Best Horror Movies Ever Made Your Blood Run Cold

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Who said scary can’t be fun? Horror films don’t just freak the crap out of us; they lift our spirit up. Quite naturally, sometimes horror does to us what your favorite genre of movie does to you. What a horror fan feels while watching his favorite horror flick doesn’t diverge from watching a good movie of any other genre.

That said, here are the most brilliant and best horror movies of all time:


The Shining

Directed: Stanley Kubrick
Stars: Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duval
Year: 1980

In this movie, Jack Torrance, a recovering alcoholic and writer gets a job as an off-season caretaker of the isolated Overlook Hotel. His young son who happens to have some psychic abilities can see the future and the past. He can also see the ghosts that inhabit the hotel. The family, a few days after they settle gets trapped inside the hotel by a snowstorm. Jack, under the influence of some supernatural presence, descends into madness that drives him into making numerous attempts to murder both his wife and son.


The Exorcist

Director: William Friedkin
Stars: Ellen Burstyn, Max Von Sydow, Lee J. Cobb, Kitty Winn, Jack MacGowran, Linda Blair, and Jason Miller
Year: 1973

The story takes place in an ordinary house. Up the stairs, behind a half-open bedroom door, there’s a little girl who happens to be a demon on the revenge mission. Though lots of people may find the film somewhat insipid as the movie rolls towards the climax, Reagan’s behavior is so damn horrifying (her head spinning Backward, the spider-walk down the stairs, you name them).


The Thing

Director: Matthijs Van Heijningen Jr.
Stars: Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Joe Edgerton, Ulrich Thomsen, and Eric Christian Olsen
Year: 2011

A team of Norwegian researchers come across an alien ship covered in ice. A paleontologist by the name Kate Lloyd is called in to join the team and conduct an investigation. She discovers an organism that she suspects was killed by the crash years ago. They soon discover the creature isn’t exactly dead but on the verge of waking.


Alien

Director: Ridley Scott
Stars: Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, Harry Dean, John Hurt, Veronica Cartwright
Year: 1979

A crew of a commercial starship called Nostromo is woken up from cryo-sleep capsules halfway through their trip home to find out the reason behind the distress call that appears to emanate from an alien vessel. The story takes a horrifying twist when the crew discovers a nest of eggs that are about to hatch inside the ship.


Insidious

Director: James Wan
Cast: Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Barbara Hershey
Year: 2011

Parents take drastic measures when it is obvious to them that the house they live in is haunted and their son possessed by an evil spirit.


The Evil Dead

Director: Sam Raimi
Cast: Bruce Campbell, Ellen Sandweiss, Sarah York, Betsy Baker, Hal Delrich

Ashley Williams alongside his girlfriend and three friends in tow ride into the woods for a fun night away in a cabin. They come across an old tome, The Necronomicon, whose text can reawaken the dead when reading out aloud. Their friends read the book aloud without knowing, releasing a swarm of evil spirit and now they must fight them to stay alive.


The Descent

Director: Neil Marshall
Stars: Shauna Macdonald, Natalie Mendoza, Saskia Mulder, Alex Reid, MyAnna Buring, Nora-Jane Noone

After a year of severe emotional trauma, Sarah, and her friends decide to go to North Carolina to explore caves. But after descending underground, the group discovers strange paintings on the walls of one of the caves. That’s when it dawn on them they are NOT alone.


The Blair Witch Project

Director: Daniel Myrick
Cast: Heather Donahue, Michael C. Williams, Joshua Leonard
Year: 1999

Three film students disappear while shooting a documentary in the Woods of Burkittsville, Maryland. Their footage is found a year later, which tells a whole lot of the horrifying evil stories in the chain with the legend of Blair Witch.


Arachnophobia

Director: Frank Marshall
Stars: Jeff Daniels, Julian Sands, Harley Jane Kozak
Year: 1990

A nature photographer dies while on Assignment in Venezuela. A venomous spider hitchhikes in his coffin to California, his hometown. No one notices the spider. And when the coffin is opened, the spider toddlers get outside, a crow picks it up and before it gets back to its nest to eat it, gets bitten by the spider and is forced to release it. The spider falls on the Barn belonging to the Jennings Family, where it mates with another female spider, spawning thousands of its seeds, all of which possess its lethal poison.


Conjuring

Director: James Wan
Stars: Vera Farmiga, Lili Taylor, Patrick Wilson, Ron Livingston
Year: 2013

It’s 1970, and a team of paranormal investigators and demonologists are summoned to Carolyn and Roger Perron’s home, a secluded farmhouse. Recent occurrences hint the house might be haunted.


Oculus

Director: Mike Flanagan
Writers: Mike Flanagan (screenplay), Jeff Howard (screenplay)
Stars: Karen Gillan, Brenton Thwaites, Katee Sackhoff
Year: 2014

Two adult siblings Tim and Kaylie are now working on rebuilding their relationship after their parents were grisly murdered under mysterious circumstances ten years ago. Kayle has a strong feeling that the antique mirror in their house, otherwise referred to as the Laser Glass was behind the tragic death of their parents.


