The 100 Essential Horror Movies

Just in time for Halloween... the Essential Films presents the 100 Essential Horror Films!

For this list we considered the following genres:


  • Dark Fantasy
  • Psychological Horror
  • Vampire Movies
  • Comedy Horror
  • Serial Killer Movies
  • Zombie Movies
  • Slasher Flicks
  • Torture Horror
  • Monster Movies
  • Creature Features
  • Gothic Horror
  • Action Horror
  • Supernatural
  • Haunted House
  • Ghost Stories
  • Occult
  • Sci-Fi Horror
  • Thrillers


Debate, discuss, dissect and enjoy!


100. - The Monster Squad (1987)

Director:  Fred Dekker
Writers:  Shane Black, Fred Dekker
Genre:  Comedy Horror

Wolfman's got nards!


99 - The Mummy (1932)

Director:  Karl Freund
Writer:  John L. Balderston
Stars:  Boris Karloff, Zita Johann, David Manners
Genre:  Monster Movie, Creature Feature

Burn the scroll, man. Burn it! It was through you this horror came into existence.


98 - Creepshow (1982)

Director: George Romero
Writer: Stephen King
Stars:  Leslie Nielsen, Hal Holbrook, Adrienne Barbeau
Genre:  Creature Feature, Zombies

I took care of it. That's why God made fathers, babe. That's why God made fathers.


97 - Paranormal Activity (2009)

Director:  Oren Peli
Writer:  Oren Peli
Stars:  Katie Featherston, Micah Sloat, Mark Fredrichs
Genre:  Ghost Story

You cannot run from this- it will follow you. It may lay dormant for years. Something may trigger it to become more active and it may over time reach out to communicate with you.


96 - Pitch Black (2000)

Director:  David Twohy
Writers:  Jim Wheat, Ken Wheat, David Twohy
Stars:  Radha Mitchell, Cole Hauser, Vin Diesel
Genre:  Sci-Fi Horror, Creature Feature

All you people are so scared of me. Most days I'd take that as a compliment. But it ain't me you gotta worry about now.



95 - Blade II (2002)

Director:  Guillermo Del Toro
Writer: David S. Goyer
Stars:  Wesley Snipes, Kris Kristofferson, Ron Perlman
Genre:  Action Horror, Vampires

Pretty soon, they're all gonna be daywalkers, man. When that happens, I'd rather be a pet than cattle.


94 - Event Horizon (1997)

Director: Paul W.S. Anderson
Writer:  Phillip Eisner
Stars:  Laurence Fishburne, Sam Neill, Kathleen Quinlan
Genre:  Ghost Story, Sci-Fi Horor

 It knows my fears, it knows my secrets! Gets inside your head and... it shows you!


93 - Wes Craven's New Nightmare (1994)

Director:  Wes Craven
Writer:  Wes Craven
Stars:  Heather Lagenkamp, Robert Englund, Miko Hughes
Genre:  Supernatural, Slasher

I guess evil never dies, right? 


92 - Hellraiser (1987)

Director:  Clive Barker
Writer:  Clive Barker
Stars:  Andrew Robinson, Clare Higgins, Ashley Laurence
Genre:  Supernatural

You solved the box, we came. Now you must come with us, taste our pleasures.


91 - From Dusk till Dawn (1996)

Director:  Robert Rodriguez
Writer:  Robert Rodriguez
Stars:  George Clooney, Quentin Tarantino, Harvey Keitel
Genre:  Vampires, Action Horror

 All right, vampire killers... let's kill some fucking vampires.


90 - Saw (2004)

Director:  James Wan
Writers:  Leigh Whannel
Stars:  Leigh Whannel, Cary Elwes, Danny Glover
Genre:  Serial Killer, Torture Horror

Congratulations. You are still alive. Most people are so ungrateful to be alive. But not you. Not anymore.


