Horror is one of the most readily dismissed genres from critics and film buffs, yet is, arguably, the genre with the most avid and steadfast niche following and remains popular with the general public. With horror films aiming to terrify, spook, shock, disturb, repulse, amuse, entertain and more, it's no wonder the genre is so varied, divisive and controversial.
With so many people ignoring or simply not understanding horror, many great films slip under the radar and are relatively unknown to an audience outside of hardcore horror fans. In order to counteract this and bring awareness to the greatness of the genre, this list was created.
Compiled using 2,614 lists taken from various critics/polls/magazines/books/websites/forums/horror fans, They Shoot Zombies, Don't They? is intended to be the ultimate canonical top 1000 horror list. Spanning several decades, countries and sub-genres, and using lists from a wide range of people and publications, the resulting list is quite a diverse spread and representation of the best of horror.
List of Nominees and Winners
EDDIE ALBERT "The Heartbreak Kid"
JAMES CAAN "The Godfather"
ROBERT DUVALL "The Godfather"
WINNER - JOEL GREY "Cabaret"
AL PACINO "The Godfather"
SHELLEY WINTERS "The Poseidon Adventure"
JEANNIE BERLIN "The Heartbreak Kid"
WINNER - EILEEN HECKART "Butterflies Are Free"
GERALDINE PAGE "Pete 'n' Tillie"
SUSAN TYRRELL "Fat City"
"CABARET" Cy Feuer, Producer
"DELIVERANCE" John Boorman, Producer
"THE EMIGRANTS" Bengt Forslund, Producer
WINNER - "THE GODFATHER" Albert S. Ruddy, Producer
"SOUNDER" Robert B. Radnitz, Producer
"BUTTERFLIES ARE FREE" Charles B. Lang
WINNER - "CABARET" Geoffrey Unsworth
"THE POSEIDON ADVENTURE" Harold E. Stine
"1776" Harry Stradling, Jr.
"TRAVELS WITH MY AUNT" Douglas Slocombe
"THE GODFATHER" Anna Hill Johnstone
"LADY SINGS THE BLUES" Bob Mackie, Ray Aghayan, Norma Koch
"THE POSEIDON ADVENTURE" Paul Zastupnevich
WINNER - "TRAVELS WITH MY AUNT" Anthony Powell
"YOUNG WINSTON" Anthony Mendleson
WINNER - "CABARET" Bob Fosse
"DELIVERANCE" John Boorman
"THE EMIGRANTS" Jan Troell
"THE GODFATHER" Francis Ford Coppola
"SLEUTH" Joseph L. Mankiewicz
WINNER - "CABARET" David Bretherton
"DELIVERANCE" Tom Priestley
"THE GODFATHER" William Reynolds, Peter Zinner
"THE HOT ROCK" Frank P. Keller, Fred W. Berger
"THE POSEIDON ADVENTURE" Harold F. Kress
"THE DAWNS HERE ARE QUIET" Union of Soviet Socialist Republics
WINNER - "THE DISCREET CHARM OF THE BOURGEOISIE" France
"I LOVE YOU ROSA" Israel
"MY DEAREST SEÑORITA" Spain
"THE NEW LAND" Sweden
WINNER - MARLON BRANDO "The Godfather"
MICHAEL CAINE "Sleuth"
LAURENCE OLIVIER "Sleuth"
PETER O'TOOLE "The Ruling Class"
PAUL WINFIELD "Sounder"
WINNER - LIZA MINNELLI "Cabaret"
DIANA ROSS "Lady Sings the Blues"
MAGGIE SMITH "Travels with My Aunt"
CICELY TYSON "Sounder"
LIV ULLMANN "The Emigrants"
WINNER - "CABARET" Art Direction: Rolf Zehetbauer, Jurgen Kiebach; Set Decoration: Herbert Strabel
"LADY SINGS THE BLUES" Art Direction: Carl Anderson; Set Decoration: Reg Allen
"THE POSEIDON ADVENTURE" Art Direction: William Creber; Set Decoration: Raphael Bretton
"TRAVELS WITH MY AUNT" Art Direction: John Box, Gil Parrondo, Robert W. Laing
"YOUNG WINSTON" Art Direction: Geoffrey Drake, Don Ashton, John Graysmark, William Hutchinson; Set Decoration: Peter James
"HUNDERTWASSER'S RAINY DAY" Peter Schamoni, Producer
"K-Z" Giorgio Treves, Producer
"SELLING OUT" Tadeusz Jaworski, Producer
"THE TIDE OF TRAFFIC" Humphrey Swingler, Producer
WINNER - "THIS TINY WORLD" Charles Huguenot van der Linden and Martina Huguenot van der Linden, Producers
"APE AND SUPER-APE" Bert Haanstra, Producer
"MALCOLM X" Marvin Worth and Arnold Perl, Producers
