Top 100 Horror Movies of All Time (50-26)

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50. Psycho (1960)

A Phoenix secretary embezzles forty thousand dollars from her employer’s client, goes on the run, and checks into a remote motel run by a young man under the domination of his mother.

49. The Babysitter (2017)

The events of one evening take an unexpected turn for the worst for a young boy trying to spy on his babysitter.

48. The Cell (2000)

An F.B.I. Agent persuades a social worker, who is adept with a new experimental technology, to enter the mind of a comatose serial killer in order to learn where he has hidden his latest kidnap victim.

47. Audition (1999)

A widower takes an offer to screen girls at a special audition, arranged for him by a friend to find him a new wife. The one he fancies is not who she appears to be after all.

46. Saw (2003)

Two strangers, who awaken in a room with no recollection of how they got there, soon discover they’re pawns in a deadly game perpetrated by a notorious serial killer.

45. Hush (2016)

A deaf and mute writer who retreated into the woods to live a solitary life must fight for her life in silence when a masked killer appears at her window.

44. The Grudge (2004)

An American nurse living and working in Tokyo is exposed to a mysterious supernatural curse, one that locks a person in a powerful rage before claiming their life and spreading to another victim.

43. The Ring (2002)

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A journalist must investigate a mysterious videotape which seems to cause the death of anyone one week to the day after they view it.

42. The Babadook (2014)

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A single mother and her child fall into a deep well of paranoia when an eerie children’s book titled “Mister Babadook” manifests in their home.

41. Final Destination (2000)

After a teenager has a terrifying vision of him and his friends dying in a plane crash, he prevents the accident only to have Death hunt them down, one by one.

40. Jaws (1975)

When a killer shark unleashes chaos on a beach community, it’s up to a local sheriff, a marine biologist, and an old seafarer to hunt the beast down.

39. Trick ‘r Treat (2007)

Five interwoven stories that occur on Halloween: An everyday high school principal has a secret life as a serial killer; a college virgin might have just met the guy for her; a group of teenagers pull a mean prank; a woman who loathes the night has to contend with her holiday-obsessed husband; and a mean old man meets his match with a demonic, supernatural trick-or-treater.

38. Frankenstein (1931)

An obsessed scientist assembles a living being from parts of exhumed corpses.

37. Pet Sematary (1989)

After tragedy strikes, a grieving father discovers an ancient burial ground behind his home with the power to raise the dead.

36. Dawn of the Dead (1978)

Following an ever-growing epidemic of zombies that have risen from the dead, two Philadelphia S.W.A.T. team members, a traffic reporter, and his television executive girlfriend seek refuge in a secluded shopping mall.

35. Poltergeist (1982)

A family’s home is haunted by a host of demonic ghosts.

34. REC (2007)

A television reporter and cameraman follow emergency workers into a dark apartment building and are quickly locked inside with something terrifying.

33. The Sixth Sense (1999)

A boy who communicates with spirits seeks the help of a disheartened child psychologist.

32. Night of the Living Dead (1968)

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A ragtag group of Pennsylvanians barricade themselves in an old farmhouse to remain safe from a bloodthirsty, flesh-eating breed of monsters who are ravaging the East Coast of the United States.

31. Thirst (2009)

Through a failed medical experiment, a priest is stricken with vampirism and is forced to abandon his ascetic ways.

30. Us (2019)

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A family’s serene beach vacation turns to chaos when their doppelgängers appear and begin to terrorize them.

29. I Saw the Devil (2010)

A secret agent exacts revenge on a serial killer through a series of captures and releases.

28. A Tale of Two Sisters

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A family is haunted by the tragedies of deaths within the family.

27. Pan’s Labyrinth

In the Falangist Spain of 1944, the bookish young stepdaughter of a sadistic army officer escapes into an eerie but captivating fantasy world.

26. Midsommar (2019)

A couple travels to Sweden to visit a rural hometown’s fabled mid-summer festival. What begins as an idyllic retreat quickly devolves into an increasingly violent and bizarre competition at the hands of a pagan cult.

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