Top Horror Movies


The Top Horror Movies List is calculated by overall movie ratings and members' "Top Horror List". Lists are calculated daily.

1. The Shining

Year of Release: 1980
Overall Rating: 3.2 out of 4 stars
Language: English
Genre: Horror/Thriller
MPAA Rating: R
Director: Stanley Kubrick
Actors: Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Danny Lloyd, Scatman Crothers
Plot: A man and his family head to a isolated hotel to "house sit." As the loneliness sets in, the husband begins to go insane, while the boy sees things that no one else can..

2. Halloween

Year of Release: 1978
Overall Rating: 3.1 out of 4 stars
Language: English
Genre: Horror
MPAA Rating: R
Director: John Carpenter
Actors: Jamie Lee Curtis, Donald Pleasence, Nancy Kyes, P.J. Soles
Plot: Institutionalized after killing his sister, a maniac returns to his home town on Halloween night.

3. The Exorcist

Year of Release: 1973
Overall Rating: 3.1 out of 4 stars
Language: English
Genre: Horror/Drama
MPAA Rating: R
Director: William Friedkin
Actors: Ellen Burtyn, Linda Blair, Max von Sydow, Jason Miller
Plot: A little girl is possessed by a demon. Can the Catholic church save her?

4. The Silence of the Lambs

Year of Release: 1991
Overall Rating: 3.4 out of 4 stars
Language: English
Genre: Thriller/Horror
MPAA Rating: R
Director: Jonathan Demme
Actors: Anthony Hopkins, Jodie Foster, Anthony Heald, Scott Glenn
Plot: An FBI agent uses the help of Dr. Hannibal Lector, a confined psychopathic killer, to profile a missing person's kidnapper and serial killer. As she comes closer to lector, she shows sign of nervousness. Will she still seek his help to complete the job?

5. Psycho

Year of Release: 1960
Overall Rating: 3.3 out of 4 stars
Language: English
Genre: Horror/Mystery
MPAA Rating: R
Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Actors: Janet Leigh, Anthony Perkins, Vera Miles, John McIntire
Plot: A woman goes missing after stealing money from her boss?s client. The last place she was seen was at the Bates motel, run by a young, intriguing man.

6. Alien

Year of Release: 1979
Overall Rating: 3.3 out of 4 stars
Language: English
Genre: Sci-Fi/Horror
MPAA Rating: R
Director: Ridley Scott
Actors: Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, Ian Holm, John Hurt
Plot: A space mining ship investigates an SOS on a distant planet. The crew explores and finds a creature?s hive colony and when one of the eggs is hatched the crew has to fend for their lives. The movie stars Sigourney Weaver.

7. The Thing

Year of Release: 1982
Overall Rating: 3.2 out of 4 stars
Language: English
Genre: Horror/Thriller
MPAA Rating: R
Director: John Carpenter
Actors: Kurt Russell, Wilford Brimley, Keith David, T.K. Carter
Plot: Scientist at a post in the antarctic are puzzeled by a series of events that don't make much sense. They soon realize that there is a shape shifting alien that is the cause of it all.

8. 28 Days Later

Year of Release: 2003
Overall Rating: 3.0 out of 4 stars
Language: English
Genre: Horror
MPAA Rating: R
Director: Danny Boyle
Actors: Cillian Murphy, Brendan Gleeson, Naomie Harris, Christopher Eccleston
Plot: An animal right's group accidentally releases a virus that turns England's population into rage-infested zombies. Only a few humans remain to fight off the flesh-hungry hoard.

9. A Nightmare on Elm Street

Year of Release: 1984
Overall Rating: 3.0 out of 4 stars
Language: English
Genre: Horror/Thriller
MPAA Rating: R
Director: Wes Craven
Actors: Heather Langenkamp, John Saxon, Johnny Depp, Robert Englund
Plot: A dead serial child molester haunts a teenagers on Elm st. in their dreams. Don't fall asleep of or Freddy will come for you.

10. Night of the Living Dead

Year of Release: 1968
Overall Rating: 3.1 out of 4 stars
Language: English
Genre: Horror
MPAA Rating: NR
Director: George A. Romero
Actors: Duane Jones, Judith O'Dea, Karl Hardman, Keith Wayne
Plot: A group is stranded at a farm house after the dead begin to rise and crave human flesh.

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