89 - Cloverfield (2008)

Director:  Matt Reeves
Writer:  Drew Goddard
Stars:  Mike Vogel, Jessica Lucas, Lizzy Caplan
Genre:  Monster Movie, Sci-Fi Horror

My name is Robert Hawkins. It's 6:42 AM on Saturday, May 23rd. Approximately seven hours ago, some... thing attacked the city. I don't know what it is. If you found this tape, I mean if you're watching this right now, then you probably know more about it than I do.



88 - Re-Animator (1985)

Director:  Stuart Gordon
Writers:  Dennis Paoli, William Norris, Stuart Gordon
Stars:  Jeffrey Combs, Bruce Abbott, Barbara Crampton
Genre:  Zombies, Comedy Horror

Who's going to believe a talking head? Get a job in a sideshow.


87 - Shadow of the Vampire (2000)

Director:  E. Elias Merhige
Writer:  Steven Katz
Stars:  John Malkovich, Willem DeFoe, Udo Kier
Genre:  Vampires

This is hardly your picture any longer.


86 - Buried (2010)

Director:  Rodrigo Cortes
Writer:  Chris Sparling
Stars:  Ryan Reynolds
Genre:  Psychological Horror

 I need one million dollars by nine o'clock tonight or I'll be left to die in this coffin!


85 - Gremlins (1984)

Director:  Joe Dante
Writer:  Chris Columbus
Stars:  Zach Galligan, Phoebe Cates, Hoyt Axton
Genre:  Comedy Horror, Creature Feature, Dark Fantasy

 So if your air conditioner goes on the fritz or your washing machine blows up or your video recorder conks out; before you call the repairman turn on all the lights, check all the closets and cupboards, look under all the beds, 'cause you never can tell there just might be a gremlin in your house.


84 - Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles (1994)

Director:  Neil Jordan
Writer:  Anne Rice
Stars:  Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt, Antonio Banderas
Genre:  Vampires, Gothic Horror

Her blood coursed through my veins sweeter than life itself. And as it did, Lestat's words made sense to me. I knew peace only when I killed and when I heard her heart in that terrible rhythm, I knew again what peace could be.



83 - Tremors - (1990)

Director:  Ron Underwood
Writers:  S.S. Wilson & Brent Maddock
Stars:  Kevin Bacon, Fred Ward, Finn Carter
Genre:  Monster Movie

That's how they git you. They're under the goddamned ground!



82 - Drag Me To Hell (2009)

Director:  Sam Raimi
Writers:  Sam Raimi, Ivan Raimi
Stars:  Alison Lohman, Justin Long, Ruth Livier
Genre:  Occult, Supernatural

I desire the SOUL of Christine Brown. We will FEAST upon it while she festers in the grave!


81 - Shutter Island (2010)

Director: Martin Scorsese
Writer:  Laeta Kalogridis
Stars:  Leonardo DiCaprio, Emily Mortimer, Mark Ruffalo
Genre:  Thriller, Psychological

Which would be worse - to live as a monster? Or to die as a good man?


80 - Son of Frankenstein (1939)

Director:  Rowland V. Lee
Writer:  Wyllis Cooper
Stars:  Basil Rathbone, Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi
Genre:  Monster Movie

My father drew that very lightening from heaven and forced it for his own will to bring life to a being he created with his own hands. Why should we fear anything?




79 - Horror of Dracula (1958)

Director:  Terence Fisher
Writer:  Jimmy Sangster
Stars:  Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee, Michael Gough
Genre:  Vampires

I am Dracula and I welcome you to my house.



78 - Jacob's Ladder (1990)

Director:  Adrian Lyne
Writer:  Bruce Joel Rubin
Stars:  Tim Robbins, Elizabeth Pena, Danny Aiello
Genre:  Psychological Horror, Thriller

If you're frightened of dying, and you're holding on, you'll see devils tearing your life away. If you've made your peace, then the devils are really angels, freeing you from the Earth.


77 - Carnival of Souls (1962)

Director:  Herk Harvey
Writer:  John Clifford
Stars:  Candace Hilligoss, Frances Feist, Sidney Berger
Genre:  Supernatural, Zombies

It's funny... the world is so different in the daylight. In the dark, your fantasies get so out of hand. But in the daylight everything falls back into place again.


