The Scariest Things Top 100 Jury Vote Breakdown

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Mount Rushhorror! The Official Monument to The Scariest Things. (Art by Scott Roller)

Wow! Just Wow. What a turnout we had for the 2022 Top 100 Horror Films of All Time Jury. Seventy-Two contributors helped curate our BIG LIST by giving us their 25 favorite horror films. Fifty-four new jurors plus seventeen who we carried over as legacy jurors from the 2018 edition of this assembly. I would like to thank EVERYBODY who participated in this effort, as it is clear that there are so many great horror movies, just getting to the top 100 is a challenge.

All told there were 515 movies that got selected by the selection committee. So we still have 415 great horror movies that didn’t get onto the list. So, are these the best of the best? We’re revealing these films every week up until Halloween, so you can track them as they come out. It’s amazing that even when we’re talking about the best of the best, there will still be some movies that you may not have heard of.

A reminder of how this worked: Each juror gave us their top 25. Each #1 film was worth 25 points, the #2 film is worth 24 points, and so on down until the #25 film which gets one valuable vote. We aggregated the totals and the number one film is the one that finished the highest.

Picking losers in Circle (2015)

Here are links to our top 100 films as we unveil them. I highly recommend that you go to Stitcher, iTunes, GooglePlay, (but sadly not Spotify) to listen to the Podcast first… but if you REALLY want to know and spoil the unveiling, you can check out the results right here with these links.






The Vampire Council in Underworld (2003)

The level of entry into the top 100 this year was so much higher. In our previous edition, all it took was a movie to get into the top 100 was to be one juror’s favorite movie. (Santa Sangre, Willy Greer’s favorite movie was #94 last time, scoring 25 points, just for his #1 vote.) You’re Next, our #100 film this year appeared on five ballots and received 52 votes, meaning that even if you were a film that scored two #1 votes, (50) you would still need help. This film actually TIED with Eyes Without a Face, and the tie goes to the passion vote, and Eyes ended up as comic writer Ben Goldsmith’s #9 movie, which was higher than any ballot for You’re next, so it got the nod.

I’m happy to note that little independent films still did well. The Witch, The Autopsy of Jane Doe, House of the Devil, and many others have made the cut. And the golden age classics were not forgotten! (Though Frankenstein and King Kong sadly did not receive enough votes, two of my favorites on my list!) But just looking at the balloting, you can tell that the iconic favorites are going to do very well in this roster. There are many films that show up on 2/3 of the ballots, with many spots near the top.

The Number One Film, which I won’t yet divulge hit an amazing 902 POINTS! The Number one film from the 2018 list had a mere 387 points. Is it the same movie? You’ll have to wait and find out!

I wanted to Highlight the One Vote selections. A movie that one juror and only that juror selected. In the chart, these movies are highlighted in GREEN. I think it’s great that there will be some jurors who carry the banner for a film, and though these films will not make the cut, I thought they should get special recognition. In many cases, these are lesser-known movies. In some cases, perhaps underappreciated movies. Granted, some of these may be dubiously horror, or just plain goofy, but our illustrious selectors thought enough to vouch for them, so a round of golf claps for the ones that get a participation ribbon! (clap… clap… )

Films that show up in RED are considered to be too far outside what would be a horror or even a horror-adjacent film to be considered on the big list. I am making an exception for two films that seem somewhat questionable on the horror-or-not scale, and both of them are David Lynch films! Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me and Blue Velvet are both noir thrillers with a slightly fantastic edge to them, but enough of our jury picked both of those movies, they will show up in the full roster.

When reading the table, if a movie has a famous original film, and has a quality, but not-quite classic remake (Dawn of the Dead, Halloween, Suspiria) or for the films that surpass their source material (The Thing, The Fly, Invasion of the Body Snatchers) you can assume that the film listed is the more notable film. If it is NOT that film, it will have a date after it qualifying that it is the variant. And for movies that have obviously better versions (Scream, The Shining, Martyrs) you know which version we’re talking about.

You can scroll across the table from right to left to see all the selections. If you are reviewing this by phone, it might be a bit of a trick.

Summoning Satan in Satanic Panic (2018)

There was ONE List that had all of his films in the Top 100:
Our young film school graduate and aspiring writer Michael Small went 25 for 25 on films making the top 100. Nice picking!

There were also THREE other lists that had good company, in that all of their selections had at least one other juror in agreement on all of their films: Our patron Zach Pennell, trivia host Matthew Holland, and our Facebook conversation activator Tom Carter all had lists that were in common with the rest of the jury.

There are two notably different lists.

I think both of them are 100% viable, but they weren’t just carrying a banner for their particular singular films, they brought the whole marching band with them.

Our new friend and horror author Crystal Connor, who found us at the Portland Horror Film Festival, had a roster full of European films that I honestly had never heard of. And, apparently neither did most of our jury. Her list is FASCINATING. Check it out. Five dollars says that you haven’t seen half of those movies!

Legacy Atomic Age horror fan Ingo Tants picked from one of the hardest eras in horror, and he really brought his unique appreciation for B-Movies of the Matinee to the forefront, and we thank him for letting us remember that the ’50s had some pretty wonderful if a bit cheesy movies.

Eric’s Favorite List (Besides his Own)

The list that I thought would be the most fun for me to watch from front to back, and one that had great diversity and a few really cool deep Cuts:

Horror Trivia Host Catherine Holland, who co-hosted Horror Brew Trivia with her husband Matt at a local Portland pub as The Scariest Things was just starting up. For me, some notable films include Overlord, The Final Girls, Marrowbone, Trollhunter, The Void, and Tremors… None of them made the Top 100, but I love all those movies!

