Horror movies are way of the film culture, and we over here at MyNewsSpot.com we love to celebrate the culture. Although this is just our Top 25 and not our Top 100, please excuse us if we left out any of your favorite films as we thought hard and long about this. In honor of the month of October and with Halloween slowly creeping around the corner, here is our Top 25 Horror Movies of All Time below! Enjoy!
25. Signs (1997)
When M. Night Shyamalan released one of his follow ups from his previous classic“The Sixth Sense,” he frightened the world once more in an alien horror film thatscared the sox off of movie goers. This 2002 film not only scared me as a pre-teen but also lead me to think A LOT differently of E.T. and the possibilities of aliens from the outside. The story focuses on a former priest named Graham who wonderfully acted by Mel Gibson and who owns a crop of corn in the midwest. The crop circles begin to take weird shapes in the cornfield as he slowly discovers the phenomena of extraterrestrial life who are on earth to take over. The film isshot in a horrific way as you don’t truly see the alien’s full appearance until the end’s creepy finale.
24. Trick ’r Treat (2007)
This movie is one that will leave you wanting more as it is like watching a series all into one movie. This movie has a few stories packed into one that all comes together in the end and that all happen on the night of Halloween. Trick ‘r Treatfeatures plenty of disparate, interesting stories, but also ties its stories together in a distinctly satisfying, chronology-bending way. The stories and characters intertwine on the same small town throughout Halloween night. Although all of the stories intersect at points, there is also some dark comedy in the film and I do not want to spoil it for you but each story is worth it in the end!
23. An American Werewolf in London (1981)
David and Jack are hiking across Yorkshire when they’re attacked by – you guessed it a Werewolf. Jack is killed, but David is bitten and during his recovery process, he starts dating a nurse. That’s not a happy ending, though, because the creature that attacked the boys was a werewolf, and there’s another full moon on the way. To top it off, his friend Jack who was killed starts to reappear as David slowly starts to turn throughout the film and haunt him.
22. Hereditary (2018)
They say that home is where the heart is…but it can also be where the horror
lives as well. Although what seems like a perfect family from the outside, this family is far from it. The movie starts with a mother and her grieving family. The death of her own mother has sent shockwaves through to their home. During the
grieving process, the future starts to dim as the family experiences more tragediesand the film does not stray away from showing it either. We don’t want to say toomuch and spoil it for you, but there are a few shockers as to why these occurrences begin to happen to the family and the ending is quite horrific!
21. Get Out (2017)
“Get Out” is a completely original film from the mind of Jordan Peele (yes, the comedic sketch writer/actor from Comedy Central’s show “Jordan & Peele”). Thefilm starts with Chris, who is driving to New York with his girlfriend to meet her parents for the first time. The underlining subject of race starts to creep in as Chris is girldfriend is white and he is black. He starts to get nervous because of the difference between race, thinking it be a problem. The horror begins to unravel as there is something weird going on when the family acts different when meeting him.
20. Paranormal Activity (2007)
One of the first to take a twist on the “found footage” genre, and take video camera’s inside of a home and record. This haunted house flick will grip you to your seat as the scares slowly pace from noises, to sounds of ghost occurrences that will take your breath away. To top it off, the ending will send goosebumps throughout your body.
19. Insidious (2011)
Insidious scared audiences around the world when the film blended unnerved fear, mixed with the heart-racing of realizing you’ve actually watched a really scary movie. The demon-possession and evil-spirit filled horror movie is sure to
not disappoint as disturbing images of undead spirits roam the house as the movie proceeds. This film has not only spawned a few more sequels, but has since made millions at the box office since the first film opened in the states.
18. Jaws (1975)
Jaws shocked the world as being one of the scariest films of all time as the movie that circulates around a killer great white shark and the few men who try to stop it. The characters are not only stuck on a boat trying to kill the shark, this shark is
killing people by the minute on beaches and those who cross its path. When Jaws does finally show his face and razor-sharp teeth the shocks are frightening. Jaws not only scared many around the country of water, but even from beaches and lakes during the summer.
17. 28 Days Later (2002)
Zombie films come every once in a while, and in 2002 zombie films were coming and going from cinemas. This one however, is one that turned the page on slow- moving zombies and turned it up a notch with fast-moving-flesh-eating creatures! Bring in a post-apocalyptic world and a group of survivers and a family trying to move out of the city and you have an intriguing plot. The way the film opens is creepy enough as it is, but the film progresses with the survivors meeting with the military and the film unwinds complete chaos.
16. The Evil Dead (1981)
The evil dead is a film that is quite frightening without bringing much of a score to the scenes that climax in the film. The plot involves a group of young adults, that are secluded that are at a wooded cabin in the woods. In the basement of the wooden cabin, they find an ancient evil book and one begins to read the pages aloud and unknowingly awakens something that haunts them. This gory film is sure to scare, as the creepy spirit that is awakened creates havoc among the group.
15. The Strangers (2008)
The Strangers defined the genre of simplicity in horror with a subtle but yet suspenseful film. This genuinely creepy and intelligently movie even left most surprised as the plot is inspired by true events of a family who was home alone and 3 adults dressed in masks broke into the home and killed them. Of course, the movie has changed some plot points and characters to make the plot more terrifying. This is a home invasion film that takes its time in slowly to build up to each moment that terrifies the audience, as the characters struggle to survive throughout.
14. The Blair Witch Project (1999)
The Blair Witch Project was a pre-buzz worthy movie that did not have to spend much on their budget to promote what seemed like a real found footage home video found. The plot circles around a group of adults who go into the woods tofind a “witch” and the documentary style seems so authentic and real that ithalted viewers in theatres worldwide. The marketing promos for it were brilliant when released before the film hit theatres, building the suspense and keeping audiences glued to their seat during the premiere.
