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Jon's Fiendish Favorites

Some of the guide author's favorite horror and horror-adjacent movies currently available in our library catalog listed in no particular order...

Elvira, Mistress of the Dark (1988) -

Featuring everyone's favorite horror hostess with the mostess!

 Elvira inherits a spooky mansion from her deceased aunt along with a spellbook and a sassy poodle, though when she moves into town she runs afoul of her conservative neighbors.

Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) -

A cult classic phenomenon about a newly-wed couple stumbling across a mad scientist and his latest experiment after their car breaks down.

Full of music, fashion and stars like Tim Curry, Meatloaf, Susan Saradon, Barry Bostwick and more, this is a must see movie that lampoons kitschy sci-fi and horror movies.

House on Haunted Hill (1959) -

A classic William Castle movie starring Vincent Price!

Price and his wife host a party where the guests will be given $10,000 each for spending the night in a haunted house, although things go bad quickly as ulterior motives are revealed.

 

A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) -

My favorite of the 80's slasher movies, with the quippy Freddy Krueger!

 A janitor killed years ago by the parents of children he preyed on returns to exact his revenge, in the one place they can't be protected - in their dreams!

Dracula (1931) -

The classic Universal Monster and iconic image of Dracula in pop culture.

Base on the book of the same name, it follows Dracula as he moves to England and besets Mina Harker and her household.and faces off against the vampire hunter Van Helsing.

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Return of the Living Dead (1985) -

The zombie movie that introduced the concept of zombies eating brains!

A gas that reanimates the dead into indestructible killing machines is accidently released near a graveyard, trapping a band of punks, a mortician and the staff of a medical supply store. 

Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954) -

One of the Universal Classic Monsters and designed by Disney animator Millicent Patrick!

The Gill-Man, a missing link creature terrorizes scientists in the Amazon.

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Last Man on Earth (1964) -

Based on the book I Am Legend, it has been adapted into film in this movie, Omega Man and I Am Legend.

Starring Vincent Price as a scientist as one of the last survivors in a post-apocalyptic wasteland haunted by vampire-zombie like creatures. 

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Killer Klowns from Outer Space (1988) -

A cheesy cult classic about homicidal clown aliens that cocoon humans in cotton candy and suck their brains out with curly straws.

Evil Dead II: Dead by Dawn (1987) -

Featuring the legendary B-movie actor Bruce Campbell and leading into the film Army of Darkness.

The story follows a group of people that unleash demonic evil in a remote cabin after reading from the Necronomicon. 

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The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971) -

My personal favorite Vincent Price movie!

The story follows the disfigured Dr. Phibes as he enacts revenge against a team of surgeons that failed to save his life using the Ten Plagues of Egypt to murder each one.

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Dr. Phibes Rises Again (1972)  -

The sequel to The Abominable Dr. Phibes!

This movie follow's Phibes' journey to Egypt to find the River of Life to resurrect his wife and features Vincent Price singing 'Over the Rainbow' over the ending scene. 

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What We Do In the Shadows (2014) -

A mockumentary in the same vein as Spinal Tap or Best in Show and inspired a TV show.

A film crew follows around a group of vampires that share a house and their daily life.

Paranormal Activity (2007) -

Restarted the found-footage style craze!

Although made weaker with each sequel since, the original stands alone as a creepy unsettling film.

What makes the original great is it doesn't have a lot of backstory or over-explain the demonic possession. 

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Frighteners (1996) -

Michael J Fox's last live action movie before his semi-retirement!

A man with the ability to see ghosts must stop a ghostly serial killer from completing his work. 

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Thir13en Ghosts (2001) -

A remake of the 1960's William Castle movie, Thirteen Ghosts.

A strange home purposefully meant for a black magic ritual houses several trapped ghosts. 

 

[REC] (2007) -

The original Spanish film that inspired the American movie Quarantine.

It follows a found footage style film about a reporter and a apartment building full of people locked down after a strange infection begins.

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Hocus Pocus (1993) -

Three witches return from the grave on Halloween night in modern Salem and must brew a potion and consume the lifeforce of the town's children by sun up. 

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Monster Squad (1987) -

Cheesy 80's comedy horror at it's finest!

When Dracula and his gang of monsters seek an ancient amulet to take over the world with only a gang of horror movie-addict kids can save the day.

