It’s October, and that means most movie fans are looking for some horror movies to watch. If you’re the type who likes to get recommendations, we’ve put together a list using Rotten Tomatoe’s ranking system – of the 100 best Horror Movies ever!
100. Dressed To Kill (1980)
99. Dracula: Pages From a Virgin’s Diary (2003)
98. The House of the Devil (2009)
Critics Consensus: Though its underlying themes are familiar, House of the Devil effectively sheds the loud and gory cliches of contemporary horror to deliver a tense, slowly building throwback to the fright flicks of decades past.
97. We Are What We Are (2013)
96. Paranormal Activity (2009)
Critics Consensus: Using its low-budget effects and mockumentary method to great result, Paranormal Activity turns a simple haunted house story into 90 minutes of relentless suspense.
95. Backcountry (2015)
94. Gremlins (1984)
93. Grindhouse (2007)
92. Spring (2015)
Critics Consensus: Rich in atmosphere and intelligence, Spring is a singular horror film with a sneaky, lingering impact.
91. The Autopsy of Jane Doe (2016)
Critics Consensus: The Autopsy of Jane Doe subverts the gruesome expectations triggered by its title to deliver a smart, suggestively creepy thriller that bolsters director André Ovredal’s growing reputation.
90. Altered States (1980)
Critics Consensus: Extraordinarily daring for a Hollywood film, Altered States attacks the viewer with its inventive, aggressive mix of muddled sound effects and visual pyrotechnics.
89. A Field in England (2014)
Critics Consensus: Recklessly assembled and occasionally compelling in spite of itself, A Field in England showcases a singularly brilliant voice in British cinema.
88. Ginger Snaps (2001)
87. Slither (2006)
86. The Exorcist Version You’ve Never Seen (2000)
Critics Consensus: The Exorcist has withstood the test of time, and it still has that renegade feel and the power to shock.
85. The Omen (1976)
84. The Descent (2006)
Critics Consensus: Deft direction and strong performances from its all-female cast guide The Descent, a riveting, claustrophobic horror film.
83. Goodnight Mommy (2015)
Critics Consensus: Dark, violent, and drenched in dread, Goodnight Mommy is perfect for extreme horror enthusiasts — or filmgoers who prefer to watch between splayed fingers.
82. Chronicle (2012)
81. This Is The End (2013)
80. Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1986)
Critics Consensus: Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer is an effective, chilling profile of a killer that is sure to shock and disturb.
79. Russian Ark (2002)
Critics Consensus: As successful as it is ambitious, Russian Ark condenses three centuries of Russian history into a single, uninterrupted, 87-minute take.
78. Donnie Darko (2004)
Critics Consensus: Richard Kelly’s debut feature Donnie Darko is a daring, original vision, packed with jarring ideas and intelligence and featuring a remarkable performance from Jake Gyllenhaal as the troubled title character.
77. Gerald’s Game (2017)
Critics Consensus: Carla Gugino carries Gerald’s Game‘s small-scale suspense with a career-defining performance.
76. Near Dark (1987)
Critics Consensus: Near Darkis at once a creepy vampire film, a thrilling western, and a poignant family tale, with humor and scares in abundance.
75. The Orphanage (2007)
74. Bone Tomahawk (2015)
Critics Consensus: Bone Tomahawk‘s peculiar genre blend won’t be for everyone, but its gripping performances and a slow-burning story should satisfy those in search of something different.
73. An American Werewolf in London (1981)
72. Cronos (1994)
Critics Consensus: Guillermo del Toro’s unique feature debut is not only gory and stylish, but also charming and intelligent.
71. 28 Days Later (2003)
70. The Blair Witch Project (1999)
Critics Consensus: Full of creepy campfire scares, mock-doc The Blair Witch Project keeps audiences in the dark about its titular villain — thus proving that imagination can be as scary as anything onscreen.
69. Poltergeist (1982)
68. Misery (1990)
67. The Conjuring (2013)
66. The Dead Zone (2003)
Critics Consensus: The Dead Zone combines taut direction from David Cronenberg and and a rich performance from Christopher Walken to create one of the strongest Stephen King adaptations.
65. The Exorcist
64. The Shining (1980)
Critics Consensus: Though it deviates from Stephen King’s novel, Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining is a chilling, often baroque journey into madness — exemplified by an unforgettable turn from Jack Nicholson
63. Don’t Breathe (2016)
Critics Consensus: Don’t Breathe smartly twists its sturdy premise to offer a satisfyingly tense, chilling addition to the home invasion genre that’s all the more effective for its simplicity.
62. Frankenweenie (2012)
61. Little Shop of Horrors (1986)
Critics Consensus: Remixing Roger Corman’s B-movie by way of the Off-Broadway musical, Little Shop of Horrors offers camp, horror and catchy tunes in equal measure — plus some inspired cameos by the likes of Steve Martin and Bill Murray.
60. Let Me In (2010)
59. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)
58. The Wicker Man (1973)
Critics Consensus: This intelligent horror film is subtle in its thrills and chills, with an ending that is both shocking and truly memorable.
57. We Are Still Here (2015)
Critics Consensus: Smart, powerfully acted, and devilishly clever, We Are Still Here offers some novel twists on familiar territory — and heralds the arrival of a major talent in writer-director Ted Geoghegan.
56. The Fly (1986)
55. Phantom of the Opera (1925)
Critics Consensus: Decades later, it still retains its ability to scare — and Lon Chaney’s performance remains one of the benchmarks of the horror genre.
54. Raw (2017)
53. Dawn of the Dead (1978)
52. Eraserhead (1977)
51. What Ever Happened To Baby Jane? (1962)
Critics Consensus: What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?combines powerhouse acting, rich atmosphere, and absorbing melodrama in service of a taut thriller with thought-provoking subtext.
