IMDb users pick top 10 horror movies of all time
October 31st, 2012
12:39 PM ET

IMDb users pick top 10 horror movies of all time

Just in time for Halloween, published a list of the top 10 horror movies of all time as voted for and rated by the site's users, and you might be surprised at what made the cut.

Instead of the typical horror staples like "Rosemary's Baby," "A Nightmare on Elm Street" or "Halloween," the list is populated with unexpected entries like 2009's "Zombieland" (No. 6), 2007's "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street" (No. 10) and 2004's "Shaun of the Dead" (No. 3).

The list does include more oft-mentioned frightening fare, like 1960's "Psycho" (No. 4) and 1973's "The Exorcist" (No. 8). Jack Nicholson's 1980 creep-fest "The Shining" landed at No. 1, which we can agree with.

Coming in second place to "The Shining" was Ridley Scott's 1979 classic, "Alien," and recently popular horror themes like found footage and torture are also represented with "Cloverfield" (No. 5) and "Saw" (No. 7).

When we're talking top 10 horror movies ever, we're not sure if we would've had such a wide-ranging list. For our top five picks on scary movies, we kept it old-school with "Psycho," "The Shining," "The Exorcist," "The Silence of the Lambs" and "Cape Fear."

What about you - do you think the user-generated list was really outside the box, or do you agree? What horror movies would make your top 10 of all time?

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  1. wbmstrz

    Oh God too many to name!!! The Exorcist, Poltergeist, The Omen, Halloween, Nightmare on Elm's Street. I usally check out The Best Horror Movie List they list all of the top rated horror movies of all time. Most of the time they are right on the money.

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    December 12, 2012 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  4. allthatsepic

    its too hard for me to watch full horror movie... but i love to read full reviews... so i must prefer horror novel.

    December 10, 2012 at 7:26 am | Report abuse |
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    November 18, 2012 at 7:07 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Drew Gordon

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    November 12, 2012 at 6:41 am | Report abuse |
  8. Lilly

    The Boogen's

    November 6, 2012 at 7:27 am | Report abuse |
  9. Robin Lyn

    Dawn of the Dead & Texas Chainsaw Massacre – NEVER THE REMAKES!!!
    The Hills Have Eyes
    House of 1,000 Corpses

    November 5, 2012 at 1:14 am | Report abuse |
  10. Goretorium

    Love them all!


    November 3, 2012 at 9:13 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Someone

    I think Rob Zombie should be given some credit for House of a Thousand Corpses and the sequel, The Devil's Rejects, also The Hills Have Eyes both the original and re-make, good grief those were twisted, scary, and definitely horror filled

    November 2, 2012 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  12. LR

    Old School:

    Wait Until Dark, The Legend of Hell House, The Birds, The Omen, The Shining, The Exorcist

    November 2, 2012 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
  13. MaryinPA

    The Manitou scared the crap out of me.

    November 2, 2012 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
  14. Scole9179

    1. The Shining(Jack Nichoson...need I say more. It moves slow, but the great scenes are great)
    2. The Exorcist (First really terryifying possession movie)
    3. Alien (Very scary space movie...sci-fi horror)
    4. Dracula (First classic horror movie and helped create the genre...not really scary, but a clasic)
    5. Psycho (Needs no comment)
    6. Night of the Living Dead (First modern zombie movie)
    7. Halloween (first modern slasher movie)
    8. Evil Dead II (A redo of Evil Dead with a budget)
    9. Poltergeist (Changed ghosts from B-movie fare into something really creepy)
    10. Jaws (first majorblockbuster movie...totally changed hollywood)

    November 2, 2012 at 7:19 am | Report abuse |
    • John In WNY

      I have no clue why so many people think The Shining is the #1 movie, while it was extremely creepy but it's plodding gait all buy killed it.

      November 2, 2012 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
  15. Rantoolman10

    1. The Exorcist
    2. Halloween (John Carpenter)
    3. Evil Dead
    4. The Thing (John Carpenter)
    5. Evil Dead II
    6.Silver Bullet
    8. The Shining
    9. Jaws
    10. Silence of the lambs

    November 2, 2012 at 12:04 am | Report abuse |
  16. DB

    My Top 10

    1. The Shining
    2. The Ring
    3. Halloween
    4. Salem's Lot
    5. Poltergeist
    6. Saw
    7. Jeepers Creepers
    8. The Strangers
    9. Jaws
    10. Battle Royale

    Honorable Mention to Silent Night, Deadly Night for awesome cross-holiday campy horror.

    November 1, 2012 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Matt Berliner

    #1 Kazaam....what? haven't you see Shaq act? lol

    For me The Exorsist and Poltergest I, and II are pretty scary.

    November 1, 2012 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  18. JW


    1. Halloween (1978)
    2. Cujo
    3. Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)
    4. The Amityville Horror (1979)
    5. The Shining
    6. Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer
    7. I Spit On Your Grave
    8. Friday the 13th (1980) the original (and the only one that should EVER have been made).
    9. Candyman
    10. Pyscho (1960)

    November 1, 2012 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  19. ml

    Anyone ever seen "The Brood"? 1979. Only saw it once, but won't forget it.

    November 1, 2012 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Reese

    Jacob's Ladder was pretty freaky

    November 1, 2012 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  21. say wha?!?!

    Shaun of the Dead? Zombieland?

    You've got to be kidding me ... IMDB users should be ashamed

    November 1, 2012 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • tbone

      Sinister was such a good one...I know it's new but it should be added next year!!! Excellent scary movie!!!

      November 1, 2012 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  22. krazytattoo

    lame list. shaun of the dead a horror? lol.. more like a comedy with blood in it. the horror genre should be more defined. Zombie land and cloverfield were not great horror movies. there are way better horror movies than these turds.

