The 200 Best Horror Movies of All Time

The wind forces open the curtained window. Candles snuff out in darkness. And a shiver cascades down your spine. Nope, it’s not just your imagination. Something is stalking on your screen, primed to to kill all your free time: The big, boo-tiful list of Rotten Tomatoes’ 200 Best Horror Movies of All Time!

The wonders of seeing the unknown has always been the luring temptation of movies, and so horror feels especially close to this medium, a genre that exposes audiences to beyond normal, and into death. So we’re pulling from 100 years of movie history, from those early days of German expressionism (Nosferatu, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari) and Universal monsters (Dracula, The Wolf Man). Creature features (King Kong, The Fly) nestle with Best Picture nominees (The Exorcist, Get Out). Slashers (Scream), zombies (Dawn of the Dead), vampires (Let the Right One In) abound with terror of the more psychological persuasion (Don’t Look Now, The Innocents). Or so it would seem.

And we honor the recent stabs and strides made by female horror directors (A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, The Babadook, The Invitation) and directors abroad (Under the Shadow, The Wailing). Each of these best scary movies thrown into our bubbling cauldron had to have at least 20 reviews with a Fresh rating, before being sorted by Adjusted Tomatometer.

Dead last but not dead least, we’ve expanded the guide to 200 movies, making room for the latest in cutting edge terror like The Invisible Man, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, Crawl, and Midsommar. Meanwhile, a bunch of classics also get to creep in.

Ready to settle in for dark nights of Fresh fear? Then flip the switch on The 200 Best Horror Movies of All Time…it’s alive! It’s alive!!

90 Best ’70s Horror Movies | 84 Best ’80s Horror Movies
80 Best 2000s Horror Movies | 140 Best 2010s Horror Movies
40 Best ’90s Horror Movies | Best & Worst Horror Movies of 2020

#200

It's Alive! (1974)
70%

#200
Adjusted Score: 70976%
Critics Consensus: Tough and unpleasant, It's Alive throttles the viewer with its bizarre mutant baby theatrics.
Synopsis: A couple's (John P. Ryan, Sharon Farrell) first baby emerges with fangs, wrecks the delivery room, then goes after a... [More]
Directed By: Larry Cohen

#199

Black Sheep (2006)
72%

#199
Adjusted Score: 74218%
Critics Consensus: With an outrageous premise played completely straight, Black Sheep is a violent, grotesque, and very funny movie that takes B-movie lunacy to a delirious extreme.
Synopsis: Shear madness ensues when a sheep-fearing man (Nathan Meister) tries to stop his evil brother's genetically altered flock from turning... [More]
Directed By: Jonathan King

#198
Adjusted Score: 75042%
Critics Consensus: A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors offers an imaginative and surprisingly satisfying rebound for a franchise already starting to succumb to sequelitis.
Synopsis: Institutionalized teenagers who share similar nightmares join forces to rid themselves of a murderer's influence.... [More]
Directed By: Chuck Russell

#197

The Mist (2007)
71%

#197
Adjusted Score: 76248%
Critics Consensus: Frank Darabont's impressive camerawork and politically incisive script make The Mist a truly frightening experience.
Synopsis: Trapped townspeople (Thomas Jane, Marcia Gay Harden, Laurie Holden) face monsters inside and out after a supernatural fog engulfs their... [More]
Directed By: Frank Darabont

#196

Hellraiser (1987)
72%

#196
Adjusted Score: 76524%
Critics Consensus: Elevated by writer-director Clive Barker's fiendishly unique vision, Hellraiser offers a disquieting - and sadistically smart - alternative to mindless gore.
Synopsis: A puzzle box summons the Cenobites, destroying a family (Andrew Robinson, Clare Higgins, Ashley Laurence).... [More]
Directed By: Clive Barker

#195
#195
Adjusted Score: 73602%
Critics Consensus: The rare slasher with enough intelligence to wind up the tension between bloody outbursts, Black Christmas offers fiendishly enjoyable holiday viewing for genre fans.
Synopsis: Sorority sisters (Olivia Hussey, Margot Kidder) and their drunken housemother fall prey to an obscene yuletide caller.... [More]
Directed By: Bob Clark

#194

Open Water (2003)
71%

#194
Adjusted Score: 77198%
Critics Consensus: A low budget thriller with some intense moments.
Synopsis: Scuba divers (Blanchard Ryan, Daniel Travis) struggle to survive in shark-infested waters after their tour boat accidentally leaves them behind.... [More]
Directed By: Chris Kentis

#193

The Ring (2002)
71%

#193
Adjusted Score: 77196%
Critics Consensus: With little gore and a lot of creepy visuals, The Ring gets under your skin, thanks to director Gore Verbinski's haunting sense of atmosphere and an impassioned performance from Naomi Watts.
Synopsis: A journalist (Naomi Watts) investigates the mystery behind a bizarre videotape that brings death after seven days to all who... [More]
Directed By: Gore Verbinski

#192

Jacob's Ladder (1990)
73%

#192
Adjusted Score: 77476%
Critics Consensus: Even with its disorienting leaps of logic and structure, Jacob's Ladder is an engrossing, nerve-shattering experience.
Synopsis: A Vietnam vet prone to flashbacks walks the edge of sanity as he searches for the cause of his nightmarish... [More]
Directed By: Adrian Lyne

#191

Basket Case (1982)
76%

#191
Adjusted Score: 78120%
Critics Consensus: While Basket Case definitely delivers all the gonzo gore promised by its cracked premise, it's really set apart by its rich vein of genuine pathos.
Synopsis: Duane (Kevin Van Hentenryck) checks into a sleazy hotel with a wicker basket containing his telepathic Siamese twin.... [More]
Directed By: Frank Henenlotter

#190

Phantasm (1979)
74%

#190
Adjusted Score: 74393%
Critics Consensus: Phantasm: Remastered adds visual clarity to the first installment in one of horror's most enduring -- and endearingly idiosyncratic -- franchises.
Synopsis: Two brothers (Michael Baldwin, Bill Thornbury) find out more about a cemetery Tall Man and his fatal flying silver sphere.... [More]
Directed By: Don Coscarelli

#189

Frailty (2002)
74%

#189
Adjusted Score: 78971%
Critics Consensus: Creepy and disturbing, Frailty is well-crafted, low-key horror.
Synopsis: A boy tries to protect his brother after their seemingly normal father (Bill Paxton) goes on a killing spree.... [More]
Directed By: Bill Paxton

#188
#188
Adjusted Score: 80485%
Critics Consensus: Overblown in the best sense of the word, Francis Ford Coppola's vision of Bram Stoker's Dracula rescues the character from decades of campy interpretations -- and features some terrific performances to boot.
Synopsis: The vampire count (Gary Oldman) of Transylvania seeks his lost love (Winona Ryder) and the conquest of Britain by plague.... [More]
Directed By: Francis Ford Coppola

#187

Eden Lake (2008)
79%

#187
Adjusted Score: 79385%
Critics Consensus: A brutal and effective British hoodie-horror that, despite the clichés, stays on the right side of scary.
Synopsis: During a romantic weekend getaway, a young couple confronts a gang of youths, and suffers brutal consequences.... [More]
Directed By: James Watkins

#186

Dog Soldiers (2002)
79%

#186
Adjusted Score: 78491%
Critics Consensus: Frightening, funny, and packed with action, Dog Soldiers is well worth checking out for genre fans -- and marks writer-director Neil Marshall as a talent to keep an eye on.
Synopsis: A pack of werewolves targets a squad of soldiers (Sean Pertwee, Kevin McKidd) on a training exercise in the Scottish... [More]
Directed By: Neil Marshall

#185

Oculus (2013)
74%

#185
Adjusted Score: 81269%
Critics Consensus: With an emphasis on dread over gore and an ending that leaves the door wide open for sequels, Oculus could be just the first spine-tingling chapter in a new franchise for discerning horror fans.
Synopsis: Adult siblings (Karen Gillan, Brenton Thwaites) make plans to destroy an antique mirror and the malevolent force within it that... [More]
Directed By: Mike Flanagan

#184

Land of the Dead (2005)
74%

#184
Adjusted Score: 80542%
Critics Consensus: George A. Romero's latest entry in his much-vaunted Dead series is not as fresh as his genre-inventing original, Night of the Living Dead. But Land of the Dead does deliver on the gore and zombies-feasting-on-flesh action.
Synopsis: A mercenary leader (Simon Baker) squares off with a rebellious comrade (John Alberto Leguizamo), while flesh-eating zombies threaten their fortified... [More]
Directed By: George Romero

#183

Candyman (1992)
77%

#183
Adjusted Score: 83999%
Critics Consensus: Though it ultimately sacrifices some mystery in the name of gory thrills, Candyman is a nuanced, effectively chilling tale that benefits from an interesting premise and some fine performances.
Synopsis: A professor's (Xander Berkeley) wife (Virginia Madsen) links a local legend to a Chicago serial killer (Tony Todd) fitted with... [More]
Directed By: Bernard Rose

#182
#182
Adjusted Score: 81496%
Critics Consensus: Wes Craven's New Nightmare adds an unexpectedly satisfying - not to mention intelligent - meta layer to a horror franchise that had long since lost its way.
Synopsis: Boogeyman Freddy Krueger (Robert Englund) brings real-life terror to the set of the seventh Elm Street movie.... [More]
Directed By: Wes Craven

#181
#181
Adjusted Score: 80673%
Critics Consensus: Valley Girl culture satire Night of the Comet gets lots of mileage out of its slapstick sci-fi zombie approach.
Synopsis: Valley girls (Catherine Mary Stewart, Kelli Maroney) and a trucker (Robert Beltran) run into cannibal zombies in this parody of... [More]
Directed By: Thom Eberhardt

#180

The Lost Boys (1987)
76%

#180
Adjusted Score: 82523%
Critics Consensus: Flawed but eminently watchable, Joel Schumacher's teen vampire thriller blends horror, humor, and plenty of visual style with standout performances from a cast full of young 1980s stars.
Synopsis: A woman (Dianne Wiest) and her sons (Jason Patric, Corey Haim) move to a coastal California town full of teenage... [More]
Directed By: Joel Schumacher

