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A History of Horrid, Horror Films! (1896 – Present)

Horror films seek to elicit fear for entertainment purposes. Initially inspired by literature from authors like Edgar Allan Poe, Bram Stoker, and Mary Shelley, horror has existed as a film genre for more than a century. The macabre and the supernatural are frequent themes.

Pre- 1920’s Horror Films

1920s Horror Films

Lon Chaney, Sr. and Mary Philbin in the 1925 film The Phantom of the Opera. Horror Films
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YearFranchiseFilmIMDbRotten Tomatoes
1920The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari 8.1/10100%
1920Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde 7.0/1092%
1920The Golem: How He Came into the World 7.2/10100%
1921Dracula’s Death
1922HΓ€xan: Witchcraft Through the Ages 7.7/1088%
1923Universal Classic MonstersThe Hunch Back of Notre Dame7.3/1091%
1924The Hands of Orlac7/1086%
1925Universal Classic MonstersThe Phantom of the Opera7.6/1091%
1927The Cat and the Canary7.1/1094%
1928The Man Who Laughs7.7/10100%
1929The Last Performance6.7/10

1930’s Horror Films

YearFranchiseFilmRotten Tomatoes
1931Universal Classic MonstersFrankinstein7.8/10100%
1931Universal Classic MonstersDracula (1931)7.8/1091% 
1932Universal Classic MonstersThe Mummy 7.1/1093%
1933Universal Classic MonstersInvisible Man7.7/10100%
1935Universal Classic MonstersBride of Frankenstein7.8/10100%
1935Universal Classic MonstersWerewolf of London6.4/1077%
1936Universal Classic MonstersDracula’s Daughter6.4/1055%
1939Universal Classic MonstersSon of Frankenstein7.1/1091%

1940’s Horror Films

YearFranchiseFilmIMFDbRotten Tomatoes
1940Universal’s Invisible Man The Invisible Man Returns6.6/1083%
1940Universal’s Invisible Man The Invisible Woman6.1/1071%
1940Universal Classic MonstersThe Mummy’s Hand6.1/1067%
1941Universal Classic MonstersThe Wolf Man 7.3/1094%
1942Universal Classic MonstersInvisible Agent6.1/10
1942Cat People (1942 film)7.3/1094%
1942Universal Classic MonstersThe Ghost of Frankenstein6.2/1075%
1942Universal Classic MonstersThe Mummy’s Tomb5.8/1029%
1943Universal Classic MonstersFrankenstein Meets the Wolf Man 6.5/1025%
1943Universal Classic MonstersSon of Dracula6.1/1060%
1944The Curse of the Cat People
1944Universal Classic MonstersThe House of Frankenstein 6.3/1055%
1944Universal Classic MonstersThe Invisible Man’s Revenge3.4/1040%
1944Universal Classic MonstersThe Mummy’s Ghost5.8/1033%
1944Universal Classic MonstersThe Mummy’s Curse5.6/1040%
1945The Picture of Dorian Gray7.5/1092%
1946Universal Classic MonstersShe-Wolf of London5.2/1017%

1950’s Horror Films

YearFranchiseFilmIMDbRotten Tomatoes
1951Universal Classic MonstersAbbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man
1954Universal Classic MonstersCreature from the Black Lagoon7/1085%
1955Universal Classic MonstersRevenge of the Creature 5.7/1022%
1956Universal Classic MonstersThe Creature Walks Among Us 
1957From Hell It Came 3.7/10
1957I Was a Teenage Werewolf5.1/1040%
1957Night of the Demon7.5/10100%
1957Hammer Film ProductionsThe Curse of Frankenstein7.1/1078%
1957Hammer Film ProductionsThe Abominable Snowman 6.4/10
1957Blood of Dracula4.4/10
1958Hammer Film ProductionsDracula (1958 film)7.3/1089%
1958Hammer Film ProductionsThe Revenge of Frankenstein6.8/1087%
1959Night of the Ghouls3.7/1030%
1959Plan 9 from Outer Space4/1067%
1959House on Haunted Hill
1959Hammer Film ProductionsThe Hound of the Baskervilles 7/1094%
1959Hammer Film ProductionsThe Mummy (1959)6.8/1089%
1959The Tingler6.7/1076%

