Which are your favourite horror films? Below is a list of horror films we thought were effective. Our choices are bound to differ from yours. Add your favourite horror films in the comments and tell us why we must see them!
Wonderful Cinema’s Choices
1968: Night of the Living Dead, Rosemary’s Baby
1969: The Honeymoon Killers
1973: The Exorcist
1974: Black Christmas, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
1975: Jaws, The Stepford Wives
1976: The Omen, Carrie
1977: The Hills Have Eyes
1978: Damien: Omen II, Dawn of the Dead, Halloween, Invasion of the Body Snatchers , I Spit on Your Grave, Long Weekend
1980: The Shining
1981: An American Werewolf in London
1982: The Thing
1983: The Dead Zone
1986: The Fly, The Hitcher
1987: Angel Heart, Evil Dead II, Near Dark
1990: Jacob’s Ladder
1992: Dracula, Raising Cain
1997: Funny Games
1999: Sleepy Hollow, Ravenous, The Blair Witch Project
2000: Ed Gein, Ginger Snaps
2002: 28 Days Later…, May, The Ring
2003: A Tale of Two Sisters, Gacy, High Tension, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Wrong Turn
2004: Dawn of the Dead
2005: H6: Diary of a Serial Killer, House of Wax, The Descent, Wolf Creek
2006: All the Boys Love Mandy Lane, The Hills Have Eyes
2007: Frontier(s), Vacancy
2010: Let Me In, Red White & Blue
2011: Kill List, Lovely Molly
2016: The Wailing
Of course, this list is greatly affected by the hundreds or thousands of horror films which we haven’t seen yet – and those we’ve forgotten. There are also titles we haven’t seen for so long such as The Return of the Living Dead (1985) that we’d have to watch again before commenting.
Our Top 10 horror films are 1. Alien (1979), 2. The Shining (1980), 3. Angel Heart (1987), 4. Let the Right One In (2008), 5. The Thing (1982), 6. Halloween (1978), 7. Funny Games (1997), 8. Thirst (2009), 9. The Dead Zone (1983) and 10. Wrong Turn (2003).
One person’s definition of horror will be different to another’s. Here is our perspective:
We don’t have a fixed view on what a horror film should be other than the following: it should either install horror in us or the movie’s theme should be steeped in supernatural or macabre elements.
Some frightening films are still not horror. The Silence of the Lambs (1991), for example, and also Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1986). But other films such as Funny Games (1997) we class as horror because it really did terrify us.
It is clear that Shaun of the Dead (2004) is a comedy, not a horror, regardless of the film’s main theme. The same goes for Frankenweenie (2012), From Dusk Till Dawn (1996) and the absolute classic, The Fearless Vampire Killers (1967).
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007) is a superb film. But, although it contains major elements of horror, it doesn’t have the feel of a horror film. The same goes for Antichrist (2009).
Let the Right One In (2008) is not particularly frightening but that does not stop it being the greatest horror film made in the last decade.
Ravenous (1999) is not listed under IMDb’s Horror genre but to us it is just that.
There are certain films we’ve seen which couldn’t be considered great but do stand out one way or another. Silent Hill (2006), for example, had a practically non-existent storyline but some superb visuals.
The horror film we despise the most is Saw (2004); there was nothing we liked about this film. Paranormal Activity (2007), another big hit, was also atrociously bad. Drag Me to Hell (2009) too. But that’s the beauty of the world, isn’t it: we are all individuals with individual tastes!
Give Us Your Tips
We are sure a lot of you will disagree with our list and comments. There are plenty of holes in our theories of what is and what isn’t a horror film. And it is probably pretty inconsistent what we have included in our list and left out using our own guidelines.
What are your recommendations? Have your say below!