Archives For Suggested Watching

Thought I’d put together a list of, what are in my opinion, the top 100 horror movies of the last 30 years. Why just the last 30 years? First, for me, the early 80s mark the divide between classic horror and modern horror. There are some excellent horror movies before 1982, but there are also many films that were truly amazing for their time, but wouldn’t be considered as good today. However, due to their huge cultural significance, they are always included in the top 100 horrors of all time. I want to put together a list, that people just getting into horror, can take away and will actually watch.

Second, there are thousands of top 100 horror movie lists on the internet, and they all pretty much look the same. By not including films prior too 1982, I’ve freed up space for some great films that would otherwise be overlooked. Let’s be honest, most horror fans could probably recite the top 20 horror films without any difficultly. Wouldn’t it be interesting to have a list that didn’t end with either The Exorcist, Psycho or The Shinning?

I’ve read a lot of these lists, and there is always comments like “That’s not a horror film.” I believe that horror has so many sub-genres, and the edges of the horror genre itself are blurred. Some of the films on this list may fit better into other genres, such as science fiction or dark comedy, but I feel they also have enough of a horror flavor to warrant their place.
Furthermore, I have tried to limit the amount of non English speaking films, to be honest, I could write them a list of their own. I have included a few that have had noteworthy international acclaim or have influenced the whole genre.

I’m sure I’ve missed more than a few, so as people comment and make suggestions, I may update the list.

100. Sleepaway Camp 2: Unhappy Campers (1988)

99. Cabin Fever (2002)

98. Dark Water (2002)

97. Lifeforce (1985)

96. Session 9 (2001)

95. Friday The 13th (2009)

94. Wrong Turn (2003)

93. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003)

92. The Hills Have Eyes (2006)

91. Ils – Them (2006)

90. Jennifer’s Body (2009)

89. Trick r Treat (2007)

88. High Tension (2003)

87. Dead Snow (2009)

86. The Gate (1986)

85. Shadow of a Vampire (2000)

84. Silent Hill (2006)

83. Jeepers Creepers (2001)

82. The Grudge (2004)

81. Pet Semetery  (1989)

80. The Orphanage (2007)

79. The People Under the Stairs (1991)

78. The Bride of Chucky (1998)

77. Orphan (2009)

76. Inside (2007)

75. Joy Ride (Road Kill) (2001)

74. Pumpkin Head (1988)

73. Frankenhooker (1990)

72. Wes Craven’s New Nightmare (1994)

71. Audition (1999)

70. From Dusk to Dawn (1996)

69. Feast (2005)

68. Martyres (2008)

67. Paranormal Activity (2007)

66. Dead End (2003)

65. Arachnophobia (1990)

64. Prince of Darkness (1987)

63. Resident Evil : Afterlife  (2010)

62. Leviathan (1989)

61. Final Destination (200)

60. The Signal (2007)

59. Event Horizon (1997)

58. Underworld : Awakening (2011)

57. Freddy Vs. Jason (2003)

56. May (2002)

55. The Loved Ones (2009)

54. The Crazies (2010)

53. Wolf Creek (2005)

52. Candyman (1992)

51. The Ruins (2008)

50. Splice (2009)

49. From Beyond (1986)

48. Creepshow (1982)

47. Child’s Play (1988)

46. Eden Lake (2008)

45. Night of the Creeps (1986)

44. Return of the Living Dead (1985)

43. The Mist (2009)

42. Angel Heart (1987)

41. Stake Land (2010)

40. Bubba Ho-Tep (2002)

39. Teeth (2007)

38. The Devils Rejects (2005)

37. Death proof (2007)

36. Near Dark (1989)

35. Dawn of the Dead (2004)

34. Cube (1997)

33. Misery (1990)

32. [REC] (2007)

31. The Entity (1982)

30. Splinter (2008)

29. Nightmare on Elm Street : Dream Warriors (1987)

28. Piranha (2010)

27. Attack The Block (2010)

26. Slither (2006)

25. Resident Evil (2002)

24. Blade (1998)

23. Frailty (2001)

22. The Lost Boys (1987)

21. Saw (2004)

20. Tucker and Dale Vs. Evil (2010)

19. Dog Soldiers (2002)

18. Hell Raiser (1987)

17. Zombieland (2010)

16. Let Me In  (2010)

15. IT (1990)

14. Scream (1996)

13. Ginger Snaps (2002)

12. Shaun of The Dead (2004)

11. The Descent (2005)

10. Poltergeist (1982)

9. The Fly (1986)

8. Tremors (1990)

7. The Vanishing (spoorloos)  (1988)

6. Re-animator (1985)

5. Ringu (1998)

4. The Evil Dead 2 (1987)

3. Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

2. The Thing (1982)

1. Aliens (1986)

 

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