Not only on Halloween, the time of witches, ghosts, demons, and murderers, you can enjoy being scared. We have compiled the best horror movies in the history of cinema, and we have classified them from oldest to newest, so you don’t miss any scares.
Prepare popcorn, turn off the lights and enjoy a terrifying night full of magic in the company of the most chilling characters. These are the 31 best scary movies for you to enjoy a terrifying night if you dare.
Let me out (2017)
Less than a year ago, Espinof said let me out deserved the Oscar for best film. This psychological horror thriller is the best thing that has come out of Hollywood in recent years as far as this genre is concerned, and is the debut of Jordan Peele, its director.
Chris ( Daniel Kaluuya ) is going to meet the parents of his girlfriend Rose ( Allison Williams ). She invites him to spend a weekend in the country with them, who are strangely complacent to him. As the hours pass, a series of disturbing discoveries lead him to an unimaginable truth, and to us, to spend an evening that will give us goosebumps at all times.
The Witch (2015)
New England, 1630, a family of Christian settlers with five children, lives near a forest to which a legend attributes a demonic character. When the newborn child disappears and the crops do not grow, family members rebel against each other. Evil has come to destroy them.
It is, without a doubt, one of the most disturbing films on this list. The directorial debut of Robert Eggers has been winning 19 awards, among which highlights the Bram Stoker Awards for Best Horror Film.
Warren Record: The conjuring (2013)
Ed (Patrick Wilson) and Lorraine Warren (Vera Farmiga) are paranormal event investigators. Their work takes them to a family that is being terrified by a dark presence on their farm.
This disturbing story was just the beginning of a saga that is already on its fifth film, the last released this year, The Nun. James Wan directs a film that will leave us wanting more, but also with a fear that will take days to shake our bodies.
Let Me In (2008)
Oskar is a shy twelve-year-old boy who suffers bullying and is bullied at school by his classmates. He befriends Eli, a mysterious neighbor of his age, whose arrival in the neighborhood coincides with a series of unexplained deaths. Although Oskar suspects that Eli is a vampire, he tries to make his friendship above his fear.
Tomas Alfredson directed this horror film on horseback with romanticism, with an eighties air that meant the renewal of the vampiric world in the cinema. He received the Tribeca Prize and the Göteborg for best film, as well as nominations for the Goya, Sitges, and Bafta among others. And it is as sweet as sinister.
After that novel way of making terror that was born from The Blair Witch Project, Rec arrived, the Spanish bet on this list of horror movies. The story that began as a report with a fire patrol becomes something totally different after a notice in a home.
Jaume Balagueró and Paco Plaza direct one of the films that has become top representatives of the zombie genre. We had never seen this kind of story like this and it is as scary as that lady in a white nightgown stained with blood at the end of the hall.
Paranormal Activity (2007)
Katie ( Katie Featherston ) has always heard strange noises, whispers and has strange sensations. When she decides to move in with her boyfriend Micah ( Micah Sloat ) she is aware of a mysterious presence and decides to install a video camera that records everything that happens while they sleep. What was going to be a way to find out what was happening becomes something terrible.
It took Oren Peli only seven days to shoot this movie with a budget of $ 11,000. More than enough to leave us shaking and to raise 190 million dollars at the box office. And more than enough to be one of the best horror movies of the 21st century.
The puzzle killer, known as Jigsaw, does not need to use his hands to kill. He prefers macabre games with which he gets his victims to kill themselves. In the first installment of what has become a saga that is already in its eighth installment, Adam (Leigh Whannell) and Dr. Lawrence Gordon ( Cary Elwes ) will have to fight for their lives in one of the games that you can see from the couch
The macabre, sadistic and ruthless hobby of a murderer who hides behind a mask and of which we can only know his voice.
The Blair Witch Project (1999)
A year after the disappearance of three film students in a forest near Burkittsville in Maryland, is the tape with which they were recording a documentary about Blair’s witch . And the rest you can imagine.
The best (and worst) thing about this movie is that you will completely believe it is real. You will come to think that it is a documentary that did not go as expected and that it is not a movie at all.
This Japanese film, directed by Hideo Nakata, was the adaptation of the homonymous novel by Kōji Suzuki. In it, everyone who sees a damn videotape dies a week later, after receiving a call.
Ringu is the movie that Gore Verbinski relied on for his remake The ring, which has ended up becoming one of the highest-grossing horror sagas in the cinema. But we have chosen the Japanese version because, although with the other you will be afraid (especially scares and shocks), it will keep you in tension from minute one. A terror that will remain throughout the film and that makes it perfect for a chilling night.
It is one of the most famous horror movies that is about Halloween night. The government decrees that on Halloween night everyone can kill anyone
This movie has several deliveries such as purge 1, purge 2, purge 3, purge 4 and purge 5 that will be released in 2020
Do you like horror films? Well, the Scream guys are going to live one in the first person. In California, a dangerous killer, disguised with a mask, has terrified a whole neighborhood. Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell) knows that she is one of the potential victims of the Woodsboro killer and no longer knows who to trust, because who is hiding behind that mask?
