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Top 100 Horror Movies

Updated on June 19, 2013
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The 100 Top Horror Movies of All Time from Printer presents the 100 Top Horror Movies of all time, updated for 2009!

Welcome to the Fourth Annual 100 Top Horror Movies list, now even better and more in line with the reality of Horror! The 100 Top Horror Movies List for 2009 has it all: U.S. Big Studio Horror, Independent Horror, Hammer Horror, Classic Horror, Foreign Horror, Creature Features - truly the Best Horror Movies for the Discerning Horror Freak.

Rating Methodology

How you use the most complete listing of the Top horror movies is, of course, up to you. Here are some suggestions for:

The Horror Novice:
This is a comprehensive list of the best horror available, so getting right to it from number 100 and watching all the way down to the number 1 is a reasonable plan... but if you are a true novice then we recommend the Horror Beginner's Shelf. This will expose you to all of the major horror sub-genres as well as creature features and foreign horror and create a solid horror foundation. Once you graduate from this indoctrination move on to the next phase of horror freakdom with:

Horror Aficionado:
There will be many films on the Top 100 Horror Movies list that you have seen already - possibly many times. Most of them deserve multiple viewings though, so you may just want to print the list and start at 100 working downward. With proper timing and focus you should be in the top 20 in time for the days leading to Halloween

Horror Addict:
The Top 100 Horror Movies are perfect for an extended Netflix queue, and you can be set for horror all year long. Populate your queue with the Top 100 Horror Movies and then visit the Confessions of a Horror Movie Addict to share your story.

Horror Expert:
There will certainly be questions (along with rants and raves) about this list of the Top 100 Horror Movies. Before you email me, be armed with the thought process behind the rankings... Read the Rating Methodology.

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So, onward Horror Freaks to the 100 Greatest Horror Movies of all time, updated and expanded for 2009!

100. Final Destination (2000, Directed by James Wong)

99. Dead Ringers (1988, Directed by David Cronenberg)

98. The Ring (2002, Directed by Gore Verbinski)

97. Frankenstein (1931, Directed by James Whale)

Ghost Face, From Scream (1996) has become Iconic in horror

The list of 100 Top Horror Movies starts from the bottom with Final Destination that brought Death itself into the slasher arena, Cronenberg's disturbing Dead Ringers and the remake of J-Horror masterpiece Ringu , The Ring . Ringu is also on this list, but The Ring remains the scariest movie ever for a new generation of horror freaks so has it's own spot. Of course, no list of 100 Top Horror Movies would be complete without the Big Guy, Frankenstein .

96. Scream (1996, Directed by Wes Craven)

95. Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992, Directed by Francis Ford Coppola)

94. Night of the Creeps (1986, Written and Directed by Fred Dekker)

The Floating Kid in Salem's Lot is a Nightmare Maker

Scream , while panned by the Horror Intelligentcia, is 100 Top Horror Movies material and helped bring horror back to the forefront. Add to that Bram Stoker's Dracula , alien brain slugs in Horror/Comedy Night of the Creeps and the film responsible for millions of nightmares Salem's Lot and you've got a great horror weekend...

93. Salem's Lot (1979, Directed by Tobe Hooper)

92. Invasion of the Body Snatchers (70s version)

91. IT (1990, Directed by Tommy Lee Wallace)

90. The Lost Boys (1987, Directed by Joel Schumacher)

Dog Soldiers - Bark, Bite AND Blades.

89. Dog Soldiers (2002, Written and Directed by Neil Marshall)

88. Return of the Living Dead (1985, Written & Directed by Dan O'Bannon)

87. The Beyond (1981, Directed by Lucio Fulci)

86. Pet Semetary (1989, Directed by Mary Lambert)

85. Nosferatu (1922, Directed by F.W. Murnau)

This tragic Wolf Man, apparantly, climbs trees.

Lots of classic creatures showing up with Werewolves, Vampires, zombies and aliens making up this section of the 100 Top Horror Movies List. The technology behind the creatures has improved over time, but somehow there is nothing more scary or tragic than Lon Chaney from 1941.

84. The Wolfman (1941, Directed by George Waggner)

83. The Mummy (1932, Directed by Karl Freund)

82. Darkness Falls (2003, Directed by Jonathan Liebesman)

Rose McGowan has got a Killer Right Kick

Grindhouse created a 1970s B-movie experience complete with previews of films to come and cheesy pleas to hit the concessions stand. Unfortunately the experience is not duplicated in the DVD release which separated the two features. Oh, and before you complain about Darkness Falls is on the 100 Top Horror Movies list for 2009, check out how it ranked compared to your favorite in the Rating Methodology.