76 - Friday the 13th (1980)

Director:  Sean S. Cunningham
Writer:  Victor Miller
Stars:  Betsy Palmer, Adrienne King, Kevin Bacon
Genre:  Slasher

You see, Jason was my son, and today is his birthday...


75 - The Last Man on Earth (1964)

Director: Ubaldo Ragona
Writers: Furio M. Monetti, Ubaldo Ragona
Stars:  Vincent Price
Genre:  Zombies, Vampires, Sci-Fi Horror

You're freaks! I'm a man! The last man...


74 - Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954)

Director:  Jack Arnold
Writer:  Harry Essex
Stars:  Richard Carlson, Julie Adams, Richard Denning
Genre: Monster Movie

There are many strange legends in the Amazon. Even I have heard the legend of a man-fish.


73 - Fright Night (1985)

Director:  Tom Holland
Writer:  Tom Holland
Stars:  Chris Sarandon, Roddy McDowell, William Ragsdale
Genre: Vampires, Comedy Horror

Welcome to Fright Night! For real.


72 - Frailty (2000)

Director:  Bill Paxton
Writer:  Brent Hanley
Stars:  Bill Paxton, Matthew McConaughey, Powers Boothe
Genre:  Thriller, Psychological, Supernatural

Only demons should fear me. You're not a demon are you? The angel said you were. I can't believe that. I won't. You're my son, and I love you more than my own life. You know what's funny about all this? I'm afraid of you.


71 - Candyman (1992)

Director:  Bernard Rose
Writer:  Bernard Rose
Stars:  Virginia Madsen, Xander Berkeley, Tony Todd
Genre:  Supernatural

If you look in the mirror and you say his name 5 times, he'll appear behind you breathing down your neck.


70 - Army of Darkness (1992)

Director:  Sam Raimi
Writers:  Sam Raimi, Ivan Raimi
Stars:  Bruce Campbell, Embetz Davis, Marcus Gilbert
Genre:  Zombies, Comedy Horror

Good. Bad. I'm the guy with the gun.


69 - The Lost Boys (1987)

Director:  Joel Schumacher
Writers:  Janice Fischer, James Jeremias, Jeffrey Boam
Stars:  Jason Patric, Corey Haim, Corey Feldman, Keifer Sutherland
Genre:  Vampires, Comedy Horror

One thing about living in Santa Carla I never could stomach, all the damn vampires. 


68 - Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992)

Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Writer:  James V. Hart
Stars:  Gary Oldman, Keanu Reeves, Winona Ryder, Anthony Hopkins
Genre:  Vampires, Gothic

She lives beyond the grace of God, a wanderer in the outer darkness. She is "vampyr", "nosferatu". 


67 - American Psycho (2000)

Director:  Marry Harron
Writers:  May Harron & Guinevere Turner
Stars:  Christian Bale, Chloe Sevigny, Reese Witherspoon, Jared Leto, Willem DeFoe
Genre:  Psychological, Slasher

I know my behavior can be... *erratic* sometimes.


66 - The Blair Witch Project (1999)

Directors: Daniel Myrick, Eduardo Sánchez
Writers: Daniel Myrick, Eduardo Sánchez
Stars: Heather Donahue, Michael C. Williams, Joshua Leonard
Genre:  Occult, Supernatural

I was the one who brought them here. I was the one that said "keep going south." I was the one who said that we were not lost. It was my fault, because it was my project. I am so scared! I don't know what's out there. We are going to die out here! I am so scared! 


65 - The Changeling (1980)

Director:  Peter Medak
Writers:  William Gray & Diana Maddox
Stars:  George C. Scott, Trish Van Devere, Melvyn Douglas
Genre:  Ghost Story, Psychological

That house is not fit to live in. No one's been able to live in it. It doesn't want people. 


