Horror movies are probably one of the oldest movie genres of all time. The history of horror films is so deep that it can be described as the history of cinema. And it still has a charm that many people don’t talk about.
Such movies usually feature paranormal activities, haunted sets and urban legends to scare people. Having said that, creators take inspirations from different things. There are numerous horror films that are even based on real life stories.
But there’s catch,
Horror Movies usually hype things up to make the experience as surreal and horrific as possible. Yet, billions of people love these films and expect a new one every year.
As mentioned earlier, there are many types of horror films. In this issue, we’re going to introduce 33 of the actually “scary” horror films. We’ve carefully selected these movies and presented them in a ranking format.
However, we’ll let you decide which one is the scariest.
- 33. “Get Out” (2017)
- 32. “The Descent” (2005)
- 31. “Paranormal Activity” (2007)
- 30. “It” (2017)
- 29. “Don’t Breathe” (2016)
- 28. “A Quiet Place” (2018)
- 27. “The Blair Witch Project” (1999)
- 26. “The Conjuring” (2013)
- 25. “Light Out” (2016)
- 24. “The Mist” (2007)
- 23. “Us” (2019)
- 22. “Psycho” (1960)
- 21. “Orphan” (2009)
- 20. “What Ever Happened to Baby Jane” (1962)
- 19. “REC” (2007)
- 18. “Hereditary” (2018)
- 17. “Christine” (1983)
- 16. “Rosemary’s Baby” (1968)
- 15. “The Exorcist” (1973)
- 14.”Unfriended” (2014)
- 13. “The Innocents” (1961)
- 12. “It Follows” (2014)
- 11. “Martyrs” (2007)
- 10. “Suspiria” (1977)
- 9. “Misery” (1990)
- 8. “The Omen” (1976)
- 7. “The Shining” (1980)
- 6. “Evil Dead” (1981)
- 5. “Alien” (1979)
- 4. “Gonjiam: Haunted Asylum” (2018)
- 3. “The Grudge” (2002)
- 2. “The Ring” (1998)
- 1. “The Texas Chain Saw Massacre” (1974)
33. “Get Out” (2017)
Chrisis invited to visit his white girlfriend’s parents’ house. Although her parents and relatives were fond of Chris, her parents had a maid and gardener of African descent in their home. As he’s also had descent from Africa, he gradually begins to feel strangely uncomfortable. Eventually a family secret is revealed.
Based on the theme of “unconscious discrimination,” the film has various elements of horror, suspense, and social satire. While it gradually creates a disgusting atmosphere, it is even exhilarating in its clever plotting and its recovery.
32. “The Descent” (2005)
This is a British suspense-horror film with a low budget but critical acclaim and a sequel.
Six women come to explore a mysteriously creepy cave. However, a fall accident blocked the exit and trapped them inside the cave. They wander around looking for a way out, but an argument causes them to fall apart.
And next thing you know, something attacks them from the darkness of the cave. Will they be able to leave the cave alive?
It was the second film directed by Neil Marshall, who would later go on to direct multiple episodes of the hit TV series Game of Thrones, which won the British Independent Film Award for Best Director.
31. “Paranormal Activity” (2007)
Produced on a low budget of about $1 million, the film was a huge hit that debuted at number one at the U.S. box office.
Micah and Katie are a couple living together. They live happily but one day they start to feel uncomfortable due to something unusual. They feel plagued by a strange phenomena.
In order to find out the cause, they set up high performance handy cameras throughout the house to take pictures of the day and night.
What they see next is spine-chilling!!!
It is so shocking that Steven Spielberg won the rights to remake the film, but abandoned the production as it was impossible to surpass the original version.
30. “It” (2017)
The film is an adaptation of Stephen King’s horror novel “It”. The movie is about the horror of a murderous clown in front of a group of children.
In 1989, there was a spate of disappearances of children in Derry. Bill, a bully whose brother has disappeared, and a group of equally troubled friends decide to explore the mystery of his disappearance.
They realize that a horrible event is happening in this town every 27 years Before they can do anything, horrible things begin to happen to them.
It grossed more than $688 million at the global box office, making it the biggest hit in horror film history.
29. “Don’t Breathe” (2016)
After being short of money, Rocky decides to rob the home of a blind old man who is rumored to have a large stash of money. He plans out a robbery with his girlfriend Money and friend Alex.
They thought they could easily achieve their goal, but the old man, an ex-military man, was a fearsome figure with superhuman hearing. He would not miss a single sound. Also, his agility and brawn were unimaginable for his age.
Will they be able to escape from their home and escape from the old man who is willing to kill the intruder?
The film received a 78 percent fresh endorsement on the U.S. film review site Rotten Tomatoes for its novelty in “Don’t Be Aware.
