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Just Keep Telling Yourself It's Only a Thread: Talking Time's Top 50 Horror Movies!


Find Your Reason
I completely forgot to vote for Get Out, but if I could, I would vote for it a third time.


Plastic Vampire


I couldn't find him. He must have gotten lost. Let's go ahead and watch the next movie and if he's not back by the end, we'll all go looking for him.

He probably made friends with a tesseract and is taking a tour of Dimension T right now.

You've only just met him, and you already know him so well. Roll the next movie!

No. 2 The Thing (1982)
Points: 448 | Lists: Neo Skimbleshanks (#25); YangusKhan (#1); Rascally Badger (#6); Falselogic (#1); Issun (#1); ?? (#19); Vaeran (#5); Teg (#1); Beta Metroid (#13); Octopus Prime (#1); Johnny Unusual (#2); Adrenaline (#10); Dr. Nerd (#4); ShakeWell (#4); Jbear (#14)
“I know I’m human.”

The Thing is a 1982 American science fiction horror film directed by John Carpenter and written by Bill Lancaster. Based on the 1938 John W. Campbell Jr. novella Who Goes There?, it tells the story of a group of American researchers in Antarctica who encounter the eponymous "Thing", a parasitic extraterrestrial life-form that assimilates, then imitates other organisms. The group is overcome by paranoia and conflict as they learn that they can no longer trust each other and that any one of them could be the Thing.

Drac’s Notes: Quick thing - again I duplicated someone’s name in my tally, so there’s a #19 vote that I’m not sure whose it actually was. (I had it marked as Issun.) Even without it, though, this movie would still be at #2 by a landslide.

Now, onward. Again we revisit horror master John Carpenter, this time for what Talking Time has decided is his ultimate masterpiece. The Thing is the second adaptation of Campell’s novella, the first being the 1950s film The Thing From Another World, which incidentally can be seen playing on a TV in Carpenter’s first film, Halloween. Like The Fly (1986), this is a movie which surpasses the original and became one of the most iconic films in horror canon.

The Thing is a tense, chilly, claustrophobic film. The enemy alien imitates humans and animals perfectly, and as more and more researchers fall to the thing, the paranoia increases. But perhaps what really makes this film are the special effects -- perhaps the pinnacle of puppetry, animatronic, and prosthetic work in horror film. Watch this clip if you’re not squeamish.

I love this film, and I return to it again and again specifically for the practical effects. But given what other famous horrors it was up against, I was surprised and delighted to see it rank so highly on our list.


Post Reader
The fact that The Thing got bad reviews and bombed at the box office shows that nobody has ever known anything

Octopus Prime

Mysterious Contraption
Even without the praise that gets heaped on the movie for its visuals alone, it may well be the perfect paranoia-fuel movie.


TT's Resident Ace of Base Superfan
I did indeed have this movie at #19. The Birds was my #1.

I said it before in the last movie contest: The real terror is Wilford Brimley without a moustache.


perfect world
Drac’s Notes: Quick thing - again I duplicated someone’s name in my tally, so there’s a #19 vote that I’m not sure whose it actually was. (I had it marked as Issun.) Even without it, though, this movie would still be at #2 by a landslide.

The fact that this of all movies has a vote from a mysterious, unknown entity who could be any one of us is :chefkiss:


Plastic Vampire
The fact that this of all movies has a vote from a mysterious, unknown entity who could be any one of us is :chefkiss:

I guess we're just gonna have to take blood samples of each vote and put a hot wire to each of them and see what happens!


dirtbag lesbian
Hell yeah, it's ya girl's #1. The Thing is the one eighties horror classic so good that even its shitty early 21st century remake is still pretty great.
[the defibrillation scene]
What I love about this scene is that all of that extremely impressive and probably expensive effects lead up to a complete dead-end.