64 - House on Haunted Hill (1959)

Director: William Castle
Writer: Robb White
Stars: Vincent Price, Carol Ohmart, Richard Long
Genre:  Ghost Story, Haunted House

Only the ghosts in this house are glad we're here. 


63 - Near Dark (1987)

Director: Kathryn Bigelow
Writers: Kathryn Bigelow, Eric Red
Stars: Adrian Pasdar, Jenny Wright, Lance Henriksen, Bill Paxton
Genre:  Vampires

Caleb, those people back there, they wasn't normal. Normal folks, they don't spit out bullets when you shoot 'em, no sir. 


62 - Poltergeist (1982)

Director: Tobe Hooper
Writers: Steven Spielberg, Michael Grais, Mark Victor
Stars: JoBeth Williams, Heather O'Rourke, Craig T. Nelson
Genre:  Haunted House, Supernatural

They're heeeeeere...


61 - The Machinist (2004)

Director: Brad Anderson
Writer: Scott Kosar
Stars: Christian Bale, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Aitana Sánchez-Gijón
Genre:  Psychological

If you were any thinner, you wouldn't exist. 



60 - Carrie (1976)

Director: Brian De Palma
Writer:  Lawrence D. Cohen
Stars: Sissy Spacek, Piper Laurie, Amy Irving

They're all gonna laugh at you.


59 - Scream (1996)

Director: Wes Craven
Writer: Kevin Williamson
Stars: Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, David Arquette
Genre:  Slasher

Now Sid, don't you blame the movies. Movies don't create psychos. Movies make psychos more creative! 


58 - They Live (1988)

Director: John Carpenter
Writer: John Carpenter
Stars: Roddy Piper, Keith David, Meg Foster
Genre:  Action Horror, Sci-Fi Horror

I have come here to chew bubble gum and kick ass... and I'm all out of bubble gum.


57 - The Omen (1976)

Director: Richard Donner
Writer: David Seltzer
Stars: Gregory Peck, Lee Remick, Harvey Stephens
Genre:  Occult

The child is dead. He breathed for a moment. Then he breathed no more. The child is dead. Dead. The child is dead.



56 - The Others (2001)

Director: Alejandro Amenábar
Writer: Alejandro Amenábar
Stars: Nicole Kidman, Christopher Eccleston, Fionnula Flanagan
Genre:  Ghost Story, Haunted House

Sometimes the world of the living gets mixed up with the world of the dead. 



55 - The Haunting (1963)

Director: Robert Wise
Writers: Nelson Gidding (screenplay), Shirley Jackson (novel)
Stars: Julie Harris, Claire Bloom and Richard Johnson
Genre:  Haunted House

An evil old house, the kind some people call haunted, is like an undiscovered country waiting to be explored. Hill House had stood for 90 years and might stand for 90 more. Silence lay steadily against the wood and stone of Hill House, and whatever walked there... walked alone.




54 - The Fly (1986)

Director: David Cronenberg
Writers: George Langelaan (short story), Charles Edward Pogue (screenplay), and 1 more credit »
Stars: Jeff Goldblum, Geena Davis, John Getz

Genre:  Sci-Fi Horror, Creature Feature

What am I working on? Uhh... I'm working on something that will change the world, and human life as we know it.


53 - An American Werewolf in London (1981)

Director: John Landis
Writer: John Landis
Stars: David Naughton, Jenny Agutter, Griffin Dunne
Genre:  Monster Movie, Comedy Horror

The wolf's bloodline must be severed; the last remaining werewolf must be destroyed. It's you, David. 


52 - Little Shop of Horrors (1986)

Director: Frank Oz
Writers: Howard Ashman
Stars: Rick Moranis, Ellen Greene, Steve Martin, Vincent Gardenia

Genre:  Creature Feature, Comedy Horrror

Feed me, Seymour!


51 - Predator (1987)

Director: John McTiernan
Writers: Jim Thomas, John Thomas
Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Carl Weathers, Kevin Peter Hall, Jesse Ventura
Genre:  Action Horror, Sci-Fi Horror

She says the jungle... it just came alive and took him. 


