Movie | Horror | 22nd December 2021 | Virtual Wire
Horror movies are a dime a dozen these days. But when you're looking for films that will genuinely creep you out, and keep you awake at night, look no further than these top ten classics.
They all have their own unique twist on the horror genre, an ingredient that makes them uniquely disturbing. They'll keep your heart racing and your eyes glued to the screen as they create an autonomous experience of terror and suspense in your brain so it's not just what you see on screen but what's going on inside your head too.
Here’s a list of the best movies to give you the creeps!
'The Sixth Sense (M. Night Shyamalan)
This was a game-changer for M. Night Shyamalan. It was a film which has been copied many times over the years but never quite been replicated again and again until it's sequel, The Village was released in 2010, starring Bruce Willis and Joaquin Phoenix. This film follows the childhood of Cole Sear (a young actor played by Haley Joel Osment) who undergoes a series of mysterious events where his body turns itself inside out and upside down and only he can see them. The film was praised for being one of the best films of the decade and it won four Oscars (Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, and Best Picture) in 2003.
'The Exorcist (William Friedkin)
The Exorcist is one of the best-selling horror films in the world having grossed over $232 million worldwide when it was released in 1973. This film is rated by many as one of the scariest films ever made, thanks to a solid performance from Linda Blair who plays Regan MacNeil, a teenager whose life turns completely upside down after she is possessed by a demon when she has an accident involving an old sacramental relic.
'Halloween' (John Carpenter)
Love John Carpenter or hate him he is one of the most influential and talented horror directors of all time. In 1978, the world first meet Michael Myers and Laurie Strode in the classic slasher film which has been copied many times over, Halloween. The film follows Micheal Myers who escapes from a psychiatric facility after multiple murders and returns to his hometown on Halloween night where he stalks his teenage sister, Laurie Strode to kill her.
'The Shining (Stanley Kubrick)
Based on the Stephen King novel of the same name, The Shining is a classic horror movie that will give you nightmares for weeks after you've watched it. Jack Nicholson stars in this film as Jack Torrance, a writer who agrees to work at a hotel as an off-season caretaker with his wife and son. He tries to maintain his sanity for the sake of his son Danny but has trouble doing so when he becomes influenced by an evil presence in the hotel and begins to see ghosts around every corner.
'Aliens' (James Cameron)
The sequel to Ridley Scott's 1979 classic Alien sees Lt. Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) returning to the spaceship Nostromo to look for her missing crew members and discover a threat even more terrifying than the Xenomorphs. The film was lauded by many as the best film of 1986 and is ranked as one of the greatest science fiction films of all time.
'The Devil's Rejects' (Rob Zombie)
Rob Zombie is one of the most controversial, yet talented horror directors in the business today. His films are always bursting with blood and gore and he has been known to push the limits of what is acceptable in a film. In 2003, we saw his follow-up to House of 1000 Corpses, The Devil's Rejects. This film follows "The Firefly family" who have been hunted by bounty hunter Sheriff Wydell for their heinous crimes. As Sheriff Wydell chases them across Texas, the fugitives find themselves at home in a murderous rampage against a group of strangers offering them shelter on a stormy night.
'The Silence of the Lambs' (Jonathan Demme)
"Listen to the silence of the lambs", is one of the most famous lines from this horror film which follows FBI agent Clarice Starling who attempts to track down killer Buffalo Bill by talking to another serial killer Hannibal Lecter. The film won five Oscars and is known as one of the best thrillers in Hollywood history.
'Alien' (Ridley Scott)
Arguably, one of the first sci-fi/horror films in movie history, Alien has been copied by many other science fiction/horror hybrids since it was released in 1979. This film is full of tension, gore, and fear as it follows Ellen Ripley (played by Sigourney Weaver) who is on a mission to Earth in order to rescue her crew member who has been captured by an alien.
'Rosemary's Baby' (Roman Polanski)
This was one of the most controversial films ever made when it was released in 1968. At the time Rosemary's Baby was released many questioned whether it was a film about abortion or satan worship. The film is based on a fictionalized account of people living in New York who are plagued with strange occurrences from a group that calls itself The Devil's Brigade. As Rosemary grows closer to members of The Devil's Brigade she begins to question whether her estranged husband is a part of The Cult and if she is pregnant with the devil's child.
'The Blair Witch Project' (Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sánchez)
Myriads of people have made copy-cat films and remakes of this film which was released in 1999. For some reason, it has managed to stay relevant and is likely to continue to be a scary experience for many years to come. Two young filmmakers embark on a quest into the woods hoping they can get the footage they need for their documentary but what they find is more terrifying than they could possibly imagine.
Horror films are some of the best movies of all time, there are so many classics out there that have stood the test of time which will be remembered by future generations. Nowhere is this more apparent than in horror movies which are based on true stories, most commonly found in horror films.