They Shoot Zombies, Don't They?

The 1,000 Greatest Horror Films

INTRODUCTION to the 1,000 Greatest Horror Films

Current Version: May 2018 (4th 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 4th edition of They Shoot Zombies, Don’t They?, freshly updated for 2018! This year I have completely overhauled the list, resulting in lots of changes. When I began this project, my ideas were vague and I was over-inclusive to ensure a varied and meaty list. For this year’s edition all included lists have been revised and reassessed, resulting in the removal of over 300 lists that have now been deemed unsuitable for the goals of this project, whose sources no longer exist and a handful of duplicates. Many lists have been updated for the first time since they were first added.

I have also implemented a new automatic weighting formula based on a few criteria rather than ‘intuition’ and non-specific variables. A new weighting system is also in place for the calculations of the final list allowing me to finally include yearly lists from the 21st century (before now it skewed the list too heavily in favour of films from the last couple of years due to the number of lists available). A huge thanks to Chris Reynolds for writing the new program, as well as his usual amazing assistance in gathering data for the website.

Hopefully the list now has a fairer and less biased weighting system and is a more solid overall representation of the best that the horror genre has to offer. There are still some questionable entries, but I hope tweaking the program and finding better lists will help weed those out in the future. In further news, the 1st edition of the 21st Century List and the 2nd edition of the Director’s list will hopefully be released later in the year (not sure when, but they are on their way). There is also a Facebook page for this site in case anyone wishes to keep updated through Facebook. I haven’t really posted anything on there, but am thinking about starting to share interesting lists, films, reviews etc, that I find because otherwise it’s a long boring wait in between updates for everyone else. I’ll be sharing subset lists of TSZDT throughout this year.

There are 192 new additions to the 2018 edition of the list.

2018 Edition Stats:


1910s: 3
1920s: 24
1930s: 45
1940s: 41
1950s: 56
1960s: 118
1970s: 180
1980s: 189
1990s: 135
2000s: 161
2010s: 47


USA/Canada: 647
Europe: 287
Asia: 42
Australia/New Zealand: 16
South America: 8
Africa: 1

Top 10 Highest New Entries

191. Le manoir du diable (1896)
235. L’inferno (1911)
295. Der Student von Prag (1913)
297. The Walking Dead (1936)
298. The Invisible Ray (1936)
366. Get Out (2017)
415. The Sender (1982)
438. The Return of the Vampire (1944)
443. Horrors of the Black Museum (1959)
445. The Mummy’s Hand (1940)

Currently 2,362 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 6,652 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 share them!

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