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List of horror movies, sorted by date - oldest first (all time)

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Psycho
1

Psycho

(1960)
Psycho is a 1960 American psychological horror thriller film directed by Alfred Hitchcock starring Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, John Gavin, Vera Miles and Martin Balsam. The screenplay by Joseph Stefano was based on the 1959 nove...
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7
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Night of the Living Dead
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Night of the Living Dead

(1968)
Night of the Living Dead is a 1968 American independent horror film, directed by George A. Romero, starring Duane Jones and Judith O'Dea. It premiered on October 1, 1968, and was completed on a $114,000 budget. The film became a f...
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7
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The Exorcist
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The Exorcist

(1973)
The Exorcist is a 1973 American supernatural horror film directed by William Friedkin, adapted by William Peter Blatty from his 1971 novel of the same name. The book, inspired by the 1949 exorcism of Roland Doe, deals with the dem...
7.3
7.3
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The Texas Chain Saw Massacre
4

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

(1974)
The Texas Chain Saw Massacre is a 1974 American horror film, directed and produced by Tobe Hooper, who cowrote it with Kim Henkel. It stars Marilyn Burns, Paul A. Partain, Edwin Neal, Jim Siedow and Gunnar Hansen, who respectively...
7.5
7.5
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Halloween
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Halloween

(1978)
Halloween is a 1978 American independent slasher horror film directed and scored by John Carpenter, co-written with producer Debra Hill, and starring Donald Pleasence and Jamie Lee Curtis in her film debut. The film was the first...
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Alien
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Alien

(1979)
Alien is a 1979 science-fiction horror film directed by Ridley Scott, and starring Tom Skerritt, Sigourney Weaver, Veronica Cartwright, Harry Dean Stanton, John Hurt, Ian Holm and Yaphet Kotto. The film's title refers to a highly...
8.4
8.4
from 13 votes
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The Shining
7

The Shining

(1980)
The Shining is a 1980 British-American psychological horror film produced and directed by Stanley Kubrick, co-written with novelist Diane Johnson, and starring Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Danny Lloyd, and Scatman Crothers. The...
9.5
9.5
from 4 votes
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The Evil Dead
8

The Evil Dead

(1981)
The Evil Dead is a 1981 American supernatural horror film written and directed by Sam Raimi and executive produced by Raimi and Bruce Campbell, who also stars alongside Ellen Sandweiss and Betsy Baker. The Evil Dead focuses on fiv...
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Aliens
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Aliens

(1986)
Aliens is a 1986 American science-fiction action horror film written and directed by James Cameron, produced by his then-wife Gale Anne Hurd, and starring Sigourney Weaver, Carrie Henn, Michael Biehn, Paul Reiser, Lance Henriksen,...
7.3
7.3
from 4 votes
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Evil Dead II
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Evil Dead II

(1987)
Evil Dead II (referred to in publicity materials as Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn) is a 1987 American horror comedy film directed by Sam Raimi and a parody sequel to the 1981 film The Evil Dead. The film was written by Raimi and Scott...
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9
from 2 votes
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Predator
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Predator

(1987)
Predator is a 1987 American science fiction action film directed by John McTiernan and was distributed by 20th Century Fox. It stars Arnold Schwarzenegger as the leader of an elite special forces team, who are on a mission to resc...
8.3
8.3
from 6 votes
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Predator 2
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Predator 2

(1990)
Predator 2 is a 1990 American science fiction action horror film written by Jim and John Thomas, directed by Stephen Hopkins, and starring Danny Glover and Kevin Peter Hall. The film is a sequel to 1987's Predator, with Kevin Pete...
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6
from 2 votes
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Army of Darkness
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Army of Darkness

(1992)
Army of Darkness is a 1992 American horror comedy film directed by Sam Raimi. It is the third installment of the Evil Dead franchise. The film was written by Sam Raimi and his brother Ivan, produced by Robert Tapert, and stars Bru...
8.5
8.5
from 2 votes
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Braindead
14

Braindead

(1992)
Braindead (also known as Dead Alive in North America) is a 1992 New Zealand zombie comedy film directed by Peter Jackson. Written by Jackson with his partner Fran Walsh and Stephen Sinclair, the film was a commercial failure at th...
8.5
8.5
from 2 votes
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Pitch Black
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Pitch Black

