Horror cinema is a monster. Mistreated, misunderstood and subjected to vicious critical attacks, somehow it keeps lumbering forward, leaving a trail of destruction and outrage in its wake. For some, horror films are of the gutter, focused purely on evoking a reaction – be it terror, disquiet or disgust. For others, they’re a bit of fun, a chance to shriek and snigger at a second-hand nightmare.
As we wait for a new 3D sequel of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre to be released on Wednesday June 7, we present Time Out
’s top 100 horror movies of all time, as decided by a list of contributors peopled partly by big names – Roger Corman, Simon Pegg, Guillermo del Toro, Clive Barker, even Alice Cooper – and partly by fanatics. The result is a list of films guaranteed to amaze and delight hardcore horror fans and newcomers alike, and hopefully spark a furious debate amongst you, our dear readers, about exactly why this most divisive genre should still inspire so much passion, ingenuity and controversy – and so very many great movies.
But this is just the top 10. Click here for the complete list of Time Out’s 100 greatest horror movies.