The concept for movies came into play not too long ago in our deep history of the world. And with our history of cinema has come a slew of amazing graphics and screenplay. We all love a good movie and if the history of movies has taught us anything, it’s the appreciation of a great cinematic experience. One of the best movie genres of all time has been horror. We play horror films and often times torture ourselves with the amazing technology we have to make a scary flick seem so real. It’s been a popular genre, especially during the 80s and 90s, with famous horror directors and writers.
But why do we love horror films? It doesn’t make sense to appreciate being scared. However, all around the world, scary movies have been scaring us for decades, leaving us wondering what really does lurk in the shadows in our bedrooms, or the darkness on the streets. Eventually, these horror films gain great popularity, and it’s only a matter of time before the best of the best are rallied up onto a list of the scariest horror films to date. If you weren’t planning on sleeping tonight, check out fifteen of the scariest horror flicks of all time.
Horror movies possess an advantage of variety when it comes to production and selection. The famous movie Jaws, for example, made an amazing amount of money at the box office and completely broke through everyone’s expectations of what the movie could do. For those who do not know, Jaws is a 1975 film about a large great white shark who terrorizes a small town known as Amity. The police chief of the town grows concerned and sets out plans with other individuals to stop the shark from causing any more harm. The movie was based on a book by Peter Benchley, the author of the famous book, Jaws.
This movie is truly one of the scariest, making it number fourteen on the list. REC is a Spanish film and was directed by Jaume Balaguero and Paco Plaza. The movie would later inspire the famous “shaky camera” film, Quarantine. In the film, REC follows a reporter and a camera guy as they make their way into a very scary and dimly light apartment building. With the intention of simply taking a look around, the two end up locked inside the apartment with no escape. They quickly find out the zombie-like beings inside the apartment complex do not mean well and try their best to escape.
Halloween is a time when trick-or-treaters are abound and out for some candy. It’s a fun time and has been celebrated as such, until October 31st, 1963, when a six year old Michael Meyers murders his sister in their own home. He is quickly sent away to a mental hospital where he resides there for fifteen years. But, after fifteen years pass, Michael escapes and returns to his home, ready to kill once again. With a baby sister he left behind, Michael is ready to finish what must be done. This movie is definitely one that made itself known among the audiences of 1978, and it remains as an exclusive feature of classic horror.
12. The Omen
Classics have always held the capability to strike fear in our hearts. After all it’s their sole purpose. But one of the best classic horror films to watch for a scare is The Omen. The movie follows a famous ambassador and his family. After a time, they give birth to a son, but as he grows, it appears that things are not as they seem. Strange things start to happen around the family and these occurrences go from strange to deadly in a heartbeat and it’s suddenly realized that the child is actually the anti-Christ, the devil’s son, come to wreak havoc upon the Earth and start an Earth shattering revelation.
11. The Shining
A hotel is supposed to be a place to stop and relax, either for vacation or a simple business break from all the bustling noise of life. However, when a family checks into a hotel in winter to take a break, things take a turn for the worst. An evil presence within the hotel influences the father of the family in strange ways and causes him to commit violent acts around the property and to his family. The Shining made an impact in history when it came to horror movies. And thanks to Stephen King‘s novel, the movie was able to be created. With the amazing special effects and cinematics, The Shining truly made a mark on everyone.
10. The Exorcist
Possession is a terrifyingly real ordeal. But when someone decides to make a movie about it, that makes it even worse. What’s been hailed by many as one of the scariest movies in the world, The Exorcist follows a young girl who has been playing with a Ouija board in her basement, talking to a presence who calls himself Mr. Howdy. Her mom comes downstairs and finds her daughter playing with the board and doesn’t really give a thought to the board. However, soon, things take a turn for the worst as the daughter becomes possessed by a terrible spirit. Two priests are called in to perform an exorcism and hopefully help the young girl.
9. The Evil Dead
A dank, dark cabin in the middle of the woods is never a good idea. However, what is probably deemed as the starter of “cabin in the woods” horror, The Evil Dead was a movie released in 1981 and struck fear into the hearts of many. Five friends make their way through the woods and find a cabin which they decided to spend the night in. What they do not know, is that the cabin is inhabited with evil spirits and a history that doesn’t lack with the imagination. Evil forces start to possess and terrorize the five friends causing them to do unthinkable things to themselves and even others.