Johnny Unusual

John Carpenter has made a lot of great films but the Thing is one of his strongest. Its a clever, cynical film in which the mistrust tearing our heroes apart is sadly quite justified, as there's no easy answer to stopping the title threat. In terms of special effects, its one of the most accomplished film even after decades of film spectacle. The film keeps you guessing on first watch and on second you can ask "wait, when did he get infected?" Its a film where you must question intentions and just because you killed a regular human didn't mean you made the wrong move. Its a movie that bombed on release but thankfully its been reconsidered and is rightly considered a true classic.


Plastic Vampire

No. ?? (????)
Points Unknown | Lists: Jbear (??); Falselogic (??)
“I would like to show everyone something that I voluntarily eat on a regular basis.”



TT's Resident Ace of Base Superfan
I didn't vote for this because, while it is well paced and the special-effects are appropriately disgusting, if you've seen the protagonist's previous appearances in productions such as Top 50 Fantasy Novels, Top 50 Snack Foods, and Top 50 Tabletop Games, you can see the plot twist coming a mile away.


Plastic Vampire

Aw maaaaaaan! If I didn't know any better, I'd think we were in some sort of semi-ironic comic story!

At least it's a great movie to end on.

I'm disappointed. I think Alien 3 is the best one of the series.

You may have saved movie night, but now you're also banned from it.

No. 1 Alien (1979)
Points: 522 | Lists: Neo Skimbleshanks (#2); Sabrecat (#1); YangusKhan (#8); Rascally Badger (#5); Kishi (#19); ?? (#3); Issun (#3); Vaeran (#4); Teg (#2); Beta Metroid (#3); Kirin (#1); Octopus Prime (#23); Johnny Unusual (#5); WildcatJF (#1); Adrenaline (#11); Dr. Nerd (#10); ShakeWell (#6)
“You still don't understand what you're dealing with, do you? The perfect organism. Its structural perfection is matched only by its hostility.”

Alien is a 1979 science fiction horror film directed by Ridley Scott and written by Dan O'Bannon. Based on a story by O'Bannon and Ronald Shusett, it follows the crew of the commercial space tug Nostromo, who encounter the eponymous Alien, an aggressive and deadly extraterrestrial set loose on the ship.

Drac’s Notes: Once again, I have another mystery vote in my tallies. I had it attributed to username “Alien” (lmao). But, again, even if the aberrant #3 is discounted, this movie still wins by a mile.

Alien is unforgettable for a number of reasons. The most striking is the creature and environmental design provided by artist H.R. Giger, which has been homaged and copied in sci-fi and horror so much that it’s practically its own genre by now. There’s the cast, defined by genre queen Sigourney Weaver and backed up by character actors Harry Dean Stanton, John Hurt, Ian Holm, and others. Ridley Scott’s direction turned the cold depths of space into something that feels alive and breathing - there’s so much texture in this movie, from the slimy xenomorph caverns, to the sterile medical bay, to the dripping back hallways of the vast mining ship.

Then there’s the alien itself. The xenomorph’s life cycle is by now known to nearly everyone, but the scene early on in which it’s first discovered is one of the best and most shocking moments in film history, even if you already know how it plays out.

The way John Hurt’s hands are still twitching as the alien nymph emerges is still chilling to me.

There are just endless things to say about Alien, so for now I’ll step aside and let y’all say why you put in so many votes for it.

And as a final note, thank you so much for letting me do another one of these! I was surprised and delighted by which films made the top 10. A great mixture of modern and classic films, with a few that I wouldn’t have predicted to get so many votes. I’m glad to have been able to geek out about these video nasties, and I hope y’all maybe learned about a few that you weren’t aware of. I sure did!


Red After Image
(he / his / him)
Yay Alien! Such a wonderful movie, and I think it's quite deserving to be considered the best horror movie ever made.