50 - Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931)

Director: Rouben Mamoulian
Writers: Samuel Hoffenstein (screenplay), Percy Heath (screenplay), Robert Louis Stevenson (novel)
Stars: Fredric March, Miriam Hopkins, Rose Hobart

Genre:  Psychological, Sci-Fi Horror, Dark Fantasy

Perhaps you prefer a gentleman. One of those fine-mannered and honorable gentlemen. Those panting hypocrites who like your legs but talk about your garters.


49 - The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)

Director: Tobe Hooper
Writers: Kim Henkel, Tobe Hooper
Stars: Marilyn Burns, Edwin Neal, Allen Danziger

Genre:  Slasher

I just can't take no pleasure in killing. There's just some things you gotta do. Don't mean you have to like it. 


48 - Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)

Director: Tim Burton
Writer: John Logan
Stars: Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Alan Rickman

Genre:  Slasher, Revenge

I can guarantee the closest shave you'll ever know. 


47 - The Golem (1920)

Directors: Carl Boese, Paul Wegener
Writers: Henrik Galeen, Paul Wegener
Stars: Paul Wegener, Albert Steinrück, Ernst Deutsch

Genre: Dark Fantasy, Monster Movie


46 - The Wolf Man (1941)

Director: George Waggner
Writer: Curt Siodmak
Stars: Claude Rains, Warren William, Lon Chaney Jr.

Genre:  Monster Movie, Werewolf

There's something very tragic about that man... and I'm sure that nothing but harm will come to you through him. 


45 - Dracula (1931)

Director:  Tod Browning
Writer:  Bram Stoker (Novel)
Stars:  Bela Lugas, David Manners, Helen Chandler
Genre: Vampires

The spider spinning his web for the unwary fly. The blood is the life, Mr. Renfield. 


44 - The Wicker Man (1973)

Director: Robin Hardy
Writer: Anthony Shaffer
Stars: Edward Woodward, Christopher Lee, Diane Cilento
Genre:  Thriller, Psychological

 You'll simply never understand the true nature of sacrifice. 


43 - Dead Alive (1992)

Director:  Stephen Sinclair
Writers:  Stephen Sinclair, Fran Walsh, Peter Jackson
Stars:  Timothy Balme, Diana Peñalver and Elizabeth Moody
Genre:  Zombie, Comedy Horror

They're not dead exactly, they're just... sort of rotting. 


42 - Grindhouse (2007)

Directors:  Quentin Tarantino, Robert Rodriguez, Eli Roth, Edgar Wright, Rob Zombie
Writers:  Robert Rodriguez, Rob Zombie, Edgar Wright, Jeff Rendell, Eli Roth, Quentin Tarantino, Rob Coterill, John Davies, Jason Eisner
Stars:  Rose McGowan, Freddy Rodriguez, Josh Brolin, Michael Beihn, Bruce Willis, Kurt Russell
Genre:  Zombie, Thriller

You see, we're both going left. You could have just as easily been going left too and if that was the case, it would have been awhile before you started getting scared. But since you're going the other way, I'm afraid you're gonna have to start getting scared... immediately! 


41 - 28 Days Later (2002)

Director: Danny Boyle
Writer: Alex Garland
Stars: Cillian Murphy, Naomie Harris, Christopher Eccleston
Genre:  Zombies

If you look at the whole life of the planet, we... you know, man, has only been around for a few blinks of an eye. So if the infection wipes us all out, that is a return to normality. 


40 - The Thing (1982)

Director: John Carpenter
Writers: Bill Lancaster 
Stars: Kurt Russell, Wilford Brimley, Keith David

Genre:  Sci-Fi, Psychological, Creature Feature

So, how do we know who's human? If I was an imitation, a perfect imitation, how would you know it was really me? 


39 - Misery (1990)

Director: Rob Reiner
Writer:  William Goldman
Stars: James Caan, Kathy Bates, Richard Farnsworth
Genre:  Thriller

I am your number one fan. There is nothing to worry about. You are going to be just fine. I am your number one fan. 



