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People who added this item 995 Average listal rating (595 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 8.1


Director: Robert Wiene
Cast: Werner Krauss, Conrad Veidt, Friedrich Feher, Lil Dagover

Story: Francis and his friend Alan visit The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, an exhibit where the mysterious doctor shows the somnambulist Cesare, and awakens him for some moments from his death-like sleep.
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People who added this item 256 Average listal rating (134 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 8.1
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Director: Benjamin Christensen
Cast: Maren Pedersen, Clara Pontoppidan, Elith Pio, Oscar Stribolt

Story: A documentary about the history of witchcraft, told in a variety of styles, from illustrated slideshow to dramatised events of alleged real-life events, right up to the early twentieth century.
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People who added this item 1451 Average listal rating (863 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 8
Nosferatu (1922)


Director: F.W. Murnau
Cast: Max Schreck, Gustav von Wangenheim, Greta Schröder, Alexander Granach

Story: Wisbourg, Germany based estate agent Knock dispatches his associate, Hutter, to Count Orlok's castle in Transylvania as the Count wants to purchase an isolated house in Wisbourg.
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People who added this item 879 Average listal rating (547 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 8
Freaks (1932)


Director: Tod Browning
Cast: Wallace Ford, Leila Hyams, Olga Baclanova, Roscoe Ates

Story: A circus' beautiful trapeze artist agrees to marry the leader of side-show performers, but his deformed friends discover she is only marrying him for his inheritance.

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The Unknown (1927)
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People who added this item 358 Average listal rating (209 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 7.7
Vampyr (1932)


Director: Carl Theodor Dreyer
Cast: Julian West, Maurice Schutz, Rena Mandel, Sybille Schmitz

Story: A traveler obsessed with the supernatural visits an old inn and finds evidence of vampires.
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People who added this item 374 Average listal rating (223 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.4
Cat People (1942)


Director: Jacques Tourneur
Cast: Simone Simon, Kent Smith, Tom Conway, Jane Randolph

Story: An American man marries a Serbian immigrant who fears that she will turn into the cat person of her homeland's fables if they are intimate together.

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I Walked with a Zombie (1943)
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People who added this item 548 Average listal rating (330 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 8.1
Diabolique (1955)


Director: Henri-Georges Clouzot
Cast: Simone Signoret, Véra Clouzot, Paul Meurisse, Charles Vanel

Story: The wife of a cruel headmaster and his mistress conspire to kill him, but after the murder is committed, his body disappears, and strange events begin to plague the two women.
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People who added this item 399 Average listal rating (252 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 7.8


Director: Georges Franju
Cast: Pierre Brasseur, Alida Valli, Juliette Mayniel, Edith Scob

Story: A brilliant surgeon, Dr. Génessier, helped by his assistant Louise, kidnaps nice young women. He removes their faces and tries to graft them onto the head on his beloved daughter Christiane, whose face has been entirely spoiled in a car crash.
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People who added this item 3545 Average listal rating (2374 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 8.5
Psycho (1960)


Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Cast: Anthony Perkins, Vera Miles, John Gavin, Janet Leigh

Story: A young woman steals $40,000 from her employer's client, and subsequently encounters a young motel proprietor too long under the domination of his mother.
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People who added this item 326 Average listal rating (213 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 7.9
The Innocents (1961)


Director: Jack Clayton
Cast: Deborah Kerr, Peter Wyngarde, Megs Jenkins, Michael Redgrave

Story: A young governess for two children becomes convinced that the house and grounds are haunted.
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People who added this item 279 Average listal rating (184 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.2


Director: Herk Harvey
Cast: Candace Hilligoss, Frances Feist, Sidney Berger, Art Ellison

Story: After a traumatic accident, a woman becomes drawn to a mysterious abandoned carnival.
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People who added this item 431 Average listal rating (260 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.6
The Haunting (1963)


Director: Robert Wise
Cast: Julie Harris, Claire Bloom, Richard Johnson, Russ Tamblyn

Story: Dr. Markway, doing research to prove the existence of ghosts, investigates Hill House, a large, eerie mansion with a lurid history of violent death and insanity. With him are the skeptical young Luke, who stands to inherit the house, the mysterious and clairvoyant Theodora and the insecure Eleanor, whose psychic abilities make her feel somehow attuned to whatever spirits inhabit the old mansion.
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People who added this item 890 Average listal rating (500 ratings) 8.1 IMDB Rating 7.8
Repulsion (1965)


Director: Roman Polanski
Cast: Catherine Deneuve, Ian Hendry, John Fraser, Yvonne Furneaux

Story: Left alone when her sister goes on vacation, a young beauty finds herself besieged on all sides by the demons of her past.

