Graveyard Shift The Best Classic Horror Movies  

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List Rules Any good old horror films recognized as classics

If you’re a true horror film enthusiast then you’ll recognize these famous directors and the movies that earned them worldwide recognition: Tobe Hooper’s The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Roman Polanski’s Rosemary’s Baby, Tod Browning’s Dracula, James Whale’s The Bride of Frankenstein, David Cronenberg’s The Fly, Wes Craven’s The Last House on the Left, John Carpenter’s The Thing, and the most famous horror director of all time, Alfred Hitchcock, who produced some of the greatest horror movies in all of film history, including The Birds and Psycho and other old horror movies.

The movies on this list have stood the test of time as being the greatest horror films in history, so if you're in the mood for horror, these won't disappoint. They include: The Shining, Jaws, Alien, The Exorcist, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Night of the Living Dead, Evil Dead, Halloween, Rosemary’s Baby, Dressed to Kill, I Walked With a Zombie, and Possession. This list includes old slasher films as well as scary psychological horror movies that terrified early audiences of cinema.

Vote up your favorite classic horror flick today, or add a good old scary classic that isn't on the list already.
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Psycho Alfred Hitchcock

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The Shining Stanley Kubrick

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The Exorcist William Friedkin

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PaulWojciechowski added The Silence of the Lambs Jonathan Demme

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Alien Ridley Scott

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dee123 added A Nightmare on Elm Street Wes Craven

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Halloween John Carpenter

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dee123 added Poltergeist Tobe Hooper

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Carrie Brian De Palma

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The Thing John Carpenter

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Night of the Living Dead George A. Romero

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The Birds Alfred Hitchcock

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Jaws Steven Spielberg

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StevenKershaw added The Omen Richard Donner

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Rosemary's Baby Roman Polanski

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The Evil Dead Sam Raimi

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dee123 added Friday the 13th Sean S. Cunningham

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The Fly David Cronenberg

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Nosferatu F. W. Murnau

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Frankenstein James Whale

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but chickens double d added Bram Stoker's Dracula Francis Ford Coppola

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but chickens double d added Scream Wes Craven

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Dawn of the Dead George A. Romero

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dee123 added Creature from the Black Lagoon Jack Arnold

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but chickens double d added Misery Rob Reiner

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Bride of Frankenstein James Whale

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but chickens double d added Aliens James Cameron

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but chickens double d added Hellraiser Clive Barker

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dee123 added House on Haunted Hill William Castle

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but chickens double d added The Haunting Robert Wise

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but chickens double d added An American Werewolf in London John Landis

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PaulWojciechowski added Evil Dead II Sam Raimi

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dee123 added House of Wax André de Toth

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dee123 added The Mummy Karl Freund

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dee123 added The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari Robert Wiene

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but chickens double d added Salem's Lot Tobe Hooper

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Halloween II is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Classic Horror Movies
but chickens double d added Halloween II Rick Rosenthal

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The Wicker Man Robin Hardy

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66 33
The Lost Boys is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Classic Horror Movies
but chickens double d added The Lost Boys Joel Schumacher

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John Carpenter's The Fog John Carpenter

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Predator is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Classic Horror Movies
but chickens double d added Predator John McTiernan

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Freaks Tod Browning

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but chickens double d added Pet Sematary Mary Lambert

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dee123 added Black Christmas Bob Clark

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but chickens double d added The Wolf Man George Waggner

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dee123 added Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Rouben Mamoulian

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dee123 added Village of the Damned Wolf Rilla

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dee123 added Dracula Terence Fisher