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

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

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

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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4 Halloween

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

6 The Shining

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

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8 The Ring

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

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9 Jaws
10 A 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.

The Contenders

11 The Sixth Sense

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

12 Saw

Not even that gory. Great movie though. - TheBestTeethInTheGame

Ultra gory and ultra messed up. - heather

13 Night of the Living Dead

Zombies. Need I say more? - heather

14 The Thing
15 Ringu
16 Black Christmas
17 Ju-on
18 The Evil Dead
19 Carrie
20 Don't Breathe
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Top Remixes

1. Alien
2. Jaws
3. Psycho
1. The Blair Witch Project
2. Psycho
3. The Exorcist



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