Horror movies never become old and outdated, you can enjoy them anytime with your cousins, friends or girlfriend. So here are top 10 Horror movies recommendations of all time.
Ari Aster’s feature directorial debut, a dark family drama on the nature of loss couched within a supernatural horror thriller, created a big splash. Toni Collette’s slowly-ratcheted-up-to-11 performance as befuddled mother Annie earned her a place in the pantheon of epic Oscar snubs, but the film’s biggest shock came courtesy of… We won’t give anything away here. To say the least, Hereditary struck such a chord with viewers that it immediately elevated Aster to second place on our list as a director to watch.
The Conjuring (2013)
With films like Saw, Dead Silence, Insidious, and this inspired-by-true-events chiller based on the experiences of real-life paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren, James Wan has cemented his place among the current masters of horror. Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga played the Warrens, who are best known for their work on the bizarre case that spawned the Amityville Horror movies (which played a part in The Conjuring 2), and who grounded the effective jump scares and freak-out moments with a believable world-weariness. Wan and his co-stars found new dread in traditional genre cliches, resulting in a complex cinematic universe that is only getting bigger.
For those who didn’t read the “scientific study” stated before, we’ve finally arrived at the picture that was named the scariest in it. Director Scott Derrickson had a few horror flicks under his belt before joining the MCU with Doctor Strange in 2016. A handful of them have cult followings. One of these was a small-scale haunted house/possession story about a true-crime writer (Ethan Hawke) who moves his wife and kids into a house where a family was killed, only to discover the new residence already had an evil occupant. C. Robert Cargill was said to have been inspired to write the script after having a nightmare after seeing The Ring, and the tale does have a passing resemblance to that picture, what with the eerie snuff film perspective. However, for many viewers, the dramatic reveals and unsettling set pieces greatly surpassed any possible rehashed genre tropes. Plus, according to at least one report, it’s the scariest film ever filmed, so that has to count for something.
Although James Wan and Patrick Wilson collaborated on The Conjuring, they also collaborated on this spooky thriller about a young child who slips into a coma and begins to channel a demonic spirit. The plot itself wasn’t particularly innovative, but regular Wan collaborator Leigh Whannell instilled it with a captivating mythology that produced three more chapters. Wan also remarked that Insidious was intended to be a counterpoint to Saw’s unabashed violence, which forced him to create something on a deeper spiritual level, and the end result is an excellent chiller with one of the best jump scares ever seen on film.
Clown phobia is definitely genuine, even though announcing it has become so prevalent that it feels insincere. If you still need proof, consider the box office success of IT, based on the Stephen King novel of the same name, which broke The Exorcist’s 44-year record as the highest-grossing horror picture ever. Oh, and the fact that it came in 10th on this list. Andy Muschietti’s big-budget remake used nostalgia to tell the narrative of traumatised youngsters, while Bill Skarsgard’s portrayal of Pennywise the wicked, shapeshifting clown was strange and scary in all the right ways. With a fair dosage of jump scares, a few stunning set pieces, and some top-notch CGI, you’ve got a horror flick that’s both entertaining and terrifying.
La Llorona (2019)
Jayro Bustamante’s 2019 La Llorona is spooky entertainment at its finest, not to be mistaken with the watered-down American adaptation released the same year. Bustamante weaves together historical and supernatural horrors with Latin American legend to tell the story of an aged general whose war crimes, which include overseeing efforts to eradicate Indigenous tribes during the Guatemalan Civil War, have finally caught up with him. Despite the government’s clemency, he spends the film haunted by the long-haired sorrowful ghost known as the Weeping Woman, who isn’t going easy on him or his family.
Paranormal Activity (2007)
Oren Peli’s security-cam nightmare has been viewed a hundred times—and a hundred more with your eyes closed. But, no matter how many times it’s shown, the first possession that sparked a paranormal franchise still leaves an impression. In the first video, we meet Katie and Micah, a couple who use surveillance footage to capture the terrifying events that occur in their house.
The Exorcist (1973)
When William Friedkin unleashed his hellion on humanity, theatergoers were carried out on stretchers, and it’s the same reason we become quivering, scripture-spewing ghosts of our former selves after spending time with Regan and all that is unholy: you can’t unsee any of it.
Texas Chainsaw Massacres (1974)
The title pretty much sums up everything you need to know about this one. It’s located in Texas. A chainsaw is present. There’s also a massacre. With a cast of well-known performers and a budget of only $300,000, this picture stunned viewers in 1974 with its brutal violence and indelible imagery, such as a lady impaled on a meathook. The film began with the statement that it was a “story of the tragedy that befell a group of five adolescents.” Unless there was an undocumented massacre in Texas history by a chainsaw-wielding maniac, this appears to be a very creative fabrication by the filmmakers, who very surely had no idea they were permanently changing filmmaking. After that, making a movie didn’t require a large budget, meticulous cinematography, or well-known actors.All you needed was a fantastic idea, some deft direction, and a desire to push the envelope.
With its (mainly) truly awful sequels, it may have resurrected the so-called torture porn genre, but – and this is a big but – the original Saw is nowhere near as gross-gusting as you think it is and happens to be superb horror. Yes, the title refers to a horrible killer’s suggestion that someone cut their leg off rather than use a key to open a cuff, but Saw is actually quite restrained. In your head, the thoughts at work here are far more gruesome than what you see on screen. This disturbing tale of two men waking up in a bathroom with a corpse between them was made on a shoestring budget by Leigh Whannell and James Wan.
Simply said, we all participate in Jigsaw’s game alongside our heroes. What would we be ready to undertake to save ourselves from our own misery? Would we be Amanda, willing to dive into a stomach in search of a key, or would we sit and wait for a horrific end? Saw nevertheless manages to carry a barbed-wire-covered punch when you add in the actual dread of ‘Billy,’ Jigsaw’s painted cycle doll, and one of the most horrifying extended jump-scare moments ever.
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