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Polling Place: Our All-Time Favorite Horror Films

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At a recent meeting, we got on the subject of our favorite horror films, and thought it was high time to bring our readers into the discussion. We want you to tell us who’s right by voting on our picks in the Ranker list below. Just hit the thumbs up and down buttons based on your opinion of our picks. And don’t forget to tell us what your favorite horror film is in the Quemments below.’s Favorite Horror Movies

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  1. RRP says:

    Nope. Any horror list that doesn’t include “The Descent” doesn’t count.

  2. Dan Davis says:

    1) Alien
    2) An American Werewolf in London
    3) Dead Alive (Braindead)
    4) Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn
    5) Psycho
    6) Aliens
    7) Halloween
    8) The Thing
    9) Night of the Hunter
    10) Nosferatu

    Honorable Mention: The Act of Killing

    It isn’t really genre horror per say, and I would not have included it without having seen it on the Nerdist list, but truly the most terrifying thing to have ever been put on screen. It’s worse knowing that all of it is real.

  3. Goj says:

    It’s a good list. I am also missing the Texas Chainsaw Massacre (the 1974 original), and Poltergeist.

    And Cronenberg’s ‘Fly”

    Blair Witch Project really got under my skin and gave me nightmares for three years, which should count for something.

  4. Three Toes of Fury says:

    Woot! great posting team nerdist. I cant believe The Thing is #1…i completely agree with that rating. Its my personal all-time-favorite horror movie.

    Other notable additions:

    * Halloween – undisputed champ of all slasher flix. John Carpenter does it again.

    * Evil Dead 2 – good call @Orit. This is by far the greatest all-time Horror-Comedy.

    * Jaws – yup…its a horror….seems weird to classify it as such as its like one of the greatest movies ever…but it is a horror thru and thru.

    * Dead Alive (aka braindead) – funnest gorriest.

    * Poltergeist – best ‘scared the crap out of me as a kid’.

    * The Ghost and Mr Chicken – ok ok its a comedy and not a horror but it wins for “best goosebump inducing final scene”. Im literally getting goosebumps thinking about it.

    * Cabin in the Woods – best horror in the last couple years.

    * 70’s Invasion of the Bodysnatchers – best final shot.

    Peace .n. Happppy Hallowwwweeen

    3ToF…hiding under the bedsheets with a flashlight.

  5. Orit says:

    What?!?!? What have you got against Evil dead 2 delightfully super campy it’s the best and let’s not forget Brain dead (called Dead Alive in the U.S I think) taking a lawn mower to some zombies and a funny intestinal tract I mean that is just beyond wonderful and disgusting with the mom eating her ear in the soup and what not…
    Just saying…

  6. DarthChristopher says:

    What kind of horror list doesn’t have Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) or Halloween (1978 or 2007)?

  7. shinyfailure says:

    Not one of these is scarier than The Shining.

  8. Jenni says:

    I have to pick a favorite?! That’s like picking my favorite child. :)
    Although, I am fond of Nightmare on Elm Street 3 and The Children.

  9. Layne says:

    Can’t forget ‘Night of the Comet’.

  10. Layne says:

    I love House! I was so excited when I was able to buy a real copy so I didn’t have to watch it on the crappy VHS tape I recorded it to from my TV in the mid eighties. It still makes me laugh, cry and jump out of my skin! I miss William Katt (loved him in this and in ‘Greatest American Hero.’… I want that suit). Interesting list. I’m surprised it didn’t include more of Hitchcock’s and Stephen King’s work.

  11. Ann Jaclyn says:

    Ginger Snaps, The Descent, and Return of the Living Dead are some of my favorites. I do enjoy the mixture of horror and humor!