[RESULTS] The Letterboxd Community's 50 Favourite Horror Movies of All TIme

205 Letterboxd Users have voted for a total of 482 movies, here are the Top 50:

Note: Because of some ties, there are 52 movies on this list.

1. THE SHINING (1980) by Stanley Kubrick
Points: 1591 | Peak: No.1 (40x) | Votes: 133 | IMDb: 8,5

2. ALIEN (1979) by Ridley Scott
Points: 1227 | Peak: No.1 (14x) | Votes: 115 | IMDb: 8,5

3. THE THING (1982) by John Carpenter
Points: 1018 | Peak: No.1 (10x) | Votes: 98 | IMDb: 8,2

4. THE EXORCIST (1973) by William Friedkin
Points: 905 | Peak: No.1 (16x) | Votes: 95 | IMDb: 8,0

5. PSYCHO (1960) by Alfred Hitchcock
Points: 803 | Peak: No.1 (6x) | Votes: 83 | IMDb: 8,6

6. HALLOWEEN (1978) by John Carpenter
Points: 709 | Peak: No.1 (9x) | Votes: 77 | IMDb: 7,9

7. THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE (1974) by Tobe Hooper
Points: 637 | Peak: No.1 (5x) | Votes: 73 | IMDb: 7,5

8. JAWS (1975) by Steven Spielberg
Points: 632 | Peak: No.1 (8x) | Votes: 61 | IMDb: 8,2

9. ROSEMARY'S BABY (1978) by Roman Polanski
Points: 522 | Peak: No.1 (4x) | Votes: 59 | IMDb: 8,0

10. THE EVIL DEAD (1981) by Sam Raimi
Points: 448 | Peak: No.1 (4x) | Votes: 52 | IMDb: 7,6

11. DAWN OF THE DEAD (1978) by George A. Romero
Points: 429 | Peak: No.1 (3x) | Votes: 54 | IMDb: 8,0

12. SUSPIRIA (1977) by Dario Argento
Points: 410 | Peak: No.1 (1x) | Votes: 50 | IMDb: 7,4

13. EVIL DEAD II (1987) by Sam Raimi
Points: 398 | Peak: No.1 (6x) | Votes: 43 | IMDb: 7,8

14. NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD (1968) by George A. Romero
Points: 353 | Peak: No.1 (2x) | Votes: 45 | IMDb: 8,0

15. LET THE RIGHT ONE IN (2008) by Tomas Alfredson
Points: 336 | Peak: No.2 (4x) | Votes: 43 | IMDb: 8,0

16. THE FLY (1986) by David Cronenberg
Points: 315 | Peak: No.2 (1x) | Votes: 41 | IMDb: 7,5

17. AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON (1981) by John Landis
Points: 301 | Peak: No.1 (1x) | Votes: 39 | IMDb: 7,5

18. A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET (1981) by Wes Craven
Points: 270 | Peak: No.1 (1x) | Votes: 39 | IMDb: 7,5

19. VIDEODROME (1983) by David Cronenberg
Points: 266 | Peak: No.1 (2x) | Votes: 26 | IMDb: 7,3

20. THE CABIN IN THE WOODS (2012) by Drew Goddard
Points: 255 | Peak: No.2 (2x) | Votes: 40 | IMDb: 7,1

21. ERASERHEAD (1977) by David Lynch
Points: 247 | Peak: No.1 (2x) | Votes: 22 | IMDb: 7,3

22. MARTYRS (2008) by Pascal Laugier
Points: 246 | Peak: No.1 (3x) | Votes: 28 | IMDb: 6,9

23. THE WICKER MAN (1973) by Robin Hardy
Points: 234 | Peak: No.1 (6x) | Votes: 24 | IMDb: 7,6

24. THE DESCENT (2005) by Neil Marshall
Points: 232 | Peak: No.2 (1x) | Votes: 34 | IMDb: 7,3

25. 28 DAYS LATER... (2002) by Danny Boyle
Points: 228 | Peak: No.2 (1x) | Votes: 32 | IMDb: 7,6

26. SCREAM (1996) by Wes Craven
Points: 224 | Peak: No.1 (3x) | Votes: 30 | IMDb: 7,2

27. NOSFERATU, EINE SYMPHONIE DES GRAUENS (1922) by F.W. Murnau
Points: 219 | Peak: No.1 (3x) | Votes: 25 | IMDb: 8,0

28. THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS (1991) by Jonathan Demme
Points: 209 | Peak: No.1 (1x) | Votes: 22 | IMDb: 8,7

29. SHAUN OF THE DEAD (2004) by Edgar Wright
Points: 206 | Peak: No.1 (2x) | Votes: 26 | IMDb: 8,0

30. DON'T LOOK NOW (1973) by Nicolas Roeg
Points: 197 | Peak: No.1 (2x) | Votes: 22 | IMDb: 7,4

31. REPULSION (1965) by Roman Polanski
Points: 189 | Peak: No.1 (2x) | Votes: 21 | IMDb: 7,8

32. THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT (1999) by Daniel Myrick & Eduardo Sanchez
Points: 175 | Peak: No.1 (1x) | Votes: 25 | IMDb: 6,3

33. (TIE) CARRIE (1976) by Brian De Palma
Points: 171 | Peak: No.1 (1x) | Votes: 29 | IMDb: 7,4