    November 1, 2012 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  23. kalleberg

    Check out this list published last month......Maxim's 66 Best Horror Flicks You've Never Seen
    A lot of names I have never heard of

    November 1, 2012 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  24. The Grouch

    The problem with all lists on IMDB is that they are dominated by young people with short memories. Older people don't visit IMDB, and younger people haven't even seen many of the older horror movies. So you have to take all of these IMDB lists with a healthy grain of salt.

    November 1, 2012 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
    • newtonfig

      you nailed it. that's the problem always with "best of" lists in all entertainment. The reviewers seem to think music and film started around 1982, and before that, it was just silent films, I Love Lucy and Bach in the entertainment world.

      NME magazine, which is a large very influential music magazine, recently had a list of the most influential English musicians. In the top 5 was the singer of the Arctic Monkeys. Who, you ask? exactly. And missing from the list were Elton John, McCartney and about 200 other people who are more influential than the Arctic Monkeys. Case in point

      November 1, 2012 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  25. zaglossus

    One is once again reminded of how many mostly younger people nowadays apparently haven't seen a black and white or foreign language film.

    November 1, 2012 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
  26. Dereck

    Come on people how bout a little love for Poltergeist!

    November 1, 2012 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
    • newtonfig

      how does sweeney todd, possibly beat Poltergeist? Poltergeist was the ET and the Breakfast Club of my generation in the horror genre

      November 1, 2012 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Meh

      Poltergeist left me damaged for years...first saw it at 12 or 13 and couldnt watch it again until my late 20's.

      November 2, 2012 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
  27. Mars

    whats the shinning–please

    November 1, 2012 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
  28. Ben

    1. The Shinning
    2. Texas Chainsaw Massacre
    3. The Exorcist
    4. Carrie (orginal)
    5. Children of the Corn
    6. Night of the Living Dead
    7. 28 Days Later
    8. Halloween
    9. Evil Dead
    10. Friday the 13th
    11. Nightmare on Elm Street
    12. Cabin in the Woods
    13. Deliverance
    14. People Under the Stairs
    15. House of 1000 Corpses

    November 1, 2012 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
  29. ann

    I just cannot consider Saw to be what I would call scary in that it was more just gory to me. That and the movie Wolf Creek both of which just felt like spending time watching people be tortured and not so much surprising you and scaring you.

    November 1, 2012 at 9:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Brian

      Everyone's list will be different considering the vast amount of great horror films. Zombieland is the only pick I don't agree with. Its a great movie but it was way more comedy than scary.

      November 1, 2012 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
  30. Ann

    While I know it is not technically a movie in the sense that it wasn't played in the theatre, the TV movie/series IT scared the living daylights out of me even though the ending was crap. That Clown is freaky! Also the original Poltergeist movie seems kinda corny today, it certainly freaked me out when it first came out. Anytime I would find the TV still on in the living room with just snow it definitely creaped me out. I also was scared to death of the clown under the bed as well. Oh and the movie Ring was pretty scary.

    November 1, 2012 at 9:30 am | Report abuse |
    • Ann

      Oh and I forgot about the Pet Cemetary (Not sure which one) where the little boy is hiding under the bed and slices the guy's achilles was super creepy to me.

      November 1, 2012 at 9:34 am | Report abuse |
  31. MUdem79

    1. The Shining
    2. The Exorcist
    3. Audition
    4. High Tension
    5. Inside
    6. REC
    7. Texas Chainsaw Massacre (Original)
    8. Candyman
    9. Nightmare on Elm Street (Original)
    10. The Strangers

    Honorable Mentions

    1. Antichrist
    2. The Descent
    3. Halloween
    4. The Blair Witch Project
    5. Cannibal Holocaust
    6. Paranormal Activity
    7. House of 1000 Corpses
    8. Sinister
    9. Saw
    10. Funhouse

    November 1, 2012 at 9:07 am | Report abuse |
  32. Fatal Attraction Please

    another vomit movie...

    November 1, 2012 at 8:57 am | Report abuse |
  33. hex2323

    My my my. People are confusing 'scary' with Horror. Horror is a genre, scary is an adjective that can apply to many things. Pet Cemetery is horror. Silence of the Lambs is suspense. Halloween is Horror. Alien is sci fi. Can't take any list serious that doesn't bother to make sure their films are even in the genre. Come on, is Fatal Attraction romance? Is Full Metal Jacket a comedy?


    November 1, 2012 at 8:49 am | Report abuse |
    • sloppyj30

      Grouping movies is useful when talking about them in general terms like this or making lists. Of course many of them don't fit neatly into a genre. I always find it funny when people get bent out of shape over supposedly misapplied genre names. Who cares? It means people like "Shaun of the Dead." I'm guessing 99.9% of them get that it's a comedy, but since it spoofs horror, it's also kinda horror. Same for the "Alien" films. Sci-fi: yes. Horror: yes. Action: yes. Reason to get exasperated: no.

      November 1, 2012 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Matthew

    Top 10 horror films:

    1. Night of the Living Dead original (started zombie genre)
    2. Halloween
    3. Salem's Lot
    4. The Exorcist
    5. Jaws
    6. Hocus Pocus – not a scary movie but classic and always shown on Halloween
    7. The Shining
    8. The Strangers
    9. 30 days of Night
    10. The Ring

    November 1, 2012 at 8:44 am | Report abuse |
  35. Matthew

    I noticed that people left of Salem's Lot (original one). That was a really scary movie and very well done. Cloverfield was dumb. The Grudge and the Ring deserve some credit as well.