28. “A Quiet Place” (2018)
A family survives in a world devastated by “something” that reacts to sound and attacks humans. Amidst all this trouble, the main character Lee was about to give birth.
They spoke in sign language, sanded the streets, and moved barefoot to avoid that”something”. It wouldn’t even miss the sound of their breathing, but their wife, Lee, was about to give birth.
Will they be able to keep the silence and escape the “something”?
This film, which takes the key element of a horror film and uses sound as a counterpoint, has become a hot topic of conversation as it has literally “silenced” movie theaters across the United States with a sense of tension that has left audiences breathless.
27. “The Blair Witch Project” (1999)
It’s been a year since three young men who were filming a documentary about the legendary witch Blair Witch went into the woods and disappeared.
What you see there is the unimaginable horror that the three of them experienced. This film is an edited and released version of the discovered film. It is a pseudo-documentary film set in the setting of the “I’m not going to be able to do this. It’s said to be the forerunner of a genre called “found footage” or “POV.
At the time of its release in 1999, the film was so realistic that some people really believed in its setting, and despite being produced on a very low budget of $60,000, it was a huge hit, grossing $240.5 million at the box office worldwide.
26. “The Conjuring” (2013)
The Perron family moves into an old mansion in rural Harrisville, Rhode Island. The day after moving in, they are plagued by a series of strange phenomena.
The death of a beloved dog, clocks throughout the house that stopped at the same time, and daughters who began to act spooky. Upon further examination, the mansion is a house to evil spirits with unimaginable power.
25. “Light Out” (2016)
This movie was inspired from a real-life horror video posted on a video site. Director James Wan, known for “Saw” and the “Deadly Hall” series, turned his attention to a short video that was so terrifying that it was played 150 million times around the world, and turned it into a feature film.
Martin, a boy with insomnia, complains, “There’s something about turning off the lights.” Her sister Rebecca returns to her parents’ home, where she finds her mother having a conversation with her frightened brother and “someone she can’t see”.
Rebecca takes her brother back to her home, but suddenly the lights go out and she is attacked by something mysterious.
24. “The Mist” (2007)
The movie starts with a lakeside town shrouded in deep fog. David, a painter, drove to the supermarket with his young son and a neighbor. However, a man came running in saying that he was attacked by a monster that came out of the fog, and panic ensued in the store.
As grotesque cannibalistic creatures strut outside the store, David and the other shoppers are forced to stay inside the store where the lifeline has been cut off.
Adapted from a short story by Stephen King and directed by Frank Darabont (Shawshank in the Sky (1994) and The Green Mile (1999), the film is known less for its monster formations and more for its human horror and irredeemable ending.
23. “Us” (2019)
Traumatized by an incident in her childhood, Adelaide, a mother of two, brings her family to a beach with bad memories. That night, someone who looks exactly like them comes to the girls’ villa. What do they really look like? And what is the end that awaits Adelaide and the others…?
This is the second film from Jordan Peele, who received rave reviews for Get Out. The film is also about a social issue and combines a strong message with many elements such as horror and comedy.
22. “Psycho” (1960)
A woman, who has embezzled the company’s money, stops by a small motel. The caretaker, a young man named Norman Bates, lived with his elderly mother in a house adjacent to the motel.
This legendary thriller from master filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock is said to be the root of all psycho-suspense. The fear-mongering music and its directorial style are known to have spawned numerous imitations and parodies.
21. “Orphan” (2009)
After a recent miscarriage, Kate Coleman and her husband want to heal their wounds by adopting a child.
They take a nine-year-old girl Esther from the orphanage. She was mature for her age, and soon became friends with her sister-in-law Max.
However, Esther continues to act inexplicably. Due to her strange actions, Kate becomes suspicious of her and decides to look into Esther’s life.
Directed by Jaum Collet-Serra, who specializes in horror and suspense films such as The House of Wax (2005) and The Unknown (2011). It stars Vera Farmiga, also known for her “Deadly Hall” series.
20. “What Ever Happened to Baby Jane” (1962)
Blanche is a star actress in adulthood, although she was overshadowed by her younger sister in her childhood.
As they reach middle age, Blanche is paralyzed in an accident and Jane is left to take care of her. While rumors of Jane’s jealousy of her sister cause her injury, Jane finally explodes with her pent-up resentment and jealousy. He would lock up his sister and add mental torture to her.
The 1962 film, directed by Robert Aldrich, stars Betty Davis and Joan Crawford, who were actually on bad terms with each other. From start to finish, a number of nerve-wracking and eerie masterpieces unfold.
19. “REC” (2007)
Reporter Anhela gets up close and personal with the firefighters in her TV show coverage.
Then, they get a report and go to a certain apartment. There, an unknown virus is spreading, and the infected inhabitants become violent one after another. Out of nowhere, hell breaks loose in the apartment.
