THE 28 HORROR MOVIES EVERY GUY SHOULD SEE The Definitive List of Horror Movies
There are a lot of crappy slasher flicks out there. If they get your girl to hang onto you for dear life, then go for it. But there are some horror films that you just have to see. These are the ones that created new genres, made even the toughest guy look away or had us sleeping with the lights on.
This list was compiled by the ManScore team and our interns (with some input from Ed Ross, one of our readers). Did we miss something? Please shoot us a note at suggestions@ManScore.com and let us know. Note that these are in alphabetical order. We tried to rank them but the arguments just weren't worth it!
So get the popcorn, grab your security blanket and enjoy.
1. 28 Days Later
So it starts out pretty much like The Walking Dead. A guy wakes up from a coma and everyone is gone. The author of the The Walking Dead graphic novel swears that it was a coincidence. He had finished the first issue of the graphic novel when 28 Days Later came out. He made the decision not to change anything and the rest is history. Even if you aren't a Walking Dead fan, you'll enjoy this movie. The story is a different take on the 'zombie' movie. It is a classic in it's own right
2. 30 Days of Night
These are what vampires are supposed to be. They aren’t misunderstood creatures who sparkle in the sunlight (and if you watched the entire Twilight series, just delete your ManScore right now. We don't even care if it was with a hot date, your ManScore goes to zero). In this movie, the vampires are bloodthirsty monsters who brutally kill humans for sustenance, and occasionally just for fun. It makes sense that vampires would flock to the northern most part of Alaska, where they wouldn't have to worry about sunlight for most of the winter.
3. Bram Stoker's Dracula
Francis Ford Coppola directed and produced this retelling of Bram Stoker's original story that started it all. The sets and effects are amazing. The cast is great, even though some folks ripped on Keanu Reeves (ignore them Keanu, you are still tops in our book).
4. Carrie (1976)
The original adaptation of the Stephen King novel. There have been 2 remakes, but the original is the winner (though Lindsey Lohan almost did the second remake, that might have made it worth it). See Sissy Spacek give one of the most haunting performances ever.
5. Children of the Corn
This is a fear most single guys can identify with: children. If the prospect of parenthood isn’t scary enough, it will be after watching this one. In a little Kansas town, the children decide to murder all the parents. Join two wayward adults who happen to stumble upon this strange little society. The “Lord of the Flies” kids are perfect little angels compared to the children of Gatlin.
6. Dawn of the Dead (1978)
I vividly remember seeing Dawn of the Dead at the midnight showing on the north side of Chicago. Of course, the theater then gets out at 2:30 in the morning. I was terrified of every shadow on the walk home! The movie is based in the same universe as Night of the Living Dead, but with a more modern twist. I won't give away the plot, just go see it!
7. Death Proof
Death Proof was written and directed by Quentin Tarantino. It's his interpretation on slasher, exploitation, and muscle car films. Originally part of a double feature (with Planet Terror), it was a four hour gore-fest at the theaters. Death Proof has some heavy hitters in it, including Kurt Russell, Rosario Dawson and our favorite stuntwoman - Zoe Bell. If you are a Tarantino fan, it's a must see.
8. Evil Dead and 9. Evil Dead 2
Evil Dead was one of the best low budget horror movies ever made. In an intersting twist of fate, they caught the eye of Stephen King and his review help catapult them to success. Evile Dead 2 is a parody sequel - half horror, half comedy, with Bruce Campbell playing the ultimate horror bad-ass in this must-watch film. Two words: chainsaw hand. They actually ran out of fake blood during the filming and had to improvise. For bonus points, check out the third movie, Army of Darkness.
10. Get Out
It's rare that a movie can cross genres (see Evil Dead 2 above). Get Out is a horror film, a comedy and a social commentary film all in one. Our explanation won't do it justice. Just go see it. Trust us.
John Carpenter nails it in this classic portrayal of pure evil and insanity. If you only watch one movie about a deranged serial killer escaping a mental institution to murder again—well, it should be this one. The director is even kind enough to throw in a little “fan service” for the gentlemen viewers. Interesting trivia - Michael Myers is played by three different actors in the film.
12. House of 1000 Corpses
“Do you like blood, violence, freaks of nature? Well then come on down to Captain Spaulding’s Museum of Monsters and Madmen,” Captain Spaulding says to begin the film. This movie can be summed up as a glorious gore-fest that fully utilizes the classic American horror conventions we all know and love. This is perhaps Rob Zombie’s best film, and a definite must-watch on any bucket list.
13. It (2017)
The perfect adaptation of the Stephen King novel. Great acting and a great production. This one is filled with so many jump scares, your date is going to leave bruises where she grabs your arm. Good thing you're so brave and can protect her.