#1 Picks that Didn’t Make the Cut

Speaking of Catherine Holland… she also got skunked with her #1 pick:

  • The Mummy (1931) Sorry Boris, she was the only one who voted!
  • Vargtimmen (Hour of the Wolf) Icelandic Director Elvar Gunnarson selected the Ingmar Bergman and Max Von Sydow brooding film.
  • Dr. Caligari (1989) My trivia teammate Gerry Hathaway picked this bizarro Max Headroom meets Videodrome eighties concoction.
  • Near Dark (1987) Patron Sharon Yablon selected Kathryn Bigelow’s vampire road trip film. I’m surprised nobody else picked up on this!

Bold choices… but they stood alone!

A Pyramid Scheme Cult in The Invitation (2015)

With as many movies that made the overall list, it is still surprising that some much-beloved movies did not get a nomination. In this list, I’m sure that there may be one or two movies that you might think “Oh man! That Totally should have made the list!” Or… maybe not. I am not listing any movies here that are less than five years old, as they have not yet had the time to become all-time classics.

Maybe next time!

  • Anaconda
  • Bay of Blood / Twitch of the Death Nerve
  • Calvaire
  • Curse of the Werewolf (1961)
  • Cujo
  • The Faculty
  • Grizzly
  • The Hills Have Eyes
  • I Know What You Did Last Summer
  • I Saw the Devil
  • I Spit on Your Grave
  • The Innkeepers
  • Lake Placid
  • Martin
  • Monkey Shines
  • Motel Hell
  • Mothra
  • The Mummy (1999)
  • Onibaba
  • Peeping Tom
  • Pitch Black
  • Prom Night
  • The Relic
  • Slumber Party Massacre
  • Sweeny Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
  • The Terminator
  • Terror Train
  • Tourist Trap
  • Wolf Creek
  • Wrong Turn
  • Zodiac
  • Zombeavers (Sorry, Mike)
Dapper Satanists in The Seventh Victim (1941)
A Special Thank You to Our Directors!

When we started The Scariest Things, we never thought we would get the opportunity and privilege to talk with the people who make the movies we love. We have been graced with the chance to interview quite a few filmmakers, and some of them have been generous enough with their time to participate in the selection of this list!

To have this many talented horror film directors and actors legitimizes our list, and we are awfully proud to have their opinions shown here.

The Great news is that all of the films they represent are awesome! You can read our reviews of these films on our site, and we would encourage each of you to check their films out. Links included for your viewing ease!

Our Feature Films directed by members of the Jury:

And we have some short film directors:

  • Hello? by Tim Schechmeister
  • We Summoned a Demon by Chris McInroy (Also Guts… not on YouTube yet, and Death Metal!)
  • Made You Look by Kian Doughty (He was only a 7th Grader when he did this! He did have some help from Oscar-winning Makeup man Chris Walas.)
The Midian Council in Nightbreed (1990)