33. (TIE) [REC] (2007) by Jaume Balaguero & Paco Plaza
Points: 171 | Peak: No.3 (1x) | Votes: 28 | IMDb: 7,5

35. AUDITION (1999) by Takashi Miike
Points: 150 | Peak: No.2 (1x) | Votes: 20 | IMDb: 7,2

36. POLTERGEIST (1982) by Tobe Hooper
Points: 132 | Peak: No.5 (2x) | Votes: 22 | IMDb: 7,4

37. THE OMEN (1976) by Richard Donner
Points: 129 | Peak: No.2 (1x) | Votes: 18 | IMDb: 7,6

38. VAMPYR (1932) by Carl Theodor Dreyer
Points: 127 | Peak: No.1 (1x) | Votes: 14 | IMDb: 7,6

39. (TIE) BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN (1935) by James Whale
Points: 126 | Peak: No.1 (1x) | Votes: 15 | IMDb: 7,9

39. (TIE) THE NIGHT OF THE HUNTER (1955) by Charles Laughton
Points: 126 | Peak: No.1 (1x) | Votes: 12 | IMDb: 8,2

41. EYES WITHOUT A FACE (1960) by Georges Franju
Points: 125 | Peak: No.1 (1x) | Votes: 18 | IMDb: 7,8

42. THE BIRDS (1963) by Alfred Hitchcock
Points: 121 | Peak: No.3 (1x) | Votes: 16 | IMDb: 7,8

43. ALIENS (1986) by James Cameron
Points: 118 | Peak: No.1 (2x) | Votes: 11 | IMDb: 8,5

44. BRAINDEAD a.k.a DEAD ALIVE (1992) by Peter Jackson
Points: 114 | Peak: No.4 (1x) | Votes: 20 | IMDb: 7,5

45. THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI (1920) by Robert Wiene
Points: 106 | Peak: No.1 (1x) | Votes: 13 | IMDb: 8,0

46. THE HAUNTING (1963) by Robert Wise
Points: 105 | Peak: No.1 (1x) | Votes: 12 | IMDb: 7,6

47. THE INNOCENTS (1961) by Jack Clayton
Points: 101 | Peak: No.2 (1x) | Votes: 11 | IMDb: 7,8

48. FROM DUSK TILL DAWN (1996) by Robert Rodriguez
Points: 98 | Peak: No.2 (3x) | Votes: 13 | IMDb: 7,2

49. POSSESSION (1981) by Andrzej Zulawski
Points: 97 | Peak: No.1 (2x) | Votes: 9 | IMDb: 7,1

50. (TIE) CANDYMAN (1981) by Bernard Rose
Points: 96 | Peak: No.4 (3x) | Votes: 17 | IMDb: 6,5

50. (TIE) PHANTASM (1979) by Don Coscarelli
Points: 96 | Peak: No.2 (2x) | Votes: 13 | IMDb: 6,7

50. (TIE) RINGU (1998) by Hideo Nakata
Points: 96 | Peak: No.1 (1x) | Votes: 13 | IMDb: 7,3

On the Outside Looking In (The Next Ten):

Inside
Kill List
Hellraiser
Saw
The Beyond
Diabolique
Hausu
Misery
Re-Animator
The Orphanage



Thanks again to everybody who participated. I hope you enjoy this list and discuss much about it!

170 Comments

  • @onemarathon - I guess it comes down to personal interpretation, as in Alien, it was more the build-up of suspense and the feeling of dread throughout the film which captivates me and provokes a sense of pro-longed unease, rather than any key stand-out scary scenes. The only two scenes that could possibly qualify would be the chest burst scene and the scene in the air duct. Although, in the air duct you know what's coming.

    It's interesting that you mention The Woman in Black, as this is a prime example of what I was alluding to in reference to the modern 'jump scare' craze. The original film is a spooky little number, very subtle in its execution, but very creepy, whilst the remake is full of jump scares - absolutely littered with them. It's almost like film-makers have difficulty creating any build-up of suspense or atmosphere in their films anymore, and instead rely on shoe-horning in these scenes to shock. Of course there are exceptions, but they are my feelings on the subject, and not only does it feel lazy, but it saddens me that this is what 'horror' has become to many people.

    @Julius - I love 'Lost Hearts'. It's my favourite from the 'Ghost Stories for Christmas' series.

  • I'm very late to this party. How come there's 52?

  • @bizarre_eye: omg, tell me about it with the jump scares in the Woman in Black remake. i mean, i enjoyed the remake, but you are darned right that the film goes completely off the rails with jump scares. extremely little development of atmosphere, at least not enough to create a sense of unease, dread, or whatever. the dolls are kinda creepy, though, eh? and i do have a beef about the very big changes from the original. like that ending? sheesh. why did they think that their changes were gong to be as good as or better than the original? quite the opposite. strange.

  • Apparently the remake is actually closer to how the events that play out in the novel, but both films differ from the source material in varying ways. Whilst I do enjoy both films to a degree, the original film is certainly preferred by me.

  • "The original film is preferred by me" is who I will henceforth express that I prefer the original film.

  • *how

  • Nobody honestly believes that Murnau's Nosferatu is scarier than Herzog's do they?

  • How many votes did Mulholland Drive get?

  • It got 29 points from three voters, placing it at #135.

  • Nice list

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