If you watch horror movies regularly and take pride in being that member of your friend group who can watch an entire horror film all by themselves, you might just be the horror movie buff we wrote this piece for. In the recent past, there have been some great movies in this genre like Get Out, A Quiet Place and Us, which we have no doubt that you watched in theatres. But if you are a new horror movie buff, you need to test your tolerance for terror with the classics that have a lot more scares in store for you. Here are 10 of the all-time top horror movies you need to watch:
The Shining (1980)
Based on Stephen King’s famous novel, this Stanley Kubrick-directed thriller focusses on a family isolated- in a hotel during the winter where a sinister presence influences the father (played by Jack Nicholson) into manic violence, while his psychic son sees horrific forebodings from both the past and the future. You can stream this masterpiece on Netflix or watch it on YouTube.
The Exorcist (1973)
The horror movie that inspired many other exorcism-related thrillers and comedy spoof movies, this film revolves around a young teenage girl who is possessed by a mysterious entity. In order to save her, the girl’s mother seeks the help of two priests to exorcise the demon out of her body. Watch what happens next by streaming this film on Netflix.
The Ring (2002)
This was one of the most popular horror movies of its time and even inspired the spoof film Scary Movie 3. The movie revolves around a mysterious videotape that kills anyone who watches it within seven days. A journalist (played by Naomi Watts) decides to get to the bottom of this tape in order to stop the killings. Watch this movie on YouTube or stream it on Amazon Prime.
The Conjuring (2013)
The movie that sparked a series and two spin-off series, this mystery thriller by horror mogul James Wan explores the accounts of paranormal investigators Lorraine and Ed Warren (played by Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson). In this film, they work to help a family terrorized by a dark presence in their farmhouse. The movie is available to stream on Amazon Prime and Netflix.
The Grudge (2004)
Takashi Shimizu decided to remake his 2002 Japanese horror Ju-on: The Grudge for the American audience with this mystery thriller. It focusses on a mysterious supernatural curse that locks a person in a powerful rage before claiming their life and moving to another victim. The film has two sequels and a reboot that released earlier this year. The Grudge 3 is available to stream on Amazon Prime.
The Cabin in the Woods (2011)
This horror drama that stars Kristen Connolly and Chris Hemsworth (before he became famous as Thor) revolves around five friends who go for a break at a remote cabin in the woods. As one would expect, they get more than what they bargained for while discovering the secrets behind the mysterious cabin. Watch this movie on YouTube or stream it on Netflix.
Before Vera Farmiga became known as the horror queen for her role in The Conjuring Universe, she appeared in this stand-alone horror film. It revolves around a couple who adopt a nine-year-old girl after losing their baby, only to realize that the girl has a dark history that threatens their entire family. Stream this movie on Amazon Prime or watch it on YouTube to know what happens.
The Blair Witch Project (1999)
A fictional story narrated through the found-footage format, this horror mystery focusses on the accounts of three film students who vanish after traveling into a Maryland forest to film a documentary on the local Blair Witch legend. The story is told through the footage they leave behind. Watch this movie and its 2016 sequel Blair Witch on YouTube.
A masterpiece film directed by the most popular filmmaker of his time, Alfred Hitchcock, this mystery horror focusses on a Phoenix secretary, who embezzles 40 thousand dollars from her employer’s client and then goes on the run. During her escape, she checks into a remote motel run by a mysterious young man under the domination of his mother. Watch the film on YouTube.
Now that you are on lockdown for the next three weeks, we dare you to watch these horror films alone at night. If you can make it through this list, these upcoming horror films will be a cakewalk.