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100 Greatest Horror Movies (2008)

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Welcome to the Third Annual Top 100 Horror Movies list, now the biggest, baddest and most complete list of the Greatest Horror Movies EVER! The 100 Greatest Horror Movies List for 2008 has it all: U.S. Big Studio Horror, Independent Horror, Hammer Horror, Classic Horror, Foreign Horror, Creature Features - truly the Best Horror Movies for the Discerning Horror Freak.

How you use the most complete listing of the GREATEST horror movies is, of course, up to you. Here are some suggestions for:

The Horror Novice:
Jumping right into the best Horror has to offer is always an option, but if you are indeed new to horror we suggest that you acclimate yourself gently to the world's greatest movie genre by first following the recommendations of the Horror Beginner's Shelf. This will expose you to all of the major horror sub-genres as well as creature features and foreign horror. Once you graduate from this indoctrination move on to the next phase of horror freakdom with:

Horror Aficionado:
Clearly there will be many films among the 100 Greatest Horror Movies that you have already seen, perhaps dozens of times. Still, most of the films within this gathering of the best that horror has to offer are worthy of another viewing this year, so you may just want to print the list and start at 100 working downward. With proper timing and focus you should be in the top 20 in October for Halloween.

Horror Addict:
The BHM 100 Greatest Horror Movies of all time just SCREAMS "Netflix queue". Populate your queue with the 100 Greatest Horror Movies and then visit the Confessions of a Horror Movie Addict to share your story.

Horror Expert:
For some of you it is not enough to just read and use this list of the 100 Greatest Horror Movies of all time - you must see the methodology used to create it. You are welcome to contact us with your opinions, but please come armed with some information first. Read the Rating Methodology.

Late Start:
Coming across the definitive list of the 100 Greatest Horror Movies later in the year? You can always start with the Top 10 Horror movies first and work the list that way. Just be sure that you take some time to expand your horizons a bit by sampling a few that may be new to you.

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So, onward Horror Freaks to the 100 Greatest Horror Movies of all time, updated and expanded for 2008!

100. Children of the Corn (1984, Directed by Fritz Kiersch)

99. Resident Evil (2002, Directed by Paul W.S. Anderson)

Black Sabbath (1963) Horror Movie Poster
Black Sabbath by the influential Mario Bava

Mario Bava became one of the most influential horror directors in Italy after his debut in 1960, and used Boris Karloff (my favorite) to narrate Black Sabbath in 1963. Seeing that together with mega-babe Milla Jovovich and that red-headed corn kid is weird, but okay...

98. Black Sabbath (1963, Written and Directed by Mario Bava)

97. The People Under the Stairs (1991, Directed by Wes Craven)

96. Alone in the Dark (1982, Directed by Jack Sholder)

95. The Changeling (1980, Directed by Peter Medak)

The Revenge of Frankenstein (1958) Horror Movie Poster
Peter Cushing in the Hammer Classic

The first Hammer Horror classic shows up here at the tail end of the 100 Greatest Horror Movies list, and you can find more Hammer Horror information in the Beginner's Shelf entry for Foreign Horror. Wes Craven makes the first (of many) appearance here, and Alone in the Dark as listed in the BHM 100 Greatest Horror Movies list is NOT the monstrocity by Uwe Boll.

94. The Revenge of Frankenstein (1958, Directed by Terence Fisher)

93. Candyman (1992, Directed by Bernard Rose)

92. The Fog (1980, Directed by John Carpenter)

91. Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984, Directed by Charles E. Sellier Jr.)

Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954) - Universal Headshot
The Creature from the Black Lagoon is Quite the Romeo

Now we are starting to see some of the known classics in John Carpenter's The Fog and the hugely banned horror film Silent Night, Deadly Night. Candyman remains on this year's 100 Greatest Horror Movies List as well, and serves up scares and bee stings as well now as it ever did.

90. Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954, Directed by Jack Arnold)

89. Phantom of the Opera (1925, Directed by Rupert Julian & Ernst Laemmle)

88. Child's Play (1988, Directed by Tom Holland)

87. The Grudge (2004, Directed by Takashi Shimizu)

86. The Hitcher (1986, Directed by Robert Harmon)

Stephen King's IT (1990) - Pennywise the Clown
Pennywise is a made-for-TV Child's Nightmare

Child's Play is not particularly scary but Chucky still has a HUGE impact on those that saw him in the 80s. We've also got the "Buffy Grudge" and the "remade but not duplicated" classic The Hitcher rounding out the bottom 15 of the 100 Greatest Horror Movies list.

85. IT (1990, Directed by Tommy Lee Wallace)

84. When a Stranger Calls (1979, Directed by Fred Walton)

83. The Ring (2002, Directed by Gore Verbinski)

82. Return of the Living Dead (1985, Written & Directed by Dan O'Bannon)

81. Final Destination (2000, Directed by James Wong)

Nosferatu (1922) - Count Orlock played by Max Schreck
Nosferatu vampire Count Orlock, played by Max Schreck

80. Nosferatu (1922, Directed by F.W. Murnau)

79. Frankenstein (1931, Directed by James Whale)

78. Scream (1996, Directed by Wes Craven)

77. Dracula (1992, Directed by Francis Ford Coppola)

The Lost Boys (1987) Kiefer Sutherland as Lead Vampire
The Lost Boys Vampire Gang Leader Kiefer Sutherland

The Classic Monsters of Frankenstein and Dracula make their appearance as we approach the top 75 horror movies in this years 100 Greatest Horror Movies list. And don't discount Scream. Regardless of critical rants, Scream and creator Wes Craven are responsible for bringing Horror back to the mainstream, and for that we should ALL be grateful.

76. The Lost Boys (1987, Directed by Joel Schumacher)

75. Pet Sematary (1989, Directed by Mary Lambert)

74. The Wolfman (1941, Directed by George Waggner)

73. The Mummy (1932, Directed by Karl Freund)

Darkness Falls (2003) - The tooth fairy witch
The Tooth Fairy-like Witch from Darkness Falls - Scary!

Stephen King's Pet Semetery has one of the first child-death scenes I've seen making this one pretty uncomfortable. Both The Wolfman and The Mummy were ground-breaking for their times, and Darkness Falls is, in my humble opinion, one of the scariest movies of all.

72. Darkness Falls (2003, Directed by Jonathan Liebesman)

71. Seven (1995, Directed by David Fincher)

70. Don't Look Now (1973, Directed by Nocolas Roeg)

69. The Birds (1963, Directed by Alfred Hitchcock)

68. Event Horizon (1997, Directed by Paul Anderson)

The Stepford Wives (1975) Group Photo in a Grocery Store
The Stepford Wives look lovely while Shopping for Pork

Seven was a blockbuster and very good. Don't Look Now is the number 1 horror movie according to BHM contributor Ronnie Angel, and no 100 Greatest Horror Movies list would be complete without an entry by Alfred Hitchcock.

67. The Stepford Wives (1975, Directed by Bryan Forbes)

66. Salem's Lot (1979, Directed by Tobe Hooper)

65. Prom Night (1980, Directed by Paul Lynch)

64. Puppet Master (1989, Directed by David Schmoeller)

63. Phantasm (1979, Directed by Don Coscarelli)

62. Polterguist (1982, Directed by Tobe Hooper)

61. The Quartermass Xperiment (1955, Directed by Val Guest)

Re-Animator (1985) eye bulging scientist.
Life can be an Eye Popping Experience in Re-Animator

60. Re-Animator (1985, Directed by Stuart Gordon)

59. Amityville Horror (1979, Directed by Stuart Rosenberg)

58. Horror of Dracula (1958, Directed by Terrence Fisher)

57. Dead Silence (2007, Directed by James Wan)

56. Hostel (2005, Directed by Eli Roth)

The Invisible Man (1933) Horror Movie Poster
The Invisible Man was an elusive terror in 1933

Approaching the top 50 horror movies in the 100 Greatest Horror Movies List are some Classics in Re-Animator and Amityville Horror along with the new entry from 2007 Dead Silence and the horror movie that re-introduced "torture horror" with Hostel. This list is biased toward older movies, so it takes a lot for a new film to make it this far. See The Rating Methodology for information on the "Method Behind the Madness".

