Top 250 Horror Movies (#51-#100)



51 - Onibaba (1964)

Two women kill samurai and sell their belongings for a living. While one of them is having an affair with their neighbor, the other woman meets a mysterious samurai wearing a bizarre mask.


Directed by Kineto Shindo
Written by Kineto Shindo
Starring Nobuko Otowa, Jitsuko Yoshimura and Kei Sato
Genre: Demons, Supernatural


52 - The Evil Dead (1981)

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


Directed by Sam Raimi
Written by Sam Raimi
Starring Bruce Campbell, Ellen Sandweiss and Richard DeManincor
Genre: Demons, Possession, Gore, Woods


53 - Poltergeist (1982)

A young family are visited by ghosts in their home. At first the ghosts appear friendly, moving objects around the house to the amusement of everyone, before they turn nasty and start to terrorize the family.


Directed by Tobe Hooper
Written by Steven Spielberg, Michael Grais and Mark Victor
Starring JoBeth Williams, Heather O'Rourke and Craig T. Nelson
Genre: Hauntings, Ghosts, Paranormal


54 - Carnival of Souls (1962)

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


Directed by Herk Harvey
Written by John Clifford
Starring Candace Hilligoss, Frances Feist and Sidney Berger
Genre: Psychological Horror


55 - 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)

After getting in a car accident, a woman is held in a shelter with two men, who claim the outside world is affected by a widespread chemical attack.


Directed by Dan Trachtenberg
Written by Josh Campbell, Matthew Struecken and Damien Chazelle
Starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead, John Goodman and John Gallagher Jr.
Genre: Psychological Horror, Captivity, Plague, Aliens


56 - Black Christmas (1974)

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


Directed by Bob Clark
Written by Roy Moore
Starring Olivia Hussey, Keir Dullea and Margot Kidder
Genre: Slasher, Christmas


57 - 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.


Directed by Jonathan Glazer
Written by Walter Campbell and Jonathan Glazer (based on the novel by Michel Faber)
Starring Scarlett Johansson
Genre: Aliens


58 - Funny Games (1997)

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.


Directed by Michael Haneke
Written by Michael Haneke
Starring Susanne Lothar, Ulrich Muhe and Arno Frisch
Genre: Home Invasion


59 - Dawn of the Dead (2004)

A nurse, a policeman, a young married couple, a salesman, and other survivors of a worldwide plague that is producing aggressive, flesh-eating zombies, take refuge in a mega Midwestern shopping mall.


Directed by Zach Snyder
Written by George A. Romero and James Gunn
Starring Sarah Polley, Ving Rhames and Mekhi Phifer
Genre: Zombies, Remake


60 - The Masque of the Red Death (1964)

A European prince terrorizes the local peasantry while using his castle as a refuge against the "Red Death" plague that stalks the land.


Directed by Roger Corman
Written by Charles Beaumont and R. Wright Campbell (from the story by Edgar Allen Poe)
Starring Vincent Price, Hazel Court and Jane Asher
Genre: Madmen, Gothic, Supernatural


61 - Misery (1990)

After a famous author is rescued from a car crash by a fan of his novels, he comes to realize that the care he is receiving is only the beginning of a nightmare of captivity and abuse.


Directed by Rob Reiner
Written by William Goldman (from the novel by Stephen King)
Starring James Caan and Kathy Bates
Genre: Madmen, Captivity


62 - Godzilla (Gojira) (1954)

American nuclear weapons testing results in the creation of a seemingly unstoppable, dinosaur-like beast.


Directed by Ishiro Honda
Written by Takeo Murata, Ishiro Honda and Shigeru Kayama
Starring Takashi Shimura, Akihiko Hirata and Akira Takarada
Genre: Kaiju


63 - A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014)

In the Iranian ghost-town Bad City, a place that reeks of death and loneliness, the townspeople are unaware they are being stalked by a lonesome vampire.


Directed by Ana Lily Amirpour
Written by Ana Lily Amirpour
Starring Sheila Vand and Arash Marandi
Genre: Vampires


64 - The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971)

A doctor, scientist, organist, and biblical scholar, Anton Phibes, seeks revenge on the nine doctors he considers responsible for his wife's death.


