Well, it seems that George Romero really is the King of Horror with three of his films (Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead and Martin) in their recent Top 50 Horror film feature published this month.
No other director secured three films on the list, although five other directors came close with two films each - John Carpenter (The Thing and Halloweed), David Cronenberg (Shivers and Dead Ringers - why no Videodrome we don't know!), Wes Craven (Nightmare on Elm Street and Scream), Dario Argento (Suspiria and Inferno) and Robert Wise (The Haunting and Curse of the Cat People - although technically Cat People was co-driected with Gunther von Fritsch).
In the battle of the decades (a constant source of argument between Jim and Zomblee with Jim fighting the corner for the 80s and Zomblee batling on behalf of the 70s), the 70s and 80s were the joint winners with 13 films each. Eleven films from the 60s made the list, with six films from the 90s and only a poor two films (Switchblade Romance and The Descent) making an appearance for the 21st century.
See below for the full list, or visit Total Film for more info.
Total Film Top 50 Horror Films 1. The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974) Tobe Hooper 2. Halloween (1978) John Carpenter 3. Suspiria (1977) Dario Argento 4. Dawn of the Dead (1978) George Romero 5. The Shining (1980) Stanley Kubrick 6. Psycho (1960) Alfred Hitchcock 7. The Wicker Man (1973) Robin Hardy 8. Rosemary’s Baby (1968) Roman Polanski 9. Don’t Look Now (1973) Nicholas Roeg 10. Cannibal Holocaust (1980) Ruggero Deodato 11. The Thing (1982) John Carpenter 12. Carrie (1976) Brian De Palma 13. The Exorcist (1973) William Friedkin 14. The Blair Witch Project (1999) Myrick and Sanchez 15. Witchfinder General (1968) Michael Reeves 16. The Haunting (1963) Robert Wise 17. The Evil Dead (1981) Sam Raimi 18. Peeping Tom (1960) Michael Powell 19. Alien (1979) Ridley Scott 20. Bride of Frankenstein (1935) James Whale 21. Night of the Living Dead (1968) George Romero 22. Curse of the Cat People (1944) Robert Wise 23. Switchblade Romance (2003) Alexandre Aja 24. A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) Wes Craven 25. An American Werewolf in London (1981) John Landis 26. Night of the Demon (1957) Jacques Tourneur 27. Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1986) John McNaughton 28. Bay of Blood (1971) Mario Bava 29. Audition (1999) Takashi Miike 30. Shivers (1975) David Cronenberg 31. The Innocents (1961) Jack Clayton 32. The Devil Rides Out (1968) Terence Fisher 33. Les Diaboliques (1955) Henri-Georges Clouzot 34. Dead Ringers (1988) David Cronenberg 35. Inferno (1980) Dario Argento 36. Martin (1977) George Romero 37. The Howling (1981) Joe Dante 38. Vampyr (1932) Carl Theodor Dreyer 39. Candyman (1992) Bernard Rose 40. The Plague of the Zombies (1966) John Gilling 41. Scream (1996) Wes Craven 42. Targets (1968) Peter Bogdanovich 43. The Sect (1991) Michele Soavi 44. The Descent (2005) Neil Marshall 45. Braindead (1992) Peter Jackson 46. Hour of the Wolf (1968) Ingmar Bergman 47. Eraserhead (1977) David Lynch 48. Nekromantik (1987) Jorg Buttgereit 49. The Beyond (1981) Lucio Fulci 50. Hellraiser (1987) Clive Barker
30th May 04 When the guests do arrive, they have an amusing habit of dying. This is obviously bad for business and so, with family honour in jeopardy they take quite quickly to hiding the bodies, usually accompanied by some big musical number.