Edgar Wright and James Gunn’s Favourite Horror Movies

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Happy Halloween everyone! If you’re looking for some spooky movies to watch this evening, you’re in luck because we’ve got some recommendations from a couple of life-long genre fans who also directed their own horror movies as well. Edgar Wright and James Gunn both happened to post updated lists of their favourite horror movies over the past week with Gunn sharing his Top 50 on Facebook while Wright provided a Top 100 on Mubi (in chronological order as opposed to order of preference). There is plenty of great stuff in here, both old and new, although nothing all that shocking or surprising. Do you agree with their picks? Check out both lists after the jump and see what you think.

James Gunn’s Top 50 Horror Movies

  1. Jaws – Spielberg, 1975
  2. Audition – Miike, 1999
  3. Invasion of the Body Snatchers – Kaufman, 1978
  4. The Host – Bong Joon-ho, 2006
  5. The Thing – Carpenter, 1982
  6. Green Room – Saulnier, 2016
  7. The Brood – Cronenberg, 1979
  8. Rosemary’s Baby – Polanski, 1968
  9. A Tale of Two Sisters – Kim Jee-woon, 2004
  10. The Birds – Hitchcock, 1963
  11. 28 Days Later – Boyle, 2003
  12. Train to Busan – Sang-ho Yeon, 2016
  13. House – Obayashi, 1977
  14. Saw – Wan, 2004
  15. Invasion of the Body Snatchers – Siegel, 1956
  16. Night of the Living Dead – Romero, 1968
  17. They Live – Carpenter, 1988
  18. Cloverfield – Reeves, 2008
  19. Cronos – Del Toro, 1993
  20. Piranha 3D – Aja, 2010
  21. Peeping Tom – Powell, 1960
  22. The Night of the Hunter – Laughton, 1955
  23. The Mist – Darabont, 2007
  24. Dead Alive – Jackson, 1992
  25. Shaun of the Dead – Wright, 2004
  26. Funny Games – Haneke, 1997
  27. Troll Hunter – Ovredal, 2011
  28. Evil Dead II – Raimi, 1987
  29. The Shining – Kubrick, 1980
  30. The Descent – Marshall, 2005
  31. Haxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages – Christensen, 1929
  32. The Sixth Sense – Shyamalan, 1999
  33. Aliens – Cameron, 1986
  34. Bride of Frankenstein – Whale, 1935
  35. Martin – Romero, 1977
  36. Near Dark – Bigelow, 1987
  37. Abbot and Costello Meet Frankenstein – Barton, 1948
  38. Suspiria – Argento, 1977
  39. Zombieland – Fleisher, 2009
  40. King Kong – Shoedsack, Cooper, 1933
  41. Get Out – Peele, 2017
  42. Scream – Craven, 1996
  43. Cemetery Man – Soavi, 1996
  44. Shivers – Cronenberg, 1975
  45. Carrie – DePalma, 1976
  46. Basket Case – Henenlotter, 1982
  47. The Blob – Russell, 1988
  48. Alien – Scott, 1979
  49. The Fly – Cronenberg, 1986
  50. The Faculty – Rodgriquez, 1998

Edgar Wright’s Top 100 Horror Movies

  • Nosferatu
  • Frankenstein
  • Freaks
  • Island of Lost Souls
  • The Mummy
  • The Old Dark House
  • The Invisible Man
  • The Bride of Frankenstein
  • Dead of Night
  • Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
  • Curse of the Demon
  • Horror of Dracula
  • A Bucket of Blood
  • Black Sunday
  • Eyes Without a Face
  • Peeping Tom
  • Psycho
  • Village of the Damned
  • The Innocents
  • Carnival of Souls
  • Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?
  • The Haunting
  • Blood and Black Lace
  • Onibaba
  • Repulsion
  • Seconds
  • Night of the Living Dead
  • Rosemary’s Baby
  • The Devil Rides Out
  • The House That Screamed
  • The Bird with the Crystal Plummage
  • Bay of Blood
  • Daughters of Darkness
  • Four Flies on Grey Velvet
  • The Abominable Dr. Phibes
  • Asylum
  • Frenzy
  • Death Lane
  • Don’t Look Now
  • Sisters
  • The Exorcist
  • The Legend of Hell House
  • The Wicker Man
  • Theater of Blood
  • Let Sleeping Corpses Lie
  • The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
  • Deep Red
  • Jaws
  • Carrie
  • The Omen
  • Who Can Kill a Child?
  • Suspiria
  • Dawn of the Dead
  • Halloween
  • Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)
  • Long Weekend
  • Martin (George A. Romero)
  • Alien
  • The Brood
  • Dressed to Kill
  • The Changeling
  • The Fog
  • The Shining
  • An American Werewolf in London
  • The Evil Dead
  • The Howling
  • Creepshow
  • Poltergeist
  • The Thing
  • A Nightmare on Elm Street
  • Gremlins
  • Day of the Dead
  • Re-Animator
  • Aliens
  • The Fly
  • Evil Dead II
  • Hellraiser
  • Near Dark
  • Santa Sangre
  • The People Under the Stairs
  • Dead Alive
  • Cronos
  • Scream
  • Ring
  • Audition
  • The Sixth Sense
  • Frailty
  • Jeepers Creepers
  • The Devil’s Backbone
  • The Descent
  • [REC]
  • Let the Right One In (Original 2008 version)
  • The Ruins
  • The Cabin in the Woods
  • The Skin I Live In
  • It Follows
  • The Babadok
  • The VVitch
  • Raw
  • Train to Busan

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  • Isildur_of_Numenor

    Nice to see The Brood appearing on both lists.

  • Jameson

    I do wonder how everyone’s criteria of what a horror film is versus, say, a suspenseful thriller. Movies like The Night of the Hunter, undeniably great, I never considered horror but I can’t disagree putting it on a list. For me, I look for some sort of supernatural angle even if it is only suggested.

  • Mrespony

    No Friday the 13th or any Fulci films, come on man. Give schlock a chance!

  • Sam

    Would definitely second a few of these that don’t get enough attention:

    Who Can Kill a Child?
    The House That Screamed
    Cemetery Man
    Dead of Night
    Curse of the Demon
    Carnival of Souls
    The Abominable Dr. Phibes

  • 9No

    Wait, what about movies like Saw or Hostel that don’t have anything supernatural to them, you don’t consider those horror?
    I agree with Night of the Hunter. ????

  • Jameson

    I’m not the best judge of those movies cause I hate them, but yeah if they classify as horror then do movies like Silence of the Lambs or Se7en count as horror? To me they’re more psychological thrillers with horrific elements.