This movie is the first of a four-movie saga that stars in the strange killer of the mask who seems to scream. And it has become essential if you want a night of terror and scares.
Helen Lyle (Virginia Madsen) studies urban legends at the University of Chicago and ends up focusing on Candyman, the immortal spirit of a mutilated and lynched black slave after being accused of raping a white woman. The story of a serial killer that appears if you name him five times: Candyman. But Helen can’t stay alone in books, she needs to know the whole truth and find out if it’s a myth or a reality.
It is one of the reasons why there are many people who are afraid of clowns. This film by Tommy Lee Wallace is an adaptation of the homonymous book by American Stephen King. In 1960, seven teenagers fought an evil demon that fed on the fear of their victims and killed children dressed as clowns. Thirty years later, Pennywise returns to the city and they decide to meet to stop him once and for all.
In 2017 a remake of this horror classic was released, but it is true that it has a more childish and much less frightening air than this first version, much more like a Stranger Things style, with dark air but without becoming terror.
Hellraiser: Those Who Bring to Hell (1987)
Frank Cotton (Sean Chapman) gets a mysterious black box with magical powers that allows the entry of strange creatures from another dimension: the Cenobites. These violent creatures will get rid of him until twenty years later, a family discovers him after losing his body attacked by the Cenobites. Julia’s blood (Clare Higgins) will transform him into a man again, although the Cenobites do not seem to like the idea.
Converted into a cult film over the years, this film is one of the sagas that began in the eighties and continues until today. It goes for its tenth installment, and it doesn’t seem like they want to stop.
The Children of the Corn (1984)
Based on a 1977 story by Stephen King, this film tells how Gatlin youth in Nebraska kill adults through rituals to ensure the success of the harvest. And if adults are scary killing, kids are scary. The sect, dominated by a demonic presence, is responsible for no adult, is alive.
Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
Freddy Krueger is a psycho killer who comes back to life after being burned and does so in the nightmares of children and teenagers on Elm Street to kill them. Disfigured face, striped sweater, hat and a knife glove that is an icon of the terror of the eighties.
Johnny Deep’s first role was in this movie, after which we don’t promise you that sleeping is a good idea, because Freddy is likely to appear in your dreams, and he doesn’t look like being nice.
The thing (1982)
This remake of the film Howard Hawks ‘ The Thing from Another World 1951, is directed by John Carpenter and counts as “something” that took 100,000 years buried in the snow has thawed and managed to sow panic in a station in Antarctica. And the worst part is that this strange creature can take on the appearance of other life forms, including the same researchers who are under attack.
An American family moves to live in an idyllic quiet neighborhood where nothing ever happens, but one night, the little daughter goes down to the living room and when approaching television is able to witness how a mysterious and powerful force comes out from behind the screen and He communicates with her. From that moment, everything changes and a series of paranormal phenomena follow each other, terrifying the protagonists.
Friday the 13th (1980)
This slasher movie is the reason we all know this mask and we get scared to see it on a night like Halloween. Jason Voorhees is the bloodthirsty killer of the horror movie series Friday the 13th, which goes by his number twelve installment.
This first, released in 1980, takes place in the “Lago Cristal” camp, reopened after a violent murder. And it will make you hide under the blanket because it is very scary.
The Shining (1980)
A hotel in the middle of nowhere. A couple, Jack and Wendy, who arrive to take care of him during the winter with his son Danny (and his invisible friend). And ahead two hours in which panic will take over you. The desolate Hotel Overlook, in Colorado, will be the place where some of the most famous movie scenes will take place.
Stanley Kubrick, director of this horror movie icon and Jack Nicholson, who is in one of his most famous interpretations, intend to go crazy and scare us. We do not imagine a Halloween without Jack and his ax and after seeing it, neither do you.
Halloween Night (1978)
Michael Myers was six years old when he murdered his entire family on Halloween night. After fifteen years in a psychiatric hospital, he manages to flee on the eve of the Halloween party with a single goal: to kill again.
Best of all, if Michael Myers’s story freaks out, you have the chance to watch Halloween, a Halloween Night sequel that also stars Jamie Lee Curtis and has become the slasher with the highest collection in history film.
We already talked about Suspiria here, the remake directed by Luca Guadagnino ( Call Me by Your Name ) of the Italian horror classic of the seventies, which is the surprise in terms of terror of this 2018. Víctor, from Espinof, said after seeing it that It was “a cocktail in which art and terror shake hands to merge into an imperfect but inimitable production.”
But since the film starring Dakota Johnson is not yet released, you can prepare for it with the Italian version of Dario Argento, which is an icon of the author’s cinema and a horror classic.