#179

Videodrome (1983)
78%

#179
Adjusted Score: 83472%
Critics Consensus: Visually audacious, disorienting, and just plain weird, Videodrome's musings on technology, entertainment, and politics still feel fresh today.
Synopsis: A programmer at a TV station that specializes in adult entertainment searches for the producers of a dangerous and bizarre... [More]
Directed By: David Cronenberg

#178
Adjusted Score: 84055%
Critics Consensus: A solid, atmospheric creature feature that entertains without attempting to be deeper than it needs.
Synopsis: Fossil hunters (Richard Carlson, Julia Adams, Richard Denning) encounter a dangerous, humanlike amphibian in the Amazon.... [More]
Directed By: Jack Arnold

#177

Southbound (2015)
81%

#177
Adjusted Score: 82737%
Critics Consensus: Southbound doesn't entirely avoid the jarring shifts common to anthology films, but thanks to some thrilling twists and turns, this horror road movie is a surprisingly smooth ride.
Synopsis: Interlocking tales of highway terror revolve around malevolent spirits at a truck stop, a mysterious traveler, a car accident and... [More]

#176

VFW (2019)
83%

#176
Adjusted Score: 85060%
Critics Consensus: VFW's solid cast, deft direction, and surprisingly weighty subtext add extra heft to a gory thriller that should hold buckets of sanguine appeal for grindhouse fans.
Synopsis: A typical night for veterans at a VFW turns into a battle for survival when a desperate teen runs into... [More]
Directed By: Joe Begos

#175

Lights Out (2016)
76%

#175
Adjusted Score: 83295%
Critics Consensus: Lights Out makes skillful use of sturdy genre tropes -- and some terrific performances -- for an unsettling, fright-filled experience that delivers superior chills without skimping on story.
Synopsis: A supernatural entity re-emerges to terrorize a woman (Maria Bello) and her two children (Teresa Palmer, Gabriel Bateman) when the... [More]
Directed By: David F. Sandberg

#174

Scream (1996)
79%

#174
Adjusted Score: 82943%
Critics Consensus: Horror icon Wes Craven's subversive deconstruction of the genre is sly, witty, and surprisingly effective as a slasher film itself, even if it's a little too cheeky for some.
Synopsis: A psycho killer targets a past victim's daughter (Neve Campbell), while a tabloid TV reporter (Courteney Cox) homes in on... [More]
Directed By: Wes Craven

#173

Trick 'r Treat (2007)
83%

#173
Adjusted Score: 82242%
Critics Consensus: A deftly crafted tribute to Halloween legends, Trick 'r' Treat hits all the genre marks with gusto and old fashioned suspense.
Synopsis: Interwoven stories demonstrate that some traditions are best not forgotten, as the residents of a small town face real ghosts... [More]
Directed By: Michael Dougherty

#172

Thirst (2009)
80%

#172
Adjusted Score: 83742%
Critics Consensus: The stylish Thirst packs plenty of bloody thrills to satisfy fans of both vampire films and director Chan Wook Park.
Synopsis: Infected with a deadly virus, a priest (Song Kang-ho) becomes a vampire after receiving a transfusion of unknown blood.... [More]
Directed By: Park Chan-wook

#171
#171
Adjusted Score: 83206%
Critics Consensus: The Cat O'Nine Tails is a solidly entertaining Argento outing elevated by a well-chosen cast and the director's distinctive visual style.
Synopsis: A newsman (James Franciscus) works with a blind puzzle-solver (Karl Malden) to catch a killer with mixed-up chromosomes.... [More]
Directed By: Dario Argento

#170

Mute Witness (1995)
83%

#170
Adjusted Score: 83004%
Critics Consensus: Mute Witness is a slickly crafted horror/thriller with some surprising comic twists.
Synopsis: Russian mobsters chase an American woman (Mary Sudina) around a Moscow film studio where a murder took place.... [More]
Directed By: Anthony Waller

#169

The Brood (1979)
83%

#169
Adjusted Score: 84875%
Critics Consensus: The Brood is a grotesque, squirming, hilariously shrill exploration of the bizarre and deadly side of motherhood.
Synopsis: A mad doctor (Oliver Reed) tries psychoplasmic therapy on a raging woman (Samantha Eggar) soon to be a mother.... [More]
Directed By: David Cronenberg

#168

1408 (2007)
79%

#168
Adjusted Score: 85495%
Critics Consensus: Relying on psychological tension rather than overt violence and gore, 1408 is a genuinely creepy thriller with a strong lead performance by John Cusack.
Synopsis: A writer (John Cusack) who specializes in debunking supernatural phenomena experiences true terror when he spends a night in a... [More]
Directed By: Mikael Hafstrom

#167

You're Next (2011)
79%

#167
Adjusted Score: 85251%
Critics Consensus: You're Next's energetic and effective mix of brutal gore and pitch black humor will please horror buffs and beyond.
Synopsis: Members of an estranged, upper-class family must pull together to repel home invaders who are disguised in animal masks and... [More]
Directed By: Adam Wingard

#166

Audition (1999)
82%

#166
Adjusted Score: 85486%
Critics Consensus: An audacious, unsettling Japanese horror film from director Takashi Miike, Audition entertains as both a grisly shocker and a psychological drama.
Synopsis: While searching for a prospective wife, a deceptive widower (Ryo Ishibashi) meets a mysterious and deadly woman (Eihi Shiina).... [More]
Directed By: Takashi Miike

#165
Adjusted Score: 84580%
Critics Consensus: This anthology contains brutal, powerful horror stories by three of Asia's top directors.
Synopsis: ... [More]
Directed By: Takashi Miike

#164

Scream 2 (1997)
81%

#164
Adjusted Score: 86473%
Critics Consensus: As with the first film, Scream 2 is a gleeful takedown of scary movie conventions that manages to poke fun at terrible horror sequels without falling victim to the same fate.
Synopsis: A masked killer continues to pursue a California student (Neve Campbell) and her friends at an Ohio college.... [More]
Directed By: Wes Craven

#163

Dead Ringers (1988)
83%

#163
Adjusted Score: 86414%
Critics Consensus: Dead Ringers serves up a double dose of Jeremy Irons in service of a devilishly unsettling concept and commandingly creepy work from director David Cronenberg.
Synopsis: Twin-brother gynecologists (Jeremy Irons) are divided by a patient (Geneviève Bujold) and doomed by drugs.... [More]
Directed By: David Cronenberg

#162
#162
Adjusted Score: 86348%
Critics Consensus: Restrained but disturbing, A Tale of Two Sisters is a creepily effective, if at times confusing, horror movie.
Synopsis: Strange events plague teens who live in a creepy house with their father (Moon Geun-young) and stepmother (Kim Kap-soo).... [More]
Directed By: Kim Jee-woon

#161

Pontypool (2008)
84%

#161
Adjusted Score: 86597%
Critics Consensus: Witty and restrained but still taut and funny, this Pontypool is a different breed of low-budget zombie film.
Synopsis: A disc jockey (Stephen McHattie) barricades himself in a basement radio station and tries to spread the word about a... [More]
Directed By: Bruce McDonald

#160
#160
Adjusted Score: 87455%
Critics Consensus: Ouija: Origin of Evil swerves its franchise's planchette unexpectedly to YES with a surprisingly scary and dramatically satisfying follow-up to its lackluster predecessor.
Synopsis: A séance scam leads to terror when an evil spirit possesses a widow's (Elizabeth Reaser) youngest daughter (Lulu Wilson) in... [More]
Directed By: Mike Flanagan

#159

The Shallows (2016)
78%

#159
Adjusted Score: 88309%
Critics Consensus: Lean and solidly crafted, The Shallows transcends tired shark-attack tropes with nasty thrills and a powerful performance from Blake Lively.
Synopsis: Stranded on a giant rock 200 yards from shore, an injured surfer (Blake Lively) must fight for her life as... [More]
Directed By: Jaume Collet-Serra

#158
#158
Adjusted Score: 86752%
Critics Consensus: Shadow of the Vampire is frightening, compelling, and funny, and features an excellent performance by Willem Dafoe.
Synopsis: Director F.W. Murnau (John Malkovich) makes a Faustian pact with a vampire (Willem Dafoe) to get him to star in... [More]
Directed By: E. Elias Merhige

#157

Shivers (1975)
85%

#157
Adjusted Score: 86701%
Critics Consensus: Shivers uses elementally effective basic ingredients to brilliant effect - and lays the profoundly unsettling foundation for director David Cronenberg's career to follow.
Synopsis: A crowded Canadian apartment building is besieged by parasites that turn their victims into uncontrollable fiends.... [More]
Directed By: David Cronenberg

#156
#156
Adjusted Score: 88129%
Critics Consensus: Though its underlying themes are familiar, House of the Devil effectively sheds the loud and gory cliches of contemporary horror to deliver a tense, slowly building throwback to the fright flicks of decades past.
Synopsis: A couple (Tom Noonan, Mary Woronov) have sinister plans for a young woman (Jocelin Donahue) staying at their house during... [More]
Directed By: Ti West

#155
Adjusted Score: 89426%
Critics Consensus: Like the bestselling series of books that inspired it, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark opens a creepy gateway into horror for younger genre enthusiasts.
Synopsis: Young Sarah Bellows turns her tortured life and horrible secrets into a series of scary stories. These terrifying tales soon... [More]
Directed By: André Øvredal

#154
Adjusted Score: 88386%
Critics Consensus: Guy Maddin's film is a richly sensuous and dreamy interpretation of Dracula that reinvigorates the genre.
Synopsis: Dracula (Zhang Wei-Qiang) searches for women while trying to elude a vampire hunter (David Moroni) in 1897 England.... [More]
Directed By: Guy Maddin

#153
#153
Adjusted Score: 88907%
Critics Consensus: Like the best horror/comedies, Tucker & Dale vs. Evil mines its central crazy joke for some incredible scares, laughs, and -- believe it or not -- heart.
Synopsis: Two scruffy pals' (Tyler Labine, Alan Tudyk) backwoods vacation takes a bloody turn when ignorant college students mistake them for... [More]
Directed By: Eli Craig

