They Shoot Zombies, Don't They?

The 1,000 Greatest Horror Films

INTRODUCTION to the 1,000 Greatest Horror Films

Current Version: May 2019 (5th 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 5th edition of They Shoot Zombies, Don’t They! This year there have been a few tweaks to some of the weightings, and another 200-250 lists added, but otherwise not a lot of changes on the back-end side of things. Over this next year, I want to take a closer look at the current weighting formula for lists and possibly extend the criteria.

The few tweaks I did make have resulted in, what I think, is a more solid list (and I feel that it improves every year — though, yeah, I’m not sure about Wizard of Oz either). However, it is still not a perfect system and we are continually trying to tweak and improve the way things are weighted and calculated to ensure fairness for all films and lists that are included. The new edition of the Hidden Horrors list should be up within a couple of days. Also, apologies for some formatting errors regarding breaks due to something that has changed with WordPress which I’m still trying to work out how to fix.

As last year got very busy for me, I fell behind with a lot of my list plans for the site. I hope to release a new edition of the Director’s list later this year, and will get back to posting subset lists soon. There is also a Facebook page for this site in case anyone wishes to keep updated through Facebook.

There are 35 new additions to the 2019 edition of the list.

2019 Edition Stats:


1910s: 3
1920s: 24
1930s: 46
1940s: 45
1950s: 59
1960s: 118
1970s: 171
1980s: 184
1990s: 138
2000s: 156
2010s: 55


USA/Canada: 655
Europe: 282
Asia: 40
Australia/New Zealand: 15
South America: 8
Africa: 1

Top 10 Highest New Entries

466. The Mummy’s Curse (1944)
474. The Wizard of Oz (1939)
475. Hereditary (2018)
621. Weird Woman (1944)
626. The Mummy’s Tomb (1942)
634. Man Made Monster (1941)
644. The Maze (1953)
680. The Return of Count Yorga (1971)
681. A Quiet Place (2018)
723. The Terror (1963)

Currently 2,614 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 7,196 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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