55. The Invisible Man (1933, Directed by James Whale)

54. Dawn of the Dead 2004 (2004, Directed by Zack Snyder)

53. The Omen (1976, Directed by Richard Donner)

52. Rosemary's Baby (1968, Directed by Roman Polanski)

51. Saw (2004, Written and Directed by James Wan)

Feast (2005) The Monster Doesn't want generic liquor
CLEARLY the Feast monster doesn't like generic liquor

Religion-based terror is particularly scary, especially for believers. The Omen and Rosemary's Baby play to that fear extremely well. Saw has no religion, but through all the bloody mayhem makes a moral point...

The 50 Greatest Horror Movies of All Time

50. Feast (2005, Directed by John Gulager)

49. Misery (1990, Directed by Rob Reiner)

48. A Tale of Two Sisters (2003, Written and Directed by Ji-woon Kim)

47. Day of the Dead (1985, Written and Directed by George A. Romero)

Cemetery Man (1994) Zombie Skull Creature
Cemetery Man has some KILLER zombies

46. Cemetary Man (1994, Directed by Michele Soavil)

45. Hell Raiser (1987, Directed by Clive Barker)

44. Grindhouse (2007, Directed by Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez)

43. Hard Candy (2005, Directed by David Slade)

High Tension (2005) The Victim, or is it the killer...
High Tension is...High Tension

The initial entries to the top 50 almost slipped by without comment... We've seen an Academy award winner, Asian horror, classic George A. Romero and child molester pay-back. Cemetery Man is zombie fun with art-house elements, Hellraiser is classic Pinhead with zombie sensibility, and Grindhouse is an amazing cinema experience...but with Grindhouse try and watch the whole package, not the ripped-apart single features...if you can. The 100 Greatest Horror Movies presses on with -

42. High Tension (2005, Directed by Alexandre Aja)

41. The Host (2006, Directed by Joon-ho Bong)

40. Bride of Frankenstein (1935, Directed by James Whale)

39. The Curse of Frankenstein (1957, Directed by Terence Fisher)

Ginger Snaps (2000) Lawn Mower Guts
Those Ginger Snaps Ladies just LOVE lawn tools

38. Ginger Snaps (2000, Directed by John Fawcett)

37. The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971, Directed by Robert Fuest)

36. The Serpent and the Rainbow (1988, Directed by Wes Craven)

35. Beyond the Mask: The Rise and Fall of Leslie Vernon (2006, Directed by Scott Glosserman)

34. The Blair Witch Project (1999, Written and Directed by Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sanchez)

33. Shaun of the Dead (2004, Directed by Edgar Wright)

32. 28 Days Later (2002, Directed by Danny Boyle)

Black Christmas (1974) The Evil Eye
The Evil Eye of the First Slasher

There is a lot going on in this section of the 100 Greatest Horror Movies list. We've seen Horror from Korea with The Host and classic Vincent Price in the stylistic 70 horror romp The Abominable Dr. Phibes. The Serpent and the Rainbow is scary because it is real to so many, and both Beyond the Mask and Blair Witch show what can be done with a small budget. Zombie goodness with Shawn and 28 Days...but Ask the Zombie Master Lee Roberts why 28 Days Later doesn't qualify as a zombie movie.

