Good Horror Films
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
- Kill List (2011)
- Lovely Molly (2011)
- Let Me In (2010) Same director remake of Let the Right One In (2008)
- The Last House on the Left (2009)
- Thirst (2009)
- Eden Lake (2008)
- Let the Right One In (2008)
- Martyrs (2008)
- Pontypool (2008)
- Frontier(s) (2007)
- Vacancy (2007)
- All the Boys Love Mandy Lane (2006)
- The Hills Have Eyes (2006)
- H6: Diary of a Serial Killer (2005)
- House of Wax (2005)
- The Descent (2005)
- Wolf Creek (2005)
- Dawn of the Dead (2004)
- A Tale of Two Sisters (2003)
- Gacy (2003)
- High Tension (2003)
- The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003)
- Wrong Turn (2003)
- 28 Days Later… (2002)
- May (2002)
- The Ring (2002) we haven’t seen Ringu (1998) yet
- Ed Gein (2000)
- Ginger Snaps (2000)
- Sleepy Hollow (1999)
- Ravenous (1999)
- The Blair Witch Project (1999)
- Funny Games (1997)
- Nightwatch (1994)
- Dracula (1992)
- Raising Cain (1992)
- Jacob’s Ladder (1990)
- Angel Heart (1987)
- Evil Dead II (1987)
- Near Dark (1987)
- The Fly (1986)
- The Hitcher (1986)
- The Dead Zone (1983)
- The Thing (1982)
- An American Werewolf in London (1981)
- The Shining (1980)
- Alien (1979)
- Damien: Omen II (1978)
- Dawn of the Dead (1978)
- Halloween (1978)
- Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)
- I Spit on Your Grave (1978)
- Long Weekend (1978)
- The Hills Have Eyes (1977)
- The Omen (1976)
- Carrie (1976)
- Jaws (1975)
- The Stepford Wives (1975)
- Black Christmas (1974)
- The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)
- The Exorcist (1973)
- The Honeymoon Killers (1969)
- Night of the Living Dead (1968)
- Rosemary’s Baby (1968)
- Psycho (1960)
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!