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Top 50 Best Horror movies of all time

In this top list we uncover the best Horror movies of all time. Already seen The Exorcist, Poltergeist and The Shining? Find out which of the other movies in this genre you absolutely must watch!

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  1. The Exorcist (1973)

    The Exorcist

    12-year-old Regan MacNeil begins to adapt an explicit new personality as strange events befall the local area of Georgetown. Her mother becomes torn between science and superstition in a desperate bid to save her daughter, and ultimately turns to her last hope: Father Damien Karras, a troubled priest who is struggling with his own faith.

    Directed by William Friedkin
  2. The Shining (1980)

    The Shining

    Jack Torrance accepts a caretaker job at the Overlook Hotel, where he, along with his wife Wendy and their son Danny, must live isolated from the rest of the world for the winter. But they aren't prepared for the madness that lurks within.

    Directed by Stanley Kubrick
  3. The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)

    The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

    Five friends visiting their grandfather's house in the country are hunted and terrorized by a chain-saw wielding killer and his family of grave-robbing cannibals.

    Directed by Tobe Hooper
  4. Rosemary's Baby (1968)

    Rosemary's Baby

    A young couple moves into an infamous New York apartment building to start a family. Things become frightening as Rosemary begins to suspect her unborn baby isn't safe around their strange neighbors.

    Directed by Roman Polanski
  5. Let the Right One In (2008)

    Let the Right One In

    Set in 1982 in the suburb of Blackeberg, Stockholm, twelve-year-old Oskar is a lonely outsider, bullied at school by his classmates; at home, Oskar dreams of revenge against a trio of bullies. He befriends his twelve-year-old, next-door neighbor Eli, who only appears at night in the snow-covered playground outside their building.

    Directed by Tomas Alfredson
  6. Alien (1979)

    Alien

    During its return to the earth, commercial spaceship Nostromo intercepts a distress signal from a distant planet. When a three-member team of the crew discovers a chamber containing thousands of eggs on the planet, a creature inside one of the eggs attacks an explorer. The entire crew is unaware of the impending nightmare set to descend upon them when the alien parasite planted inside its unfortunate host is birthed.

    Directed by Ridley Scott
  7. Psycho (1960)

    Psycho

    When larcenous real estate clerk Marion Crane goes on the lam with a wad of cash and hopes of starting a new life, she ends up at the notorious Bates Motel, where manager Norman Bates cares for his housebound mother. The place seems quirky, but fine… until Marion decides to take a shower.

    Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
  8. The Thing (1982)

    The Thing

    Scientists in the Antarctic are confronted by a shape-shifting alien that assumes the appearance of the people that it kills.

    Directed by John Carpenter
  9. The Witch (2016)

    The Witch

    New England in the 1630s: William and Katherine lead a devout Christian life with five children, homesteading on the edge of an impassable wilderness. When their newborn son vanishes and crops fail, the family turns on one another. Beyond their worst fears, a supernatural evil lurks in the nearby wood.

    Directed by Robert Eggers
  10. Night of the Living Dead (1968)

    Night of the Living Dead

    A group of people try to survive an attack of bloodthirsty zombies while trapped in a rural Pennsylvania farmhouse. Although not the first zombie film, Night of the Living Dead is the progenitor of the contemporary "zombie apocalypse" horror film, and it greatly influenced the modern pop-culture zombie archetype.

    Directed by George A. Romero
  11. The Evil Dead (1981)

    The Evil Dead

    When a group of college students finds a mysterious book and recording in the old wilderness cabin they've rented for the weekend, they unwittingly unleash a demonic force from the surrounding forest.

    Directed by Sam Raimi
  12. It Follows (2015)

    It Follows

    For 19-year-old Jay, fall should be about school, boys and weekends out at the lake. But a seemingly innocent physical encounter turns sour and gives her the inescapable sense that someone, or something, is following her. Faced with this burden, Jay and her teenage friends must find a way to escape the horror that seems to be only a few steps behind.

    Directed by David Robert Mitchell
  13. Dawn of the Dead (1978)

    Dawn of the Dead

    During an ever-growing epidemic of zombies that have risen from the dead, two Philadelphia SWAT team members, a traffic reporter, and his television-executive girlfriend seek refuge in a secluded shopping mall.

