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25 Best Horror Movies of All Time

The spine-tingling horror movies are definitely one of a kind treat for most of the passionate movie goers who can’t resist but scare even their goose bumps, probably on weekends or month ends. If you are one of them; then this article is just for you! We all love to have a tick check on all the great horror movies and feel proud surviving them. This list is not for the faint hearted but for the seeker of chills.

 

25 Best Horror Movies of all Time-

 

  1. Rosemary’s Baby (1968)

 

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Being an old screenplay, the movie has a quite simple story revolving around a young couple who move into an apartment eventually to be surrounded by peculiar neighbours and strange occurrences. Then paranoia over the security of her unborn child begins to control their life, after the wife’s sudden and mysterious pregnancy.

It is an ultimate gripping story which is sure to make your bones shiver with fear.

IMDB rating- 8/10

Rotten tomatoes- 99%

 

2. The Exorcist (1973)

 

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Well, being the first in the series, this movie definitely holds a special place in the horror industry. It has etched a benchmark since the old days, when the movie goers were barely accustomed with horror.

The film which tells how a mother seeks help of two priests to save her daughter when she is possessed by a mysterious identity, is worth a watch.

IMDB rating- 8/10

Rotten Tomatoes- 86%

 

3. Deep Red (1975)

 

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This film, which has become a master work in Italian horror maestro, holds up brilliantly, despite several copycat slasher films it has inspired in the succeeding years. The movie commences with a flashback murder displayed from the perspective of a little child while an uncanny nursery rhyme plays.

This itself sets the mood to scare you off!

IMDB Rating- 7.7/10

Rotten Tomatoes- 95%

 

4. The Omen (1976)

 

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This film talks about the young child of an American diplomat and his wife, residing in London, who eventually turns out to be marked with the mysterious sign of Satan, the infamous “666”. Well, it soon becomes evident that he is an Anti-Christ incarnate and undoubtedly possesses the evil powers, powerful enough to stop anyone who stands in his way.

I promise your goose bumps to stand straight all night, watching this movie.

 

5. Damien: Omen II (1978)

 

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Damien, who is thirteen years old now, finally gets to learn about his destiny, being guided by an unholy Satan disciple. In between, dark forces try and succeed to eliminate all those who are aware of the child’s true identity.

This sequel is sure shot nerve-racking.

 

6. Dawn of the Dead (1979)

 

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This is undoubtedly one of the most entertaining and compelling zombie films ever. Dawn of the Dead perfectly blends gore and pure horror with social commentary on material society.

Horror lovers! It’s worth watching.

 

7. Amityville II: The Possession (1982)

 

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This screenplay is based on the novel ‘Murder in Amityville’ by the parapsychologist Hans Holzer. The horror commences when a family moves into their new home, which manifests evil, which results into the demonic possession of their son. As a matter of fact, only the local priest can be the saviour. But will he be able to save?

This scary movie is sure make your mind go haywire.

 

8. Poltergeist (1982)

 

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Critics consider it to be tightly scripted, smartly scripted and most essentially, it’s consistently frightening. This modern horror classic centers on the Freeling family; a typical middle-class family living in the peaceful setting of Cuesta Verde Estates. As curious events begin, the youngest girl in the family is continuously attracted to television and talks to the TV people. Events continue to scare will the family yearns to rescue their child.

This film makes you breathe while you’re drowning in a pond.

IMDB- 7.4/10

Rotten Tomatoes- 86%

 

9. Witchboard (1986)

 

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The horror movie, films a group of friends playing with an Ouija board at a late-night party, which eventually unleashes a demonic spirit who embarks upon haunting and hunting them.

The viewers are definitely going to experience some blood-curdling.

IMDB- 5.7

Rotten Tomatoes- 46%

 

10. In the Mouth of Madness (1994)

 

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This piece is an American psychological Lovecraftian horror film revolving around a mystery being solved by an insurance investigator who discovers that the impact a horror writer’s novels have on his fans is much more than just inspirational!

This movie is capable of giving its viewer a definite fear trip.

IMDB- 7.2/10

Rotten Tomatoes- 51%

 

11. The Blair Witch Project (1999)

 

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This film gives a raw look at what can happen when college students enter the world of witchcraft and voodoo.

Depicted as a candid documentary, the film commences with a title explaining how in 1994, three students, who went into the Maryland back woods to perform a film project on the Blair Witch incidents, were never seen again, and the film that you’re about to watch was shot on their recovered equipment, found in the woods one year later. The entire film documents their daunting adventures leading up to the end of their lives.

This film certainly proves that imagination can be as scary as anything onscreen.

IMDB- 6.4/10

Rotten Tomatoes- 87%

 

12. The Devil’s Backbone (2001)

 

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This is a mournful fable of the Santa Lucia School during the unpredictable last days of Spanish Civil War. An imposing stone building which is set on a desolate plateau secretly controls the school shelters, where the orphans of the Republican militia and politicians, and other abandoned children are stuck.

Being haunting and creepily atmospheric, The Devil’s Backbone is both an intelligent political allegory and a potent ghost story.

