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Ultimate Horror Films

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People who added this item 1052 Average listal rating (605 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 7.6


A conservative Christian detective investigates the disappearance of a girl on a Scottish island. He is shocked to find that the residents openly follow a Pagan religion, and ultimately an unfortunate fate befalls him. Starring Christopher Lee as Lord Summerisle.
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People who added this item 2030 Average listal rating (1327 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.5


My favourite spirit possession movie. The over the top and humorously intense representation of demonic possession make this film great. No use of CGI here, everything that happens in the film happened in physical reality, which made shooting this film an arduous and creative experience. I also like the fact that it doesn't make use of Christian religious ideas to explain the possession. Definitely one of the best horror films of all time. The remake was awful and unnecessary.
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Based on Clive Barker's novel "Hellbound Heart", the film is concerned with a supernatural group of entities known as the cenobites who believe the way to enlightenment is through the maximisation of pleasure and pain. The cenobites don't actually feature heavily in the film until towards the end. Rather the story centres on Frank, a man who has escaped them and requires the consumption live humans provided by his lover Julia to attain a full human form again. Their plans are however hindered by Frank's niece, Julia.
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People who added this item 1051 Average listal rating (590 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 7.3


A Japanese film about a vengeful spirit who travels through a video tape.
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People who added this item 1274 Average listal rating (696 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.2


There is a lot of hype surrounding Audition. It is often cited as being one of the most disturbing films in existence. I strongly disagree with this position and struggle to understand why it has this reputation. Yes, it has some intense scenes of violence, but there are far more extreme horror films out there. That being said, I think it's a good solid Horror film, which is why it has a place on this list.
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People who added this item 330 Average listal rating (197 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 6.7


A sequel to Suspiria, dealing with a series of murders connected to the "Second Mother". Like Suspiria, Argento makes use of colour to create a dream like ambience.
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People who added this item 1515 Average listal rating (917 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.5


Another Spanish film focusing on woman tormented by the spirits of dead children.
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Like the Blair Witch Project, Paranormal Activity was loved by the mainstream but polarised horror fans. I enjoyed it, especially for the fact that they made a found footage film so obviously supernatural. The sequels on the other hand, are a waste of time.
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People who added this item 1674 Average listal rating (928 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 8


Probably the most famous German expressionist film. It's an interpretation of Dracula, and as a result Bram Stokers wife managed to ban the film. Luckily a few copies survived. Max Schreck provides an eerie and memorable performance as Count Orlock. The films effective use of shadows and light contribute to ominous atmosphere.

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People who added this item 2673 Average listal rating (1678 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.4


An interpretation of Stephen King's novel of the same name. Sissy Spaceck plays Carrie, a strange outcast with telekinetic powers who takes revenge on her abusive mother and classmates. Spaceck was perfect for the role, completely embodying and understanding the weirdo archetype.
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My favourite zombie film. Unrealistic and funny, a group of death rockers and morticians attempt to escape corpses that have been resurrected in a nearby cemetery. Infinitely better than the string of unimaginative and boring Zombie films that have been released in recent years.
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People who added this item 434 Average listal rating (247 ratings) 6.3 IMDB Rating 6.7


Another in the vengeful spirit cycle. This film has a very melancholic undertone and the storyline is tragic.
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A fantastic interpretation of Anne Rice's homoerotic vampire novel. Anne Rice worked on the screenplay, which explains its accuracy. Starring Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt, Antonio Banderas and Kirsten Dunst.
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People who added this item 1024 Average listal rating (546 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 7.8


A woman gradually loses touch with reality. Her madness is reflected in her perceivably disintegrating surroundings.
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A Chinese film about practicing cannibalism in order to preserve youth.
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A remake of the German expressionist classic. The film is beautifully shot and incredibly gothic.
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A unique take on the slasher sub-genre. A group of friend are terrorised by an evil spirit who kills them in their dreams.
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People who added this item 3135 Average listal rating (2021 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.5


Coppola's interpretation of Stoker's Dracula, this film is probably the closest adaptation to the novel that has been released. My only complaint about the film is the unnecessary backstory of Dracula's origins.
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A comedic Norwegian footage film about the hunting of Trolls.
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People who added this item 1480 Average listal rating (955 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.5


Revitalising the found footage horror genre, Rec is a Spanish Zombie film with a supernatural twist.
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A woman becomes unstable and paranoid after falling pregnant by what she believes to be an unseen force. She comes to realise that her husband and neighbours are part of this conspiracy.
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People who added this item 468 Average listal rating (250 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 7.4


A very weird Japanese film about a girl who takes her school friends to visit her aunt in the Japanese countryside. It's essentially a ghost house and witch tale, but it's ridiculous nature make it highly entertaining.
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People who added this item 460 Average listal rating (271 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 6.7