    November 1, 2012 at 8:40 am | Report abuse |
  36. flicpicr

    This is just ignorant. Must be a bunch of kids voting on this one. Zombieland? Really? It was a pretty entertaining flick, but it is NOT a horror story. It's a comedy, for God's sake. About the same for Sweeny Todd.

    November 1, 2012 at 8:34 am | Report abuse |
    • flicpicr

      Also, some of these others aren't really horror flicks either. Elm Street and Chansaw massacre are really just shock and gore suspense flicks, like Tarrantino's stuff. It might scare people, but it's not horror. Amityville should be on the list.

      November 1, 2012 at 8:41 am | Report abuse |
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    November 1, 2012 at 8:34 am | Report abuse |
    • knklhead

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      November 1, 2012 at 8:49 am | Report abuse |
  38. Reggy

    For me "The Strangers" was the scariest movie ever...because something like that could happen...

    November 1, 2012 at 8:16 am | Report abuse |
    • Matthew

      Actually it was based on a true story. Agree good add.

      November 1, 2012 at 8:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Setratus

      I saw the Strangers in the theater and was unimpressed... then I thought about it more and realized how absolutely terrifying the movie's tag line is when it's stated in the movie... 'Why are you doing this?' 'Because you were home.' EEP!

      November 1, 2012 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • tracy

      i'm worried about anyone who found strangers scary . i thought it was stupid and far from entertaining . some stupid movies can be atleast entertaining ie . Vacancy

      November 3, 2012 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
  39. chuck

    shining was IS most OVERRATED movie in the genre

    November 1, 2012 at 8:05 am | Report abuse |
    • sloppyj30

      Well, since you used all caps to spell OVERRATED, I guess you win. No, wait; the other thing . . you're completely wrong. "The Shining" is one of the most memorable horror films ever, and it justly gets a lot of love from film fans.

      November 1, 2012 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  40. HorrorDude

    My 10+ list in no particular order:
    The Evil Dead
    Evil Dead II
    From Beyond
    Pet Semetary
    The Devil's Rejects
    The Texas Chainsaw Masacre 2 (1986)
    Dawn of the Dead (2004)
    Drag Me to Hell
    Dead Alive
    Ichi the Killer
    A Nightmare on Elm Street
    A Nightmare on Elm Street 3

    November 1, 2012 at 7:48 am | Report abuse |
  41. Bob Darlington Jr.

    The greatest of all time? From 1931, Frankenstein.

    November 1, 2012 at 7:45 am | Report abuse |
  42. DPF

    The ring

    November 1, 2012 at 7:37 am | Report abuse |
  43. Savvyman

    I would personally take off Shaun of the Dead, Cloverfield, Zombieland, and Sweeney Todd. I would replace then with Original Halloween, Friday the 13th pt.1, Event Horizon and the first Candyman had me scared to turn the lights off in my bathroom.

    November 1, 2012 at 7:28 am | Report abuse |
  44. Joe

    In no particular order...

    Night of the Living Dead/Dawn of the Dead (originals)
    Hellraiser/Hellraiser II
    Evil Dead 2:Dead by Dawn
    Frankenstein (1931)
    Dracula (1931)
    Event Horizon

    TV horror:

    Trilogy of Terror, "He Who Kills"
    Twilight Zone, "It's a Good Life"
    Roald Dahl's Tales of the Unexpected, "Skin"
    "Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark"
    "The Walkng Dead" series

    November 1, 2012 at 7:26 am | Report abuse |
    • Oakspar77777

      So glad to finally see someone mention Event Horizon. That movie, by the way, is a great one to show someone without letting them know it is meant to be a scary movie – let them think they are watching a sci-fi movie and they will leave disturbed.

      November 1, 2012 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
  45. xplrr13

    What about "Freaks" & "Nosferatu"? Too old?

    November 1, 2012 at 6:37 am | Report abuse |
  46. Yoda

    The Exorcism of Emily Rose... creepy!

    November 1, 2012 at 6:29 am | Report abuse |
    • CT

      Yoda – couldn't agree more about The Exorcism of Emily Rose; can't understand why it isn't even mentioned. That movie was incredibly scary and disturbing.

      November 1, 2012 at 9:15 am | Report abuse |
  47. Chad

    Interesting there has been no mention of Candyman. Also I only see Poltergeist in the comments once. This was the first horror movie I ever saw and to this day I will not eat a fried chicken leg (maggots). I also am not a big fan of clowns solely because of this movie (remember the toy clown dragging the little boy under the bed?!!!). The Blair Witch Project is the only movie I have ever seen as an adult that truly freaked me out. Part of this is because I am from Maryland I and I have been to Burketsville (yes, it does look like that). The other reason is because I saw it a few days before having to complete Combat Survival Training in the military (8 straight days in the woods). The instructors made rock circles and hung weird stick figures everywhere. That was a very tough week...I barely slept!

    November 1, 2012 at 6:28 am | Report abuse |
  48. cccrashhh

    I don't understand Silence of the Lambs as a really isn't. Thriller, maybe. Fine line between the two, I guess. In any event, Alien should have topped that list, not The Shining, IMHO. Hellraiser was good too, but the crap acting and some of the cheesy effects distract modern viewers. Hopefully the proposed remake won't suck a la Halloween or Elm Street.

    November 1, 2012 at 6:12 am | Report abuse |
  49. Halloween Movie

    stunk...i'd rather be out with my boyfriend

    November 1, 2012 at 5:35 am | Report abuse |
  50. In Order to Market

    you have to have a personality–you cannot just speak and babble for sake of doing that...we read the stuff.

    November 1, 2012 at 5:34 am | Report abuse |
  51. Marketing Audience

    there isn't one.

