ByRobyn Church, writer at
Robyn Church

Halloween is just around the corner, and it's time to start thinking about this year's blood curdling movie binge. Your new 4K HDR TV is all set up and ready to display the reddest blood splatter in the history of home theater. Your 5.1 sound system is poised to surround your ears with glass-shattering screams. And all you need now is the right movie selection.

Fear not! Whether you love body snatchers, creature features or supernatural thrillers, we've got you covered. We have put together the definitive top 10 horror movie list of all time according to horror fans. I repeat, "according to horror fans." Not the most critically acclaimed scary movies or the horror films that won the most awards, but the top 10 horror flix according to you, the scream seeker.

The following list includes IMDb's top 10 user rated movies that are listed in the horror genre and have at least 100,000 moviegoer votes/ratings.

10. The Evil Dead 2 (1987)

  • IMDb Rating: 7.8
  • Box Office: $5.9 million

Directed by Sam Raimi, this is the second installment in the cult franchise The Evil Dead, and is undoubtedly the most popular of the trilogy. The recent hit show Ash vs. The Evil Dead is most closely modeled after this film, where Ash is the lone survivor of an onslaught of flesh-possessing demons.

9. Rosemary's Baby (1968)

  • IMDb Rating: 8.0
  • Box Office: $33.4 million

Arguably one of Roman Polanski's best movies, Rosemary's Baby was both a horror movie and psychological thriller. A woman becomes pregnant and grows increasingly paranoid over the safety of her unborn child. As her pregnancy progresses she quickly realizes there are malevolent forces hellbent on taking her baby.

8. Let the Right One In (2008)

  • IMDb 8.0
  • Box Office: $11.23 million

Oskar is constantly bullied until he meets Eli, an interestingly different kind of girl. It never hurts to have a vengeful vampire as a friend. Directed by Tomas Alfredson, this story provides a unique an eerie perspective to the traditional vampire movie.

7. The Exorcist (1973)

  • IMDb Rating: 8.0
  • Box Office: $30.7 million

Without doubt, this is one of the most popular and iconic movies in the horror genre. For those of you unfamiliar with the storyline, The Exorcist revolves around a teenage girl who is possessed by a powerful demon, and the two priests willing to sacrifice everything to save her.

6. Shaun Of The Dead (2004)

  • IMDb Rating: 8.0
  • Box Office: $30 million

This movie is two parts horror, one part gore and all comedy. Director Edgar Wright delivers the most cunning look at zombies to date. Shaun, the lead character, is mindlessly muddling through a meaningless life when he learns his entire neighborhood has turned into flesh-eating zombies. Seeing the outbreak as a chance to win his girlfriend back, Shaun decides to fight his way to her rescue and then hold up in a pub until it all blows over.

5. The Thing (1982)

  • IMDb Rating: 8.2
  • Box Office: $19.62 million

Directed by horror master John Carpenter, The Thing takes body snatchers and creature features to the next level. A research base is greeted by an alien force, that can assimilate anything it touches. With no way to discern friend from foe in this body-snatching creature feature, you never know who has become one of the Things.

4. The Shining (1980)

  • IMDb Rating: 8.4
  • Box Office: $44.02 million

This movie is the most critically acclaimed and fan-loved Stephen King adaptation to date. In an isolated hotel, an evil presence turns a family man into a blood thirsty killer. Stanley Kubrick blends jump scares and supernatural thrills while Jack Nicholson delivers a psychotic axe killer that'll keep you up at night.

3. Alien (1979)

  • IMDb Rating: 8.5
  • Box Office: $159.8 million

A deep-space crew lands on an isolated planet and is attacked by a terrifyingly brutal life form that follows them back onto their space ship. Ridley Scott sets the mood for spine-tingling chills and jump scare thrills in this unforgettable creature feature.

2. Psycho (1960)

  • IMDb Rating: 8.5
  • Box Office: $50 million

A woman checks into a hotel only to learn she is being stalked by a schizophrenic man. This film is praised as Alfred Hitchock's masterpiece. While he defined the meaning of "suspense" in the horror genre well before this movie, Psycho remains the benchmark for "edge-of-your-seat" thrillers.

1. The Silence Of The Lambs (1991)

  • IMDb Rating: 8.6
  • Box Office: $272.7 million

An FBI cadet, played by Jodie Foster, teams up with an imprisoned psychopathic genius in order to catch a brutal serial killer who skins his victims. Anthony Hopkins provides one of the most terrifying and convincing portrayals of a psychotic killer to date.

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