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100 Greatest Horror Films of All Time: The Runners-Up

There’s an explicit current of self-loathing running through this amazing collection of films.




The Silence of the Lambs

From Chuck Bowen’s introduction to Slant Magazine’s list of the 100 Greatest Horror Film of All Time: “A startling commonality emerges if you look over the following films in short succession that’s revelatory of the entire horror genre: These works aren’t about the fear of dying, but the fear of dying alone, a subtlety that cuts to the bone of our fear of death anyway—of a life unlived. There’s an explicit current of self-loathing running through this amazing collection of films. What are Norman Bates and Jack Torrance besides eerily all-too-human monsters? Failures. Success also ultimately eludes Leatherface, as well as the socially stunted lost souls of Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s Pulse. What is the imposing creature of Nosferatu? He makes for quite the presence, but his hungers ultimately lead him to oblivion.” Click here to read the feature and see if your favorites made our list. And see below for a list of the films that just missed the cut.

101. Bigger Than Life
102. Safe
103. Se7en
104. 28 Days Later…
105. The Devils
106. A Nightmare on Elm Street
107. Island of the Lost Souls
108. Funny Games (1997)
109. The Church
110. Sisters
111. Night of the Demon (aka Curse of the Demon)
112. Candyman
113. And Soon the Darkness (1970)
114. The Lords of Salem
115. Gremlins
116. The Haunting
117. Blood and Black Lace
118. Hour of the Wolf
119. Cube
120. Godzilla (1954)
121. Diabolique
122. The Hands of Orlac (a.k.a. Mad Love)
123. American Psycho
124. The Curse of the Cat People
125. Cure
126. L’Age d’Or
127. Day of Wrath
128. The Fury
129. Manhunter
130. Mulholland Drive
131. Let the Right One In
132. Gremlins 2: The New Batch
133. Lost Highway
134. The Last House on Dead End Street
135. Haxan
136. Cemetery Man
137. Shaun of the Dead
138. The Strangers
139. Inferno
140. Tourist Trap
141. Aliens
142. It’s Alive
143. Targets
144. The Exterminating Angel
145. Wake in Fright
146. Jacob’s Ladder
147. Cannibal Holocaust
148. The House of the Devil
149. The Entity
150. Shivers
151. Antichrist
152. Phantasm
153. The Bird with the Crystal Plumage
154. 28 Weeks Later
155. Bram Stoker’s Dracula
156. Visitor Q
157. Prince of Darkness
158. The Act of Killing
159. Return of the Living Dead
160. Bay of Blood
161. The Unknown
162. Paperhouse
163. Dead Alive (a.k.a. Braindead)
164. Shock Corridor
165. Phenomena
166. Flesh for Frankenstein
167. Who Can Kill a Child?
168. Horror of Dracula
169. The Blob (1988)
170. Ms. 45
171. In a Glass Cage
172. The Devil’s Rejects
173. Leviathan
174. Daughters of Darkness
175. Lair of the White Worm
176. Kill List
177. The Omen (1976)
178. Ravenous
179. Last Year at Marienbad
180. Salo, or the 120 Days of Sodom
181. The Fearless Vampire Killers
182. Phantom Lady
183. The Black Cat
184. Scanners
185. The Tingler
186. Basket Case
187. Shock Waves
188. A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors
189. Strait-Jacket
190. A Bucket of Blood
191. Drag Me to Hell
192. House on the Edge of the Park
193. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2
194. Creepshow
195. War of the Worlds (2005)
196. Shiver of the Vampires
197. Blood Splattered Bride
198. The Host (2006)
199. A History of Violence
200. Hands of the Ripper

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