Everyone has a different fear, whether it is a violent death, a haunted house, or demonic possession. Watching horror films that portray our innermost fears on the screen is an adrenaline rush. Our blood pressure goes up, and we jump at every sound. We scream, and we breathe with relief when the film is over. Best horror movies are the ones that stay with you long after the credits roll, filling you with anxiety and dread for hours, days, or even years to come. Read our picks of the best horror films of all time. Have you seen them all?
20. The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)
When two siblings visit their old family home with their three friends, they encounter a mysterious hitchhiker and a slightly creepy gas station attendant. Throw in a chainsaw-wielding psychotic and his cannibal family, you have the makings of a terrifying experiment in survival! Most of the violence occurring out of frame or behind closed doors. The mind reels at what gruesome violence awaits the group at the hands of Leatherface!
19. The Omen (1976)
Robert Thorn, an American ambassador, suspects that there is something terribly wrong with his adopted son. After a series of weird occurrences, a creepy nanny with ulterior motives joins his household. As Thorn investigates the origins of his son’s birth, he realizes that he has to kill his son to save humanity. Kids are creepy, especially when their father is the Devil.
18. The Others (2001)
Set in the misty moors of the Channel Islands after World War II, Grace and her two photosensitive children live in relative darkness with little contact with the outside world. Her faith is shaken as she encounters invisible spirits after three mysterious servants join her household. As she fights what she cannot see, Grace discovers that nothing is what it seems.
17. Get Out (2017)
Even in the most normal circumstances, meeting the parents of your significant other can be intimidating. When Chris, an African-American man, meets the family of his white girlfriend, he is disturbed by their racist comments and bizarre behavior. Uncovering the truth behind his girlfriend’s intentions, and her family’s sinister plans for him, Christ struggles to make it out alive.
16. Halloween (1978)
Six-year-old Michael Myers murders his sister with a kitchen knife. He escapes from a mental institution fifteen years later, returning to his hometown to continue his bloody reign of terror on Halloween night. When Michael terrorizes Laurie and her friends, she protects the children under her care as she tries to escape from the serial killer’s clutches.
15. Evil Dead II (1987)
In an intended spoof on the original film, Ash and his girlfriend take a romantic vacation to a cabin in the woods. They listen to a mysterious tape of incantations left behind by the former inhabitant, which unleashes evil spirits that possess the couple. When the evil invades the woods, it results in some of the funniest deaths in a horror film.
14. I Saw The Devil (2010)
When bus driver Jang Kyung-chul brutally dismembers the daughter of the police chief, her fiancé Kim Soo-hyun vows revenge on her killer. Using his skills as a secret service agent, Soo-hyun inserts a device inside Kyung-chul’s body to track his movements. This deadly game of cat-and-mouse ends in a final act of violence that you’ll never forget.
13. Let The Right One In (2008)
When the timid twelve-year-old Oskar meets his new neighbor Eli, he finds a kindred soul who pushes him to stand up to his bullies. The girl slowly reveals her true nature to Oskar, who realizes that he has fallen in love with a vampire. As Oskar discourages Eli’s violent nature, she uses the same impulses to protect him.
12. Night Of The Living Dead (1968)
George A. Romero’s classic tale of a group of strangers who hide in a farmhouse to escape the zombies who have taken over their town. They work together to survive as the zombies close in on the house., knowing there is food inside. You’ll never guess the surprise ending!
11. King Kong (1933)
A film crew shooting on a remote island encounter an ape-like monster, who falls in love with the movie’s beautiful star and kidnaps her. The crew rescues her, and they trap King Kong to transport him to the United States to put him on display. In a classic scene of cinema history, the monster scales the Empire State Building with the striking woman in his grasp.
10. Shaun Of The Dead (2004)
Shaun’s life is in shambles: he lives with his loser best friend, he hates his job, and he neglects his girlfriend. As he decides to get his life back on track, the slacker becomes an unlikely hero, hiding with his family and friends in his favorite pub! This hilarious romp through a zombie invasion will scare you as much as it will make you laugh!
9. The Exorcist (1973)
When the demon Pazuzu invades the body of twelve-year-old Reagan MacNeil, her terrified mother consults a local priest, Father Karras, to save her daughter. As Pazuzu torments the priest and shakes his faith, he consults Father Merrin, an exorcist who has encountered the demon before. In a frightening showdown between the forces of good and evil, the final climax will chill you to the bone!
8. Rosemary’s Baby (1968)
Parenthood is terrifying enough without creepy neighbors and a Satanic cult. Rosemary tries to rebuff her meddlesome neighbors after she conceives a child. A series of mysterious events show that there are darker forces at work. Surrounded by no one she can trust, Rosemary’s natural jitters on impending motherhood turn into full-fledged terror.
7. Dawn Of The Dead (1978)
In this horror classic, two S.W.A.T. officers and two journalists take shelter in a shopping center to escape the deadly horde of flesh-eating zombies invading their town. When bikers break into the mall to take over, the group must fight against the violent gang and a horde of zombies!
6. A Quiet Place (2018)
What would you do if you had to live in constant silence? Real-life spouses John Krasinski and Emily Blunt play Lee and Evelyn Abbott, who protect their family from blind monsters who hunt their victims by sound. The creatures have wiped out the town, leaving the Abbotts to fend for themselves. Will the family discover the monster’s weaknesses and fight to live in a world that embraces sound again?
5. Nosferatu (1922)
In one of the first vampire films, the Transylvanian Count Orlok meets with real estate agent Thomas Hutter to buy a new property. Initially disturbed by his new client, Hutter is helpless as Count Orlok buys the house across the street from his home. As the Count’s obsession with Hutter’s beautiful wife Ellen grows, only she can save the town from the terror of Nosferatu!
4. The Thing (1982)
When a group of American scientists researching in Antarctica find a deserted camp, littered with the bodies of the dead crew. They soon encounter “The Thing,” a shape-shifting parasite that morphs into its victims. Terrified that the creature will take over all human life, the researchers isolate it as they begin to doubt their own sanity and safety. The Thing could be anyone!
3. The Shining (1980)
Aspiring novelist Jack Torrance takes a job as an off-season undertaker, bringing his wife Wendy and his psychic son Danny with him. The family soon settle into life at the isolated hotel, but Danny’s terrifying visions reveal the morbid history of their new home. When Jack loses his grip on reality, Wendy and Danny have to fight for survival.
2. Alien (1979)
A spaceship crew traces the source of an S.O.S. call, crash-landing on the surface of the strange planet. A member of the team finds a large group of eggs, one of which hatches and attacks him. When his colleagues remove the alien from his face, they are relieved to find him unharmed. Over time, the crew has everything to fear from the alien life they have discovered.
1. Psycho (1960)
Marion steals $40,000 from her employer, going on the run from the authorities from Arizona to California. Stopping at a secluded hotel for the night turns out to be a fatal mistake, as she encounters the psychotic Norman Bates and his controlling mother. You’ll never feel safe in the shower again!
Final thoughts on Best Horror Movies of All Time
No matter what you are afraid of, there is a film for you. Grab your snacks, turn off the lights, and prepare to be terrified!
What’s your favorite? If we missed a film that shakes you to the core, let us know!