Top Ten List – Doc Rotten’s Top 10 Horror Movies

If you want to read a great horror blog that you could get lost in for hours, then you have to check out Doc Rotten’s House of Horror. Now, this blog is loaded with quality content, tons of movie reviews, tons of news and quality writing. I am honored to have him send his Top 10 Horror Movies of all-time list. As always, I will talk about some of the movies after the post.

The majority of my top 10 horror films come from the Seventies where horror grew up and grew a pair. I could easily have had my entire top 10 come from this decade. Many of my favorites are left dangling in the 11 through 20 spots – Zombie, Dawn of the Dead, Phantasm, The Omen. Others from the Eighties could have easily made the cut too: A Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th, The Burning and The Changeling. The ones listed below are based on a combination of first impression and lasting impression. These are movies I gladly revisit time and time again.

10 The Birds (1963) – This is my favorite Hitchcock film, even over Psycho. The sound design is fantastic – just hearing the birds attack is scary as shit. The dialog is groundbreaking with characters talking over each other, -commonplace now, but not so much then. Holds up exceptionally well with each revisit.

09 Battle Royale (2000) – My favorite Asian horror film. Much more than a horror film, it’s also a coming of age tale, a political statement and satire. Greatest setup of all time with outstanding performances from its entire cast.

08 The Car (1977) – A pure guilty pleasure. This movie is so much fun. It’s Jaws in the form of a customized black sedan. Has one of my favorite quotes ever – “Wouldn’t that be fantastic? Farting music. For a year.”

07 Big Trouble in Little China (1986) – Goofy as shit, a guilty pleasure as well. Love Jack Burton and the whole Chinatown underworld. Light on the horror, but it has creatures galore and is directed by John Carpenter.

06 Cloverfield (2009) – The most recent released movie on my list, I love this film and the cinema verite sub-genre it help resurrect (along with Quarantine, Rec, Paranormal Activity, etc.). Godzilla from ground level.

05 Halloween (1978) – John Carpenter’s classic slasher feature. Highlighted by Donald Pleasence as Dr. Loomis, this film introduced many to Carpenter, Jamie Lee Curtis, Michael Myers and the entire slasher genre.

04 Alien (1979) – The scariest sci-fi film ever. Defined how horror science fiction films are filmed. Great creatures from H.R.Giger. Introduced the world to the iconic Ripley and Sigourney Weaver and launched a franchise.

03 Exorcist (1974) – Redefined theatrical horror upon its release. Scary as hell, still to this day. Great classic film. Still love the scene where the psychiatrist hypnotizes Regan. Captain Howdy, indeed.

02 Return of the Living Dead (1985) – This is THE zombie film in my book. Great characters both human and zombie, great lines, great music, great SFX. This movie has it all. Romero may have created the genre, but O’Bannon brought it personality.

01 Jaws (1975) – The quintessential summer block buster horror flick. No longer as frightening now as it was back then, it still provides a great adventure and the best movie quotes ever. I will never tire of watching this film.

So, we are two posts in and I am loving what I am seeing with this new feature. Just look at some of these titles. That top five is very similar to my top five with some of the titles. You can never go wrong with The Exorcist, Jaws and Halloween. There is never enough love for Jaws. Seriously, every time you go into the ocean, you know you hum the Jaws theme. Also, as previously mentioned Alfred Hitchcock rules and is the true master of suspense. Speaking of suspense, one of the most suspenseful films that I have even seen was John Carpenter’s Halloween.

Keep the lists coming. I am loving the great reads and I am hearing some great things about them.

  • @Tommy, yeah only half are from the 70s and I called that a majority – mostly because the other five were from different decades 1 from 60’s, 2 from 80’s and 2 recent. I’m not a fan of Last House on the Left, but I mentioned Omen as being in the next 10. I love Fulci movies (and other Italian films, especially Bava), but I wouldn’t call them favorites. I also love Hammer films and would call those favorites but I don’t think a single one would even crack the top 25 – well, maybe Vampire Circus.

  • This is actually the list of a friend of mine (Doc Rotten). For me, The Exorcist is #1. It was the first horror movie that I have ever seen, but that it not the reason that it is #1 for me. It just struck a chord with me and I have never seen a movie that makes me feel the same way that it does.

  • Tommy Hewitt

    OOOOOPPPPSSSS YOU DID HAVE THE EXORCIST I NEED NEW. BIFOCALS LOL

  • Tommy Hewitt

    NO YOU MISSED THE LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT FROM 1973 AND THE EXCORCIST THE OMEN AND YES OF COURSE EUROPEAN. HORROR LIKE FUCHI AND ARGENTO AND BAVA

  • Thanks for the comment. Are you thinking more along the lines of Italian Horror as your 70s horror fix?

  • Tommy Hewitt

    HALF OF THOSE ON THIS LIST ARE NOT WHAT I WOULD CONSIDER 70’S HORROR