(2000)
Pitch Black (titled The Chronicles of Riddick: Pitch Black on its DVD release) is a 2000 science fiction action/horror film co-written and directed by David Twohy. The film stars Vin Diesel, Radha Mitchell, Cole Hauser, and Keith...
6.5
6.5
from 2 votes
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Scary Movie
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Scary Movie

(2000)
Scary Movie is a 2000 American satirical horror comedy film directed by Keenen Ivory Wayans. The film is a dark comedy that heavily parodies the horror, slasher, and mystery genres. Several mid- and late-'90s films and TV shows ar...
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5
from 6 votes
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Scary Movie 2
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Scary Movie 2

(2001)
Scary Movie 2 is a 2001 American horror comedy parody film and the second film of the Scary Movie franchise. The film stars Anna Faris, Regina Hall, Shawn Wayans, and Marlon Wayans (all reprising their roles from the first film, d...
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0
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Scary Movie 3
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Scary Movie 3

(2003)
Scary Movie 3 is a 2003 American science fiction horror comedy film, which parodies the horror, sci-fi, and mystery genres, as well as the third film of the Scary Movie franchise, and the first to be directed by David Zucker. The...
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9
from 1 vote
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Doom
19

Doom

(2005)
Doom is a 2005 science fiction action film directed by Andrzej Bartkowiak. It is loosely based on the video game series of the same name created by Id Software. The film follows a group of Marines in a Research Facility on Mars –...
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from 1 vote
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Scary Movie 4
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Scary Movie 4

(2006)
Scary Movie 4 is a 2006 American horror comedy parody film and the fourth film of the Scary Movie franchise, as well as the first film in the franchise to be released under The Weinstein Company banner since the purchase of Dimens...
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3
from 1 vote
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I am Legend
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I am Legend

(2007)
I Am Legend is a 2007 American post-apocalyptic science fiction film directed by Francis Lawrence and starring Will Smith, who plays US Army virologist Robert Neville. The story is set in New York City after a virus has wiped out...
6.7
6.7
from 3 votes
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Planet Terror
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Planet Terror

(2007)
Planet Terror is a 2007 American zombie film directed by Robert Rodriguez. It follows a group of people attempting to survive an onslaught of zombie-like creatures as they feud with a military unit. The film stars Rose McGowan, Fr...
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from 1 vote
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Death Proof
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Death Proof

(2007)
Death Proof is a 2007 American action–exploitation horror film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino. The film centers on a psychopathic stunt man, played by Kurt Russell, who stalks young women before murdering them in staged...
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Evil Dead
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Evil Dead

(2013)
Evil Dead is a 2013 American supernatural horror film written and directed by Fede Alvarez. It is the fourth installment of the Evil Dead franchise, serving as a reboot and as well as a loose continuation of the series; the first...
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Scary Movie 5
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Scary Movie 5

(2013)
Scary Movie 5 (stylized as SCARY MOV̲IE) is a 2013 American horror comedy parody film and the fifth installment of the Scary Movie franchise. It is the second film to be distributed by The Weinstein Company under the Dimension Fil...
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5
from 2 votes
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World War Z
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World War Z

(2013)
World War Z is a 2013 American apocalyptic action horror film directed by Marc Forster. The screenplay by Matthew Michael Carnahan, Drew Goddard, and Damon Lindelof is from a screen story by Carnahan and J. Michael Straczynski, ba...
7.2
7.2
from 5 votes
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Babadook
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Babadook

(2014)
The Babadook is a 2014 Australian-Canadian psychological horror film, written and directed by Jennifer Kent as her directorial debut, in which a woman and her son are tormented by an evil entity. The film stars Essie Davis and Noa...
6.5
6.5
from 2 votes
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A Christmas Horror Story
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A Christmas Horror Story

(2015)
A Christmas Horror Story is a 2015 anthology horror film that was directed by Grant Harvey, Steven Hoban, and Brett Sullivan. It premiered on July 20, 2015 at the Fantasia International Film Festival and had a limited theatrical r...
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Krampus
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Krampus

(2015)
Krampus is a 2015 American black comedy horror film, based upon the Krampus character from Alpine folklore, directed by Michael Dougherty and written by Dougherty, Todd Casey, and Zach Shields. The film stars Adam Scott, Toni Coll...
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The Gallows
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The Gallows

(2015)
The Gallows is an American found footage horror film written and directed by Travis Cluff and Chris Lofing. The film stars Reese Mishler, Cassidy Gifford, Ryan Shoos, Pfeifer Brown and Alexis Schneider. The film was released by Wa...
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7
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