According to a 2005 BBC story they are:
1. Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)
2. Halloween (1978)
3. Suspiria (1977)
4. Dawn of the Dead (1978)
5. The Shining (1980)
6. Psycho (1960)
7. The Wicker Man (1973)
8. Rosemary’s Baby (1968)
9. Don’t Look Now (1973)
10. Cannibal Holocaust (1980)
I agree with a total of 4 of those movies, and NOT in the order they have them in…. Here’s what my list would look like: (Not necessarily in order…)
1. Dawn of the Dead - Spawned every other zombie flick since.
2. The Exorcist - First of many demon possession movies
3. Nightmare on Elm Street - Spawned a whole new category of horror
4. The Shining - Shows that the fear factor doesn’t have to include a ton of hack and slash.
5. Halloween- Besides six or seven sequels, it also had many,many copycats.
6. Friday the 13th- see above. Also one of the first “implacable, unstoppable evil” movie scripts.
7. Dracula- (1931) Bella Legosi set the standard for every other vampire since…
8. Alien - Also had half a dozen sequels, but was one of the scariest, most suspenseful movies made to date.
9. Return of the Living Dead - Tongue in cheek portrayal of evil. One of the first to do so….
10. Evil Dead 2 - ‘cause nothing beats a “Boom Stick”!
What are yours?