The Prophecy (1976)
When Kathy Thorn ( Lee Remick ) gives birth to a dead baby, her husband Robert Thorn ( Gregory Peck ) hides the truth and replaces her son with an orphan child. The horror begins when, on Damien’s fifth birthday, unexpectedly, his nanny commits suicide. A priest who tries to warn Robert of the danger he runs dies in an unexpected accident. The increasing number of deaths causes Robert to start thinking that his son is the Antichrist.
If there is something that is scary, it is children like the one in this movie. Little Damien directed by Richard Donner has appeared in many nightmares, but it must be recognized that Halloween, for example, would not be the same without his paranormal children.
This film by Brian de Palma is, for me, one of the scariest. It is the adaptation of the homonymous book by Stephen King, in which Carrie White ( Sissy Spacek ) is a teenager with telekinetic powers that everyone gets into. Her mother is crazy and she lives in a constant hell until the day of graduation, when everyone will pay for their mistakes. And yes, spoiler alert, it will be a rather bloody revenge.
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)
Brothers Sally and Franklin Hardesty and their friends Jerry, Kirk, and Pam pick up a strange hitchhiker who they just kicked out of their van. From that moment, all the young people in the group will fall under the attacks of a murderer with a skin mask, Leatherface, which is part of a family of cannibals.
According to Espino, “Leatherface is the first great masked killer in the history of cinema since his mask is not a mere resource to hide his identity from the viewer.” But it’s much more than that, Leatherface and its chainsaw have become so iconic that we can’t imagine a list of horror movies without including them.
The Wicker Man (1973)
Robin Hardy directed this horror movie in which a police sergeant must investigate the disappearance of a girl on an island in Scotland. Upon arriving there, nobody knows her and they claim that she never existed, until the policeman discovers that something strange happens. And here we can read.
This sickly movie, loaded with crazy things and that becomes hypnotizing, stars Edward Woodward and Christopher Lee and is based on David Pinner’s Ritual novel.
The Exorcist (1973)
The twelve-year-old daughter of an actress is a victim of something unknown. Nobody gets to know what’s wrong with him, much less cure it. But what if it is not a disease? And if it is demonized? There would only be one solution and it is the exorcist who can fix it, even if you die of fear just thinking about entering that room.
Believe it or not, this adaptation of William Peter Blatty’s novel was inspired by a real exorcism in Washington in 1949. William Friedkin’s film was the first horror film in history to receive an Oscar nomination for best film.
The Night of the Walking Dead (1968)
A classic among classics. This horror series B movie directed by George A. Romero focuses on how a group of people try to survive on an isolated farm to a zombie attack. The dead have returned to life and it is not known how, although now the only important thing is to survive. The night of the walking dead with Duane Jones, Judith O’Dea, and Karl Hardman should be your choice if you want to know how many of the zombie subgenre movies are inspired by today’s cinema.
The Devil’s Seed (1968)
In it, Rosemary ( Mia Farrow ) and her husband Guy Woodhouse ( John Cassavetes ) move to New York to a building on which, they say, weighs a curse. When Rosemary becomes pregnant, she knows that something is not right with her baby, and just remember that she made love with “something” that left her body full of marks. You can only find out what happens when your child is born.
Directed by Roman Polański, The Devil’s Seed is, without a doubt, a horror classic that every fan of this genre should have on their list of views. Mia Farrow is brilliant in this work based on Ira Levin’s best-seller, although it was not an easy shoot. The actress commented on more than one occasion that the shooting was as scary as the movie.
The birds (1963)
Melanie Daniels ( Tippi Hedren ) buys a bird for her aunt at a pet store, where she meets Mitch Brenner ( Rod Taylor ). He is looking for him at Bodega Bay, but when he arrives at the coastal town, he is inexplicably attacked by a seagull that opens a gap in his forehead. Suddenly, thousands of birds invade the city causing panic of the inhabitants of the town, and ours.
Hitchcock was a wizard of cinema because, with something seemingly harmless like birds, he succeeded in terrorizing us. And this horror movie classic could not be missing from the list of movies to spend a chilling night.
Few things are more scary than the look of Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins). A lonely hotel and a secretary, Marion Crane ( Janet Leigh ), who ends up almost by accident spending the night there. One of the iconic films of Alfred Hitchcock that has everything to make us tremble. And let’s be honest, after seeing the mythical shower scene, we’ve all looked through the curtain to make sure we were alone.
The crimes of the Wax Museum (1953)
In New York at the beginning of the century, Professor Jarrod, a sculptor of wax figures, is betrayed by his partner and burned along with his entire wax museum. But Jarrod manages to survive, while his former partner is killed. Months later, the sculptor opens a new museum, but this time dedicated to terror and the most famous murderers.
The first of our list is directed by André De Toth, a remake of Mystery at the Wax Museum , (1933) by Michael Curtiz. As a curiosity, we will tell you that the film was shot to be displayed on 3D systems, and although we have only seen it in 2D version, it has given us the same credit.
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