They Shoot Zombies, Don't They?

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An official iCheckMovies list (adopted from mightysparks).

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Horror is one of the most readily dismissed genres from critics and film buffs, yet is, arguably, the genre with the most avid and steadfast niche following and remains popular with the general public. With horror films aiming to terrify, spook, shock, disturb, repulse, amuse, entertain and more, it's no wonder the genre is so varied, divisive and controversial.

With so many people ignoring or simply not understanding horror, many great films slip under the radar and are relatively unknown to an audience outside of hardcore horror fans. In order to counteract this and bring awareness to the greatness of the genre, this list was created.

Compiled using 1,806 lists taken from various critics/polls/magazines/books/websites/forums/horror fans, They Shoot Zombies, Don't They? is intended to be the ultimate canonical top 1000 horror list. Spanning several decades, countries and sub-genres, and using lists from a wide range of people and publications, the resulting list is quite a diverse spread and representation of the best of horror.

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  1. 828 -27

    War of the Worlds

    2005, in 6 top lists Check
  2. 15 -

    The Blair Witch Project

    1999, in 11 top lists Check
  3. 882 -3

    Scary Movie

    2000, in 4 top lists Check
  4. 948 -37

    The Village

    2004, in 4 top lists Check
  5. 650 -4

    Donnie Darko

    2001, in 18 top lists Check
  6. 60 -

    Paranormal Activity

    2007, in 2 top lists Check
  7. 377 -13

    Signs

    2002, in 5 top lists Check
  8. 583 +16

    I Am Legend

    2007, in 5 top lists Check
  9. 272 +12

    Black Swan

    2010, in 8 top lists Check
  10. 179 +1

    Cloverfield

    2008, in 3 top lists Check
  11. 485 -15

    A Clockwork Orange

    1971, in 33 top lists Check
  12. 599 +5

    Requiem for a Dream

    2000, in 20 top lists Check
  13. 40 +2

    Saw

    2004, in 6 top lists Check
  14. 398 -14

    Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

    2007, in 6 top lists Check
  15. 70 +1

    Drag Me to Hell

    2009, in 3 top lists Check
  16. 619 +20

    Shutter Island

    2010, in 9 top lists Check
  17. 36 -

    The Ring

    2002, in 4 top lists Check
  18. 983 -34

    Constantine

    2005, in 2 top lists Check
  19. 150 +1

    El laberinto del fauno

    2006 — a.k.a. Pan's Labyrinth, in 29 top lists Check
  20. 353 +13

    The Human Centipede (First Sequence)

    2009, in 3 top lists Check
  21. 52 +3

    The Cabin in the Woods

    2012, in 4 top lists Check
  22. 849 +38

    Anaconda

    1997, in 2 top lists Check
  23. 210 -1

    Mulholland Dr.

    2001 — a.k.a. Mulholland Drive, in 26 top lists Check
  24. 1 -

    The Exorcist

    1973, in 25 top lists Check
  25. 666 +45

    Jennifer's Body

    2009, in 1 top list Check
  26. 518 -5

    The Nightmare Before Christmas

    1993, in 13 top lists Check
  27. 63 -

    The Mist

    2007, in 1 top list Check
  28. 279 -6

    Resident Evil

    2002, in 1 top list Check
  29. 156 +4

    Hostel

    2005, in 1 top list Check
  30. 142 -3

    Final Destination

    2000, in 1 top list Check
  31. 12 -

    Jaws

    1975, in 27 top lists Check
  32. 136 -

    American Psycho

    2000, in 9 top lists Check
  33. 2 -

    The Shining

    1980, in 24 top lists Check
  34. 133 +2

    Zombieland

    2009, in 3 top lists Check
  35. 33 -1

    Shaun of the Dead

    2004, in 12 top lists Check
  36. 638 +19

    Hannibal

    2001, in 2 top lists Check
  37. 614 -27

    House of Wax

    2005, in 1 top list Check
  38. 58 -1

    The Sixth Sense

    1999, in 20 top lists Check
  39. 399 -13

    Jurassic Park

    1993, in 19 top lists Check
  40. 424 -17

    The Rocky Horror Picture Show

    1975, in 11 top lists Check
  41. 776 -27

    Death Proof

    2007, in 3 top lists Check
  42. 152 +5

    Antichrist

    2009, in 6 top lists Check
  43. 624 -14

    Paranormal Activity 2

    2010, in 1 top list Check
  44. 91 -2

    Se7en

    1995, in 23 top lists Check
  45. 494 +8

    World War Z

    2013, in 2 top lists Check
  46. 815 +4

    Zodiac

    2007, in 10 top lists Check
  47. 560 -6

    Saw II

    2005, in 1 top list Check
  48. 871 -31

    Alien³

    1992 — a.k.a. Alien 3, in 1 top list Check
  49. 65 -

    Eraserhead

    1977, in 16 top lists Check
  50. 236 -9

    30 Days of Night

    2007, in 1 top list Check