31. Black Christmas (1974, Directed by Bob Clark)

30. Audition (1999, Directed by Takashi Miike)

29. Silence of the Lambs (1991, Directed by Jonathan Demme)

The Thing (1982) Toothy Monster
This guy looks like one of my blind dates

28. The Thing (1982, Directed by John Carpenter)

27. Aliens (1986, Directed by James Cameron)

26. Suspiria (1977, Directed by Dario Argento)

Suspiria (1977) Woman Hanging
This woman from Suspiria must have tried the mess hall soup

As we complete the top portion of the 100 Greatest Horror Movies we pass some true classics from genius like John Carpenter and Dario Argento. Aliens is the sequel that made sequels worth while, and Silence of the Lambs helped bring Hannibal Lector to everyone's dinner table. Now, off we go to the:

The 25 Greatest Horror Movies of All Time

25. Jaws (1975, Directed by Steven Spielberg)

24. Zombi 2 (1980, Directed by Lucio Fulci)

23. The Mist (2007, Directed by Frank Darabont)

22. Interview with the Vampire (1994, Directed by Neil Jordan)

21. The Eye (2002, Directed by The Pang Brothers)

Frailty (2001) Bill Paxton with the holy ax
Good Daddy fighting evil with the Tool of God...yikes.

The approach to the top of the heap in the 100 Greatest Horror Movies list has an interesting mix of classic creature (Jaws), Zombie brilliance (Zombi 2) and newcomer (The Mist). It takes a lot for a new movie to make the Top 25; Read the Rating Methodology to see how The Mist slipped in so high...

The 20 Greatest Horror Movies of All Time!

20. Frailty (2001, Directed by Bill Paxton)

19. The Howling (1981, Directed by Joe Dante)

18. The Descent (2005, Directed by Neil Marshall)

17. The Evil Dead (1981, Directed by Sam Raimi)

16. Ju-On (2000, Written and Directed by Takashi Shimizu)

There are some necessary comments at this point as both The Descent and The Evil Dead were in the Top 10 Horror Movies for the 2007 and are now (obviously) placed lower. A new category was added to the Rating Methodology that gives extra points to horror with longevity so new offerings like The Descent adjusted downward accordingly. Regarding The Evil Dead, this is the ONLY entry from 2007 where a change was made in the ratings from last year, and it was for "originality", which was previously awarded the perfect value of "10". After viewing Jack Wood's Equinox (1970) it was clear that at least some of the inspiration for The Evil Dead came from this movie and the originally score was adjusted to an "8". This simple change moved the film from Top 10 to the 17 spot.

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) Leatherface close up
Leather Face says: "I'm Ready for my close-up Mr. DeMille...

15. Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974, Directed by Tobe Hooper)

14. May (2002, Written and Directed by Lucky McKee)

13. White Zombie (1932, Directed by Victor Halperin)

12. Carrie (1976, Directed by Brian De Palma)

11. An American Werewolf in London (1981, Written and Directed by John Landis)

An American Werewolf in London (1981) - The Change makes the body stretch, and grow LOTS of hair...
I'd shave my legs but...they keep getting further away!

And Now...The 10 Greatest Horror Movies for 2008!

10. Friday the 13th (1980, Directed by Sean S. Cunningham)

9. Dead Alive (1992, Directed by Peter Jackson)

8. Psycho (1960, Directed by Alfred Hitchcock)

7. A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984, Directed by Wes Craven)

6. The Shining (1980, Directed by Stanley Kubrick)

5. Night of the Living Dead (1968, Directed by Dean Lachiusa & George Romero)

4. Halloween (1978, Directed by John Carpenter)

3. Dawn of the Dead (1978, Written and Directed by George A. Romero)

2. Alien (1979, Directed by Ridley Scott)

And...THE Greatest Horror Movie of All Time:

1. The Exorcist (1973, Directed by William Friedkin)

Horror Movie Fans, this is the 100 Greatest Horror Movies for 2008. It is expected and anticipated that rabid Horror Freaks already have many (if not most) of these films in your prized horror collection. For those of you who are new to an appreciation to the Best Movie Genre in the World (Horror, of course...) we recommend that you familiarize yourself with the many sub-genres with The Beginner's Shelf, a primer for the emerging Horror Aficionado.

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