This is just a list of my top 25 horror films, now they may not be what you would call scary and admittedly some may not be scary but not all horror films need to be scary, they could be creepy or thrilling, and yes they are different things. I like to get into horror films and by that I mean when i’m watching them I like to feel like i’m there otherwise it is too easy to pretend it’s not scary, what’s the point in watching it if your not going to commit to the film….
25. Alien (1979)
This was a unique film when it came out and i’d probably argue that there hasn’t been any like it since, even the sequel’s or prequel didn’t give off the same fear as the original. The tagline for Alien really summed up the atmosphere and feel of the film, ‘in space no one can hear you scream.’ It was such a clever line and while it was both scary and true it also showed just how hopeless and suffocated you would be in that situation. A must watch.
24. 28 Days Later (2003)
Zombies, that can run. I love Zombies, probably one of my favourite types of the horror genre. Danny Boyle did a fantastic job with this and in my opinion was a dirty, gritty horror with some fantastic scene’s and great performances by Cillian Murphy and Christopher Eccleston, I loved every second. The opening scene’s were unbelievable with London looking dead and empty, leading to the typical question we all ask ourselves during films, what would you do if that was you? It really highlights what the world would be like after an apocalyptic event and the struggles of survival. 28 weeks later was good and I wouldn’t mind a third installment to maybe finish it off.
23. The Wicker Man (1973)
This ‘Cult-horror’ is nothing short of terrifying, although throughout the film it can seem relaxed and there is less tension the many parts that do have tension are brilliant. The story really works well and it is scary to think that this happen somewhere or has happened in the past, obviously it’s a fictional story but that’s what horror’s are about, what if this happened? Christopher Lee is just fantastic and the music throughout the film could make anyone a bit uneasy. This film is just thrillingly crazy and brilliant.
22. Dawn of the Dead (1978)
George A. Romero is most likely known as the best zombie-horror movie writer/director and this was one of his great collection. This was a brilliant zombie film and was head and shoulders better than the remake version which is a average. Some the effects that they had for that time were great some really believable stuff, Zombies are scary and so was. I enjoyed how the film also had a sense of humour in it, this came across in the music also.
21. Let Me In (2011)/ Let The Right One In (2008)
Yes I know that they are not the same film however, they are based on the same plot. Let the right one in was a brilliant film that I’ve only seen twice, it’s hard to fully appreciate it as I did have to watch it with subtitles. Let me in is an British-American adaptation of Let the right one in, purely based on the fact it’s easier for me personally to watch, I felt like Let me in was better. The film is very strange and awkward I felt, after all the film is a romantic horror and based around a 12 year old boy and a Vampire. I would recommend watching both if you can as you appreciate Let the right one in a lot more after seeing it in English in Let me in.
20. The Ring (2002)
The Ring was one of the first Horror movies I watched and it really scared me, bare in mind I was only about 9 years old when I first watched it. I remember staying up all night after watching it staring at the Television, it gave me the creeps big time…anyway, this was a unique film to me at the time and I still feel that even when I watch it now that it deserves to be up there with the best horror films as it’s truly horrifying at times. The second wasn’t bad however wasn’t as good as the first but both are worth a watch.
19. The Phantom of the Opera (1925)
So ever since I decided I loved horror films I have tried to watch as many as I can, especially the classics and I was informed this was a classic, so I watched it and it was good. This is a silent film, there is music all the way through, but speech comes up on the screen, bit boring and it makes the films running time longer. I can imagine that not many people now would want to watch it however when it first came out this must have been horrifying, the music is incredible and some of the scenes are scary. I think the silent aspect of the film makes it more shocking, especially when you actually see Erik’s (The Phantom) face it was creepy. I probably wouldn’t ever feel in the mood to watch this because of all the reading you need to do, but it’s good and it’s classic.
18. Frankenstein (1931)
Everyone knows about Frankenstein and it’s fair to say that it’s another classic film that really took the horror genre to another level. As always the music plays a huge part throughout the film, making that extra bit scary, if you’ve not seen it check out the trailer!
17. The Omen (1974)
The Omen was a fantastic horror film and was different take on how we interpret an evil force (the exorcist). I seem to keep going on about it but the music but it was brilliant in this movie, the dude who wrote the music won an Oscar and it was deserved, I did find the newer version a little easier to watch and I enjoyed how it was modernised, i’m aware that it didn’t get a great reception but it wasn’t that bad. I would recomend watching both, I think the remake came out in 2006 if you want to find out more about it.
16. Saw 1,2 & 3 (2004, 05 & 06)
Now the reason that I had the three together is because individually I don’t think that they are that amazingly special however, together the films really are special and don’t let the gore dictate your opinion on the films. The horror genre at times struggles for fans but when you make a film gory as well, you could be aiming at a very small audience. Luckily these films are incredibly clever and had so many twists and turns that it could keep many people interested despite the gore, it is a shame that it’s so gory, not because I don’t like it but because many people won’t watch it because of the gore. I didn’t pick the whole of the Saw series due to the fact that I felt the first 3 linked really well and better than the rest of the films, it’s as simple as that really.
15. The Evil Dead (1981)
As far as I know there had been nothing like this before the film was released and anything released after isn’t as good. The evil dead was excitingly scary and was the start of a good series, that admittedly got worse as it went on. What made the film so special was how good it was despite the low budget, the film had a great balance of dark humour as the film was funny at times as well as full of scares and gore. The remake wasn’t bad but no where near as good as the original.