    November 1, 2012 at 5:30 am | Report abuse |
  52. Bart

    Incredibly overlooked movie that would be on lots of lists if anyone had seen it is the original "The Hitcher" with Rutger Hauer. The remake is garbage, if you see the original you will not soon forget it.

    Like someone else said, any list without Halloween is useless. Watch the original Halloween alone, at night, with the lights out and it will make your list for sure.

    November 1, 2012 at 5:02 am | Report abuse |
    • sloppyj30

      How about "The Changeling"? Great ghost movie with a few memorable scares and a great George C Scott performance. It's up there in the "haunted house" subgenre.

      November 1, 2012 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  53. PasswordMouth

    Great Movie. Looks a guy who threw me out of a store once.

    November 1, 2012 at 4:55 am | Report abuse |
  54. Rory

    The Thing with Kurt Russell

    November 1, 2012 at 4:25 am | Report abuse |
  55. ocinfo

    2001: A Space Odyssey

    HAL was a ruthless killer..

    November 1, 2012 at 2:02 am | Report abuse |
  56. Whimsy

    Agree with 'The Shining'. Rosemary's Baby also a classic. But for bone chilling horror watch the under-the-radar film 'The Descent' – pure horror.

    November 1, 2012 at 1:50 am | Report abuse |
  57. Soggynode

    The Birds. I still don't completely trust seagulls.

    November 1, 2012 at 1:44 am | Report abuse |
  58. Time To Butter Up!

    "Carnival of Souls." It's kinda cheesy, yet still manages to creep me out in a fun way.

    November 1, 2012 at 1:38 am | Report abuse |
  59. Capone

    Zombieland and Shaun of the Dead? What?

    Don't get me wrong, I liked both movies. But they both are clearly comedies, not horror.

    And Cloverfield? Seriously? My God.

    November 1, 2012 at 1:35 am | Report abuse |
  60. elwood

    Tucker and Dale vs Evil – hot college kids, a lake, a wood chipper, a nosy sheriff, rednecks... its got something for everyone

    November 1, 2012 at 1:35 am | Report abuse |
  61. Dave H

    Race with the Devil- Don't look now- The Howling-The Wicker Man-Angel Heart-The Sentinel-The Fog.

    November 1, 2012 at 1:33 am | Report abuse |
  62. fandancy

    I haven't seen the movie "Diabolique", the 1955 version. Very suspenseful and creepy.

    November 1, 2012 at 12:10 am | Report abuse |
    • clevercandi

      TCM just had this on within the last week. Good movie and full of suspense.

      November 1, 2012 at 8:24 am | Report abuse |
  63. lindsay

    "Eyes of Fire" (1983) and "The Bird with the Crystal Plumage" (1970)

    October 31, 2012 at 11:59 pm | Report abuse |
  64. APerppp

    Silence Of The Lambs, Children Of The Corn, Quarentine... Just to add

    October 31, 2012 at 11:26 pm | Report abuse |
  65. Flyye

    1. The Exorcist
    2. The Changeling
    3. Nightmare on Elm Street (original, not the remake garbage)
    4. The Texas Chansaw Massacire (See above comment)
    5. The Howling
    6. Suspiria
    7. Zombie
    8. Night of the Living Dead
    9. Hellraiser
    10. The Legend of Hell House

    October 31, 2012 at 11:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Meg

      Wow Flyye, you just listed some of my favorite movies! I heart you! I think The Changeling is#1 for me, gives me the creeps just thinking about it. I first saw it when I was a kid, doesn't help that I've always lived in old houses. Ugh, remembering that ball bouncing down the steps...creepy!

      November 1, 2012 at 12:35 am | Report abuse |
    • McKell in Toronto

      The Changeling is still #1 for me.
      Wet. Bouncing. Ball...creeps me right out!

      November 1, 2012 at 9:12 am | Report abuse |
    • Flyye

      Thanks, the wet bouncing ball still makes me jump a little

      November 1, 2012 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
  66. Memphis J

    Ummm...why has no one mentioned Children of the Corn? Not saying it's number 1 but no one has mentioned it in their comments.

    October 31, 2012 at 11:04 pm | Report abuse |
  67. Joe

    Well, if we were going by film snob ratings, all the best horror movies would be anything made before 1970 because as is the truth of all that is good in movies, the majority if not all of the best films were made before 1970. Remember not considering older movies as the sheer greatest is faulty.

    October 31, 2012 at 11:03 pm | Report abuse |
  68. John

    "Carrie" gave rise to many elements in some of today's "scary" movies and must not be forgotten!

    October 31, 2012 at 10:23 pm | Report abuse |
  69. Brad is Bad

    Anything with Lindsey Lohan in it

    October 31, 2012 at 10:15 pm | Report abuse |
  70. Don

    When I was a kid, my sister & I would watch 'Big Movie Shocker' on late Friday nights in the South. Old b & w movies like The Mummy, The Invisible Man, The Werewolf were terrifying then & now. Don't care for all the blood & gore stuff marketed as horror now. Some on the list are fine, but what about these: Phantom of the Opera ("Sing, Christine, Sing!"), The 3 Faces of Eve, with Joanne Woodward, The Fly, both the original from the 1950's with Vincent Price & David Hedison, ("Help me, Help me") & the excellent & bloodcurdling remake with Jeff Goldblum & Geena Davis. I also think 'What Lies Beneath' with Michelle Pfieffer & Harrison Ford can induce nightmares. 'Ghost Story' which I think came out in the 1980's has been underrated. With a foursome of fine older actors, including Melvyn Douglas & Fred Astaire, it ought to make the cut, too.

