For someone who is basically scared of everything, I find it really odd that I enjoy horror movies. It’s just a genre that has always intrigued me.

In honor of the scariest day of the year, I’ve been sharing one scary/Halloween-related movie per day on my Twitter (you can find the full list here if you’re interested). For today’s episode of Ranked, I’m sharing my five favorite horror movies of all time. 

Honorable Mentions: Alien (1979), Bride of Frankenstein (1935), Black Christmas (1974), It (2017), The Strangers (2008)

5. You’re Next (2011)

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You’re Next is just pure terror from the minute of its start. It’s got plenty of twists and turns as the film progresses and leaves you wondering why the killers are even there until the right moment. 

4. Scream (1996)

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What’s your favorite scary movie? If I got that question from Ghostface himself, I’d have to let him know that his film came in at number 4. It’s a great slasher with plenty of jump scares that set the standard for the late 90s and 2000s horror genre. 

3. Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954)

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From this to The Shape of Water, I love a good movie about a fish-man. The original one came in 1954 under the banner of the Universal Monsters franchise. The iconic Gill-man is still one of the coolest designed monsters ever. 

2. An American Werewolf in London (1981)

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An American Werewolf in London is a film that I absolutely fell in love with within the last year. I missed out on seeing this cult classic up until this year, but after watching it…pretty often, I’m convinced that it’s the ultimate horror comedy. It set the standard for every werewolf movie that has followed it and has some of the best practical effects even 37 years after its premiere. 

1. Halloween (1978)

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I don’t make it any secret that this precursor to the modern slasher is my personal favorite horror movie and one of my favorite movies of all time. John Carpenter’s masterpiece has an iconic score, introduced us to the original scream queen, and is a pure tour de force that holds up 40 years later. 


What’s your favorite scary movies? Share in honor of Halloween!