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100 Years of Genre Defining Horror Films

From the 1920s to the 2010s, these 170 horror movies are among the most genre defining across the decades, tracking the genre's evolution from the silent era and landmark films of German Expressionism through Universal Classic Monsters to landmark films like Psycho and The Exorcist and into the rise of the flasher flick and beyond into the modern day.
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The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920)
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920)
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The Golem: How He Came Into the World (1920)
The Golem: How He Came Into the World (1920)
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Häxan (1922)
Häxan (1922)
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Nosferatu (1922)
Nosferatu (1922)
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The Hands of Orlac (1924)
The Hands of Orlac (1924)
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The Phantom of the Opera (1925)
The Phantom of the Opera (1925)
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The Unknown (1927)
The Unknown (1927)
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The Fall of the House of Usher (1928)
The Fall of the House of Usher (1928)
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Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931)
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931)
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Dracula (1931)
Dracula (1931)
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Frankenstein (1931)
Frankenstein (1931)
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Island of Lost Souls (1932)
Island of Lost Souls (1932)
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The Mummy (1932)
The Mummy (1932)
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The Old Dark House (1932)
The Old Dark House (1932)
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Vampyr (1932)
Vampyr (1932)
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White Zombie (1932)
White Zombie (1932)
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King Kong (1933)
King Kong (1933)
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The Invisible Man (1933)
The Invisible Man (1933)
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The Black Cat (1934)
The Black Cat (1934)
20
Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
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Mad Love (1935)
Mad Love (1935)
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The Devil-Doll (1936)
The Devil-Doll (1936)
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Son of Frankenstein (1939)
Son of Frankenstein (1939)
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The Wolf Man (1941)
The Wolf Man (1941)
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Cat People (1942)
Cat People (1942)
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I Walked With a Zombie (1943)
I Walked With a Zombie (1943)
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The Seventh Victim (1943)
The Seventh Victim (1943)
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The Uninvited (1944)
The Uninvited (1944)
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Dead of Night (1945)
Dead of Night (1945)
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The Body Snatcher (1945)
The Body Snatcher (1945)
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The Thing From Another World (1951)
The Thing From Another World (1951)
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House of Wax (1953)
House of Wax (1953)
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The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms (1953)
The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms (1953)
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Creature From the Black Lagoon (1954)
Creature From the Black Lagoon (1954)
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Godzilla (1954)
Godzilla (1954)
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Them! (1954)
Them! (1954)
37
Dementia (1955)
Dementia (1955)
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Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
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Night of the Demon (1957)
Night of the Demon (1957)
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The Curse of Frankenstein (1957)
The Curse of Frankenstein (1957)
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