Best Horror Movies of All Time

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The Top Ten

1
The Exorcist
By far best of this genre ever. Even if you ignore the gruesome special effects, the movie was still superbly acted and directed. Everything else is distant second.
By far the one that stands out. I watched it ONE time and have never watched it again and I'm 42. Other movies about possession don't bother me, to a point, as much as this one did. Deservedly so, Aliens is in the top 10. Poltergeist (the clown scene) is the still the reason I can't STAND clowns to this day. IT should be higher as well. Paranormal Activity (1) deserves it's spot as that movie kept me on the edge of my seat and my wife afraid to sleep at night! JAWS needs to be higher on the list... Great directing, acting, etc. Plus I was afraid to go in the ocean for years after seeing it in the theater!

SociallyxxDistorted

Its the movie considered by me as the scariest shooted in real style... Awesome one
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2The Shining
This movie is great! People are voting for other movies because there scarier but this is not about being scary, its about being good. And this movie tops the whole list! Other great horror movies are The Exorcist, Black Christmas, High Tension, Halloween, Alien, Evil Dead, A nightmare on Elm Street, Scream, Poltergeist, Misery, The Cabin In The Woods, REC, Jaws, Dead Alive, Carrie, An American Werewolf in London and Psycho.
"All work no play makes Jack a dull boy. "
"Red rum"
"Come play with us forever and ever and ever. "
The lady in the bathtub.
The maze.
Do I need another reason? This movie is the type that after you watch it you're thinking it's bad but then all of a sudden you're too afraid to move! Watch it. Now.
Not only is one of the best horror films made, it's also one of the greatest films ever. Jack Nicholson's performance felt so amazingly real, he simply just lost himself into the role. A damn fine film!

DamnFineCupOfCoffee

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3Halloween
Come on people Halloween is the best one out of all the others because Michael Myers is pure evil! You'll all see what I'm talking about after 08/31/07. Halloween indeed is the creator of all slasher films, if it wasn't 4 this movie... Nightmare on elm street, friday the 13, and all those so-called "Scariest movies" would not exist! So think again and vote for Halloween
The slasher genre wouldn't exist if not for this John Carpenter masterpiece. Watch the original before you judge.
By far the best, honestly I think it surpasses the horror list and goes straight to the list of greatest films of all time. Don't let the all the sequels and spin-offs tarnish this classic.
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4The Grudge
It seriously freaked me out... watching the movie at night alone was the stupidest decision of my life... couldn't sleep without the lights on for a couple of days... the background music itself freaks you out...
It has a weird deformed chick that is dead, might add and the sound she makes gets stuck in your head for weeks!
It is really very scary Japnese movie... If we want to enjoy gener of movie see movie at night alone with home theatre
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5Saw
It's ah-may-zing! Who doesn't want to watch a lot of torture in one movie that has such a great plot if you take the time to watch it?!
Saw is not necessarily the scariest movie, but it is a GREAT movie if you want to see some gore. The story is also very good for it being 7 movies long. The end was such a twist, I loved it. The reverse bear trap was the BEST, its too bad we don't see it actually work until the second time. This movie deserves to be on the top ten.
Saw is, to me, the ultimate thriller movie of them all because eash movie in the series has a different plot and in every movie the story takes a new turn! It's hard to tell the outcome of the story and in the first movie you couldn't even imagine who the real culprit is until you see the very end of the movie!
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6Wrong Turn
this the best horror movie I have ever seen... second and third part are awesome...
Ugh cannibalism freaks me out BIG time! and how they look *shivers*

misskikii

It was a very disgusting movie... Someone eating the flesh of another person is not at all scary... The starting was good enough to convince the people that the movie is full of suspense... But gradually the movie lost the public's interest!
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7Alien
the great sci fi horror of all time, this movie when it came out, it established that maybe Aliens are not too friendly like E. T.
The best sci-fi horror movie ever made for sure.

