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Best Horror Movies

With the 'scare tolerance' of the audience rising, it has become challenging for film-makers to come up with some genuine yet scary movies. Here are some of the best horror movies, that still do the trick.
Best horror movies - The Exorcist
Did you know that the blood used in the shower scene in 'Psycho' was actually chocolate syrup?! Yep, being a black and white movie, I guess the chocolate syrup worked.
Horror movies have characters like blood-sucking vampires, psychos, scary ghosts, deadly werewolves, man-eating zombies, women with long hair, etc. that give you the chills!

The best time to watch these movies is late night, all alone (or with a friend, if you get very scared of the films) with all the lights off, and if you can watch it in 3D then it's even great!

Given below, are top horror movies of all time in my opinion.

Faust - Eine Deutsche Volkssage (1926)

Director - F.W. Murnau
Actors - Emil Jannings and Camilla Horn
Runtime - 116 min

This is a classic film in the horror, drama, and fantasy genre. The movie is about God and Satan who war over Earth and to settle things down, wager on the soul of Faust, an alchemist.

Psycho (1960)

Director - Alfred Hitchcock
Actors - Janet Leigh, Anthony Perkins, and Vera Miles
Runtime - 109 minutes

This is a classic horror film, and among the top 10 horror movies. This film is made by the famous Alfred Hitchcock and was nominated for 4 Oscars. The movie is based on Robert Bloch's novel, and is about Marion Crane (Janet Leigh), who checks into a motel after stealing a big sum of money from her employer.

Rosemary's Baby (1968)

Director - Roman Polanski
Actors - Mia Farrow, John Cassavetes, and Ruth Gordon
Runtime - 136 min

This Oscar winner horror film is about a young couple who move into a new apartment. They realize that they are surrounded by peculiar neighbors. The couple are concerned about the safety of their unborn child, as the wife becomes mysteriously pregnant.

Carrie (1976)

Director - Brian De Palma
Actors - Sissy Spacek and Piper Laurie
Runtime - 98 min

This scary movie is based on an equally scary novel by Stephen King, is about a quiet and weird girl called Carrie who has telekinetic powers. Sissy Spacek as Carrie is brilliant, and makes a lasting impression. This year a remake of the 1976 Carrie is going to release, it stars Chloë Grace Moretz.

Alien (1979)

Director - Ridley Scott
Actors - Sigourney Weaver and Tom Skerritt
Runtime - 117 min

This sci-fi, horror film is known to everybody, and there have been many films on this character. When a crew of mining ship investigating a suspected SOS land on a distant planet, they discover some strange creatures.

The Shining (1980)

Director - Stanley Kubrick
Actors - Jack Nicholson and Shelley Duvall
Runtime - 146 min

Based on a novel by Stephen King and directed by Stanley Kubrick, this movie is a masterpiece among horror films. A man, his wife, and son are staying in an isolated hotel, where their son starts to see disturbing scenes from the past due to his telepathic ability.

A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

Director - Wes Craven
Actors - Johnny Depp, Heather Langenkamp, and Robert Englund
Runtime - 91 min

This film is among the best scary movies of all time, and is about the famous horror character Freddy, who killed many children with his razor blade fingers. Freddy is later burned alive by some people in a boiler room. After many years, he starts tormenting the children of the people who killed him.

Child's Play (1988)

Director - Tom Holland
Actors - Catherine Hicks, Chris Sarandon, and Alex Vincent
Runtime - 87 min

This is the first movie of the Chucky series, with a scary but a unique concept of a serial killer trapped inside a puppet. This movie has many scary and shocking scenes, which will make you jump in your seat. If you like Child's Play, then you can also watch other movies of the series.

The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

Director - Jonathan Demme
Actors - Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins
Runtime - 118 min

This amazing masterpiece is based on a book by Thomas Harris and is about Dr. Hannibal Lecter played by Anthony Hopkins and a young FBI cadet played by Jodie Foster who are trying to find a serial killer.

Häxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages (1992)

Director - Benjamin Christensen
Actors - Benjamin Christensen, Elisabeth Christensen and Maren Pedersen
Runtime - 104 min

This bizarre but unique film, is a documentary portraying the history of witchcraft from illustrated incidents to real-life events. A must watch for fans of this movie genre.