#152

The Others (2001)
83%

#152
Adjusted Score: 89413%
Critics Consensus: The Others is a spooky thriller that reminds us that a movie doesn't need expensive special effects to be creepy.
Synopsis: A devout woman (Nicole Kidman) with two sunlight-sensitive children believes ghosts inhabit her darkened island mansion.... [More]
Directed By: Alejandro Amenábar

#151

Tremors (1990)
86%

#151
Adjusted Score: 89345%
Critics Consensus: An affectionate throwback to 1950s creature features, Tremors reinvigorates its genre tropes with a finely balanced combination of horror and humor.
Synopsis: Four big worms with multiple tongues dig high-speed around people (Kevin Bacon, Fred Ward, Finn Carter) in the middle of... [More]
Directed By: Ron Underwood

#150

Creep (2014)
89%

#150
Adjusted Score: 89421%
Critics Consensus: A smart, odball take on found-footage horror, Creep is clever and well-acted enough to keep viewers on the edges of their seats.
Synopsis: Aaron answers an online ad and drives to a stranger's house to film him for the day. The man wants... [More]
Directed By: Patrick Brice

#149
#149
Adjusted Score: 89824%
Critics Consensus: Carnival of Souls offers delightfully chilling proof that when it comes to telling an effective horror story, less can often be much, much more.
Synopsis: After taking a job as a church organist, the sole survivor (Candace Hilligoss) of a fatal car crash encounters mysterious... [More]
Directed By: Herk Harvey

#148

Rec (2007)
89%

#148
Adjusted Score: 89626%
Critics Consensus: Plunging viewers into the nightmarish hellscape of an apartment complex under siege, [Rec] proves that found footage can still be used as an effective delivery mechanism for sparse, economic horror.
Synopsis: A reporter (Manuela Velasco) and her cameraman record the horrifying outbreak of a disease that turns humans into vicious cannibals.... [More]

#147
#147
Adjusted Score: 90421%
Critics Consensus: Using its low-budget effects and mockumentary method to great result, Paranormal Activity turns a simple haunted house story into 90 minutes of relentless suspense.
Synopsis: A young couple (Katie Featherston, Micah Sloat) move into their first new home but are disturbed by what appears to... [More]
Directed By: Oren Peli

#146

The Conjuring 2 (2016)
80%

#146
Adjusted Score: 91168%
Critics Consensus: The Conjuring 2 can't help but lose a bit of its predecessor's chilly sting through familiarity, but what remains is still a superior ghost story told with spine-tingling skill.
Synopsis: In 1977, paranormal investigators Ed (Patrick Wilson) and Lorraine (Vera Farmiga) Warren travel to north London to help a single... [More]
Directed By: James Wan

#145

Come to Daddy (2019)
86%

#145
Adjusted Score: 89915%
Critics Consensus: Bloody horror with barbed wit, Come to Daddy anchors its brutal violence in a surprisingly mature approach to provocative themes.
Synopsis: A privileged man-child arrives at the beautiful and remote coastal cabin of his estranged father, whom he hasn't seen in... [More]
Directed By: Ant Timpson

#144
#144
Adjusted Score: 90731%
Critics Consensus: The Girl with All the Gifts grapples with thought-provoking questions without skimping on the scares -- and finds a few fresh wrinkles in the well-worn zombie horror genre along the way.
Synopsis: In the future, a strange fungus has changed nearly everyone into a thoughtless, flesh-eating monster. When a scientist and a... [More]
Directed By: Colm McCarthy

#143

Goodnight Mommy (2014)
85%

#143
Adjusted Score: 91560%
Critics Consensus: Dark, violent, and drenched in dread, Goodnight Mommy is perfect for extreme horror enthusiasts -- or filmgoers who prefer to watch between splayed fingers.
Synopsis: Twin boys who do everything together, from collecting beetles to feeding stray cats, welcome their mother home after her reconstructive... [More]

#142
#142
Adjusted Score: 90549%
Critics Consensus: Campy by modern standards but spooky and atmospheric, House on Haunted Hill is a fun, well-executed cult classic featuring a memorable performance from genre icon Vincent Price.
Synopsis: The owner of a haunted mansion offers a group of people reward money if they can survive a night at... [More]
Directed By: William Castle

#141

Julia's Eyes (2010)
90%

#141
Adjusted Score: 90597%
Critics Consensus: Smart, suspenseful, and visually distinctive, Julia's Eyes marks another modern Spanish thriller that quickens the pulse while engaging the mind.
Synopsis: The closer she gets to solving her sister's death, a woman (Belén Rueda) with a degenerative eye disease becomes increasingly... [More]
Directed By: Guillem Morales

#140

Sisters (1973)
87%

#140
Adjusted Score: 90028%
Critics Consensus: Clever yet clearly indebted to the masters of the genre, Sisters offers an early glimpse of De Palma at his stylishly crafty peak.
Synopsis: A newswoman (Jennifer Salt) and a private eye (Charles Durning) probe a murder confused by separated Siamese twins (Margot Kidder).... [More]
Directed By: Brian De Palma

#139

Slither (2006)
87%

#139
Adjusted Score: 91193%
Critics Consensus: A slimy, B-movie homage oozing with affection for low-budget horror films, Slither is creepy and funny -- if you've got the stomach for it.
Synopsis: A small-town sheriff (Nathan Fillion) and his team encounter waves of wormlike alien organisms that are intent on devouring all... [More]
Directed By: James Gunn

#138

Cargo (2018)
88%

#138
Adjusted Score: 91290%
Critics Consensus: Cargo takes a refreshingly character-driven approach to the zombie genre that's further distinguished by its Australian setting and Martin Freeman's terrific lead performance.
Synopsis: ... [More]
Directed By: Yolanda Ramke

#137

Dead Alive (1992)
88%

#137
Adjusted Score: 91686%
Critics Consensus: The delightfully gonzo tale of a lovestruck teen and his zombified mother, Dead Alive is extremely gory and exceedingly good fun, thanks to Peter Jackson's affection for the tastelessly sublime.
Synopsis: The bite of a rare monkey turns a young man's (Timothy Balme) mother (Elizabeth Moody) rabid, causing a zombie epidemic... [More]
Directed By: Peter Jackson

#136

Freaks (2018)
88%

#136
Adjusted Score: 91858%
Critics Consensus: Stocked with solid performances, Freaks is a clever sci-fi/horror hybrid that suggests a bright future for co-writers/co-directors Zach Lipovsky and Adam Stein.
Synopsis: Kept locked inside the house by her father, young Chloe lives in fear and fascination of the outside world. But... [More]
Directed By: Adam Stein, Zach Lipovsky

#135

The Tenant (1976)
88%

#135
Adjusted Score: 90623%
Critics Consensus: A rough-edged thriller that lacks the precision of Polanski's best work, but makes up for it with its skillful mounting of paranoia, dread, and dark themes.
Synopsis: A Polish clerk (Roman Polanski) rents a Paris flat and begins to act like the former tenant, who committed suicide.... [More]
Directed By: Roman Polanski

#134

Better Watch Out (2016)
89%

#134
Adjusted Score: 91418%
Critics Consensus: Carried by its charismatic young cast, Better Watch Out is an adorably sinister holiday horror film.
Synopsis: Ashley travels to the suburban home of the Lerners to baby-sit their 12-year-old son Luke at Christmastime. She must soon... [More]
Directed By: Chris Peckover

#133

The Thing (1982)
86%

#133
Adjusted Score: 92735%
Critics Consensus: Grimmer and more terrifying than the 1950s take, John Carpenter's The Thing is a tense sci-fi thriller rife with compelling tension and some remarkable make-up effects.
Synopsis: Antarctic outpost men (Kurt Russell, A. Wilford Brimley, T.K. Carter) fight a slimy alien able to assume the form of... [More]
Directed By: John Carpenter

#132
Adjusted Score: 92495%
Critics Consensus: Terrifying and funny in almost equal measure, John Landis' horror-comedy crosses genres while introducing Rick Baker's astounding make-up effects.
Synopsis: A New York student (David Naughton) becomes the scourge of London after being bitten by a beast on the moors.... [More]
Directed By: John Landis

#131

The Omen (1976)
86%

#131
Adjusted Score: 92224%
Critics Consensus: The Omen eschews an excess of gore in favor of ramping up the suspense -- and creates an enduring, dread-soaked horror classic along the way.
Synopsis: A U.S. diplomat (Gregory Peck) and his wife (Lee Remick) adopt the infant Damien in Rome, then find out he's... [More]
Directed By: Richard Donner

#130

Creepy (2016)
90%

#130
Adjusted Score: 91685%
Critics Consensus: Creepy lives up to its title with a suspenseful and thoroughly unsettling - not to mention well-acted - blend of crime procedural and domestic drama.
Synopsis: A retired detective is asked to investigate an old missing family case.... [More]
Directed By: Kiyoshi Kurosawa

#129

Ginger Snaps (2000)
90%

#129
Adjusted Score: 90609%
Critics Consensus: The strong female cast and biting satire of teenage life makes Ginger Snaps far more memorable than your average werewolf movie -- or teen flick.
Synopsis: A fearsome transformation takes place after a death-obsessed teen (Katharine Isabelle) and her sister (Emily Perkins) are attacked by a... [More]
Directed By: John Fawcett

#128
#128
Adjusted Score: 91408%
Critics Consensus: Evocative direction by Jacques Tourneur collides with the low-rent production values of exploitateer Val Lewton in I Walked with a Zombie, a sultry sleeper that's simultaneously smarmy, eloquent and fascinating.
Synopsis: Nurse Betsey Connell (Frances Dee) is hired to care for Jessica, a woman who suffers from a bizarre condition. When... [More]
Directed By: Jacques Tourneur

#127

Poltergeist (1982)
86%

#127
Adjusted Score: 92039%
Critics Consensus: Smartly filmed, tightly scripted, and -- most importantly -- consistently frightening, Poltergeist is a modern horror classic.
Synopsis: A suburban couple's (Craig T. Nelson, JoBeth Williams) little girl is drawn from her bedroom into a nightmarish other dimension.... [More]
Directed By: Tobe Hooper

#126

Hounds of Love (2016)
88%

#126
Adjusted Score: 92258%
Critics Consensus: Smartly constructed and powerfully acted, Hounds of Love satisfies as a psychological thriller with a few nasty surprises -- and marks writer-director Ben Young as a promising talent.
Synopsis: A murderous couple abduct a teenager from the streets of Perth, Australia, during Christmastime 1987. Now held captive in a... [More]
Directed By: Ben Young