The catchphrase of “REC” is “Keep shooting no matter what happens.” Like The Blair Witch Project and Cloverfield/Hakaishka (2008), this full-length mockumentary uses video cameras to keep the horror on film.
18. “Hereditary” (2018)
The Graham family tries to recover from the grief of the death of their grandmother, who had many secrets.
One day, a mysterious phenomenon begins to happen around them. They face a number of creepy and spooky things happening one by one. As the movie progresses, a nightmarish accident causes the family to fall apart beyond repair.
What was their grandmother’s secret? And what is it that they have inherited?
The film was acclaimed at the 2018 Sundance International Film Festival as “a masterpiece that defied the norm in horror cinema” and “the pinnacle of modern horror.
17. “Christine” (1983)
Christine is a hidden masterpiece of horror from John Carpenter, known for his films such as “Halloween” and “Object from a Planet X”.
Arnie beautifies Christine’s red car. Later, they come to know that the car is possessed by paranormal forces. Christine goes to great lengths to save her beloved Arnie while the car goes around killing delinquents night after night.
This John Carpenter’s frightening film is brilliant. Don’t be fooled by the idea that a car attack is not scary. It’s a horrible film that makes you fear the way cars look at you as you walk around town.
16. “Rosemary’s Baby” (1968)
A newlywed couple moves into an apartment in New York City. As the husband works hard to make their life bette, his wife (Rosemary) gradually becomes unwell.
Rosemary wakes up from an eerie dream and is overjoyed to learn that she is pregnant, but the idea that there is something horrible inside her begins to dominate her.
This is the gold standard for occult horror films, which were shot in the Dakota House, the apartment complex where John Lennon and Yoko Ono live.
The film is also known as a fashionable film, with the costumes and hairstyles of lead actress Mia Farrow and the interior of the newlyweds’ living room.
15. “The Exorcist” (1973)
The Exorcist, which means exorcism, is a legendary occult horror that caused a social phenomenon in the United States when it was released in 1973.
Regan is a 12-year-old girl who begins to behave strangely, such as taking an interest in Mr. Cockry. His voice and face change as if possessed by something, and his mother, Chris, who is worried about him, takes him to the hospital, but he is abused.
Meanwhile, Chris’s friend Burke dies unexpectedly. When Chris learns of Regan’s handiwork, he goes to Father Crow and asks him to exorcise his daughter.
A group of Laura’s classmates are having a Skype conversation when they realize that an unknown account has joined the conversation: Laura is their friend who committed suicide after being photographed in an embarrassing situation. Her video was put on the internet to which she took her life.
A video capturing their secret appearance is uploaded on the Internet, and a creepy message arrives from Laura’s supposedly dead SNS account. Is this just harassment by account hijacking or something much more horrific.
A new kind of “SNS horror” that unfolds entirely on a PC screen. It’s almost as if the audience is on Skype.
13. “The Innocents” (1961)
The Innocents is a 1961 film by British director Jack Clayton. It is based on the novel The Turn of the Screw by Henry James, published in 1898.
Giddens is assigned to tutor Myles and Flora’s young brother and sister, who live in an old mansion. As soon as they are comforted by the cuteness of the children, they become annoyed by the presence of men and women who are not supposed to be there.
When Giddens learns of the mysterious death of his former tutor, Jessel, he is convinced of the ghost that haunts the mansion and decides to protect the children…
Contrary to the beautiful black-and-white images, the horror of the inexplicable story will leave you with a sense of dread after watching the film.
12. “It Follows” (2014)
This movie shows a 19-year old character Jay followed by a supernatural entity after having sex with her boyfriend.
Jay and her boyfriend hook up inside a car after their movie-date. After a while, her boyfriend starts to act weirdly and the twist of this movie begins.
The “IT” that only the depressed can see is slowly but surely moving closer and closer to Jay. It portrays the horror of a terrible curse that will surely kill you “it” catches you.
Micah Monroe, who played the eldest daughter of the family in The Guest (2014), plays the lead character who is at the mercy of a curse.
11. “Martyrs” (2007)
An emaciated girl wanders the streets. She only talks about how she escaped from her confinement on her own, without knowing the details of the incident.
The movie is full of jump scares and surprises. Telling you even the smallest bits about the story can ruin the whole movie for you. So, we recommend you to watch it.
This is a problematic film that goes beyond horror from France, which has unleashed a succession of extreme cruelty films in recent years, including Frontier and The House Woman.
10. “Suspiria” (1977)
Susie comes to Germany to enroll in a prestigious ballet school. The day before entering the school, she witnesses a horrific incident. To her surprise, it doesn’t end there…
This is a miraculous horror film from the master of Italian horror, Dario Argento. The artistry is top-notch, with its brightly colored screens and enchanting goblin scores. It elevates the horror experience as a horror film to something more vivid.