1Liz WilliamsPodcasterThe Scariest ThingsMartyrsThe StrangersPoltergeistKill ListThe Exorcist IIIThe Silence of the LambsSaint MaudHostelThe Blair Witch ProjectSafe Haven (V/H/S 2 Segment)HereditaryAuditionSession 9Paranormal ActivityThe Lost BoysSe7enThe DescentEvent HorizonCabin FeverCandymanIncident in a GhostlandYou’re NextSuicide Circle / Suicide ClubNight of the Living DeadScream
2Eric LiPodcasterThe Scariest thingsThe ThingThe FlyJawsDawn of the DeadHereditaryEvil Dead IIAlien28 Days LaterRawFrankensteinGet OutCreature from the Black LagoonKing KongA Quiet PlaceCat People (1942)You’re NextThe BabadookThe BlobThe MistOpen WaterReady or NotHigh TensionRavenousThe RuinsThe Autopsy of Jane Doe
3Mike CampbellPodcasterThe Scariest ThingsDawn of the DeadHalloweenHouse of the DevilPet SemataryThe Texas Chainsaw MassacreThe Exorcist IIISuspiriaThe ExorcistPiranhaThe ShiningBlack ChristmasFriday the 13thThe ConjuringThe BroodParanormal ActivityProfondo RossoSilent Night Deadly NightPhantasmSession 9Creature from the Black LagoonThe RingThe OmenInvasion of the Body SnatcherUsReturn of the Living Dead
4Ian ParkerPodcasterThe Scariest ThingsThe RingFrailtyDracula (1931)The WitchCabin in the WoodsInsidiousSinisterThe Blair Witch ProjectThe ConjuringThe FlyChildren of the CornThe Silence of the LambsSleepy HollowSession 9Halloween (1978)The ShiningYou’re NextA Quiet PlaceAlienInvasion of the Body SnatchersReady or NotNight of the Living DeadThe MistThe RitualTrain To Busan
5Robert ZilbauerWriterThe Scariest ThingsThe ThingThe Autopsy of Jane DoeThe Exorcist28 Days LaterHost (2020)AlienThe ShiningGinger SnapsBloody Hell (2020)In the Mouth of MadnessHellraiserCarrieRare Exports: A Christmas TaleGet OutThe Blair Witch ProjectRinguThe Feast (2021)An American Werewolf in LondonPoltergeistThe MistAntlersOne Cut of the DeadDawn of the DeadLove and MonstersThe Call of Cthulhu
6Joseph PerryWriterThe Scariest ThingsBlue VelvetJawsHalloween (1978)Godzilla (1957)Creature From the Black LagoonAn American Werewolf in LondonThe ShiningThe ExorcistTwins of EvilThe TenantRepulsionRosemary’s BabyThe Night StalkerThe Night StranglerLair of the White WormRe-AnimatorThe Evil Dead (1981)HereditaryThe Rocky Horror Picture ShowManeater of HydraWar of the GargantuasEraserheadThe SentinelCarrie (1976)The Legend of Boggy Creek
7Amy FaustWriterThe Scariest ThingsRosemary’s BabyThe RitualThe Blair Witch ProjectAs Above So BelowGet OutAlienRavenousBehind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie VernonGinger SnapsA Nightmare on Em Street[REC]Paranormal ActivityOculusGrave EncountersThe House on Haunted Hill (1999)Hell House LLCThe House of Wax Final DestinationGhost Ship Thi13een GhostsCloverfieldFrozenSt. John’s WortPontypoolFear, Inc.
8Tim SchechmeisterDirectorHello?The RingRosemary’s BabyThe ShiningKairoThe ExorcistThe Blair Witch ProjectThe Texas Chainsaw MassacreThe InnocentsSe7enMulholland DriveJawsTwin Peaks: Fire Walk With MeHalloweenThe Uninvited28 Days LaterDon’t Look NowArmy of DarknessA Nightmare on Elm StreetInsidiousThe StrangersFunny GamesThe BirdsAlienThe Sixth SenseParanormal Activity
9Chris McInroyDirectorWe Summoned a Demon, GutsAn American Werewolf in LondonEvil Dead 2: Dead By DawnA Nightmare on Elm StreetThe GatePhantasmThe ShiningJawsThe Monster SquadPoltergeistGremlinsThe Lost BoysHalloweenAliensTucker and Dale vs. EvilGreen RoomThe Return of the Living DeadIt (2018)Trick ‘R TreatAttack the BlockScreamHouse (1986)The ConjuringRe-AnimatorThe Thing Cabin in the Woods
10Ryan Barton-GrimleyDirectorHawk and Rev Vampire SlayersThe ShiningShaun of the DeadThe Lost BoysLet the Right One InHalloweenEvil Dead 2: Dead by DawnGet OutTrollhunterWolf CopTucker and Dale vs. EvilWhat We do in the ShadowsThe BurbsScreamA Nightmare on Elm StreetRosemary’s BabyIt FollowsFunny GamesThe TransfigurationHigh TensionSplit American PsychoBig Trouble in Little ChinaAn American Werewolf in LondonSlitherTremors
11Michael LovanDirectorMurder Bury WinScreamNoroiMartyrsCureDemon (2015)HereditaryGremlins[REC]RinguThe Blair Witch ProjectFriday the 13th Part VI: Jason LivesA Nightmare on Elm StreetGinger SnapsChild’s PlayShaun of the DeadHalloweenThe ThingThe Bride of FrankensteinThe FlyThe ExorcistThe WailingThe Blair Witch ProjectMiseryPoltergeistJaws
12Vincente DiSantiDirectorNever Hike AloneFriday the 13th Part VI: Jason LivesFriday the 13th Part IV: The Final ChapterReturn of the Living DeadProfondo RossoAn American Werewolf in LondonDawn of the Dead (1977)Godzilla 1984 (Return of Godzilla)The People Under the StairsCreepshow 2HalloweenA Nightmare on Elm StreetThe Texas Chainsaw MassacreThe OmenJawsPredatorNight of the Living DeadTenebreScreamThe Blob (1987)The ThingThe ShiningChild’s PlayPuppet MasterKiller Klowns from Outer SpaceAmityville Horror II: The Possession
13Kian DoughtyDirectorMade You LookThe ShiningGet OutAlienA Quiet PlaceCoralineGremlinsThe Monster SquadWhat We Do in the ShadowsGremlins 2Army of DarknessThe BirdsFriday the 13thPoltergeistThe Nightmare Before ChristmasThe Sixth SenseUnbreakableRear WindowSean of the DeadPet SemataryMars Attacks!The RingBeetlejuicePsychoIt (1990)It (2017)
14Duncan BirminghamDirectorWho Invited Them?The ExorcistJawsThe ShiningThe Texas Chainsaw MassacreThe ThingAlienPoltergeistLet the Right One InCarrieHalloween28 Days LaterThe InvitationThe FlyPsychoThe VanishingAliensThe BirdsThe Honeymoon KillersAn American Werewolf in LondonMiseryRawThe Sixth SenseDawn of the DeadGet OutCarnival of Souls
