My Top 25 Favorite "Horror" Movies

by Randomlymessed | created - 07 Nov 2017 | updated - 3 weeks ago | Public

Many of the movies on this list aren't considered to be true horror, but all of them incorporate elements from the genre that make them enjoyable viewings around Halloween, and are my personal favorites for that if nothing else.

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1. The Mummy (1999)

PG-13 | 124 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

48 Metascore

At an archaeological dig in the ancient city of Hamunaptra, an American serving in the French Foreign Legion accidentally awakens a mummy who begins to wreck havoc as he searches for the reincarnation of his long-lost love.

Director: Stephen Sommers | Stars: Brendan Fraser, Rachel Weisz, John Hannah, Arnold Vosloo

Votes: 387,238 | Gross: $155.25M

Adventure/Horror

2. Shaun of the Dead (2004)

R | 99 min | Comedy, Horror

76 Metascore

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

Director: Edgar Wright | Stars: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Kate Ashfield, Lucy Davis

Votes: 507,636 | Gross: $13.54M

Comedy/Horror

3. A Tale of Two Sisters (2003)

R | 114 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

65 Metascore

A family is haunted by the tragedies of deaths within the family.

Director: Jee-woon Kim | Stars: Kap-su Kim, Jung-ah Yum, Soo-jung Lim, Geun-young Moon

Votes: 55,957

Drama/Horror

4. American Psycho (2000)

R | 101 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

64 Metascore

A wealthy New York City investment banking executive, Patrick Bateman, hides his alternate psychopathic ego from his co-workers and friends as he delves deeper into his violent, hedonistic fantasies.

Director: Mary Harron | Stars: Christian Bale, Justin Theroux, Josh Lucas, Bill Sage

Votes: 482,226 | Gross: $15.07M

Dark-Comedy/Horror

5. Saw (2004)

R | 103 min | Horror, Mystery

46 Metascore

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

Director: James Wan | Stars: Cary Elwes, Leigh Whannell, Danny Glover, Ken Leung

Votes: 376,022 | Gross: $56.00M

Thriller/Horror

6. Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles (1994)

R | 123 min | Drama, Horror

59 Metascore

A vampire tells his epic life story: love, betrayal, loneliness, and hunger.

Director: Neil Jordan | Stars: Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise, Antonio Banderas, Kirsten Dunst

Votes: 292,585 | Gross: $105.26M

Drama/Horror

7. I Saw the Devil (2010)

Not Rated | 144 min | Action, Crime, Drama

67 Metascore

A secret agent exacts revenge on a serial killer through a series of captures and releases.

Director: Jee-woon Kim | Stars: Lee Byung-Hun, Choi Min-sik, Joon-hyuk Lee, Moo-Seong Choi

Votes: 109,022 | Gross: $0.13M

Thriller/Horror

8. The Cabin in the Woods (2011)

R | 95 min | Horror

72 Metascore

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.

Director: Drew Goddard | Stars: Kristen Connolly, Chris Hemsworth, Anna Hutchison, Fran Kranz

Votes: 373,399 | Gross: $42.07M

Comedy/Horror

9. The Descent (2005)

R | 99 min | Adventure, Horror, Thriller

71 Metascore

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

Director: Neil Marshall | Stars: Shauna Macdonald, Natalie Mendoza, Alex Reid, Saskia Mulder

Votes: 199,777 | Gross: $26.02M

Horror/Adventure

10. Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)

R | 116 min | Drama, Horror, Musical

83 Metascore

The infamous story of Benjamin Barker, aka Sweeney Todd, who sets up a barber shop in London which is the basis for a sinister partnership with his fellow tenant, Mrs. Lovett.

Director: Tim Burton | Stars: Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Alan Rickman, Timothy Spall

Votes: 341,469 | Gross: $52.90M

Musical/Horror

11. The Babadook (2014)

Not Rated | 94 min | Drama, Horror

86 Metascore

A single mother and her child fall into a deep well of paranoia when an eerie children's book titled "Mister Babadook" manifests in their home.

Director: Jennifer Kent | Stars: Essie Davis, Noah Wiseman, Daniel Henshall, Hayley McElhinney

Votes: 194,299 | Gross: $0.92M

Horror/Drama

12. Pan's Labyrinth (2006)

R | 118 min | Drama, Fantasy, War

98 Metascore

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

Director: Guillermo del Toro | Stars: Ivana Baquero, Ariadna Gil, Sergi López, Maribel Verdú

Votes: 612,905 | Gross: $37.63M

Fantasy/Horror

13. 28 Days Later... (2002)

R | 113 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

73 Metascore

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

Director: Danny Boyle | Stars: Cillian Murphy, Naomie Harris, Christopher Eccleston, Alex Palmer

Votes: 373,501 | Gross: $45.06M

Horror/Sci-Fi

14. Night Watch (2004)

R | 114 min | Action, Fantasy, Horror

58 Metascore

A fantasy-thriller set in present-day Moscow where the respective forces that control daytime and nighttime do battle.

