The Essential Horror Movies

Many of these qualify as "classics."  Most of the list might be described as "must see."  Pretty much everything on here is entertaining regardless.  This isn't merely my opinion (and in a few cases runs contrary to it).  Instead, these titles have been gathered from many critics' and fans' "best of" lists as well as rankings on the IMDb.  These are arranged in chronological order to highlight the stylistic changes in the genre over the years.



1920    The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
1922    Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens
1925    The Phantom of the Opera
1926    Faust
1928    The Man Who Laughs
1931    Frankenstein
1931    Dracula
1931    Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
1932    Freaks
1932    The Mummy
1933    The Invisible Man
1933    King Kong
1935    Bride of Frankenstein
1941    The Wolf Man
1944    Gaslight
1954    Godzilla
1954    The Creature from the Black Lagoon
1955    Diabolique
1956    Invasion of the Body Snatchers
1957    Night of the Demon
1958    The Blob
1959    Plan 9 From Outer Space
1959    House on Haunted Hill
1960    Psycho
1961    The Innocents
1962    What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?
1963    The Birds
1963    The Haunting
1964    Masque of the Red Death
1965    Repulsion
1967    Wait Until Dark
1968    Night of the Living Dead
1968    Rosemary's Baby
1973    Don't Look Now
1973    The Exorcist
1973    The Wicker Man
1974    The Texas Chain Saw Massacre
1974    Young Frankenstein
1975    Jaws
1975    The Stepford Wives
1975    Rocky Horror Picture Show
1976    Carrie
1976    The Omen
1977    Suspiria
1977    The Hills Have Eyes
1978    Dawn of the Dead
1978    Halloween
1978    I Spit on Your Grave
1978     Invasion of the Body Snatchers (remake)
1979    Alien
1979    Phantasm
1979    The Amityville Horror
1980    The Changling
1980    The Shining
1980    Friday the 13th
1981    Scanners
1981    The Howling
1982    The Evil Dead
1982    Poltergeist
1982    The Thing
1984    Nightmare on Elm Street
1984    The Terminator
1984    Children of the Corn
1985    Re-Animator
1985    Day of the Dead
1985    Return of the Living Dead
1986    Aliens
1986    April Fool's Day
1986    The Fly
1986    The Hitcher
1987    Dead by Dawn: Evil Dead 2
1987    Hellraiser
1988    Hellbound: Hellraiser 2
1988    Spoorloos (The Vanishing)
1988    Child's Play
1990    Jacob's Ladder
1990    It
1990    Misery
1990    Tremors
1991    The Silence of the Lambs
1992    Army of Darkness
1992    Braindead (aka Dead Alive)
1992    Candyman
1993    The Nightmare Before Christmas
1994    Dellamorte Dellamore
1995    Se7en
1996    From Dusk Till Dawn
1997    Event Horizon
1998    Blade
1999    The Blair Witch Project
1999    The Sixth Sense
1999    Stir of Echoes
2000    American Psycho
2000    Pitch Black
2001    The Others
2002    28 Days Later
2002    The Ring
2004    Shaun of the Dead
2004    Saw
2004    Dawn of the Dead (remake)
2005    The Descent
2007    Grindhouse (Planet Terror/Deathproof)
2007
    Paranormal Activity
2009    Zombieland
2010    Shutter Island
2011    The Cabin in the Woods
2012    Prometheus

   

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