Getting movie fans to agree on much of anything is rare, but on occasion even the most opinionated will cross the theater aisle to make peace. Over time, film fans have even found common ground in a few select titles offering that most peculiar form of voluntary self-torture – the horror movie.
Films like these that become widely loved are a strange lot, and not easily categorized – while they don't all reach the pinnacle of artistic accomplishment, their popularity doesn't automatically imply creative compromise. And these favorites aren't all shiny, whitewashed PG-13 fare either – some are borderline traumatizing, and would normally be much more polarizing under other circumstances. But, we're not here to explain why everyone likes these horror movies, we're just here to list them.