Top 25

Top 25 Horror Movies

Halloween is upon us.

Thanks to exposure to horror films at a young age by my dad, I have grown to like the flicks. And to dislike clowns thanks to that scene in Poltergeist.

I’ve always had a penchant for the paranormal. Reading whatever books on hauntings, cryptozoology and on prophecy I could get my teenaged hands on.

Now, at age 33, I’m just content with watching the paranormal come to life on the big screen. University can take the credit for that. So, below are my favourite horror films. Some more dramatic, serious, like The Others, and others are more campy, like Critters.


25. Movie: An American Werewolf in London
Director: John Landis
Cast: David Naughton, Griffin Dunne & Jenny Agutter
24. Movie: The Shining
Director: Stanley Kubrick
Cast: Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Danny Lloyd & Scatman Crothers.
23. Movie: They
Director: Robert Harmon
Cast: Laura Regan, Marc Blucas, Ethan Embry & Dagmara Domincyzk
22. Movie: 1408
Director: Mikael Håfström
Cast: John Cusack & Samuel L. Jackson.
21. Movie: Scream
Director: Wes Craven
Cast: Neve Campbell, Skeet Ulrich, Drew Barrymore, Matthew Lillard & Courtney Cox.
20. Movie: Grave Encounters
Director: The Vicious Brothers
Cast: Ben Wilkinson, Sean Rogerson & Ashleigh Gryzko.
19. Movie: Graveyard Shift
Director: Ralph S. Singleton
Cast: David Andrews, Stephen Macht, Kelly Wolf, Andrew Divoff & Brad Dourif.
18. Movie: The Exorcist (1973)
Director: William Friedkin
Cast: Linda Blair, Max von Sydow, Lee J. Cobb, Ellen Burstyn & Jason Miller.
17. Movie: Below
Director: David Twohy
Cast: Bruce Greenwood, Matthew Davis, Holt McCallany, Jason Flemyng & Zach Galifianakis.
16. Movie: The Thing
Director: John Carpenter
Cast: Kurt Russell, Wilford Brimley, T.K. Carter, David Clennon, Keith David & Richard Masur.
15. Movie: Paranormal Activity
Director: Oren Peli
Cast: Katie Featherston & Micah Sloat.
14. Movie: The Fog (1980)
Director: John Carpenter
Cast: Adrienne Barbeau, Jamie Lee Curtis, Janet Leigh, John Houseman, Tom Atkins & Hal Holbrook.
13. Movie: Critters
Director: Stephen Herek
Cast: Dee Wallace, M. Emmet Walsh & Scott Grimes
12. Movie: Stir of Echoes
Director: David Koepp
Cast: Kevin Bacon, Kathryn Erbe & Illeana Douglas
11. Movie: Lake Placid
Director: Steve Miner
Cast: Bill Pullman, Bridget Fonda, Brendan Gleeson & Oliver Platt
10. Movie: The Faculty
Director: Robert Rodriguez
Cast: Jordana Brewster, Josh Hartnett, Elijah Wood, Clea Duvall, Laura Harris, Salma Hayek, Robert Patrick, Famke Janssen, Piper Laurie & Usher Raymond.
9. Movie: Halloween II (1981)
Director: Rick Rosenthal
Cast: Donald Pleasence and Jamie Lee Curtis
8. Movie: Halloween (1978)
Director: John Carpenter
Cast: Donald Pleasence and Jamie Lee Curtis.
7. Movie: The Woman In Black
Director: James Watkins
Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Sophie Stuckey, Roger Allam, Janet McTeer, Liz White & Ciaran Hinds.
6. Movie: Session 9
Director: Brad Anderson
Cast: David Caruso, Stephen Geveden, Paul Guilfoyle, Josh Lucas & Peter Mullan.
5. Movie: Poltergeist
Director: Tobe Hooper
Cast: Craig T. Nelson, JoBeth Williams, Dominique Dunne, Oliver Robins, Heather O’Rourke & Zelda Rubenstein.
4. Movie: The Amityville Horror (1979)
Director: Stuart Rosenberg
Cast: James Brolin, Margot Kidder, Rod Steiger, Don Stroud & Murray Hamilton.
3. Movie: The Others
Director: Alejandro Amenabar
Cast: Nicole Kidman, Fionnula Flanagan, Christopher Eccleston, Alakina Mann & James Bentley.
2. Movie: Jaws
Director: Steven Spielberg
Cast: Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw, Richard Dreyfuss & Lorraine Gary.
1. Movie: House On Haunted Hill (1999)
Director: William Malone
Cast: Famke Janssen, Geoffrey Rush, Ali Larter, Taye Diggs, Peter Gallagher, Bridgette Wilson, Chris Kattan & Jeffrey Combs.

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