They Shoot Zombies, Don't They?

The 1,000 Greatest Horror Films

INTRODUCTION to the 1,000 Greatest Horror Films

Current Version: May 2017 (3rd edition)

The 1,000 Greatest Horror Films: Introduction | #1-#100 | #101-#200 | #201-#300 | #301-#400 | #401-#500 | #501-#600 | #601-#700 | #701-#800 | #801-#900 | #901-#1000 | Full List | Sources | The 21st Century’s Most Acclaimed Horror Films | Top 50 Directors

Welcome to the third edition of They Shoot Zombies, Don’t They? This last year hasn’t seen the addition of too many new lists unfortunately, however over 2000 lists are now included. I had planned to use a new weighting system this year but had difficulty working out the program and didn’t have enough time to focus on it, so there aren’t a whole lot of new changes, but hopefully next year will see not only the application of a new and more inclusive point system, but most likely the first edition of the 21st Century List. But for now…

There are 19 new additions to the 2017 edition of the list.

2017 Edition Stats:


1910s: 1
1920s: 22
1930s: 32
1940s: 28
1950s: 42
1960s: 91
1970s: 167
1980s: 198
1990s: 112
2000s: 213
2010s: 93


USA/Canada: 621
Europe: 291
Asia: 57
Australia/New Zealand: 25
South America: 7
Africa: 1

Top 10 Highest New Entries

550. The VVitch: A New-England Folktale (2015)
902. Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood (1988)
908. Cybernatural (2014)
912. The Ghoul (1933)
931. Friday the 13th: A New Beginning (1985)
940. The Sorcerers (1967)
942. The Taking (2014)
963. Slaughter High (1986)
969. Død snø 2 (2014)
973. Sugar Hill (1974)

Currently 2,010 lists have been compiled into the final result. Weighting each list based on its type and source and using a few formulas, I’ve managed to narrow down 6,026 films into possibly the most definitive guide to the best horror films. As with any consensus list, it’s never going to be perfect and it’s always going to be partly a popularity contest but hopefully this list will help to guide your horror diet and discover some new films. This list can also be found on iCheckMovies and IMDb. This site also uses information taken directly from IMDb, including the use of original titles. Please note that this list and website is not affiliated with Bill Georgaris’ ‘They Shoot Pictures, Don’t They’, but that the title, website design and compiling methods were inspired by it.

If you want some extra viewing, check out the Hidden Horrors list.

I’m always on the lookout for new lists, so if you find a list that you think could be useful, please send them to

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