    October 31, 2012 at 10:05 pm | Report abuse |
  71. cowhead

    no particular order:
    Evil Dead 2: Dead By Dawn
    Elm St. 1
    Elm St. 2
    Friday 1, 2, and 4
    Halloween 1, 2, and 4
    The Howling

    October 31, 2012 at 9:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • cowhead is right

      You're kidding with all the lame, terrible sequels, right? In any order, these are some Worst Of list.

      October 31, 2012 at 10:57 pm | Report abuse |
  72. Fearless

    Hated Event Horizon not really scary just lame, loved I am Legend but not really all that scary. Here's the list of the scariest that I have seen: #1 Nightmare on Elm Street – saw it in college, scared the krap out of everyone that saw it. #2 Serpent and the Rainbow – scary, #3 True Believers – not well known but scary all the same #4 Children of the Corn – Stephen King can be very scary #5 Prince of Darkness – Sinister and Scary #6 The Exorcist – Bad Ass Old School Scary #7 Silence of the Lambs – Hannibal Lector is evil incarnate #8 Blair Witch Project – minimalism at it's best #9 Alien – Sci Fi but also scary and # 10 The Fog -Campy but the scariest movie I had ever seen at 14 years old, I don't remember but possibly the only movie that Adrien Barbeau didn't show her breasts in, or maybe not!

    October 31, 2012 at 9:20 pm | Report abuse |
  73. groo

    How did the 2005 Dawn of the Dead not make this list?
    Shaun of the Dead is on there but not the movie it spoofed that was actually serious horror, and helped spawn tons of new games based around the zombie apocalypse genre?. SMH.

    October 31, 2012 at 9:17 pm | Report abuse |
  74. Ninian Beall

    ...anything with Barbara Streisand in it...

    October 31, 2012 at 9:09 pm | Report abuse |
  75. Steve

    If Halloween isn't on here then the list is a complete and utter joke.

    October 31, 2012 at 9:00 pm | Report abuse |
  76. Steve

    In no particular order:
    The Exorcist (#1 all time)
    Trick 'r Treat (2007)
    Halloween (John Carpenter)
    Halloween (Rob Zombie)
    Friday the 13th Part 2
    Rosemary's Baby
    The Shining
    A Nightmare On Elm Street
    The Omen
    The Amityville Horror

    In my opinion, Alien should not be on this list because it's classfiied as Sci-Fi and not horror.

    October 31, 2012 at 8:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      I would also include Hellraiser and Ed Wood (Johnny Depp) just for kicks.

      October 31, 2012 at 8:42 pm | Report abuse |
  77. joby

    i'll agree with some, but wow, some of the list is just horrible. here's mine for what it's worth
    1. paranormal activity – for me the scariest thing is what's not on the screen, my imagination is almost always worse than what's on the screen. plus it played on my personal fears perfectly.
    2. the exorcist – i'm 38 and can't stand to look at that f'd up face that pops up from time to time
    3. the shining
    4. nightmare on elm street (original) – the first horror movie i saw and had nightmares for a month.
    5. the thing (1980)
    6. the descent – so hard to watch when you're claustrophobic.
    7. event horizon – i'm not sure what it is about this movie, creeps me out
    8. jaws – every time i see this i can't go in the water for a while
    9. alien – giger and ridley scott.. brilliant
    10 – hellraiser 1&2. i can never decide between the two

    October 31, 2012 at 8:36 pm | Report abuse |
  78. Richard

    Lists composed by people who choose what they do because they think other people expect them to choose those films. Urbanites who sit sipping lattes while they wax poetic about hidden meanings, etc.
    If Friday the 13th and numerous Fulci movies aren't on it, it's a JOKE.

    October 31, 2012 at 8:27 pm | Report abuse |
  79. RV1982

    Although not a movie (1990 BBC TV series), I've always enjoyed "The Green Man" this time of year...

    October 31, 2012 at 8:25 pm | Report abuse |
  80. Gauntlet

    Jeepers Creepers (Francis Ford Coppola was an executive producer)
    Attack the Block
    The Thing (John Carpenter's version)
    Abominable Dr. Phibes (with Vincent Price)
    Theater of Blood (also with Vincent Price)
    Student Bodies

    October 31, 2012 at 8:21 pm | Report abuse |
  81. Richard Mavers

    JUST SHOW US THE LIST!!!! IN ORDER!!! Why do we have to click on a link to see it, while the author mentions some of the films in random order???

    October 31, 2012 at 8:19 pm | Report abuse |
  82. abcdxyz

    I'd definitely put The Haunting (1963 original) at number one. Nobody's mentioned The Bad Seed (1956), but I think it is one of the creepiest films I've ever seen.

    October 31, 2012 at 8:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Frank N. Stein

      Second that nominmation. The Haunting is a classic thriller and is best watched on a stormy night with no lights. Mwaaaaaaa

      October 31, 2012 at 8:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • AloneInTheDark

      Totally agree on "The Haunting". Best line, "Who was that holding my hand?"

      November 1, 2012 at 12:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Ben

      I love The Haunting (1963), a black and white classic with very few big name actors, directed by Robert Wise. It's set in New England, (and filmed in the less expensive Old England), and it is great. It's credible (for it's genre), intelligent, with excellent dialog, and special effects, and there might be houses that are really haunted. I like a lot of the other horror movies mentioned, but, The Haunting is my favorite. Stephen King and Stanley Kuberick had a disagreement about The Shinning, and I feel their conflict of interests does show on the screen. The ad lib 'Here's Johnny' is a bit over the top for me. A good film, but, not as good as Paths of Glory, (from Stanley Kubrick) or Carrie (from Brian de Palma and Stephen King).

      November 1, 2012 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  83. The_Nutty_Proffesor

    the top horror filsm of ALL time is anything that Kevine James or Adam Sandler acted in,or anytthing George Lucas filmed,or any film that Tim Burton re-made.

