From classics like "Psycho" to modern masterpieces like "Hereditary" and "Get Out," horror movies are a popular part of popular culture.
And while not every spooky film is well-received, some, like "The Birds" and "A Nightmare on Elm Street," have garnered lots of critical acclaim and still hold up even years after their original releases.
Here are the best horror movies of all time, ranked by critics.
Recent years have seen standout horror films such as "Hereditary" and "Get Out" make waves in Hollywood and beyond, but they're not the only movies to be universally adored by critics.
Classic horror flicks, including "A Nightmare on Elm Street" and "The Fly" also received mostly positive reviews from critics.
Even though not every spooky film is well-received, some have received critical acclaim and are still just as great years after they were originally released.
Here are the best horror movies of all time, ranked by critics.
50. "Cronos" was directed by Guillermo del Toro.
Equal parts stylish and terrifying, this 1993 films focuses on a mysterious device that grants the user eternal life.
49. "The Return of the Living Dead" was released in 1985.
'80s aesthetics and lots of gore feature prominently in this campy horror classic.
48. 2004's "Shaun of the Dead" is a parody of zombie horror film "Dawn of the Dead."
"Shaun of the Dead" follows an ordinary man in the midst of a zombie apocalypse, and doesn't hesitate to poke fun at horror tropes.
47. 2017 film "Gerald's Game" is based on a Stephen King novel.
In "Gerald's Game," a woman trapped in bed after a sex game gone wrong starts to hallucinate, encountering people who may or may not be real.
46. "Backcountry" follows a young couple hiking through the woods.
After they become lost in the wilderness, things take a terrifying turn for the inexperienced lovebirds.
45. "The Devil's Candy" was released in 2017.
Smart, stylish, and hilarious all at once, "The Devil's Candy" focuses on a painter and his family, who move into a haunted house.
44. "The Endless" features UFOs and deadly cults.
Increasingly bizarre yet surprisingly down-to-earth, "The Endless" focuses on two brothers, who escaped a deadly cult.
43. Film icons Bette Davis and Joan Crawford star in 1962's "What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?"
Two sisters' decaying relationship is the focus of "What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?"
42. Jeff Goldblum stars in the 1986 sci-fi horror film "The Fly."
Jeff Goldblum is the victim of an insect experiment gone terribly, terribly wrong in "The Fly."
41. 2009's "Drag Me to Hell" was directed by "Spider-Man" filmmaker Sam Raimi.
An old woman evicted from her home makes the loan officer's life a living hell in "Drag Me to Hell."
40. "The Cabin in the Woods" is a zombie horror film with a twist.
A bloodthirsty deity, horny teenagers, and a young Chris Hemsworth are all featured in "Cabin in the Woods," which follows a group of friends as they struggle to survive terrifying attacks.
39. "Hush" focuses on a young deaf woman, who's the victim of a home invasion.
Combining elements of slasher films with the terrors of home invasion, "Hush" is thrilling from start to finish.
38. "Cam" was first released in 2018.
A successful cam-girl's online identity slowly takes over the rest of her life in this psychological thriller.
37. 1979's "Dawn of the Dead" combines horror with social commentary.
This horror classic follows survivors of a zombie outbreak as they shelter in a shopping mall.
36. "Re-Animator" is gory and darkly amusing.
Based on an HP Lovecraft story, this horror film follows a medical student, who's discovered how to re-animate bodies.
35. Korean monster film "The Host," released in 2007, was directed by "Parasite" filmmaker Boon Jong-Ho.
A vicious river monster threatens a South Korean community in "The Host."
34. 1977's "Suspiria" was recently remade, although the original is still critically acclaimed.
A young American dancer gets more than she bargained for after she joins a German ballet school plagued by murders in "Suspiria."
33. A critically acclaimed version of sci-fi horror film "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" was released in 1978.
Aliens invade a small town and slowly begin to replace all of the residents in "Invasion of the Body Snatchers."
32. In 1976's "Carrie," Sissy Spacek plays a telekinetic teenager.
A quiet young girl named Carrie uses her latent telekinetic powers for evil in this heartbreaking horror film.
31. "Us" was a major hit when it premiered in 2019.
In "Us," a woman (Lupita Nyong'o) with past trauma is on vacation with her family when their doppelgängers show up and begin killing people.
30. Freddy Krueger is the infamous villain in 1984's "A Nightmare on Elm Street."
Murdered by a vindictive group of parents, the ghost of child killer Freddy Kruger returns via dreams to kill again in "A Nightmare on Elm Street."
29. 2016 Korean thriller "Train to Busan" follows a dad and his daughter as they try to escape zombies.
This Korean zombie thriller follows a father and his young daughter as they try to fight off the undead on a high-speed train.
28. "The Innocents" was released in 1961.
Deborah Kerr stars in this spooky British ghost story that's based on Henry James' "The Turn of the Screw."
27. 1973's "Don't Look Now" is an occult thriller with a controversial sex scene.
Set in Venice, "Don't Look Now" follows two parents who befriend an elderly pair of psychic sisters — one of whom might have a warning from the parents' recently-deceased daughter.
