10 Top Scariest Horror Movies That Are Must See

TOP 10 HORROR MOVIES THAT ARE A MUST SEE

I’ve had horror enthusiasts ask me what the top horror movies ever made are, the truth is that there have been many classics made in the horror genre and it really is hard picking the top ones. 

Most times the ‘top ones’ are relative but on my quest to bring you the best scariest horror films, I did a little research that yielded the results in this article which came from lots of opinions by Twitter users under a thread made by @HorrorFlickss (shout-out to them, I am a big fan too). One or two of the results featured on this top horror movie list were personal opinions too.



So here goes the top 10 scary horror movies that you should never watch alone:

 

10. NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD

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Before the influx of zombies as reanimated flesh-eating cannibals on the big screen, Night of the Living Dead was the blueprint during a period horror movie needed to explore new grounds. This movie did exactly that by breaking new grounds. 

Its plot featured seven survivors who are trapped in a rural farmhouse in western Pennsylvania and must weather a zombie apocalypse. Directed by George A. Romero it was one of the earliest Hollywood movies that featured a black person as a main character and hero. 

Night of the Living Dead also did remarkably well in the box office as it generated revenue of $30,000,000 against $114,000. So today when you watch zombie movies on your TV screen you can always look back and thank Night of the Living Dead for its impact.

 

9. ROSEMARY’S BABY

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Nerve-wracking and gripping, Rosemary’s Baby takes you on a journey into the mind of an expectant mother who believes a devilish cult is after her and her unborn baby. 

The cast was so perfect and the lead, Rosemary Woodhouse played by Mia Farrow was so well delivered and captivating that you could feel the tension while you watch this movie. 

Rosemary’s Baby is often regarded as the godmother to all Satan-themed movies and is one horror movie you should definitely see.



 

8. PSYCHO

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Norman Bates is often regarded as one of the few lasting villains in the horror movie space and that will usually be attributed to this movie made in 1960. Directed by legendary director Alfred Hitchcock this movie explored themes such as abuse, voyeurism, and sexuality. 

With iconic performances by the cast and an aesthetic direction, it is often considered as the greatest film of all time. It is one of the earliest movies that feature a toilet seat and a bathroom shower murder scene on the big screen. 

Although there were a few hitches like the ending spoiled before its release it didn’t diminish the effect this movie had in the horror genre and across all genres in entirety.

 

7. THE SIXTH SENSE

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If you know or remember the quote “I see dead people” well you have this movie to thank for its popularity. The Sixth Sense follows the story of a young boy Cole Sear who possesses the ability to see and communicate with dead people and his psychologist Malcolm Crowe.

In the movie we see Malcolm try to save Cole and his marriage but close to the end of the movie the audience is shocked with one of the greatest plot twists ever. 

Written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan this movie will go on to be nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Director and Best Original Screenplay for Shyamalan, and established him as a writer and director.
 



6. HEREDITARY

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One of the recent movies in this list, Hereditary was Ari Aster’s feature film directorial debut and follows a family plagued by a mysterious presence after the death of the matriarch. 

Toni Collette gives arguably what is the greatest performance of her career as Annie Graham; superb acting by Alex Wolff and Milly Shapiro as Peter and Charlie Graham compliments this and delivers a masterpiece. 

It features various disturbing scenes and is considered more than just a scary movie. Hereditary pays good homage to earlier Satan themed and possession movies and also delivers on its own uniqueness.

 

5. THE SHINING

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When Jack Torrance, an aspiring writer and recovering alcoholic accepted to be a temporary caretaker of the Overlook Hotel in the Colorado Rockies little did he know he’ll be making one of the worst decisions of his life. 

Stanley Kubrick directed this movie based on the novel of the same name by the legendary Stephen King and is regarded as one of the finest horror movies ever made.

 

4. THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT

 
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The Blair Witch Project is a movie that will leave you asking if it is real. It explores the use of the found footage of three students that go on an adventure to learn the legend of the Blair Witch. 

Its visuals were documentary-like and so real that the audience could feel the panic and fear among the actors. The end of the movie also leaves you with more questions than answers and is sure to leave you wanting more.

 



3. GET OUT

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Thought-provoking and addressing societal issues, this movie was something new, something fresh from what we were used to. The path it took and its humor while still maintaining a serious atmosphere will leave you on edge wondering what’s next. 

Jordan Peele’s story and directing are remarkable and so is the performance of the cast, especially Daniel Kaluuya. Get Out is a modern revolution in the horror genre and a classic and amongst other things makes it a must-see.

 

2. THE EXORCIST 

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Talking about demonic possession The Exorcist takes it up a notch featuring one of the most daring scenes involving the crucifix and the protagonist a 12-year-old girl. The Exorcist saw reports of heart attacks, miscarriages, fainting, and vomiting among viewers. 

The film served as a reason studios began to give huge budgets to horror movies and more top actors began to fancy horror movie roles. The Exorcist is a classic movie point blank, it’s a movie that’ll leave you in shock and one you should definitely see.

 

1. THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS

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Anthony Perkins putting in a menacing and astute performance as Dr. Hannibal Lecter, one that can rank as one of the best performances in cinema history and building a fantastic on-screen relationship with Jodie Foster who starred as Clarice Starling made this movie a remarkable one with so many great scenes, one which includes Hannibal Lecter hissing (which I personally love)

Ted Levine also put in a befitting performance as Buffalo Bill, a serial killer who skins his victim and whom Clarice Starling attempts to catch with expert opinions from Dr. Lecter.

The Silence of the Lambs was so good that it won Academy Awards in all the top five categories that include –Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Adapted Screenplay. This movie is one you should definitely see at least once.





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