13. Friday The 13th (1980)
The first Friday The 13th started a franchise of slasher films that featured a machete-possessing-killer in the woods by the name of Jason Voorhees. The iconic character turned into a phenomenon when it first released, creepily feeding off of the hockey mask killer that just could not be killed or stopped. Although this film follows somewhat of the same formula as the Halloween & Texas Chainsaw Massacre format, it was one of its first at that time.
12. The Conjuring (2013)
The Conjuring is known to be based on a true story, the film is shot by none otherthan one of the modern horror master’s James Wan. His directing has a way oftaking the audience on a horrific ride through suspense when you expect the scares to happen. The story is about a family being haunted by something that is unknown to them. In Rhode Island, the story plays with audiences as there is creepy imagery following the inspiration of films that were about hauntings in theearly 1980’s.
11. The Cabin in the Woods (2012)
A one-of-a-kind film that explores the major tropes and same formats of horror films. Exposing the horror genre cliches and spinning them on their head. Without spoiling it for you, start with a group of friends in the woods and something bigger in control of each horror movie cliché as the group tries to figure out if what they are experiencing is on purpose or if there are others behind it. The end is not only one of the most original endings and twists, but it will literally leave you with your mouth open from shock.
10. The Sixth Sense (1999)
One of M. Night Shyamalan’s first horror films that showed great performancesby Bruce Willis and Haley Joel Osment. An original plot and perspective from a young boy who sees ghosts and the dead in his daily life. The ghosts and spiritsare presented in a much creepy way with you feeling the boy’s terror at everyturn when he sees each dead person (also showing how they died in those shots).
9. Alien (1979)
A space movie that puts a crew of the Nostromo off to investigate a distress call from an abandoned alien spaceship without knowing the reason why and carefully trying to investigate where the crew members went. What is more terrifying is the evil creature that took the crew on that ship. In typical fashion, the unknown creature takes the new crew one by one but in a suspenseful and frightening manner. The alien is made in an image that taps into the primal fear of psychological terror. Ridley Scott brilliantly combined science fiction with horrorin a way that hadn’t been done before.
8. The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)
The original film that released in the 1970’s was originally banned from homerelease due to its horrifying premise and imagery. The plot is about a group of kids who happen to run into a chainsaw-wielding maniac and his family ofcannibals after all. What’s even scarier is that Leatherface, who wields thechainsaw wears the peeled-off skin of his victims as a mask. It’s not onlydreadful with every shot, but at times unsettling and the tension doesn’t stopthroughout the film.
7. A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
From original horror directing legend Wes Craven, this features another iconic killer who was widely known to be every one of your nightmares…literally. Freddy Krueger is someone who not only has a compelling and creepy story that sticks in the series, but he is already dead. That makes it every bit more terrifying as he can morph into any one of your scariest nightmares and kill you in your dreams.
Kubrick. The perfect pacing and attention to detail of the film adds up to a horror movie that is closed to impossible to stop watching. From odd party guests bleeding from the head, elevators flushing out blood onto one of the floors, to creepy twins. This film is sure to excite many horror film lovers such as myself.
5. American Psycho (2000)
Based on the serial killer novel of Bret Easton Ellis, the horrific film adaptation of a Wall Street psychopath named Patrick Bateman who is completely engulfed in the“yuppy” culture of the 1980’s. He is not only brought on by the Wall Street culture to the brink of insanity, but he does so in complete narcissistic nature. Christian Bale’s performance as Patrick Bateman is a cult favorite and became a culturalicon with the 1980’s. The dialogue is one that is sure to please, and the open ending will leave you thinking more psychological as the horror of the film may have been questionable.
4. Psycho (1960)
One of Alfred Hitchcock’s best known thrillers made in the 1960’s in black and
white. It is still terrifying till this day. The film is not only a classic about a sly murderer who owns a roadside motel. Norman Bates is a vulnerable and frightening character, but he also has an awkward charm about him that makes it that much more eerie. The finale of the film is more shocking with a twist that most did not expect when first watching the film.
3. Night of the Living Dead (1968)
The first zombie film every made in history by directing legend of horror George A. Romero. The plot is simple but involves 7 random people who take shelter inside of a farmhouse as the flesh-eating undead walk around outside. Independently made back in 1968, Night Of The Living Dead pushed horror’s boundaries with extraordinarily graphic scenes of cannibalism and with the unpredictable choice to have a black leading man during the Civil Rights era. Oddly enough, the black and white format makes it every bit more scary as one of the first and best made zombie films.
2. Halloween (1978)
Director John Carpenter decided to not only make an original slasher film butironically enough chose the killer’s mask out of a sculpted mask of William
Shatner from a Star Trek set. Michael Myers is the villain who wears the blank white mask during Halloween as the killer starts by stalking babysitters in a town of Haddonfield, Illinois. This is not only of the original stalker/slasher films madein the 1970’s, but it also raised the bar for slasher films in the genre altogether.
1. The Exorcist (1973)
Finally, we have gotten to #1 on our list! Arguably one of the most frightening films ever made that sparked a series of possession films. Cue in a young girl who, after playing with a ouija board slowly starts acting different. A priest is then hired (after a few different doctors are administered) and the possession film progresses with fright and unsettling effects. I am sure you are asking by now whywe chose this as #1 on our list, well quite frankly it’s just that scary. The Exorcistsucceeds at every moment to creep you out. The film not only demands your attention from the start, but it also plays on scene after scene of progressively showing the possession get worse and worse. A closed to perfect cinematic masterpiece that just so happens to be an edge-of-your-seat scare-fest too.