Horror movies have been around since 1896, when Georges Mélis’ haunted house chiller “Le Manoir du Diable” was first released. The spine-tingling genre has been a mainstay of cinema ever since, providing unprecedented special effects, bloody motifs and an abundance of subtext. But no matter what form horror movies take, their ability to serve as cathartic, thrilling outlets for primal fears and insecurities keeps fans coming back for more.
Even as movie theaters have been shut down largely due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, there is a wide variety of horror movies available on streaming and there is a demand to meet your horror needs. Why not get better acquainted with internationally acclaimed sub-genres such as jidegeki or giallo? While some acclaimed films (such as the crime drama “Se7n” or the adventure blockbuster “Jurassic Park”) may not seem like horror flicks at first glance, they contain many of the elements that make the genre so memorable.
But with so many movies, it can be difficult to find the best kind of horror movie for every type of movie fan. This is why Stacker launched the horror-focused site They Shoot Zombies, Don’t Give? which has weighed and aggregated rankings from over 2,900 editorial lists to determine the definitive ranking of the top 1,000 horror films as of May 2020 Collected a list of the top movies in each sub-genre of horror featured. All films screened are feature-length, with the exception of “Un Chien Andal”, an experimental surrealist classic by Salvador Dalí and Luis Buel. Overall, approximately 7,900 films were considered, and IMDb ratings and Metascore were included for critical and popular reference.
So stay on the edge of your seat, and read on to discover the best kinds of horror movies for any audience—from science fiction to slasher movies.
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