Letterboxd, the film rating community, announced their top 25 highest rated horror films as voted by the site’s members. While some films are no-brainers for this list, there are a few surprises, and a few surprising snubs.
While not all of the films on the list are strictly only horror, they are still categorized under horror. The list covers films from around the globe, spanning several decades. Without further ado, here is the highest rated horror films on Letterboxd!
- Psycho (1960, USA)
- Alien (1979, USA)
- The Shining (1980, USA)
- The Thing (1982, USA)
- Rosemary’s Baby (1968, USA)
- Get Out (2017, USA)
- Jaws (1975, USA)
- 修羅 (Demons) (1971, Japan)
- Les Diaboliques (Diabolique) (1955, France)
- Possession (1981, Germany, France)
- 怪談 (Kwaidan) (1964, Japan)
- മണിച്ചിത്രത്താഴ് (Manichitrathazhu) (1993, India)
- Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962, USA)
- The Innocents (1961, UK)
- Låt den rätte komma in (Let the Right One In) (2008, Sweden)
- カメラを止めるな！ (One Cut of the Dead) (2017, Japan)
- 鬼婆 (Onibaba) (1964, Japan)
- Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari (The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari) (1920, Germany)
- Spalovač mrtvol (The Cremator) (1968, Czechia)
- The Exorcist (1973, USA)
- Körkarlen (The Phantom Carriage) (1921, Sweden)
- Faust – Eine deutsche Volkssage (Faust) (1926, Germany)
- Shaun of the Dead (2004, UK)
- Young Frankenstein (1974, USA)
- What We Do in the Shadows (2014, New Zealand)
All in all it is quite a list. It’s interesting that the three films that round out the end of this list are all most definitely horror comedies. It’s also curious that there are so many films from the 1960s on this list and only one film from the 1990s. Letterboxd’s list provides a unique insight into their members as it seems there is not a lot of nostalgia bias going on here. Many of the horror community’s favorite films are missing from this list (i.e. every Universal monster flick, Halloween, Friday the 13th, and Nightmare on Elm Street). Even Letterboxd points out that they also have a popularity index, based on activity surrounding that film on the site. The popularity index produces a distinctively different list, heavily favoring more recent horror films.
So what do you think of this list? Do you agree or disagree with the rankings? I personally have yet to watch several films on this list, so I have some catching up to do. Let us know what you think in the comments below, or on Twitter, Instagram, Reddit, and in the Horror Fiends of Nightmare on Film Street Facebook group!