Movies such as The Exorcist and The Shining have been classic horror movies for decades, scaring even newer generations of movie lovers.
There are many movies that can scare you to the core of your being. These movies are the reasons for many children asking their parents to check under the bed or behind their closet door every night. However, we still want to watch a movie and rightfully so! The thrill of watching a horror movie is quite understandable – the rush of adrenaline, the mystery of the unknown and the scary monster that is out to get you.
The mentioned movies have been classics and a huge hit among horror lovers of all ages. They have been topping the charts of scary movies worldwide and still widely the all-time favorites for many.
There are a sheer number of scary movies that are available with more being released every year, but we have mentioned the movies that are the 10 top rated horror movies of all time.
- The Exorcist
The Exorcist is a classic horror movie that includes a young girl being possessed by a demon and been a favorite since its release in 1973. The movie has been captivating audiences with its widely scary scenes of unnatural body positions and the famous revolving head scenes. The movie has also been recently remade, but the older version is still among the most watched scary movies of all time. The best part is that the movie achieves its level of creepiness even without the help of today’s fancy special effects.
- The Shining
The story is based on the novel of the master of thriller and mystery, Stephen King. The terrifying slasher movie follows the decent of a man into madness and his attempts to kill his family. Not only is The Shining considered as one of the classics, but it is also known for spawning many memes on the Internet. The most famous scene from the movie is Jack Nicholson’s face poking through a hole in the door he has hacked with an axe. The scene is actually considered far more popular than the movie itself. However, the movie is a must watch.
Not exactly horror, but this psychological-thriller movie is named as one of the greatest movies ever made. The movie by Alfred Hitchcock is sure to show up in a must-see list and rightly so. The movie aims on creeping out their audiences by using eerie camera angles and a brilliant plot line. While making the movie, Hitchcock received a lot of negative feedbacks, but the movie raked in a lot of profit and also acclaims. The movie is known for its iconic shower scene, where the lead is killed off by a knife wielding hand. The movie is bound to keep you on the edge of your seat.
- The Ring
The Ring is an American remake of the Japanese movie (same name). The movie has successfully scared the living day lights out of anyone who owns a TV, with its very popular scene of the ghost using the TV as a portal to kill people. The movie focuses on the story of a cursed video tape that results in the death of anyone who watches the tape. The movie relies on the creepiness of a little girl to successfully scare you out of your wits. The scary imagery and the twisted form of a young girl emerging from the TV will leave you with goosebumps for days. It is a definite watch for any horror fan!
Steven Spielberg, the master of horror, co-wrote and produced this beautiful horror film in which the members of the Freeling family are stalked and terrorized by a group of ghosts that are attracted to their young daughter. The film starts off with small happenings, but takes a creepy turn when ordinary household objects start turning against them. It is sure to make you take a second look at all your appliances, just to make sure they don’t have a live of their own.
This science-fiction horror film spawned a media franchise of novels, comic books, video games, and even toys. The movie revolves around a crew that is on a mission to explore space and planetoids. After receiving a distress signal from a nearby planetoid, they enter the atmosphere and find aliens. The alien gets on board their ship and starts hunting and killing them one by one. Alien is considered as one of the most popular alien movie is considered as a must see.
- Night of the Living Dead
Known as the original zombie thriller movie, Night of the Living Dead was directed by George Romero and was considered as the most violent movie of that time. The movie also received many negative controversy because of its graphic violence, which only garnered more fame for the movie. The movie revolves around a young couple that are forced to survive a massive zombie attack at a Pennsylvania farm.
- The Blair Witch Project
Although considered boring as some, the movie still garnered enough audiences to make it one of the top horror movies. Recorded as a ‘found footage horror film’, the movie attracted a vast number of audiences by claiming the recorded footage is real and that the events on the camera did transpire. The film tells the story of three student filmmakers that disappeared while hiking in the Black Hills near Burkittsville, Maryland in 1994 to film a documentary about a local legend known as the Blair Witch.
- A Nightmare on Elm Street
There isn’t anyone who hasn’t heard of Freddy Krueger and his razor sharp fingers (he can be considered as the evil Wolverine). His deformed face and ability to slice through skin like its butter has caused kids nightmares for years. This classic slasher movie revolves around mysterious man that stalks and kills teenagers in their dreams, thus killing them in real life. Although remade in 2010, the 1984 movie is still a hit among people of all ages.
Another movie inspired from a Stephen King novel, justifies fears of clowns. The movie is based on the idea of creepy clowns that lure little kids to their death. If that is not bad enough, the clowns have the power play on the fear of their victims to make it seem like they are real. So, the next time your friend says clowns are not cute, but rather evil – believe it!
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