9. “Misery” (1990)
Paul, a writer, was seriously injured in a car accident. When he woke up, it was the home of Annie, a woman who claimed to be “Paul’s biggest fan”. Paul is imprisoned when Annie threatens him to write another book with her.
This is a maniacal horror film adaptation of the original novel that Stephen King said he wrote what he feared most.
Kathy Bates, who played Annie, received rave reviews for her performance in the film and won an Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role.
8. “The Omen” (1976)
Robert Thorne and his wife, Catherine, take in an orphan Damien in place of their stillborn child. But as Damien grows older, a series of creepy incidents begin to occur around the couple.
The horrific story of how my innocent child was the son of the devil caused controversy around the world at the time of its release, and the number 666, the “number of the beast” in the New Testament book of Revelation, became famous as the “number of the devil” from this film.
The film was followed by four sequels by 1991, and a remake was released in 2006.
7. “The Shining” (1980)
Jack, a novelist, goes with his wife and son to a hotel in the Rocky Mountains and begins living as a caretaker during the winter months. Life in the hotel is supposed to be fun, but in the snow, Jack is gradually going crazy. There’s something about this hotel.
A madcap, closed-door horror film about Stephen King’s world.
The lead actor, Jack Nicholson, gave a shady performance in the film that will be remembered for generations to come.
6. “Evil Dead” (1981)
The five young men go to into a creepy cabin. They find a tape found in the basement and played it. Little did they know, this tape woke up an evil spirit!
A depiction of human destruction that makes you want to cover your eyes. Frightening Deadly Ghost Makeup. The relentless splatter scenes have captivated many horror fans.
The film is directed by Sam Raimi, who is familiar from Tobey Maguire’s “Spider-Man” trilogy. It’s well known that Sam Raimi’s mainstream is not a hero film, but a horror film. Incidentally, Captain Supermarket, the third film in the “Dead Ghost’s Harrow” series, is a hero film.
5. “Alien” (1979)
Ridley Scott took the megaphone and Sigourney Weaver starred in the 1979 film. This is the first book in a legendary series that would go on to produce a number of sequels.
In the year 2122 A.D., the Nostromo spacecraft, which is on its way back to Earth with seven crew members on board, receives a signal that is believed to be from an intelligent life form. The captain and three others will go for an EVA.
They discover a fossilized alien and an egg-like object, but the navigator Ripley, who remained on the ship, decodes that the earlier signal was a warning….
4. “Gonjiam: Haunted Asylum” (2018)
A horror film set in an actual abandoned hospital known as a haunted spot in Korea.
Horror Times, a channel that distributes horror videos, invites the public to participate in a visit to the famous psychic spot, the Congium Mental Hospital. Seven men and women participated, led by the organizer, Ha Jun.
They infiltrate the abandoned hospital with cameras, electromagnetic wave detectors, and other equipment, but one after another, strange phenomena occur that Ha-jun does not direct.
A mockumentary set in a live video setting, it’s a shuddering, contemporary, realistic horror.
3. “The Grudge” (2002)
Rika, a care worker, witnesses an eerie appearance of a child at a house she is visiting. She learns that a murder had occurred in that house several years earlier.
A woman, Kyako, and her son, Toshio, are slaughtered in their home after their husband suspects them of having an affair. The two spirits had become a powerful grudge and continued to stay in the house. From then on, everyone who lived in the house or set foot in it had to die a brutal death….
2. “The Ring” (1998)
The gold standard of Japanese horror, which is known to have been remade in Hollywood.
Reiko, the director of a television station, is investigating a “cursed video” in which the person who sees it is supposed to be cursed to death after a week.
Having seen the video, Reiko asks her ex-husband Takayama for advice on how to break the curse. Eventually, the video footage reveals the strange life of Sadako Yamamura, the master of the curse.
The film became a huge hit when it was released, and three sequels were made, including “Sadako 3D” (2012) and “Sadako 3D2” (2013), which focused on Sadako, the master of the curse.
1. “The Texas Chain Saw Massacre” (1974)
Five men and women hear about a rash of grave robberies in the local area, so they went there to find out. Along the way, they pick up a hitchhiker, but his behavior is unusual. They quickly drop him off.
The hitchhiker and a large man in a human skin mask, Leatherface, are living there. Yes, they were the true identity of the grave robbers…..
The horror of the leather mask and chainsaw is true and is sure to make you cry.
We introduced 33 recommended horror movies of various genres from occult to psycho-horror and science fiction.
The word “scary” has a variety of perspectives. Even if the totals are tied, what kind of “scary” is strongly expressed will vary depending on the work. Although some horror movies have great stories, we may not have included them due to lack of scary elements.
If you’re new into horror movies, you can use this list as a guide to watching some of the scariest movies out there. And if you’re a die-hard fan, please let us know about any movies that we missed. We’ll make sure to add them to our new list.