My 100 Favorite Horror Movies

I started this countdown several years ago as a Facebook thing and brought it to my blog in 2015. This is the 2019 version. Several new films appear on the list and several didn’t make the, ahem, cut. Remember, these are my favorite horror films, not the “best.” You’ll find that I tend to lump certain franchises or original/remakes together. Invariably, there will be more than 100 films on this countdown.

In the 1930s, prior to select showings of the titular Frankenstein, actor Edward Van Sloan would give a bit of a speech to the audience. I will borrow a line.

“[Mr. Jerry Knaak] feels that it would be unkind to present this countdown without a word of friendly warning … I think it will thrill you, it may shock you, it might even horrify you. So if any of you feel that you do not care to subject your nerves to such a strain, now’s your chance to, uh, well, we warned you.”

So It Begins, Again

  • Brides of Dracula, Horror of Dracula, Sleepwalkers

Folk Horror, Giant Snakes and a Young, Witchy Kelly Preston

  • The Ritual, The Lair of the White Worm, Spellbinder

Demons and Boogeymen

  • Sinister, Tales from the Crypt presents Demon Knight, The Void

Night Terrors, Science Gone Wrong and Bloody Revenge

  • They, Mansquito, Pumpkinhead

Three Very Different Monsters

  • Wishmaster, Mimic, The Relic

Three Films that Get Better Each Time You View Them

  • Pitch Black, Jeepers Creepers, The Witch

Sometimes They Come Back – From the Dead That Is

  • Pet Sematary, Night Breed, The Fog

Unique Vampires and the Devil in a Can

  • Underworld, Fright Night, Prince of Darkness

Werewolf! Where Wolf? There – Wolf! 

  • The Howling, The Beast Must Die, Ginger Snaps

An Homage to the Great Ingrid Pitt and a Forgotten Hammer Classic

  • Countess Dracula, The Vampire Lovers, Captain Kronos: Vampire Hunter

Hammering Home More Vampire Tales

  • Twins of Evil, Satanic Rites of Dracula, Dracula: Prince of Darkness

Saturday Night Bloodsuckers for Your Viewing Pleasure

  • 30 Days of Night, Dracula Has Risen from the Grave, Lifeforce

Freeze-Dried Dracula, Zombie is His Name and the Candyman Can

  • Taste the Blood of Dracula, House of 1,000 Corpses and The Devil’s Rejects, Candyman

Ghost Stories – Truly Frightening Ghost Stories

  • Ghost Story, The Conjuring, The Amityville Horror

An Ancient Shape-Shifter, Rage Zombies and Another Stephen King Adaptation

  • Spring, 28 Days Later, The Shining

German Expressionism, Neighborhood Ghouls and Denzel Washington

  • The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, The People Under the Stairs, Fallen

A Whole Lot of Stephen King, Plus the Most Accurate Dracula Adaptation

  • IT, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, 1408

Barbara Crampton Night

  • The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Re-Animator, From Beyond

Science Gone Wrong, Cutting Edge Haunts and the Dawn of Torture Porn

  • The Fly, Poltergeist, Saw

Phantoms and Deranged Birds

  • Phantom of the Opera, The Birds, Sleepy Hollow

The Unmistakable Influence of F.W. Murnau

  • Shadow of the Vampire, Nosferatu the Vampyre, Nosferatu

Mad Scientists, Souls for Sale and a Creature Feature for the Ages

  • Angel Heart, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, The Invisible Man, Creature from the Black Lagoon

Oliver Reed’s Best Performance, the Best Horror Anthology Ever, the Best Japanese Horror Film Remake, and a Giant Spider

  • The Curse of the Werewolf, Creepshow, The Ring, Tarantula

Avant Garde French Horror, Two Films in One and Universal Monsters Run Amok

  • Eyes without a Face, From Dusk Till Dawn, House of Dracula, House of Frankenstein

A Trio of Universal Classics and Satan Fathers a Child

  • Frankenstein vs. The Wolf Man, Son of Frankenstein, The Mummy, Rosemary’s Baby

Bullied Teens, the Greatest Jumpscare Ever Filmed and the Birth of a Franchise

  • Carrie, Let Me In/Let the Right One In, The Exorcist III, Hellraiser

Undead, Shapeshifters and a God

  • Night of the Living Dead, An American Werewolf in London, The Lost Boys, Godzilla/Gojira

Catching Up as the Countdown of My 100 Favorite Movies Winds Down

  • The Omen, The Thing, Evil Dead Franchise, Alien, Psycho, Jaws, The Wolf Man, Frankenstein, The Bride of Frankenstein, Dracula

Drum Roll Please … The Top Three

  • King Kong, Halloween, The Exorcist