    I'm terrified just thinking about those messes!! The acting and directing is JUST TERRIFYING

    October 31, 2012 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
  84. Veronica

    How come no mentioned of "Friday the 13"?? Kill her mommy.

    October 31, 2012 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse |
  85. JackGracie

    What about PHANTASM

    October 31, 2012 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
  86. KRAMZ

    Without a doubt.
    The Howling.

    October 31, 2012 at 7:58 pm | Report abuse |
  87. twainfile

    1) The Haunting (1963)
    2) The Innocents(1961)
    3) Alien (1979)
    4) The Exorcist
    5) Night of the Living Dead (original)
    6) The Lady in White
    7) Psycho
    8) The Others
    9) Don't Look Back
    10 The Thing (1951

    October 31, 2012 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • MikeS

      Don't Look Back – great call....

      October 31, 2012 at 8:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tony

      Great choices, I mostly agree. I think that the later version of The Thing was scarier than the original.

      October 31, 2012 at 10:07 pm | Report abuse |
  88. Drew

    I would have taken the list seriously until I read "Cloverfield". HORRIBLE movie. Shaun of the Dead was good/funny, but not a top 10 film at all.

    October 31, 2012 at 7:54 pm | Report abuse |
  89. Harry's Watch

    5. Exorcist
    4. Zombieland
    3. Amityville Horror
    2. Poltergeist
    1. Gigli

    October 31, 2012 at 7:52 pm | Report abuse |
  90. DH

    How come no one mentioned Dead Calm?

    October 31, 2012 at 7:49 pm | Report abuse |
  91. overby

    Shaun Of The Dead may not be one of the best actual 'horror' movies, but, by far, it's the best tongue-in-cheek horror movie...

    October 31, 2012 at 7:44 pm | Report abuse |
  92. Mcas34

    Two things: One, yes, this list is a travesty of justice but you have to remember this was voted on by kids, most of which grew up in the CGI era or were probably trolling the list for a laugh. Two, scary has changed, more than likely due to a desensitization to gore and violence. Psychological terror or suspense have become increasingly muted in favor of gore for gore action.

    But, like you all, I feel compelled to give my 10:

    10. The Shining
    9. Halloween (the original)
    8. The Hills Have Eyes (the original)
    7. House of Wax (the original)
    6. The Exorcist
    5. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
    4. Alien
    3. Night of the Living Dead (the original)
    2. Carrie
    1. A Nightmare on Elm Street (the original)

    Again, two things: First, of course I'm biased. Elm Street was the first horror movie I ever saw, it still scares the crap out of me, and I'm wearing a red and green sweater and brown fedora as we speak. Second, give the kids a break. They thought Scream was scary...

    October 31, 2012 at 7:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • M@x

      You can't blame this on "the kids". I would probably fall into that category, and I agree that the list is horrible.

      1: The Exorcist
      2: The Shining
      3: Alien
      4: Pet Cemetary
      5: American Werewolf in Paris
      6: Friday the 13th (My parents let me watch it when I was like 8 or 9. I thought the mother was going to come into my house and kill my family. I slept with my parents that night 🙁 )
      7: The Changeling
      8: Creepshow
      9: Nightmare on Elm Street
      10: Night of the living Dead (original)

      Yeah, I know I left off Halloween. Great movie, but it doesn't have "moments" that I can recall left me staring at my closet or afraid to go asleep as a kid.

      October 31, 2012 at 8:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • M@x

      OH! And the original "The Blob" with Steve McQueen. Another great horror flick.

      October 31, 2012 at 8:41 pm | Report abuse |
  93. Kaleb

    I agree with The Shining being number one. I think IMDB users are a smart little bunch to avoid slasher films and go straight for the movies that are actually good. Good on them.

    October 31, 2012 at 7:32 pm | Report abuse |
  94. Leslie

    What about silent hill or 13 ghosts? The house on haunted hill?

    October 31, 2012 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • HorrorJunkie

      Ooooooooh Silent Hill!! Great choice, i forgot about that one

      October 31, 2012 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
  95. HorrorJunkie

    Lets not forget Quarantine either. Very scary and a VERY real possiblity

    October 31, 2012 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
  96. Ryan

    Cutting Moments by director Douglas Buck. Look it up, not something for the squeamish

    October 31, 2012 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |
  97. HorrorJunkie

    Rob Zombie's Halloween probably my #1
    Blair Witch Project a close 2nd
    When a Stranger Calls (original) #3
    28 Days Later
    The Shining
    Paranormal Activity (1&2 only)
    The Thing (1980)

    Hated the Ring, hated Saw, Freddy vs Jason (really? it suked), Cloverfield was a waste. The Exorcist was comical.

    October 31, 2012 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • bnc

      Paranormal Activity is the worst horror movie series of all time.... where is that movie scary....the best part was when the credits rolled....

      October 31, 2012 at 9:50 pm | Report abuse |

    Let me clarify. I should have put original after Village of the Damned. The remake is horrible.

    October 31, 2012 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse |
  99. MikeS

    this is probably dating me but how about Black Sunday (Italian 1960, directed by Mario Bava) or Roman Polanski's Repulsion? They go in my top ten....

    October 31, 2012 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • AloneInTheDark

      Mario Bava did some great movies. Blood and Black Lace is another great one from him.

      November 1, 2012 at 12:54 am | Report abuse |
  100. Dan the Man

    "Horror Hotel" with Christopher Lee. Now that was a creepy movie.

    October 31, 2012 at 7:06 pm | Report abuse |
  101. Movies?