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Sinister (2012) -

An ancient Babylonian demon possesses children through old Super 8 films

 

Film School Reject's 50 Best Horror Movies Ever

Taken from Film School Reject's list, a countdown of the very best horror movies from around the world to date. For the movies that we do have currently in the library system, click the movie poster or the title to be taken to the catalog where you'll be able to view the movie's availability and place a hold. The film descriptions are taken from the International Movie Database.   

50. It Follows (2014, USA) - 

A young woman is followed by an unknown supernatural force after a sexual encounter.

49. Evil Dead [Remake] (2013, USA) -

Five friends head to a remote cabin, where the discovery of a Book of the Dead leads them to unwittingly summon up demons living in the nearby woods.

This is a remake of the 1981 film by Sam Raimi starring Bruce Campbell. 

48. Funny Games (1997, Austria) -

Two violent young men take a mother, father, and son hostage in their vacation cabin and force them to play sadistic "games" with one another for their own amusement.

 

47. Carnival of Souls (1962, USA) - 

After a traumatic accident, a woman becomes drawn to a mysterious abandoned carnival.

46. Mulholland Drive (2001, USA) - 

After a car wreck on the winding Mulholland Drive renders a woman amnesiac, she and a perky Hollywood-hopeful search for clues and answers across Los Angeles in a twisting venture beyond dreams and reality.

45. The Beyond (1981, Italy) - 

A young woman inherits an old hotel in Louisiana where, following a series of supernatural "accidents", she learns that the building was built over one of the entrances to Hell.

44. Se7en (1995, USA) - 

Two detectives, a rookie and a veteran, hunt a serial killer who uses the seven deadly sins as his motives.

43. Les Diaboliques (1955, France) -

The wife and mistress of a loathed school principal hatch a plan to murder him while having the perfect alibi. They carry out the plan...but then his body disappears.

 

42. Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1986, USA) -

Henry, a drifter, commits a series of brutal murders, supposedly operating with impunity.

 

41. Martyrs (2008, France) -

A young woman's quest for revenge against the people who kidnapped and tormented her as a child leads her and a friend, who is also a victim of child abuse, on a terrifying journey into a living hell of depravity.

40. The Legend of Hell House (1973, UK) - 

Physicist Lionel Barrett and his wife lead a team of mediums into the Belasco House, which is supposedly haunted by the victims of its late owner, a six-foot-five serial killer.

39. Audition (1999, Japan) - 

A widower takes an offer to screen girls at a special audition, arranged for him by a friend to find him a new wife. The one he fancies is not who she appears to be after all.

38. Evil Dead II: Dead by Dawn (1987, USA) - 

The lone survivor of an onslaught of flesh-possessing spirits holes up in a cabin with a group of strangers while the demons continue their attack.

37. The Wicker Man (1973, UK) - 

A Police Sergeant is sent to a Scottish island village in search of a missing girl who the townsfolk claim never existed. Stranger still are the rites that take place there.

36. The Innocents (1961, UK) - 

A young governess for two children becomes convinced that the house and grounds are haunted.

35. Under the Skin (2013, UK) - 

A mysterious young woman seduces lonely men in the evening hours in Scotland. However, events lead her to begin a process of self-discovery.

34. The Orphanage (2007, Spain) -

A woman brings her family back to her childhood home, which used to be an orphanage for handicapped children. Before long, her son starts to communicate with an invisible new friend.

33. 28 Days Later (2002, UK) - 

Four weeks after a mysterious, incurable virus spreads throughout the UK, a handful of survivors try to find sanctuary.

32. The Devil's Backbone (2001, Spain) -

After Carlos - a 12-year-old whose father has died in the Spanish Civil War - arrives at an ominous boys' orphanage, he discovers the school is haunted and has many dark secrets that he must uncover.

31. The Witch (2015, USA) - 

A family in 1630s New England is torn apart by the forces of witchcraft, black magic, and possession.

30. Pulse (2001, Japan) - 

Two groups of people discover evidence that suggests spirits may be trying to invade the human world through the Internet.

29. The Fly (1986, USA) - 

A brilliant but eccentric scientist begins to transform into a giant man/fly hybrid after one of his experiments goes horribly wrong.

28. The Descent (2005, UK) - 

A caving expedition goes horribly wrong, as the explorers become trapped and ultimately pursued by a strange breed of predators.

