Top 10 Horror Movies Of All Time

by Luke Wheeler

Halloween is just round the corner and watching horror films are a must this time of year. If you are stuck with what to watch, you’re in luck! We have rounded up our top 10 horror films of all time to really get you in the mood for this spooky season.

These are in no particular order as every film on this list is great in its own way and films are subjective as everyone has different tastes! I have also included the trailer for each film for you get a taster before deciding to watch it. So, let’s get started…

Halloween (1978)

Let’s start this list with a classic that terrified many even to this day. In 1978, when Halloween was released, it was one of the scariest films of its time due to the originality of the mask Michael Myers wore. Scary movies usually include an over-the-top character that looks unrealistic but this one was very different which made it even harder for viewers to watch. The iconic theme tune is enough to have you on edge before the film has even started. And of course, what better way to celebrate Halloween than by watching Halloween.

Sinister (2012)

Why not trick or treat yourself to a horror movie destined to give you nightmares. The story line is about a true crime writer who discovers the existence of a film showing the deaths of a family and takes it upon himself to solve this gruesome mystery, including moving himself and his family into the home of these incidents. As the film unfolds, it gets scarier and scarier which makes Sinister certain to be a classic every year.

The Exorcist (1973)

Everyone knows about this film, but not everyone is daring enough to watch it. The film itself is petrifying but what makes The Exorcist so unique with it not only being based on a true story, is the rumours around the making of this cinematic masterpiece. Many believe the set had a deadly curse as a multitude of catastrophes happened including the death of 9 people during production and the set burning down. But eerily enough, the only room to survive the blaze was the bedroom that the exorcisms took place in. It was also banned in certain countries due to its disturbing scenes.

Silence Of The Lambs (1991)

Hannibal Lector is a famous figure in the horror movie world and for a good reason. Played by Anthony Hopkins, the character is a dangerous psychopath serving life in prison for various murderous crimes and cannibalism. What makes this film so horrifying is that people like Hannibal Lector exist in the real world and you get a real understanding of the character which makes serial killers even more scary than you originally thought.

Insidious (2010)

When people ask what the scariest film you’ve ever watched is, Insidious always comes to mind. Don’t believe me? We had to include this movie because scientists studied heart monitors of people watching some of the scariest movies and results showed that the red demon scene was the scariest due to everyone’s heart rate being higher than all the others. So be warned as this movie is full of jump scares.

The Conjuring (2013)

The conjuring is one of those films that can’t be watched alone (unless you are a true horror fan). Based on a true story, paranormal investigators, Lorraine and Ed Warren are called to the home of the Perrons to get to the bottom of many ghostly antics taking place at their farmhouse in the middle of nowhere. As this movie progresses, more and more creepy and shocking things happen. There are three Conjuring movies but also spin offs including Annabelle and The Nun that are also must watches in this twisted storyline if you are up for a movie marathon that will leave you not being able to sleep.

Hereditary (2018)

From the directors of Midsommer, this movie is equally as chilling, if not, worse. This storyline is built off of the ancestry of the late matriarch of the Graham family where they unravel cryptic secrets that will end in disaster. Throughout this movie, you are always on edge not sure what is going to happen next. If you are looking to indulge in a fang-tastic triller this Halloween, we highly recommend Hereditary!

The Shining (1980)

When we talk about iconic scenes, the “Here’s Johnny” scene is always brought up. The Shining is a certified classic among the horror genre due to its bone chilling story line of a caretaker of a hotel who becomes a psychiatric maniac who can’t control himself. From its release in the 80’s, this movie shot up the rankings and became one of the biggest horror films of all time and even to this day it is watched by millions of frightened spectators.

The Blair Witch Project (1999)

What makes The Blair Witch Project so highly rated as one of the best horror films is the way it was filmed. The whole movie is shot on camcorders carried by a group of friends and they are documenting their experience in a creepy forest where stories of the Blair Witch have been reported. Not many horror movies have been successful with this format, but the believability of this movie was what really shocked viewers as many believed for years that this wasn’t a movie and was in fact, real. The ending is one that sticks with you for a while, which is why we had to include this masterpiece.

A Nightmare On Elm Street (1984)

Everyone knows the name Freddy Krueger. The highly recognisable green and red hooped sweater, the claws and the cowboy hat are historical pieces across the whole of horror movies. Why is this character so known? Because A Nightmare On Elm Street is one of the most famous horror films in existence. Releasing in 1984, The story unfolds as a disfigured man preys on teenagers in their dreams, which very soon, turns to reality. This film is watched endlessly each Halloween and is still as unnerving as the day of release.

As it was so difficult to narrow down this list to only 10 movies, we had to include 5 honourable mentions that were impossible to leave out that we believe are great movies to watch over the Halloween period along with their trailers:

The Purge (2008) Trailer

Signs (2002) Trailer

Paranormal Activity (2007) Trailer

The Ring (2002) Trailer

The Grudge (2004) Trailer

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