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The 1,000 Greatest Horror Films

INTRODUCTION to the 1,000 Greatest Horror Films

Current Version: May 2020 (6th 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 6th edition of They Shoot Zombies, Don’t They! We have added over 300 new lists this year. I didn’t get to redoing the weighting system like I wanted to but have started experimenting for next year’s list. Despite only a little bit of tweaking and error correction, the list has had a bit of a shake-up this year. The new edition of the Hidden Horrors list should be up soon. Also, apologies for the continued formatting errors regarding breaks due to something that has changed with WordPress which I’m still trying to work out how to fix. I will also be adding English titles at some point, but I haven’t had the time to redesign around them.

I wasn’t satisfied with the state of the director’s list, so that is still in progress and will be released when I am happier with it. The new 21st century list will be updated around August. Subset lists will be updated soon, and hopefully resumed. There is also a Facebook page for this site in case anyone wishes to keep updated through Facebook. I now have a Google sheet with a master list and all previous editions.

There are 126 new additions to the 2020 edition of the list.

2020 Edition Stats:


1910s: 2
1920s: 23
1930s: 38
1940s: 28
1950s: 46
1960s: 99
1970s: 171
1980s: 190
1990s: 128
2000s: 194
2010s: 80


USA/Canada: 627
Europe: 293
Asia: 57
Australia/New Zealand: 18
South America: 7
Africa: 1

Top 10 Highest New Entries

593. Midsommar (2019)
629. The Deadly Spawn (1983)
646. The Car (1977)
660. Dèmoni 2 (1986)
675. The Skeleton Key (2005)
697. Fritt vilt (2006)
721. Daybreakers (2009)
724. The Collector (1965)
742. Us (2019)
748. Nekromantik (1987)

Currently 2,915 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 7,897 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, IMDb and Letterboxd. 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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