Directed by Robert Fuest
Written by James Whiton and William Goldstein
Starring Vincent Price, Joseph Cotten, Hugh Griffith and Virginia North
Genre: Mystery, Madmen, Revenge


65 - Daughters of Darkness (1971)

A newlywed couple are passing through a vacation resort. Their paths cross with a mysterious, strikingly beautiful countess and her aide.


Directed by Harry Kumel
Written by Pierre Drouot, Harry Kumel and Jean Ferry
Starring Delphine Seyrig, John Karlen, Danielle Ouimet and Andrea Rau
Genre: Mystery, Vampires


66 - 30 Days of Night (2007)

After an Alaskan town is plunged into darkness for a month, it is attacked by a bloodthirsty gang of vampires.


Directed by David Slade
Written by Steve Niles, Stuart Beattie and Brian Nelson (from the graphic novel by Steve Niles and Ben Templesmith)
Starring Josh Hartnett, Melissa George and Danny Huston
Genre: Vampires


67 - Inside (2007)

Four months after the death of her husband, a woman on the brink of motherhood is tormented in her home by a strange woman who wants her unborn baby.


Directed by Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury
Written by Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury
Starring Alysson Paradis, Jean-Baptiste Tabourin and Claude Lule
Genre: Home Invasion, Madmen


68 - Let the Right One In (2008)

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


Directed by Tomas Alfredson
Written by John Ajvide Lindqvist (from the novel by John Ajvide Lindqvist)
Starring Kare Hedebrant, Lina Leandersson and Per Ragnar
Genre: Vampires


69 - Friday the 13th (2009)

A group of young adults discover a boarded up Camp Crystal Lake, where they soon encounter Jason Voorhees and his deadly intentions.


Directed by Marcus Nispel
Written by Damian Shannon, Mark Swift and Mark Wheaton
Starring Jared Padalecki, Amanda Righetti and Derek Mears
Genre: Slasher, Remake


70 - Eyes Wide Shut (1999)

A New York City doctor, who is married to an art curator, pushes himself on a harrowing and dangerous night-long odyssey of sexual and moral discovery after his wife admits that she once almost cheated on him.


Directed by Stanley Kubrick
Written by Stanley Kubrick and Frederic Raphael (from the novel by Arthur Schnitzler)
Starring Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman
Genre: Psychological Horror, Cult


71 - Taste the Blood of Dracula (1970)

Three distinguished English gentlemen accidentally resurrect Count Dracula, killing a disciple of his in the process. The Count seeks to avenge his dead servant by making the trio die at the hands of their own children.


Directed by Peter Sasdy
Written by Anthony Hinds
Starring Christopher Lee, Geoffrey Keen and Gwen Watford
Genre: Vampires, Sequel


72 - Wolf Creek (2005)

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


Directed by Greg McLean
Written by Greg McLean
Starring Nathan Phillips, Cassandra Magrath and Kestie Morassi
Genre: Madmen, Torture


73 - High Tension (Switchblade Romance) (2005)

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.


Directed by Alexandre Aja
Written by Alexandre Aja and Gregory Levasseur
Starring Cecile de France, Maiwenn and Philippe Nahon
Genre: Home Invasion


74 - 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.


Directed by George A. Romero
Written by George A. Romero
Starring David Emge, Ken Foree and Scott H. Reiniger
Genre: Zombies


75 - 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.


Directed by Jonathan Demme
Written by Ted Tally (from the novel by Thomas Harris)
Starring Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins
Genre: Serial Killer, Cannibalism, Madmen


76 - 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.


Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
Written by Evan Hunter (from the story by Daphne Du Maurier)
Starring Rod Taylor, Tippi Hedren and Jessica Tandy
Genre: Nature, Creatures


77 - Scream 4 (2011)

Ten years have passed, and Sidney Prescott, who has put herself back together thanks in part to her writing, is visited by the Ghostface Killer.