Dead Alive (1992)

Director - Peter Jackson
Actors - Timothy Balme and Diana Peñalver
Runtime - 104 min

This movie was originally known as Braindead, and is a fast-paced film. The story line is that a guy's mother gets bitten by a Sumatran rat-monkey, which leads to her demise. However, she comes back to life and starts attacking, killing, and eating people and animals. Crazy, huh?

Aftermath (1994)

Director - Nacho Cerdà
Actors - Jordi Tarrida, Xevi Collellmir, and Ángel Tarris
Runtime - 30 min

This movie has a downright disturbing plot, and it is possible that you might feel like turning it off at times. It is just a half an hour film. It depicts a guy working in a morgue and how he goes around mutilating and abusing a corpse.

Les Diaboliques (1995)

Director - Henri-Georges Clouzot
Actors - Simone Signoret, Paul Meurisse, and Véra Clouzot
Runtime - 114 min

This black and white film directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot, is about the wife of a cruel headmaster and his mistress, who conspire to kill him. But, after they murder him, the body disappears and strange and scary events begin to unfold.

Scream (1996)

Director - Wes Craven
Actors - Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox and David Arquette
Runtime - 111 min

Scream is a very popular movie among horror films. In this movie, 'ghost face' is killing teenagers, and everyone is a suspect. This movie is followed by other in the series. Watch the other parts, if you like this one.

The Blair Witch Project (1999)

Director - Daniel Myrick, Eduardo Sánchez
Actors - Heather Donahue, Michael C. Williams, and Joshua Leonard
Runtime - 81 min

This is a unique film among horror films without any typical elements of the horror film genre. 3 student film-makers mysteriously disappear into the woods. This film is about the footage which was found a year later after their death.

The Sixth Sense (1999)

Director - M. Night Shyamalan
Actors - Bruce Willis and Haley Joel Osment
Runtime - 107 min

This is so far the best film created by M. Night Shyamalan, which stars Bruce Willis and Haley Joel Osment. This movie is about a boy (Haley) who can see dead people, and is getting treatment from a child psychologist (Willis). The climax of the story is brilliant, so watch the movie.

Werckmeister Harmoniak (2000)

Director - Béla Tarr, Ágnes Hranitzky
Actors - Lars Rudolph, Peter Fitz, and Hanna Schygulla
Runtime - 145 min

This world-wide acclaimed film took over 4 years to be created, and suffered many funding hassles and changes in crew; but the output came out to be brilliant. The movie takes place in a small town on the Hungarian Plain, where the temperature is below zero degree and is accompanied by frost, strangers appearing, and other chaotic incidents happening.

The Others (2001)

Director - Alejandro Amenábar
Actors - Nicole Kidman and Christopher Eccleston
Runtime - 101 min

Near the end of the World War II, a woman retires with her two children in a mansion. The children are photosensitive, which leads them to live alone inside the house. Later, the children become convinced that the mansion is haunted.

The Ring (2002)

Director - Gore Verbinski
Actors - Naomi Watts and Brian Cox
Runtime - 115 min

Ring is a very scary horror film without any of the typical elements of a horror film. This film is about a mysterious videotape, which causes the death of anybody who watches it.

The Eye (2002)

Director - Oxide Pang Chun, Danny Pang
Actors - Angelica Lee, Chutcha Rujinanon, and Lawrence Chou
Runtime - 99 min

This movie is considered among the best Asian horror movies. It tells the story of a violinist who is blind, but gets vision after corneal transplant. However, with the new eyes the violinist is also able to see other horrifying things which blur the line between reality and imagination.

Saw (2004)

Director - James Wan
Actors - Cary Elwes, Danny Glover, and Leigh Whannell
Runtime - 103 min

If you like horror films which has a lot of blood and gore, then Saw is the best one! In this movie two men find themselves in a room where a serial killer called 'Jigsaw' has laid a deadly game for them. The men have to play by the rules of Jigsaw for their survival.

The Descent (2005)

Director - Neil Marshall
Actors - Alex Reid, Shauna Macdonald, and Natalie Mendoza
Runtime - 99 min

This is another great horror film. In this film a group of female friends while hiking get trapped in a cave due to rockfall. They are pursued by blood-thirsty creatures, and their friendship deteriorates as they fight for survival.