8. A Nightmare on Elm Street
Serial killers are scary enough in real life, but when they decide to invade your dreams, that brings an entirely new level of terror to the table. A Nightmare on Elm Street was released in 1984, and follows a young girl and her friends as strange things are happening in their dreams. Soon, they realize that, as crazy as it sounds, a serial killer is stalking them and preparing to take their lives. In a desperate attempt to figure out why this is happening, Nancy and her friends struggle to find the answers to their problems. As long as they stay awake, they’re safe. But the killer is out for blood and ready to take some lives.
This movie herald terror with even the strongest of heart. When a writer and his family move into a new home, everything seems great and happy. But, after the husband finds a box of tapes from the attic, he realizes the house was previously owned by a family who was murdered there. As he goes through the videos, he realizes that all the tapes are filmed murders of various families, each killed in a specific way. Also, in all these films he starts noticing the same demonic face and before long that same demonic presence starts haunting the writer and his family.
6. The Ring
Director Gore Verbinksi, directed the movie The Ring and was inspired specifically by its Japanese equivalent, Ringu. Both these movies made a huge impact on horror cinema and created an opening for suspenseful and surprising events in regards to curses. In the film, a mother and her son witness a strange film on a VHS tape, and soon learn that they only have a week left to live. After the week was up the girl in the tape would come for them. In a hasty attempt to discover the reason behind the murderous tape, the main character, Rachel, strives to find answers as she hopes the truth will be enough to stop the tape.
5. Texas Chainsaw Massacre
Family is everything, but in this terrifying horror flick, family is something to be feared. When a brother and sister, along with three friends decide to visit their grandfather’s grave in Texas, they think it’s going to be a simple trip out to Texas and back. But when they stumble upon a giant house with a crazy cannibalistic family, things go downhill as they become victims of terrible and torturous murders. The movie played on the morbid and bloody fears that many people have when it comes to serial killers and their scary ways. Texas Chainsaw Massacre topped the charts with fear and made sure to bring a good show to an audience.
4. The Conjuring
Evil has come to a family in the 70s and it’s up to Lorraine and Ed Warren to ward the evil away. The Perron family is being tortured by a very malevolent spirit who is forcing the family to live in fear in their home. When the craziness of the spirit becomes too much, the family decides to ask the help of Ed and Lorraine. Ed, a very well versed man in demons and spirits, and Lorraine, a clairvoyant who knows how to spot bad spirits. They examine the home and declare it is haunted by a terrible spirit. They try their best to comfort the family and make sure that no harm comes to them or the children.
With a budget of just $6.5 million, the movie Annabelle brought back $256.9 million at the box office. It broke expectations and was deemed worthy by many different horror enthusiasts. The movie follows a couple who own a doll that has a spirit attached to it. The spirit slowly starts to cause havoc on the family and in turn, wants the wife’s new baby. When the evil spirit finally shows itself, they find it necessary to hire a priest and so, they talk to him in hopes of ridding the place of the spirit. The movie is a great rollercoaster ride of fear and offers great effects.
Clive Barker truly took a chance when he made the famous Hellraiser series. But what an amazing chance it was when it took off like a rocket with horror lovers. The movie made amazing money with a budget of $1 million and a box office count of $14 million. The movie follows a man who accidentally opens a portal to hell. Once done, scary and terrifying beings start to rip his body apart. This dimension is something that plays well with the rest of the movies about transformation and horror. But what’s so stunning and scary about these movies are the concepts and realistic gory detail.
The movie to make it to number one has placed fear in so many over the years it’s been out. Released in 2011, Insidious had a budget of $1.5 million and came back from the box office with an amazing $97 million to make up for it. In the movie a young boy has fallen into a comatose state due to an evil spirit that is threatening to take over his body. The father who is frantic to save the boy’s life, calls in his mother who knows a psychic. After a close analysis, the psychic says that she knows what the problem is and they fight to save the boy.