15Elvar GunnarssonDirectorIt HatchedVargtimmenThe Night of the HunterDraugasagaThe ThingPicnic at Hanging RockHausuSuspiriaEraserheadHaxanPsychoVideodromeThe ExorcistViyThe ShiningVampyrThe WickermanKwaidanAngstAnguishTwin Peaks: Fire Walk With MeZombie The TenantEvent HorizonAuditionCarnival of Souls
16Marc Martinez JordanDirectorFramedThe ShiningAlienGet OutThe Blair Witch ProjectThe ThingThe RingYou’re NextThe Texas Chainsaw MassacreThe FlyRawVeronicaGoodnight MommyCubeMartyrsIt FollowsInside The Cabin in the WoodsIchi The KillerAmerican PsychoDead End[REC]The Toxic AvengerThe Human CentipedeThe Fourth KindV/H/S
17PJ StarksDirector13 Slays til Xmas, Volumes of BloodThe Monster SquadThe Return of the Living DeadAn American Werewolf in LondonThe ThingDawn of the DeadDemonsA Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream WarriorsHalloween III: Season of the WitchThe ProwlerMadmanBlack ChristmasHell NightScreamPhantasmShock WavesZombieStagefrightMy Bloody ValentineC.H.U.D.The BurningThe FunhouseFright NightThe FogThe Blob (1988)Day of the Dead
18Joe BadonDirectorThe God Inside My Ear, Sister TempestEvil Dead 2: Dead by DawnThe ThingThe Devils (1971)HausuThree WomenEraserheadAltered StatesValerie and her Week of WondersSanta SangreUnder The SkinMs. 45RepulsionSuspiria (1977)The Exorcist IIIInlnd EmpireThe Spine of NightThe Boxer’s OmenThe Texas Chainsaw MassacreAlucardaVampire’s KissCarnival of SoulsThe Love WitchThe Abominable Dr. PhibesThe HauntingThe Rocky Horror Picture Show
19Jamie HooperDirectorThe CreepingThe ThingThe Texas Chainsaw MassacreThe ExorcistLet the Right One InRosemary’s BabyThe Wicker ManCandymanThe OmenRinguThe OthersThe InnocentsThe DescentThe ConjuringBurnt OfferingsDon’t Look NowThe HungerThe Amityville HorrorPoltergeistThe Blair Witch ProjectCrimson PeakThe FrightenersThe ShiningThe OrphanageThe Woman in BlackThe Sixth Sense
20Kathryn MichelleDirectorThe AccursedThe DescentHigh TensionSaint MaudTrain to BusanLet The Right One InHereditaryBraid28 Days LaterThe ShiningThe Amityville HorrorFrailtyA Girl Walks Home Alone At NightSe7enThe Serpent and the RainbowJawsA Nightmare on Elm StreetIt (2017)CarrieThe WitchThe GolemThe StrangersPoltergeistGet OutThe OmenScream
21Elizabeta VidovicDirectorThe AccursedPan’s LabyrinthBram Stoker’s DraculaHalloweenThe OrphanageThe Lost BoysFright NightScreamThe ConjuringHereditaryJulia’s EyesAn American Werewolf in London28 Days LaterA Girl Walks Home Alone At NightTigers are Not AfraidBlack PhoneThe DescentMiseryTrain to BusanThe Silence of the LambsMusanaras (Shrew’s Nest)AliensGet OutPsychoThe ShiningThe Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
22Jared RogersActorWhen The Screaming StartsHalloweenShaun of the Dead28 Days LaterTrain to BusanWhat We Do in the ShadowsJawsAlienA Quiet PlaceSe7enZombielandSawMidsommarSweetie, You Won’t Believe ItHellbenderThe Blair Witch ProjectFinal DestinationGreen RoomThe BabadookHereditaryIt Comes at NightRed StateThe MistAnnihilationThe VillageEvent Horizon
23Ed HartlandActorWhen The Screaming StartsScreamThe Silence of the LambsGet OutThe ExorcistThe Texas Chainsaw MassacreEvil Dead 2: Dead By DawnHounds of LoveThe Night of the Living DeadRinguThe ThingRinguPan’s Labyrinth[REC]The LighthouseBone TomahawkThe Blair Witch ProjectA Quiet PlacePsychoGreen RoomTrain to BusanThe Wicker ManSawHellraiserA Nightmare on Elm StreetUs
24John Ryan HowardActorBeyond the WoodsThe ThingThe StepfatherHouseScreamA Nightmare on Elm StreetScream 2Wes Craven’s New NightmareThe Stepfather 2The HitcherFriday the 13thThe ShiningThe FogHalloween H20It (1990)Child’s PlayHouse of the DevilChild’s Play 2Child’s Play 3A Nightmare on Elm St. 3: Dream Warriors1408The MistMiseryScream 3VacancyCandyman
25John FoleyTrailer CreatorThe Woman in BlackJu-On: The GrudgeThe WitchAn American Werewolf in LondonSuspiriaCreepshowFright NightLost HighwayEvil DeadThe ThingThe FlyA Nightmare on Elm StreetHereditaryTwin Peaks: Fire Walk With MeThe ShiningThe Blair Witch ProjectSawThe FogThe ConjuringDead SilenceThe BabadookHellraiserSession 9PhantasmJacob’s LadderIn the Mouth of Madness
26Sara Sometti Michaels (Legacy)Writer
St. AgathaThe ShiningThe ExorcistThe Autopsy of Jane DoeHostelSawSilent HillThe ThingHalloweenThe Blair Witch ProjectSplit28 Days LaterDon’t BreatheDawn of the DeadSuspiria (1977)Paranormal ActivityA Nightmare on Elm StreetThe RingCarrieIt FollowsSession 9[REC]The Texas Chainsaw MassacreIt (2017)The PurgeSinister
27Bryn TillyFestival DirectorA Night of Horror Film FestivalAlienHalloweenThe ThingVideodromeDay of the DeadBlack SwanWake in FrightThe BrokenInsideFrontier(s)[REC]Saint MaudAngel HeartCome and SeeThe Blackcoat’s DaughterBlissStarry EyesThe Texas Chainsaw MassacreInvasion of the Body SnatchersDeep Red (Profondo Rosso)PossessionThe HitcherAn American Werewolf in LondonThe Evil DeadMartyrs
28Dr. Dean BertramFestival DirectorMidWest WeirdFestHalloweenHalloween III: Season of the WitchPhantasmDawn of the DeadThe ThingDay of the DeadRe-AnimatorPhantasm IIThe Legend of Boggy CreekThe RevenantRosemary’s BabyAltered StatesPossessionThe BeyondNight of the Living DeadThe ExorcistReturn of the Living DeadThe HowlingDead RingersDracula (1931)The Fearless Vampire KillersCannibal HolocaustSuspiria (1977)The Texas Chainsaw MassacreAn American Werewolf in London
