Top 10 Horror Movies

This is my latest contribution to The Big Picture, the internationally recognised magazine and website that shows film in a wider context. The Big Picture has been running a series of horror-related features and reviews, while its contributors have also provided their Top 10 horror movies. The nature of these lists is such that you invariably change your mind every five minutes but, for now, this is my list (The Shining doesn’t make it I’m afraid – sorry).

Horror has been a staple part of my movie watching since I was a teenager. I can remember getting collywobbles the first time I watched Psycho at 3am on my own; being genuinely freaked out by the end of Ringu; and sitting through The Texas Chainsaw Massacre thinking it was unlike anything I’d ever seen before. However, no other horror film has stayed with me like George A Romero’s Night of the Living Dead. It was a game changer, not only for cinema in general, but also for my appreciation of what an often derided genre can be capable of.

10. The Exorcist (1973)

The Exorcist

9. [Rec] (2007)


8. The Haunting (1963)

The Haunting

7. Psycho (1960)


6. Ringu (1998)


5. Halloween (1978)


4. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

3. Alien (1978)


2. The Thing (1982)

The Thing

1. Night of the Living Dead (1968)

Night Of The Living Dead




  1. theipc · August 29, 2014

    um…. “collywobbles”?

    • Three Rows Back · August 29, 2014

      Great word; not used nearly enough in everyday conversation.

  2. Tim The Film Guy · August 29, 2014

    THE THING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. le0pard13 · August 29, 2014

    Nice list! So glad to see ‘The Haunting’ on it.

  4. ruth · August 29, 2014

    You got that right on The Exorcist, man I’m still trying to un-see that even though I saw it years ago. THAT face haunts me like no tomorrow.

    • Three Rows Back · August 29, 2014

      Not my favourite horror but the demon image certainly stays in the mind! Cheers Ruth.

  5. Andrew · August 29, 2014

    I’m so glad that Alien is so high! It doesn’t get the respect it deserves from Aliens fans. Boo! Scott’s masterpiece topples what Cameron did with the series. Nice list overall. I still haven’t seen The Exorcist. I’m kind of…scared to.

    • Three Rows Back · August 31, 2014

      Cheers! Ah, The Exorcist isn’t *that* scary! See it! Alien still freaks me out even though I’ve seen it a ton of times.

  6. Wendell · August 30, 2014

    Very nice list. Cool to see [REC] on there.

    • Three Rows Back · August 30, 2014

      Thanks my friend. It shit me up when I first saw it and it’s just as effective on subsequent viewings.

  7. alexraphael · August 30, 2014

    So many brilliant films up there.

  8. The Dippylomat, Esq. · August 30, 2014

    O.5. American Werewolf In London

    • Three Rows Back · August 30, 2014

      Yeah, I really wrestled with whether to include that one. That and the 2007 French horror Inside which is frickin bonkers.

  9. chris2508 · August 30, 2014

    Brilliant list. I shamefully must admit I’ve never seen Night of the Living Dead, I need to amend that. Glad to see The Thing on this list!

    • Three Rows Back · August 30, 2014

      It just had to be on there didn’t it? You need to remedy that particular omission mate! Cheers for the feedback.

  10. cindybruchman · August 30, 2014

    Great to see The Haunting on your list. The Exorcist scared me as a girl. No Freddy Kruger?

    • Three Rows Back · August 30, 2014

      Thanks for the comment Cindy. The Haunting is a classic that’s for sure. Only ever seen the first Elm Street movie and, while it’s good it’s not Top 10 in my book.

  11. Brittani · August 30, 2014

    Nice list! I love seeing Ringu on here. I loved The Ring, so that’s why I looked for the original, and it was SO creepy.

  12. Tyson Carter · September 1, 2014

    Great to see REC on any horror list. Although the absence of The Shining makes this list null and void 😉

    • Three Rows Back · September 1, 2014

      Sorry Tyson, never rated The Shining that highly!

      • Tyson Carter · September 2, 2014

        I’ve only ever said good things about you but this might be the end of this relationship 😉

      • Three Rows Back · September 3, 2014

        Say it ain’t so Tyson!

  13. mlbradford · September 2, 2014

    Alien & The Thing = SF/Horror Classics on every List.
    Working on Horror in SF Movies for a future Post.
    In th meantime, you might like to try this:

  14. ckckred · September 6, 2014

    Nice list, though I have to agree with Tyson on the absence on The Shining, it’s my absolute favorite horror picture, along with Psycho, Eraserhead, and Rosemary’s Baby. Good to see Alien up pretty high and Night of the Living Dead still retains its terror today, even though the special effects haven’t aged well.

    • Three Rows Back · September 6, 2014

      I know I’m in the minority when it comes to The Shining; I just have never rated it that highly for whatever reason. Eraserhead almost made it in there. Thanks for the feedback mate.

  15. vinnieh · September 27, 2014

    Excellent choices man, glad to see Alien on it.


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