    Directed by George A. Romero
  14. Suspiria (1977)

    Suspiria

    A candy-colored nightmare from Italian terror maestro Dario Argento, Suspiria weaves a menacing tale of witchcraft as a fairy tale gone horribly awry. From the moment she arrives in Freiberg, Germany, to attend the prestigious Tans Academy, American ballet-dancer Suzy Bannion (Jessica Harper) senses that something horribly evil lurks within the walls of the age-old institution.

    Directed by Dario Argento
  15. The Descent (2005)

    The Descent

    After a tragic accident, six friends reunite for a caving expedition. Their adventure soon goes horribly wrong when a collapse traps them deep underground and they find themselves pursued by bloodthirsty creatures. As their friendships deteriorate, they find themselves in a desperate struggle to survive the creatures and each other.

    Directed by Neil Marshall
  16. Poltergeist (1982)

    Poltergeist

    Craig T. Nelson stars as Steve Freeling, the main protagonist, who lives with his wife, Diane, and their three children, Dana, Robbie, and Carol Anne, in Southern California where he sells houses for the company that built the neighborhood. It starts with just a few odd occurrences, such as broken dishes and furniture moving around by itself. However, a tree comes alive and takes Robbie through his bedroom window, and Carol Anne is abducted by ghosts. Realizing that something evil haunts his home, Steve calls in a team of parapsychologists led by Dr. Lesh to investigate, hoping to get Carol Anne back, so he can remove his family from the house before it's too late.

    Directed by Tobe Hooper
  17. The Blair Witch Project (1999)

    The Blair Witch Project

    In October of 1994 three student filmmakers disappeared in the woods near Burkittsville, Maryland, while shooting a documentary. A year later their footage was found.

    Directed by Daniel Myrick, Eduardo Sánchez
  18. 28 Days Later... (2002)

    28 Days Later...

    Twenty-eight days after a killer virus was accidentally unleashed from a British research facility, a small group of London survivors are caught in a desperate struggle to protect themselves from the infected. Carried by animals and humans, the virus turns those it infects into homicidal maniacs -- and it's absolutely impossible to contain.

    Directed by Danny Boyle
  19. Halloween (1978)

    Halloween

    A psychotic murderer institutionalized since childhood for the murder of his sister, escapes and stalks a bookish teenage girl and her friends while his doctor chases him through the streets.

    Directed by John Carpenter
  20. The Others (2001)

    The Others

    Grace is a religious woman who lives in an old house kept dark because her two children, Anne and Nicholas, have a rare sensitivity to light. When the family begins to suspect the house is haunted, Grace fights to protect her children at any cost in the face of strange events and disturbing visions.

    Directed by Alejandro Amenábar
  21. Aliens (1986)

    Aliens

    When Ripley's lifepod is found by a salvage crew over 50 years later, she finds that terra-formers are on the very planet they found the alien species. When the company sends a family of colonists out to investigate her story... all contact is lost with the planet and colonists. They enlist Ripley and the colonial marines to return and search for answers.

    Directed by James Cameron
  22. Evil Dead II (1987)

    Evil Dead II

    Ash Williams and his girlfriend Linda find a log cabin in the woods with a voice recording from an archeologist who had recorded himself reciting ancient chants from “The Book of the Dead.” As they play the recording an evil power is unleashed taking over Linda’s body.

    Directed by Sam Raimi
  23. A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

    A Nightmare on Elm Street

    Teenagers in a small town are dropping like flies, apparently in the grip of mass hysteria causing their suicides. A cop's daughter, Nancy Thompson (Heather Langenkamp) traces the cause to child molester Fred Krueger (Robert Englund), who was burned alive by angry parents many years before. Krueger has now come back in the dreams of his killers' children, claiming their lives as his revenge. Nancy and her boyfriend, Glen (Johnny Depp), must devise a plan to lure the monster out of the realm of nightmares and into the real world...

    Directed by Wes Craven
  24. The Orphanage (2007)

    The Orphanage

    A woman brings her family back to her childhood home, which used to be an orphanage, intent on reopening it. Before long, her son starts to communicate with a new invisible friend.

