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The Essentials: Horror

Chronological. Subject to constant change. I ran a 2018 horror poll for Cinematary and wrote some thoughts on the genre therein: check it out.

Top 10
Dracula (Tod Browning, 1931)
Frankenstein (James Whale, 1931)
White Zombie (Victor Halperin, 1932)
The Black Cat (Edgar G. Ulmer, 1934)
House of Wax (André De Toth, 1953)
The Curse of Frankenstein (Terence Fisher, 1957)
Torso (Sergio Martino, 1973)
The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (Tobe Hooper, 1974)
Prince of Darkness (John Carpenter, 1987)
Loft (Kiyoshi Kurosawa, 2005)

  • A Nightmare
  • The Merry Skeleton
  • The Haunted Curiosity Shop
  • The Infernal Cauldron
  • Satan at Play
  • The Sealed Room
  • Dante's Inferno
  • The Avenging Conscience: or 'Thou Shalt Not Kill'
  • The Man with Wax Faces
  • The Penalty
  • The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
  • The Golem: How He Came into the World
  • The Haunted House
  • The Phantom Carriage
  • Nosferatu
  • The Hands of Orlac
  • The Phantom of the Opera
  • The Bells
  • Faust
  • A Page of Madness
  • The Cat and the Canary
  • The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog
  • The Unknown
  • The Fall of the House of Usher
  • The Man Who Laughs
  • The Skeleton Dance
  • Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
  • Dracula
  • Frankenstein
  • M
  • Freaks
  • Island of Lost Souls
  • The Mummy
  • The Most Dangerous Game
  • Murders in the Rue Morgue
  • The Old Dark House
  • Vampyr
  • White Zombie
  • The Invisible Man
  • Night of Terror
  • King Kong
  • Supernatural
  • The Black Cat
  • Maniac
  • The Bride of Frankenstein
  • Mad Love
  • The Mystery of the Mary Celeste
  • Mark of the Vampire
  • The Raven
  • Werewolf of London
  • The Devil-Doll
  • Dracula's Daughter
  • The Invisible Ray
  • The Man Who Changed His Mind
  • The Dark Eyes of London
  • The Man They Could Not Hang
  • Son of Frankenstein
  • The Ape
  • Dr. Cyclops
  • The Devil Bat
  • Before I Hang
  • The Devil Commands
  • The Man with Nine Lives
  • Invisible Ghost
  • Man-Made Monster
  • The Wolf Man
  • Cat People
  • Bowery at Midnight
  • The Corpse Vanishes
  • The Ape Man
  • Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man
  • I Walked with a Zombie
  • The Return of the Vampire
  • The Leopard Man
  • The Seventh Victim
  • Son of Dracula
  • Bluebeard
  • The Mummy's Ghost
  • House of Frankenstein
  • Return of the Ape Man
  • Voodoo Man
  • The Body Snatcher
  • House of Dracula
  • Dead of Night
  • Isle of the Dead
  • Bedlam
  • House of Horrors
  • Bud Abbott and Lou Costello Meet Frankenstein
  • House of Wax
  • Creature from the Black Lagoon
  • Godzilla
  • The Mad Magician
  • Them!
  • Bride of the Monster
  • The Night of the Hunter
  • Revenge of the Creature
  • The Creature Walks Among Us
  • Invasion of the Body Snatchers
  • The Curse of Frankenstein
  • Daughter of Dr. Jekyll