Category: top 50 horror

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20. Nosferatu (1922)

directed by F.W. Murnau German expressionism is a movement well-suited to horror, and who better to tackle Dracula than expressionist genius F.W. Murnau? The film takes the name Nosferatu because the studio didn’t have the rights to adapt Stoker’s novel...

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21. The Descent

directed by Neil Marshall The Descent is a film about a group of diverse, adventure seeking women who, in an effort to cheer up one of their own (Sarah), go out in the Appalachian mountains to explore caves after the...

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22. Freaks

directed by Tod Browning Universal, the studio that basically popularized the monster movie, was always great about sympathizing the monster — Tod Browning’s Freaks is maybe the strangest and greatest example of this, taking the “monsters” and making them the...

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23. Videodrome

directed by David Cronenberg David Cronenberg has often set his lens on the intersection of technology and humanity. In Videodrome they collide in gory, mind-bending brilliance. More than just a story of conspiracy, deception, and a man’s descent into madness,...

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24. Poltergeist

directed by Tobe Hooper A perfect combination of family-friendly terror and deeply disturbing images, Poltergeist is just as much a product of producer Steven Spielberg as director Tobe Hooper.  And while that may seem to make the horror a little...

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25. A Nightmare on Elm Street

directed by Wes Craven The brilliance of Wes Craven’s A Nightmare on Elm Street is the sense of inevitable doom.  A key component of horror movies is audience surrogacy.  We see characters and project ourselves onto them, asking what we...