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Top 10 Horror Movies You Need To Watch

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Horror movies may feature a lot of jump scares and blood, but they frequently have deeply unsettling stories as their central focus. Additionally, they provide a unique thrill that makes watching them exciting.

You can watch horror movies alone with the lights off and the sound turned up for the most terrifying experience, or you can watch it with friends and a huge bowl of popcorn for some raucous group frights. So, these 10 best horror movies are there for you whenever you suddenly yearn for the thrill of some top-notch horror filmmaking.

The Exorcist

The first R-rated horror film to be nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars, as well as the highest grossing one, was William Friedkin’s adaptation of the same-named novel about a child who is possessed by a demon and the attempts to drive the demon from the child (it received nine other nominations and won two awards). But aside from its reputation among critics and audiences, the movie is well-known for the widespread hysteria it caused across the nation, from protests over its contentious themes to reports of audience members fainting and feeling queasy. There’s no denying the impact the movie still has on people who see it for the first time, despite its dramatic pacing and slightly dated effects when compared to some modern horror.

Hereditary

Dark family drama about the nature of grief wrapped up in a supernatural horror movie, written and directed by Ari Aster, made a big impression with his feature directorial debut. Toni Collette’s performance as troubled mother Annie earned her a place in the pantheon of great Oscar snubs, but the biggest surprise in the film came from… Well, we won’t reveal that right now.

The Conjuring

With movies like Saw, Dead Silence, Insidious, and this chiller based on the experiences of real-life paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren, James Wan has established himself as one of the modern masters of horror. The Warrens were portrayed by Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga, who gave weight to the scares and freak-out moments with a convincing sense of weariness. The Warrens are best known for their work on the bizarre case that served as the basis for the Amityville Horror films and was a factor in The Conjuring 2. Together, Wan and his co-leads discovered new terror in well-known genre clichés, and the result is a vast cinematic universe that only keeps expanding.

The Shining (1980)

Numerous Stephen King books and short stories have been adapted for the big screen, including Pet Sematary, Misery, and Carrie. These adaptations don’t even take into account non-horror works like The Shawshank Redemption and Stand By Me. But without a doubt, Stanley Kubrick’s adaptation of The Shining is the best of them all. The Shining is a masterpiece of set and production design, a genuinely unsettling retelling of the classic haunted house tale, and it stars an iconic Jack Nicholson performance. Even though there aren’t many jump scares in the movie, they are still incredibly terrifying, but its real impact comes from the way it gets under your skin and causes you to feel Jack Torrance’s gradual descent into madness.

The Ring (2002)

Going from something that works well in one culture to trying to successfully adapt that formula for another is always a tricky proposition, but Gore Verbinski did it with The Ring. Verbinski’s version of the acclaimed thriller about a cursed videotape by Japanese director Hideo Nakata kept the original’s striking visual imagery, including the ghost of a young girl in a white dress with long black hair covering her face, and discovered that it terrified audiences from all over the world. Although the movie wasn’t as well-liked as its predecessor, Naomi Watts gave a strong performance, and for many people, it was their first exposure to East Asian horror movies.

Sinister (2012)

Director Scott Derrickson had made a number of horror movies before breaking into the MCU with 2016’s Doctor Strange, some of which gained cult followings. One of them was a small-scale haunted house/possession tale starring Ethan Hawke as a true-crime author who relocates his family into a home where a family was murdered only to learn the new residence may already be occupied by a rather evil tenant. The story does have a slight resemblance to that of The Ring due to the creepy snuff film angle. According to reports, writer C. Robert Cargill was inspired to write the script by a nightmare he had following the viewing of The Ring. But for many viewers, the suspenseful revelations and unsettling set pieces outweighed any recycled genre potential tropes that were present. Additionally, at least one review claims that it is the scariest movie ever, so that must be significant.

Insidious (2010)

However, James Wan and Patrick Wilson previously collaborated on this supernatural thriller about a young boy who enters a coma and starts to channel a malevolent spirit before they made The Conjuring, which has already appeared higher on the list. The plot itself wasn’t particularly ground-breaking, but Leigh Whannell, a frequent collaborator with Wan, gave it a compelling enough mythology to inspire three more films. Insidious director James Wan also claimed that it was intended to be a reaction to Saw’s overt violence, which compelled him to create something on a more spiritual level. The result is an effective chiller with what is frequently regarded as one of the best jump scares ever featured as horror movies.

IT

Even though it has become so commonplace to declare it, the fear of clowns is a very real thing. If you require any additional proof, we point you to IT’s 2017 box office performance, which broke The Exorcist’s 44-year record for the highest-grossing horror movie ever. IT is based on the Stephen King novel of the same name. Oh, and it naturally placed 10th on this list. The big-budget adaptation by Andy Muschietti used nostalgia to tell the tale of traumatized children, while Bill Skarsgard’s portrayal of Pennywise the evil, shape-shifting clown was peculiar and unsettling in all the right ways. Add a few stunning set pieces, a lot of jump scares, and some excellent CGI, and you’ve got a recipe for a scary and entertaining horror movie.

Halloween (1978)

This horror movie made John Carpenter famous and introduced the world to all-time scream queen Jamie Lee Curtis. While Halloween may not contain the same level of realistic gore we’ve come to expect from movies in that genre, it does contain a lot of tension and some creative thrills in a relatively small package. This movie is frequently cited as one of the earliest examples of the slasher genre as we know it today. The legacy of the movie is also largely untouchable: Michael Myers’ mask is now legendary, and terms like the “final girl,” “giant, unstoppable killer,” and “final girl” have been ingrained in the language of horror. The franchise continues even after 40 years.

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)

Tobe Hooper co-wrote and directed this horror movie, which was loosely based on the crimes of Ed Gein. This could actually happen, you guys! Texas Chainsaw’s gritty aesthetic helped give it an air of authenticity, which made it all the more terrifying, and Gunnar Hansen’s Leatherface’s enormous, menacing presence paved the way for other brutes like Michael Myers and Jason Voorhees. There have been numerous attempts to revitalize the franchise, and there is one more on the way, but none have come close to matching the original in terms of sheer, outrageous, power tool-inspired terror.

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