Most Influential Horror Movies

Not necessarily good movies, but movies that defined the genre, movies that caused scores of copycats and remakes.

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The original Psycho was the first psychological thriller. The start of the twist ending. - heather

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2The Blair Witch Project

This movie spawned its own genre. The stir this movie cause was nothing short of impressive. Now it may seem laughable, but at it's time, this movie was IT. - heather

The scariest thing about this movie is what you DIDN'T see! Not knowing what was seen is what creeped me out the most! - Zombieman99

3The Exorcist

This movie has terrified millions of viewers, and started the exorcism genre with a bang. Whether or not you think it's scary now, it was the monarch of scary movies for decades. - heather

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Halloween created the slasher genre. Friday the 13th and many others have Halloween to thank for their creation. - heather

5The Grudge

The Grudge stylistically influenced many movies. One of the creepiest movies of all time. - heather

6The Ring

It's quite scaring but Japanese version is more horror, I guess.

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7The Shining

"All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy" - heather

8The Sixth Sense

I can see dead people, they're everywhere. - heather


Ultra gory and ultra messed up. - heather

10Night of the Living Dead

Zombies. Need I say more? - heather

The Contenders

11A Nightmare on Elm Street

Showed the many creative and impossible things that can happen in a horror movie. Also it gave people another thing to fear: Sleep.

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14Black Christmas
16The Thing
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