Grindhouse (2007)

Director - Robert Rodriguez, Eli Roth, Quentin Tarantino, Edgar Wright, and Rob Zombie
Actors - Kurt Russell, Rose McGowan, and Danny Trejo
Runtime - 191 min

These are two feature films directed by Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez. This double bill of thrillers, Death Proof and Planet Terror created by the two Directors recall an all time favorite genre - exploitation films.

Paranormal Activity (2007)

Director - Oren Peli
Actors - Katie Featherston, Micah Sloat, and Mark Fredrichs
Runtime - 97 min

These is a unique film series. However, the first part released in 2007 is the best among the series of 'Paranormal Activity' movies. In this movie a couple move to suburbs and become disturbed due to demonic presences. Every new release in the series is a prequel of the previous.

The Crazies (2010)

Director - Breck Eisner
Actors - Radha Mitchell, Danielle Panabaker, and Timothy Olyphant
Runtime - 101 min

This movie is a remake of the 1973 film, by the same name. It is a science fiction plus horror movie. In this film, a town of Ogden Marsh, Pierce County, Iowa is infected with the "Trixie" virus because the water supply is accidentally mixed with it. The person infected with this virus turns into a zombie and starts attacking other people.

Let Me In (2010)

Director - Matt Reeves
Actors - Kodi Smit-McPhee, Chloë Grace Moretz, and Richard Jenkins
Runtime - 116 min

This film is based on a novel by John Ajvide Lindqvist. The movie revolves around the life of a 12-year-old boy and his friend. The friend of the boy is a vampire girl who grows closer to the boy and falls in love with him, and tries hard to overcome her thirst for the boy's blood.

Piranha 3D (2010)

Director - Alexandre Aja
Actors - Elisabeth Shue, Jerry O'Connell, and Richard Dreyfuss
Runtime - 88 min

This 3D film, is a remake of an old film made in 1978, that goes by the same name. Piranha, which is basically a fish that evokes scary feeling, the moment you see its sharp and strong teeth. Plus, this movie being in 3D adds up to the scary factor.

The Cabin in the Woods (2011)

Director - Drew Goddard
Actors - Chris Hemsworth, Kristen Connolly, and Anna Hutchison
Runtime - 95 min

This is a famous film, which stars Chris Hemsworth. A group of friends on a break visit a remote cabin located in the woods. However, they discover the secret of the cabin.

The Woman in Black (2012)

Director - James Watkins
Actors - Daniel Radcliffe and Janet McTeer
Runtime - 95 min

This is one of the latest horror films, starring Daniel Radcliffe as Mr. Kipps. Due to financial problems, Kipps gets a job which involves traveling to a house which is in marshlands. However, on seeing a woman dressed in black around the house, deaths of children in the village start occurring.

Excision (2012)

Director - Richard Bates Jr.
Actors - AnnaLynne McCord, Ariel Winter, and Traci Lords
Runtime - 81 min

This is a really scary film, with a weird plot line. It is about a high school girl called Pauline, who is delusional and unattractive. She keeps visualizing performing surgery on other people. There are quite a few disturbing scenes in the movie that will give you a scare.

Above was a list of some of the top horror movies ever made arranged chronologically, which are a must see for everybody. However, not all horror films are suitable for family viewing, so check the rating of the movie before you watch it.