1960’s Horror Films

YearFilmIMDbRotten TomatoesNotes
1960Hammer Film ProductionsThe Brides of Dracula6.7/1075%
1960The Little Shop of Horrors 6.3/1092%
1960Hammer Film ProductionsThe Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll6.3/1083%
1961Hammer Film ProductionsThe Curse of the Werewolf 6.6/1050%
1962Carnival of Souls7.1/1086%
1962Slaughter of the Vampires5.2/10Italian
1962Hammer Film ProductionsThe Phantom of the Opera6.4/10
1963Hammer Film ProductionsThe Kiss of the Vampire6.3/1083%
1964Hammer Film ProductionsThe Curse of the Mummy’s Tomb 5.6/10
1964Hammer Film ProductionsThe Evil of Frankenstein 6.1/1057%
1964Hammer Film ProductionsThe Gorgon 6.5/1060%
1965Die, Monster, Die!5.6/1071%
1965Frankenstein Meets the Space Monster3.8/10
1966Hammer Film ProductionsDracula: Prince of Darkness 6.8/1080%
1966The Plague of the Zombies6.6/1083%
1966The Reptile6.2/1071%
1966The Witches (1966)5.8/1067%
1967Frankenstein Created Woman 6.6/1067%
1967Quatermass and the Pit (1967)7/1086%
1967The Mummy’s Shroud (1967)5.5/10
1968Curse of the Crimson Altar5.5/10
1968Hammer Film ProductionsDracula Has Risen from the Grave 5.5/10
1968Night of the Living DeadNight of the Living Dead7.9/1097%
1968The Devil Rides Out (1968)7/1094%
1968The Mark of the Wolfman5.5/10
1969Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed6.8/1070%
1969Night of the Bloody Apes5/10

1970’s Horror Films

YearFranchiseFilmIMDbRotten Tomatoes
1970Bigfoot 2.6/10
1970I Drink Your Blood6/10
1970Scars of Dracula 6.2/1033%
1970Taste the Blood of Dracula6.4/1067%
1970The Horror of Frankenstein5.8/1055%
1970The Vampire Lovers6.5/1064%
1971A Bay of Blood6.6/1085%
1971Blood from the Mummy’s Tomb5.7/10
1971Cauldron of Blood4.2/10
1971Countess Dracula6/10
1971Dr. Jekyll and Sister Hyde 6.6/1080%
1971Hands of the Ripper6.2/1086%
1971Lust for a Vampire5.8/10
1971Isle of the Snake People3.3/10
1971The Blood on Satan’s Claw 6.4/10
1971The Velvet Vampire5.5/1067%
1971Twins of Evil6.6/10
1971Vampire Circus6.4/1080%
1971 Zaat
1972Daughters of Satan4.5/10
1972Dracula A.D. 19726/1022%
1973Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell 6.4/1050%
1973The Exorcist (1973)
1973The Mansion of Madness/Dr. Tarr’s Torture Dungeon5.2/10
1973The Baby6.1/1093%
1973The Satanic Rites of Dracula 5.6/1020%
1974Black Christmas 7.2/1071%
1974Captain Kronos, Vampire Hunter 6.5/10
1974Count Dracula’s Great Love5.2/10
1974House of the Living Dead3.2/10
1974Texas Chainsaw Massacre Texas Chainsaw Massacre 7.5/1088%
1975Rocky Horror Picture Show 7.4/1079%
1975The Devil’s Rain 5/1018%
1976The OmenThe Omen
1977Ghosts That Still Walk4.4/10
1977The Hills Have EyesThe Hills Have Eyes (1977)
1977The HowlingThe Howling 
1978The OmenDamien: Omen II
1978Night of the Living DeadDawn of the Dead7.9/1093%
1978Piranha 5.9/1072%
1978The Manitou5.3/1033%
1978The Swarm4.5/1010%
1978Vampire Hookers 3.7/10
1979Island of the Fishmen5.1/10
1979The Amityville Horror 