#125

The Exorcist (1973)
83%

#125
Adjusted Score: 92822%
Critics Consensus: The Exorcist rides its supernatural theme to magical effect, with remarkable special effects and an eerie atmosphere, resulting in one of the scariest films of all time.
Synopsis: An actress (Ellen Burstyn) calls upon Jesuit priests to try to end the demonic possession of her 12-year-old daughter (Linda... [More]
Directed By: William Friedkin

#124
#124
Adjusted Score: 91977%
Critics Consensus: The Abominable Dr. Phibes juggles horror and humor, but under the picture's campy façade, there's genuine pathos brought poignantly to life through Price's performance.
Synopsis: Living corpse Dr. Phibes (Vincent Price) visits his late wife's surgeons with rats, bats and other biblical plagues.... [More]
Directed By: Robert Fuest

#123

1922 (2017)
91%

#123
Adjusted Score: 91314%
Critics Consensus: Thanks to director Zak Hilditch's patient storytelling and strong work from lead Thomas Jane, 1922 ranks among the more satisfying Stephen King adaptations.
Synopsis: A rancher conspires to murder his wife for financial gain and convinces his teenage son to participate.... [More]
Directed By: Zak Hilditch

#122

The Descent (2005)
86%

#122
Adjusted Score: 92084%
Critics Consensus: Deft direction and strong performances from its all-female cast guide The Descent, a riveting, claustrophobic horror film.
Synopsis: Women (Shauna Macdonald, Natalie Mendoza, Alex Reid) on a caving expedition encounter ravenous underground predators that would love to sink... [More]
Directed By: Neil Marshall

#121

Crawl (2019)
84%

#121
Adjusted Score: 93740%
Critics Consensus: An action-packed creature feature that's fast, terrifying, and benefits greatly from a completely game Kaya Scodelario, Crawl is a fun throw-back with just enough self-awareness to work.
Synopsis: A woman and her injured father become trapped by floodwaters in their home during a hurricane. With the storm strengthening,... [More]
Directed By: Alexandre Aja

#120

Martin (1978)
90%

#120
Adjusted Score: 92957%
Critics Consensus: George A. Romero's contribution to vampire lore contains the expected gore and social satire -- but it's also surprisingly thoughtful, and boasts a whopper of a final act.
Synopsis: A tormented teen vampire (John Amplas) becomes a local celebrity after sharing his plight with a radio talk-show host.... [More]
Directed By: George A. Romero

#119
Adjusted Score: 93829%
Critics Consensus: Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer is an effective, chilling profile of a killer that is sure to shock and disturb.
Synopsis: Ex-convict Henry (Michael Rooker) gets close to the sister (Tracy Arnold) of the prison buddy (Tom Towles) he teaches how... [More]
Directed By: John McNaughton

#118

House (1977)
91%

#118
Adjusted Score: 93161%
Critics Consensus: House is a gleefully demented collage of grand guginol guffaws and bizarre sequences.
Synopsis: In an effort to avoid spending time with her father and his creepy new lover, young Gorgeous (Kimiko Ikegami) resolves... [More]
Directed By: Nobuhiko Ôbayashi

#117

The Invitation (2015)
89%

#117
Adjusted Score: 92577%
Critics Consensus: The Invitation makes brilliant use of its tension-rich premise to deliver a uniquely effective -- and surprisingly clever -- slow-building thriller.
Synopsis: While attending a dinner party at his former house, a man (Logan Marshall-Green) starts to believe that his ex-wife (Tammy... [More]
Directed By: Karyn Kusama

#116
Adjusted Score: 92231%
Critics Consensus: Rare Exports is an unexpectedly delightful crossbreed of deadpan comedy and Christmas horror.
Synopsis: As a holiday approaches, members of a science expedition accidentally release a malevolent Santa Claus from his Arctic prison.... [More]
Directed By: Jalmari Helander

#115

The Dead Zone (1983)
90%

#115
Adjusted Score: 94038%
Critics Consensus: The Dead Zone combines taut direction from David Cronenberg and and a rich performance from Christopher Walken to create one of the strongest Stephen King adaptations.
Synopsis: A man (Christopher Walken) comes out of a coma able to see the probable futures of anyone he touches.... [More]
Directed By: David Cronenberg

#114

The Orphanage (2007)
87%

#114
Adjusted Score: 93575%
Critics Consensus: Deeply unnerving and surprisingly poignant, The Orphanage is an atmospheric, beautifully crafted haunted house horror film that earns scares with a minimum of blood.
Synopsis: Several months after her adopted son disappears, a grieving woman (Belén Rueda), in her childhood home, believes she hears spirits... [More]
Directed By: J.A. Bayona

#113

Duel (1971)
88%

#113
Adjusted Score: 94059%
Critics Consensus: Duel makes brilliant use of its simple premise, serving up rock-solid genre thrills while heralding the arrival of a generational talent behind the lens.
Synopsis: The unseen driver of a tailgating semi tries to run a traveling salesman (Dennis Weaver) off the road.... [More]
Directed By: Steven Spielberg

#112

The Shining (1980)
84%

#112
Adjusted Score: 95391%
Critics Consensus: Though it deviates from Stephen King's novel, Stanley Kubrick's The Shining is a chilling, often baroque journey into madness -- exemplified by an unforgettable turn from Jack Nicholson.
Synopsis: A writer (Jack Nicholson) goes mad while serving as caretaker with his wife (Shelley Duvall) and clairvoyant son (Danny Lloyd)... [More]
Directed By: Stanley Kubrick

#111

House of Usher (1960)
90%

#111
Adjusted Score: 93573%
Critics Consensus: Scary, strange, and maybe a little silly, House of Usher represents an early high mark for Vincent Price and a career triumph for director Roger Corman.
Synopsis: Insane aristocrat Roderick Usher (Vincent Price), thinking his sister (Myrna Fahey) is dead, buries her alive.... [More]
Directed By: Roger Corman

#110
#110
Adjusted Score: 93374%
Critics Consensus: Full of creepy campfire scares, mock-doc The Blair Witch Project keeps audiences in the dark about its titular villain, proving once more that imagination can be as scary as anything onscreen.
Synopsis: A filmmaking crew (Heather Donahue, Michael C. Williams, Joshua Leonard) hikes into Maryland's Black Hills Forest seeking clues about a... [More]

#109
#109
Adjusted Score: 93734%
Critics Consensus: The Devil's Candy playfully subverts horror tropes while serving up more than enough stylish thrills to satisfy genre enthusiasts.
Synopsis: A struggling painter is possessed by satanic forces after he and his family move into their dream home.... [More]
Directed By: Sean Byrne

#108

Gerald's Game (2017)
91%

#108
Adjusted Score: 94154%
Critics Consensus: Carla Gugino carries Gerald's Game's small-scale suspense with a career-defining performance.
Synopsis: A woman accidentally kills her husband during a kinky game. Handcuffed to her bed with no hope of rescue, she... [More]
Directed By: Mike Flanagan

#107

28 Days Later (2002)
87%

#107
Adjusted Score: 93962%
Critics Consensus: Kinetically directed by Danny Boyle, 28 Days Later is both a terrifying zombie movie and a sharp political allegory.
Synopsis: Survivors (Cillian Murphy, Noah Huntley, Naomie Harris) try to stay a step ahead of vicious, virus-infected humans that have overrun... [More]
Directed By: Danny Boyle

#106

Prevenge (2016)
91%

#106
Adjusted Score: 93575%
Critics Consensus: As ambitious as it is daringly transgressive, Prevenge should thrill fans of pitch-black horror-comedy -- and open untold opportunities for writer/director/star Alice Lowe.
Synopsis: A pregnant woman kills an assortment of people.... [More]
Directed By: Alice Lowe

#105

Demon (2015)
92%

#105
Adjusted Score: 93770%
Critics Consensus: Ambitious and beautifully shot, Demon delivers a gripping -- and sadly final -- testament to the singular talent possessed by director/co-writer Marcin Wrona.
Synopsis: A man (Andrzej Grabowski) tries to save his daughter's (Agnieszka Zulewska) wedding party when her new husband (Itay Tiran) becomes... [More]
Directed By: Marcin Wrona

#104

Bone Tomahawk (2015)
91%

#104
Adjusted Score: 93972%
Critics Consensus: Bone Tomahawk's peculiar genre blend won't be for everyone, but its gripping performances and a slow-burning story should satisfy those in search of something different.
Synopsis: In the Old West, a sheriff (Kurt Russell), his deputy (Richard Jenkins), a gunslinger (Matthew Fox),and a cowboy (Patrick Wilson)... [More]
Directed By: S. Craig Zahler

#103

Fright Night (1985)
92%

#103
Adjusted Score: 95189%
Critics Consensus: Fright Night deftly combines thrills and humor in this ghostly tale about a man living next to a vampire.
Synopsis: The host (Roddy McDowall) of a late-night TV horror show believes a teen's (William Ragsdale) next-door neighbor (Chris Sarandon) is... [More]
Directed By: Tom Holland

#102

The Wicker Man (1973)
89%

#102
Adjusted Score: 95277%
Critics Consensus: This intelligent horror film is subtle in its thrills and chills, with an ending that is both shocking and truly memorable.
Synopsis: A police sergeant (Edward Woodward) comes to a Scottish isle where a local lord (Christopher Lee) presides over a sacrificial... [More]
Directed By: Robin Hardy

#101

Nina Forever (2015)
94%

#101
Adjusted Score: 94859%
Critics Consensus: Nina Forever tests the limits of the rom-com with a decidedly unorthodox triangle that's as diabolically original as it is daringly dark.
Synopsis: After his girlfriend Nina dies, Rob falls in love with Holly. The new relationship faces a huge challenge when Nina... [More]
Directed By: Ben Blaine, Chris Blaine

#100

The Conjuring (2013)
86%

#100
Adjusted Score: 95499%
Critics Consensus: Well-crafted and gleefully creepy, The Conjuring ratchets up dread through a series of effective old-school scares.
Synopsis: Paranormal investigators Lorraine (Vera Farmiga) and Ed (Patrick Wilson) Warren confront a powerful demonic entity when they try to help... [More]
Directed By: James Wan

