Halloween is right around the corner so it’s time to start watching some flicks to really get you into the spooky mood. Here is a list of our Top 10 Horror Flicks. Do you agree? Got something better? Let us know!
- Saw (2004) 7.7/10 IMDB 48% Rotten Tomatoes
Saw delivers one of the best antagonists in the horror genre. The Jigsaw Killer is a highly intelligent civil engineer that forces his victims to undergo “games” that impose terrible decisions. Saw spawned an eight film franchise with the first film being the best
installment. This clever and highly stylized gore-fest immerses its audience in a dreadful ambience while boasting a remarkable soundtrack, and is notable for its unwavering graphic violence.
- The Thing (1982) 8.2/10 IMDB 81% Rotten Tomatoes
From mainstay horror director John Carpenter, The Thing epitomizes the horror “cult classic.” Set in Antarctica, a team of researchers find themselves the prey of a body snatching polymorphic alien. Its claustrophobic atmosphere coupled with some of the most astounding practical effects ever filmed reinforces it as one of the best horror films of the early 1980s. The overall feel of the movie is a constant reminder that the team is secluded in the middle of nowhere with a looming predator and no one to trust. The Thing is a must-watch horror film, if not for the haunting atmosphere or gritty practical effects, you can definitely enjoy Kurt Russell’s majestic beard.
- The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) 7.52/10 IMDB 88% Rotten Tomatoes
This 1974 classic indie film hit horror film gold with its no holds barred realism, violence and gore. Set in rural Texas, two teens (and their friends) take a road trip to visit their grandfather’s grave. Upon arriving at the cemetery, the teens find that grave robbers have
ritualistically defaced the site which leads to the discovery of more grim truths. They have a run in with a strange hitchhiker, a cannibalistic family, and the maniacally violent chainsaw wielding mad man known as “Leatherface”. This movie’s frenetic pace will keep you on the edge of your seat, while the violence will change the way you look at garden equipment forever.
- The Ring (2002) 7.1/10 IMDB 72% Rotten Tomatoes
The only remake to make the list, The Ring ushered in the era of PG-13 horror. The film uses a clever storyline wrought with disturbing images and psychological elements to make the audience’s imagination run wild with unimaginable horror. The film revolves around an urban legend about a tape that kills its viewers in seven days. The suggestive violence sets a precedence that horror movies do not need to use gore to be frightening as hell. This film also gave us the prank of friends calling in the middle of the night to say, “Seven days,” and just hang up.
- The Conjuring (2013) 7.5/10 IMDB 86% Rotten Tomatoes
This modern-day horror classic delivers at all angles, through
the use of unexplained source material and actual survivor testimony to illustrate the macabre story of a haunted
house. The direction and solid acting performances leavea lasting impression. Do not watch this movie alone at night in an empty house!
- Rosemary’s Baby (1968) 7.5/10 IMDB 86% Rotten Tomatoes
Roman Polanski’s cinematic horror masterpiece delves into a different kind of horror. Polanski’s vision of atmospheric paranoia sets this film apart from the shocking gore-filled medium. Rosemary’s Baby succeeds in attacking the audience’s deepest fears and cataloging Rosemary’s descent into madness.
- The Omen (1976) 7.6/10 IMDB 86% Rotten Tomatoes
The Omen takes our natural love of children and turns it against us as we follow a family that adopts Damien, the antichrist. The director’s ability to keep the story suspenseful and
allow characters to second-guess the protagonists while alluding to the evil inside Damien is truly masterful. The movie is laden with graphic death scenes depicting violently creative scenarios that add to the evil Damien is capable of.
- Night of the Living Dead (1968) 8/10 IMDB 96% Rotten Tomatoes
A personal favorite of mine, this film is the father of the modern zombie and survival horror genre. Night of the Living Dead uses social commentary, seclusion and revolutionary gore (for the time) to suck the viewer into a hopeless situation. Seven strangers trapped in a country home fight to survive an endless horde of undead as inner turmoil threatens to tear them apart.
- A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) 7.5/10 IMDB 94% Rotten Tomatoes
This film is probably the most recognizable slasher-movie ever made. Freddy Krueger is a child killer turned dream-infiltrating poltergeist. Hell bent on revenge, he kills the
children of Elm Street in frighteningly imaginative ways. Freddy’s nonchalant murdering approach and quipping one-liners may have caused the franchise (in future films) to be more of a joke. However, the original works as a terrifying entry in the 1980s horror genre.
- The Exorcist (1973)) 8/10 IMDB 87% Rotten Tomatoes
The Exorcist is arguably the most iconic horror movie in history. During its release the movie had audiences throwing up and passing out in the theater. The films atmosphere steadily builds on solid acting performances. The shocking character content (for the time) casts an eerie feeling over its audience.