Catherine Deneuve plays, Miriam, an ancient vampire who never ages, but unfortunately her vampiric lovers do. Also starring David Bowie and Susan Sarandon, with an appearance by seminal Gothic Rock band Bauhaus at the beginning of the film.
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People who added this item 427 Average listal rating (235 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 7.9


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People who added this item 3984 Average listal rating (2531 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 8


I am not usually a fan of films that overtly promote Christianity. That being said, The Exorcist provided ground-breaking visuals for the horror genre and Linda Blair's performance as a girl possessed by a demon is very strong.
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People who added this item 1529 Average listal rating (963 ratings) 6.3 IMDB Rating 6.5


Another controversial film amongst Horror fans. The creators of Friday the 13th have openly admitted to taking many of the elements of John Carpenter's Halloween. To Carpenter's formula, the creators added more gore, violence and sex. The film was seen as too obvious and has been blamed for the crappy and reductive slasher films of the 80's. Regardless of these criticisms, I enjoyed Friday the 13th .
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People who added this item 705 Average listal rating (425 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 6.8


A campy Gothic Horror werewolf film about two weird sisters who have an encounter with a lycanthrope in the woods. One is bitten and begins slowly transforming which simultaneously happens with her sexual awakening.

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People who added this item 180 Average listal rating (85 ratings) 6.3 IMDB Rating 6.5


This Norwegian film bears some similarity to Repulsion. A man develops a relationship with two strange woman who live next door, but all is not what it seems.
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People who added this item 623 Average listal rating (395 ratings) 6.1 IMDB Rating 6.5


This sequel explains the origins of the Zombie phenomenon of the first film without ruining it.
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People who added this item 1479 Average listal rating (1012 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 7.2


Quite a famous British film about a group of friends who are trapped in a cave with strange monstrous creatures.
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People who added this item 650 Average listal rating (439 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 7.1


Another comedic 80's film, dealing with a teenager who suspects his neighbour is vampire.
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People who added this item 708 Average listal rating (465 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 6.8


A collection of interconnected stories that occur on Halloween night, and are overseen by the spirit of Halloween, Sam (Samhain).
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People who added this item 6318 Average listal rating (4140 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 8.4


More of a Kubrick film than an accurate interpretation of the Stephen King novel. The Shining is a bit of a polarising film and it is not universally loved by Horror aficionados. Some have debated as to whether it is a psychological thriller or a supernatural horror film, but I feel that towards the end the supernatural element becomes quite apparent. I for one think that it's an effective horror film, even if it takes a very different direction from King's novel.
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A very dark fairy tale based on the work of Angela Carter.
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People who added this item 892 Average listal rating (536 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 7.1


Perhaps the pinnacle of the New French Extremity, Martyrs is an extremely disturbing film.
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Another controversial film. It is loved by the mainstream, but is not universally praised by Horror fans. I for one thought that it's approach was refreshing, and the implication of a supernatural presence rather than actually seeing it reminded me of the original The Haunting.
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A violent modern take on the werewolf subgenre. The werewolf designs reminded me of the representation of werewolves in fairy tales.
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People who added this item 1936 Average listal rating (1208 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 7.4


A family is tormented by annoying spirits in their new house.
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A comedic vampire flick.

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People who added this item 67 Average listal rating (40 ratings) 6.4 IMDB Rating 0


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Horror icon Ingrid Pitt performs as seductive lesbian vampire Carmilla/Mircalla/Millarca. Based on Le Fanu's Carmilla, this is one of Hammer Horror's better vampire films.
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People who added this item 2025 Average listal rating (1330 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.8


Another Stephen King adaptation. A writer is held hostage by an obsessed fan after she recovers him from a car accident.
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Considered part of the New French Extremity, Dans Ma Peau deals with extreme self mutilation. The film's director and writer, Marina De Van plays the main character. She accidently cuts her leg at a party and shortly after she begins to severely mutilate her own body. It's a very interesting film and unique take on the genre.
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A homage to 1970's horror. A woman is asked by a strange couple to look after their elusive mother for a night. The family turns out to be a coven of Satanists.
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A horror comedy concerning two friends who are attacked by a werewolf in the English countryside. One dies, the other begins transforming back in London. Great exaggerated aesthetics with some surreal aspects.
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People who added this item 4136 Average listal rating (2585 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.6


The film depicts the archetypal narcissistic psychopath.
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People who added this item 312 Average listal rating (163 ratings) 8.4 IMDB Rating 8


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People who added this item 513 Average listal rating (293 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.6


Arguably the most effective ghost film. You never actually see any ghosts in The Haunting, their presence is merely implied.
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An early German expressionist film. Great atmosphere with gothic aesthetics.

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People who added this item 1775 Average listal rating (958 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.4


A rather disturbing surreal David Lynch film about isolation and madness. Not necessarily a horror film but certainly horrific.
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This is a list of my personal favourite horror films. Please note that this is a completely subjective list, hence the lack of certain classics.

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