29Gwen CallahanFestival DirectorPortland Horror FF, H.P. Lovecraft FFAlienThe ThingThe HauntingMandyThe ExorcistHellraiserEvent HorizonRinguRe-AnimatorBattle RoyaleThe ShiningA Tale of Two SistersSalem’s LotSuicide ClubLet the Right One InThe Wicker ManThe Girl with All the GiftsThe DescentAuditionIchi the KillerCabin in the woodsThe Blood on Satan’s ClawPoltergeistYoung FrankensteinPandora’s Box (1929)
30Marc FermanFestival DirectorPopcorn FrightsThe Lost BoysThe ThingEvil Dead 2: Dead By DawnCabin in the WoodsAn American Werewolf in LondonHalloweenFriday the 13th Part VI: Jason LivesJawsChristineThe FlyBride of ChuckyA Nightmare on Elm StreetCandymanAliensScreamTrick R TreatMiseryPoltergeistThe RingGet OutThe ConjuringCreepshowThe Texas Chainsaw massacreGremlinsThe Blob (1988)
31Jacob AllenFestival DirectorWreak Havoc Film FestivalThe Sixth SenseInterview with the VampireAn American Werewolf In LondonPet SemataryHellraiserBram Stoker’s DraculaA Nightmare on Elm StreetInsidiousGremlinsThe ShiningNosferatuThe Texas Chainsaw MassacreHouse of Wax (1953)The WitchThe Fly (1986)The BirdsRe-AnimatorThe ExorcistAmerican PsychoThe Wolf Man (1941)The Conjuring 2HatchetDracula (1931)NightbreedHouse of 1000 Corpses
32Dan SellersFestival DirectorWreak Havoc Film FestivalEvil Dead 2: Dead By DawnThe ExorcistJawsPsychoHalloweenThe Blair Witch ProjectThe ThingScreamFrom Dusk Til DawnThe Silence of the LambsDawn of the DeadArmy of DarknessShaun of the DeadBram Stoker’s DraculaHereditaryThe ShiningAlienThe ConjuringAn American Werewolf in LondonThe BirdsThe Texas Chainsaw Massacre Part 2ItNight of the Living DeadCreepshowCarrie
33Andrew Migliore
Festival CreatorH.P. Lovecraft FFAlienThe ThingQuatermass and the PitThe ExorcistRosemary’s BabyDawn of the DeadThe ShiningAn American Werewolf in LondonKwaidanCurse of the DemonThe Wicker ManPsychoNight of the Living DeadThe RingThe HauntingLet’s Scare Jessica to DeathInvasion of the Body SnatchersLet the Right One InGet OutThe MistDead BirdsThe BurrowersUzumaki (Spiral)The Blair Witch ProjectThe Nameless
34Joe Moe
EditorFamous Monsters of FilmlandThe ExorcistThe ChangelingSilence of the LambsAlice Sweet AliceThe ShiningJawsDon’t Look NowRosemary’s BabyThe HauntingThe DescentThe Legend of Hell HouseTales From the CryptBlue VelvetAn American Werewolf in LondonAlienCat O’ Nine TailsEyes Without a FacePsychoDiaboliqueThe Exorcist IIIWhen a Stranger CallsThe ThingThe Texas Chainsaw MassacreThe Omen
35Jay Kay
Horror Happens Radio28 Days LaterThe Exorcist IIILovely MollyTrain to BusanThe Ninth GateAuditionDeath ProofUndocumentedSe7enArachnophobiaNight of the Living DeadFinal DestinationTake ShelterSawEx MachinaThe Texas Chainsaw MassacreAnna And the ApocalypseThe Last Will and Testament of Rosalind LeighIn the Mouth of MadnessAb-Normal BeautyRear WindowHalloweenElephantCat’s EyeAll Monsters Attack
36Luca Pincelli
Horror World and NewsMartyrsThe ExorcistPsychoThe BabadookGoodnight MommyCreature from the Black LagoonThe ThingA Tale of Two SistersScreamMother!The FlyHellbound: Hellraiser 2Killer Klowns from Outer SpaceThe Sixth SenseIncident in a GhostlandIt FollowsEyes Without a FaceLet the Right One InInsideExcisionRosemary’s BabyDemonsAlienA Nightmare on Elm StreetValerie and her Week of Wonders
37Eliah McCutcheonBloggerHorror Movie StillsScreamA Nightmare on Elm StreetSuspiriaHouseJennifer’s BodyDemonsIt FollowsBlaculaPsychoEyes Without a FaceCabin in the WoodsUsThe OrphanageThe ThingThe ShiningYou’re NextBrain Dead / Dead AliveHalloweenThe MistBlack ChristmasA Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Drem WarriorsAn American Werewolf in LondonCrawlHereditaryScream 4
38Crystal ConnorAuthorThe DarknessThe ExorcistThe BroodWho Could Kill a Child?The Pact (1977)
(El Pacto)
Man Bites Dog
With a Friend Like HarryWelcome to Mercy
InsideWhite Coffin
(El Juego Diabólico)
The Black Forest
(A Mata Negra)
Play DeadShe Who Must BurnFirst Born (2016)The Compound (2013)The InvitationThe OmenThe ShrineThe Wicker TreeThe ThingThe Screw Fly Solution (Masters of Horror)Incident on and off a Mountain Road (Masters of Horror)HalloweenThe Hand that Rocks the CradleThe Children of the CornFriday the 13th
39Ben Goldsmith
Comic AuthorThe Seance RoomEvil Dead 2: Dead By DawnRosemary’s BabyOculusThe FrightenersJawsNight of the Living DeadThir13en GhostsEyes Without a FaceFreakyHocus PocusThe ConjuringThe Bride of FrankensteinThe Sixth Sense28 Days LaterThey LiveThe ThingA Clockwork OrangeTucker and Dale Vs. EvilCabin in the woodsArmy of DarknessBeetlejuiceCreepThe Invisible Man (2019)SuspiriaWilly’s Wonderland
40Scott Allie
Comic EditorHellboyBlue VelvetThe ShiningRosemary’s BabyPsychoThe ExorcistBride of FrankensteinEraserheadAlienFearless Vampire KillersThe Texas Chainsaw MassacreCarnival of SoulsThe WitchHalloweenCurse of the DemonVertigoRivers’ EdgeNight of the Living DeadLost HighwaySession 9Don’t Look NowGet OutNight of the HunterThe RingEyes Wide ShutApocalypse Now
41Sharon YablonPatronNear DarkThe Haunting of JuliaLord of IllusionsMiseryInvasion of the Body SnatchersScreamBurnt OfferingSole SurvivorDrag Me To HellThe InvitationWind Chill1408Maniac (2012)Horror Hotel / City of the DeadInfernoLisa And the DevilBaskinFlesh For FrankensteinAbsentiaLet’s Scare Jessica to DeathParentsHouse of Wax (2005)PulseBone TomahawkTuristas
