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4 Favorite Horror Films From Each Decade

A horror film is one that seeks to elicit fear or disgust in its audience for entertainment purposes. Horror films additionally aim to evoke viewers' nightmares, revulsions and terror of the unknown or the macabre. Initially inspired by literature from authors such as Edgar Allan Poe, Bram Stoker, and Mary Shelley, horror has existed as a film genre for more than a century. Horror may also overlap with the fantasy, supernatural fiction, and thriller genres.
Plots within the horror genre often involve the intrusion of an evil force, event, or personage into the everyday world. Prevalent elements include ghosts, vampires, werewolves, evil witches, cults, black magic, demons and demonic possession, Satanism and the Devil, monsters, mummies, extraterrestrials, zombies, dystopian or apocalyptic worlds, disturbed children, gore and torture, cannibalism, natural forces, evil clowns, psychopaths and serial killers.
An example of sub-genre is psychological horror.
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The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920)
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920)
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The Phantom Carriage (1921)
The Phantom Carriage (1921)
3
Nosferatu (1922)
Nosferatu (1922)
4
The Unknown (1927)
The Unknown (1927)
5
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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The Invisible Man (1933)
The Invisible Man (1933)
9
Cat People (1942)
Cat People (1942)
10
The Uninvited (1944)
The Uninvited (1944)
11
Dead of Night (1945)
Dead of Night (1945)
12
The Spiral Staircase (1946)
The Spiral Staircase (1946)
13
Diabolique (1955)
Diabolique (1955)
14
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
15
Night of the Demon (1957)
Night of the Demon (1957)
16
A Bucket of Blood (1959)
A Bucket of Blood (1959)
17
Psycho (1960)
Psycho (1960)
18
Onibaba (1964)
Onibaba (1964)
19
Repulsion (1965)
Repulsion (1965)
20
Rosemary's Baby (1968)
Rosemary's Baby (1968)
21
The Exorcist (1973)
The Exorcist (1973)
22
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)
23
Eraserhead (1977)
Eraserhead (1977)
24
Alien (1979)
Alien (1979)
25
The Shining (1980)
The Shining (1980)
26
The Thing (1982)
The Thing (1982)
27
Videodrome (1983)
Videodrome (1983)
28
Evil Dead II (1987)
Evil Dead II (1987)
29
Jacob's Ladder (1990)
Jacob's Ladder (1990)
30
Braindead (1992)
Braindead (1992)
31
Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me (1992)
Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me (1992)
32
Cure (1997)
Cure (1997)
33
Pulse (2001)
Pulse (2001)
34
The Others (2001)
The Others (2001)
35
Shaun of the Dead (2004)
Shaun of the Dead (2004)
36
Let the Right One in (2008)
Let the Right One in (2008)
37
Get Out (2017)
Get Out (2017)
38
Hereditary (2018)
Hereditary (2018)
39
Midsommar (2019)
Midsommar (2019)
40
The Lighthouse (2019)
The Lighthouse (2019)
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