Penguin Petes Top Ten Horror Movies of All Time

List by penguin_pete

The present author reviews a lot of movies on here, and there comes a time when you need to calibrate a critic by getting some idea of their standard. This is for readers who ask "OK, what do YOU consider a perfect horror movie?" Your answer lies below. And a few might surprise you! See my blog post on this site for my reasonings behind these choice films.

  • Psycho (1960)

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    • RT Rating97%
    • IMDB Rating8.5
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    When larcenous real estate clerk Marion Crane goes on the lam with a wad of cash and hopes of starting a new life, she ends up at the notorious Bates Motel, where manager Norman Bates cares for his housebound mother. The place seems quirky, but fine…

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    Alien (1979)

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    • RT Rating97%
    • IMDB Rating8.5
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    During its return to the earth, commercial spaceship Nostromo intercepts a distress signal from a distant planet. When a three-member team of the crew discovers a chamber containing thousands of eggs on the planet, a creature inside one of the eggs a…

  • Eraserhead (1977)

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    • RT Rating91%
    • IMDB Rating7.4
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    Henry Spencer tries to survive his industrial environment, his angry girlfriend, and the unbearable screams of his newly born mutant child.

  • The Wicker Man (1973)

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    • RT Rating90%
    • IMDB Rating7.6
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    Police sergeant Neil Howie is called to an island village in search of a missing girl whom the locals claim never existed. Stranger still, however, are the rituals that take place there.

  • The Shining (1980)

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    • RT Rating86%
    • IMDB Rating8.4
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    Jack Torrance accepts a caretaker job at the Overlook Hotel, where he, along with his wife Wendy and their son Danny, must live isolated from the rest of the world for the winter. But they aren’t prepared for the madness that lurks within.

  • The Night of the Hunter (1955)

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    • RT Rating98%
    • IMDB Rating8.0
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    In the Deep South, a serial-killing preacher hunts two young children who know the whereabouts of a stash of money.

  • Suspiria (1977)

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    • RT Rating92%
    • IMDB Rating7.5
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    From the moment she arrives in Freiberg, Germany, to attend the prestigious Tans Academy, American ballet-dancer Suzy Bannion senses that something horribly evil lurks within the walls of the age-old institution.

  • The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

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    • RT Rating95%
    • IMDB Rating8.6
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    FBI trainee, Clarice Starling ventures into a maximum-security asylum to pick the diseased brain of Hannibal Lecter, a psychiatrist turned homicidal cannibal. Starling needs clues to help her capture a serial killer. But her Faustian relationship wit…

  • Triangle (2009)

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    • RT Rating80%
    • IMDB Rating6.9
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    The story revolves around the passengers of a yachting trip in the Atlantic Ocean who, when struck by mysterious weather conditions, jump to another ship only to experience greater havoc on the open seas.

  • Phantasm (1979)

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    • RT Rating71%
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    A young boy and his friends face off against a mysterious grave robber known only as the Tall Man, who keeps a mysterious arsenal of terrible weapons with him.

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