The films on this ‘Essential’ list are important in terms of their global impact on the horror movie genre, either for their box office draw, artistic merit, cult credibility, or simple shock value. This selection has been compiled from a wide range of choices by critics and fans worldwide and does not just reflect the opinions of individual MOVIES & MANIA editors or contributors.
Many of these movies are not without flaws and the list is not meant to be a ‘best of’, or fully comprehensive; it simply offers a snapshot of significant fright films to seek out if you have not yet seen them.
Our ‘Recommended’ horror films are those that we recommend as being better than the average genre fare. These are listed on a separate page here