The Top 20 Best Horror Movies

A Listmania! list by L. B. Woodbury (UT)
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The list author says: "I made this list for people who have discovered a passion (as I have) for scary movies. I carefully compiled list of the 20 scariest, bloodiest, darkest, creepiest, and funnest movies of all time. These are the best horror movies ever made. It considered their value in: terror, influence, longevity, and contemporary appeal. I also tried to represent each of the horror film sub-catagories: Slasher, Monster, Classic, Zombie or Undead, Demon or Ant-Christ, Foreign (Asian), Haunted House, Science-Fiction Horror, Comedy, etc."
The Shining (Two-Disc Special Edition)
1.  The Shining (Two-Disc Special Edition) DVD ~ Jack Nicholson
The list author says:
  "The love child of one of the most talented and controversial directors and one of the scariest authors of all time.  Kubrick went to great lengths to scare, and he did so VERY well.  This movie will scare even the most desensitized crowds."
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Psycho (Collector's Edition)
2.  Psycho (Collector's Edition) DVD ~ Janet Leigh, Vera Miles, John Gavin, Martin Balsam and John McIntire Anthony Perkins
The list author says:
  "The definition of horror, a classic on any opinion, and a genuinely scary movie.  Continues to thrill audiences after almost 50 years."
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The Ring (Widescreen Edition)
3.  The Ring (Widescreen Edition) DVD ~ Naomi Watts
The list author says:
  "I feel this movie introduced America to Japanese horror, a genre which opened up an entirely new form of thrills to American movie goers.  A movie responsible for many a nightmare-filled night."
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The Exorcist (25th Anniversary Special Edition)
4.  The Exorcist (25th Anniversary Special Edition) DVD ~ Ellen Burstyn
The list author says:
  "When you were 13, your mother told you you couldn't watch it, you did, and you didn't sleep for two days after."
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Halloween (Divimax 25th Anniversary Edition)
5.  Halloween (Divimax 25th Anniversary Edition) DVD ~ Jamie Lee Curtis
The list author says:
  "Birth to one of the most notorious horror icons in cinematic history.  Halloween set the standard for the "slasher" genre."
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The Descent (Original Unrated Widescreen Edition)
6.  The Descent (Original Unrated Widescreen Edition) DVD ~ Shauna Macdonald
The list author says:
  "You can critisize me for putting this movie this high on my list but this movie is awesome.  Maybe overlooked by some, but very memorable for the rest of us.  The movie makes you uncomfortable by taking you into deep, claustrophobic spaces and then scares the *%^$ out of you.  The scariest movie in recent memory."
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A Nightmare on Elm Street (Infinifilm Edition)
7.  A Nightmare on Elm Street (Infinifilm Edition) DVD ~ John Saxon
The list author says:
  "I love this movie and the whole series.  It seems a little dated but it can still ligitimately scare (at least the first one).  You'll be afraid to fall asleep; Freddy's coming!"
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The Evil Dead (Ultimate Edition)
8.  The Evil Dead (Ultimate Edition) DVD ~ Bruce Campbell
The list author says:
  "I know it's not the first Zombie movie but I feel this one did more to define the genre.  Not so scary but hilarious as anything out there.  Made on a minute budget.  Watch, cringe, laugh and enjoy."
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Saw
9.  Saw DVD ~ Cary Elwes
The list author says:
  "The "Saw" series is the "Nightmare on Elm Street" series of this generation.  Full of disgusting, disturbing, gory, and terrifying images.  Genuinely scary.  A couple of the sequels are worth something (inorder of vaule: 1,3,2,6,3D,5,4)."
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Audition (Uncut Special Edition)
10.  Audition (Uncut Special Edition) DVD ~ Ryo Ishibashi
The list author says:
  "Might haunt you more than you wish.  A relaxed paced eerie film until... well... it isn't.  You wonder where it's going, and then it gets you in only a few climatic moments.  A Japanese horror masterpiece which - fortunately - does not have a disappointing american remake."
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Friday the 13th (Widescreen)
11.  Friday the 13th (Widescreen) DVD ~ Betsy Palmer
The list author says:
  "Practically defines the "slasher" genre and a classic worth watching.  I can watch this one over and over.  Many of the sequels are pretty fun too."
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28 Days Later (Widescreen Special Edition)
12.  28 Days Later (Widescreen Special Edition) DVD ~ Ray Panthaki
The list author says:
  "A twist on the Zombie genre to make a tensely frightening scenario.  Imagine zombies running... FAST!  Don't bother with the sequel."
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Rosemary's Baby
13.  Rosemary's Baby DVD ~ Mia Farrow
The list author says:
  "A creepy movie without cheap tricks."
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Scream (Dimension Collector's Series)
14.  Scream (Dimension Collector's Series) DVD ~ Neve Campbell
The list author says:
  "Revived the "slasher" genre with more blood, "jumpers," and twists than ever seen before.  Because of all the references, these are especially fun for true horror fans."
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The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (2-Disc Ultimate Edition)
15.  The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (2-Disc Ultimate Edition) DVD ~ Marilyn Burns
The list author says:
  "There are parts of this movie so creepy that they still disgust me after years since I first saw this movie.  Definitely disturbing."
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The Omen (Two-Disc Collector's Edition)
16.  The Omen (Two-Disc Collector's Edition) DVD ~ Gregory Peck
The list author says:
  "A classic scare.  Emulated so many times that you may feel you've seen it before."
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Bloody Reunion
17.  Bloody Reunion DVD ~ Seong-won Jang
The list author says:
  "The Koreans have shown their competency for horror making with Bloody Reunion.  You might not have heard of it, and it's definitely worth your time.  See it before a cheap American movie-maker remakes, and ruins it."
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Alien (The Director's Cut)
18.  Alien (The Director's Cut) DVD ~ Sigourney Weaver
The list author says:
  "Many might put it in a SciFi category, but "Alien" is scary enough to compete with any horror movie on this list.  Some argue the James Cameron sequel is better... maybe... watch both!"
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The Amityville Horror
19.  The Amityville Horror DVD ~ James Brolin
The list author says:
  "The ultimate "haunted house" movie.  Very scary.  The first one is MUCH scarier than any to follow, so stick to it."
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Dawn of the Dead (Ultimate Edition)
20.  Dawn of the Dead (Ultimate Edition) DVD ~ David Emge
The list author says:
  "A classic zombie movie.  Much better for laughs then for scares. You'll get many of the former here."
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