Enjoy watching horror movies, but couldn’t decide which one to watch?? Don’t worry, here is a list of the top 10 spine-chilling movies which bring you the best horror movies of all time. So here it goes…
1. The Exorcist (1973)
The movie is William Friedkin’s adaptation of a novel. It is about a demon possessing a child. This movie became the first to be nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars. The film is famous for the mass hysteria it created, which led to reports of nausea and fainting among the audience in the theaters. Beware while watching the movie since it creates an impact, on those who watch it for the first time.
2. Hereditary (2018)
The movie is a grimy family drama about the nature of sufferings couched within a supernatural horror film. Toni Collette performed well as a bedeviled mother Annie. Writer and director Ari Aster made a good entry with his feature directorial debut which, served him into a director to watch and secured a second spot on the list.
3. The Conjuring (2013)
After directing films like Saw, Dead Silence, Insidious, James Wan came up with this masterpiece, The Conjuring. The movie is inspired-by-true-events based on the experiences of real-life paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren. James Wan is indeed among the modern masters of horror. The movie beholds many secrets and ghosts which, makes it worth the audience’s time. Warrens were portrayed by Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga, who leveled the freak-out moments with a believable world-weariness.
4. The Shining (1980)
Stephen King’s many novels have been adapted for the big screen, and several of those films are considered a masterpiece today. But the best of them is Stanley Kubrick’s adaptation of The Shining. The Shining features an iconic Jack Nicholson performance and a host of memorable images. The film’s true power lies in the way it crawls under your skin and makes you suffer Jack Torrance’s slow descent into madness.
5. Sinister (2012)
Before joining the MCU, director Scott Derrickson earned cult fans. One of them was this story of possession about a true-crime writer Ethan Hawke who moves into a house with his family, where a family was murdered. They also discover the place already has an evil inhabitant. Writer C. Robert Cargill was inspired by a nightmare he had after watching The Ring, and this story does seem familiar to that film.
6. Insidious (2010)
Here is another James Wan movie that stars Patrick Wilson too. They worked together on this thriller, which is about, a young boy who falls into a coma and begins to channel a vicious spirit. The bare bones of the story and frequent Wan collaborator Leigh Whannell infusion spawned three more installments. Wan crafted something on a more spiritual level, and the result is an effective chiller.
7. IT (2017)
Again Stephan King’s adaption is 2017’s IT. The movie beats the record of “The Exorsist” of being the highest-grossing horror film ever. Andy Muschietti’s big-budget adaptation drew on nostalgia, while Bill Skarsgard’s take on Pennywise, shapeshifting clown was bizarre in all the right ways. Add a healthy dose of jump scares and some top-notch CGI, and you’ve got a recipe for a horror film that’s both funny and scary.
8. Nightmare on Elm Street(2010)
Nightmare on Elm street is Wes Craven’s directorial that features Freddy Krueger, an evil child abuser. As the movie goes on, it keeps running through the viewers’ minds and continues giving chills. The child molester and murderer was killed by, the mob justice of local parents. But the undead Freddy reaches out to their children through dreams, continuing his spree under cover of the dark. The movie is a true sense will make your worst nightmare come true.
9. Scream (1996)
Wes Craven and screenwriter Kevin Williamson’s Scream brought both humor and scare to the subgenre by awaring victims of the “rules” of horror. The movie is about a killer who turns murder into a horrifying game. The movie is funny as well as scary and has one of the best twists and turns. It casts Neve Cambell, Courtney Fox, Matthew Lillard, etc. It is a perfect thriller with amazing twists and plots.
10. Psycho (1960)
The last one on the list is Alfred Hitchcock’s highly controversial Psycho, which tells the story of a lonely motel owner who has dissociative identity disorder tends to kill his customers. The twists and turns are the best, which led to Hitchcock insisting the theaters not to let anyone in after the movie starts. Psycho has defined the modern conception of showtimes in the U.S. making it one of the greatest pieces.