    October 31, 2012 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
  102. Bill Palmer

    Some good movies in these lists but I think there are two that no one mentioned and should be at or near the top. First on my list is Eraserhead, second is Doctor Strangelove which had its comedic moments but is really the ultimate horror story for the human race.

    October 31, 2012 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |

    Here are my ten. Many i bet you guys have never heard of or seen. 1. Dead Girl. 2. Teeth. 3. Let's Scare Jessica to Death. 4. The Other. 5. When a Stranger Calls (original) 6. The Human Centipede. 7. The Abominable Dr. Phibes. 8.Children Shouldn't Play with Dead Things. 9. Village of the Damned. 10. Burnt Offerings. Classics all.

    October 31, 2012 at 6:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • AloneInTheDark

      Forgot about Children Shouldn't Play with Dead Things. Now I have to go out and watch it again!

      November 1, 2012 at 12:56 am | Report abuse |
  104. lostcause

    only 1 guy mentions a Karloff movie, who stands head and shoulders above the rest.. I'll take The Black Cat along with Frankenstein... Seven and Carrie were terrible movies

    October 31, 2012 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
  105. vespev

    Try "Van Diemen's Land" (true story) about escapees in Tasmania who end up eating each other as they begin to starve with one person surviving (Alexander Pearce) – real fair dinkum horror...crikey!

    October 31, 2012 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse |
  106. JG

    I'm surprised The Omen (original) did not make the cut.

    October 31, 2012 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Martyn

      Exactly. The Omen is my favorite movie of all time and fully deserves to be included with the other classics. Oh well, times change I guess, we just cannot forget the originals that set the stage for all that came after, as crap as most of them are! lol

      October 31, 2012 at 7:03 pm | Report abuse |
  107. TJ

    "Mitt Romney Running for President" is the scariest of all the horror movies combined!!

    October 31, 2012 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse |
  108. Shawn

    1. The Omen
    2. Insidious
    3. The Ring
    4. A Nightmare On Elm Street
    5. When A Stranger Calls (original)
    6. The Town that Dreaded Sundown
    7. The Shining
    8. The Reef
    9. Jeepers Creepers

    October 31, 2012 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse |
  109. a slozomby

    cloverfield? really?

    October 31, 2012 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
  110. Michael Myers

    Halloween was, is and will always be the number 1 horror flick of all time!!!

    October 31, 2012 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
  111. Joe06042

    How about An American Warewolve in London? That movie is a classic, with its transformation scene into a warewolve setting the standard for special effects in that era.

    October 31, 2012 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
  112. Rukiddingme?

    Terrible list. This list is a great representation of people's generally bad taste for the arts. Explains why Jersey Shore and Justin Bieber are popular.

    October 31, 2012 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
  113. JoeDProactive

    "It appears you've sent a duplicate post"... baloney.
    Hit "post" 1 time, only !
    Joe D'

    October 31, 2012 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
  114. CaesarXIII

    I have to give it up for the old school. Vincent Price is by far the best and set the standards for todays horror.

    October 31, 2012 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
  115. jel

    What about the original Wicker Man with Edward Woodward?
    It should be on someone's list.

    October 31, 2012 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
  116. HiggsOGee

    Night of the Living Dead
    The Little Girl Who Lived Down the Lane
    The Changeling
    The Haunting (Julie Harris version)
    Rosemary's Baby
    Dracula (with Christopher Lee)

    October 31, 2012 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
  117. stratoman9

    By far the most scary movie of all time is JAWS . Think about it . It's real and can happen and still freaks people out today , just by makin a fin in the water or hummin a few bars of that music !

    October 31, 2012 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
  118. OliverSudden

    From a purely psychological standpoint (as in not a drop of blood shed), it's tough to beat the "New Horror" subgenre entry of Charlie Kaufman's "Synecdoche, New York". No one will agree with me though. And I'm ok with that.

    October 31, 2012 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
  119. matt

    What about "Event Horizon"?

    October 31, 2012 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Midwest Cat

      Agreed. I saw that in the theater and was scared poopless. The film does rely upon sound cues though, so it is a bit less effective on video.

      October 31, 2012 at 7:38 pm | Report abuse |
  120. Sharon Mahart

    The Exorcist is the scariest. I can agree The Shining belongs in the top five. If you're gonna go psychological horror, with Silence of the Lambs, then Se7en needs very strong consideration, as we'll. I'd probably throw in one of the seminal slasher films, like Halloween or Friday the 13th, to round things out.

    October 31, 2012 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
  121. Black Dynamite

    Blair Witch Project

    October 31, 2012 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
  122. BJJSchecter

    I am horror buff and other than the classics I thought "Event Horizon" was one of the great new horror movies.

    October 31, 2012 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
  123. s

    this list has to be a joke- shaun of the dead #3??? zombieland?? april fools early

    October 31, 2012 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
  124. BD

    While I would have the same number 1 and 2, number 3 should be The Omen (not even on the list) and 4 should be The Exorcist, 5 The Villiage of the Damned (the original and redux). 6 Rosemary's Baby 7. Carrie. 8. Night of the Living Dead. 9. Poltergeist. 10. Psycho

    Honourable mention: The Thing (original and redux)

    That would be my list anyhow.

    October 31, 2012 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
  125. Major Tom

    When you combine Stephen King and Stanley Kubrick you get an unbeatable masterpiece. The Shining will always be the gold standard of horror films.

    October 31, 2012 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
  126. Diane

    What about The Blair Witch Project? I honestly thought when I first saw it that it was based on a true story, and it scared the crap out of me! And Hush...Hush Sweet Charlotte, with Bette Davis, still gives me the creeps too.

