Okay, so this was originally supposed to be posted on Halloween, however it flooded and rained pretty bad where I live so my connection was knocked out. This list is in order from least to greatest (#25-#1) and will include a small reasoning behind why I chose the movie. I apologize in advance for my pervasive use of the words dense and atmosphere.
**Some Mild Spoilers May Be Added**
#25. Let the Right One In (2008)
– Dark, damp, and moody, “Let The Right One In” is an extremely original vampire movie done the way a real vampire movie should be; with intelligent characters, an actual plot, and great acting from the entire cast.
#24. Dead Alive (1992)
– Notorious for it’s high gore factor, “Dead Alive” is added to my list not only for it’s brilliant special effects, but for the slapstick and the genuinely funny, well-done dark comedy.
#23. Videodrome (1983)
– You’ve got Debbie Harry from the band Blondie, James Woods, and director David Cronenberg working together. That is a legendary combination, and it pays off incredibly well; with a highly satirical story and a brilliantly dense atmosphere.
#22. Black Christmas (1974)
– Call it Halloween Before Halloween, or The British Equivalent of Halloween, but I’m gonna call it what it is – a must see slasher film that actual is well-written and very creepy.
#21. The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)
– There is a reason this is on my list, and there is a reason this should be on everyone’s greatest horror movies list; it’s incredibly fun, incredibly campy, and incredibly rewatchable. It truly is a movie that will never get tiring, with wonderful music numbers and a delightful performance from Tim Curry as the legendary Sweet Transvestite from Transsexual, Transylvania!
#20. Scream (1996)
– Creepy, outrageously original, and quite funny, “Scream” is the perfect trifecta any great modern horror movie should be.
#19. Seven (1995)
– This is high on my list not only for the brilliant performances by Pitt, Freeman, and Spacey, but for the genuinely frightening atmosphere present throughout.
#18. The Thing (1982)
– This is included in my list not only for the ever-so-brilliant performance from Kurt Russell, but for the chilling direction from John Carpenter, and the well-crafted special effects, which are some of the finest gore effects ever put to film.
#17. A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
– Wes Craven crafts yet another dark, frightening villain in yet another movie that has certainly earned it’s place on everyone’s greatest horror movies list, with a legendary performance from horror icon Robert Englund.
#16. Dracula (1931)
– The definitive horror movie villian gets the very best treatment in this flawless, chilling film with a brilliant performance from Bela Lugosi.
#15. The Night of The Living Dead (1968)
– Most likely the finest zombie movie that will ever be, George Romero’s “The Night of the Living Dead” is full of low-budget charm, wonderful effects, a daring governmental parable, and a landmark lead character with Ben.
#14. Haxan: Witchcraft Through The Ages (1922)
– With cinematography techniques that were landmark for the time, “Haxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages” is a timeless horror movie, and probably the creepiest movie I have ever seen.
#13. Frankenstein (1931)
– While I love “Dracula”, I included “Frankenstein” on this list with a better rating as “Dracula” had a bit of an odd pacing problem throughout, however “Frankenstein” remains one of the most spookiest horror movies of all time.
#12. Aliens (1986)
– A movie that is proof that not all sequels suck, “Aliens” gets a good spot on my list for it’s brilliant plot and special effects, and the powerful performance from Sigourney Weaver.
#11. Vampyr (1932)
– A landmark German horror film that is actually scary, very creepy, and the overall atmosphere of this film has yet to be matched.
#10. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)
– #10 for a very good reason, a low-budget masterpiece that is actually frightening, actually well made, and features one of the finest villains, Leatherface, in film history. Not to mention the opening shots of the film with the grave-robbers is some of the finest shot cinematography of all time.
#9. The Shining (1980)
– Jack Nicholson has never been more frightening in this beyond belief brilliant and scary horror film from iconic director Stanley Kubrick. A little side not, a lot of people always complain about Shelley DuVall’s performance in this film, I personally thought she was great, really matched the energy of Nicholson’s performance quite well in my opinion.
#8. Halloween (1978)
– A landmark, tense slasher which cemented the great careers of horror icons John Carpenter and Jamie Lee Curtis, and gave us one of the finest horror movie killers ever, The Shape (who would later be named Michael Myers).
#7. Alien (1979)
– Slow built suspense, a brilliant cast, and some of the finest special effects and concept design of all time easily recommend this landmark film that equally and carefully combined elements of science fiction and horror like no others have done before.
#6. Jaws (1975)
– Another film included on my list that contains carefully laid out, slowly built-up suspense, “Jaws” is an iconic and landmark horror film of the highest scale that still frightens audiences to this very day.
#5. The Silence of The Lambs (1991)
– “The Silence of the Lambs” easily makes my list not only because of the staggering chemistry between Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins, but also because of the brilliant performances, and Buffalo Bill – who remains one of the most terrifying villains in history.
#4. Evil Dead (1981)
– Landmark special effects, the most outrageously funny dark comedy, and Bruce Campbell’s terrific performance as Ash easily recommend “Evil Dead”, a horror film that has been matched only select few times before.
#3. The Exorcist (1973)
– Still terrifying to this day, The Exorcist has unequivocally cemented it’s place in movie history.
#2. Evil Dead 2 (1987)
– The greatest gore effects, the finest signature brand of dark comedy, and of course Bruce Campbell’s terrifically campy performance as Ash recommend “Evil Dead 2”, the finest horror film of it’s kind.
– This is it. The greatest horror movie of all time. The greatest, and nothing will ever, EVER top it in my opinion. Anthony Perkins as film history’s greatest villain, Alfred Hitchcock’s perfect, unmatched brand of suspense, and gorgeous Janet Leigh as a thieving secretary. There will never be another Psycho, not now, not ever. It will remain unmatched, unbeaten, untouched for all of history. Still has the power to frighten to this very day, and I don’t see it ever losing it’s edge.
And there ya have it, my list of the top 25 greatest horror films of all time. Of course my opinion on this matter will change over time, I’ll add some, change some around, but for now this is my definitive list.
Thanks for Reading, and I hope everyone had a Happy Halloween!