IMDB- 7.5/10

Rotten Tomatoes- 92%

 

13. The Ring (2002)

 

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A mysterious videotape causes the death of every person who views it in a week of viewing it. Horrifying, isn’t it? Well the name has its own significance. Find out while you watch it and be sure to be terrified next time you’re near a water cooler.

IMDB- 7.1/10

Rotten Tomatoes- 71%

 

14. Saw (2004)

 

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This work of piece not only received many appreciations, but also has the capability to threaten you next time you’re asleep. Two strangers, who awaken in a mysterious room with absolutely no recollection of how they reached there, are soon able to discover that they’re merely pawns in a deadly game executed by a notorious serial killer.

The poster itself is enough to give you chills.

IMDB- 7.6/10

Rotten Tomatoes- 49%

 

15. The Skeleton Key (2005)

 

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A ward nurse who works at a threatening Orleans plantation home suddenly discovers that she is extremely entwined in a conundrum involving the house’s dark and spine-chilling past.

If not the story, the poster is proficient enough to make your heart beat fast.

IMDB- 6.5/10

Rotten Tomatoes- 37%

 

16. Saw II (2005)

 

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The poster itself is blood curdling enough to give you a hint of fright. A detective, with his team, is on a mission to rescue eight people, who have been trapped in a factory by a sick serial killer called Jigsaw.

IMDB- 6.6/10

Rotten Tomatoes- 37%

 

17. Dead Silence (2007)

 

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This movie will make sure that wooden dolls are never the thing that you would want to buy next and you dare not scream, else it will be your last!

The story starts when a young man whose wife was just murdered mysteriously, returns to his hometown to seek and search for answers for his wife’s murder, which might be linked to the ghost of an old murdered ventriloquist.

IMDB- 6.2/10

Rotten Tomatoes- 21%

 

18. Martyrs (2008)

 

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A young woman’s struggle and quench for revenge against the people who had kidnapped and tormented her when she was a little child leads her and one of her friends, also a victim of child abuse, on a horrific journey into a living hell of degradation.

This film is sure to strike a chord in your heart.

IMDB-7.1/10

Rotten Tomatoes- 53%

 

19. Drag Me to Hell (2009)

 

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The screenplay tells the tale of a loan officer who extrudes an old woman from her home, finds herself to be the recipient of a supernatural curse. Being desperate, she turns to a crystal ball gazer to try and save her soul, while evil forces keep pushing her to a breaking point.

Drag me to hell is definitely going to drag you to the hell of fears.

IMDB- 6.6/10

Rotten Tomatoes- 92%

 

20. Insidious(I) (2010)

 

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When talking of horror movies, how can we forget this masterpiece which has etched a mark in the hearts of horror fans. The film revolves around a small family which is looking to prevent their dopey child from getting trapped by some evil spirits in a realm which is called The Further.

IMDB- 6.8/10

Rotten Tomatoes- 65%

 

21. Saw 3D: The Final Chapter (2010)

 

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Jigsaw’s brutal legacy is blown up by a deadly battle, a group of Jigsaw survivors gather to take support of a man whose own dark secrets plausibly unleash a new wave of terror.

This movie is sure to send shivers down your spines.

IMDB- 5.6/10

Rotten Tomatoes- 9%

 

22. Starry Eyes (2014)

 

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This harrowing and insightful movie, not only features a knockout performance by Alex Essoe, a hopeful young starlet who realizes that fame’s price isn’t always easily paid; but even offers the best horror.

This is a must watch.

IMDB- 6/10

Rotten Tomatoes- 75%

 

23. They are Watching! (2016)

 

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The TV crew of some property makeover show return back to the town of Moldova, to catch up with an American pottery artist who bought a beautiful remote rustic house outside a simple village. But the superstitious and creepy locals treat the crew with increasing and incessant hostility. Soon they would be trying to kill them, but why?

Next time you visit a village, you’re sure to have goose bumps, after you watch this movie.

IMDB- 5.7/10

Rotten Tomatoes- 44%

 

24. IT (2017)

 

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This horror thriller “IT,” is inspired by the hugely popular Stephen King’s novel of the same name, which has been awfully terrifying readers since time immemorial. Well, the story goes like this. When little kidsstart disappearing in the town of Derry, a group of young kids face their biggest fears when they square up against an evil clown, whose history of violence and murder dates back to centuries.

This film is surely going give you a bad trip to nightmares.

IMDB- 7.5/10

Rotten Tomatoes- 85%

 

25. Annabelle: Creation

 

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It’s always amazing when a sequel — or in this case probably a prequel — turns out to be an improvement over its franchise predecessor. Well this movie, clearly is such an example. It just tells the creepy tale of a hysterical doll maker, an eerie mansion, and a bunch of speculative little orphans. Let’s just stop there.

Don’t forget to carry your courage with you, while you’re watching this.

IMDB- 5.4/10

Rotten Tomatoes- 70%

 

So, this was the list of some amazing movies of all time. Hope you don’t resist yourself from binge watching them this weekend.

You can also check out  the list of 10 Oscar Winning Movies That You Need to Revisit

Kabbyashree Dasgupta

An untamed perfectionist of imperfection. Writing is not only my hobby but an inculcated passion, which transports me into a different world altogether. As a part-time freelancer, I love writing articles and imparting knowledge, on my journey of learning a little bit more, each day.

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