#99
#99
Adjusted Score: 96640%
Critics Consensus: A welcome return for director Richard Stanley, Color Out of Space mixes tart B-movie pulp with visually alluring Lovecraftian horror and a dash of gonzo Nicolas Cage.
Synopsis: After a meteorite lands in the front yard of their farm, Nathan Gardner and his family find themselves battling a... [More]
Directed By: Richard Stanley

#98

Misery (1990)
90%

#98
Adjusted Score: 94771%
Critics Consensus: Elevated by standout performances from James Caan and Kathy Bates, this taut and frightening film is one of the best Stephen King adaptations to date.
Synopsis: An author (James Caan) recovers from an accident, nursed by a twisted fan (Kathy Bates) who insists he write a... [More]
Directed By: Rob Reiner

#97
#97
Adjusted Score: 94045%
Critics Consensus: Led by a note-perfect performance from Charles Laughton, Island of Lost Souls remains the definitive film adaptation of its classic source material.
Synopsis: White-suited Dr. Moreau (Charles Laughton) herds his bestial mutants and plots to mate his panther-woman with a visitor (Richard Arlen).... [More]
Directed By: Erle C. Kenton

#96

Let Me In (2010)
88%

#96
Adjusted Score: 96461%
Critics Consensus: Similar to the original in all the right ways -- but with enough changes to stand on its own -- Let Me In is the rare Hollywood remake that doesn't add insult to inspiration.
Synopsis: A misfit boy (Kodi Smit-McPhee) suspects that his only friend (Chloë Grace Moretz), an eerie child who only appears at... [More]
Directed By: Matt Reeves

#95

The Mummy (1932)
88%

#95
Adjusted Score: 95480%
Critics Consensus: Relying more on mood and atmosphere than the thrills typical of modern horror fare, Universal's The Mummy sets a masterful template for mummy-themed films to follow.
Synopsis: An Egyptian mummy (Boris Karloff) searches Cairo for the girl (Zita Johann) he thinks is his long-lost princess.... [More]
Directed By: Karl Freund

#94

Theatre of Blood (1973)
93%

#94
Adjusted Score: 95875%
Critics Consensus: Deliciously campy and wonderfully funny, Theater of Blood features Vincent Price at his melodramatic best.
Synopsis: An actor (Vincent Price) gets even with eight London critics by copying death scenes from Shakespearean plays.... [More]
Directed By: Douglas Hickox

#93
#93
Adjusted Score: 95660%
Critics Consensus: Trading gore for grandeur, Horror of Dracula marks an impressive turn for inveterate Christopher Lee as the titular vampire, and a typical Hammer mood that makes aristocracy quite sexy.
Synopsis: Dr. Van Helsing (Peter Cushing) hunts the legendary king (Christopher Lee) of the vampires, who has left Transylvania for the... [More]
Directed By: Terence Fisher

#92
#92
Adjusted Score: 95550%
Critics Consensus: A classic. The definitive version of the Robert Louis Stevenson novella from 1931, with innovative special effects, atmospheric cinematography and deranged overacting.
Synopsis: March won an Oscar for his portrayal of the scientist whose experiments bring out a hideous side of his personality.... [More]
Directed By: Rouben Mamoulian

#91

Halloween (2018)
79%

#91
Adjusted Score: 99504%
Critics Consensus: Halloween largely wipes the slate clean after decades of disappointing sequels, ignoring increasingly elaborate mythology in favor of basic - yet still effective - ingredients.
Synopsis: It's been 40 years since Laurie Strode survived a vicious attack from crazed killer Michael Myers on Halloween night. She... [More]
Directed By: David Gordon Green

#90

Attack the Block (2011)
90%

#90
Adjusted Score: 96809%
Critics Consensus: Effortlessly mixing scares, laughs, and social commentary, Attack the Block is a thrilling, briskly-paced sci-fi yarn with a distinctly British flavor.
Synopsis: South London teenagers (John Boyega, Alex Esmail, Leeon Jones) defend their neighborhood from malevolent extraterrestrials.... [More]
Directed By: Joe Cornish

#89
#89
Adjusted Score: 96342%
Critics Consensus: Creepily atmospheric and haunting, The Devil's Backbone is both a potent ghost story and an intelligent political allegory.
Synopsis: The newest resident at a remote Spanish orphanage contends with a brutal janitor, a bully and a youngster's ghost.... [More]
Directed By: Guillermo del Toro

#88
Adjusted Score: 95593%
Critics Consensus: Thanks to a smart script and documentary-style camerawork, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre achieves start-to-finish suspense, making it a classic in low-budget exploitation cinema.
Synopsis: Young adults (Marilyn Burns, Allen Danziger) encounter a houseful of demented butchers who chase them with chain saws and other... [More]
Directed By: Tobe Hooper

#87
#87
Adjusted Score: 96232%
Critics Consensus: Smart, powerfully acted, and devilishly clever, We Are Still Here offers some novel twists on familiar territory -- and heralds the arrival of a major talent in writer-director Ted Geoghegan.
Synopsis: Every 30 years, a lonely old house in the fields of New England wakes up and demands a sacrifice.... [More]
Directed By: Ted Geoghegan

#86

Housebound (2014)
95%

#86
Adjusted Score: 96279%
Critics Consensus: Alternately hilarious, gross, and simply diverting, Housebound is the rare horror-comedy that delivers on both fronts.
Synopsis: A would-be thief (Morgana O'Reilly) is remanded to the custody of her estranged mother (Rima Te Wiata), who turns out... [More]
Directed By: Gerard Johnstone

#85

Eraserhead (1977)
90%

#85
Adjusted Score: 97179%
Critics Consensus: David Lynch's surreal Eraserhead uses detailed visuals and a creepy score to create a bizarre and disturbing look into a man's fear of parenthood.
Synopsis: Henry Spencer's (John Nance) hair sticks straight up, and his girlfriend's (Charlotte Stewart) offspring looks like larva.... [More]
Directed By: David Lynch

#84
#84
Adjusted Score: 95240%
Critics Consensus: Chilling performances and a restrained, eerie atmosphere make this British horror both an unnerving parable of its era and a timeless classic.
Synopsis: British parents (George Sanders, Barbara Shelley) realize their son is one of 12 evil alien children born in their village.... [More]
Directed By: Wolf Rilla

#83
Adjusted Score: 96815%
Critics Consensus: Combining a deadly thriller plot with the stylized violence that would become his trademark, The Bird with the Crystal Plumage marked an impressive horror debut for Dario Argento.
Synopsis: An American writer (Tony Musante) hunts for an elusive slasher after witnessing an attempted murder through the glass doors of... [More]
Directed By: Dario Argento

#82

The Wolf Man (1941)
90%

#82
Adjusted Score: 96236%
Critics Consensus: A handsomely told tale with an affecting performance from Lon Chaney, Jr., The Wolf Man remains one of the classics of the Universal horror stable.
Synopsis: Bitten by a werewolf, an aristocrat (Lon Chaney) grows fangs, fur and a muzzle, then begs his father (Claude Rains)... [More]
Directed By: George Waggner

#81
#81
Adjusted Score: 97532%
Critics Consensus: Decades later, it still retains its ability to scare -- and Lon Chaney's performance remains one of the benchmarks of the horror genre.
Synopsis: A mad, masked composer (Lon Chaney) holds a singer (Mary Philbin) captive in the catacombs beneath the Paris Opera House... [More]
Directed By: Rupert Julian

#80

The Endless (2017)
92%

#80
Adjusted Score: 96888%
Critics Consensus: The Endless benefits from its grounded approach to an increasingly bizarre story, elevated by believable performances by filmmakers Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead.
Synopsis: Two brothers revisit the UFO death cult they escaped as teens, only to find there may have been truth to... [More]

#79

Don't Breathe (2016)
88%

#79
Adjusted Score: 99342%
Critics Consensus: Don't Breathe smartly twists its sturdy premise to offer a satisfyingly tense, chilling addition to the home invasion genre that's all the more effective for its simplicity.
Synopsis: Three trapped thieves (Jane Levy, Dylan Minnette, Daniel Zovatto) must fight for their lives after breaking into the home of... [More]
Directed By: Fede Alvarez

#78

Re-Animator (1985)
93%

#78
Adjusted Score: 98764%
Critics Consensus: Perfectly mixing humor and horror, the only thing more effective than Re-Animator's gory scares are its dry, deadpan jokes.
Synopsis: A medical student (Jeffrey Combs) brings his headless professor back from the dead with a special serum.... [More]
Directed By: Stuart Gordon

#77

Zombieland (2009)
89%

#77
Adjusted Score: 98546%
Critics Consensus: Wickedly funny and featuring plenty of gore, Zombieland is proof that the zombie subgenre is far from dead.
Synopsis: Survivors (Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone) of a zombie apocalypse use creative means to dispatch the undead as they... [More]
Directed By: Ruben Fleischer

#76
#76
Adjusted Score: 99409%
Critics Consensus: It Comes at Night makes lethally effective use of its bare-bones trappings while proving once again that what's left unseen can be just as horrifying as anything on the screen.
Synopsis: After a mysterious apocalypse leaves the world with few survivors, two families are forced to share a home in an... [More]
Directed By: Trey Edward Shults

#75

Dawn of the Dead (1978)
94%

#75
Adjusted Score: 97630%
Critics Consensus: One of the most compelling and entertaining zombie films ever, Dawn of the Dead perfectly blends pure horror and gore with social commentary on material society.
Synopsis: Cannibal zombies pursue a couple (David Emge, Gaylen Ross) and two former National Guardsmen in Philadelphia.... [More]
Directed By: George Romero

#74

The Fly (1986)
93%

#74
Adjusted Score: 99441%
Critics Consensus: David Cronenberg combines his trademark affinity for gore and horror with strongly developed characters, making The Fly a surprisingly affecting tragedy.
Synopsis: David Cronenberg's remake of the 1958 classic about a botched experiment that transmutes a man into a monstrous insect.... [More]
Directed By: David Cronenberg

