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Best Horror Movie Per Year

Look, we know that it's the time of year when everyone and their sister has a list of the best horror movies of all time. This time out, we at Rotten Tomatoes decided to take a slightly different tack. Using our weighted formula, we compiled a list of the best-reviewed fright fests from each year since 1920 — the year The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, which created the template for horror cinema, was released. This wasn't an easy assignment — there were several years, like 1932 and 1960, that boasted a slate of classic films (and a few others, like 1937 and 1938, in which we had trouble finding any solid contenders). What was the best horror flick the year you were born? Check out our list — if you dare.
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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)
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Nosferatu (1922)
Nosferatu (1922)
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The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923)
The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923)
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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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Faust (1926)
Faust (1926)
8
The Cat and the Canary (1927)
The Cat and the Canary (1927)
9
The Man Who Laughs (1928)
The Man Who Laughs (1928)
10
The Mysterious Island (1929)
The Mysterious Island (1929)
11
The Bat Whispers (1930)
The Bat Whispers (1930)
12
Frankenstein (1931)
Frankenstein (1931)
13
Vampyr (1932)
Vampyr (1932)
14
King Kong (1933)
King Kong (1933)
15
The Black Cat (1934)
The Black Cat (1934)
16
Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
17
The Devil-Doll (1936)
The Devil-Doll (1936)
18
Night Must Fall (1937)
Night Must Fall (1937)
19
I Accuse (1938)
I Accuse (1938)
20
Son of Frankenstein (1939)
Son of Frankenstein (1939)
21
Dr. Cyclops (1940)
Dr. Cyclops (1940)
22
The Wolf Man (1941)
The Wolf Man (1941)
23
Cat People (1942)
Cat People (1942)
24
I Walked With a Zombie (1943)
I Walked With a Zombie (1943)
25
Bluebeard (1944)
Bluebeard (1944)
26
Dead of Night (1945)
Dead of Night (1945)
27
The Beast With Five Fingers (1946)
The Beast With Five Fingers (1946)
28
Scared to Death (1947)
Scared to Death (1947)
29
Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948)
Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948)
30
The Queen of Spades (1949)
The Queen of Spades (1949)
31
House by the River (1950)
House by the River (1950)
32
The Thing From Another World (1951)
The Thing From Another World (1951)
33
The White Reindeer (1952)
The White Reindeer (1952)
34
House of Wax (1953)
House of Wax (1953)
35
Them! (1954)
Them! (1954)
36
The Night of the Hunter (1955)
The Night of the Hunter (1955)
37
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
38
The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957)
The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957)
39
The Fly (1958)
The Fly (1958)
40
House on Haunted Hill (1959)
House on Haunted Hill (1959)
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