Welcome to the second edition of They Shoot Zombies, Don’t They? Over the last year, I’ve made some changes to the weighting systems and the formulas used to calculate the points in order to strengthen the ‘quality’ of this list as much as possible. Although some of these were fairly large changes, they had surprisingly little effect on the list itself. In addition to those changes I, of course, have been scouring the Earth for more lists, bringing in over 550 new lists. All of this has also resulted in a new #1.
There are 45 new additions to the 2016 edition of the list. Most of these are recent films and the 21st century is still quite strongly represented. Although the numbers show that the list mostly favours this century, looking at the stats of all the films with at least one vote, it’s actually a smaller percentage than most of the other decades. For example, only 15.2% of films nominated from the 2000s made it into the list, but 21.1% of films nominated from the 1930s made it into the list. So, while the list is skewed to more recent films, this is largely due to there being more horror films made in recent years (and the fact that they’re more widely seen).
2016 Edition Stats:
Australia/New Zealand: 24
Latin America: 7
198. It Follows (2014)
466. A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014)
648. What We Do in the Shadows (2014)
685. We Are What We Are (2013)
711. Jennifer’s Body (2009)
771. Los cronocrímenes (2007)
822. El vampiro (1957)
826. Masters of Horror: John Carpenter’s Cigarette Burns (2005)
844. Insidious: Chapter 2 (2013)
849. The Sacrament (2013)
And for some further awareness of the most current films that have made the list, eight films from 2014 (and none from 2015) have made it into the list quite comfortably:
The Babadook (2014), ranked 142
It Follows (2014), ranked 198
A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014), ranked 466
What We Do in the Shadows (2014), ranked 648
Starry Eyes (2014), ranked 853
Housebound (2014), ranked 866
As Above, So Below (2014), ranked 937
Honeymoon (2014), ranked 985
Currently 1,806 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 5,779 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.
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 email@example.com.
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