#73

Deep Red (1975)
96%

#73
Adjusted Score: 97378%
Critics Consensus: The kinetic camerawork and brutal over-the-top gore that made Dario Argento famous is on full display, but the addition of a compelling, complex story makes Deep Red a masterpiece.
Synopsis: A pianist (David Hemmings) enlists the aid of a journalist (Daria Nicolodi) to investigate the murder of a psychic.... [More]
Directed By: Dario Argento

#72
#72
Adjusted Score: 99011%
Critics Consensus: Wes Craven's intelligent premise, combined with the horrifying visual appearance of Freddy Krueger, still causes nightmares to this day.
Synopsis: Freddy Krueger, a badly burned boogeyman with razors on his glove, haunts and kills teens in their dreams.... [More]
Directed By: Wes Craven

#71

The Host (2006)
93%

#71
Adjusted Score: 97639%
Critics Consensus: As populace pleasing as it is intellectually satisfying, The Host combines scares, laughs, and satire into a riveting, monster movie.
Synopsis: A South Korean family (Song Kang-ho, Byun Hee-bong) must save a daughter (Go Ah-sung) from a horrible monster that emerged... [More]
Directed By: Bong Joon-ho

#70
#70
Adjusted Score: 98436%
Critics Consensus: A tense, terrifying, and all-around outstanding feature debut for its co-directing duo, The Boy Behind the Door should thrill discerning horror fans.
Synopsis: Bobby tries to save himself and his best friend when they are kidnapped on their way home from school.... [More]

#69
#69
Adjusted Score: 97820%
Critics Consensus: Shaun of the Dead cleverly balances scares and witty satire, making for a bloody good zombie movie with loads of wit.
Synopsis: An aimless TV salesman (Simon Pegg) and his best pal must save their friends and family from the zombies that... [More]
Directed By: Edgar Wright

#68

Train to Busan (2016)
94%

#68
Adjusted Score: 99145%
Critics Consensus: Train to Busan delivers a thrillingly unique -- and purely entertaining -- take on the zombie genre, with fully realized characters and plenty of social commentary to underscore the bursts of skillfully staged action.
Synopsis: A man (Gong Yoo), his estranged daughter and other passengers become trapped on a speeding train during a zombie outbreak... [More]
Directed By: Yeon Sang-ho

#67

Revenge (2017)
93%

#67
Adjusted Score: 99099%
Critics Consensus: Revenge slices and dices genre tropes, working within an exploitation framework while adding a timely -- yet never less than viscerally thrilling -- feminist spin.
Synopsis: A shocking act leaves a woman brutalized and left for dead by three sleazy men. Unfortunately for her assailants, she... [More]
Directed By: Coralie Fargeat

#66
Adjusted Score: 98564%
Critics Consensus: Employing gritty camerawork and evocative sound effects, Invasion of the Body Snatchers is a powerful remake that expands upon themes and ideas only lightly explored in the original.
Synopsis: San Francisco health inspectors (Donald Sutherland, Brooke Adams) find alien pods are taking over people as they sleep.... [More]
Directed By: Philip Kaufman

#65

The Ring (1998)
97%

#65
Adjusted Score: 98905%
Critics Consensus: Ringu combines supernatural elements with anxieties about modern technology in a truly frightening and unnerving way.
Synopsis: A TV reporter (Nanako Matsushima) investigates a myth that claims death will follow a strange, ordered sequence of events.... [More]
Directed By: Hideo Nakata

#64

Suspiria (1977)
93%

#64
Adjusted Score: 99679%
Critics Consensus: The blood pours freely in Argento's classic Suspiria, a giallo horror as grandiose and glossy as it is gory.
Synopsis: A New York ballerina (Jessica Harper) enrolls at a haunted dance academy run by witches in the Black Forest.... [More]
Directed By: Dario Argento

#63

Harpoon (2019)
97%

#63
Adjusted Score: 98528%
Critics Consensus: A B-movie with an A-level commitment to entertain, Harpoon should hit the target with horror fans in the mood for gory, darkly humorous antics on the open water.
Synopsis: Rivalries, dark secrets, and sexual tension emerge when three friends find themselves stranded on a yacht in the middle of... [More]
Directed By: Rob Grant

#62

Dead of Night (1945)
93%

#62
Adjusted Score: 99793%
Critics Consensus: With four accomplished directors contributing, Dead of Night is a classic horror anthology that remains highly influential.
Synopsis: Summoned to an English estate, a man (Mervyn Johns) recalls it from his nightmare and there meets other guests (Michael... [More]

#61

Green Room (2015)
90%

#61
Adjusted Score: 101600%
Critics Consensus: Green Room delivers unapologetic genre thrills with uncommon intelligence and powerfully acted élan.
Synopsis: Members (Anton Yelchin, Alia Shawkat) of a punk-rock band and a tough young woman (Imogen Poots) battle murderous white supremacists... [More]
Directed By: Jeremy Saulnier

#60
#60
Adjusted Score: 113122%
Critics Consensus: A nerve-wracking continuation of its predecessor, A Quiet Place Part II expands the terrifying world of the franchise without losing track of its heart.
Synopsis: The Abbott family must now face the terrors of the outside world as they fight for survival in silence. Forced... [More]
Directed By: John Krasinski

#59

The Loved Ones (2009)
98%

#59
Adjusted Score: 99856%
Critics Consensus: Successfully mixing the conventions of the teen and horror genres with a twist, Australian director Sean Byrne makes a striking directorial debut with The Loved Ones.
Synopsis: After a classmate (Xavier Samuel) declines her invitation to the school dance, a teenager (Robin McLeavy) kidnaps him and makes... [More]
Directed By: Sean Byrne

#58

Evil Dead 2 (1987)
95%

#58
Adjusted Score: 100734%
Critics Consensus: Evil Dead 2's increased special effects and slapstick-gore makes it as good -- if not better -- than the original.
Synopsis: Cabin visitors (Bruce Campbell, Sarah Berry) fight protean spirits of the dead with a chainsaw, a shotgun and Egyptian incantations.... [More]
Directed By: Sam Raimi

#57

The Innocents (1961)
95%

#57
Adjusted Score: 100337%
Critics Consensus: Creepily atmospheric, The Innocents is a stylishly crafted, chilling British ghost tale with Deborah Kerr at her finest.
Synopsis: A Victorian governess (Deborah Kerr) fears a boy (Martin Stephens) and girl (Pamela Franklin) have been possessed by a dead... [More]
Directed By: Jack Clayton

#56

The Evil Dead (1981)
95%

#56
Adjusted Score: 101068%
Critics Consensus: This classic low budget horror film combines just the right amount of gore and black humor, giving The Evil Dead an equal amount of thrills and laughs.
Synopsis: Teens (Bruce Campbell, Ellen Sandweiss, Betsy Baker) in a remote cabin accidentally resurrect demonic forces with a taped incantation and... [More]
Directed By: Sam Raimi

#55

The Love Witch (2016)
95%

#55
Adjusted Score: 98835%
Critics Consensus: The Love Witch offers an absorbing visual homage to a bygone era, arranged subtly in service of a thought-provoking meditation on the battle of the sexes.
Synopsis: A beautiful and seductive witch (Samantha Robinson) concocts spells and potions to make men fall in love with her.... [More]
Directed By: Anna Biller

#54

Raw (2016)
92%

#54
Adjusted Score: 101412%
Critics Consensus: Raw's lurid violence and sexuality live up to its title, but they're anchored with an immersive atmosphere and deep symbolism that linger long after the provocative visuals fade.
Synopsis: A stringent vegetarian (Garance Marillier) starts to develop a voracious appetite for human flesh after enduring a hazing ritual at... [More]
Directed By: Julia Ducournau

#53

Nosferatu (1979)
95%

#53
Adjusted Score: 100046%
Critics Consensus: Stunning visuals from Werner Herzog and an intense portrayal of the famed bloodsucker from Klaus Kinski make this remake of Nosferatu a horror classic in its own right.
Synopsis: Bald, pale, tired and cursed with immortality, Count Dracula (Klaus Kinski) visits a plague of rats upon Europe.... [More]
Directed By: Werner Herzog

#52

Creep 2 (2017)
100%

#52
Adjusted Score: 100315%
Critics Consensus: Creep 2 has everything that made the original work and more -- more laughs, more awkwardness, more unsettling terror.
Synopsis: A video artist quickly realizes she has made a mistake when she meets a serial killer in a cabin.... [More]
Directed By: Patrick Brice

#51

Carrie (1976)
93%

#51
Adjusted Score: 100748%
Critics Consensus: Carrie is a horrifying look at supernatural powers, high school cruelty, and teen angst -- and it brings us one of the most memorable and disturbing prom scenes in history.
Synopsis: A social misfit (Sissy Spacek) with psychic powers wreaks havoc at her prom to get even with pranksters.... [More]
Directed By: Brian De Palma

#50

Midsommar (2019)
83%

#50
Adjusted Score: 104960%
Critics Consensus: Ambitious, impressively crafted, and above all unsettling, Midsommar further proves writer-director Ari Aster is a horror auteur to be reckoned with.
Synopsis: A young American couple, their relationship foundering, travel to a fabled Swedish midsummer festival where a seemingly pastoral paradise transforms... [More]
Directed By: Ari Aster

#49

Dracula (1931)
94%

#49
Adjusted Score: 99508%
Critics Consensus: Bela Lugosi's timeless portrayal of Dracula in this creepy and atmospheric 1931 film has set the standard for major vampiric roles since.
Synopsis: A real-estate man (Dwight Frye) visits the Transylvania castle of a 500-year-old vampire (Bela Lugosi).... [More]
Directed By: Tod Browning

#48

Mandy (2018)
90%

#48
Adjusted Score: 102998%
Critics Consensus: Mandy's gonzo violence is fueled by a gripping performance by Nicolas Cage -- and anchored with palpable emotion conveyed between his volcanic outbursts.
Synopsis: An outsider seeks bloody vengeance against the sadistic cult leader who destroyed his peaceful existence.... [More]
Directed By: Panos Cosmatos

#47

The Fly (1958)
95%

#47
Adjusted Score: 100681%
Critics Consensus: Deliciouly funny to some and eerily presicient to others, The Fly walks a fine line between shlocky fun and unnerving nature parable.
Synopsis: A scientist's genes are mixed with those of a common housefly during a botched teleportation experiment.... [More]
Directed By: Kurt Neumann

