Top 13 Horror Movies of All Time
February 13, 2012 2 Comments
When I was a kid, I was tortured with horror movies every single weekend.
My father had a huge projector style screen that pulled down from the ceiling, and a surround sound system that almost blew the windows out.
Movies like Jurassic Park and Terminator were amazing to watch with this set up, but I rarely got to watch these types of movies when the screen was rolled down. It was horror movies every single weekend. I bet you can’t name one single horror movie that I haven’t heard of.
My sisters, my cousins, and I would sit on the floor and watch some of the scariest movies ever with my father because he loved to scare the shit out of us.
I’d like to get something positive out of my horrific childhood movie experience, so I decided to share the top 13 horror movies of all-time and some of their best scenes
13. Friday the 13th (1980)
This movie was the reason that I never went to a camp when I was younger.
Jason Voorhees was a child that attended camp Crystal Lake, and he was tormented by other kids. Jason was killed when kids threw him into the lake because he could not swim. He eventually ascended from the lake and went on a killing spree at the camp while wearing the famous hockey mask.
One of the scariest and most unforgettable scenes was when Jason rises from the lake at the end of the movie and drags the girl into the water. This is also when you find out that Jasons mother has been the killer the entire movie, which was a total shock.
Classic, but its completely unrealistic plot puts it at number 15.
12. Dawn of the Dead (1978)
When people talk about zombie apocalypses, Call of Duty’s “Nazi Zombies”, or the show The Walking Dead, they probably don’t know anything about the king who was the original creator of all of this.
GEORGE A. ROMERO
This man created the zombie movie genre, and you can thank him for movies such as 28 Days Later and Resident Evil.
His most famous and best work was Dawn of the Dead. The idea of dead people taking over the world was amazing, and even better was the idea of 4 characters trapped in a shopping mall full of them. They used all the resources in the mall to survive, and had to protect each other from the zombies. This is by far my favorite zombie movie.
11. A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
Everyone knows who Freddy Krueger is even if they haven’t watched any of the movies.
He’s the guy with the striped sweater, top hat, burnt face, and the famous glove with knives on the fingers.
I wouldn’t say that this movie is one of the scariest, but it is by far one of the most famous. Freddys technique and style of killing is probably one of the scariest if you think about it, though.
He waits for you to fall asleep, and he kills you in your dreams. So the only way you can possibly avoid him is if you do not fall asleep, which is impossible. Teenagers had to face Freddy, and the only possible way to survive was to defeat him in your dreams.
One of the most gruesome and frightening scenes in any horror movie is when Freddy gets a hold of Tina in her dream. Her sleeping body is slashed with 4 fatal cuts by Freddy’s knives, then she is mysteriously dragged up the walls and ceiling of her bedroom. Tina’s boyfriend watches her get murdered by Freddy in her sleep.
This is a classic scene that everyone should watch.
I also recommend NOT watching the remake. It was one of the worst movies I have ever watched.
10. The Ring (2002)
The 90′s didn’t see too many good American horror movies. This is when the Japenese movies became popular.
The original Ring made in 1998 was remade by DreamWorks in 2002.
I’m sure everyone has seen this movie, so I don’t really have to explain it in detail. Basically, if someone watched this creepy video tape they were found dead seven days later.
Sounds kinda stupid, but it is one of the most popular horror movies in the past 20 years. This movie was actually pretty scary, mainly because of that crazy girl that climbs up the well and comes out of the television screen in a couple of scenes. Very Freaky!
9. Scream (1996)
This movie saved the slasher genre (for a couple of years, because THEY SUCK AGAIN)
Stemming from the Halloween series, Scream is the most famous slasher movies of the last 20 years. The famous mask became popular world-wide, taking away from the horrifying Michael Myers mask.
A maniac (or two) go on a killing spree brutally murdering teenagers, and….that’s it.
This movie is known for its killing scenes, which I have to admit are pretty awesome. Obviously the best one is the first scene with Drew Barrymore.
Im sure everyone is familiar with the famous prank call starting with the line, “What’s your favorite scary movie?”
Drew Barrymore is tortured with horror movie questions and gets the Friday the 13th question wrong when he asks “Who was the killer in the movie Friday the 13th?”
She responds, “JASON, JASON VOORHEES!”
Unfortunately, she was wrong (which I explained earlier that his mother was the killer), and she is stabbed and hung by the killer. Her parents come home and find her hanging from the tree in the front of the house. This is easily one of the best intro’s to any movie, EVER.
8. Halloween (1978)
Halloween is the father of slasher movies.
As simple and repetitive as this series is, it is still brilliant.
Michael Myers is possessed as a child and is on a mission to kill his entire family along with anyone else in his way.
His famous white mask is probably one of the scariest masks in the history of horror films. Its emotionless and blank face brought out the terror of someone who was out to kill everything in sight.
One of the scariest scenes in the Halloween series is when Laurie Strode is trying to hide from Michael Myers, and crouches down inside a closet.
She ties the door shut, but that’s not going to stop Michael, who begins smashing the door in, and Michael’s white mask appears in the closet.