"MANSON" Robert Hendrickson and Laurence Merrick, Producers
WINNER - "MARJOE" Howard Smith and Sarah Kernochan, Producers
"THE SILENT REVOLUTION" Eckehard Munck, Producer
WINNER - Rosalind Russell
"FROG STORY" Ron Satlof and Ray Gideon, Producers
WINNER - "NORMAN ROCKWELL'S WORLD...AN AMERICAN DREAM" Richard Barclay, Producer
"SOLO" David Adams, Producer
"CABARET" Jay Allen
"THE EMIGRANTS" Jan Troell, Bengt Forslund
WINNER - "THE GODFATHER" Mario Puzo, Francis Ford Coppola
"PETE 'N' TILLIE" Julius J. Epstein
"SOUNDER" Lonne Elder, III
"BUTTERFLIES ARE FREE" Arthur Piantadosi, Charles Knight
WINNER - "CABARET" Robert Knudson, David Hildyard
"THE CANDIDATE" Richard Portman, Gene Cantamessa
"THE GODFATHER" Bud Grenzbach, Richard Portman, Christopher Newman
"THE POSEIDON ADVENTURE" Theodore Soderberg, Herman Lewis
"Ben" from "BEN"; Music by Walter Scharf; Lyrics by Don Black
"Come Follow, Follow Me" from "THE LITTLE ARK"; Music by Fred Karlin; Lyrics by Marsha Karlin
"Marmalade, Molasses & Honey" from "THE LIFE AND TIMES OF JUDGE ROY BEAN"; Music by Maurice Jarre; Lyrics by Marilyn Bergman and Alan Bergman
WINNER - "The Morning After" from "THE POSEIDON ADVENTURE"; Music and Lyrics by Al Kasha and Joel Hirschhorn
"Strange Are The Ways Of Love" from "THE STEPMOTHER"; Music by Sammy Fain; Lyrics by Paul Francis Webster
WINNER - "THE CANDIDATE" Jeremy Larner
"THE DISCREET CHARM OF THE BOURGEOISIE" Story and Screenplay by Luis Buñuel; in collaboration with Jean-Claude Carrière
"LADY SINGS THE BLUES" Terence McCloy, Chris Clark, Suzanne de Passe
"MURMUR OF THE HEART" Louis Malle
"YOUNG WINSTON" Carl Foreman
WINNER - "LIMELIGHT" Charles Chaplin, Raymond Rasch, Larry Russell
"IMAGES" John Williams
"NAPOLEON AND SAMANTHA" Buddy Baker
"THE POSEIDON ADVENTURE" John Williams
"SLEUTH" John Addison
WINNER - "CABARET" Adaptation Score by Ralph Burns
"LADY SINGS THE BLUES" Adaptation Score by Gil Askey
"MAN OF LA MANCHA" Adaptation Score by Laurence Rosenthal
WINNER - "A CHRISTMAS CAROL" Richard Williams, Producer
"KAMA SUTRA RIDES AGAIN" Bob Godfrey, Producer
"TUP TUP" Nedeljko Dragic, Producer
WINNER - "THE POSEIDON ADVENTURE" L. B. Abbott, A. D. Flowers
A cinematic history mixed with contemporary art.
Cinema is full of neurotic personalities, but few things are more transfixing than a woman losing her mind onscreen. Horror as a genre provides the most welcoming platform for these histrionics: crippling paranoia, desperate loneliness, masochistic death-wishes, dangerous obsessiveness, apocalyptic hysteria. Unlike her male counterpart - ‘the eccentric’ - the female neurotic lives a shamed existence, making these films those rare places where her destructive emotions get to play.
Comb your porn ’stache, put on some vinyl (records or disco boots, your choice), and smell that lead in the gasoline – we’re heading back to the Me Decade with the 100 Best 1970s Horror Movies!
The ’70s were a decade of upheaval for the genre, transforming horror into a legitimate vessel for awards recognition (The Exorcist) and the birth of the blockbuster (Jaws). The reign of Hammer gothic horror had its last gasp here (Vampire Circus), giving way to the whodunit sleaze of Italian giallo (Deep Red), American realism (Texas Chainsaw Massacre), and grindhouse (Last House on the Left). Meanwhile, legends-in-the-making made their name off horror: Steven Spielberg (Duel), Ridley Scott (Alien), David Lynch (Eraserhead), and John Carpenter (Halloween) to name a few. The only stipulation for a movie to be considered for this list was a Fresh rating, before we ranked them all by Adjusted Tomatometer.
Now that you’re keyed up, get down for some boo-gie nights as we get off on the best scary movies the 1970s offered!