John Carpenter Horror Films Ranked

CHRISTINE, director John Carpenter, on-set, 1983, ©Columbia Pictures /

The Master of Horror, has only about ten horror movies to his credit.  When I wanted to make this list, that surprised me.  But the are super important to the genre and terrific films.

This isn’t hard to do usually, there is always normally a clear cut number 1.  This list will not feature such movies as Assault on Precinct 13, Escape from New York or Big Trouble In Little China.  While most think those movies are some of Carpenter’s greats, they are simply not horror.  This list is all about his work in horror, he is known as the Master of horror, so lets focus on his work in horror.

Rather than waste my time and yours with reasons why or explanations of any kind for each movie, most of us have seen the films. If you haven’t seen most of these, get to work.  The biggest question mark for me and very many, is “They Live” considered horror?

10. The Ward (2010)

9. They Live (1988)

*** Local Caption *** They Live, , John Carpenter, USA, 1988, V’16, Spielfilme

8. Village of the Damned (1995)

7. Vampires (1998)

6. Christine (1983)

5. The Fog (1980)

4. In the Mouth of Madness (1994)

3. Halloween (1978)

2. Prince of Darkness(1987)

1.The Thing (1982)

I realize this list could piss some people off.  This is not the rule of the entire Horror Syndicate, no.  This is my personal list and I do believe Prince of Darkness is one his finest.  Prince of Darkness is super under appreciated.  Halloween is the film that put Carpenter on the map and it is great, a strong number 3.

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There is so much more about me. I hate this phrase, but I am an aspiring comic book writer. Problems with finding artists and getting published have held me back. Writing comics has been a dream for, well as long as I can remember. Now I am writing with a great team, Apogee Comics and hopefully we will make some noise in the same way Image comics did in the 1990s. One day, Rage of Rayzor and the Horror Syndicate will lead me to my dream. Support me, by sharing this site, liking and sharing posts, even following me on twitter would help @Rayzor_33. But you want to know about the horror…right? I have been watching horror films since I was 6 years old. The story, one Saturday night, my mom and I were watching movies and she fell asleep on the couch. We had the channel set on HBO and the movie we were watching ended and the next one, A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge. This was some time in 1986. I watched then entire film, I was sitting on the edge of my seat. When my mom woke, she asked me what just ended and I told her, “Freddy”. That was all I talked about for weeks and finally she broke down and rented more horror films for me. She rented, the Texas Chainsaw Massacre part 2, Re-Animator, Friday the 13th VI: Jason Lives and Halloween II. I watched all and fell in love with horror films forever. When my little brother was 2, I was 10, so were talking 1990. He was introduced to Halloween and I made him believe Haddonfield, IL was a real place. We lived in Illinois at the time and this terrified him. After the intial shock, he grew older and more interested in horror films. When he was 8, we went to the local video store and made our way to the horror section. We started with Alien and worked our way through the alphabet of horror. That day we basically started our course in horror. 5 Horror Films to Watch Inferno (1980) A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) The Beyond (1981) Friday the 13th VI: Jason Lives (1986) Horror of Dracula (1958)