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The story, plot, and tone of a movie always matter more to me than special effects, acting quality, or pretty much anything else.
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I do include at least one kids' horror movie which isn't normally classified as horror because it's for kids, but it still counts in my (rather broad) definition of horror. If I count Coraline as horror, maybe I should put The Nightmare Before Christmas on this list too. ...nah. Lost Creek is also a kids' movie. I figured if Coraline counts as horror, that one definitely should, but Lost Creek sucked.
OTOH, I watched a couple movies listed as horror on Prime, and they weren't bad, but they didn't make this list because they aren't horror. Those were Enter Nowhere (would be tier 4) and The Tall Man (tier 5).
I'm including the "The Haunting of..." shows because a mini-series is close enough to movie for me, as long as the story is no more than one season long. Also, to show that I liked them better than most actual horror movies I've seen.
I decided I'd like to separate the list into tiers because just having a list doesn't show where the gaps and almost-ties are. So: Tier 1 Favorite horror movies I've seen: #1-4 Tier 2 I liked it a lot: #5-10 Tier 3 I liked it: #11-20 Tier 4 I liked it some: #21-33 Tier 5 I liked it a little (high end of "okay"): #34-40 Tier 6 "It was okay": #41-48 Tier 7 "It was okay -barely": #49-52 Tier 9 Didn't like it, but I've seen worse: #53-56 Tier 11 It really sucked, but I've still seen worse: #57-59 Tier 13 Worst horror movies I've seen: #60-61
This tier list may not match up with the number of stars I give a movie. This list is strictly for how much I like a movie personally. But when I choose how many stars I give a movie, I try to be (slightly) more objective. (If I were being more subjective with stars, both of the bottom two movies on this list would only get 1 star and that only because I can't give a zero-star rating.)
I exclude any movies based on books where the book is better. The movie may have been great, but they're excluded from this list because this is for movies separate from the book. (I have read The Princess Bride, but that one is better as a movie. Coraline is one of the few movies which is very nearly just as good as the book IMO, so it's included on this list as well. I've also read the book of Pan's Labyrinth, but the movie came first and it works better as a movie so it stays on this list. The book of Stardust is on my to-read list.)
Tier list: Tier 1 All-time top favorite movie: #1 Tier 2 All-time favorites: #2-6 Tier 3 These are still favorites that I love: #7-9 Tier 4 I love these great movies too: #10-23 Tier 5 More great movies: #24-43 Tier 6 These are also really good: #44+
Note: I make an attempt at being slightly more objective when I give star ratings than I do with the order of this list.
Lost Creek (2016)
For one thing, you can't tell for sure from the description on Prime that it's a kids' movie. I wasn't sure. I did suspect it was a kids' movie, but I gave it a try anyway because there are a lot of kids' movies I like, especially kids halloween movies.
I'm the kind of movie-watcher who usually can't tell the difference between good acting and bad acting, but in this movie, even I could tell the acting was terrible. You generally can't expect great acting from kids, but it wasn't just the kids who were bad actors. Everyone in it was bad. The script was bad. The climax was bad. You can't really tell how they defeated the monster. It was just suddenly gone. The plot concept in general had potential to be done well, but it wasn't. This only way I would recommend this is if you're really desperate for a way to entertain your not-very-picky 9-year-old for a while.
The Legend of Lucy Keyes (2006)
Not scary, but a fun little ghost story
Yes, it had the feel of a low budget made-for-tv movie, and it wasn't scary. It had a very different feel than most "horror" movies I've seen. This one is really more of a folklore ghost story than a scary horror movie, but that's not a bad thing. Don't expect anything exceptional, but it's a fun watch.
If you want to be shocked and terrified, don't bother watching it. But if you'd be interested in a ghost story from New England folklore, you'll probably like this.