nallimcamybloc

What's wrong with this top 10! Straight to DVD films and remakes? And let's not forget a certain over-appreciated gore franchise that spawned 7 agonizing sequels... Oh yeah Alien is awesome. Best movie monster ever conjured and one of the most suspenseful movies ever made with imagery that haunts to this day.
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8Nightmare on Elm Street
Silence of the Lambs wasn't even scary to me. I actually laughed at one point. THIS will scare you. You won't be able to sleep. I had a nightmare with him in it when I LEAST expected. That's why I'm typing this as a ghost. Or something.
"The ultimate fear... the fear of going to sleep.

aman28

Because of Freddy I can't sleep the day I watched "Nightmare on Elm Street" he was very scary
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9The Ring
This movie is the best! Their making a 3rd 1! So cool O. O

BrokenSong

This is one of the scariest movies I have ever seen I won't ever forget anything like this, watch this with the lights on you won't be able to sleep tonight.
Oh... ! Really the horror 1... After watching this movie I could not sleep that whole nigt... In 1 word it was"totally horror"...
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10The Silence of the Lambs
THE SCARIEST THING IS THAT HE GETS IN THE MIND AND THAT IS SCARIER THAN CHASING AND CUTTING SOMEONE IT'S THE SUSPENSE NOT THE GORE
Gore and lots of blood is nice, like Evil Dead, Saw, Friday the 13th,...
The best horror movies are those with fewer blood and no gore, like The Shining, It, Alien, Psycho, Rosemary's Baby,...
Silence of the Lambs is upper-class.
2 terrifying murderers, excellent portrayed by Levine and Hopkins.
Best role of those 2. Lecter is downright scary, while Bill is... Also scary.
Jodie Foster and the rest of the cast were near perfection.
To conclude, the dialogue was excellent.
Silence of the Lambs deserves a top 3 spot.
It won film of the year, no other horror has done that, therefore this is the best. Scary for all the right reasons and a story that has quality, who could ask for more.
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The Contenders

11The Thing
One of the most realistically gory and brutal films ever made for 1982 everything look real. Especially when that guys head comes of and starts crawling like a spider that was amazing. Should be number 2 on this list just most people don't know how gory this film is.

SVGPLAGUE

The greatest film of all time! The special effects are great! I personally think that there isn't a horror film like it. No one is safe because they don't trust each other! Definitely watch this!
This movie is the pioneer of the Paranoia genre. Still can't figure out how people chose E. T over this Movie. anyway the visual effects where 20 years ahead of it's time
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12Friday the 13th
I grow up watching scary movies and Friday the 13th is by far the best scary movies I seen I never wanted to go to summer camp after watching these movies.
THIS IS A CLASSIC I RECOMMEND THE 2010 VERSION KILLER CUT... It left me shaking. This though is nothing compared to the human centipede movies ugh
Look, for those of you out there that were a disapointed of what this film was rated, I'll admit that this movie is historical, but its not totally scary nowadays
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13Paranormal Activity
PA1 scared you, whether you admit it or not. It did. Now PA2, PA3, PA4 and I'm sure the uneagerly expected PA5 are quite different stories. They were pumped out as fast as Mel B pumps out kids. No thought to the story & terrible, terrible acting... Now the acting in the first WAS sub-par, but it didn't affect the overall movie in such a huge way it was unwatchable, unlike the other three. Please dear god. No more. But back to the point, great movie. Kept most of us up googling demonology and eye witness accounts of ghosts, I think.
Very good movie, its pretty scary :=)
This was scary as hell doors slamming lights turning on footprints in the talcum powder and the guy thrown at the camera at the end it is scary as hell!
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14Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)
Okay, most films in the top ten deserve to be there but I'm sorry, this is THE best horror film. It works outside of the horror genre as a film itself. Maybe some films are scarier, but this was revolutionary in it's time. The makers of this films were daring, this film pushed boundaries and is an absolutely iconic piece of art.
A perfect horror movie. it's so realistic and shocking. the story feels real and the acting is really great. what I also love about this movie is that there is some truth to it. there are people like Leatherface and his family out in the world, and that we could end up in this situation. and it could be the scariest experience of your entire life.
Best horror movie... I was so scared to go out after watching and I was afraid of big guys... Afterwards
I thought for some months that it was real...
Good storyline and stuff...
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15Psycho
AFI's top horror movie of all time, and it doesn't even crack the top ten? That's a problem.
What the hell such an awesome movie down on 21 it has to be among top 5!
Perfect, the greatest movie ever