    October 31, 2012 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  127. Oscar Pitchfork

    It's hard to rate a horror or scary movie anymore; the more there are, the more people get de-sensitized to them. I'm sure the younger folks on here would be surprised at how many people pick good ol' "Jaws" as the scariest movie of all time. Remember: you had to go see this in a thater, not on your TV, so there was that familiar cavernous feel to the space around you as well as the sound quality. Plus, it was underwater-you couldn't see it coming, you didn't know where to go to be safe. Theatre goers were REALLY on the edge of their seats, just because subconsciously they felt they HAD to be able to bolt and run. People screamed bloody murder at the Jaws opening. AND-Honestly-NO ONE went in the ocean that year for a long time. Those that did stayed very close to the beach...

    October 31, 2012 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
  128. Bob

    The original Alien is my favorite – a great film blending elements of both horror and sci-fi, and it's held up impressively well given that it's more than 3 decades old. I agree that films like Zombieland and Shaun of the Dead are more comedy than horror – surprised they would make it onto a list like this. My top 5, based purely on personal preference, are below. To each his or her own, though!

    1. Alien
    2. The Shining
    3. The Exorcist
    4. The Ring
    5. 28 Days Later

    October 31, 2012 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
  129. Heeeeeeeeere's Johnny!

    the book was even more scary

    October 31, 2012 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
  130. spiritualized67

    What about the original "The Thing"?

    October 31, 2012 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
  131. mark

    OK Sam, you did mention a few good ones like: Near Dark, Dawn of the Dead, Henry, and the Thing.
    But most important, I am the master of Horror, not you, me, not you....ME! And I don't know why Carrie is mentioned, that was just OK, and the "hand out of the grave at the end" was a cheap thrill, and would startle anyone with it's abruptness.

    October 31, 2012 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sam

      Carrie is there because I liked the movie it's just a very creepy movie because of the mother played by Piper Laurie. I'm a horror movie buff so I just named some movies that I liked. I could of named 1000 but I just wanted to name a few that I enjoyed over the years. I'm just giving my option so don't hate.

      November 1, 2012 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  132. Big Jim

    For some reason I thought "Exorcist: The Beginning" was real creepy. It's the one set in Africa where they discover the ancient church. The one where the priest goes down into the tunnel beneath the church to confront the demon. To me it was just really creepy.

    Also some of the episodes of "The Masters of Horror". Most notably the "Cigarette Burns" episode.

    And although not truly a horror movie, "8 mm".

    October 31, 2012 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  133. Sam

    Top Ten Horror Films of all time.
    9. Audition
    8.Cannibal Holocaust
    7.The Decent
    6.The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)
    5.George A Romero's MARTIN
    4. Near Dark
    3. George A Romero's Dawn of the Dead
    2.The Changeling
    1. Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer

    Also Good: Wes Cravens The Last House on the Left, Eden Lake,Canadian horror movie PIN, The Brood, Shivers, Rabid, Evil Dead 1,2,Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon,Inside,ills,Martyrs ,Lucio Fulci Zombie, The Beyond, Re-Animator , From Beyond, Night of the creeps, Return of the Living Dead, Dario Argento's Suspiria, Deep Red, John Carpenters Halloween, The Thing,Cronos, Let the right one in, REC,Julias Eyes,

    So many more.

    I'm the Horror Master.

    October 31, 2012 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Indian Joe

      "Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer" and "Cannibal Holocaust" were insane movies.

      I didn't see those until I was in my 20s and they still made me uncomfortable.

      October 31, 2012 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse |
  134. mark

    Come on guys, here is the true horror list coming from an expert on horror
    1) The Exorcist
    2) Night of the living dead
    3) The Shining
    4) Psycho
    5) The Haunting (old B&W version)
    6) I am legend
    7) Frankenstein (B&W)
    8) Alien
    9) Evil Dead
    10) Halloween
    Special mention – The Walking Dead – TV series

    October 31, 2012 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      Pretty good list. As far as suspense goes, I'd have to work in a spot for The Orphanage...

      October 31, 2012 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tek Guy

      ..I am Legend? Seriously? The short story is amazing in its ideas but the movie not so scary... it is more a love story although a different type of one.

      October 31, 2012 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • PAT

      Definitely the original B & W Haunting!

      October 31, 2012 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
  135. TriumphTheInsultComicDog

    That list is perfect..... FOR ME TO POOP ON! Seriously though that list is pretty bad. For me Psycho would be #1 with The Exorcist a close second.

    October 31, 2012 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kris

      I know, right? More than half the movies have no business being on that list. Shaun of the Dead is pure crap. Zombieland is a COMEDY. People don't know good horror films anymore!

      October 31, 2012 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • TriumphTheInsultComicDog

      Yeah and meanwhile classics like Poltergeist and The Omen are left off. Guess this what happens when ill educated teenies get to vote.

      October 31, 2012 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  136. ron31

    This list is stupid. Shaun of the Dead......Really tis is a comedy, not a horror movie. Here is my top 10 list:

    10. From Dusk Til Dawn
    9. Carrie
    8. Freddy Vs. Jason
    7. Night of the Living Dead
    6. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre(with Jessica Biel)
    5. See No Evil
    4. Friday the 13th: Part 7
    3. Urban Legend
    2. The Exorcist
    1. Rob Zombies: Halloween

    October 31, 2012 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • JC

      With the exception of Carrie, The Exorcist, Chainsaw, and Night of the Living Dead this list SUCKS! Half those movies are awful !!! Freddy vs. Jason really??? Gross.

      October 31, 2012 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Indian Joe


      Most of those movies are trash. Only good ones are 9, 7, and 2. Original Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Original Halloween should replace the junk remakes.

      October 31, 2012 at 7:00 pm | Report abuse |

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