Most Influential Horror Movies

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

The Top Ten

1 Psycho Psycho Product Image

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

Best ever. Nothing else to say.

The first twist ending was in The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. - TheBestTeethInTheGame

2 The Blair Witch Project The Blair Witch Project Product Image

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

Ever heard of Cannibal Holocaust? - TheBestTeethInTheGame

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

3 The Exorcist The Exorcist Product Image

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

Simply the best horror movie of all time

4 Halloween Halloween Product Image

Black Christmas and Texas Chain Saw Massacre existed four years earlier. Halloween is great, but it's not the first slasher. - TheBestTeethInTheGame

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

5 The Grudge The Grudge Product Image

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

6 The Ring The Ring Product Image

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

This film is responsible for it's own sort of sub-genre. - heather

7 The Shining The Shining Product Image

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

8 The Sixth Sense The Sixth Sense Product Image

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

9 Saw Saw Product Image

Not even that gory. Great movie though. - TheBestTeethInTheGame

Ultra gory and ultra messed up. - heather

10 Night of the Living Dead Night of the Living Dead Product Image

Zombies. Need I say more? - heather

The Contenders

11 A Nightmare on Elm Street A Nightmare on Elm Street  Product Image

This scared all the scare out of me, so frightening!

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

12 Black Christmas Black Christmas Product Image
13 Alien Alien Product Image

Best movie ever

14 Ringu Ringu Product Image
15 They Live They Live Product Image
16 Child's Play Child's Play Product Image
17 Nosferatu (1922) Nosferatu (1922) Product Image
18 Scream Scream Product Image
19 Eraserhead Eraserhead Product Image
20 Hellraiser Hellraiser Product Image
21 The Haunting (1963) The Haunting (1963) Product Image
22 The Wicker Man The Wicker Man Product Image
23 Ju-on Ju-on Product Image
24 The Thing The Thing Product Image
25 The Evil Dead The Evil Dead Product Image
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