October Horror: Top 30 Favourite Horror Movies of All Time!

[dropcap]B[/dropcap]efore we move on to Noirvember, let’s keep the spirit of Halloween alive (or ghoulishly dead) for just a bit longer, as I finally share some of my all time favourite horror movies with you. It’s a genre I enjoy throughout the year, but as you know, it’s tradition for me to hold the October Horror Project, where I watch as many gems from the genre as I can.

In this edition I’ve seen three that became instant favourites: Possession (1981),Thirst (2009), and The Haunting (1963). For Halloween I rewatched The Shining (1980) not just because I love it, but also because, with the neighbourhood kids trick or treating all night, I knew I’d pause it more times that you should during the first watch of any movie.

You can check out my ever growing list of favourite horror movies, knowing that I have these yet to watch. So if one of your favourites is missing, chances are they’re in one of those two lists!

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My Top 30 Favourite Horror Movies

(in order of release)

Dracula (1931) dir. Tod Browning

Peeping Tom (1960) dir. Michael Powell

Psycho (1960) dir. Alfred Hitchcock

What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962) dir. Robert Aldrich

The Birds (1963) dir. Alfred Hitchcock

The Haunting (1963) dir. Robert Wise

Repulsion (1965) dir. Roman Polanski

Rosemary’s Baby (1968) dir. Roman Polanski

The Exorcist (1973) dir. William Friedkin

Suspiria (1977) dir. Dario Argento

Eraserhead (1977) dir. Eraserhead

Alien (1979) dir. Ridley Scott

The Shining (1980) dir. Stanley Kubrick

Possession (1981) dir. Andrzej Żuławski

The Evil Dead (1981) dir. Sam Raimi

Ringu (1998) dir. Hideo Nakata

Audition (1999) dir. Takashi Miike

American Psycho (2000) dir. Mary Harron

28 Days Later (2002) dir. Danny Boyle

A Tale of Two Sisters (2003) dir. Kim Jee-woon

Saw (2004) dir. James Wan

The Exorcism of Emily Rose (2005) dir. Scott Derrickson

Paranormal Activity (2007) dir. Oren Peli

Funny Games (2007) dir. Michael Haneke

Let The Right One In (2008) dir. Tomas Alfredson

Eden Lake (2008) dir. James Watkins

Thirst (2009) dir. Park Chan-wook

The Conjuring (2013) dir. James Wan

The Babadook (2014) dir. Jennifer Kent

The VVitch (2015) dir. Robert Eggers

So did your favourites make the cut?
Which horror movies am I missing and should watch ASAP?


  1. November 8, 2017 / 3:49 PM

    Dracula (1931) is the epitome of horror (for me, at least). I’m so glad it made your list!

    • November 8, 2017 / 10:19 PM

      Didn’t think twice about it – Dracula was an absolute must in this list!

  2. K
    November 10, 2017 / 11:34 AM

    As far as suggestions go: The Blackcoat’s Daughter (2015) impressed me as much as The VVitch.

    • November 14, 2017 / 5:15 PM

      Thank you K, forgot about that one! I’m curious to see how Shipka fares outside Mad Men. Added to my watchlist ?

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