Deena Warner’s Top 25 Horror Movies

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A Nightmare on Elm Street

Notable horror book cover artist Deena Warner brings a new #1 title to the table, with an old friend in a red and black sweater. And a beat-up old hat.  And some knives on his fingers. With chunks of teenager meat on them.

I’m a cover artist and website designer. I’ve been working in the genre since around 1999 and was named the artist guest of honor at the HWA’s Bram Stoker Award weekend. I’ve built websites for some cool people like Dean Koontz, Neil Gaiman, and George R.R. Martin. I debate movies with a lot of horror writers, including my husband, Matthew Warner. My website is

My list has a lot to do with re-watchability. As in, if you asked me to watch this movie right now, how likely would I be to say yes. Some push the boundaries of what is considered horror, but they’re all dark and delicious.

#1 Favorite Movie of ALL TIME!: A Nightmare on Elm Street (Wes Craven, 1984)

Movie #2: Spooky Encounters (Sammo Hung, 1980)

Movie #3: Audition (Takashi Miike, 1999)

Movie #4: Poltergeist (Tobe Hooper, 1982)

Movie #5: In the Mouth of Madness (John Carpenter, 1994)

Movie #6: The Devil’s Backbone (Guillermo del Toro, 2001)

Movie #7: The Dunwich Horror (Daniel Haller, 1970)

Movie #8: The Happiness of the Katakuris (Takashi Miike, 2001)

Movie #9: Psycho (Alfred Hitchcock, 1960)

Movie #10: The Witch (Robert Eggers, 2015)

Movie #11: City of Lost Children (Jean-Pierre Jeunet, 1995)

Movie #12: Candyman (Bernard Rose, 1992)

Movie #13: Silence of the Lambs (Jonathan Demme, 1991)

Movie #14: Get Out (Jordan Peele, 2017)

Movie #15: The Amityville Horror (Stuart Rosenberg, 1979)

Movie #16: The Exorcist (William Friedkin, 1973)

Movie #17: Let the Right One In (Tomas Alfredson, 2008)

Movie #18: The Orphanage (J. A. Bayona, 2007)

Movie #19: The Descent (Neil Marshall, 2005)

Movie #20: Nosferatu (F. W. Murnau, 1922)

Movie #21: Pet Sematary (Mary Lambert, 1989)

Movie #22: Crimson Peak (Guillermo del Toro, 2015)

Movie #23: Cabin in the Woods (Drew Goddard, 2011)

Movie #24: A Tale of Two Sisters (Kim Jee-woon, 2003)

Movie #25: Mama (Andrés Muschietti, 2013)

Editor’s Note: Here’s some of Deena’s Work!

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