#46

House of Wax (1953)
95%

#46
Adjusted Score: 101278%
Critics Consensus: House of Wax is a 3-D horror delight that combines the atmospheric eerieness of the wax museum with the always chilling presence of Vincent Price.
Synopsis: A fire-scarred sculptor uses horrible methods to restore the marvelous wax creations his crippled hands cannot.... [More]
Directed By: Andre de Toth

#45

Cat People (1942)
91%

#45
Adjusted Score: 100575%
Critics Consensus: Influential noir director Jacques Tourneau infused this sexy, moody horror film with some sly commentary about the psychology and the taboos of desire.
Synopsis: A New York architect (Kent Smith) marries a Serbian artist (Simone Simon) who turns into a black panther when aroused.... [More]
Directed By: Jacques Tourneur

#44
Adjusted Score: 102103%
Critics Consensus: A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night blends conventional elements into something brilliantly original -- and serves as a striking calling card for writer-director Ana Lily Amirpour.
Synopsis: Residents of a worn-down Iranian city encounter a skateboarding vampire (Sheila Vand) who preys on men who disrespect women.... [More]
Directed By: Ana Lily Amirpour

#43

Drag Me to Hell (2009)
92%

#43
Adjusted Score: 101996%
Critics Consensus: Sam Raimi returns to top form with Drag Me to Hell, a frightening, hilarious, delightfully campy thrill ride.
Synopsis: After actions trigger the loss of an old woman's home, an ambitious loan officer (Alison Lohman) finds herself the victim... [More]
Directed By: Sam Raimi

#42

Ready or Not (2019)
88%

#42
Adjusted Score: 104929%
Critics Consensus: Smart, subversive, and darkly funny, Ready or Not is a crowd-pleasing horror film with giddily entertaining bite.
Synopsis: Grace couldn't be happier after she marries the man of her dreams at his family's luxurious estate. There's just one... [More]

#41
#41
Adjusted Score: 101995%
Critics Consensus: Tigers Are Not Afraid draws on childhood trauma for a story that deftly blends magical fantasy and hard-hitting realism - and leaves a lingering impact.
Synopsis: When a girl's mother disappears leaving her on her own, she goings a gang of street children, leading to a... [More]
Directed By: Issa López

#40

The Wailing (2016)
99%

#40
Adjusted Score: 101286%
Critics Consensus: The Wailing delivers an atmospheric, cleverly constructed mystery whose supernatural thrills more than justify its imposing length.
Synopsis: Suspicion leads to hysteria when rural villagers link a series of brutal murders to the arrival of a mysterious stranger... [More]
Directed By: Na Hong-jin

#39

The Birds (1963)
95%

#39
Adjusted Score: 101398%
Critics Consensus: Proving once again that build-up is the key to suspense, Alfred Hitchcock successfully turned birds into some of the most terrifying villains in horror history.
Synopsis: A San Francisco playgirl (Tippi Hedren) follows a bachelor (Rod Taylor) to Bodega Bay where, for no apparent reason, flocks... [More]
Directed By: Alfred Hitchcock

#38

Under the Shadow (2016)
99%

#38
Adjusted Score: 101751%
Critics Consensus: Under the Shadow deftly blends seemingly disparate genres to deliver an effective chiller with timely themes and thought-provoking social subtext.
Synopsis: Shideh becomes convinced a supernatural force within her building is attempting to possess her daughter Dorsa, and she has no... [More]
Directed By: Babak Anvari

#37
#37
Adjusted Score: 105267%
Critics Consensus: Smart, solidly crafted, and palpably tense, 10 Cloverfield Lane makes the most of its confined setting and outstanding cast -- and suggests a new frontier for franchise filmmaking.
Synopsis: A woman (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) discovers the horrifying truth about the outside world while living in an underground shelter with... [More]
Directed By: Dan Trachtenberg

#36

Peeping Tom (1960)
96%

#36
Adjusted Score: 103079%
Critics Consensus: Peeping Tom is a chilling, methodical look at the psychology of a killer, and a classic work of voyeuristic cinema.
Synopsis: Mark Lewis (Carl Boehm) records the reactions of victims as he murders them. He befriends the daughter of the family... [More]
Directed By: Michael Powell

#35

It (2017)
86%

#35
Adjusted Score: 105297%
Critics Consensus: Well-acted and fiendishly frightening with an emotionally affecting story at its core, It amplifies the horror in Stephen King's classic story without losing touch with its heart.
Synopsis: Seven young outcasts are about to face their worst nightmare -- an ancient, shape-shifting evil that emerges every 27 years... [More]
Directed By: Andy Muschietti

#34

Don't Look Now (1973)
95%

#34
Adjusted Score: 102954%
Critics Consensus: Don't Look Now patiently builds suspense with haunting imagery and a chilling score -- causing viewers to feel Donald Sutherland and Julie Christie's grief deep within.
Synopsis: British parents (Julie Christie, Donald Sutherland) of a drowned child go to Venice and meet a blind psychic and her... [More]
Directed By: Nicolas Roeg

#33

Vampyr (1932)
97%

#33
Adjusted Score: 103067%
Critics Consensus: Full of disorienting visual effects, Carl Theodor Dreyer's Vampyr is as theoretically unsettling as it is conceptually disturbing.
Synopsis: While staying at an inn near a creepy castle, a young man (Julian West) meets two sisters, a one-legged man... [More]
Directed By: Carl Theodor Dreyer

#32
#32
Adjusted Score: 103257%
Critics Consensus: James Whale's classic The Invisible Man features still-sharp special effects, loads of tension, a goofy sense of humor, and a memorable debut from Claude Rains.
Synopsis: The serum that makes a scientist (Claude Rains) invisible has madness as a side effect.... [More]
Directed By: James Whale

#31
#31
Adjusted Score: 104428%
Critics Consensus: The Cabin in the Woods is an astonishing meta-feat, capable of being funny, strange, and scary -- frequently all at the same time.
Synopsis: Two unseen scientists manipulate the gory goings-on at a backwoods cabin inhabited by a group of unsuspecting college friends (Kristen... [More]
Directed By: Drew Goddard

#30

Host (2020)
100%

#30
Adjusted Score: 103993%
Critics Consensus: Lean, suspenseful, and scary, Host uses its timely premise to deliver a nastily effective treat for horror enthusiasts.
Synopsis: Six friends accidentally invite the attention of a demonic presence during an online séance and begin noticing strange occurrences in... [More]
Directed By: Rob Savage

#29

The Witch (2015)
90%

#29
Adjusted Score: 106093%
Critics Consensus: As thought-provoking as it is visually compelling, The Witch delivers a deeply unsettling exercise in slow-building horror that suggests great things for debuting writer-director Robert Eggers.
Synopsis: In 1630 New England, members of a farming family suspect the oldest daughter of witchcraft when the youngest son suddenly... [More]
Directed By: Robert Eggers

#28

Repulsion (1965)
95%

#28
Adjusted Score: 104207%
Critics Consensus: Roman Polanski's first English film follows a schizophrenic woman's descent into madness, and makes the audience feel as claustrophobic as the character.
Synopsis: A chilling tale of the mental deterioration of a sexually repressed woman whose tenuous grip on reality snaps violently.... [More]
Directed By: Roman Polanski

#27
#27
Adjusted Score: 104151%
Critics Consensus: A horrific tale of guilt and obsession, Eyes Without a Face is just as chilling and poetic today as it was in 1959.
Synopsis: A Paris surgeon (Pierre Brasseur) tries to fix his daughter's (Édith Scob) face with skin from kidnapped women.... [More]
Directed By: Georges Franju

#26

Halloween (1978)
96%

#26
Adjusted Score: 103880%
Critics Consensus: Scary, suspenseful, and viscerally thrilling, Halloween set the standard for modern horror films.
Synopsis: John Carpenter's chiller about an escaped maniac who returns to his Illinois hometown to continue his bloody rampage.... [More]
Directed By: John Carpenter

#25

Rosemary's Baby (1968)
96%

#25
Adjusted Score: 104757%
Critics Consensus: A frightening tale of Satanism and pregnancy that is even more disturbing than it sounds thanks to convincing and committed performances by Mia Farrow and Ruth Gordon.
Synopsis: A pregnant woman's (Mia Farrow) husband (John Cassavetes) and their satanic neighbors want her baby to be the Antichrist.... [More]
Directed By: Roman Polanski

#24

Aliens (1986)
97%

#24
Adjusted Score: 105604%
Critics Consensus: While Alien was a marvel of slow-building, atmospheric tension, Aliens packs a much more visceral punch, and features a typically strong performance from Sigourney Weaver.
Synopsis: On planet LV-426, Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) and a dwindling number of Marines battle an almost-unstoppable army of monstrous predators which... [More]
Directed By: James Cameron

#23
#23
Adjusted Score: 105409%
Critics Consensus: Director Jonathan Demme's smart, taut thriller teeters on the edge between psychological study and all-out horror, and benefits greatly from stellar performances by Anthony Hopkins and Jodie Foster.
Synopsis: An FBI trainee (Jodie Foster) seeks advice from a brilliant, psychopathic prisoner (Anthony Hopkins) to catch a killer who skins... [More]
Directed By: Jonathan Demme

#22
#22
Adjusted Score: 104898%
Critics Consensus: George A. Romero's debut set the template for the zombie film, and features tight editing, realistic gore, and a sly political undercurrent.
Synopsis: People (Duane Jones, Judith O'Dea, Karl Hardman) hide in a house from carnivorous walking corpses revived by radiation fallout.... [More]
Directed By: George A. Romero

#21

His House (2020)
100%

#21
Adjusted Score: 105603%
Critics Consensus: Featuring genuine scares through every corridor, His House is a terrifying look at the specters of the refugee experience and a stunning feature debut for Remi Weekes.
Synopsis: A refugee couple makes a harrowing escape from war-torn South Sudan, but then they struggle to adjust to their new... [More]
Directed By: Remi Weekes

#20

Freaks (1932)
95%

#20
Adjusted Score: 104169%
Critics Consensus: Time has been kind to this horror legend: Freaks manages to frighten, shock, and even touch viewers in ways that contemporary viewers missed.
Synopsis: Sideshow performers punish acrobat Cleopatra (Olga Baclanova) for humiliating their friend, tiny Hans.... [More]
Directed By: Tod Browning