42Chris ClelandPatronAliensThe ThingMartyrsUnder The SkinAlienIn the Company of WolvesBraindead / Dead AliveBaskinLet the Right One InClimaxInsideThe Evil DeadReturn of the Living DeadEvent HorizonDog SoldiersTetsuo the Iron ManWhat We Do in the ShadowsTrouble Every DayAntichrist[REC]MidsommarDay of the DeadThe Skin I Live inIchi The KillerBaxter
43Matt Howl
PatronThe Texas Chainsaw MassacreAlienThe ThingPhantasmDawn of the DeadThe ShiningReturn of the Living DeadEvil Dead 2: Dead By DawnSuspiria (1977)Shaun of the DeadThe Last House on the Left (1972)ZombielandArmy of DarknessMartyrsThe Cabin in the WoodsKill ListCat People (1942)TesisThe Loved OnesI’ll Drink Your Blood Race with the DevilNight of the DemonDon’t Breathe[REC] 3: GenesisDoomsday
44Chris Ralph
PatronAlienCreepshowPoltergeistRosemary’s BabyThe ThingThe ShiningThe ExorcistThe OmenThe FlyNight of the Living Dead28 Days LaterNosferatuEvil Dead 2: Dead By DawnInvasion of the Body SnatchersPsychoJawsThe Cabinet of Dr. CaligariThe Silence of the LambsAn American Werewolf In LondonDuelMichael Jackson’s ThrillerChristiane F. The VanishingNight of the CometAbbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein
45Zach PennellPatronThe ThingSe7enAlienThe ShiningHalloweenThe RingThe Blair Witch ProjectNight of the Living DeadThe Silence of the LambsDawn of the dead28 Days LaterPsychoIn the Mouth of MadnessA Nightmare on Elm StreetIt FollowsThe WitchEvent HorizonA Quiet PlaceScreamThe MistParanormal ActivityFinal DestinationJawsThe DescentGet Out
46JustinPodcasterStraight ChillinThe Texas Chainsaw MassacreThe ShiningThe WitchThe ThingScreamThe ExorcistJawsAlienHausuHalloweenThe WailingThe FlyShaun of the DeadPoltergeistTrick R TreatThe Wicker ManBlack ChristmasIt FollowsA Nightmare on Elm StreetTrain to BusanAmerican PsychoNosferatuYoung FrankensteinKrampusThirst
47Andy GattisPodcasterStraight ChillinThe Texas Chainsaw MassacreThe ShiningThe BabadookEvil Dead 2: Dead By DawnThe ThingThe WitchThe Evil DeadRe-AnimatorPsychoHalloweenScreamGet OutShaun of the DeadThe Blair Witch ProjectVideodromeThe FlyLittle Shop of Horrors (1986)Return of the Living DeadHausuTwin Peaks: Fire Walk With MeHereditarySleepaway CampJawsSuspiriaSilent Night Deadly Night
48BobPodcasterStraight ChillinScreamHalloweenReturn of the Living DeadRe-AnimatorSleepaway CampIt FollowsJawsThe ThingThe ShiningDay of the DeadFriday the 13th Part 4: The Final ChapterTrick R’ TreetMy Bloody ValentineThe House on Haunted HillThe BurbsNight of the CreepsThe Blob (1988)The FogBlood RageCarrieShaun of the DeadGreen RoomPoltergeistThe TinglerBlack Christmas
49Neal BauerPodcaster Double PlusThe ThingEvil Dead 2: Dead By DawnThe ConventHausu PsychoPerfect BlueAnnihilationPsycho GoremanThe Texas Chainsaw MassacreThe FlyThe ShiningPoltergeistHereditaryLet’s Scare Jessica to DeathThe WitchThe MistThe Blair Witch ProjectGoodnight MommyGet OutAlienThe ExorcistLake MungoSuspiria (2018)Drag Me to HellPromising Young Woman
50Roberta Pennington (Legacy)PodcasterStarchitectsLet The Right One InThe Grudge (2004)The Silence of the LambsAlienThe Blair Witch ProjectArmy of DarknessNosferatuJawsPrometheusAn American Werewolf in LondonTucker and Dale Vs. EvilScreamA Nightmare on Elm StreetPoltergeistRosemary’s BabyFrankensteinSe7enBram Stoker’s DraculaLake MungoThe Amityville HorrorFriday the 13thThe OmenOculusHellraiserThe Exorcist
51Lee DespainPodcasterDread Fright and BrewAlienAn American Werewolf in LondonThe ThingJawsFriday the 13thA Nightmare on Elm StreetDay of the DeadDawn of the DeadPumpkinheadReturn of the Living DeadThe BabadookThe DescentHereditaryThe Texas Chainsaw Massacre28 Days LaterCreature from the Black LagoonGargoyles (172)The FlyThe Cabin in the woodsMartyrsDeathgasmSplinterKiller Klowns from Outer SpaceRawhead Rex
52Gretchen BrooksPodcasterThe KaijuCasstThe Exorcist IIIInvasion of the Body SnatchersThe Amityville HorrorSaint MaudPoltergeist 2Noroi: The CurseThe OmenShiversIt FollowsJu-on: The Grudge (2002)SuspiriaThe Wicker ManStarry EyesContractedAn American Werewolf In London[REC]The SentinelRinguNight of the CometRawThis House PossessedHausuHiruko the GoblinThe VoidUnder The Skin
PodcasterTrembleFriday the 13th Part VI: Jason LivesAn American Werewolf in LondonThe ThingAlienDead RingersThe ShiningHalloweenScreamHellraiserAnnihilationSuspiriaThe Texas Chainsaw MassacreHalloween III: Season of the WitchEvil Dead 2: Dead By DawnAmerican PsychoThe Evil DeadTrick R TreatAmerican PsychoThe Return of the Living DeadDead AliveManiac (1980)The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2The People Under the StairsGreen RoomFather’s Day
54Jim ComeauTrivia HostBridgetown No Fun TriviaHalloweenHereditaryHouse of the DevilTwins of EvilA Nightmare on Elm StreetThe ThingShaun of the DeadThe Cabin in the WoodsThe Texas Chainsaw MassacreXThe ExorcistA Quiet PlaceRe-AnimatorDawn of the DeadThe Masque of the Red DeathThe Witchfinder GeneralReady or NotThe FlyTrain To BusanEvil Dead 2: Dead By DawnThe ConjuringPontypoolGet OutDrag Me to HellThe Witch
55Jeff DeanTrivia HostThe Portland Horror Movie MassacreJawsThe ExorcistHalloweenThe Bride of FrankensteinPsychoAlienThe ThingInvasion of the Body SnatchersPhantom of the ParadiseRosemary’s BabyThe Texas Chainsaw MassacreAliensLet The Right One InThe Black Cat (1934)The WitchEvil Dead 2: Dead By DawnCurse of the DemonFrom Dusk Til DawnAn American Werewolf in LondonReturn of the Living DeadThe Dead ZoneAuditionFrankensteinRe-AnimatorFrankenhooker