50. Suspiria (1977)
Critics Consensus: The blood pours freely in Argento’s classic Suspiria, a giallo horror as grandiose and glossy as it is gory.
49. Zombieland (2009)
48. Dracula (1931)
47. Shaun of the Dead (2004)
46. Train to Busan (Busanhaeng) (2016)
Critics Consensus: Train to Busan delivers a thrillingly unique — and purely entertaining — take on the zombie genre, with fully realized characters and plenty of social commentary to underscore the bursts of skillfully staged action.
45. The Host (2007)
Critics Consensus: As populace pleasing as it is intellectually satisfying, The Host combines scares, laughs, and satire into a riveting, monster movie
44. A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
43. Green Room (2016)
42. Re-Animator (1985)
41. IT (2017)
40. It Comes At Night (2017)
39. The Love Witch (2016)
38. Room 237 (2013)
Critics Consensus: Mysterious and provocative, Room 237 is a fascinating journey into the world of obsessive cinephilles.
37. Nosferatu: Phantom der Nacht (Nosferatu the Vampyre) (1979)
Critics Consensus: Stunning visuals from Werner Herzog and an intense portrayal of the famed bloodsucker from Klaus Kinski make this remake of Nosferatu a horror classic in its own right.
36. The Loved Ones (2012)
Critics Consensus: Successfully mixing the conventions of the teen and horror genres with a twist, Australian director Sean Byrne makes a striking directorial debut.
35. Halloween (1978)
34. Carrie (1976)
33. Young Frankenstein (1974)
32. Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)
Critics Consensus: Employing gritty camerawork and evocative sound effects, Invasion of the Body Snatchersis a powerful remake that expands upon themes and ideas only lightly explored in the original.
31. The Evil Dead (1981)
30. Drag Me To Hell (2009)
29. A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night (2014)
Critics Consensus: A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night blends conventional elements into something brilliantly original — and serves as a striking calling card for writer-director Ana Lily Amirpour.
28. Cat People (1942)
Critics Consensus: Influential noir director Jacques Tourneau infused this sexy, moody horror film with some sly commentary about the psychology and the taboos of desire.
27. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
Critics Consensus: Director Jonathan Demme’s smart, taut thriller teeters on the edge between psychological study and all-out horror, and benefits greatly from stellar performances by Anthony Hopkins and Jodie Foster.
26. The Innocents (1961)
Critics Consensus: Creepily atmospheric, The Innocents is a stylishly crafted, chilling British ghost tale with Deborah Kerr at her finest.
25. Under The Shadow (2016)
Critics Consensus: Under the Shadow deftly blends seemingly disparate genres to deliver an effective chiller with timely themes and thought-provoking social subtext.
24. The Vanishing (Spoorloos) (1988)
Critics Consensus: A clinical, maddening descent into the mind of a serial killer and a slowly unraveling hero, culminating with one of the scariest endings of all time.
23. Don’t Look Now (1973)
Critics Consensus: Don’t Look Now patiently builds suspense with haunting imagery and a chilling score — causing viewers to feel Donald Sutherland and Julie Christie’s grief deep within.
22. The Cabin in the Woods (2012)
21. Night of the Living Dead (1968)
20. The Witch (2016)
Critics Consensus: As thought-provoking as it is visually compelling, The Witch delivers a deeply unsettling exercise in slow-building horror that suggests great things for debuting writer-director Robert Eggers.
19. Gojira (1956)
18. The Birds (1963)
17. Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn
16. Pan’s Labyrinth (2006)
15. Eyes Without a Face (1962)
Critics Consensus: A horrific tale of guilt and obsession, Eyes Without a Face is just as chilling and poetic today as it was in 1959.
14. Freaks (1932)
Critics Consensus: Time has been kind to this horror legend: Freaks manages to frighten, shock, and even touch viewers in ways that contemporary viewers missed.
13. Aliens (1986)
12. Let The Right One In (2008)
11. It Follows (2015)
10. Rosemary’s Baby (1968)
9. Frankenstein (1931)
Critics Consensus: Still unnerving to this day, Frankenstein adroitly explores the fine line between genius and madness, and features Boris Karloff’s legendary, frightening performance as the monster.
8. The Babadook (2014)
7. The Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
6. Repulsion (1965)
Critics Consensus: Roman Polanski’s first English film follows a schizophrenic woman’s descent into madness, and makes the audience feel as claustrophobic as the character.
5. King Kong (1933)
Critics Consensus: King Kongexplores the soul of a monster — making audiences scream and cry throughout the film — in large part due to Kong’s breakthrough special effects.
4. Nosferatu, a Symphony of Horror (Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens) (Nosferatu the Vampire) (1922)
Critics Consensus: One of the silent era’s most influential masterpieces, Nosferatu‘s eerie, gothic feel — and a chilling performance from Max Schreck as the vampire — set the template for the horror films that followed.
3. Psycho (1960)
Critics Consensus: Infamous for its shower scene, but immortal for its contribution to the horror genre. Because Psychowas filmed with tact, grace, and art, Hitchcock didn’t just create modern horror, he validated it.
2. The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari) (1920)
Critics Consensus: Arguably the first true horror film, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari set a brilliantly high bar for the genre — and remains terrifying nearly a century after it first stalked the screen.
1. Get Out (2017)
So there you have it. 100 of the best horror movies ever – according to Rotten Tomatoes. I’m sure a lot of people will have some strong opinions about some of the films on the list, but I guess that’s why we’re all fans isn’t it? To discuss and debate whether or not we think certain films are worth the praise or hate.
I’ll let you guys handle the discussion in the comments!