27. Re-Animator (1985, USA) -

After an odd new medical student arrives on campus, a dedicated local and his girlfriend become involved in bizarre experiments centering around the re-animation of dead tissue. Based on the story Herbert West, Re-Animator by H.P. Lovecraft.

26. Invasion of the Body Snatchers [Remake] (1978, USA) - 

When seeds drift to earth from space, mysterious pods begin to grow and invade a small town, replicating the residents one body at a time. This is a remake of the 1956 film of the same name. 

25. Frankenstein (1931, USA) - 

An obsessed scientist assembles a living being from parts of exhumed corpses. This was the second of the Universal Monster movies after the success of Dracula. 

24. [REC] (2007, Spain) -

A television reporter and cameraman follow emergency workers into a dark apartment building and are quickly locked inside with something terrifying. This movie was remade in the USA and renamed Quarantine. 

23. Night of the Hunter (1955, USA) -

A religious fanatic marries a gullible widow whose young children are reluctant to tell him where their real daddy hid $10,000 he'd stolen in a robbery.

22. Suspiria (1977, Italy) -

An American newcomer to a prestigious German ballet academy comes to realize that the school is a front for something sinister amid a series of grisly murders.

21. A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984, USA) -

The monstrous spirit of a slain janitor seeks revenge by invading the dreams of teenagers whose parents were responsible for his untimely death.

20. Dawn of the Dead (1978, USA) -

Following an ever-growing epidemic of zombies that have risen from the dead, two Philadelphia S.W.A.T. team members, a traffic reporter, and his television executive girlfriend seek refuge in a secluded shopping mall.

19. Let the Right One In (2008, Sweden) - 

Oskar, an overlooked and bullied boy, finds love and revenge through Eli, a beautiful but peculiar girl.

18. The Babadook (2014, Australia) -

A widowed mother, plagued by the violent death of her husband, battles with her son's fear of a monster lurking in the house, but soon discovers a sinister presence all around her.

17. Shaun of the Dead (2004, UK) -

A man's uneventful life is disrupted by the zombie apocalypse.

16. The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920, Germany) -

Hypnotist Dr. Caligari uses a somnambulist, Cesare, to commit murders.

15. The Exorcist (1973, USA) -

When a teenage girl is possessed by a mysterious entity, her mother seeks the help of two priests to save her daughter.

14. Poltergeist (1982, USA) -

A family's home is haunted by a host of demonic ghosts.

13. Night of the Living Dead (1968, USA) -

A ragtag group of Pennsylvanians barricade themselves in an old farmhouse to remain safe from a bloodthirsty, flesh-eating breed of monsters who are ravaging the East Coast of the United States.

12. The Cabin in the Woods (2012, USA) -

Five friends go for a break at a remote cabin, where they get more than they bargained for, discovering the truth behind the cabin in the woods.

11. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1874, USA) -

Two siblings and three of their friends en route to visit their grandfather's grave in Texas end up falling victim to a family of cannibalistic psychopaths.

10. An American Werewolf in London (1981, USA) -

Two American college students on a walking tour of Britain are attacked by a werewolf that none of the locals will admit exists.

9. Scream (1996, USA) -

A year after the murder of her mother, a teenage girl is terrorized by a new killer, who targets the girl and her friends by using horror films as part of a deadly game.

8. Bride of Frankenstein (1935, USA) -

Mary Shelley reveals the main characters of her novel survived: Dr. Frankenstein, goaded by an even madder scientist, builds his monster a mate. This was the first sequel to the Frankenstein film series.

7. Alien (1979, USA) -

After a space merchant vessel perceives an unknown transmission as a distress call, its landing on the source moon finds one of the crew attacked by a mysterious lifeform, and they soon realize that its life cycle has merely begun.

6. The Shining (1980, USA) -

A family heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where a sinister presence influences the father into violence, while his psychic son sees horrific forebodings from both past and future.

5. Rosemary's Baby (1968, USA) -

A young couple moves in to an apartment only to be surrounded by peculiar neighbors and occurrences. When the wife becomes mysteriously pregnant, paranoia over the safety of her unborn child begins to control her life.

4. Halloween (1978, USA) -

Fifteen years after murdering his sister on Halloween night 1963, Michael Myers escapes from a mental hospital and returns to the small town of Haddonfield, Illinois to kill again.