38 - The Birds (1963)

Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Writer:  Evan Hunter
Stars: Rod Taylor, Tippi Hedren and Suzanne Pleshette
Genre:  Thriller

Why are they doing this? Why are they doing this? They said when you got here the whole thing started. Who are you? What are you? Where did you come from! I think you're evil. EVIL!  


37 - Zombieland (2009)

Director: Ruben Fleischer
Writers: Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick
Stars: Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, Woody Harrelson

Genre:  Zombies, Comedy Horror

Oh, America. I wish I could tell you that this was still America, but I've come to realize that you can't have a country without people. And there are no people here. No, my friends. This is now the United States of Zombieland.


36 - Ghostbusters (1984)

Director: Ivan Reitman
Writers: Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis
Stars: Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver, Harold Ramis, Rik Moranis, Annie Potts, Ernie Hudson, William Atherton
Genre:  Comedy Horror, Supernatural, Ghost Story

Today, the entire Eastern Seaboard is alive with talk of incidents of paranormal activity. Alleged ghost sightings and related supernatural occurances have been reported across the entire Tri-State area. 



35 - The Sixth Sense (1999)

Director: M. Night Shyamalan
Writer: M. Night Shyamalan
Stars: Bruce Willis, Haley Joel Osment, Toni Collette

Genre:  Ghost Story

Do you know why you're afraid when you're alone? I do. I do. 


34 - Vampyr (1932)

Director: Carl Theodor Dreyer
Writers: Christen Jul, Carl Theodor Dreyer
Stars: Julian West, Maurice Schutz, Rena Mandel

Genre:  Psychological, Vampires, Dark Fantasy


33 - The Invisible Man (1933)

Director: James Whale
Writer: R.C. Sherriff 
Stars: Claude Rains, Gloria Stuart, William Harrigan

Genre:  Sci-Fi Horror

An invisible man can rule the world. Nobody will see him come, nobody will see him go. He can hear every secret. He can rob, and rape, and kill! 


32 - Peeping Tom (1960)

Director: Michael Powell
Writer: Leo Marks
Stars: Karlheinz Böhm, Anna Masse, Moira Shearer

Genre:  Thriller, Serial Killer

Do you know what the most frightening thing in the world is? It's fear.


31 - Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)

Director: Don Siegel
Writers: Daniel Mainwaring 
Stars: Kevin McCarthy, Dana Wynter, Larry Gates
Genre:  Sci-Fi Horror


They're here already! You're next! You're next, You're next...! 


30 - Freaks (1932)

Director: Tod Browning
Writer: Clarence Aaron 'Tod' Robbins
Stars: Wallace Ford, Leila Hyams, Olga Baclanova
Genre:  Psychological Horror

We accept you, one of us! Gooble Gobble! 


29 - What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)

Director: Robert Aldrich
Writers: Lukas Heller
Stars: Bette Davis, Joan Crawford, Victor Buono
Genre:  Thriller

But you *are*, Blanche! You *are* in that chair! 


28 - The Evil Dead (1981)

Director: Sam Raimi
Writer: Sam Raimi
Stars: Bruce Campbell, Ellen Sandweiss, Richard DeManincor
Genre:  Zombies, Supernatural

You will die! Like the others before you, one by one, we will take you. 


27 - Black Swan (2010)

Director:  Darren Aronofsky
Writers:  Mark Heyman, Andres Heinz, John J. McLaughlin
Stars:  Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Vincent Cassel
Genre:  Psychological Horror

I had the craziest dream last night about a girl who has turned into a swan, but her prince falls for the wrong girl and she kills herself. 


26 - Dawn of the Dead (1978)

Director: George A. Romero
Writer: George A. Romero
Stars: David Emge, Ken Foree, Scott H. Reiniger
Genre:  Zombies

Many have died, last week, on these streets. In the basement of this building, you will find them. I have given them the last rites. Now, you do what you will. You are stronger than us. But soon, I think they be stronger than you. When the dead walk, señores, we must stop the killing... or lose the war. 


