Presents: The Definitive Halloween Viewing Guide for 2019

Another year has come and gone, and we’re back for our annual Halloween tradition. You’ll note that this list is (once again) similar to last year. I’ve made a few more changes; to my list. 


  • Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) – Cut to make room for another wildcard. 
  • The Evil Dead (1981) – I understand the importance of this film; it’s just hard to watch year after year.
  • An American Werewolf in London (1981) – Every year I recalculate the ratings for the top 100 movies on my list; after the recalculation, this one didn’t make the cut. 
  • Evil Dead II (1987) – See above.
  • Under the Shadow (2016) – Similar to An American Werewolf, this recalculation was far more dramatic. 


  • Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978) – Wildcard
  • The Fly (1986) – Recalculation 
  • Ringu (1998) – Another recalculation 
  • A Quiet Place (2018) – Inclusion from 2018
  • Upgrade (2018) – Inclusion from 2018


Film Year Genre Director
The cabinet of dr. Caligarie 1920 German silent horror Robert Wiene
Psycho 1960 American psychological horror Alfred Hitchcock
Repulsion 1965 British psychological horror Roman Polanski
Rosemary’s Baby 1968 American psychological horror Roman Polanski
Night of the Living dead 1968 American independent horror George A. Romero
The Exorcist 1973 American psychological horror William Friedkin
The Tenant 1976 psychological horror Roman Polanski
Dawn of the Dead 1978 American independent zombie horror George A. Romero
Halloween 1978 American independent slasher John Carpenter
Invasion of the Body Snatchers 1978 science fiction horror Philip Kaufman
Alien 1979 British-American science fiction horror Ridley Scott
The Shining 1980 British-American psychological horror Stanley Kubrick
The Thing 1982 American science-fiction horror John Carpenter
A Nightmare on elm street 1984 American supernatural slasher Wes Craven
Aliens 1986 American science fiction action horror James Cameron
The Fly 1986 American science fiction horror David Cronenberg
Misery 1990 American psychological thriller Rob Reiner
Silence of the Lambs 1991 American horror-thriller Jonathan Demme
Ringu 1998 Japanese psychological horror Hideo Nakata
The Sixth Sense 1999 American supernatural horror-thriller M. Night Shyamalan
The Devil’s Backbone 2001 Spanish-Mexican gothic horror Guillermo del Toro
Shaun of the Dead 2004 British horror comedy Edgar Wright
Let the Right One In 2008 Swedish romantic horror Tomas Alfredson
Zombieland 2009 American zombie comedy Ruben Fleischer
Black Swan 2010 American psychological thriller-horror Darren Aronofsky
What We Do In the Shadows 2014 New Zealand mockumentary horror comedy Jemaine Clement
Train to Busan 2016 zombie apocalypse action thriller Yeon Sang-ho
The Wailing 2016 South Korean horror Na Hong-jin
Get out 2017 American horror Jordan Peele
A Quiet Place 2018 American Post-Apocalyptic John Krasinski
Upgrade 2018 Science fiction Action Body Horror Leigh Whannell


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