3. Jaws (1975, USA) -

When a killer shark unleashes chaos on a beach community, it's up to a local sheriff, a marine biologist, and an old seafarer to hunt the beast down.

2. Psycho (1960, USA) -

A Phoenix secretary embezzles forty thousand dollars from her employer's client, goes on the run, and checks into a remote motel run by a young man under the domination of his mother.

1. The Thing (1982, USA) -

A research team in Antarctica is hunted by a shape-shifting alien that assumes the appearance of its victims.

Bloody Disgusting's 100 Best Horror Movies of All Time

Taken from one of the horror genre's premier websites, below is a list of their ranking of the hundred greatest horror movies ever made - you can view their original article and reasonings behind the rankings hereFor the movies that we do have currently in the library system, click the movie poster or the title to be taken to the catalog where you'll be able to view the movie's availability and place a hold. The film descriptions are taken from the International Movie Database

100. Phantasm (1979) -

A teenage boy and his friends face off against a mysterious grave robber known only as the Tall Man, who keeps a lethal arsenal of terrible weapons with him.

99. Suspiria (1977) -

An American newcomer to a prestigious German ballet academy comes to realize that the school is a front for something sinister amid a series of grisly murders. 

98. Friday the 13th (1980) -

A group of camp counselors are stalked and murdered by an unknown assailant while trying to reopen a summer camp which, years before, was the site of a child's drowning.

97. The Hills Have Eyes (1977) -

On the way to California, a family has the misfortune to have their car break down in an area closed to the public, and inhabited by violent savages ready to attack.

96. Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992) -

The centuries old vampire Count Dracula comes to England to seduce his barrister Jonathan Harker's fiancée Mina Murray and inflict havoc in the foreign land.

95. Pulse (2001) -

Two groups of people discover evidence that suggests spirits may be trying to invade the human world through the Internet.

94. Wolf Creek (2005) -

Three backpackers stranded in the Australian outback are plunged in a hellish nightmare of insufferable torture by a sadistic psychopathic local. 

93. Slither (2006) -

A small town is taken over by an alien plague, turning residents into zombies and all forms of mutant monsters.

92. Jacob's Ladder (1990) -

Mourning his dead child, a haunted Vietnam War veteran attempts to uncover his past while suffering from a severe case of dissociation. To do so, he must decipher reality and life from his own dreams, delusions, and perceptions of death.

91. House on Haunted Hill (1959) -

A millionaire offers $10,000 to five people who agree to be locked in a large, spooky, rented house overnight with him and his wife.

90. Paranormal Activity (2007) -

After moving into a suburban home, a couple becomes increasingly disturbed by a nightly demonic presence.

89. High Tension (2003) -

Best friends Marie and Alexia decide to spend a quiet weekend at Alexia's parents' secluded farmhouse. But on the night of their arrival, the girls' idyllic getaway turns into an endless night of horror.

88. Oculus (2014) -

A woman tries to exonerate her brother, who was convicted of murder, by proving that the crime was committed by a supernatural phenomenon.

87. Candyman (1992) -

The Candyman, a murderous soul with a hook for a hand, is accidentally summoned to reality by a skeptic grad student researching the monster's myth.

86. Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978) -

When seeds drift to earth from space, mysterious pods begin to grow and invade a small town, replicating the residents one body at a time. This is a remake of the 1956 film of the same name. 

85. Alice, Sweet Alice (1976) -

In 1960s New Jersey, a withdrawn adolescent girl is suspected of her younger sister's brutal murder during her first communion, as well as a series of stabbings that follow.

84. You're Next (2011) -

When the Davison family comes under attack during their wedding anniversary getaway, the gang of mysterious killers soon learns that one of the victims harbors a secret talent for fighting back.

83. Dracula (1931) -

The ancient vampire Count Dracula arrives in England and begins to prey upon the virtuous young Mina. The original Universal monster movie that started the resurgence of the genre in pop culture.

82. May (2002) -

A lonely young woman traumatized by a difficult childhood and her increasingly desperate attempts to connect with the people around her is sent into a murderous tailspin.

81. Deep Red (1974) -

A jazz pianist and a wisecracking journalist are pulled into a complex web of mystery after the former witnesses the brutal murder of a psychic.