Directed by Wes Craven
Written by Kevin Williamson
Starring Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, David Arquette and Emma Roberts
Genre: Horror Comedy, Slasher, Sequel


78 - Pet Sematary (1989)

Behind a young family's home in Maine is a terrible secret that holds the power of life after death. When tragedy strikes, the threat of that power soon becomes undeniable.


Directed by Mary Lambert
Written by Stephen King (from the novel by Stephen King)
Starring Dale Midkiff, Denise Crosby and Fred Gwynne
Genre: Zombies, Paranormal


79 - Crimson Peak (2015)

In the aftermath of a family tragedy, an aspiring author trying to escape the ghosts of her past is swept away to a house that breathes, bleeds - and remembers.


Directed by Guillermo del Toro
Written by Guillermo del Toro and Matthew Robbins
Starring Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain, Tom Hiddleston and Charlie Hunnam
Genre: Ghosts, Hauntings, Gothic, Conspiracy Theories


80 - The Brides of Dracula (1960)

Vampire hunter Van Helsing returns to Transylvania to destroy handsome bloodsucker Baron Meinster, who has designs on a beautiful young schoolteacher.


Directed by Terence Fisher
Written by Jimmy Sangster, Peter Bryan and Edward Percy
Starring Peter Cushing, Yvonne Monlaur, Martita Hunt and David Peel
Genre: Vampires


81 - 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.


Directed by Jordan Peele
Written by Jordan Peele
Starring Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Bradley Whitford and Catherine Keener
Genre: Conspiracies, Psychological Horror, Madmen


82 - Audition (1999)

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.


Directed by Takashi Miike
Written by Daisuke Tengan (from the novel by Ryu Murakami)
Starring Ryo Ishibashi, Eihi Shiina and Tetsu Sawaki
Genre: Madmen, Mystery, Torture


83 - Cabin In the Woods (2011)

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.


Directed by Drew Goddard
Written by Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard
Starring Kristen Connolly, Chris Hemsworth, Anna Hutchison and Fran Kranz
Genre: Horror Comedy, Creatures, Woods


84 - Gremlins (1984)

A boy inadvertently breaks three important rules concerning his new pet and unleashes a horde of malevolently mischievous monsters on a small town.


Directed by Joe Dante
Written by Chris Columbus
Starring Zach Galligan, Phoebe Cates and Hoyt Axton
Genre: Horror Comedy, Creatures


85 - The Bird With the Crystal Plumage (1970)

In Italy, the American writer Sam Dalmas witnesses an attempt of murder on the owner of an art gallery a couple of days before returning home. An inspector in charge of investigating the three previous murderers of the serial-killer, asks Dalmas for help.


Directed by Dario Argento
Written by Dario Argento
Starring Tony Musante, Suzy Kendall and Enrico Maria Salerno
Genre: Giallo, Slasher, Mystery, Serial Killer


86 - Insidious (2010)

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


Directed by James Wan
Written by Leigh Whannell
Starring Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne and Ty Simpkins
Genre: Hauntings, Possession, Ghosts


87 - The Most Dangerous Game (1932)

An insane hunter arranges for a ship to be wrecked on an island where he can indulge in some sort of hunting and killing of the passengers.


Directed by Irving Pichel and Ernest B. Schoedsack
Written by James Ashmore Creelman (from the story by Richard Connell)
Starring Joel McCrea, Fay Wray and Leslie Banks
Genre: Madmen


88 - 28 Weeks Later (2007)

Six months after the rage virus was inflicted on the population of Great Britain, the US Army helps to secure a small area of London for the survivors to repopulate and start again. Not everything goes to plan.


Directed by Juan Carlos Fresnadillo
Written by Rowan Joffe, Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, Enrique Lopez Lavigne and Jesus Olmo
Starring Jeremy Renner, Rose Byrne, Robert Carlyle and Idris Elba
Genre: Zombies, Plague, Sequel


89 - The Conjuring (2013)

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


Directed by James Wan
Written by Chad Hayes and Carey W. Hayes
Starring Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Lili Taylor and Ron Livingston
Genre: Paranormal, Hauntings, Possession, Demons


90 - Visiting Hours (1982)

A deranged, misogynistic killer assaults a journalist. When he discovers that she survived the attack, he follows her to the hospital to finish her off.


