Horror movies are significant in their own unique manner. They’re devastating, scary and intensely disturbing. Still many people love them because of a wild hypothetical journey. Horror movies depict everything that we are scared of – death, homicide, accidents, cannibalism, hopelessness and bleakness. These movies are of high significance to the movie industry because of their extreme genre. We’ve compiled a list of top ten horror movies of all time. Check it out.
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10. Night of the Living Dead
Imagine a mother finding her daughter in the basement munching her wounded father for a meal. That is exactly how devastating this movie was. The story of the movie finds the protagonists trapped in a farmhouse slaughtered by the living dead. Regarded as one of the scariest horror movies of all time, Night of the living dead is an zombie based horror film released in 1968. Directed by George Romero, the movie takes on everything that scares us- death, cannibalism, hopelessness, disease and accident. The movie is a classic that paved way for many other horror movies.
9. The Texas Chain Saw Massacre
A horrific 2 minute scene when little Sally is forced to sit on chair which is made of real human body parts, and the entire Leatherface’s family laughs. As disgusting as it sounds, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre is full of blood and massacre. Released in 1974, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre is certainly one of the most devastating horror movies of all time. The film was so brutal that it hardly received a distributor. Upon its release, it was straight away banned in many countries because of its brutality and violence. The film was inspired by the real life murderer Ed Gein.
8. Rosemary’s Baby
One of the most psychologically scary horror movies of all time, Rosemary’s Baby became an instant success post its release. The scene when Rosemary gets to know who her husband actually is, and what he along with his ‘friends’ is plotting for her baby is cringe worthy. A young couple moves to an apartment in New York which is home to several Satan Worshipers. The devils view her baby as an opportunity to resurrect one of their counterparts. Made at a modest budget of $ 3 million, Rosemary’s managed to gross $ 33 Million worldwide.
7. Bride of Frankenstein
An almost 80 year old film that we still love watching and talking. One of best horror movies of all time, Bride of Frankenstein is a squeal to the 1931 Frankenstein . I know many would argue that this should be placed much higher on our list, but we’ve spared it the seventh spot for now. Apparently, the movie rose to critical and commercial success. Bride of Frankenstein, upon its release, faced censorship issues due to homosexual and extremely violent content. Apart from being one of the greatest horror movies, Bride of Frankenstein is equally a comedy film.
6. The Shining
Based upon Stephen King’s blockbuster novel of the same name, The Shining is among the top horror movies of all time. The plot describes the plight of a struggling writer who works as a caretaker in a local hotel. His son has psychic abilities and can see things from the past and the future. Influenced by the ghosts prevailing in the hotel, Jack attempts to murder his wife and son. Although it received mixed reviews upon its release, the movie, today, is considered to be milestone in the horror movies genre. Made with a budget of $19 Million, the movie managed to gross to $44 Million.
5. The Silence of the Lambs
Clarice Starling, a young FBI agent, seeks help from a serial killer to find another serial killer, Buffalo Bill. Made on the novel of the same name, The Silence of the Lambs is still considered to be one of the best horror movies of all time. Made on a modest budget of $19 Million, the movie garnered a whooping amount of $272 million. The movie won an academy award in all major categories- Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Director, Best Director and Best Screenplay.
One of the most scariest science fiction horror movies of all time, Alien offers much more than some raiding a planet. The move rose to critical acclaim and won an Academy award for best visual effects. Int he National Film Registry of Library of Congress, the movie has been described as “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”. Made a mere budget of $11 Million, the film managed to gross about $203 Million worldwide.
The devastating scene when the shark chews of Alex Kintner must be watched with lights on. Steven Spielberg’s first blockbuster movie, the movie a cultural phenomenon for its intense scenes and eccentric storyline. One of the best horror movies of all time, Jaws was made with a mere budget of $8 Million and managed to gross $470 Million worldwide. Upon its release, Jaws became one of the highest earning movies of all time. You probably have seen it 10 times at least!
Even post 54 years its release, Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho remains among the best horror movies of all time. Seeing its popularity, a remake of the movie was released in 1998. Made on a modest budget of $800 thousand, the movie managed to garner a whooping amount of $60 Million. Apparently, the movie rose to critical acclaim with 4 Academy award nominations. US Library congress considered the movie as “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”. Psycho is one of the prime names in Hitchcock’s epic resume.
1. The Exorcist
We strictly recommend watching this movie during daytime. Every single scene of the movie must be watched with the lights on. A little girl trapped by a demon will scare you like nothing else would. Apparently, the film received rave reviews from the critics and received 10 Academy award nominations. Made at a budget of 12 million dollars, The Exorcist became one among the highest grossing horror movies of all time with $441 Million.