1980’s Horror Films

YearFranchiseFilmIMDbRotten Tomatoes
1980City of the Living Dead6.3/1050%
1980Friday the 13thFriday the 13th (Film)6.5/1062%
1980Motel Hell6/1071%
1980The Children5.5/10
1980The Fog
1981Bloody Moon5.3/10
1981Evil Dead 7.5/1095%
1981HalloweenHalloween II6.5/1028%
1981Happy Birthday to Me6.1/1027%
1981Mystics in Bali5.7/10
1981The OmenOmen III: The Final Conflict
1981The Boogens5.6/1033%
1981The Pit (film)5.9/10 
1982Basket CaseBasket Case
1982Cat People (1982 film)
1982Deadly Eyes4.8/1029%
1982Girls Nite Out4.8/10
1982HalloweenIII: Season of the Witch4.9/1042%
1982Oasis of the Zombies2.6/10
1982Raw Force5.4/10
1982The Dorm That Dripped Blood5/10 
1983Fantasy Mission Force4.7/10
1983The Deadly Spawn6.1/10
1984A Nightmare on Elm StreetA Nightmare on Elms Street7.5/1094%
1985A Nightmare on Elm StreetA Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge
1985Night of the Living DeadDay of the Dead (1985)7.2/1083%
1985Fright Night
1985 GhouliesGhoulies
1985Hard Rock Zombies4.4/10
1985Joey/Making Contact4.9/10
1985Night Train to Terror4.2/10
1985The Return of the Living Dead
1985Silver Bullet (film)6.4/1044%
1985The Hills Have EyesThe Hills Have Eyes Part II
1985The HowlingHowling II: Your Sister Is a Werewolf
1985The Stuff5.9/1069%
1986Friday the 13thFriday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives
1986Little Shop of Horrors
1986Nightmare Weekend3.1/10
1986PoltergeistPoltergeist II: The Other Side
1986Rawhead Rex5.3/1029%
1986Slaughter High5.3/10
1986 Spookies
1986The Texas Chainsaw Massacre The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 25.6/1048%
1987Blood Diner5.3/1057%
1987Creepshow 26.1/1032%
1987A Nightmare on Elm Street3: Dream Warriors6.6/1074%
1987HellraiserHellraiser  7/1070%
1987The HowlingHowling III
1987Killer Workout4.8/10
1987Lily C.A.T.
1987Prince of Darkness6.7/1058%
1987Rock ‘n’ Roll Nightmare4.1/10
1987Massacre CollectionSorority House Massacre4.5/10
1987The Gate (1987 film)6.1/1056%
1987 The Lost Boys
1987The Monster Squad7.1/1067%
1987Wicked City6.7/10
1988A Nightmare on Elm StreetA Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master
1988Childs PlayChilds Play6.6/1068%
1988Friday the 13thFriday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood
1988HalloweenHalloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers
1988HellraiserHellbound: Hellraiser II
1988The HowlingHowling IV: The Original Nightmare
1988Killer Klowns from Outer Space6.2/1078%
1988Night of the DemonsNight of the Demons6.2/1040%
1988PoltergeistPoltergeist III
1988Slugs 5.2/1038%
1988The Lair of the White Worm
1989A Nightmare on Elm StreetA Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child
1989Friday the 13thFriday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan
1989HalloweenHalloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers
1989The HowlingHowling V: The Rebirth

1980’s Horror TV Shows

1990’s Horror Films

1990Basket CaseBasket Case 2
1990Childs PlayChild’s Play 2
1990Night Killer3.7/10
1990Massacre CollectionSorority House Massacre II4.9/10
1990Tales from the Darkside: The Movie6.3/1039%
1990The GateThe Gate II: Trespassers4.8/10
1991A Nightmare on Elm StreetFreddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare
1991Basket CaseBasket Case 3: The Progeny
1991Childs PlayChild’s Play 3
1991The HowlingHowling VI: The Freaks
1992Bram Stoker’s Dracula7.4/1071%
1992Evil DeadArmy of Darkness7.5/1073%
1992HellraiserHellraiser III: Hell on Earth
1992Highway to Hell6/10
1993Friday the 13thJason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday
1994A Nightmare on Elm StreetWes Craven’s New Nightmare
1994Vampire Chronicles Interview with the Vampire 7.6/1063%
1994In the Mouth of Madness7.2/1059%
1994LeprechaunLeprechaun 24.6/10
1994Night of the DemonsNight of the Demons 2
1994 Wolf 
1995Tales from the CryptDemon Knight
1995 The HowlingHowling: New Moon Rising
1995HalloweenHalloween: The Curse of Michael Myers
1996Tales from the CryptBordello of Blood 5.4/10
1996Scream  7.2/10
1996The CrowThe Crow City of Angels 4.7/10
1996HellraiserHellraiser: Bloodline
1997Night of the DemonsNight of the Demons 3 
1997Wishmaster (film) 5.8/10
1998Childs PlayBride of Chucky
1998HalloweenHalloween H20: 20 Years Later
1999Sleepy Hollow  7.3/10
1999Universal Classic MonstersThe Mummy

1990’s TV Series

2000’s Horror Films

2000’s TV Series

2010’s Horror Films

2010s TV Series

  • 2009 β€“ 2017 The Vampire Diaries
  • 2010 – Present The Walking Dead
  • 2013 – Dracula (2013 TV series)
  • 2014 β€“ 2015 Constantine (TV series)
  • 2014 β€“ 2016 – Penny Dreadful
  • 2014 β€“ 2016 From Dusk till Dawn: The Series
  • 2014 β€“ 2017 Salem (TV series)
  • 2016 β€“ Present Stranger Things
  • 2018- 2019 Castle Rock (TV series)

2020’s Horror Films

2020’s TV Series

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