81. Grindhouse (2007, Directed by Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez)

80. Seven (1995, Directed by David Fincher)

79. Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981, Directed by Steve Miner)

78. Don't Look Now (1973, Directed by Nocolas Roeg)

77. Videodrome (1983, Written and Directed by David Cronenberg)

This Tube from Event Horizon Looks Like a Commercial Haunted House

76. Event Horizon (1997, Directed by Paul Anderson)

75. The Stepford Wives (1975, Directed by Bryan Forbes)

74. Puppet Master (1989, Directed by David Schmoeller)

73. The Birds (1963, Directed by Alfred Hitchcock)

72. Hostel (2005, Directed by Eli Roth)

Bruce Campbell is VERY happy to have made the list.

2009 is the first year that Army of Darkness has been included in the 100 Top Horror Movies list from - not by design but merely through unfortunate omission. That is now rectified.

71. Army of Darkness (1992, Directed by Sam Raimi)

70. Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon (2006, Directed by Scott Glosserman)

69. From Beyond (1986, Directed by Stuart Gordon)

68. Poltergeist (1982, Directed by Tobe Hooper)

The Quartermass Experiment Began the Hammer Horror Rein

67. The Quartermass Xperiment (1955, Directed by Val Guest)

66. Re-Animator (1985, Directed by Stuart Gordon)

65. Amityville Horror (1979, Directed by Stuart Rosenberg)

64. Horror of Dracula (1958, Directed by Terrence Fisher)

This Chick from Jacob's Ladder is a Freak...

There are a couple of Hammer Horror entries to the 100 Top Horror Movies list here, The Quartermass Xperiment and Horror of Dracula , both of which helped to revitalize horror after Universal started to fade from memory. We are also seeing the original Amityville Horror , the one with Margot Kidder, please.

63. Jacobs' Ladder (1990, Directed by Adrian Lyne)

62. Tenebrae (1982, Written and Directed by Dario Argento)

61. Altered States (1980, Directed by Ken Russell)

60. The invisible Man (1933, Directed by James Whale)

59. Dawn of the Dead 2004 (2004, Directed by Zack Snyder)

The Host Creature will Ruin Your Picnic

58. The Host (2006, Directed by Joon-ho Bong)

57. The Omen (1976, Directed by Richard Donner)

56. The Legend of Hell House (1973, Directed by John Hough)

55. Phantasm (1979, Directed by Don Coscarelli)

This latest batch includes Classic, remake, mass-market studio, Korean and low-budget horror. This list of ther 100 Top Horror Movies crosses boundaries from slimy monsters running across the town square to technology meant to whipe the haunting from a house.

In The Wicker Man, Chicks Rule

54. The Wicker Man (1973, Directed by Robin Hardy)

53. Rosemary's Baby (1968, Directed by Roman Polanski)

52. Saw (2004, Written and Directed by James Wan)

51. Feast (2005, Directed by John Gulager)

The 50 Top Horror Movies for 2009:

50. Halloween 2 (1981, Directed by Rick Rosenthal)

49. Misery (1990, Directed by Rob Reiner)

48. The Mist (2007, Directed by Frank Darabont)

47. A Tale of Two Sisters (2003, Written and Directed by Ji-woon Kim)

We love you John Carpenter, but the 1960 VOTD is the one to watch.

46. Village of the Damned (1960, Directed by Wolf Rilla)

45. Day of the Dead (1985, Written and Directed by George A. Romero)

44. Cemetary Man (1994, Directed by Michele Soavil)

43. High Tension (2005, Directed by Alexandre Aja)

The Top 50 Horror Movies is in full force with Misery (complete with hobbling), one of the newest Stephen King adaptations The Mist and J-Horror's A Tale of Two Sisters (English-language remake coming). Village of the Damned and Cemetary Man are more on the quirky side, High Tension is a psycho-ride and the classic Bride of Frankenstein sends Movie-Goers screaming in her day.

The Bride HATES Blind Dates. I see why...

42. Bride of Frankenstein (1935, Directed by James Whale)

41. The Curse of Frankenstein (1957, Directed by Terence Fisher)

40. Ginger Snaps (2000, Directed by John Fawcett)

39. The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971, Directed by Robert Fuest)

Hellraiser guy shouldn't have opened the box...