25 - The Innocents (1961)

Director:  Jack Clayton
Writers:  William Archibald, Truman Capote
Stars:  Deborah Kerr, Peter Wyngarde, Megs Jenkins
Genre:  Haunted House, Ghost Story

But above anything else, I love the children. 


24 - Deep Red (1975)

Director: Dario Argento
Writers: Dario Argento, Bernardino Zapponi
Stars: David Hemmings, Daria Nicolodi, Gabriele Lavia
Genre:  Psychological Horror, Slasher

There's someone in the house... absolutely trying to kill me, ya'know? 


23 - Bride of Frankenstein (1935)

Director:  James Whale
Writer:  William Hurlbut
Stars:  Boris Karloff, Elsa Lancaster, Colin Clive
Genre:  Monster Movie

To a new world of gods and monsters!


22 - Frankenstein (1931)

Director:  James Whale
Writers:  Garrett Fort, Francis Edward Faragoh
Stars:  Colin Clive, Mae Clarke, Boris Karloff
Genre:  Monster Movie

Oh, in the name of God! Now I know what it feels like to be God! 


21 - Evil Dead II (1987)

Director: Sam Raimi
Writers: Sam Raimi, Scott Spiegel
Stars: Bruce Campbell, Sarah Berry, Dan Hicks
Stars:  Zombies, Comedy Horror

I don't think so. We just cut up our girlfriend with a chainsaw. Does that sound "fine"? 


20 - Shaun of the Dead (2004)

Director: Edgar Wright
Writers: Simon Pegg, Edgar Wright
Stars: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Kate Ashfield
Stars:  Zombies, Comedy Horror

Who died and made you fucking king of the zombies? 


19 - The Terminator (1984)

Director: James Cameron
Writers: James Cameron, Gale Anne Hurd
Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Michael Biehn
Genre:  Sci-Fi Horror, Action Horror

You still don't get it, do you? He'll find her! That's what he does! That's ALL he does! You can't stop him! He'll wade through you, reach down her throat and pull her fuckin' heart out! 


18 - Eyes Without a Face (1960)

Director:  Georges Franju
Writers:  Pierre Boileau, Thomas Narcejac, Jean Redon, Claude Sautet
Stars:  Pierre Brasseur, Alida Valli and Juliette Mayniel
Genre:  Thriller, Psychological


The future, Madame, is something we should have started on a long time ago. 


17 - Nosferatu (1922)

Director: F.W. Murnau
Writer: Henrik Galeen
Stars: Max Schreck, Greta Schröder, Ruth Landshoff
Genre:  Vampires

It will cost you sweat and tears, and perhaps... a little blood. 


16 - The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1922)

Director: Robert Wiene
Writers: Hans Janowitz, Carl Mayer
Stars: Werner Krauss, Conrad Veidt, Friedrich Feher
Genre:  Psychological Horror

Spirits surround us on every side... they have driven me from hearth and home, from wife and child.



15 - Let the Right One In (2008)

Director: Tomas Alfredson
Writers: John Ajvide Lindqvist
Stars: Kåre Hedebrant, Lina Leandersson, Per Ragnar
Genre:  Vampires

I'm twelve. But I've been twelve for a long time. 


14 - Rosemary's Baby (1968)

Director: Roman Polanski
Writers: Roman Polanski
Stars: Mia Farrow, John Cassavetes, Ruth Gordon
Genre:  Occult, Supernatural

He chose you, honey! From all the women in the world to be the mother of his only living son! 


13 - Aliens (1986)

Director: James Cameron
Writers: James Cameron, David Giler
Stars: Sigourney Weaver, Michael Biehn, Carrie Henn
Genre:  Action Horror, Sci-Fi Horror

We'd better get back, 'cause it'll be dark soon, and they mostly come at night... mostly.