Director: Timur Bekmambetov | Stars: Konstantin Khabenskiy, Vladimir Menshov, Mariya Poroshina, Valeriy Zolotukhin

Votes: 52,102 | Gross: $1.49M

Fantasy/Horror

15. Bone Tomahawk (2015)

Not Rated | 132 min | Drama, Horror, Western

72 Metascore

In the dying days of the old west, an elderly sheriff and his posse set out to rescue their town's doctor from cannibalistic cave dwellers.

Director: S. Craig Zahler | Stars: Kurt Russell, Patrick Wilson, Matthew Fox, Richard Jenkins

Votes: 84,710

Adventure/Horror

16. I Am Legend (2007)

PG-13 | 101 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

65 Metascore

Years after a plague kills most of humanity and transforms the rest into monsters, the sole survivor in New York City struggles valiantly to find a cure in this post-apocalyptic action thriller.

Director: Francis Lawrence | Stars: Will Smith, Alice Braga, Charlie Tahan, Salli Richardson-Whitfield

Votes: 680,285 | Gross: $256.39M

Sci-Fi/Horror

17. Tigers Are Not Afraid (2017)

Not Rated | 83 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

76 Metascore

A dark fairy tale about a gang of five children trying to survive the horrific violence of the cartels and the ghosts created every day by the drug war.

Director: Issa López | Stars: Paola Lara, Juan Ramón López, Nery Arredondo, Hanssel Casillas

Votes: 5,577 | Gross: $0.13M

Fantasy/Horror

18. Raw (2016)

R | 99 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

81 Metascore

A young woman, studying to be a vet, develops a craving for human flesh.

Director: Julia Ducournau | Stars: Garance Marillier, Ella Rumpf, Rabah Nait Oufella, Laurent Lucas

Votes: 59,348 | Gross: $0.51M

Drama/Horror

19. Verónica (I) (2017)

TV-MA | 105 min | Horror

Madrid, 1991. A teen girl finds herself besieged by an evil supernatural force after she played Ouija with two classmates.

Director: Paco Plaza | Stars: Sandra Escacena, Bruna González, Claudia Placer, Iván Chavero

Votes: 35,283

Horror/Drama

20. Under the Shadow (2016)

PG-13 | 84 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

83 Metascore

As a mother and daughter struggle to cope with the terrors of the post-revolution, war-torn Tehran of the 1980s, a mysterious evil begins to haunt their home.

Director: Babak Anvari | Stars: Narges Rashidi, Avin Manshadi, Bobby Naderi, Arash Marandi

Votes: 23,688 | Gross: $0.03M

Horror/Drama

21. A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014)

Not Rated | 101 min | Drama, Horror, Romance

81 Metascore

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.

Director: Ana Lily Amirpour | Stars: Sheila Vand, Arash Marandi, Marshall Manesh, Mozhan Marnò

Votes: 30,727

Drama/Horror

22. Relic (2020)

R | 89 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

77 Metascore

A daughter, mother and grandmother are haunted by a manifestation of dementia that consumes their family's home.

Director: Natalie Erika James | Stars: Robyn Nevin, Emily Mortimer, Bella Heathcote, Steve Rodgers

Votes: 13,184

Horror/Drama

23. Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)

PG | 115 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

75 Metascore

When strange seeds drift to earth from space, mysterious pods begin to grow and invade San Francisco, California, where they replicate the residents into emotionless automatons one body at a time.

Director: Philip Kaufman | Stars: Donald Sutherland, Brooke Adams, Jeff Goldblum, Veronica Cartwright

Votes: 52,554 | Gross: $24.95M

Sci-Fi/Horror

24. The Lost Boys (1987)

R | 97 min | Comedy, Horror

63 Metascore

After moving to a new town, two brothers discover that the area is a haven for vampires.

Director: Joel Schumacher | Stars: Jason Patric, Corey Haim, Dianne Wiest, Barnard Hughes

Votes: 122,929 | Gross: $32.22M

Horror/Comedy

25. The Night Eats the World (2018)

TV-14 | 93 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

50 Metascore

The morning after a party, a young man wakes up to find Paris invaded by zombies.

Director: Dominique Rocher | Stars: Anders Danielsen Lie, Golshifteh Farahani, Denis Lavant, Sigrid Bouaziz

Votes: 9,789

Horror/Drama



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