Listing the Top 20 was tough enough, but to attempt to compile a complete listing of the top 100 horror movies can be, well, frightening. There’s the problem of genre splitting, which is what happens when you can’t decide if “The Hills Have Eyes” is a horror movie (it is) or a Slasher flick (“The Texas Chainsaw Massacre”). Then there’s the added complication of objectivity, which of course, goes down the drain from the get-go. So here are 20 of the top 100 horror movies of all time, and you should be grateful for these screen gems.
1. The Exorcist. No film has ever come close to the incredible raw power to absolutely freeze your skin that this movie had. I still get nightmares to this day and definitely number one in my Top 100 Horror Movies of All Time list.
2. Jaws. Though sometimes mistaken for a suspense or thriller movie, this is definitely a creature feature horror movie and one of the most traumatizing films ever made. Everyone out of the water!
3. Carrie. Brian de Palma’s masterpiece based on the Stephen King best seller.
4. The Evil Dead. Coen brothers first production. One by one, these college kids end up crawling on the walls. Creepy.
5. The Blair Witch Project. I could get a lot of flak for this one, but I for one will still not walk around the woods at night. No way.
6. Cloverfield. Giant space monster destroys New York, decapitating the Statue of Liberty along the way.
7. Nosferatu. Silent classic in ghoulish black and white.
8. Night of the Living Dead. Of course I mean the 1968 B & W version. Super scary! Our virgin film foray into the land of zombie mobs.
9. Carnival of Souls. Makes absolutely no sense at all, but you will not soon forget this haunting black and white horror noir classic.
10. Pan’s Labyrinth. Del Toro’s signature masterpiece remains solidly in the Top 100 Horror movies ever made.
11. Rosemary’s Baby. I remember when this movie first came out and it was the type of movie that changed the way you looked at life and the supernatural.
12. It’s Alive. Undead zombie baby in a dark subway tunnel. What could be better?
13. From Beyond. Easily the cheesiest and best B movie ever made.
14. Alien. This sci-fi horror fest tested the limits of audience paranoia.
15. The Blob. I like the last one best, but they’re all good.
16. Young Frankenstein. Not really a horror movie, but too good to keep off the list.
17. Paranormal Activity. Fantastically scary. First it bores you to death, then shocks you awake. Like getting hit with lightning while dead asleep.
18. The Ring. That creepy girl with the long hair should have stayed down the well.
19. The Hills Have Eyes. Definitely not members of the Hair Club for Men.
20. The Birds. Hitchcock at his crazy, scary, feathery best.
So there you have it. 20 of the top 100 horror movies of all time. Popcorn, anyone?