80. The Others (2001) -

A woman who lives in her darkened old family house with her two photosensitive children becomes convinced that the home is haunted.

79. Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1986) -

Henry, a drifter, commits a series of brutal murders, supposedly operating with impunity.

78. The Strangers (2008) -

A young couple staying in an isolated vacation home are terrorized by three unknown assailants.

77. The Loved Ones (2009) -

When Brent turns down his classmate Lola's invitation to the prom, she concocts a wildly violent plan for revenge.

76. The Skin I Live In (2011) -

A brilliant plastic surgeon, haunted by past tragedies, creates a type of synthetic skin that withstands any kind of damage. His guinea pig: a mysterious and volatile woman who holds the key to his obsession.

75. Let the Right One In (2008) -

Oskar, an overlooked and bullied boy, finds love and revenge through Eli, a beautiful but peculiar girl.

74. The Brood (1979) -

A man tries to uncover an unconventional psychologist's therapy techniques on his institutionalized wife, amidst a series of brutal murders.

73. Don't Breathe (2016) -

Hoping to walk away with a massive fortune, a trio of thieves break into the house of a blind man who isn't as helpless as he seems.

72. Gojira (1954) -

American nuclear weapons testing results in the creation of a seemingly unstoppable, dinosaur-like beast. The original Godzilla movie!

71. The Wicker Man (1971) -

A Police Sergeant is sent to a Scottish island village in search of a missing girl who the townsfolk claim never existed. Stranger still are the rites that take place there.

70. Re-Animator (1985) -

After an odd new medical student arrives on campus, a dedicated local and his girlfriend become involved in bizarre experiments centering around the re-animation of dead tissue. Based on the story Herbert West, Re-Animator by H.P. Lovecraft.

69. The Howling (1981) -

After a bizarre and near deadly encounter with a serial killer, a television newswoman is sent to a remote mountain resort whose residents may not be what they seem.

68. The Orphanage (2007) -

A woman brings her family back to her childhood home, which used to be an orphanage for handicapped children. Before long, her son starts to communicate with an invisible new friend.

67. What Lies Beneath (2000) -

The wife of a university research scientist believes that her lakeside Vermont home is haunted by a ghost - or that she is losing her mind.

66. The House of the Devil (2009) -

In 1983, financially struggling college student Samantha Hughes takes a strange babysitting job that coincides with a full lunar eclipse. She slowly realizes her clients harbor a terrifying secret, putting her life in mortal danger.

65. The Mist (2007) -

A freak storm unleashes a species of bloodthirsty creatures on a small town, where a small band of citizens hole up in a supermarket and fight for their lives.

64. Bug (2006) -

An unhinged war veteran holes up with a lonely woman in a spooky Oklahoma motel room. The line between reality and delusion is blurred as they discover a bug infestation.

63. 28 Days Later (2002) - 

Four weeks after a mysterious, incurable virus spreads throughout the UK, a handful of survivors try to find sanctuary.

62. Under the Skin (2013) - 

A mysterious young woman seduces lonely men in the evening hours in Scotland. However, events lead her to begin a process of self-discovery.

61. Don't Look Now (1973) -

A married couple grieving the recent death of their young daughter are in Venice when they encounter two elderly sisters, one of whom is psychic and brings a warning from beyond.

60. Trick 'r Treat (2007) -

Five interwoven stories that occur on Halloween: An everyday high school principal has a secret life as a serial killer; a college virgin might have just met the guy for her; a group of teenagers pull a mean prank; a woman who loathes the night has to contend with her holiday-obsessed husband; and a mean old man meets his match with a demonic, supernatural trick-or-treater.

59. The Babadook (2014) -

A widowed mother, plagued by the violent death of her husband, battles with her son's fear of a monster lurking in the house, but soon discovers a sinister presence all around her.

58. [REC] (2007) -

A television reporter and cameraman follow emergency workers into a dark apartment building and are quickly locked inside with something terrifying. This movie was remade in the USA and renamed Quarantine. 

57. Saw (2004) -

Two strangers, who awaken in a room with no recollection of how they got there, soon discover they're pawns in a deadly game perpetrated by a notorious serial killer.

56. Insidious (2010) -

A family looks to prevent evil spirits from trapping their comatose child in a realm called The Further.