Wonderful list Dracula! This was super fun to learn about, and while the genre isn't really one for me, I enjoyed seeing what the classics are according to TTers. :) Plus I love your little toy Dracuverse :)
Alien is so cool. Everything is so well-designed (including of course the xenomorph) and Sigourney Weaver gives an incredible performance. I like many of the sequels but generally just wish they'd taken a different path. (unrealistic, I know!) In Alien, the xenomorph is a threat because it's big and dangerous and the cast is unfamiliar with it - I don't like that it's suddenly a threat to all other life in the sequels and you really ought to just kill them all. One thing I like about Resurrection is that it gives the drones a bit of interiority - specifically that one that's like, "aw man, please don't kill me to use my blood to break outta here... this suuuuucks." Avatar's got its problems but at least it has a considerably more enlightened approach to the question of whether non-human life has a right to exist.

Also robot milk.

Confession: I put The Thing on my list mostly bc I wanted to put The Faculty there. The Thing is great! I know I have bad taste! But The Faculty is a lot of fun and I am 90s WB trash. Alien slug queen innocent. List below
  1. Scream
  2. Alien
  3. Jennifer’s Body
  4. Urban Legend
  5. A Nightmare on Elm Street 4
  6. Deep Blue Sea
  7. Fright Night
  8. Resident Evil
  9. Fright Night II
  10. Legend of Dinosaurs and Monster Birds
  11. You’re Next
  12. Ready or Not
  13. Event Horizon
  14. Happy Death Day
  15. The Faculty
  16. Tenebre
  17. Videodrome
  18. Valentine
  19. Resident Evil: Afterlife
  20. Knife + Heart
  21. Wes Craven’s New Nightmare
  22. Rob Zombie’s Halloween II
  23. Wrong Turn 2
  24. The First Purge
  25. The Thing

Octopus Prime

Mysterious Contraption
I put Alien near the bottom of my list, but that’s mainly because I figured it’d win.

Incidnetally, I also put Thing above Prince of Darkness because while I like PoD more, i can’t argue that The Thing isn’t a better movie


does the Underpants Dance
Incidnetally, I also put Thing above Prince of Darkness because while I like PoD more, i can’t argue that The Thing isn’t a better movie
Lately I've really waffled between whether Prince of Darkness or The Thing is my favorite Carpenter movie.


????? LV 13 HP 292/ 292
(he, him, his)
The behind the scenes details about the chestburster scene are pretty interesting:

Great job on the list. This was fun.

  1. An American Werewolf in London
  2. Prince of Darkness
  3. Creepshow
  4. Gremlins
  5. Halloween 3
  6. Ghostbusters (1984)
  7. Maximum Overdrive
  8. Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2
  9. Bram Stoker's Dracula
  10. Poltergeist (1982)
  11. Little Shop of Horrors (1986)
  12. Resident Evil
  13. Sinister
  14. Freddy vs. Jason
  15. Final Destination 3
  16. DracuLa: Dead & Loving It
  17. The Fly (1986)
  18. Critters 2
  19. Tales from the Crypt presents: Demon Knight
  20. Warlock
  21. Night of the Comet
  22. Army of Darkness
  23. The Frighteners
  24. Blood: The Last Vampire
  25. The Horribly Slow Murderer with the Extremely Inefficient Weapon
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This was a great deal of fun, thank you Dracula!

  1. The Thing (1982)
  2. Jaws (1975)
  3. The Exorcist (1973)
  4. Let the Right One In (2008)
  5. Psycho (1960)
  6. The Ring (2002)
  7. Stepford Wives (1975)
  8. Black Hole (1979)
  9. Amityville Horror (1979)
  10. The Haunting (1963)
  11. Open Water (2003)
  12. From Beyond (1986)
  13. Suspiria (1977)
  14. Blackcoat's Daughter (2015)
  15. Willow Creek (2013)
  16. Bubba Ho-tep (2002)
  17. Night of the Comet (1984)
  18. Pan's Labyrinth (2006)
  19. Rosemary's Baby (1968)
  20. Blair Witch Project (1999)
  21. Dawn of the Dead (1978)
  22. Get Out (2017)
  23. Halloween (1978)
  24. Evil Dead (1981)
  25. The VVitch (2015)


