Top Twenty Horror Films

It took a while, but I think this is the list. Top lists are tricky, but my criteria is pretty simple: it has to be a classic, it has to enjoy repeated viewings and it has to be bloody scary (obviously.)

Alien didn’t cut it for me, because I never found it that scary (sorry), but at the same time, I’ve not included A Serbian Film or Martyrs because they do not hold up to repeated viewing (because I couldn’t stomach it), nor are they classics. I also wanted to include Jaws but given the blockbuster feel of that one, I couldn’t bring myself top, despite it scaring the crap out of me. You see, if I’d pulled at that thread, it would have had to include Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and The Jungle Book (I was always scared of Shere Khan) So, this is a first iteration. I’m sure i’ll add/remove as I think more about it but what do you think? Have I missed something obvious? Quite possibly….

The Shining

Don’t Look Now

Let The Right One In

The Exorcist

Evil Dead II

The Fly

The Devil’s Backbone

The Thing


Near Dark

The Company of Wolves

The Addiction

The Mothman Prophecies

The Frighteners

The Hitcher




Silence of the lambs

An American Werewolf in London