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Top 100 Horror Movies

As a die-hard fan of horror movies, I am constantly scrolling through all the top tier streaming services in search of my next good scare. However, I can honestly say that most of the flicks streaming on Shudder come through for me more often than most. The Blackcoat’s Daughter is a horror jam that slipped through the cracks amidst the prestige, Get Out and It Follows wave, but really should be up there with those movies. Produced by A24, it stars Emma Roberts as a student who finds herself in a Catholic schoolkid’s second-worst worst nightmare .

  • A French horror film Brotherhood of the Wolf became the second-highest-grossing French language film in the United States in the last two decades.
  • The Cat and the Canary was an atmospheric thriller set in a fog-shrouded house honeycombed with secret passages.
  • As a result, he managed to frighten his viewers by getting to the root of their deepest fears.

There are some horror movies which have inherently innovative concepts, and other horror movies which find innovation within ideas we’ve seen before. Writer-director Fede Álvarez uses sublime visual storytelling to set up his premise, which sees a group of teens looking to rob the home of a blind combat veteran , and then ramps up the intensity once they become trapped inside. Over a gripping and tense 89 minutes it earns its title, and then some.

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In Criterion’s description of the film, they say it include “images of terror, of gore, of inexplicable beauty”. Occasionally, Corman’s 1963 film The Terror is recognized as being part of the Corman-Poe cycle, although the film’s story and title are not based on any literary work of Poe. Of eight films, seven feature stories that are actually based on the works of Poe.

Another popular slasher film from this era is My Bloody Valentine , which is infamous for having over nine minutes of violence and gore cut by the MPAA for its theatrical release. Popular filmmaker Quentin Tarantino has acknowledged that My Bloody Valentine is his favorite slasher film of all-time. A cycle of slasher films began in the 1970s and 1980s with the releases of John Carpenter’s Halloween and Sean S. Cunningham’s Friday the 13th .

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Once he has completed his task, he now needs to defeat the exiled Henry Tudor to retain the throne. On 13 January 1939, Universal Pictures released Son of Frankenstein, the third entry in the studio’s Frankenstein series and the last to feature Boris Karloff as the Monster. The film is the sequel to James Whale’s Bride of Frankenstein, and stars top-billed Basil Rathbone, Karloff, Lugosi and Lionel Atwill. Son of Frankenstein was a reaction to the popular re-releases of Dracula and Frankenstein as double-features in 1938.

The British-American horror film An American Werewolf in London is the story of two Americans who end up being attacked by a werewolf. One of them, Jack, is killed, and the other, David, gains the ability to turn into the animal at night. David and reanimated versions of Jack and the victims of David’s werewolf murder spree meet up in a movie theater in West London’s Piccadilly Circus. The theater was a re-creation of the old Eros News Theatre, which is now a Gap clothing store on the corner of Shaftesbury Avenue in Piccadilly Circus. Get Out is that rarest of things – a horror movie told from the Black perspective.

He places himself in front of a mirror after smearing blood over himself with the glass of an oil lamp. Spanish filmmaker Segundo de Chomón is also one of the most significant silent film directors in early filmmaking. He was popular for his frequent camera tricks and optical illusions, an innovation that contributed heavily to the popularity of trick films in the period. In 1897, the American photographer-turned director George Albert Smith created The X-Ray Fiend , a horror-comedy trick film that came out a mere two years after x-rays were invented.

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The Exorcist rides its supernatural theme to magical effect, with remarkable special effects and an eerie atmosphere, resulting in one of the scariest films of all time. Deft direction and strong performances from its all-female cast guide The Descent, a riveting, claustrophobic horror film. Smartly filmed, tightly scripted, and — most importantly — consistently frightening, Poltergeist is a modern horror classic. Restrained but disturbing, A Tale of Two Sisters is a creepily effective, if at times confusing, horror movie.

The Evil Dead ( 95%

She, on the other hand, is in love with the magician’s young protege, who turns out to be a bum and a thief. The film received mixed reviews and a 1929 New York Times article even said that “Dr. Fejos has handled his scenes with no small degree of imagination.” A Letterboxd reviewer called it a “backstage melodrama with eerie intimations of horror.” Most of the early films in cinema history consist of continuous shots of short skits and/or scenes from everyday life [i.e., The Kiss or Train Pulling into a Station ]. Filmmakers doing trick films attempted to do the impossible on screen; like levitating heads, making people disappear, or turning them into skeletons. Trick films were silent films designed to feature innovative special effects. This style of filmmaking was developed by innovators such as Georges Méliès and Segundo de Chomón in their first cinematic experiments.