz, Penelope Wilton, Steve Emerson, Nicola Cunningham, Reece Shearsmith, Bill Nighy, Jessica Hynes.
Overview: Shaun of the Dead is a humorous homage to Zombie movies from director Edgar Wright; an outrageous romantic comedy with zombies.
Genres: Comedy, Foreign, Horror. Country: United Kingdom. Runtime: 1h 35m. Rated: R.
#29 Haxan 1922
Director: Benjamin Christensen. Cast: Elith Pio, Oscar Stribolt, Maren Pedersen, Clara Pontoppidan.
Overview: Haxan is a study about how superstition and the misunderstanding of diseases and mental illness could lead to the hysteria of the witch-hunts. The film was made as a documentary but contains dramatized sequences that are comparable to horror films.
Genre: Horror. Countries: Denmark, Sweden. Runtime: 1h 44m.
#30 Paranormal Activity 2009
What Happens When You Sleep?
Director: Oren Peli. Cast: Katie Featherston, Micah Sloat, Mark Fredrichs.
Overview: After a young, middle class couple moves into a suburban 'starter' tract house, they become increasingly disturbed by a presence that may or may not be somehow demonic but is certainly most active in the middle of the night. Especially when they sleep. Or try to.
Genres: Horror, Suspense, Mystery. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 1h 39m. Rated: R.
#31 Re-Animator 1985
Herbert West has a good head on his shoulders... and another on his desk.
Director: Stuart Gordon. Cast: Jeffrey Combs, Bruce Abbott, Barbara Crampton, David Gale, Robert Sampson, Carolyn Purdy-Gordon, Peter Kent, Ian Patrick Williams.
Overview: A dedicated student at a medical college and his girlfriend become involved in bizarre experiments centering around the re-animation of dead tissue when an odd new student arrives on campus.
Genres: Comedy, Horror, Science Fiction. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 1h 26m. Rated: NR.
#32 The Blair Witch Project 1999
Directors: Daniel Myrick, Eduardo Sánchez. Cast: Heather Donahue, Joshua Leonard, Michael C. Williams, Bob Griffith, Jim King, Sandra Sánchez, Ed Swanson, Patricia DeCou, Mark Mason, Jackie Hallex.
Overview: In October of 1994 three student filmmakers disappeared in the woods near Burkittsville, Maryland, while shooting a documentary...A year later their footage was found.
Genres: Horror, Mystery. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 1h 21m. Rated: R.
#33 Zombieland 2009
This place is so dead
Director: Ruben Fleischer. Cast: Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, Abigail Breslin, Bill Murray, Amber Heard, Derek Graf.
Overview: Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg) has made a habit of running from what scares him. Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson) doesn't have fears. If he did, he'd kick their ever-living ass. In a world overrun by zombies, these two are perfectly evolved survivors. But now, they're about to stare down the most terrifying prospect of all: each other.
Genres: Comedy, Horror, Action, Adventure. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 1h 28m. Rated: R.
#34 The Fly 1986
Be afraid. Be very afraid.
Director: David Cronenberg. Cast: Jeff Goldblum, Geena Davis, John Getz, Joy Boushel.
Overview: When Seth Brundle makes a huge scientific and technological breakthrough in teleportation, he decides to test it on himself. Unbeknownst to him, a common housefly manages to get inside the device and the two become one.
Genres: Horror, Science Fiction, Drama. Countries: Canada, United Kingdom, United States of America. Runtime: 1h 36m. Rated: R.
#35 Dead Alive 1992
Some things won't stay down... even after they die.
Director: Peter Jackson. Cast: Timothy Balme, Diana Peñalver, Elizabeth Moody, Ian Watkin, Brenda Kendall, Stephen Papps, Murray Keane, Glenis Levestam, Lewis Rowe, Stuart Devenie.
Overview: When a Sumatran rat-monkey bites Lionel Cosgrove's mother, she's transformed into a zombie and begins killing (and transforming) the entire town while Lionel races to keep things under control.
Genres: Horror, Comedy, Foreign. Country: New Zealand. Runtime: 1h 37m.
#36 The Evil Dead 1981
Can they be stopped?
Director: Sam Raimi. Cast: Ellen Sandweiss, Richard DeManincor, Betsy Baker, Theresa Tilly, Sam Raimi, Bruce Campbell, Philip A. Gillis, Dorothy Tapert, Cheryl Guttridge, Barbara Carey.
Overview: When a group of college students finds a mysterious book and recording in the old wilderness cabin they've rented for the weekend, they unwittingly unleash a demonic force from the surrounding forest.
Genre: Horror. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 1h 25m. Rated: NC-17.
#37 Evil Dead II 1987
Kiss Your Nerves Good-Bye!
Director: Sam Raimi. Cast: Bruce Campbell, Sarah Berry, Dan Hicks, Kassie DePaiva, Denise Bixler, Richard Domeier, John Peakes, Lou Hancock, Ted Raimi.