7. The Strangers (2008)
I know it may seem like I just threw this movie in there, but it really does deserve a spot on this list. Like I said, movies like this stem from the brutal killings of Michael Myers in Halloween, but there was something different about this movie.
It was so much more realistic than any other movie of its genre (Just like Scream, but just not as original).
A young couple is at a vacation house with no phone service and they are by themselves. The movie quickly gets to the point when a group of terrifyingly masked killers torture this couple all night into the morning.
I can’t think of the scariest scene in this movie because every single part scared the shit out of me. In some scenes, you see a blurry image of one of the killers just standing in the background behind the horrified couple, which may also remind you of Michael Myers. The only reason this movie one-up’s Halloween on my list is because of its more realistic nature. The fact that it can happen in real life is terrifying.
6. Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003)
Yes, the remake was better.
Dont get me wrong, the original scared the living shit out of me, but the new one was better, simply because of the acting and special effects.
You might ask, “Well why didn’t you put the remakes of Halloween and Friday the 13th on the list?”
I have two reasons: One, they sucked, and two, they didn’t completely follow the orignals.
The remake of Texas Chainsaw Massacre was amazing because it was exactly like the original, but with better filming equipment, a higher budget and a much better cast.
This family works together to capture people that pass their town, and eventually they become their dinner.
Leatherface is such an original character, and his chase scenes are by far the scariest. When people try and escape their house, he chases them with a chainsaw for miles until he catches them. Dragging their lifeless bodies back to the basement of the house, he ties them up and starts cutting them up.
Humans eating humans is one of the scariest thoughts and visions, which leads me to my next movie.
5. Silence of the Lambs (1991)
Anthony Hopkins career was made after this movie. He plays a serial killer who is also a cannibal with a doctorate.
This best picture Oscar Award winner was brilliant because it did something that no other movie had ever done. A serial killer is used to catch another serial killer.
There is much more to this movie, but I simply do not have enough space to explain the brilliance of it.
If you have seen Silence of the Lambs, I’m sure you would agree that the best scenes are:
1.) Lecter’s first encounter with Clarice. The fact that he enjoys eating human flesh and the only thing seperating them is a glass window is pretty (at least in my opinion).
2.) Lecter’s famous dance.
This is a classic and a MUST WATCH.
4. High Tension (2003)
This movie is one of my favorites.
It’s not a popular movie in America, but it is by far one of the best horror/thrillers I have ever seen.
True horror movie fans know what im talking about. This underrated and unkown movie probably has one of the freakiest and shocking twists at the end.
Alexia travels with her friend Marie to spend a couple of days with her family in their farm in the country. Late at night, a sick killer breaks into the farmhouse, slaughters Alexia’s family and kidnaps Alexia. Marie hides from the killer and tries to help Alexia. She chases the maniac and tries to save her friend. The end of this movie contains probably one of the most shocking scenes that I have ever seen.
I’m not going to go any further because I don’t want to ruin it for any readers that plan on watching it, but I will tell you that you will be completely shocked. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
3. The Shining (1980)
IMDb puts it perfectly:
“A man, his son and wife become the winter caretakers of an isolated hotel where Danny, the son, sees disturbing visions of the hotel’s past using a telepathic gift known as “The Shining”.The father, Jack Torrance, is underway in a writing project when he slowly slips into insanity as a result of cabin fever and former guests of the hotel’s ghosts. After being convinced by a waiter’s ghost to “correct” the family, Jack goes completely insane. The only thing that can save Danny and his mother is “The Shining”.”
Jack Nicholson did an amazing job in playing a father that has gone crazy.
What makes this movie one of the scariest is the scenes of the ghosts that live in the hotel. The twin girls or even the old lady in the bath tub scares the shit out of me everytime that I watch it.
This is one movie that you can’t watch when you are home alone.
2. Psycho (1960)
This made number 2 for a couple of reasons:
1. With its limited budget, it is probably scarier than any other movie on this list.
2. The famous shower scene started a new trend in the horror genre.
3. Alfred Hitchcock is a legend.
For its time, it was a very well thought out film, with a great plot and a shocking twist (Thanks to Alfred Hitchcock).
IGN has a very accurate and simple summary of the movie:
“The story of crazy old Norman Bates and his even crazier mother. When a young woman on the run from the law arrives at the remote Bates Motel, she falls victim to a knife-wielding killer. Several more victims are claimed before the killer is brought to justice and the true secret of the Bates family stands revealed.”
1. Exorcist (1973)
Plain and Simple: It is the best horror movie about the consequences of belief and exorcism ever. Many different exorcism movies come out, but none of them deliver like the original did.
It will never be topped.
This Picture says it all for me, I hope you enjoyed the list– if you havn’t seen any of these movies, I highly recommend that you do!
(Honorable Mentions: Poltergeist, Saw, Pet Cemetery, 28 days later, Night of the Living Dead, IT, The Haunting, The Thing, Day Breakers, The Others, Jaws, Alien)
Here is a quick Video of some of the best horror movie scenes ever!