I am sure you must have seen many of the movies from the list above but I am also pretty sure that you must not have seen the above listed foreign language horror films. So, rent the unwatched films, but a little advice - do not watch them all together, as the elements in horror films have a long-lasting impression.
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Last Updated: May 17, 2013
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need newer ones.! - unknown [May 1, 2013]
wheres the texas chainsaw massacre or friday the 13th or piranah 3d or scream or the hills have eyes - kane masters [December 31, 2011]
the wolf is very scary with jack nicklson james spader - trever leifson [March 9, 2011]
What about romero's movies? Night of the living death?
I think so...
- Nick [December 8, 2010]
I like other horror films (blood and gore) such as; halloween 1 and 2 (new ones), texas chainsaw massacre the beginning, the grudge, the hitcher, jeepers creepers, blade 1, 2 and 3, the strangers, dawn of the dead/land of the dead/shaun of the dead, zombieland (EPIC), Saw 1, 2, 3, quarantine (2008) and Rec. I also like ghost/supernatural films such as; paranormal Activity, Blair Witch Project - Fantastic! Exorcism of Emily Rose etc. (: - CAKE [November 26, 2010]
I love horror movies and i think that these are some of the top horror films of all time although i reckon you should put paranormal activity as number 7, it is a very good film and it is one that makes you terrified after you've watched it, it is 10/10 but overall a good site and some very good films mentioned. - CAKE [November 26, 2010]
Hey, here's more horror films: Jason. Jeepers Creepers, Saw movies, Halloween movies etc - Murder-Hotel [November 10, 2010]
i think the crazies was an amazing movie - danielllleee [November 8, 2010]
The Silence of the Lambs is not horror - rahul [November 2, 2010]
I cannot agree with Child's Play, Constantine, or The Blair Witch Project.
The Exorcist, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Halloween, The Changeling, The Thing, Pet Cemetery, Dawn of the Dead (2004), and The Descent among others are way better.
- Paul Cowsill [October 19, 2010]
I think The Grudge was the best and scariest movie of all time,The Exo or whatever it was called was not scary because you can only see that movie once,Gabriel Bryne did not rule that movie in that Movie and was his worse performence ever, Sarah m Geller Ruled in THE GRUDGE and was her best performence,So all you can say is the grudge was the best Horror movie of all time and should be honered for being so scary at the SCREAM AWARDS 2010 or 2011. - CJ [October 2, 2010]
ok that movies are so cool - nando [September 28, 2010]
awwe i see that movie that so cool - nando [September 28, 2010]
hey thnx 4 the list of these movies bt i hv a request 2 plz publish thr photos wid thm also i shall be really gr8ful 2 u - inNOcenT dEVil [August 25, 2010]
The Shining is an absolutely rubbish movie. Its more of a psyho thriller. People who brand it as scary are being noobish more than anything else. It hardly deserves even a mention in the top scary - horror movies. - Redrum [August 12, 2010]
hey wheres the exorcist? - carla [July 31, 2010]
I THINK SIXTH SENSE IS NOT A HORROR MOVIE - RAVI SAINI [July 21, 2010]
Hi, i like horror movies and the descent , the omen, evil dead , exorcist, rec. , drag me to hell , the grudge etc r the best movies . See these movies and enjoy as much as u can ok by . - Shahzeen A jaan [June 15, 2010]
horrer films are very intersting films
the children is very interstinfg film
- laiba [June 10, 2010]
constantine...seriously... - dude [June 6, 2010]
haha, shinning. ha. ha... ha. simpsons reference. ha. - some guy [June 1, 2010]
Hi, you have some dates wrong please fix. It's a good list. - Diana [May 15, 2010]
the descent and the omen are also very good movies so watch these movies. - shahzeen [May 13, 2010]
I strongly feel that 'The Others' (released in 2001), directed by the young and talented Spanish director, Alejandro Amenabar should also find a place on your site. 'The Others', starring Nicole Kidman as the woman who lives in a darkened old house with her two photosensitive children and who becomes convinced that her family home is haunted, is one of the most deliciously scary movies I've watched. And it has a great twist in the tale. - Sanjay Massey [May 10, 2010]
I strongly feel that 'The Others' (released in 2001), directed by the young and talented Spanish director, Alejandro Amenabar should also find a place on your site. The movie, starring Nicole Kidman as the woman who lives in a darkened old house with her two photosensitive children and who becomes convinced that her family home is haunted, is one of the most deliciously scary movies I've watched. And it has a great twist in the tale. - Sanjay Massey [May 10, 2010]
Its great. Thanks - Krishna [April 23, 2010]
scream 2 wasn't as good as scream 3 the fourth one might be good but it probaly wont B - jamie.2 [April 22, 2010]
scream is the greatest horror movie ever made - jamie.7 [April 22, 2010]
i like the ring very much
muhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
- bhoooooooott [March 19, 2010]
The Exorcist is the best horror movie ever made by a large margin. I was afraid to walk into a dark room after I saw it. Linda Blair was amazing. - Frank [March 6, 2010]
the scariest films without all the unnecessary gore are

1. case 39
2. when a stranger calls
3. triangle
4. the messengers
5. the unborn
6. the hitcher
7. darkness falls
8. the dark
9. it
- lee [February 20, 2010]
some of the movies are not all that scary so let the directors double their efforts - sabra n [January 28, 2010]
I think that whoever came up with this is smoking the rock and also has nothing better to do that watch bad movies... :) - Jessica [January 13, 2010]