14. Scream (1996)
This was a bit more of a horror-slasher-comedy in my opinion and they pulled it off a treat. Everyone knows what Scream is about and if you don’t then maybe you should find out because it really is great, they were also filled with good twists which you can’t really moan about, at least they tried! Scream really is a great film and a great series, I don’t remember ever watching any of them and feeling disappointed. Watch them all!
13. Carrie (1976)
Carrie was an unbelievable film that I really found fascinating, I didn’t find it overly scary but it was quite thrilling. Carrie is the story of a young girl that is bullied and seen as strange and to be honest she is strange, but she’s about to get whole lot stranger to everyone else in the film. Again the music is great in this film and the story is brilliant, it’s not as good as the book. I was impressed by the remake, I didn’t feel like it flopped and is worth a watch.
12. Poltergeist (1982)
The Poltergeist is brilliant and was one of the first films that explored the idea of poltergeists, and it is probably pretty famous and led to many films today that are about ‘ghosts’ or ‘entities’. The film could have been better, there were some really cool scene’s that may not have been really scary but they were very original and imaginative.
11. Sinister (2012)
Sinister was a film like nothing I had seen before if i’m honest, it had a very scary feel all the way through and I felt the main character really did act well. The story is really good and the film is really creepy a lot of the time. I think that this film may have been in the top ten if the ending had been better as I found it disappointing.
10. Insidious: Chapter 2 (2013)
This film really made up for the poor ending to the first Insidious film, the story is very clever and links to the first brilliantly. To fully understand this second installment you need to watch the first, which is enjoyable. Chapter 2 is reasonably scary but it’s story line is miles better and is what made this film so good.
9. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
Horror, thriller and crime all in one. This is an amazing film that could send shivers down anyone’s spine, Hannibal Lector is one creepy guy and the story to this movie is even creepier. If you’ve not seen this, change that and watch it. Anthony Hopkins and Jodie Foster are both amazing in this film and deservedly won awards for their roles in the film. The whole series is brilliant, however Silence of the Lambs is my personal favourite.
8. Psycho (1960)
An Alfred Hitchcock classic and probably his most famous film, it was like nothing that had been seen before, the horror and suspense that Psycho provided will probably be never captured again. The killing was just so shocking, but not because of the way people were killed it was how it could happen at anytime and at anyplace, no one was safe. This was shown when one of the lead characters died in the shower (that famous scene) and along with the music, it really is scary. If you’ve not seen this film then you need to because it’s a classic that changed horror.
7. Night of the living Dead (1968)
Another zombie film, probably the best ever in my opinion, George A. Romero hit the nail on the head with this film, everything in the film worked and the zombies are terrifying, along with the music it was easy to feel unnerved while watching. Romero is just a master at making something from very little, the budget was small but was able to create on of the best horror films. If you’re a fan of zombies, this is your kinda film, watch it, love it.
6. Nosferatu (1922)
This is honestly one of the most disturbing films I have ever seen. As far as I know it’s actually the original film adaptation of the Dracula novel however were unable to get the rights so ended up changing the names. This silent feel has you on edge from start to finish, Count Orlok is unbelievable scary and to think that this was released over 90 years is mad and people watching it then must have been horrified. This is a must watch horror film, I loved it, reading the screen does become annoying but it’s worth it.
5. The Sixth Sense (1999)
Bruce Willis and Haley Joel Osment were the two lead males for this film, and they were superb. This thriller really did well and deservedly so, it was nominated for six Academy awards however ddin’t win any, the film is a must see for people that love a great story. I won’t talk to much about this because I don’t want to give too much away.
4. The Shinning (1980)
I think it would be fair to say that everyone at least knows about The Shinning if not seen it and the famous “here’s Johnny” scene, but the film is much more than a horror movie, it’s an amazing horror movie that scares most people. When first released it wasn’t overly popular however with time did become increasingly popular and considered a classic, I think that a big issue that most people had was that the film didn’t follow the book, I have read the book and I did feel that the book was great however i found the film scarier.
3. The Conjuring (2013)
This is a film that after watch I had a lot of love for, I felt it had a great balance of horror and story. Patrick Wilson who stared in the Insidious films was again great in this horror and teamed up with James Wan who directed the Insidious films also. There are many great scene’s and idea’s that are in this film, I can’t help but feel like it should be a classic in the future, the story has typical cliche’s in it however they seem different which is hard to do, so a lot of credit needs to go out to everyone working on the Conjuring for that.
2. A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
One of the first ever horror films I watched, and I was petrified of the infamous Freddy Krueger. The idea that someone could come into your dreams and attack you, even kill you was something had me staying up all night however, it is just a horror movie and a bloody good one! The series is good, however did become quite silly as they went on, the first few were top quality but the later were getting silly and I felt that the fear factor wasn’t there so much.
1. The Exorcist (1973)
The scariest movie of all time? I honestly don’t know, but it’s my scariest film of all time and I know my opinion is the same as many. When this was released unfortunately I wasn’t born however i’m aware that it was nothing short of shocking for anyone that went to see it. One of the most influential horror films ever has lead to many films that look at possession by demons or the devil, this is a film that deserves to be timeless and for me it is.
This is just my opinion on the top 25 horror films, let me know what you thought? Any films that you would change? There is one film that I completely forgot about that may have been around the top 15 area and that was Ju-On: The Grudge (2002).