38. Hell Raiser (1987, Directed by Clive Barker)

37. The Sixth Sense (1999, Directed by M. Night Shyamalan)

36. The Serpent and the Rainbow (1988, Directed by Wes Craven)

35. The Orphanage (2007, Directed by J.A. Bayona)

34. The Blair Witch Project (1999, Written and Directed by Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sanchez)

Note to Self: Save Discussions for After Zombie Headshots

The 100 Top Horror Movie list is getting closer to the best of the best, and there are some awesome flicks like Hell Raiser and The Sixth Sense ("I see dead people") as well as the Voo Doo screamer The Serpent and the Rainbow and the lush and beautiful ghost story The Orphanage . What a contrast The Blair Witch Project is, then, with a budget of only $30,000.

33. Shaun of the Dead (2004, Directed by Edgar Wright)

32. 28 Days Later (2002, Directed by Danny Boyle)

31. Black Christmas (1974, Directed by Bob Clark)

30. Audition (1999, Directed by Takashi Miike)

Who Can Forget Hannibal Lector and His Mask?

29. Silence of the Lambs (1991, Directed by Jonathan Demme)

28. The Thing (1982, Directed by John Carpenter)

27. Aliens (1986, Directed by James Cameron)

26. Suspiria (1977, Directed by Dario Argento)

The 25 Top Horror Movies

25. Jaws (1975, Directed by Steven Spielberg)

24. Zombi 2 (1980, Directed by Lucio Fulci)

23. Interview with the Vampire (1994, Directed by Neil Jordan)

22. The Eye (2002, Directed by The Pang Brothers)

21. Frailty (2001, Directed by Bill Paxton)

The top 25 of the 100 Top Horror Movies List starts out with some heavy-hitters of the horror genre. The shark in Jaws is as focused on killing as any slasher, Fulci's Zombi 2 gives us the eye-jab, Anne Rice came to the big screen with Interview with the Vampire , evil visions reign in The Eye and a God-fearing man becomes a demon hunter in Frailty . Number 20 below, Dead Alive , is known as the goriest movie ever made based on gallons of blood used.

20. Dead Alive (1992, Directed by Peter Jackson)

19. The Howling (1981, Directed by Joe Dante)

18. The Descent (2005, Directed by Neil Marshall)

17. Ju-On (2000, Written and Directed by Takashi Shimizu)

16. Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974, Directed by Tobe Hooper)

May takes 'social skills' to a new level

15. May (2002, Written and Directed by Lucky McKee)

14. White Zombie (1932, Directed by Victor Halperin)

13. Carrie (1976, Directed by Brian De Palma)

12. Ringu (1998, Directed by Hideo Nakata)

11. An American Werewolf in London (1981, Written and Directed by John Landis)

And now, the moment you have all been waiting for...

The 10 Top Horror Movies for 2009

10. Evil Dead (1981, Directed by Sam Raimi)

9. Friday the 13th (1980, Directed by Sean S. Cunningham)

8. Psycho (1960, Directed by Alfred Hitchcock)

7. Nightmare on Elm Street (1984, Directed by Wes Craven)

6. The Shining (1980, Directed by Stanley Kubrick)

5. Night of the living Dead (1968, Directed by Dean Lachiusa & George Romero)

4. Halloween (1978, Directed by John Carpenter)

3. Dawn of the Dead (1978, Written and Directed by George A. Romero)

2. Alien (1979, Directed by Ridley Scott)

1. The Exorcist (1973, Directed by William Friedkin)


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      Sam Little 

      7 years ago from Wheelwright KY

      Very good list. I like how you laid it out.

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      Anjo Bacarisas II 

      8 years ago from Cagayan de Oro, Philippines

      jezz.. this list are really better, creepy! voted up, this list of movies are really the best horror movies ever.

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      8 years ago

      Was hoping to see The Thing (2011) or something disturbing like Rob Zombie's Halloween, I do see flaws in this list-but it's a personal thing for me I guess :) good job!

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      8 years ago

      Dis does not make sense threre arrest way better movies thanks some odd those there should berd, a better laugh

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      8 years ago

      Well, first of all, how is The Exorcist even ON the list? The movie was good, but it wasn't too scary! And, putting Japenese and German movies up here is pointless. How many Germans and Japenese people are gonna watch them? But, overall, it was a fair list... :X

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      9 years ago

      Thank You for sharing your knowledge

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      9 years ago

      awesome list many of my favorites placed high despite there less then frightening quality. only a true horror fan could of made this list

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      9 years ago

      Bad list. The fact that you don't have Santa Sengre on here is a disgrace.