Summon for hire
I actually hadn't seen Alien properly start to finish until just a year or two ago when I watched it for a Retronauts episode. It's real good! For more detailed thoughts from me, please dig up the Retronauts Alien episode. 😁

Anyway, another fantastic list from Drac even though it's on a subject I seldom engage with at all. Speaking of which, here's my list full of things that aren't even really horror movies:

*1. Alien - Probably my fave movie almost everyone would count as a horror film though obviously also sci-fi. That atmosphere! Those Giger designs!
*2. Crimson Peak - Okay it's really a Gothic romance, but it was billed as horror and has dang creepy ghosts in.
*3. Pan's Labyrinth - More on the "disturbing" end, it leaves what's real unclear, except for the fact that people can be horrible.
*4. Army of Darkness - Everyone's fave comedy horror for a reason.
*5. Shaun of the Dead - Everyone's fave comedy zombie flick for a reason.
6. Coraline - On the "just spooky" end, but some of the themes and visuals are quite creepy.
7. Perfect Blue - Trigger warning for attempted/simulated rape, but an effective psychological horror piece.
~8. Rocky Horror Picture Show - Has "horror" right there in the title! It must count! A problematic fave.
9. Beetlejuice - Beetlejuice Beetlejuice. Classic Burton/Elfman spooks. Also young me may have had a crush on young goth Wynona Ryder.
10. World's End - Not as classic as Shaun, but still fun and creepy.
11. What We Do in the Shadows - I need to watch this again but it's hilarious.
*12. Nightmare Before Christmas - Disneyfied Burton/Elfman spookiness. Still very good. The Mayor is distressing.
13. Addams Family (the original) - *snap* *snap*
14. The Dead Don't Die - I had some issues with this but seeing all these great actors get their meta-zombie on was fun.
15. Pulse (JP original: Kairo, 2001) - Just incredibly unsettlingly creepy.
*16. Little Shop of Horrors - Movie version pulls the punches but is still fun.
*17. Young Franketstein - FrankunSTEEN
*18. Gremlins - Honestly I'm not as big a fan as some, but those buggers were scary when I was a wee one.
*19. Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn - Goofy but creepy.
20. Vampire Hunter D (1985) - I'm kind of stretching at this point. Haven't seen this in ages.
*21. Ghostbusters (1984) - Only here in that is has ghosts, but v fun.
22. Ghostbusters (2016) - This one was also v fun.
*23. Silence of the Lambs - Amazing acting but soooo problematic wrt trans issues I hesitate to include it.
24. American Psycho - Americans are also scary.
*25. Event Horizon - This wasn't super amazing, but I have a weird connection to it due to a summer internship so here it is.


Sabe, Inattentive Type
My own "throw whatever I could think of into a direct message to Dracula" list:

Get Out (2017)
Alien (1979)
28 Days Later (2003)
From Dusk till Dawn (1996)
Audition (1999)
Ring (1998)
Let the Right One In (2008)
The Cabin in the Woods (2012)
Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992)
A Quiet Place (2018)
Bird Box (2018)
Predator (1986)
The Host (2006)
The Sixth Sense (1999)
Signs (2002)
Black Swan (2010)
Paranormal Activity (2009)
It Follows (2015)
Doctor Sleep (2019)
Slither (2006)
Shaun of the Dead (2004)
It (2017)
Army of Darkness (1993)
Halloween (2018)
The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra (2004)

Some clear recency bias there with various Netflix originals from the last couple years, the otherwise not too notable Doctor Sleep, etc.

Audition grossed me out super hard. I almost had to walk out of the theater, but mercifully the nausea-inducing stuff cut off just in time.

I may have meant Evil Dead or Evil Dead II when listing Army of Darkness. I have no idea which of those I've actually seen, and if I've seen more than one, which one I liked best. Ha..