Anthony perkins is handsome and perfect as notman bates, with sure the greatest movie of all time!
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16Scream
Amazing movie, much suspense. Way better than friday the thirteenth.
This movie totally gave the slasher genre (and really all horror) new life and started a new trend of smart suspense-driven horror movies. The entire franchise is classic!
THIS IS THE BEST SLASHER ever

17Jaws
So sharks don't really kill a lot of people but you probably thought twice about jumping in the water
It wasn't that scary, besides the fact you didn't want to go in the ocean, but this list is about the best horror movies not the scariest and this was a great movie and should be higher on the list
Steven Spielberg is a genius. This is the best Movie of the Horror/Thriller Genre, and one of the greatest and most enjoyable movies of all time.

HeavyDonkeyKong

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18Final Destination 2
I hate any Final Destination movie in the sense that it scares me really bad.

The third one has already made me swear off tanning beds, by the way, and I've never even been in one.

frostwiire

This movie is not that scary but I hate the feeling when you are waiting for the death of the characters and it is hard to expect the unexpected.. Err
The unexpected is what freaks me out and I have to scream when the killing happen. It is really not scary is the building up to the point is so

19It
I'm going to be perfectly honest, I really didn't like this film. It's very melo-dramatic, the characters seem like they're going insane rather than all of this actually happening, and Pennywise the Dancing Clown is the most overrated horror movie villain of all time! All he does is stand around, look threatening, and does nothing. If it's killed half the other people in town, how come it can't just kill these kids off? It makes absolutely no sense whatsoever.
Why I vote for this? Dude, it's a clown with razorsharp teeth, if that is not scary...
Seriously this is the only movie listed here that scared me. I it and the poltergeist. I hate clowns.

aman28

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20The Hills Have Eyes
The film keeps you wondering what the hell is gonna happen next! And you feel so much pity for the victims at a point! Great film.
I love the original movie by Wes Craven
These film is based on true story and it is one of the scariest movie which I had been never seen in my life.
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21A Nightmare on Elm Street
I love the movie beyond almost anything, but I must say... Did you check the list when you added this? Nonetheless, it is my favorite movie of all time.
I think this film is really good. Freddy is one of the best killers of horror movies I think. Watch this film, it's really great.
Yeah I agree really awesome
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22Poltergeist
Has the perfect amount of scary. Has you scared even when you think it's the end.
This film absorbes you and you cannot get out till its over
Be careful I also heard it has a curse on it, one cast member was actualy murdered.
The scariest part about it is that it's rated PG. People who are reading this right now, just because something is rated PG does NOT mean it's for kids or that it's safe to watch. DO NOT, AND I REPEAT, DO NOT SHOW THIS TO YOUR KIDS! I PROMISE YOU THEY ARE GONNA HAVE THE WORST NIGHTMARES IMAGINABLE AFTER THEY HAVE WATCHED A GUY'S FACED GETTING RIPPED OFF IN THE MIRROR!

23Insidious
I have seen almost every movie on this list, I don't scare easy but this movie almost made me piss myself like 12 different times. Left me lying in bed staring at the door making sure nothing was coming in.
Y is this movie so down below in the list... And look at the movies which r on the top... Is this a list of top horror movies or what? What's wrong with people they r voting for saw... COME ON
Such a meaning full and intelligent movie with so many spooky ghosts made me piss on my pants. Oh lord! Such a scary movie it was daam good man I don't get it how the saw is so up on the list... Saw sucks ew
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24Tamara
I Watched this Movie and I COULD NOT SLEEP FOR At least 5 days
This movie was so good! It was kinda sad what they did to her, I think the kids got what was comin for them. I just she did not die! Well fall of a building, best movie yet!

