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Top 10 Best Horror Films of All Time

by Char|October 29, 2013|in Best & Worst Lists, News|

Top 10 Best Horror Films of All Time

Horror film genre is perhaps the only genre that created the humungous cult followers. To trim our list to Top 10 for the Best Horror Films of All Time, apart from laborious task, leaving one behind might create potent sentiments from the passionate fans of this genre. Needless to say, our list is based on personal preferences that essentially scare us immensely. We also take into account the influential contributions of these movies to the contemporary horror mainstream.

Halloween is underway so it is either you are busy looking for scary costumes or browsing Netflix to look for the most frightening horror movie to watch this weekend. Consider our Top 10 Best Horror Films of all Time. If we missed any of your personal favorites, you can suggest to us your own list. Take note that the Top 10 list we have is not in any given order.

Top 10 Best Horror Films of All Time

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The Exorcist (1973)

Who will forget the young girl being possessed and her head-spinning effects back in 1970’s? Linda Blair has no doubt become the benchmark of Hollywood acting. The Exorcist has not only exceeds the genre of supernatural and horror, but transforms such in a genuine, earnest manners which Director William Friedkin followed the same direction of “Rosemary’s Baby” by Roman Polanski.

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)

If what you’re looking for in a horror movie is a grisly, gruesome, bloody and morbid kind of, is for you. No one would imagine that anyone can endure to make a movie like this, be well-acted, well made and convincing. It is too convincing that it started the long running franchise that now shows in 3D. But before you upgrade and torture your eyes with the 3-dimensional scare, go back where the massacre story started.

The Thing (1982)

The Thing was released in a very competitive era about Aliens. Back then, Steven Spielberg has released the family oriented film E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. Prior to that, the moviegoers still cannot recover from Ridley Scott’s Aliens. And then, “The Thing” comes around. Immediately, it was regarded as an Alien copycat but worse. But as we look back on what are the best horror films for the last decades, “The Thing” is something to consider as one of our most compelling terrors, coupled with pre-CG effects blowouts.

Rosemary Baby (1968)

As vividly inspired by Alfred Hitchcock’s tradition, Rosemary’s Baby is a sulk, macabre film that is filled with beyond imagination scenes. Director Roman Polanski restricts the specifics to a minimum and keeps us guessing what will happen next with Rosemary (Mia Farrow) as she suspects that her husband is making a pact with their weird neighbors, that their baby will be sacrificed in occult rituals in exchange of his successful career.

Halloween (1979)

If you were still a kid or a teenager and you ask your mom’s permission to attend a Halloween party or any gathering that will involved watching horror films in 1979, definitely she won’t let you. Halloween is a creepy and terrifying film that your parents will worry about any Evil Personified young boy would exist. The opening scene is arduous when a six-year-old boy stabs his older sister with a kitchen knife. For fifteen years, he is in the psychiatric hospital. Until one day he escapes, returns home on Halloween and goes back into action. The real scare heightens as the Exorcist-style piano accompanied every watch-from-behind scenes.

Dawn of the Dead (1979)

Can I say that Dawn of the Dead is one of the best horror films ever made? Just like how Walking Dead fans describe the show as the best TV show that they every encountered, Dawn of the Dead is absolutely brutal, gruesome, disgusting and sickening. It is also brilliantly created, that director George Romero became the greatest influence of all delirious zombie flicks around.

Carrie (1976)

Carrie is one of Stephen King’s creations brilliantly transcended into film. This movie is not just a horror movie. It can be a sci-fi film for she possesses telekinetic powers. It can be a teenage/adolescent flick that involves bullying and prom night. But most of all, it’s a spellbinding bloody horror movie that will scare hell of you. And also, be prepared with a bloody bathe.

The Haunting (1963)

The Haunting is the classic haunted house movie and considered at its best on this horror sub-genre. A group of paranormal investigators goes in a haunted house in which they spend several nights. Of course, if the house is haunted, indeed freaky ghosts are lingering around. Director Robert Wise executes a monumental power of suggestion. The ghost is not really seen in the movie, but the face of the devil Wise’s camera makes out in the ornate carving of a wooden door is scarier enough.

Nosferatu (1922)

Nosferatu is a hardcore vampire movie before vampires become corny love suck good-looking monster who falls in love with a teenager in a suburb. Yes, I’m explicitly referring to all those Twilight movies that destroy this horror genre. Surely this isn’t the first Dracula movie back in 1920’s, but it’s undoubtedly the most influential. Nosferatu’s hideous, monstrous appearance is enough to set it apart from the others.

A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

It can be debatable to say that Wes Craven is the master of horror films. But you cannot deny that his creations in the past years, including Freddy Krueger, give modern plight on slasher movies. Freddy Krueger is definitely the horrifying nightmare you’ll not wish to dream of. In A Nightmare on Elm Street, his haunting starts on Friday the 13th. With his stripy sweater, ragged dressed up, battered hat and finger-knives, he sliced his way into the Elm Street teens’ dreams, visiting the sins of the fathers upon a new generation, and becoming an instant horror icon.


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