>> My Selections

1. The Shining (Kubrick, 1980)

2. Diabolique (Clouzot, 1955)

3. Psycho (Hitchcock, 1960)

4. The Blair Witch Project (Myrick & Sánchez, 1999)

5. Twentynine Palms (Dumont, 2003)

6. Suspiria (Argento, 1977)

7. Funny Games (Haneke, 2007)

8. Audition (Miike, 1999)

9. The Descent (Marshall, 2005)

10. A Nightmare on Elm Street (Craven, 1984)

>>Your Selections

1. The Shining (Kubrick, 1980) 73%

2. Psycho (Hitchcock, 1960) 65%

3. Alien (Scott, 1979) 58%

4. The Thing (Carpenter, 1982) 42%

5. The Exorcist (Friedkin, 1973) 42%

6. Halloween (Carpenter, 1978) 38%

7. Night of the Living Dead (Romero, 1968) 38%

8. The Silence of the Lambs (Demme, 1991) 38%

9. Rosemary’s Baby (Polanski, 1968) 31%

10. Jaws (Spielberg, 1975) 31%

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Christopher Misch
I've always loved movies, but it wasn't until under the tutelage of Professor Garry Leonard at the University of Toronto that my passion for the industry became an understanding of an art form. With a specific fascination in both the western genre and Asian cinema in general, I am of the view that good movies are either enlightening or entertaining, and if you are truly lucky they are both.

  • Thanks for all who participated. We received a broad range of films; a testament to the different views of what constitutes as horror.
  • Baron Ronan

    Why the 2007 Funny Games? What puts it ahead for you?

  • D. Misch

    In terms of comparing the two versions of Funny Games, I found the remake to be even more sadistic and nasty than the original. Pitt’s calmness as he destroys the family one by one still haunts my dreams.

  • Khan

    Glad to see The Descent up there. IMHO, very few horror films that feature a creature entity are able to sustain the scares and “shock value” after the reveal. Think JAWS here: no matter how many times you see Bruce, even in broad daylight, he’s still terrifying. Compare that with, say Freddy Krueger: towards the end of his films, he’s just comical! The gremlins/cave-things/smeagols-on-steroids in The Descent were just as terrifying in the last scene of the film as they were in the first. end rant.

  •  D. Misch

    Even on repeat viewings those creatures remain terrifying. And the reveal that’s done with the night vision camera gets me every single time.

  • Misch

    I can see why The Shining was number 1, saw that movie once and will never watch it again. Had issues sleeping that night. Don’t understand why Blair Witch Project didn't make the cut for everyone's top 10.

  •  Summerall

    I’m kinda late on this… not sure if by best horror you mean scariest, but if it’s scariest/haunts you to this day – I’d like to throw “Martyrs” into the hat. That film is the most intense then dehumanizing film I’ve ever experienced and I’ve gone out of my way to watch twisted films.

  • Wong

    Blair Witch?? wow, you might as well say Paranormal Activity.. LOL just saying..

  • Wong

    The Ring & The Grudge not in??