25Suspiria
Favorite movie ever! Last film shot in Technicolor

26The Conjuring
The scariest movie I've ever seen in my life
Scariest movie ever! And based on a true story! What else do you want?
A well-done old school horror flick.
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27The Exorcism of Emily Rose
Just watching this movie makes me shiver to my spine... The storyline was creepy and the acting of everyone was amazing. Still remember I was alone and there were 20 to 30 people in the theatre and after watching the movie when I was walking I kept on looking back to check if anyone was following me...
This movie by far is the scariest demonic possession horror movie that is based on a real story. Just the thought of having things inside of me/anyone is just plain terrifying. The even scarier thing is that the demons won and after being possessed for six years the little girl died because she could not take it anymore. Poor thing...
This should be the best movie of all time.. But to be honest not a scariest movie... But acting story was way above excellence... Nice court room drama... But should be at least deserves 2nd spot..
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28The Omen
This is a vote for the 1976 "The Omen." Not that two bit hack job that opened on 6/6/06. This movie freakin traumatized me the first time I saw it. It sent Christians into counselling.

gaki

Great movie! I love it. It is good picture and quality for a older movie. I even like the idea. Time to find Damien: Omen II!

thrillerlover

How the hell can paranormal activity be higher than this masterpiece?

29Orphan
This movie freaked me out so much! Oh myy the scariest part was that she was a grown woman who liked to harm people. And she was scary looking and just totally 666! I couldn't trust little girls for a month!
I saw this when I was 6...

Could not sleep for a week...

Good movie after 5 years of avoiding this movie
I just loves the movie... One of the best thriller I have ever seen
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30Night of the Living Dead
Best horror movie I ever saw
Not that scary but the part where the zombie girl kills and eats her own mother will freak you out

31Last House On the Left (1972)

32Shocker
The scariest part to me was when he went into the little girl you wouldn't want to mess with her

33Scream 4

34The Blair Witch Project
Ppl didn't get this movie that's why they hated it, The reason why they filmed scenes like them in the Shops or them havin' conversations is to make it seem real, e. g. anybody would film this stuff they filmed. And they didn't show the witch, because using your imagination is the scariest monster there is

roblist

This is the scariest movie ever! It's also my favorite. The ending is a little hard to understand but if you go back and look at the conversations at the beginning of the movie, you should understand it.
soooo scary!!!!!!!I actually thought it was a real video!!!

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35Last House On the Left (2009)
This is just another porn movie ha ha ha
Vulgur all the time

36Event Horizon

I will never ever ever forget this movie

Tbog009

This was a scary one all right, with the added atmosphere of heavy, inescapable evil

AHHHHHHH!!!!!! This movie scares the Begeezus out of me!!!!!


37Silent Hill
Best horror picture I ever watched.. It should be at least top 5 rank. Each end every moment of the picture I really enjoyed. The ending part was very good..
Best out there ever. That is all I will say. The depth and suspense will send shivers down your spine, and also force you to think simultaneously. Just play the games.

38The Evil Dead
This is my favourite movie of all time! This movie proves that you don't need a big budget to make a good movie! I didn't see the new one but it defiantly can't beat the original classic!
Bruce Campbell is awesome, best horror film of all time, watch it!
The best. Old and new
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39Final Destination

40Halloween II
Whilst it was never going to be as fresh as the original it is still creepy, suspenseful and offers nice closure for the first movie.
Almost as good as the first

41The Rite

42Paranormal Activity 2
Found this really creepy and unnerving. Watched this before I watched the 1st one.

misskikii


43The Amityville Horror (1979)
Mad Me Scared To Sleep In A House That Looked Like That!!
By far the best horror ever produced.
It's a superb movie... I loved it... it was als so much scary... but I loved it...

