Top 10 Horror Movies


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THE SHINING (1980)

RottenPop Rating: 99

A broken family becomes the winter caretakers at a secluded hotel in the Colorado Rocky Mountains. This hotel, built on top of an ancient Indian burial ground, is an evil place that is out to haunt and kill it's caretakers. Jack Nicholson, Shelly Duvall, and Danny Lloyd play the family living in the house this winter. Jack succumbs fully to the houses power while his wife and son struggle to survive. 


THE FLY (1986)

RottenPop Rating: 96

This is a remake of the 1950's original starring Vincent Price. Obviously, that version is much tamer than this. Instead of Price we get Jeff Goldblum and he does a fantastic job. Goldblum is a mad scientist of sorts that is obsessed with teleporting human beings between these two pod's that he had created. Time after time his experiments fail. He sends a chimp through and the chimp is, like, completely turned inside out. It's nuts. Some people that I watched this with got kind of sick when some of these scenes happened. Geena Davis does a great job as the love interest. She is so torn. It's wonderful.


An American Werewolf In London (1981)

RottenPop Rating: 95

If you know me then you should come to no surprise when I say this: werewolves are stupid. I find the whole lore behind them dumb. John Landis, however, directed this movie and in my opinion it is the greatest werewolf movie to date. I love his use of subtle humor fused with a perfect storyline sprinkled with bits of brain and guts. This movie to me is horror movie perfection. It touches everywhere you want to be touched. It has suspense and it even has a few jump out/in-your-face scares. It is a great mix.


Candyman (1992)

RottenPop Rating: 94

Helen is investigating the urban myth known as Candyman. This murderous entity is said to be haunting the walls of a housing tenement in Chicago, IL. She dips a little too close when strange occurrences start going on. When Candyman starts showing up her life starts spiraling out of control.


The EVIL DEAD (1981)

RottenPop Rating: 94

The Evil Dead is one of the most creative and fun horror movies, of all time. This is the movie that kicked off Sam Raimi's career and boosted the chin of Bruce Campbell. The movie was made with such passion, that you can really see it shine though. You can tell the actors and everyone else was having such a great time making it. Its the kind of expression and fun that is left out of sequels and other movies that are made down the line. 


The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)

RottenPop Rating: 94

The original Texas Chainsaw Massacre is something of beauty. Presented as a low budget slasher movie, this brutal and well planned feature has almost no blood or gore in it. Virtually no blood whatsoever. Instead the terror and fear conveyed is enough to give you nightmares. The implied gore seems to creep up on you a lot more than the actual stuff. The movie kind of lets your mind wonder and take you into places that you really don't want to go. Gunnar Hansen, Jim Siedow, and Edwin Neil are a terrifying cannibalistic family. Hansen does a masterful job as Leatherface, the infantile psychotic, chainsaw wielding, cannibalistic, man child. A new horror icon ready to terrorize your dreams nightly.


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Dracula (1931)

RottenPop Rating: 92

Dracula is the cornerstone of Horror. The most successful Vampire movie of all time. Bela Lugosi will always be associated with his role of the bloodsucking noble. This was released before Frankenstein and did quite successful. It began the Universal Horror brand that has lasted for decades. It is such a classic and well done film. Directed by Tod Browning, this spectacular piece is incredibly creative. Of course it takes liberties with the Bram Stoker novel, it's hardly surprising with a Hollywood Blockbuster like this one.


Return of the Living Dead (1985)

RottenPop Rating: 91

Return of the Living Dead is quite a gem and is one of my favorite horror movies; this movie does exactly what you want a zombie movie to do. The acting is completely sub-par and the story is so full of holes that it makes me just laugh the entire time. There are tons of things in this movie that make me appreciate it more and more every time I watch it. I really like the details, for example I like that in one shot there is a poster in the background that says Burt is a slave driver and a cheap son of a bitch who's got you and me here. I like that the zombies can talk and interact with people. It is completely poking fun at the entire zombie genre and they get away with it so well.


The Blair Witch Project (1999)

RottenPop Rating: 90

In 1999, I begged a group of adults to buy tickets for my friends and I to see the Blair Witch Project. We gave them the money and they bought each of us a ticket. It was amazing. I was about to walk into the most hyped movie of the fall; yeah... I admit it, I was taken by the publicity that surrounded this movie. It was like the first viral marketing campaign. Everyone had some sort of sneaking suspicion that this movie was real. That all of the events were real.


MaD Love (1935)

RottenPop Rating: 90

This is a remake of the 1924 Austrian film The Hands of Orlac. This movie is the American film debut of acting great Peter Lorre, and unfortunately the last film directed by Karl Freund (The Golem, Metropolis, and The Mummy). Many film enthusiasts consider this movie to be Freund's Citizen Kane.