12 - Se7en (1995)

Director: David Fincher
Writer: Andrew Kevin Walker
Stars: Morgan Freeman, Brad Pitt, Kevin Spacey, Gwenyth Platrow
Genre:  Serial Killer, Thriller

We see a deadly sin on every street corner, in every home, and we tolerate it. We tolerate it because it's common, it's trivial. We tolerate it morning, noon, and night. Well, not anymore. I'm setting the example. What I've done is going to be puzzled over and studied and followed... forever. 


11 - Les Diaboliques (1955)

Director:  Henri-Georges Clouzot
Writers:  Pierre Boileau, Thomas Narcejac, Henri-Georges Clouzot, Jérôme Géronimi
Stars:  Simone Signoret, Véra Clouzot, Paul Meurisse
Genre:  Ghost Story, Psychological Horror

Die, darling! Die and do it quickly! 


10 - Alien (1979)

Director: Ridley Scott
Writer: Dan O'Bannon 
Stars: Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, John Hurt, Ian Holm
Genre:  Sci-Fi Horror, Monster Movie

Bones are bent outward, like he exploded from inside. 


9 - Pan's Labyrinth (2007)

Director: Guillermo del Toro
Writer: Guillermo del Toro
Stars: Ivana Baquero, Ariadna Gil, Sergi López
Genre:  Dark Fantasy

Hello. I am Princess Moanna, and I am not afraid of you. 


8 - Halloween (1978)

Director: John Carpenter
Writers: John Carpenter, Debra Hill
Stars: Donald Pleasence, Jamie Lee Curtis, Tony Moran
Genre:  Slasher

I met him, fifteen years ago. I was told there was nothing left. No reason, no conscience, no understanding; even the most rudimentary sense of life or death, good or evil, right or wrong. I met this six-year-old child, with this blank, pale, emotionless face and, the blackest eyes... the *devil's* eyes. I spent eight years trying to reach him, and then another seven trying to keep him locked up because I realized what was living behind that boy's eyes was purely and simply... *evil*. 


7 - Night of the Living Dead (1968)

Director: George A. Romero
Writers: John A. Russo, George A. Romero
Stars: Duane Jones, Judith O'Dea and Karl Hardman
Genre:  Zombies

They're coming to get you Barbara...


6 - The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

Director: Jonathan Demme
Writers: Ted Tally
Stars: Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Scott Glenn
Genre:  Serial Killer, Thriller

- Is it true what they're sayin', he's some kinda vampire? 
- They don't have a name for what he is. 


5 - Jaws (1975)

Director: Steven Spielberg
Writers: Peter Benchley, Carl Gottlieb
Stars: Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw, Richard Dreyfuss

Genre:  Monster Movie

You're gonna need a bigger boat.


4 - Psycho (1960)

Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Writers: Joseph Stefano
Stars: Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, Vera Miles
Genre:  Slasher, Serial Killer

Uh-uh, Mother-m-mother, uh, what is the phrase? She isn't quite herself today.


3 - A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

Director: Wes Craven
Writer: Wes Craven
Stars: Heather Langenkamp, Johnny Depp, Robert Englund
Genre:  Slasher, Supernatural

One, two, Freddy's coming for you. / Three, four, better lock your door. / Five, six, grab your crucifix. / Seven, eight, gonna stay up late. / Nine, ten, never sleep again. 


2 - The Shining (1980)

Director: Stanley Kubrick
Writers: Stanley Kubrick, Diane Johnson
Stars: Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Danny Lloyd
Genre:  Supernatural, Ghost Story, Haunted House, Psychological

No sir, YOU are the caretaker. You've always been the caretaker. I ought to know: I've always been here. 


1 - The Exorcist (1973)

Director: William Friedkin
Writers: William Peter Blatty
Stars: Ellen Burstyn, Max von Sydow, Linda Blair
Genre:  Supernatural, Occult

Especially important is the warning to avoid conversations with the demon. We may ask what is relevant but anything beyond that is dangerous. He is a liar. The demon is a liar. He will lie to confuse us. But he will also mix lies with the truth to attack us. The attack is psychological, Damien, and powerful. So don't listen to him. Remember that - do not listen.