#19
#19
Adjusted Score: 104292%
Critics Consensus: Featuring Robert Mitchum's formidable performance as a child-hunting preacher, The Night of the Hunter is a disturbing look at good and evil.
Synopsis: The Rev. Harry Powell, a religious fanatic and serial killer, meets condemned murderer Ben Harper in prison, who tells him... [More]
Directed By: Charles Laughton

#18

It Follows (2014)
95%

#18
Adjusted Score: 107442%
Critics Consensus: Smart, original, and above all terrifying, It Follows is the rare modern horror film that works on multiple levels -- and leaves a lingering sting.
Synopsis: Following a strange sexual encounter, a teenager (Maika Monroe) has disturbing visions and the inescapable feeling that someone -- or... [More]
Directed By: David Robert Mitchell

#17
#17
Adjusted Score: 105127%
Critics Consensus: Let the Right One In reinvigorates the seemingly tired vampire genre by effectively mixing scares with intelligent storytelling.
Synopsis: A lonely misfit (KÃ¥re Hedebrant) finds a soul mate in the form of a vampire child (Lina Leandersson) who recently... [More]
Directed By: Tomas Alfredson

#16
Adjusted Score: 105332%
Critics Consensus: One of the best political allegories of the 1950s, Invasion of the Body Snatchers is an efficient, chilling blend of sci-fi and horror.
Synopsis: A couple (Kevin McCarthy, Dana Wynter) discover that plant-life pods from space are replacing ordinary citizens.... [More]
Directed By: Don Siegel

#15

Hereditary (2018)
89%

#15
Adjusted Score: 109562%
Critics Consensus: Hereditary uses its classic setup as the framework for a harrowing, uncommonly unsettling horror film whose cold touch lingers long beyond the closing credits.
Synopsis: When the matriarch of the Graham family passes away, her daughter and grandchildren begin to unravel cryptic and increasingly terrifying... [More]
Directed By: Ari Aster

#14

Frankenstein (1931)
100%

#14
Adjusted Score: 106828%
Critics Consensus: Still unnerving to this day, Frankenstein adroitly explores the fine line between genius and madness, and features Boris Karloff's legendary, frightening performance as the monster.
Synopsis: Baron Frankenstein (Colin Clive) creates a monster (Boris Karloff) from cadavers and a killer's brain.... [More]
Directed By: James Whale

#13

The Lighthouse (2019)
90%

#13
Adjusted Score: 109908%
Critics Consensus: A gripping story brilliantly filmed and led by a pair of powerhouse performances, The Lighthouse further establishes Robert Eggers as a filmmaker of exceptional talent.
Synopsis: Two lighthouse keepers try to maintain their sanity while living on a remote and mysterious New England island in the... [More]
Directed By: Robert Eggers

#12

The Babadook (2014)
98%

#12
Adjusted Score: 108774%
Critics Consensus: The Babadook relies on real horror rather than cheap jump scares -- and boasts a heartfelt, genuinely moving story to boot.
Synopsis: A troubled widow (Essie Davis) discovers that her son is telling the truth about a monster that entered their home... [More]
Directed By: Jennifer Kent

#11
#11
Adjusted Score: 106600%
Critics Consensus: An eccentric, campy, technically impressive, and frightening picture, James Whale's Bride of Frankenstein has aged remarkably well.
Synopsis: Baron Frankenstein (Colin Clive) creates a hissing, frizzy-haired female (Elsa Lanchester) for his other monster (Boris Karloff).... [More]
Directed By: James Whale

#10
#10
Adjusted Score: 112944%
Critics Consensus: Smart, well-acted, and above all scary, The Invisible Man proves that sometimes, the classic source material for a fresh reboot can be hiding in plain sight.
Synopsis: After staging his own suicide, a crazed scientist uses his power to become invisible to stalk and terrorize his ex-girlfriend.... [More]
Directed By: Leigh Whannell

#9

A Quiet Place (2018)
96%

#9
Adjusted Score: 115843%
Critics Consensus: A Quiet Place artfully plays on elemental fears with a ruthlessly intelligent creature feature that's as original as it is scary -- and establishes director John Krasinski as a rising talent.
Synopsis: A family must live in silence to avoid mysterious creatures that hunt by sound. Knowing that even the slightest whisper... [More]
Directed By: John Krasinski

#8

Jaws (1975)
98%

#8
Adjusted Score: 109124%
Critics Consensus: Compelling, well-crafted storytelling and a judicious sense of terror ensure Steven Spielberg's Jaws has remained a benchmark in the art of delivering modern blockbuster thrills.
Synopsis: A New England police chief (Roy Scheider), a shark hunter (Robert Shaw) and a scientist (Richard Dreyfuss) have a showdown... [More]
Directed By: Steven Spielberg

#7

Nosferatu (1922)
97%

#7
Adjusted Score: 110948%
Critics Consensus: One of the silent era's most influential masterpieces, Nosferatu's eerie, gothic feel -- and a chilling performance from Max Schreck as the vampire -- set the template for the horror films that followed.
Synopsis: A real estate agent (Gustav von Wangenheim) discovers ugly Count Orlock's (Max Schreck) unearthly secret.... [More]
Directed By: F.W. Murnau

#6

King Kong (1933)
98%

#6
Adjusted Score: 110242%
Critics Consensus: King Kong explores the soul of a monster -- making audiences scream and cry throughout the film -- in large part due to Kong's breakthrough special effects.
Synopsis: Shipped from mysterious Skull Island for display in the United States, a gigantic ape escapes from his bonds and carries... [More]

#5

Alien (1979)
98%

#5
Adjusted Score: 111092%
Critics Consensus: A modern classic, Alien blends science fiction, horror and bleak poetry into a seamless whole.
Synopsis: Crewmembers (Tom Skerritt, Sigourney Weaver) aboard an interstellar freighter encounter a merciless monster that crawls around their ship's dark corridors... [More]
Directed By: Ridley Scott

#4

Us (2019)
93%

#4
Adjusted Score: 122854%
Critics Consensus: With Jordan Peele's second inventive, ambitious horror film, we have seen how to beat the sophomore jinx, and it is Us.
Synopsis: A couple and their two children must fight for survival when four masked strangers descend upon their beachfront home. When... [More]
Directed By: Jordan Peele

#3
Adjusted Score: 114273%
Critics Consensus: Arguably the first true horror film, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari set a brilliantly high bar for the genre -- and remains terrifying nearly a century after it first stalked the screen.
Synopsis: A hypnotist (Werner Krauss) in black exhibits a cabinet, which contains a pale man (Conrad Veidt) in black in a... [More]
Directed By: Robert Wiene

#2

Get Out (2017)
98%

#2
Adjusted Score: 117876%
Critics Consensus: Funny, scary, and thought-provoking, Get Out seamlessly weaves its trenchant social critiques into a brilliantly effective and entertaining horror/comedy thrill ride.
Synopsis: A young photographer uncovers a dark secret when he meets his girlfriend's seemingly friendly parents for the first time at... [More]
Directed By: Jordan Peele

#1

Psycho (1960)
96%

#1
Adjusted Score: 110869%
Critics Consensus: Infamous for its shower scene, but immortal for its contribution to the horror genre. Because Psycho was filmed with tact, grace, and art, Hitchcock didn't just create modern horror, he validated it.
Synopsis: A woman (Janet Leigh) on the run stops at a 12-cabin motel with showers, run by mother-fixated Norman Bates (Anthony... [More]
Directed By: Alfred Hitchcock

  • DANIELL LEE

    TRUMP 2016.

    • doofy216

      Fuck you

      • Corps I Am (MSgt Retired)

        Doesn’t your reply make you as ignorant as he?

    • Dizz

      HILLARY FOR PRISON 2016!

  • PresentlyInTheFuture

    What a Horror-ible list.

  • ScrewBot

    What a pathetic list. Has the writer just finished Film Studies at university? Oh, it’s a list of the “best reviewed” horror movies? Well, there sure are a lot of idiots out there.

  • Michael Rowland

    Whoever made this list is an idiot.

  • SanKa G.

    Seriously….Zombieland a horror movie? And it’s above The Exorcist which is a genre defining horror… Are you fucking kidding me?

  • SanKa G.

    wow…. this list is UTTER SHIT…. Let the right one in two times on the list ?!?? King Kong in TOP 10 and it’s not even a horror movie !

  • Mathew W. Steele

    I understand that this list is based on critic ratings, but it still sucks. Many of these movies aren’t even horror, like King Kong, Attack the Block and Aliens, and some of them are painfully overrated, like It Follows, Don’t Look Now and The Loved Ones. No The Thing (1982) in the top 20 but the atrocious Let Me In (2010)? Please… *blech*

    • James Reyes

      ” The loves ones ” painfully overrated really? brad, did you even watched this movie or you just hate rotten top movies. for me, to be honest, i’m not a fan of rotten tomatoes film because lot of their top and highest rating movies are completely worst than the worst movie ever made. i know lot of rotten critics are insane and idiot because they gave highest score to those garbage’s movies! but this one ( the love ones) i completely disagree with you in this film. ” The loves ones ” is one of those movies like alien, aliens, the conjuring, the thing – that gives thrilling and exciting moments. but the rest and movies you had been mention except ” the love ones”, are worst than worst film’s ever made !

  • James Reyes

    alien, aliens, conjuring and the love ones are only movies in this list that gives excitement and thrill other than that, the rest are totally garbage as hell !

  • Hisham Jalal

    what kind of horror movie list is this? so freaking stupid.

  • Pennydreadfull9732

    Where the hell were the grudge movies on this list? Great horror movies haunt you days after you’ve watched them, I have been traumatized by the grudge for years now. it haunts my imagination nearly every time im alone in the dark. Also, maybe more diversity with the release dates – like I come from a generation that cannot appreciate black and white films, im sorry, I apologize, im young and stupid and I live in color. (like I way prefer bram stokers Dracula to nosfuratu)

  • Olena Esparza

    what kind of horror movie list is this it didn’t even include any of the friday the 13th movies and obviously the conjuring, poltergeist, and texas chainsaw massacre should be closer to the top and not the bottom of the list

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