      Here's an idea, watch more movies, mature your viewing tastes, and become more experienced with the genre before you go on flaunting your list of top horror films.


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      9 years ago

      Sorry, but your list is just incredibly frustrating and quite honestly outrageous. Shaun of the Dead, the descent, and many others are insanely placed .... And how can you even justify Army of Darkness having a better rank than Nosfetatu, and Frankenstein? Were you even thinking when you made this list? It's unreal how bad it is. Your top ten is just an american showcase. Sure they are fantastic horror films which I personally love, but top 10 out of all the horror movies ever made? Absolutely no fucking way. Overall I have to say that you have not seen enough horror movies to make a proper list and that the placing of these films is extremely juvenile. Deffinitely needs extreme improvement.

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      9 years ago

      Your list is absolutely terrible ... Clearly you are ranked under "horror novice" ... Sure I agree that alot if not 60% of them should be in the top horror movies, yet your ordering is absolutely atrocious. What about Bava's Black Sunday, or the Asian masterpieces Kwaidan, House, and Jigoku. This list is absolutely flawed, and although fulci and argento 100% deserve to make this list on multiple accounts, your choice of Halloween 2, the remake of DotD, and a few other garbage films you have posted is ridiculous. I'm embarrassed by your arrogance and lack of knowledge. You should watch the films in your list again and rework it entirely.

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      9 years ago

      I am wondering why they never put"HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL WITH VINCENT PRICE" In its day that movie was crazy.

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      9 years ago

      Great top 10 though maybe swap Ju-On for Evil Dead? My favourite... 28 Days Later, though nobody ever agrees with me on that!

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      9 years ago

      Great top 10 though maybe swap Ju-On for Evil Dead? My favourite... 28 Days Later, though nobody ever agrees with me on that!

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      10 years ago

      To Tina,

      That was Hellraiser. The box was gold and black, and yes it is the same movie. Decent list. The sad thing is I've seen them all. Was hoping to see something that might have slipped by me to watch. To Angela, Let The Right One In, was a very intriguing and cool slant on an otherwise stale vampire genre. It is actually like a cool version of the Twilight bullcrap. Frality was actually a good movie as well, I just don't consider it to be in the horror genre. Therefore, I can see Michael's complaint about it's placing. When viewing the list make sure you pay attention to the year the movie was released, i.e. Black Christmas (1974). At first glance I even was mad at this, because I was thinking of the Black Xmas remake of (2006). The 1974 movie has every right to be on this list, the 2006 version has every right to never be seen by anyone.

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      10 years ago

      Where's Children Of The Corn?

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      10 years ago

      Am trying to find out if anyone has seen a movie like this- i am trying to remember the name! It is about a dead guy under the floor and a woman who lives there, she goes out and and bring back these men and the dead guy would tkae their flesh and transform it on himself! I think their was alos a black box in it too, not to sure if its the same movie

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      10 years ago

      and "funny games" sigh... come on now... glad you included "tale of 2 sisters" and "audition", those movies were amazing :)

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      10 years ago

      ooo and pan's labyrinth :) I'm not saying these are horror per se, but ugh definitely better than like "grindhouse" for instance. And bleh "Darkness Falls" was awful!

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      10 years ago

      where is "let the right one in"? or are we just not considering it to be horror really? I could understand that

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      10 years ago

      the scariest movie of all time is not the exorsist!!!!!!!!!! It is the OMEN

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      michael morgan 

      10 years ago

      Your Top Ten is arguable but it is a fair top ten. Putting Suspiria underneath Zombie 2 by Fulci is frustrating.

      Also seeing a modern film like Frailty (which isn't groundbreaking or convention worthy) over films like Hellraiser, Black Christmas, The Thing or Silence of the Lambs shows that you are unschooled. Hellraiser is subject underneath Frailty? Black Christmas underneath Frailty? Seriously, you can easily go on Imdb and see where popularity alone lies with fans dedicated to some films that got snubbed and recieved lower ratings than Frailty.

      If you mentioned some of the modern films earlier which have had less of an impact on Horror cinema and Horror fandom I may agree with your choices better but it looks like you wrote down a hundred horror films and places that last 90 on random and gave some thought to your top ten.

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      Chris Friend 

      11 years ago

      Absolutely perfect/ Everyone of these is correct!!!!!!!!!!!. Great.


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