14. Night of the Living Dead (1968)
Okay, so it is a bit vintage and a bit low budget. Yes, it is in black and white. However, this film invented the modern zombie. The countless reanimated corpses wandering the land in search of human flesh to feast on all originated here. George A. Romero created a monster that changed horror forever. Remember, they can only be killed by removing the head or destroying the brain.
15. Night of the Living Dead (1990)
Originally, the critics hated it. Over time, it's become a beloved update on a campy classic. It's interesting to see how much technology had changed between 1968 and 1990. We can't wait for the next remake (VR zombies anyone)!
16. A Nightmare on Elm Street
Ever have one of those dreams that just felt so real? If so, you're going to love this movie! The movie was filmed on a low budget (you can tell in that last scene - yikes!) and full of what becomes the typical plot lines of slasher flicks to come. Yet it remains a classic and a must see guy horror movie.
Directed and produced by Alfred Hitchcock. From Wikipedia "Often ranked among the greatest films of all time, it set a new level of acceptability for violence, deviant behavior and sexuality in American films, and is widely considered to be the earliest example of the slasher film genre." What more could you ask for?
18. Rosemary's Baby
The book was written in June, 1966. That would be 6/66 (or 666) for all of you that are a bit superstitious. What gets even more weird is that almost everybody involved with the movie suffered significantly bad events in their life. A curse? You sure you want to watch it? What's the worst that could happen? The movie is scary and so are the events surrounding it.
Check out the Vanity Fair article for more creepy details.
Scream pretty much single handedly saved the horror genre. Some bad sequels and rinse & repeat plots had left the horror category as pretty much straight to video fare. With some big stars, a good story and a little controversy with the censors, Scream became the highest grossing horror film of all time (though it was just passed up in 2018 by the Halloween remake).
20. The Silence of the Lambs
The only horror movie to win all five of the Big Oscars - Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Adapted Screenplay. It is one of the genre's masterpieces. Interesting trivia - Michelle Pfeiffer and Sean Connery were almost cast in the respective lead roles.
21. The Birds
The second Hitchcock film on our list. He proves he was the master of suspense. After seeing this, you won't look at a bird the same way again.
22. The Cabin in the Woods
Some people argue if this is even a horror movie. We get it. Sometimes the comedy and plot twists are a little overbearing. But this is a great ride, an interesting concept and definitely worth seeing.
23. The Exorcist
This is pure, demonic terror distilled for your viewing pleasure. A seemingly normal little girl descends into demonic possession while a young priest, struggling with his own faith, must find a way to save her. When modern medicine fails to cure the girl, the Catholic Church must call in the big guns. It is a lovely day for an exorcism.
24. The Fly (1956)
Critic Ivan Butler called it "the most ludicrous, and certainly one of the most revolting science-horror films ever perpetrated,". What? We guess he wasn’t a fan of molecular transformers that turn men into flies. Thankfully the original short story was discovered by director-producer Kurt Neumann while reading Playboy of all things (did you ever read the articles in Playboy?). Unfortunately Neumann died several weeks after release never realizing he made the biggest hit of his career.
25. The Fly (1956)
While the storyline is similar to the 1958 original, this film's teleportation introduces some interesting modern day side effects. Signs of increased strength, stamina, and sexual potency are displayed after use of the telepod. Now we know that’s gonna scare the hell out of the ladies! Who needs Viagra?
26. The Shining
This is literally the scariest movie ever made. Using heart rate monitors, horror movie scientists from the Japanese owned Rakuten's Play.com determined that The Shining made heart rates jump 28.21% during the iconic “Here’s Johnny” scene, more than any other film tested. The mastery of Stephen King and Stanley Kubrick combine, while Shelley Duvall and Jack Nicholson give what is arguably their best performances ever. A man must spend a long winter snowbound alone with his wife and child…and no alcohol. It is absolutely terrifying. Oh, and the hotel might be haunted, or something.
27. The Sixth Sense
The film that put the phrase "I see dead people" into our lexicon. We will say nothing more about this movie in case you haven't seen it. Just watch it before some idiot spoils the ending for you.
28. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
The remake was well done, but the original is the real prime cut. Cutting off someone’s face and wearing it like a mask is pretty much the definition of “don’t mess with me.” A fun fact about this film is that our chainsaw wielding maniac actually was inspired by real events. The idea came from serial killer Ed Gein who had some…interesting…taste in interior decorating.
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Watch 10 Horror Movies
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Watch 30 Days of Night
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Watch Bram Stoker's Dracula
Watch Children of the Corn
Watch Dawn of the Dead
Watch Death Proof
Watch Evil Dead
Watch Evil Dead 2
Watch Get Out
Watch House of 1000 Corpses
Watch Rosemary's Baby
Watch Silence of the Lambs
Watch The Birds
Watch The Cabin in the Woods
Watch The Exorcist
Watch The Night of the Living Dead
Watch The Nightmare on Elm Street
Watch The Shining
Watch The Sixth Sense
Watch The Texas Chainsaw Massacre