Time Out proudly presents the 100 best horror films, as chosen by those who write, direct, star in and celebrate the genre. We polled more than 100 horror enthusiasts – with big names like Roger Corman, Guillermo del Toro, Simon Pegg, Clive Barker and Alice Cooper, and horror legends like Coffin Joe, Kim Newman and Tom Six. The result may surprise you: while the top ten may be stuffed with big hitters, the full list is wonderfully unpredictable and packed with oddball leftfield choices. But what about you? Let us know your favourite horror movie in the poll below. Meanwhile, enjoy the list and be afraid. Be very afraid. With huge thanks to Time Out London’s Derek Adams, Dave Calhoun, Cath Clarke, Sarah Cohen, Nigel Floyd and Tom Huddleston, and also FrightFest and Cine-Excess.

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100. Come and See (1985) 99. Braindead (1992) 98. Flesh for Frankenstein (1973) 97. I Walked with a Zombie (1943) 96. Cronos (1993) 95. Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978) 94. God Told Me To (1976) 93. Threads (1984) 92. Inferno (1980) 91. The Fog (1979) 90. Daughters of Darkness (1970) 89. The Black Cat (1934) 88. The Mist (2007) 87. Martin (1976) 86. Let's Scare Jessica to Death (1971) 85. Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1986) 84. Black Sunday (aka The Mask of Satan, Revenge of the Vampire) (1960) 83. The Abominable Dr Phibes (1971) 82. Re-Animator (1985) 81. Day of the Dead (1985) 80. Hellraiser (1987) 79. Dead Ringers (1988) 78. Society (1989) 77. Saló (1975) 76. The Orphanage (2007) 75. Phantasm (1978) 74. Dracula (1958) 73. Black Sabbath (1963) 72. 28 Days Later (2002) 71. Pulse (Kairo) (2001) 70. Jacob's Ladder (1990) 69. Eraserhead (1977) 68. Wolf Creek (2005) 67. Angel Heart (1987) 66. The Vanishing (1988) 65. The Devil's Backbone (2001) 64. Black Christmas (1974) 63. The Sixth Sense (1999) 62. Repulsion (1965) 61. Ring (Ringu) (1998) 60. The Night of the Hunter (1955) 59. The Silence of the Lambs (1990) 58. Poltergeist (1982) 57. The Old Dark House (1932) 56. Kill, Baby… Kill! (aka Operazione Paura, Curse of the Dead) (1966) 55. The Wicker Man (1973) 54. [Rec] (2007) 53. The Others (2001) 52. Night of the Demon (1957) 51. Switchblade Romance (2003) 50. Vampyr (1932) 49. The Beyond (1981) 48. Kwaidan (1964) 47. Les Diaboliques (1955) 46. The Devils (1971) 45. Deep Red (1975) 44. Hour of the Wolf (1967) 43. The Tenant (1976) 42. Peeping Tom (1960) 41. The Evil Dead (1981) 40. Carnival of Souls (1962) 39. The Descent (2005) 38. Possession (1981) 37. Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956) 36. The Blair Witch Project (1999) 35. Dead of Night (1945) 34. Eyes Without a Face (1959) 33. A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) 32. Cannibal Holocaust (1979) 31. Martyrs (2008) 30. Frankenstein (1931) 29. Cat People (1942) 28. Let the Right One In (2008) 27. Videodrome (1982) 26. Bride of Frankenstein (1935) 25. The Changeling (1979) 24. The Birds (1963) 23. The Fly (1986) 22. Nosferatu: Eine Symphonie des Grauens (1922) 21. Freaks (1932) 20. The Omen (1976) 19. Evil Dead II (1987) 18. Audition (1999) 17. The Haunting (1963) 16. An American Werewolf in London (1981) 15. Carrie (1976) 14. The Innocents (1961) 13. Night of the Living Dead (1968) 12. Don't Look Now (1973) 11. Jaws (1975) 10. Dawn of the Dead (1978) 9. Suspiria (1976) 8. Halloween (1978) 7. Rosemary's Baby (1968) 6. The Thing (1982) 5. Alien (1979) 4. Psycho (1960) 3. The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974) 2. The Shining (1980) 1. The Exorcist (1973)