55. Drag Me To Hell (2009) -

A loan officer who evicts an old woman from her home finds herself the recipient of a supernatural curse. Desperate, she turns to a seer to try and save her soul, while evil forces work to push her to a breaking point.

54. The Devil's Rejects (2005) -

The murderous, backwoods Firefly family take to the road to escape a vengeful police force which is not afraid of being as ruthless as their target.

53. I Walked With a Zombie (1943) -

A Canadian nurse is hired to care for the wife of a sugar plantation owner, who has been acting strangely, on a Caribbean island.

52. Ringu (1998) -

A reporter and her ex-husband investigate a cursed video tape that is rumored to kill the viewer seven days after watching it.

51. Les Diaboliques (1955) -

The wife and mistress of a loathed school principal hatch a plan to murder him while having the perfect alibi. They carry out the plan...but then his body disappears.

 

50. The Sixth Sense (1999) -

A boy who communicates with spirits seeks the help of a disheartened child psychologist.

49. Pan's Labyrinth (2006) -

In the Falangist Spain of 1944, the bookish young stepdaughter of a sadistic army officer escapes into an eerie but captivating fantasy world.

48. What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962) --

A former child star torments her paraplegic sister in their decaying Hollywood mansion.

47. The Omen (1976) -

Mysterious deaths surround an American ambassador. Could the child that he is raising actually be the Antichrist? The Devil's own son?

46. Poltergeist (1982) -

A family's home is haunted by a host of demonic ghosts.

45. The Conjuring (2013) -

Paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren work to help a family terrorized by a dark presence in their farmhouse.

44. The Audition (1991) -

A widower takes an offer to screen girls at a special audition, arranged for him by a friend to find him a new wife. The one he fancies is not who she appears to be after all.

43. The Witch (2014) -

A family in 1630s New England is torn apart by the forces of witchcraft, black magic, and possession.

42. The Fly (1986) -

A brilliant but eccentric scientist begins to transform into a giant man/fly hybrid after one of his experiments goes horribly wrong.

41. The Wolf Man (1941) -

A practical man returns to his homeland, is attacked by a creature of folklore, and infected with a horrific disease his disciplined mind tells him can not possibly exist.

40. Hellraiser (1987) -

An unfaithful wife encounters the zombie of her dead lover; the demonic cenobites are pursuing him after he escaped their sadomasochistic underworld.

39. It Follows (2014) -

A young woman is followed by an unknown supernatural force after a sexual encounter.

38. The Blair Witch Project (1999) -

Three film students vanish after traveling into a Maryland forest to film a documentary on the local Blair Witch legend, leaving only their footage behind.

37. Cabin in the Woods (2012) -

Five friends go for a break at a remote cabin, where they get more than they bargained for, discovering the truth behind the cabin in the woods.

36. Eyes Without a Face (1959) -

A surgeon causes an accident which leaves his daughter disfigured, and goes to extremes to give her a new face.

35. The Descent (2015) -

A caving expedition goes horribly wrong, as the explorers become trapped and ultimately pursued by a strange breed of predators.

34. Martyrs (2008) -

A young woman's quest for revenge against the people who kidnapped and tormented her as a child leads her and a friend, who is also a victim of child abuse, on a terrifying journey into a living hell of depravity.

33. King Kong (1933) -

A film crew goes to a tropical island for an exotic location shoot and discovers a colossal ape who takes a shine to their female blonde star. He is then captured and brought back to New York City for public exhibition.

32. The Last House on the Left (1972) -

Two teenage girls head to a rock concert for one's birthday. While trying to score marijuana in the city, they are kidnapped and brutalized by a gang of psychotic convicts.

31. Repulsion (1965) - 

A sex-repulsed woman who disapproves of her sister's boyfriend sinks into depression and has horrific visions of rape and violence.

30. The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920) -

Hypnotist Dr. Caligari uses a somnambulist, Cesare, to commit murders.

29. Get Out (2017) -

A young African-American visits his white girlfriend's parents for the weekend, where his simmering uneasiness about their reception of him eventually reaches a boiling point.

28. Frankenstein (1931) -

An obsessed scientist assembles a living being from parts of exhumed corpses. This was the second of the Universal Monster movies after the success of Dracula. 

