Best Horror Movies of All Time

#40

The Evil Dead (1981)
95%

#40
Adjusted Score: 99.491%
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: This auspicious feature debut from Sam Raimi -- shot on 16mm in the woods of Tennesse for around $350,000 --... [More]
Directed By: Sam Raimi

#39

Drag Me to Hell (2009)
92%

#39
Adjusted Score: 99.861%
Critics Consensus: Sam Raimi returns to top form with Drag Me to Hell, a frightening, hilarious, delightfully campy thrill ride.
Synopsis: Evil Dead director Sam Raimi takes the helm for this "spook-a-blast" shocker about an ambitious L.A. loan officer who incurs... [More]
Directed By: Sam Raimi

#38

Cat People (1942)
93%

#38
Adjusted Score: 99.941%
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: Handed the exploitive title Cat People, RKO producer Val Lewton opted for a thinking man's thriller--a psychological mood piece, more... [More]
Directed By: Jacques Tourneur

#37
Adjusted Score: 100.012%
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: The first Iranian Vampire Western ever made, Ana Lily Amirpour's debut basks in the sheer pleasure of pulp. A joyful... [More]
Directed By: Ana Lily Amirpour

#36

The Fly (1958)
95%

#36
Adjusted Score: 100.091%
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: Wealthy Helene Delambre (Patricia Owens) is discovered late at night in the factory owned by her husband Andre (David Hedison).... [More]
Directed By: Kurt Neumann

#35

House of Wax (1953)
95%

#35
Adjusted Score: 100.262%
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: Ever been creeped out by the life-like statues at a wax museum? Yes? But have you ever recognized your old... [More]
Directed By: André De Toth

#34
#34
Adjusted Score: 100.705%
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 young woman wakes up after a terrible accident to find that she's locked in a cellar with a doomsday... [More]
Directed By: Dan Trachtenberg

#33
#33
Adjusted Score: 101.041%
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: In this multiple Oscar-winning thriller, Jodie Foster stars as Clarice Starling, a top student at the FBI's training academy whose... [More]
Directed By: Jonathan Demme

#32

The Innocents (1961)
96%

#32
Adjusted Score: 100.823%
Critics Consensus: Creepily atmospheric, The Innocents is a stylishly crafted, chilling British ghost tale with Deborah Kerr at her finest.
Synopsis: In this lugubrious but brilliantly realized adaptation of Henry James' classic novella The Turn of the Screw, 19th century British... [More]
Directed By: Jack Clayton

#31

Under The Shadow (2016)
99%

#31
Adjusted Score: 100.905%
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 (Narges Rashidi) and her family live amid the chaos of the Iran-Iraq war, a period known as The War... [More]
Directed By: Babak Anvari

#30
#30
Adjusted Score: 101.074%
Critics Consensus: The Wailing delivers an atmospheric, cleverly constructed mystery whose supernatural thrills more than justify its imposing length.
Synopsis: The arrival of a mysterious stranger in a quiet rural village causes suspicion amongst the villagers- but as they begin... [More]
Directed By: Hong-jin Na

#29

Don't Look Now (1973)
96%

#29
Adjusted Score: 101.118%
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: A married couple is haunted by a series of mysterious occurrences after the death of their young daughter in this... [More]
Directed By: Nicolas Roeg

#28

Dead of Night (1945)
97%

#28
Adjusted Score: 101.302%
Critics Consensus: With four accomplished directors contributing, Dead of Night is a classic horror anthology that remains highly influential.
Synopsis: A phone rings. Architect Mervyn Johns is wakened from a nightmare and summoned to the country estate of Roland Culver.... [More]

#27
#27
Adjusted Score: 101.36%
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: A group of people hide from bloodthirsty zombies in a farmhouse.... [More]
Directed By: George A. Romero

#26
#26
Adjusted Score: 101.445%
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: Five friends go to a remote cabin in the woods. Bad things happen. If you think you know this story,... [More]
Directed By: Drew Goddard

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  • 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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