    Directed by Juan Antonio Bayona
  25. Dawn of the Dead (2004)

    Dawn of the Dead

    A group of surviving people take refuge in a shopping center after the world has been over taken over by aggressive, flesh-eating zombies. A remake of the 1978 zombie film of the same name.

    Directed by Zack Snyder
  26. Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)

    Invasion of the Body Snatchers

    The first remake of the paranoid infiltration classic moves the setting for the invasion, from a small town to the city of San Francisco and starts as Matthew Bennell notices that several of his friends are complaining that their close relatives are in some way different. When questioned later they themselves seem changed, as they deny everything or make lame excuses. As the invaders increase in number they become more open and Bennell, who has by now witnessed an attempted "replacement", realises that he and his friends must escape or suffer the same fate. But who can he trust to help him and who has already been snatched?

    Directed by Philip Kaufman
  27. Repulsion (1965)

    Repulsion

    In Roman Polanski's first English-language film, beautiful young manicurist Carole suffers from androphobia (the pathological fear of interaction with men). When her sister and roommate, Helen, leaves their London flat to go on an Italian holiday with her married boyfriend, Carole withdraws into her apartment. She begins to experience frightful hallucinations, her fear gradually mutating into madness.

    Directed by Roman Polanski
  28. The Omen (1976)

    The Omen

    Immediately after their miscarriage, the US diplomat Robert Thorn adopts the newborn Damien without the knowledge of his wife. Yet what he doesn’t know is that their new son is the son of the devil. A classic horror film with Gregory Peck from 1976.

    Directed by Richard Donner
  29. Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)

    Invasion of the Body Snatchers

    A small-town doctor learns that the population of his community is being replaced by emotionless alien duplicates.

    Directed by Don Siegel
  30. The Birds (1963)

    The Birds

    Chic socialite Melanie Daniels enjoys a passing flirtation with an eligible attorney in a San Francisco pet shop and, on an impulse, follows him to his hometown bearing a gift of lovebirds. But upon her arrival, the bird population runs amok. Suddenly, the townsfolk face a massive avian onslaught, with the feathered fiends inexplicably attacking people all over Bodega Bay.

    Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
  31. Dead of Night (1945)

    Dead of Night

    Architect Walter Craig, seeking the possibility of some work at a country farmhouse, soon finds himself once again stuck in his recurring nightmare. Dreading the end of the dream that he knows is coming, he must first listen to all the assembled guests' own bizarre tales.

    Directed by Alberto Cavalcanti, Charles Crichton, Basil Dearden, Robert Hamer
  32. What We Do in the Shadows (2014)

    What We Do in the Shadows

    Follow the lives of Viago, Deacon, and Vladislav - three flatmates who are just trying to get by and overcome life's obstacles-like being immortal vampires who must feast on human blood. Hundreds of years old, the vampires are finding that beyond sunlight catastrophes, hitting the main artery, and not being able to get a sense of their wardrobe without a reflection, modern society has them struggling with the mundane like paying rent, keeping up with the chore wheel, trying to get into nightclubs, and overcoming flatmate conflicts.

    Directed by Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi
  33. The Wicker Man (1973)

    The Wicker Man

    Police sergeant Neil Howie is called to an island village in search of a missing girl whom the locals claim never existed. Stranger still, however, are the rituals that take place there.

    Directed by Robin Hardy
  34. Jaws (1975)

    Jaws

    An insatiable great white shark terrorizes the townspeople of Amity Island, The police chief, an oceanographer and a grizzled shark hunter seek to destroy the bloodthirsty beast.

    Directed by Steven Spielberg
  35. The Conjuring (2013)

    The Conjuring

    Paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren work to help a family terrorized by a dark presence in their farmhouse. Forced to confront a powerful entity, the Warrens find themselves caught in the most terrifying case of their lives.

    Directed by James Wan
  36. [REC] (2007)

    [REC]

    A television reporter and cameraman follow emergency workers into a dark apartment building and are quickly locked inside with something terrifying.

    Directed by Jaume Balagueró, Paco Plaza
  37. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

    The Silence of the Lambs

    FBI trainee Clarice Starling ventures into a maximum-security asylum to pick the diseased brain of Hannibal Lecter, a psychiatrist turned homicidal cannibal. Starling needs clues to help her capture a serial killer. Unfortunately, her Faustian relationship with Lecter soon leads to his escape, and now two deranged killers are on the loose.