26. "We Are Still Here" takes place at a lonely house in New England.
Vengeful spirits, grieving parents, and some seriously sinister undertakers are the focus of "We Are Still Here."
25. 2016 film "The Love Witch" satirizes 1960s horror films.
A dangerously cunning but lonely witch tries to find true love in this campy, Technicolor film.
24. "Evil Dead 2: Dead By Dawn" is the rare sequel that lives up to its predecessor.
The sole survivor of the original "Evil Dead," Ash returns to a cabin in the woods in this gory follow-up.
23. "Evil Dead" spawned several sequels after its release in 1981.
Things go terribly awry for a group of friends alone in the woods after they summon bloodthirsty demons in "Evil Dead."
22. "The Fly" (1958) was famously remade in the '80s, but the original still holds up.
While the 1986 version with Jeff Goldblum is more well-known, the original also follows a scientist, who slowly morphs into a giant housefly.
21. "House of Wax" was first released in 1953.
A vengeful wax museum owner terrorizes a town after his collection is burned to the ground — with him inside.
20. Tippi Hedren stars in 1963's "The Birds."
Tippi Hedren fends off killer birds in "The Birds," another horror staple by Alfred Hitchcock.
19. "Pan's Labyrinth" is a surreal take on the Spanish civil war.
This surreal film follows Ofelia, an isolated young girl who finds solace amongst forest monsters during the horrors of the Spanish Civil War.
18. Roman Polanski's first film was "Repulsion" in 1965.
Polanski's movie follows a repressed young woman who's tormented by images of violent sexual assault after her sister starts dating a new man.
17. Some think that the 2014 film "It Follows" is a parable about HIV/AIDs.
After an unprotected sexual encounter, a young woman is haunted by an eerie spirit, who will only leave her alone if she has unprotected sex with someone else.
16. "A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night" is an Iranian vampire western from 2014 with a feminist message.
This Iranian horror movie follows a lonely, skateboarding vampire in the fictional Bad City.
15. "Rosemary's Baby" is a quintessential horror film from 1968.
Cults and devil-worship abound in "Rosemary's Baby," which follows a young, pregnant mother as she grows more and more paranoid about the wellbeing of her baby.
14. Jamie Lee Curtis stars in 1978's "Halloween."
A deranged and violent young man escapes from a mental hospital and returns to his hometown to wreak havoc on unsuspecting, horny teenagers in this horror classic.
13. A ruthless cannibal is the focus of 1991's "The Silence of the Lambs."
Anthony Hopkins stars as a cannibalistic but cultured murderer in this quintessential horror film.
12. One of Alfred Hitchcock's most famous movies is 1960's "Psycho."
Alfred Hitchock's horror classic focuses on a young professional on the lam who winds up in a motel run by a very disturbed mama's boy.
11. "The Office" star John Krasinksi wrote and directed 2018's "A Quiet Place."
John Krasinski's horror masterpiece focuses on the Abbott family as they attempt to survive in a world overrun with monsters who hunt by sound.
10. Most of "Harpoon" (2019) takes place on the open ocean.
In "Harpoon," three friends stuck on a boat in the middle of the ocean struggle to overcome underlying tensions and hidden dangers.
9. "Aliens" is the 1986 sequel to "Alien."
This follow-up to the 1980s sci-fi hit follows Ellen Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) as she's rescued in deep space — only to find that her run-ins with the titular alien might not be over after all.
8. 1968's "Night of the Living Dead" is a classic zombie film.
Zombies roam the east coast and the uninfected are left to fend for themselves in George Romero's horror classic.
7. "Werckmeister Harmonies" is set in a remote Hungarian village.
Focusing on a desolate Hungarian town and a mysterious circus that arrives one night, "Werckmeister Harmonies" was first released in 2000.
6. "The Loved Ones" (2009) is an Australian teen horror movie.
Combining elements of teen scream films with twisted body horror, "The Loved Ones" follows a teenager, who kidnaps her prom date and tortures him.
5. "The Vanishing (Spoorloos)" was first released in 1988.
After his girlfriend goes missing on a roadtrip, Rex searches for her obsessively, eventually coming to some very terrifying conclusions.
4. "Eyes Without a Face" (1962) focuses on a surgeon who inadvertently botches an operation on his daughter's face.
First released in the early '60s, this horror film follows Dr. Génessier as he attempts to find a new face for his daughter Christiane — with disastrous results.
3. "Let the Right One In" is a Swedish vampire film from 2008.
This heartwarming yet terrifying Swedish film follows a young, socially-awkward boy named Oskar as he befriends a mysterious girl with a terrible secret.
2. Grief and loss are the central themes of 2014's "The Babadook."
After the death of her husband, an overworked and exhausted single mother struggles to keep it together after she and her young child begin to be tormented by a mysterious entity called "The Babadook."
1. "Get Out" was an overnight success when it was released in 2017.
Timely, thrilling, and unforgettable, "Get Out" follows a young Black man (Daniel Kaluuya) as he visits his white girlfriend's family for the first time, only to become entrenched in a trippy and violent experiment.
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