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Ultimate List of Classic Horror Movies Every Fan Must See At Least Once

Not sure where to start with classic horror? We've got you covered.

An ultimate list of classic horror films - still shot from The Exorcist
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  • Photo Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures

Psychological Horror

Psycho (1960)

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  • Photo Credit: Shamley Productions

The Birds (1963) 

The Birds
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  • Photo Credit: Alfred J. Hitchcock Productions

Eyes Without a Face (1960) 

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  • Photo Credit: Champs-Élysées Productions

Vampires

Dracula (1931)

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  • Photo Credit: Universal Pictures

Fright Night (1985)

Fright Night 1985
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  • Photo Credit: Columbia Pictures

The Lost Boys (1987)

The Lost Boys (1987)
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  • Photo Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures

Interview with the Vampire (1994)

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  • Photo Credit: Geffen Pictures

30 Days of Night (2007)

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  • Photo Credit: Columbia Pictures

Werewolves

The Wolf Man (1941)

The Wolf Man
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  • Photo Credit: Universal Pictures

An American Werewolf in London (1981)

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  • Photo Credit: Polygram Pictures

The Howling (1981)

the howling
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  • Photo Credit: Embassy Pictures

Gingersnaps (2000)

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  • Photo Credit: Copperheart Entertainment

Thrillers

The Hills Have Eyes (1977)

Hills Have Eyes
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  • Photo Credit: Fox Searchlight Pictures

I Spit On Your Grave (2010)

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  • Photo Credit: Cinemagic Pictures

Misery (1990)

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  • Photo Credit: Castle Rock Entertainment

The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

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  • Photo Credit: Strong Heart/Demme Production

Ghosts

Poltergeist (1982) 

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  • Photo Credit: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)

The Shining (1980)

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  • Photo Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures

The Ring (2002)

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  • Photo Credit: DreamWorks

Zombies

I Walked with a Zombie (1943)

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  • Photo Credit: RKO Radio Pictures

Night of the Living Dead (1990)

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  • Photo Credit: Image Ten

28 Days Later (2002)

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  • Photo Credit: DNA Films

Creature Features

Frankenstein (1931)

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  • Photo Credit: Universal Pictures

Creature From the Black Lagoon (1954)

Creature from the Black Lagoon
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  • Photo Credit: Universal Pictures

Alien (1979)

Alien Film 1979
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  • Photo Credit: Cinemassacre Productions

The Thing (1982)

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  • Photo Credit: Universal Pictures

It (1990)

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  • Photo Credit: Warner Bros. Television

Sharks

Jaws (1975)

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  • Photo Credit: Universal Pictures

Body Horror

House of 1,000 Corpses (2003)

House of 1,000 Corpses
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  • Photo Credit: Spectacle Entertainment Group

The Fly (1986)

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  • Photo Credit: SLM Production Group

Found Footage

The Blair Witch Project (1999)

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  • Photo Credit: Artisan Entertainment

Lake Mungo (2008)

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  • Photo Credit: Mungo Productions

Paranormal Activity (2007)

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  • Photo Credit: Blumhouse Productions

Rec (2007)

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  • Photo Credit: Castelao Producciones

Occult

Rosemary's Baby (1968)

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  • Photo Credit: Paramount Pictures

Night of the Demons (1988)

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  • Photo Credit: Blue Rider Pictures

Carrie (1976)

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  • Photo Credit: Red Bank Films

Susperia (1977)

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  • Photo Credit: Seda Spettacoli

Demon Possession

The Exorcist (1973)

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  • Photo Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures

The Exorcism of Emily Rose (2005)

The Exorcism of Emily Rose film
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  • Photo Credit: Screen Gems

The Possession of Joel Delaney (1972)

The Possession of Joel Delaney
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  • Photo Credit: Haworth Productions

The Evil Dead (1981)

The Evil Dead
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  • Photo Credit: Renaissance Pictures

Haunted Houses

The Haunting (1963)

The Haunting 1963
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  • Photo Credit: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)

The Amityville Horror (1979)

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  • Photo Credit: American International Pictures

Folk Horror

The Wicker Man (1973)

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  • Photo Credit: British Lion Film Corporation

The Witchfinder General (1968)

The Witchfinder General
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  • Photo Credit: Tigon British Film

Candyman (1992)

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  • Photo Credit: PolyGram Filmed Entertainment

Slashers

Friday the 13th (1980)

Friday the 13th 1980
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  • Photo Credit: Paramount Pictures

Scream (1996)

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  • Photo Credit: Dimension Films

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)

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  • Photo Credit: Vortex

Halloween (1978)

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  • Photo Credit: Compass International Pictures

Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

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  • Photo Credit: New Line Cinema

Black Christmas (1974)

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  • Photo Credit: Film Funding Ltd.