I love horror movies and I want you to love them too..

The vast majority of my friends despise horror movies which I adore.  I even like the really bad obvious ones where you know who the killer is from the get go, the gorefests with basically no plot and the super cheesy ones.  As a whole, horror movies aren't worth watching if you do not like them.  The acting is universally lame.  The dialogue is weak and there's nothing of too much human interest to move the plot forward.  The characters are one dimensional archetypes.  If you are one of those people who chooses movies carefully because your time is so valuable you don't want to waste it in front of the television, just ignore the horror genre as a rule of thumb.

There are, however, many stellar horror movies whose merits may outweigh one's fear.  There are some with excellent characters and plot arcs, stunning visuals and creative premises.  They are not just examples of good horror movies but some are excellent movies of any kind.  

I have compiled a list of the best horror movies I would recommend people who don't necessarily like horror movies to check out.  This doesn't mean that they aren't scary.  Some are downright frightening to most people.  Some I don't even consider to be horror movies at all.  I'm merely using the movie rental store definition of horror here, meaning you would likely find all these titles in the section labelled horror.

This is in order of my opinion, not gospel.

  1. The Shining
  2. Session 9
  3. Let the Right One In
  4. Audition
  5. Dawn of the Dead (1978) (2004's not too shabby either)
  6. Evil Dead 2: Dead By Dawn
  7. Hostel
  8. Deep Red
  9. The Brood
  10. Antichrist
  11. Ju-On
  12. Night of the Living Dead
  13. Suspiria
  14. The Exorcist
  15. Paranormal Activity
  16. The Innocents
  17. The Tenant
  18. Psycho
  19. Alien
  20. Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer
  21. Jaws
  22. The Thing
  23. The Haunting
  24. Rosemary's Baby
  25. Phenomena
  26. Carrie
  27. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
  28. Saw
  29. 28 Days Later
  30. Halloween
  31. Black Christmas
  32. Misery
  33. The Strangers
  34. Rec
  35. Insidious
  36. A Tale of Two Sisters

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