27. Carrie (1976) -

Carrie White, a shy, friendless teenage girl who is sheltered by her domineering, religious mother, unleashes her telekinetic powers after being humiliated by her classmates at her senior prom.

26. Black Christmas (1974) -

During their Christmas break, a group of sorority girls are stalked by a stranger.

25. Freaks (1932) -

A circus' beautiful trapeze artist agrees to marry the leader of side-show performers, but his deformed friends discover she is only marrying him for his inheritance.

24. An American Werewolf in London (1981) -

Two American college students on a walking tour of Britain are attacked by a werewolf that none of the locals will admit exists.

23. The Innocents (1961) -

A young governess for two children becomes convinced that the house and grounds are haunted.

22. The Haunting (1963) -

A scientist doing research on the paranormal invites two women to a haunted mansion. One of the participants soon starts losing her mind.

21. Rosemary's Baby (1968) -

A young couple moves in to an apartment only to be surrounded by peculiar neighbors and occurrences. When the wife becomes mysteriously pregnant, paranoia over the safety of her unborn child begins to control her life.

20. Peeping Tom (1960) - 

A young man murders women, using a movie camera to film their dying expressions of terror.

19. Dawn of the Dead (1978) -

Following an ever-growing epidemic of zombies that have risen from the dead, two Philadelphia S.W.A.T. team members, a traffic reporter, and his television executive girlfriend seek refuge in a secluded shopping mall.

18. Bride of Frankenstein (1935) -

Mary Shelley reveals the main characters of her novel survived: Dr. Frankenstein, goaded by an even madder scientist, builds his monster a mate. This was the first sequel to the Frankenstein film series.

17. Evil Dead II: Dead by Dawn (1987) -

The lone survivor of an onslaught of flesh-possessing spirits holes up in a cabin with a group of strangers while the demons continue their attack.

16. The Shining (1980) -

A family heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where a sinister presence influences the father into violence, while his psychic son sees horrific forebodings from both past and future.

15. The Phantom of the Opera (1925) -

A mad, disfigured composer seeks love with a lovely young opera singer.

14. Scream (1996) -

A year after the murder of her mother, a teenage girl is terrorized by a new killer, who targets the girl and her friends by using horror films as part of a deadly game.

13. Evil Dead (1981) -

Five friends travel to a cabin in the woods, where they unknowingly release flesh-possessing demons.

12. The Birds (1963) - 

A wealthy San Francisco socialite pursues a potential boyfriend to a small Northern California town that slowly takes a turn for the bizarre when birds of all kinds suddenly begin to attack people.

11. Alien (1979) -

After a space merchant vessel perceives an unknown transmission as a distress call, its landing on the source moon finds one of the crew attacked by a mysterious lifeform, and they soon realize that its life cycle has merely begun.

10. A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) -

The monstrous spirit of a slain janitor seeks revenge by invading the dreams of teenagers whose parents were responsible for his untimely death.

9. Jaws (1975) -

When a killer shark unleashes chaos on a beach community, it's up to a local sheriff, a marine biologist, and an old seafarer to hunt the beast down.

8. The Silence of the Lambs (1991) -

A young F.B.I. cadet must receive the help of an incarcerated and manipulative cannibal killer to help catch another serial killer, a madman who skins his victims.

7. Nosferatu (1922) -

Vampire Count Orlok expresses interest in a new residence and real estate agent Hutter's wife.

6. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) - 

Two siblings and three of their friends en route to visit their grandfather's grave in Texas end up falling victim to a family of cannibalistic psychopaths.

5. Night of the Living Dead (1968) -

A ragtag group of Pennsylvanians barricade themselves in an old farmhouse to remain safe from a bloodthirsty, flesh-eating breed of monsters who are ravaging the East Coast of the United States.

4. Halloween (1978) -

Fifteen years after murdering his sister on Halloween night 1963, Michael Myers escapes from a mental hospital and returns to the small town of Haddonfield, Illinois to kill again.

3. Psycho (1960) -

A Phoenix secretary embezzles forty thousand dollars from her employer's client, goes on the run, and checks into a remote motel run by a young man under the domination of his mother.

2. The Thing (1982) -

A research team in Antarctica is hunted by a shape-shifting alien that assumes the appearance of its victims.

1. The Exorcist (1973) -

When a teenage girl is possessed by a mysterious entity, her mother seeks the help of two priests to save her daughter.