The Big List | The 50 Best Horror Movies of the Century (So Far)

1. Shadow of the Vampire (dir. E. Elias Merhige, 2000)

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E. Elias Merhige’s gorgeously arty historical revision posits that Max Schreck, the German actor who played the creature in F.W. Murnau’s 1922 masterpiece Nosferatu was, in fact, a real vampire whom the director hired in a fit of artistic verisimilitude. I think that anyone who has seen Nosferatu may be able to accept this as fact, as the gaunt vampire lord from that film is otherworldly and supernaturally ghoulish. What’s more, Shadow of the Vampire hits film lovers in a cinematic sweet spot, detailing, as it does, the production of one of the most important horror movies of all time. ~ Witney Seibold

Honorable Mentions:

51. The Strange Color of Your Body’s Tears (dirs. Helene Cattet and Bruno Forzani, 2013)

52. Excision (dir. Richard Bates Jr., 2012)

53. Bubba Ho-Tep (dir. Don Coscarelli, 2002)

54. Bad Biology (dir. Frank Henenlotter, 2008)

55. Melancholia (dir. Lars von Trier, 2011)

56. Valhalla Rising (dir. Nicolas Winding Refn, 2009)

57. The Devil’s Rejects (dir. Rob Zombie, 2005)

58. Pan’s Labyrinth (dir. Guillermo del Toro, 2006)

59. Final Destination (dir. James Wong, 2000)

60. Chained (dir. Jennifer Lynch, 2012)

61. Bug (dir. William Friedkin, 2006)

62. Insidious: Chapter 2 (dir. James Wan, 2013)

63. ParaNorman (dirs. Chris Butler and Sam Fell, 2012)

64. Dead Silence (dir. James Wan, 2007)

65. My Bloody Valentine (dir. Patrick Lussier, 2009)

66. Resident Evil (dir. Paul W.S. Anderson, 2012)

67. Kiss of the Damned (dir. Xan Cassavetes, 2012)

68. Hostel (dir. Eli Roth, 2005)

69. Stitches (dir. Conor McMahon, 2012)

70. Inside (dirs. Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury, 2007)

71. Cherry Falls (dir. Geoffrey Wright, 2000)

72. A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (dir. Ana Lily Amirpour, 2014)

73. Cheap Thrills (dir. E.L. Katz, 2013)

74. Ils (dirs. David Moreau and Xavier Palud, 2006)

75. The Divide (dir. Xavier Gens, 2011)

76. Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon (dir. Scott Glosserman, 2006)

77. The Hills Have Eyes (dir. Alexandre Aja, 2006)

78. House of 1,000 Corpses (dir. Rob Zombie, 2003)

79. Let Me In (dir. Matt Reeves, 2010)

80. Pitch Black (dir. David Twohy, 2000)

81. You’re Next (dir. Adam Wingard, 2011)

82. Only Lovers Left Alive (dir. Jim Jarmusch, 2013)

83. The Skin I Live In (dir. Pedro Almodovar, 2011)

84. Slither (dir. James Gunn, 2006)

85. Inland Empire (dir. David Lynch, 2006)

86. Nurse 3-D (dir. Douglas Aarniokoski, 2013)

87. The Last Exorcism (dir. Daniel Stamm, 2010)

88. Aftershock (dir. Nicholas Lopez, 2012)

89. Amer (dirs. Helene Cattet and Bruno Forzani, 2009)

90. The Collector (dir. Marcus Dunstan, 2009)

91. Frontiere(s) (dir. Xavier Gens, 2007)

92. Spider (dir. David Cronenberg, 2002)

93. Antiviral (dir. Brandon Cronenberg, 2012)

94. Queen of Blood (dir. Chris Alexander, 2015)

95. Cloverfield (dir. Matt Reeves, 2008)

96. Beyond the Black Rainbow (dir. Panos Cosmatos, 2010)

97. [REC] (dirs. Jaume Balaguero and Paco Plaza, 2007)

98. Baskin (dir. Can Evrenol, 2015)

99. Irréversible (dir. Gaspard Noé, 2002)

100. Rogue River (dir. Jourdan McClure, 2012)