The Amityville Horror

Director: Andrew Douglas
Stars: Ryan Reynolds, Melissa George
Year: 2005

A married couple finds a beautiful new home in the town of Amityville, New York. The house has a cheap price tag, so they buy it and move in all together with their kids. It doesn’t take long for a series of paranormal activities start happening in the house.


The Others

Director: Alejandro Amenabar
Stars: Nicole Kidman, Fionnula Flanagan, Christopher Eccleston
Year: 2011

Grace Stewart is a staunch devout Roman Catholic and a mother of two small children Anne and Nicholas, both of whom have a rare disease that makes them sensitive to light. Three servants arrive, and their arrival coincide with a series of paranormal events. Grace begins suspecting they are NOT alone.


Quatermass and the Pit

Director: Roy Ward Baker
Writers: Nigel Kneale
Stars: James Donald, Andrew Keir, Barbara Shelley
Year: 1968

Prehistoric skeletons get discovered during the expansion of London Underground. Mathew Roney, a well-known paleontologist thinks the bones belongs to the early man. But there’s a strange metal found alongside the skeletons that no one is in the position to explain.


Hellraiser

Director: Clive Barker
Writer: Clive Barker
Stars: Andrew Robinson, Clare Higgins, Ashley Laurence
Year: 1987

Frank without knowing opens a gateway to hell while toying around with a box he brought with him from a trip abroad. This act unleashes gobs of weird creatures Cenobites that tear him to the piece, putting the whole town in grave danger.


Event Horizon

Director: Paul Anderson
Stars: Laurence Fishburne, Sam Neill
Year: 1997

Event Horizon, a rocket ship reported to have vanished years ago, reappears out of the blues. A team of investigators is dispatched to find out the exact cause of the disappearance of the vessel.


The Stone Tape

Director: Peter Sadst
Stars: Michael Bryant, Jane Asher, Iain Cuthbertson
Year: 1972

A man and his ex-girlfriend alongside other team members come across a ghostly figure while working on their revolutionary project.


Altered

Director: Eduardo Sanchez
Stars: Adam Kaufman, Catherine Mangan, Brad William Henke
Year: 2006

Three survivors of alien abduction; Otis, Duke, and Cody are forever damaged after being used as scientific subjects by the ruthless, evil creatures.


Something Evil

Director: Steven Spielberg
Stars: Darren McGavin, Sandy Dennis, Ralph Bellamy
Year: 1972

Demons share a house with a family—consisting of husband, wife, and two children. The eldest son gets possessed and begins tormenting the rest of his family and friends until the remainder of the family starts noticing something wrong in the house.


Beyond the Door

Directors: Ovidio G. Assonitis, Robert Barrett
Writers: Ovidio G. Assonitis, Antonio Troiso
Stars: Juliet Mills, Richard Johnson, Gabriele Lavia
Year: 1974

A pregnant woman gives birth to a devil child who opens the door, move furniture and make his mother’s head spin barely a week after he’s born.


It!

Director: Herbert j. Leder
Writer: Herbert J. Leder
Stars: Roddy McDowell, Jill Haworth, Paul Maxwell and Allan Seller
Year: 1967

A museum warehouse in London burns down, and the only thing remaining is an undamaged statue. Mr. Grove and his assistant try to investigate the figure, but as his assistant goes to get a flashlight, the statue kills Grove marking the start of a chain of mysterious death soon to follow.


The Ring

Directed: Gore Verbinski
Writers: Ehren Kruger, Kôji Suzuki
Stars: Naomi Watts, Martin Henderson, Brian Cox
Year: 2012

A videotape swamped with scary images makes a call that gives viewers vivid details about their death, which should be happening in seven days. A news reporter is a bit skeptical about the story, but after five teenagers die mysteriously, exactly as described by the tape, the reporter is forced to think otherwise.


Trilogy of Terror

Director: Dan Curtis
Writers: William F. Nolan, Richard Matheson
Stars: Karen Black, Robert Burton, John Karlen
Year: 1975

A woman (Karen Black) has three separate lives; one as a tormented lover, two as an opposite sister, and three as a blackmailed teacher.


The Sentinel

Director: Michael Winner
Writers: Jeffrey Konvitz (novel), Michael Winner (screenplay)
Stars: Cristina Raines, Ava Gardner, Chris Sarandon
Year: 1977

A secret service agent while investigating the death of a colleague ends up becoming a prime suspect following the machination of a blackmailer who wants to know the secrets he’s hiding.


Children of the Damned

Director: Anton Leader
Writers: John Briley (screenplay), John Wyndham (novel)
Stars: Ian Hendry, Alan Badel, Barbara Ferris
Year: 1964

The U.N. is conducting a global survey on children development. They come across six children, who display exceptional intelligence, only to find out that all the children were born under strange circumstances—one being, all of them were born without a father. They bring them to London for further investigation, but the children escape and go into hiding in an abandoned house, where they start unleashing their evil power.


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