Directed by Jean-Claude Lord
Written by Brian Taggert
Starring Lee Grant, Michael Ironside, Linda Purl and William Shatner
Genre: Madmen, Home Invasion


91 - The Blood Lands (White Settlers) (2014)

It's Ed and Sarah's first night at their new home - an isolated farmhouse on the Scottish borders. This should be a new beginning away from their stressful London lives. But as darkness falls, Sarah suspects they're not alone.


Directed by Simeon Halligan
Written by Ian Fenton
Starring Pollyanna McIntosh and Lee Williams
Genre: Home Invasion


92 - Paranormal Activity (2007)

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


Directed by Oren Peli
Written by Oren Peli
Starring Katie Featherston, Micah Sloat and Mark Fredrichs
Genre: Hauntings, Handheld, Paranormal, Possession


93 - The Neon Demon (2016)

An aspiring model is new to Los Angeles. However, her beauty and youth, which generate intense fascination and jealousy within the fashion industry, may prove themselves sinister.


Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn
Written by Nicolas Winding Refn, Mary Laws and Polly Stenham
Starring Elle Fanning, Karl Glusman, Christina Hendricks and Keanu Reeves
Genre: Psychological Horror


94 - Black Sabbath (1963)

Boris Karloff hosts a trio of horror stories concerning a stalked call girl, a patriarch who has become a vampire-like monster, and a nurse who is haunted by her ring's rightful owner.


Directed by Mario Bava
Written by Marcello Fondato, Alberto Bevilacqua and Mario Bava (from the stories by Anton Chekhov, Aleksei Tolstoy and Guy de Maupassant)
Starring Michele Mercier, Lidia Alfonsi and Vincent Price
Genre: Anthology, Vampires, Ghosts, Hauntings


95 - Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1986)

Loosely based on serial killer Henry Lee Lucas, the film follows Henry and his roommate Otis who Henry introduces to murdering randomly selected people.


Directed by John McNaughton
Written by Richard Fire and John McNaughton
Starring Michael Rooker, Tracy Arnold and Tom Towles
Genre: Serial Killers


96 - Repulsion (1965)

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


Directed by Roman Polanski
Written by Roman Polanski, Gerard Brach and David Stone
Starring Catherine Deneuve, Ian Hendry and John Fraser
Genre: Psychological Horror


97 - Pumpkinhead (1988)

After a tragic accident, a man conjures up a towering, vengeful demon called Pumpkinhead to destroy a group of unsuspecting teenagers.


Directed by Stan Winston
Written by Mark Patrick Carducci, Gary Gerani, Stan Winston and Richard Weinman (from the poem by Ed Justin)
Starring Lance Henriksen, Jeff East, Kimberly Ross and John D'Aquino
Genre: Creatures, Witchcraft, Revenge


98 - 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.


Directed by Fede Alvarez
Written by Fede Alvarez and Rodo Sayagues
Starring Stephen Lang, Jane Levy and Dylan Minnette
Genre: Home Invasion, Madmen


99 - The Broken (2008)

On a busy street in London, Gina, a successful radiologist, thinks she sees herself drive past in her own car. Stunned by this strange event, Gina follows the mystery woman up to her apartment.


Directed by Sean Ellis
Written by Sean Ellis
Starring Lena Headey, Ulrich Thomsen and Melvil Poupaud
Genre: Doppelgangers, Mystery, Paranormal


100 - The Awakening (2011)

In 1921, England is overwhelmed by the loss and grief of World War I. Hoax exposer Florence Cathcart visits a boarding school to explain sightings of a child ghost. Everything she believes unravels as the 'missing' begin to show themselves.


Directed by Nick Murphy
Written by Stephen Volk and Nick Murphy
Starring Rebecca Hall, Dominic West and Imelda Staunton
Genre: Hauntings, Ghosts, Paranormal


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