Overview: Ash Williams and his girlfriend Linda find a log cabin in the woods with a voice recording from an archeologist who had recorded himself reciting ancient chants from “The Book of the Dead.” As they play the recording an evil power is unleashed taking over Linda’s body.
Genres: Comedy, Fantasy, Horror. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 1h 24m. Rated: R.
#38 Island of Lost Souls 1932
Director: Erle C. Kenton. Cast: Charles Laughton, Richard Arlen, Leila Hyams, Bela Lugosi, Kathleen Burke, Arthur Hohl, Stanley Fields, Paul Hurst, Hans Steinke, Tetsu Komai, George Irving.
Overview: An obsessed scientist conducts profane experiments in evolution, eventually establishing himself as the self-styled demigod to a race of mutated, half-human abominations.
Genres: Adventure, Horror, Science Fiction. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 1h 10m.
#39 The Haunting 1963
Director: Robert Wise. Cast: Julie Harris, Claire Bloom, Richard Johnson, Russ Tamblyn, Fay Compton, Rosalie Crutchley, Lois Maxwell, Valentine Dyall, Diane Clare, Ronald Adam.
Overview: Dr. Markway, doing research to prove the existence of ghosts, investigates Hill House, a large, eerie mansion with a lurid history of violent death and insanity.
Genres: Drama, Foreign, Horror, Mystery, Suspense, Thriller. Countries: United Kingdom, United States of America. Runtime: 1h 52m.
#40 Night of the Demon 1957
Director: Jacques Tourneur. Cast: Dana Andrews, Peggy Cummins, Niall MacGinnis, Maurice Denham, Athene Seyler, Liam Redmond, Reginald Beckwith, Ewan Roberts, Peter Elliott, Rosamund Greenwood, Brian Wilde, Richard Leech, Lloyd Lamble, Peter Hobbes, Charles Lloyd Pack.
Overview: Night of the Demon is a 1957 British horror film. An adaptation of M. R. James' Casting the Runes (1911), the plot revolves around American Professor John Holden going to England and investigating a Satanic cult suspected of being responsible for more than one death in recent months.
Genres: Horror, Mystery. Country: United Kingdom. Runtime: 1h 35m.
#41 Freaks 1932
The love story of a SIREN, a GIANT, and a DWARF!
Director: Tod Browning. Cast: Edgar Allan Woolf, Leila Hyams, Olga Baclanova, Roscoe Ates, Henry Victor, Rose Dione, Daisy Hilton, Violet Hilton, Schlitze, Josephine Joseph, Koo Koo, Johnny Eck, Peter Robinson, Prince Randian, Daisy Earles.
Overview: A beautiful trapeze artist agrees to marry the dwarf leader of a circus side-show, but his deformed friends discover she is only marrying him for his inheritance.
Genres: Drama, Horror, Thriller. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 1h 4m.
#42 Hellraiser 1987
He'll tear your soul apart.
Director: Clive Barker. Cast: Andrew Robinson, Clare Higgins, Ashley Laurence, Sean Chapman, Oliver Smith, Robert Hines, Anthony Allen, Leon Davis, Michael Cassidy, Kenneth Nelson, Gay Baynes, Niall Buggy, Nicholas Vince, Simon Bamford, Grace Kirby.
Overview: An unfaithful wife encounters the zombie of her dead lover, who's being chased by demons after he escaped from their sado-masochistic Hell.
Genres: Horror, Thriller, Foreign. Country: United Kingdom. Runtime: 1h 34m. Rated: R.
#43 Scream 1996
Someone has taken their love of scary movies one step too far.
Director: Wes Craven. Cast: Neve Campbell, David Arquette, Courteney Cox, Skeet Ulrich, Rose McGowan, Matthew Lillard, Jamie Kennedy, W. Earl Brown, Drew Barrymore, Joseph Whipp, Roger Jackson, David Booth, Lawrence Hecht, Liev Schreiber, Kevin Patrick Walls.
Overview: One year after the death of Sidney Prescott's mother, two students turn up gutted. When a serial killer appears, Sidney begins to suspect whether her mother's death and the two new deaths are related. No one is safe, as the killer begins to pick everyone off one by one.
Genres: Comedy, Crime, Horror, Mystery, Thriller. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 1h 51m. Rated: R.
#44 Tucker & Dale vs. Evil 2010
The perfect love story... with a high body count...
Director: Eli Craig. Cast: Alan Tudyk, Tyler Labine, Katrina Bowden, Jesse Moss, Philip Granger, Brandon Jay McLaren, Christie Laing, Chelan Simmons, Travis Nelson, Alex Arsenault, Adam Beauchesne, Joseph Allan Sutherland, Karen Reigh, Tye Evans, Bill Baksa.