56Clancy PetersenTrivia HostThe Portland Horror Movie MassacreGodzillaDawn of the DeadHalloweenThe Texas Chainsaw MassacreThe Evil DeadPhantasmAlienThe ThingKing KongJawsNight of the Living DeadThe ExorcistHellraiserRe-AnimatorZombiTremorsA Nightmare on Elm StreetHalloween III: Season of the WitchThe ChangelingSuspiriaThe Wicker ManDay of the DeadShaun of the DeadWar of the GargantuasThe Return of Godzilla (1984)
57Willy Greer
Trivia HostThe Portland Horror Movie MassacreSanta SangreHalloweenAlienThe ThingDawn of the DeadEvil Dead 2: Dead By DawnSuspiriaThe ExorcistRosemary’s BabyAn American Werewolf in LondonShaun of the Dead[REC]The ShiningGet OutIt FollowsPan’s LabyrinthTriangleThe DescentJust Before DawnSession 9PsychoLet’s Scare Jessica to DeathThe Texas Chainsaw MassacreThe FogThe Devil’s Backbone
58Catherine HollandTrivia HostHorror Brew TriviaThe Mummy (1932)Fright NightTrick R TreatTucker and Dale Vs. EvilThe ThingThe ChangelingGet OutBehind the Mask: The Rise of Lelie VernonThe Cabin in the WoodsThe Autopsy of Jane DoeEvent HorizonTrollhunterThe BorderlandsApostleOverlordInsidiousTremorsThe VoidMayhemArmy of DarknessSleepy HollowMarrowboneThe Final GirlsBone TomahawkKong: Skull Island
59Matthew HollandTrivia HostHorror Brew TriviaRe-AnimatorDawn of the DeadFright NightNight of the Living DeadHorror of DraculaThe ChangelingPoltergeistThe Abominable Dr. PhibesCreepshowThe ExorcistReturn of the Living DeadBehind the Mask: The Rise of Lelie VernonAlienThe Evil DeadThe Evil Dead 2: Dead By DawnAn American Werewolf in LondonMonster SquadPsychoThe Texas Chainsaw MassacreA Nightmare on Elm StreetIt FollowsThe ThingDracula (1931)Shaun of the DeadHalloween
60Theo MonstarYouTuber /AnimatorTrash People from the DumpBride of FrankensteinThe ThingAlienJawsThe BurbsHellbound: Hellraiser 2An American Werewolf in LondonThe ExorcistThe Evil DeadSilence of the LambsThe Texas Chainsaw MassacreNight of the Living DeadTucker and Dale Vs. EvilThe FlyTrick R TreatCreepshowThe WailingNoroi: The CurseGhostbustersBeetlejuiceEvent HorizonThe Lost BoysPhantasmGet Out Suspiria
61Lora FriesYouTuber /AnimatorTrash People from the DumpBride of ChuckyCabin in the WoodsUsBeetlejuiceHellbound: Hellraiser 2GremlinsEvil Dead 2: Dead By DawnThe BurbsHereditaryGhostbustersTucker and Dale Vs. EvilSuspiria (1977)Suspiria (2019)AlienParanormal ActivitySawCreepshowThe HandmaidenRepo: The Genetic OperaAmerican PsychoNight of the Living DeadHouse of 1000 CorpsesTrick R TreatThe FlyBehind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon
62Gerry HathawayFriend of the PodcastDr. Caligari (1989)PiecesSlugsZombiHalloweenThe FlyScarecrowsCandymanNight of the DemonsPhantasmBasket CaseMessiah of EvilFrom BeyondRe-AnimatorDay of the DeadHenry: Portrait of a Serial KillerThe Texas Chainsaw MassacreThe Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2Maniac (1980)Santa SangreDead Alive Bad TasteReturn of the Living DeadThe ChurchDemons
63Brandon WatkinsFriend of the PodcastThe ThingNight of the Living DeadAliensHalloweenAn American Werewolf in LondonReturn of the Living DeadEvil Dead 2: Dead By DawnThe ExorcistPsychoPoltergeistThe ShiningJawsA Nightmare on Elm StreetSuspiriaFriday the 13thHellraiser28 Days LaterShaun of the Dead[REC]The FlyDracula (1931)The Texas Chainsaw MassacreAlienRe-AnimatorThe Fog
64Marne Oyen
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65Tom Carter
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66Mike Fryer
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67Jared CarlsonFriend of the PodcastNight of the Living Dead28 Days LaterEvil Dead 2: Dead By DawnGet OutAlienA Quiet PlaceTrain to BusanDrag Me to HellPoltergeistWorld War ZSuspiriaAn American Werewolf in LondonShaun of the DeadNight of the CometZombielandThe Evil DeadJawsThe RingThe Amityville HorrorA Quiet PlaceSe7enSilence of the LambsThe Host (2006)AliensForrest Gump
68Kelly CadyFriend of the PodcastThe ShiningShaun of the DeadDr. SleepThe Blair Witch ProjectThe Cabin in the WoodsTrain to BusanMidsommarThe WitchDawn of the DeadWhat We Do in the ShadowsEvil Dead 2: Dead By DawnFrailtyIt FollowsThe Silence of the LambsLet the Right One InJawsThe BabadookIt (2018)Army of DarknessCreepHappy Death DayFriday the 13th Part III in 3DFriday the 13th Part 4: The Final ChapterZombieland28 Days Later
69Michael SmallFriend of the PodcastThe ExorcistThe Texas Chainsaw MassacreHalloweenAlienThe ThingThe ShiningGet OutThe Cabin in the WoodsHereditaryThe ConjuringScreamAn American Werewolf in LondonNight of the Living DeadThe GrudgeShaun of the DeadThe Evil Dead JawsA Nightmare on Elm StreetThe WitchSawRosemary’s BabyWhat We Do in the ShadowsThe Invasion of the Body SnatchersInsidiousFriday the 13th
70Ingo Tants
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71Rocky Gray
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72Deena Warner
Book Cover ArtistCthulhu Fhtagn, Baby, The Organ DonorA Nightmare on Elm StreetSpooky EncountersAuditionPoltergeistIn the Mouth of MadnessThe Devil’s BackboneThe Dunwich HorrorThe Happiness of the KatakurisPsychoThe WitchThe City of Lost ChildrenCandymanThe Silence of the LambsGet OutThe Amityville HorrorThe ExorcistLet the Right One InThe OrphanageThe DescentNosferatuPet SemataryCrimson PeakThe Cabin in the WoodsA Tale of Two SistersMama
What We Do in the Shadows (2020)

