Most Influential Horror MoviesNot necessarily good movies, but movies that defined the genre, movies that caused scores of copycats and remakes.
The Top Ten
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
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
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
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
The Grudge stylistically influenced many movies. One of the creepiest movies of all time. - heather
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
"All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy" - heather
I can see dead people, they're everywhere. - heather
Not even that gory. Great movie though. - TheBestTeethInTheGame
Ultra gory and ultra messed up. - heather
Zombies. Need I say more? - heather
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.
Best movie ever
Peeping Tom was a whole new age of movie violence and predated Psycho. Looks at the element of fear and actually comments on why we continuously watch violent films. Another influential one is Dead of Night, a little 40’s anthology which started many tropes; creepy dolls, creepy kids, mirrors associated with fear and the twist ending. Black Christmas is also highly influential.
I summed up the movie under Peeping Tom - it started several tropes and it is genuinely scary - especially for a 40’s film!
The first horror movie.