Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Top 20 Horror Films

Since tomorrow is Halloween, I thought that I'd find a list of the Top Horror Movies and see how I'd rate 'em. So I went to the Internet Movie Data Base and checked out their list of the Top 50 Horror Movies of All Time [as voted on by users of IMDB].

I have to say that I was surprised by some of the movies that made the grade. I was expecting more classic horror films to appear on the list [Dracula, Wolfman, The Creature from the Black Lagoon] as well as some lesser known, but still very good horror movies like Them! or Frailty.

Ok... we have what we have. Taking their list of the top 50, I whittled it down to my top 20 and here they are in alphabetical order with some comments:

Alien (1979): Saw it on its original theatrical run and enjoyed it. A haunted house in outer space!
Aliens (1986): Even better than Alien... as much a war movie as a horror movie. Love it!
Birds, The (1963): One of the scariest movies I ever saw as a kid. Still a favorite.
Bride of Frankenstein (1935): Even better than Frankenstein. A true classic.
Dawn of the Dead (1978): Saw it in a theater the 2nd time [my date couldn't take it the 1st time]
Exorcist, The (1973): the scariest movie I ever saw as an adult.
Frankenstein (1931): A classic!
Freaks (1932): It makes the list, but wouldn't be near the top.
Halloween (1978): Saw it in a drive-in and it was scary without sound! LOL!
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956): Another classic from [before] my childhood.
Invisible Man, The (1933): I didn't appreciate it until I was an adult!
Jaws (1975): Horror? Okay... it is a fun and scary movie.
King Kong (1933): Another classic.
Night of the Hunter, The (1955): A great film... maybe Mitchum's best performance ever.
Night of the Living Dead (1968): One of my favorites!
Psycho (1960): Some pretty scary scenes the first time around.
Rosemary's Baby (1968): I saw it in a drive-in as a kid.... creepy stuff.
Shining, The (1980): redrum...redrum... redrum...
Thing, The (1982): Not as good as the original, but still good. LOL!
Unknown, The (1927): Never cut off your arms for a lover.



Rob Smith, Jr. said...

How about 'Mad Monster Party' or anything with Phyllis Diller in it????

Scott Dunbier said...

I'd add Curse of the Cat People.

David H. Schleicher said...

I wouldn't consider King Kong a horror movie in any sense of the term.

I would add both Nosferatu films to the list (the silent-era classic, and Werner Herzog's haunting 1979 remake).

Otherwise, great list!

Craig said...


Yeah, there were a few on the list that aren't really Horror films, but I went with what I was given. LOL!

Thanks for the comment!

RudeBoy Noah said...

What film is the picture @ the head of the post?