Who knows when we do this again? It took the better part of four months trying to coordinate this effort. But, I think this was TOTALLY worth it.In five years or so, we will have met many new people, and our jury may turn over the next time, but there are movies that given a bit of time may eventually be respected enough to make a run at the Top 100. Some of these films have already gotten a few votes, but in the future, they might pick up a BUNCH. Word of mouth can do wonders. When you find out about our #1 film, you will understand.

Here are some top candidates for making it the next time, taking into account our personal preferences, the broad availability of the films, the cultural relevance, and the box office and streaming. And that really is a key… streaming… in this digital age, how will future movie watchers get access to great NEW movies? Shudder. Amazon. Hulu. We still recommend going to FESTIVALS to see these films, but like the VHS era that informed so much of the thinking for a previous generation, getting well curated streaming horror content will establish the popularity of the current wave of great horror films.

  • Anything for Jackson
  • Antlers
  • Aterrados (Terrified)One Cut of the Dead
  • Barbarian
  • Baskin
  • The Black Phone
  • Candyman (2020)
  • Crawl
  • Creep
  • Escape Room
  • Extra Ordinary
  • The Feast
  • Gerald’s Game
  • Happy Death Day
  • His House
  • Host (2021)
  • The Invisible Man
  • Last Night in Soho
  • The Lodge
  • Mandy
  • The Night House
  • Nope
  • The Platform
  • Prey
  • Ready or Not
  • Satanic Panic
  • Swallow
  • Tigers Are Not Afraid
  • The Vast of Night
  • The Watcher
  • X
Wait? They’re all dead? In The Heretics (2017)

If you made it this far and was wondering about the pictures: the images I picked were films of cults making selections. Because THAT’S WHAT WE JUST DID! Oddly enough… only one of the films depicted in these images got a vote. (The Invitation)

Welcome to the Cult of The Scariest Things.
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