Top 31 Horror films of the past 31 years

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It’s a tradition each year on the week of Halloween for us to develop our list of the top 31 horror films of the past 31 years. We decide on not looking past 31 years to eliminate what would typically fall on any respectable “best horror movies of all time list“. So you will not see the usual Exorcist, The Shining, Frankenstein or any of the other classics that always appear on this list. Instead we have the chance to expose some newer films and lesser known. I hope you all find at least one movie on the list that you have not yet seen and seek it out.

1- Let The Right One In (2008)

2- ALien (1979)

3- Evil Dead 2 (1987)

4- The Vanishing (1988)

5- Halloween (1978)

6- The Thing (1972)

7- Silence of The Lambs (1991)

8- Sixth Sense (1998)

9- 28 Days later (2002)

10- Re-Animator (1985)

11- Cemetery Man  (1994)

12- The Others (2001)

13- Audtion (1999)

14- The Descent (2005)

15- Shaun of the Dead (2004)

16- The Host (2006)

17- Bram Stalker’s Dracula (2002)

18- Rec (2007)

19- The Orphanage (2007)

20- Devil’s Backbone (2001)

21- The Howling (1981)

22- Planet Terror (2007)

23- The Beyond (1981)

24- The Mist (2007)

25- The Hills Have Eyes (1979)

26- Videodrome (1983)

27- Frightners (1996)

28- The Birthday (2004)

29- Session 9 (2001)

30- May (2002)

31- Dead Alive (1992)

  1. Myles says

    I am a HUGE fan of Carpenter’s “In the Mouth of Madness” but I know fans of that movie are few and far in between…

  2. vasanth says

    I cannot believe you have not included Ringu and the excellent A Tale of Two Sisters in your list.
    Also the Hong Kong film The Eye is one of the scariest films I have seen.

    1. Ricky says

      Tale of Two Sisters is good enough to make my top 50. Can’t say the same about the other two. I do like Ringu and The Eye but I would not rank them so high.

  3. Jeremy Knox says

    One of the best werewolf films that everyone forgets is “The Wolfen”. It came out the same year as “The Howling” and “American Werewolf” but I feel it’s the superior entry. There’s a weird mood to it that’s hard to pinpoint, then again that might be because it’s a Whitley Strieber novel adapted by the guy who directed the Woodstock concert film. That combination of creative talent is bound to make anything feel weird.

    Speaking of Strieber, the adaptation of his non-fiction alien abduction novel “Communion” starring Christopher Walken ranks high on my list of films to watch alone late at night in a dark room. A lot of people think is silly and that the effects suck, but for some reason it’s always scared the hell out of me. The bad effects actually adding to the surreal mood instead of detracting from it.

    1. Ricky says

      I have actually never seen Communion. I will check it out.

  4. Ricky says

    Hey Kyle.

    Every time I do a top 1o list I find myself with regrets soon after. Top 10 lists are always tricky but what I love about them is they generate feedback. Everyone loves to throw in their two cents. I am not sure how I missed American Werewolf in London. Maybe for some reason I thought it was released after the 25 year mark. Oh well.

  5. Kyle says

    Good list but somewhat off. You’re missing An American Werewolf in London(much better than the Howling), Ginger Snaps, Frailty and of course, Near Dark. No way is Bram Stoker’s Dracula(92) better than Near Dark or even Fright Night. You included May and Session 9 which is remarkable considering how often people neglect to mention them. Just for that you make my cool list.

    If you wanted to put a Dante film on there, because he is the man, Gremlins could qualify.

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