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Rosemary's Baby (1968), The Fearless Vampire Killers (1967)
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People who added this item 467 Average listal rating (231 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 7.7


Director: Ingmar Bergman
Cast: Max von Sydow, Liv Ullmann, Gertrud Fridh, Georg Rydeberg

Story: An artist in crisis is haunted by nightmares from the past in Ingmar Bergman's only horror film, which takes place on a windy island. During "the hour of the wolf" - between midnight and dawn - he tells his wife about his most painful memories.
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People who added this item 1493 Average listal rating (983 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 8


Director: George A. Romero
Cast: Duane Jones, Judith O'Dea, Karl Hardman, Marilyn Eastman

Story: A group of people hide from bloodthirsty zombies in a farmhouse.
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People who added this item 1554 Average listal rating (995 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.5


Director: Tobe Hooper
Cast: Marilyn Burns, Allen Danziger, Paul A. Partain, Gunnar Hansen

Story: Five friends visiting their grandpa's old house are hunted down and terrorized by a chainsaw wielding killer and his family of grave-robbing cannibals.
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People who added this item 2390 Average listal rating (1575 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.4
Carrie (1976)
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People who added this item 1544 Average listal rating (860 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.4
Eraserhead (1977)


Director: David Lynch
Cast: Jack Nance, Charlotte Stewart, Allen Joseph, Jeanne Bates

Story: Henry Spencer tries to survive his industrial environment, his angry girlfriend, and the unbearable screams of his newly born mutant child.
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People who added this item 927 Average listal rating (599 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 7.5
Suspiria (1977)


Director: Dario Argento
Cast: Jessica Harper, Stefania Casini, Flavio Bucci, Miguel Bosé

Story: A newcomer to a fancy ballet academy gradually comes to realize that the staff of the school are actually a coven of witches bent on chaos and destruction.
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People who added this item 343 Average listal rating (242 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 6.9
The Brood (1979)


Director: David Cronenberg
Cast: Oliver Reed, Samantha Eggar, Art Hindle, Henry Beckman

Story: A man tries to uncover an unconventional psychologist's therapy techniques on his institutionalized wife, while a series of brutal attacks committed by a brood of mutant children coincides with the husband's investigation.

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The Fly (1986)
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People who added this item 5682 Average listal rating (3902 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 8.4
The Shining (1980)


Director: Stanley Kubrick
Cast: Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Danny Lloyd, Scatman Crothers

Story: A family heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where an evil and spiritual presence influences the father into violence, while his psychic son sees horrific forebodings from the past and of the future.
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People who added this item 242 Average listal rating (158 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 6.8


Director: Neil Jordan
Cast: Angela Lansbury, Sarah Patterson, David Warner, Graham Cowden

Story: A bag full of symbolic folklore about werewolves, or, rather, their sexual connotation. Granny tells her granddaughter Rosaleen strange, disturbing tales about innocent maidens falling in love with handsome, heavily eyebrowed strangers with a smoldering look in their eyes.
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People who added this item 642 Average listal rating (425 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.2
Re-Animator (1985)
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People who added this item 1093 Average listal rating (612 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.5


Director: Adrian Lyne
Cast: Tim Robbins, Elizabeth Peña, Danny Aiello, Matt Craven

Story: A traumatized Vietnam war veteran finds out that his post-war life isn't what he believes it to be when he's attacked by horned creatures in the subway and his dead son comes to visit him.
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People who added this item 2896 Average listal rating (1929 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.5
Dracula (1992)


Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Cast: Gary Oldman, Winona Ryder, Anthony Hopkins, Keanu Reeves

Story: The vampire comes to England to seduce a visitor's fiancée and inflict havoc in the foreign land.
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People who added this item 282 Average listal rating (154 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 8.5
The Kingdom (1994)
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People who added this item 304 Average listal rating (210 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 7.1
Ravenous (1999)
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People who added this item 464 Average listal rating (293 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 6.9


Director: E. Elias Merhige
Cast: John Malkovich, Willem Dafoe, Udo Kier, Cary Elwes

Story: The filming of Nosferatu is hampered by the fact that the star is taking his role far more seriously than what seems humanly possible.
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People who added this item 3571 Average listal rating (2429 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.6
The Others (2001)


Director: Alejandro Amenábar
Cast: Nicole Kidman, Fionnula Flanagan, Christopher Eccleston, Alakina Mann

Story: A woman who lives in a darkened old house with her two photosensitive children becomes convinced that her family home is haunted.
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People who added this item 2055 Average listal rating (1335 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 8


Director: Tomas Alfredson
Cast: Kåre Hedebrant, Lina Leandersson, Per Ragnar, Henrik Dahl

Story: Oscar, an overlooked and bullied boy, finds love and revenge through Eli, a beautiful but peculiar girl.
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Posted: 4 years, 4 months ago at Mar 18 6:35
Lots of excellent choices here & several I still need to see.
Posted: 4 years, 4 months ago at Mar 18 7:20
Awesome. A lot of my favorites on there. Nice to see that someone else appreciates the company of wolves.
Posted: 4 years, 4 months ago at Mar 18 9:08
Ah, yes. A horror list for the "thinking man". Great taste! Gotta catch up with a couple here, especially Cat People. But seen 21 of 'em.
Posted: 4 years, 4 months ago at Mar 18 12:56
the giraffe Thanks! I very much recommend all of these, they are not only good horror but also great films.

Larry Talbot I think it's one of the most underrated horror films. Angela Carter's short story collection The Bloody Chamber, on which the movie is based, is awesome as well.

Xanadon't Thank you :) Yeah, I like horror that can hold its place among other great films as well. If you like Cat People, I recommend Seventh Victim and I Walked with a Zombie. Although in my opinion the latter is not as good as the others, it still has a great atmosphere and cinematography.
Posted: 1 year, 9 months ago at Oct 4 5:04
I agree with you picking Repulsion (1965) over Rosemary's Baby (1968). It's the better movie of the two.
Posted: 1 year, 9 months ago at Oct 22 9:20
Excellent choices and complete list! :)
Posted: 1 year, 9 months ago at Oct 22 12:15
Thanks, and thank you for all your votes! :)

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