    Directed by Jonathan Demme
  38. The Devil's Backbone (2007)

    The Devil's Backbone

    After losing his father, 10-year-old Carlos arrives at the Santa Lucia School, which shelters orphans of the Republican militia and politicians, and is taken in by the steely headmistress, Carmen, and the kindly professor, Casares. Soon after his arrival, Carlos has a run-in with the violent caretaker, Jacinto. Gradually, Carlos uncovers the secrets of the school, including the youthful ghost that wanders the grounds.

    Directed by Guillermo del Toro
  39. Frailty (2001)

    Frailty

    A man confesses to an FBI agent his family's story of how his religious fanatic father's visions lead to a series of murders to destroy supposed "demons."

    Directed by Bill Paxton
  40. The Changeling (1980)

    The Changeling

    A man staying at a secluded historical mansion, finds his life being haunted by the presence of a spectre.

    Directed by Peter Medak
  41. The Mist (2007)

    The Mist

    After a violent storm, a dense cloud of mist envelops a small Maine town, trapping artist David Drayton and his five-year-old son in a local grocery store with other people. They soon discover that the mist conceals deadly horrors that threaten their lives, and worse, their sanity.

    Directed by Frank Darabont
  42. Scream (1996)

    Scream

    A killer known as Ghostface begins killing off teenagers, and as the body count begins rising, one girl and her friends find themselves contemplating the "Rules" of horror films as they find themselves living in a real-life one.

    Directed by Wes Craven
  43. Audition (1999)

    Audition

    Seven years after the death of his wife, company executive Aoyama is invited to sit in on auditions for an actress. Leafing through the resumés in advance, his eye is caught by Yamazaki Asami, a striking young woman with ballet training.

    Directed by Takashi Miike
  44. The Ring (2002)

    The Ring

    It sounded like just another urban legend: A videotape filled with nightmarish images, leading to a phone call foretelling the viewer's death in exactly seven days. As a newspaper reporter, Rachel Keller was naturally skeptical of the story, until four teenagers all met with mysterious deaths exactly one week after watching just such a tape. Allowing her investigative curiosity to get the better of her, Rachel tracks down the video... and watches it. Now she has just seven days to unravel the mystery of the Ring.

    Directed by Gore Verbinski
  45. The Cabin in the Woods (2012)

    The Cabin in the Woods

    Five college friends spend the weekend at a remote cabin in the woods, where they get more than they bargained for. Together, they must discover the truth behind the cabin in the woods.

    Directed by Drew Goddard
  46. An American Werewolf in London (1981)

    An American Werewolf in London

    Two American tourists in England are attacked by a werewolf that none of the locals will admit exists.

    Directed by John Landis
  47. The Babadook (2014)

    The Babadook

    A single mother, plagued by the violent death of her husband, battles with her son's fear of a monster lurking in the house, but soon discovers a sinister presence all around her.

    Directed by Jennifer Kent
  48. Eden Lake (2008)

    Eden Lake

    Eden Lake is a relentlessly tense and immaculately paced horror-thriller about modern youth gone wild. When a young couple goes to a remote wooded lake for a romantic getaway, their quiet weekend is shattered by an aggressive group of local kids. Rowdiness quickly turns to rage as the teens terrorize the couple in unimaginable ways, and a weekend outing becomes a bloody battle for survival.

    Directed by James Watkins
  49. Drag Me to Hell (2009)

    Drag Me to Hell

    After denying a woman the extension she needs to keep her home, loan officer Christine Brown sees her once-promising life take a startling turn for the worse. Christine is convinced she's been cursed by a Gypsy, but her boyfriend is skeptical. Her only hope seems to lie in a psychic who claims he can help her lift the curse and keep her soul from being dragged straight to hell.

    Directed by Sam Raimi
  50. The Howling (1981)

    The Howling

    After a bizarre and near fatal encounter with a serial killer, a newswoman is sent to a rehabilitation center whose inhabitants may not be what they seem.

    Directed by Joe Dante

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