44The Descent
I wouldn't say it's the scariest, as I give that to (orig) Shutter, but this horror film has a great opening Jump Scare and a great atmosphere that makes you uncomfortable for the majority of the film, as well as revolting moments and terrifying mutants. It is also extremely rare to have a nearly all female cast, and considering screenwriter professors tell their students not to write women into lead roles, because men wont watch it, this film really surpassed expectations as a horror gem. My only gripe is the alternative ending that was adopted after the theatrical release--- I don't know they they do such things when the ending was great as is, and necessary to the sequel.
Holy hell! I haven't really, truly screamed in a movie other than this for as long as I can remember....

heather

As if no one had put this on the list its a great horror movie
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45The Sixth Sense
i see dead people...all the time
Good movie with a twist some people can communicate with the dead whether they want to or not God decides
This creeped me out big time when I was younger as I believed in ghosts. It still creeps me out now.

misskikii

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46The Birds
Way better than crap like "The Hills Have Eyes"

TheGreatest

Alferd Hitchcock is a genius to make such a horrific movie.

Baltimore1993

This is a most scariest film

47[Rec]
This is the scariest movie I've watched. I was so entranced by the movie and so shook up that it made a lasting impression on me. This is the inspiration for The Grudge many other modern horror classics, and it draws inspiration from movies like The Blair Witch Project with the shaky camera.
shaky camera work at its best and really screaming movie

pankaj1993

Amazing movie with a very realistic plot,. IT doesn't show ghosts or anyting but it has a very realistic plot that can happen anywhrer

48Carrie
The only movie to make me cry. It is so disturbing and emotional. That jump scene at the end is one hell of a jump scene!
Solid psychological chillers brought to you via Stephen King

49High Tension

Sooo suspenseful, especially when the killer is first looking for victims in the house


50Dawn of the Dead

51The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
Its like a super scary movie I thought it was super scary I'm a big fan

52Sinister
If you call yourself a horror "veteran" and movies like the ring, paranormal activity or woman in black didn't phase you. Watch this, its not so much scary as in creepily disturbing. When there is a jumpscare the initial shock does not break the suspense building up to it. Amazing movie with a solid story on a Saw II level of disturbing without being gory in the slightest.
This movie scared the crap outta me. The plot kept me at the edge of my seat at all times. I found it really horrible the videos kept showing different methods of death but at the same time I found it really scary and interesting.
This has the most brutal and realistic looking mureders in a movie ever
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53Final Destination 5
It's the best movie cux it shows every scene of death completly like the what gurls eye c ame out baby it's so horror

54The Possession
I think you should watch it
Hell yes, best horror movie ever.

55Dead Silence
This fiom is just horrific with the dolls, a woman that would be a doll when she is dead. That is absolutely creepy, also this movie has many jumpscares and is fun to watch. In one word : amazing!

56Rosemary's Baby
This is the best horror movie ever, smart, scary and bizarre at the same time, I hate those people who thinks this movie is boring and cg movies are good.
Should be in the top ten!
I love this movie is brillaint!

57Thirteen Ghosts
I ran out of the movie theatre the first time I tried to watch this movie.
the jackal is the scariest of them all...no doubt once so ever

shikatoku

Scariest haunted house movie ever made ftr amytiville horror!

58Child's Play
This movie is a classic. Used to scare the hell outta me when I was a little kid

59Martyrs
This movie blew my mind. great action and awesomely twisted

60Tenebre

61Wolf Creek
Suspenseful in an almost-too realistic way...

62My Bloody Valentine
Made me pee my pants and has a very good plot and good actors.

Shawn13


631408
I thought about it: What would happen if my locker number was 140-? I don't even want to type the number. I can already see the little thing in my vent in my room. Holy...
But one thing... Why did he chose 140-? Why not 666? It's more original. Well, spontaneous I guess...
It was one of the best horror movies...just like some real life haunted things places, this movie was really interesting and scary
suspenseful, haunting, thriller, and well acted movie deserves a spot.

pankaj1993

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64A Serbian Film
Sickest movie ever...

65I Know What You Did Last Summer

66Cabin Fever

67Grave Encounters
14,892,040 view on You tube most ever by a scary movie.
Grave Encounters is a low budget film produced for under half a million dollars.
Box office $2,408,334
New York Press granted it "The Scariest Movie Since The Ring"
95 minutes scary movie
I believe it will go to number 1 in no time.

