Horror movies are more than often branded with the stigma of being low-budget, B movies meant for gore lovers.
However, horror movies have been there since the very beginning of cinema and till this date hundreds of horror movies have been made which are at par with some of the greatest achievements in cinema.
In our list of top horror movies, we are going to talk about 10 of the most terrifying movies ever made.
Not all horror movies are the trashy throwaway flicks with lot of blood, gore, monsters and sex. In this list, we have compiled 10 extremely scary movies all of which have an element of the supernatural.
List of Best Horror Movies of all Times
The Ring (2002)
When it comes to horror movies nothing can beat the charm of a J-Horror flick. ‘The Ring’ – one of the scariest movies ever, is the Hollywood remake of the Japanese movie ‘Ringu’ where Naomi Watts investigates the death of her niece under mysterious circumstances.
After a bit of legwork, she finds out that her niece along with a group of friends had been to a cabin where they watched a cursed video tape.
The weird black and white imageries of the video are surely some of the creepiest moments of this movie.
The Exorcist (1973)
A vital component of every horror movies list, The Exorcist is one of those scary movies that make you jump in fright.
This horror classic tells the story of a small girl who is possessed by an evil demon and the attempts of an urban Jesuit priest to exorcise the spirit.
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The images of the distorted face of the possessed child, the claustrophobic setting, the indescribable obscenities and the spine chilling supernatural settings is unparalleled in the history of Hollywood horror movies.
Night of the Living Dead (1968)
No list of horror films is complete without a mention of this mind-blowing zombie movie. One of the top horror films of all times, ‘Night of the Living Dead’ is an early zombie movie with decaying cannibalistic ghouls creating havoc in a small southern town and a black protagonist.
The stunning cinematography, great dialogues, superb acting are some of the factors which makes this movie one of the best monster movies of all times.
A list of the best horror movies should definitely include a mention of the giallo subgenre popularized by Italian filmmakers like Dario Argento, Mario Bava and the likes.
In ‘Suspiria’ we see an American girl who travels to a ballet school in Europe which is plagued by strange noises and disturbing occurrences.
As the story unfolds we get to learn that the school is being run by a rather sinister organization.
One of the most artistic yet scariest movies of all time, this one should be watched on a stormy night with the light out.
The Others (2001)
If you are wondering which good horror movies to watch on a wintry night, make sure to get a DVD of ‘The Others’.
This super scary movie of all time narrates the life of Grace (Nicole Kidman) and her 2 photosensitive children awaiting the return of the man of the house from a war.
While Grace acquaints herself with the new mansion, it becomes apparent that something supernatural is affecting the lives of all three.
The Innocents (1961)
This black and white, gothic, Brit horror movie finds a mention in our list because of the story and the elegance of the visuals.
Loosely based on the famous Henry James novel “The Turn of the Screw”, ‘The Innocents’ tells the story of a young governess who travels to an old English country house to look after two precocious kids.
Her weird hallucinations coupled with the weird behavior of the children make for a super exciting premise.
The Witch (2015)
Surely one of the most disturbing movies of all time, ‘The Witch’ is a bleak and macabre period horror movie which is going to haunt you for days to come.
A Puritan family in 1690’s New England is torn apart by the forces of black magic and witchcraft.
The movie is pervaded by an unsettling gloom which is going to gnaw at your bones during the entire watch.
The weird and grisly occurrences in the bleak farmhouse at the edge of a deep forest make for a real engrossing experience.
Carrie by Brian de Palma is one of the best popular horror movies involving a bunch of high school students.
Carrie is a quiet girl who is ridiculed by her class mates at school and regularly punished by her religious fanatic mother.
The climax of the movie unfolds on the prom night at school and any further details would spoil the suspense.
The shock at the end of the film is one of the most dramatic achievements in mainstream Hollywood horror.
Rosemary’s Baby (1968)
Rosemary’s Baby, a psychological horror is definitely the scariest movie ever made in the world.
Polanski’s take on terror and black magic is nothing short of a master class in film making. Every shot and sequence of the movie, even the mundane domestic moments are permeated with a sense of gloom.
The stunning performance of Mia Farrow and John Cassavetes and the slow build-up of pressure and tension would keep your spines tingling till the end.
If you are pondering what’s the scariest movie of all time, then log on to amazon and order a DVD of Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining.
The mind blowing performance of Jack Nicholson coupled with the fantastic direction of Kubrick sets this movie far above any average Hollywood horror.
The descent into madness of an entire family amidst the lonely vast spaces of an extraordinary hotel comprises of the story-line of this haunting flick.
Over to You
Now that you have your list of top ten scary movies to watch, its’ time for you to borrow or buy the disks, get some snacks and hit the play button on your TV.
There are many online sites which allows you to watch legal versions of many of the free full length horror movies in English in good quality.