Overview: Two hillbillies are suspected of being killers by a group of college kids camping near the duo's West Virginian cabin. As the body count accidentally climbs, so does the fear and confusion as the college kids try to seek revenge against the pair, who believe that the kids are on some sort of suicide pact. Preconceptions and misunderstandings abound as horror and hilarity occupy the screen side by side.
Genres: Comedy, Horror. Countries: Canada, United States of America. Runtime: 1h 29m. Rated: R.
#45 Insidious 2011
It's not the house that's haunted.
Director: James Wan. Cast: Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Barbara Hershey, Leigh Whannell, Angus Sampson, Ty Simpkins, Lin Shaye.
Overview: Insidious is the terrifying story of a family who shortly after moving discover that dark spirits have possessed their home and that their son has inexplicably fallen into a coma. Trying to escape the haunting and save their son, they move again only to realise that it was not their house that was haunted.
Genres: Horror, Thriller. Countries: United States of America, Canada. Runtime: 1h 43m. Rated: PG-13.
#46 Onibaba 1964
Director: Kaneto Shindô. Cast: Nobuko Otowa, Jitsuko Yoshimura, Kei Satô, Jûkichi Uno, Taiji Tonoyama.
Overview: In medieval times, on a remote plain, a widow and her mother-in-law kill wandering samurai, put their bodies in a hole in the ground and sell their armour and valuables, until the daughter-in-law falls in love with one of their intended victims.
Genres: Drama, Foreign, Horror, Indie. Country: Japan. Runtime: 1h 43m.
#47 Silent Hill 2006
We've been expecting you.
Director: Christophe Gans. Cast: Radha Mitchell, Sean Bean, Laurie Holden, Deborah Kara Unger, Kim Coates, Tanya Allen, Alice Krige, Jodelle Ferland, Colleen Williams, Ron Gabriel, Derek Ritschel, Eve Crawford, Amanda Hiebert, Nicky Guadagni, Roberto Campanella.
Overview: A girl has a bad case of sleep walking and while dreaming talks about a place called Silent Hill. Her parents take her to this place that she only mentions in dreams yet in an attempt to get there they crash their car and loose their daughter. They begin searching for her yet not knowing the dangers that lurk in Silent Hill.
Genres: Horror, Mystery. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 2h 5m. Rated: R.
#48 The Cell 2000
Enter The Mind Of A Killer
Director: Tarsem Singh. Cast: Jennifer Lopez, Vincent D'Onofrio, Vince Vaughn, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Catherine Sutherland, James Gammon, Colton James, Dylan Baker, Gerry Becker, Musetta Vander, Patrick Bauchau, Jake Weber, Dean Norris, Tara Subkoff, Lauri Johnson.
Overview: A psychotherapist journeys inside a comatose serial killer in the hopes of saving his latest victim.
Genres: Crime, Science Fiction, Thriller. Countries: Germany, United States of America. Runtime: 1h 49m. Rated: R.
#49 Mirrors 2008
There is evil...On the other side.
Director: Alexandre Aja. Cast: Kiefer Sutherland, Paula Patton, Amy Smart, Cameron Boyce, Erica Gluck, Jason Flemyng, Darren Kent, Ezra Buzzington, Julian Glover.
Overview: An ex-cop and his family are the target of an evil force that is using mirrors as a gateway into their home.
Genres: Horror, Thriller, Mystery. Countries: Romania, United States of America. Runtime: 1h 50m. Rated: R.
#50 Hour of the Wolf 1968
Director: Ingmar Bergman. Cast: Max von Sydow, Liv Ullmann.
Overview: An artist in crisis is haunted by nightmares from the past in Ingmar Bergman's only horror film, which takes place on a windy island. During "the hour of the wolf" - between midnight and dawn - he tells his wife about his most painful memories.
Genres: Drama, Foreign, Horror, Thriller. Country: Sweden. Runtime: 1h 39m.
#51 Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde 1931
Put yourself in her place! The dreaded night when her lover became a madman!
Director: Rouben Mamoulian. Cast: Fredric March, Miriam Hopkins, Rose Hobart, Holmes Herbert, Halliwell Hobbes, Edgar Norton, Tempe Pigott.
Overview: Based on the story by Robert Louis Stevenson, Dr. Henry Jekyll believes that there are two distinct sides to men - a good and an evil side. He believes that by separating the two man can become liberated. He succeeds in his experiments with chemicals to accomplish this and transforms into Hyde to commit horrendous crimes. When he discontinues use of the drug it is already too late...
Genres: Horror, Science Fiction. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 1h 38m.
#52 Peeping Tom 1960
marked for death by Peeping Tom - To Look Meant Danger To Smile Meant Death!
Director: Michael Powell. Cast: Karlheinz Böhm, Moira Shearer, Anna Massey, Maxine Audley, Brenda Bruce, Miles Malleson, Esmond Knight, Michael Goodliffe.
Overview: A young man murders women, using a movie camera to film their dying expressions of terror.
Genres: Horror, Thriller. Country: United Kingdom. Runtime: 1h 41m. Rated: NR.
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