AourangZaib

Scariest and creepiest movie and freaks you out! It looks like real movie... You can't call it fake movie
Scared the hell out of me, still can't look at the ceiling without thinking a dead zombie phsyco without a tongue and with blood dripping everywhere will jump on me

68Insidious: Chapter 2
Even scarier than number one!
Really nice... Scary one!

69Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn
Its just unbeaten...
Bruce campbell shows his real talent...
He is just unbelievable... ! 11

70Trick 'r Treat

71Saw II

7228 Days Later
This movie was good, because Chris Eccleston was in it :) He is the cutest person in the entire world. I was scared to death by his beauty!

73Sleepaway Camp

74Candyman
Creepy and awesome, gave me a few creepy thoughts...

75The Woman in Black
One of the best horror movie

76Paranormal Activity 4

These is very truly amazing horror movie... These is better than all paranormal act. And better than Number 1 and 2


77Peeping Tom

78Evil Dead
Classical horror movie ever

79The Haunting in Connecticut
Scary as hell. Have to watch film!

80White: The Melody of the Curse

81Final Destination 3
What 93 really these is the best... Tottaly watch these its very creepy and seriously scary and the death scene is very horrible.. Watch these and maybe your heart will beat faster and get scream... These is better than final destination 2 and 1 and 5 and 4 these is perfect I mean seriously these movie is super creepy and the death in here is totaly gross and I have prove watch these death at youtube.com type FD3 ERINS DEATH OR FD3 FRANKIES DEATH OR FD3 ALL DEATH SCENE I warn you that these is best
People are sick and crazy, these is the goriest, 5 was great same in the 1 unlike the stupid, unrelated story2 and untalented 4
Scary and vote this more

82Mirrors
It is too bad movie to watch before sleeping, you must take sleeping pills at the end
THE ONE OF BEST HORROR SIGN TO THOSE ONE WHO THINK NO SCARED THEM

83Cube

8430 Days of Night

85The Changeling

Nearly bloodless horror tale packs a frightening wallop. It's all about atmosphere and character. George C Scott and cast bring their a-game to this ghost story.

This is the most underrated horror film ever created. It tells the story of a man who has lost his family in an accident. He then purchases an old house to rebuild his life and focus on his music. A ghost of a young boy who was murdered over 80 years ago tries to contact him to solve the mystery. The house is creepy and the movie will make you jump for 2 hours. This movie will also give you a fear of wheelchairs. I bought this movie a year ago and it never fails to creep me out. It is hard to find but is my favourite horror film. The seance scene will give you chills!

DarkLord


86Bram Stoker's Dracula

87House at the End of the End of the Street
I would like to vote for this movie

88The Human Centipede

89Wolfen

90Freddy vs. Jason
OH YEAH! This is what I'm talking about. Who cares what anyone says about this movie. It is the greatest in horror crossovers. If a mortal fighting an immortal doesn't sound epic to you, then you're totally bonkers.

91Fright Night

92Killer Klowns from Outer Space

93The Others

94Jeepers Creepers
It's not the best but it would freak you out at night. I my self watched it at night, believe me couldn't slept that night
Jeepres creepers is the best film it is amwzing and really cool and we all love gina philips

95The Thing (1982)

Wow, Shawn13 doesn't have great taste. See No Evil and My Bloody valentine? Are you serious? They aren't remotely scary or good movies. There are some good ones like Friday The 13th and Halloween (unless they are the remakes) but this guy needs to watch better movies.

Its really awesome. The things showed thought to have set by good innovative person.


96Nosferatu
Classic horror movie, MUST SEE!

97Scream 2

98American Psycho

99Night of the Demons
This is not a very popular movie but popularity really don't matter here. I promise this film is going to scare the crap out of you.

lapana


100Drag Me to Hell
I can't believe that this movie is not even in the list...
This is the best horror movie ever and with its sound effects I bet you can't watch this movie alone at night
Only the best horror movie ever. It got a 92% approval on rotten tomatoes with labelled certified fresh.83% on metacritic. SO WHY IN THE WORLD WOULD IT NOT BE GOOD?!?

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