The greatest movies of all time
The greatest movies of all time

By Dear Cast & Crew

Dear Horror Fans,

You know what’s really scary? Committing to a list of the all-time best horror films.

As the first video in our new Greatest Movies A-Z series with WatchMojo, we knew it wouldn’t be easy. That doesn’t mean we knew it would be so hard. But here it is:

As you can see, we gave ourselves some guidelines:

  1. One film per letter
  2. Articles don’t count (the, an, a, etc.)
  3. Final list should encapsulate the genre

The last rule dictated a lot of our hardest decisions. And we’re confident with where we ended up - especially after a last minute change to replace Killer Klowns from Outer Space with King Kong.

(Seriously. We almost forgot King Kong was a horror movie. That would have gotten ugly).


Now that this first video is out, here’s some take-aways from our decision-making process. If your favorite movie isn’t in our final video, there’s a very good chance it’s a decision, and not an omission.

Nine of our choices come from the 70s. Every one of them has a sequel and/or remake. The decade really set the template for modern horror.

Paranormal Activity. Poltergeist. The Purge. Pet Cemetary. All extremely successful and important to the genre, but they ultimately have to bow down to the mother of mainstream horror: Psycho.

Is Alien a horror movie? Sure. But it fit better in another genre, so we didn’t even consider it here. Don’t worry, we can hear you scream.

BEST BATTLE: Scream vs The Shining
If you think we’re crazy for not going with Kubrick, trust us, we know. The Shining is a bona fide classic, and has had a real cultural resurgence since Room 237, Ready Player One, and Doctor Sleep. But Scream single-handedly rejuvenated the horror genre in the mid 90s. It spawned three sequels, countless imitators, and even a spoof series (Scary Movie) that got all the way to a fifth instalment. Not to mention how the original Scream still totally slaps as a horror movie. The best argument against it might be that we already have a Wes Craven film in Nightmare on Elm Street. But like Scream, we just had to play with the rules here.

Is it really better than The Witch? Probably not, but we had to throw some love at the buckets-of-blood king Herschell Gordon Lewis. Helped us round out the style of horror films on the list, too.

Think your list would be better? More balanced? Less heart-breaking? Let us know.


Dear Cast & Crew

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