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.
1-34 - ROOM SERVICE;
35-37 - DOC HORROR;
38-40 - BRIAN YUZNA RETRO;
41-43 - ÁLEX DE LA IGLESIA RETRO;
44-45 - SPECIAL SCREENING;
46-47 - LOST ROOM-DARK LITERATURE;
48-60 - MOTELx Award Best Portuguese Horror Short Film 2014;
Winners - 48, 50, 51
61-78 - INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILMS;
79-81 - BIG BAD WOLF
International competition. Best film - 24
Using IMDb advanced search, filtering only by English language.
Notable entries missing include:
What Maisie Knew (2012)
The Babadook (2014)
Song of the Sea (2014)
Sleeping with Other People (2015)
Palo Alto (2013)
The Hunt (2012)
Tamara Drewe (2010)
Machine Gun Preacher (2011)
Bilal: A New Breed of Hero (2015)
Last Updated: 26/06/2019