Why do we enjoy watching scary movies so much? It is the blood, the scream, or the hot chick? Whatever it is, it’s always fun watching a horror flick with all your friends. What are the greatest horror movies of all time? Here are the top 13 horror movies of all time based on user reviews. The best time to watch a horror movie is Friday night; make sure to watch it with friends or family. These movies are rank top because of many factors, including: story, acting, entertaining, direction, visuals, and popularity. Go over the list and tell us what you think. We welcome all comments and suggestions, please comment intelligently. If you think another movie belongs on this list, please list the movie and explain why. This list will be updated every month to keep it accurate and up to date.
13 Weeks of Horror:
Week 1: Psycho (1960)
Directed by Alfred Hitchcock, Psycho is smart, suspenseful, and very frightening. Psycho is the best horror movie of all time because of Alfred Hitchcock. His camera technique is very unique and unmatchable. This film is both entertaining and intellectual, keeping it real and precise. It takes a lot of talents to make a movie that people love and also make people wonder what just happened.
Week 2: The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
Second on the list is The Silent of the Lambs, starring Anthony Hopkins as Dr. Hannibal Lecter, a brilliant psychopath who understands how the mind works. Jodie Foster played a brilliant FBI agent, Clarice Starling, who needs the help of the Doctor to find a serial killer. Anthony Hopkins and Jodie Foster make a perfect team even though their characters are the complete opposites.
Alien: Seven astronauts travel to another planet to investigate lands on a distant planet. However, upon leaving the planet, they brought along a creature that would ultimately bring forth destruction and fear to the entire crew. This is one of those science-fiction movies that got it right and was able to create an atmosphere and a setting unlike anything before. Sigourney Weaver and Tom Skerritt played their parts just right and it helps make this movie third on the list.
Aliens: A sequel to the original movie “Alien”. Ellen Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) is awakened by the Company half a century later. She has a new mission this time, go back to the planet where the first alien was found and destroy them once and for all. Aliens is an excellent horror movie with great sci-fi actions.
Week 4: The Shining (1980)
From the trailer, it might look like a regular family movie, but it is one of the scariest movies of all time. Jack Nicholson played a father who takes his wife and son on a vacation to an isolated hotel for the winter, he become influence by evil spirits and start acting violence. The only thing that can stop him is The Shining.
Week 5: Jaws (1975)
Directed by Steven Spielberg, Jaws will scare the crap out of you whether you're a child or an adult. Don't think they aren't watching, be very careful and stay alert. Even the hunters can become the hunted. The great white shark is a threat to all and the only way to stop it is to hunt it down.
Frankenstein: A true monster horror classic where the monster is not only the killer, but also the victim. Doctor Frankenstein wanted to create life in his own image (cloning), he succeeded in doing so, but his creation becomes a monster that threatens the village. The monster kills people without knowing why because he wasn’t given a proper education. Viewers love the Frakenstein’s monster because they associate the monster to a child who was abandoned by his own father.
Bride of Frankenstein: Frankenstein's monster returns once again and threatens the village. The second part is as good as the first because of Boris Karloff (aka The Monster) and the director James Whale. This time, he learns how to talk and he ultimately demands a bride in his own image.
Week 7: The Thing (1982)
A bloody horror films where the monster can be anyone and anyone can become the next victim. An alien life form takes shape of the person it kills and no one can see it, feel it, or hear it. The thing will take over your body in order to survive and it will do whatever it takes to stay alive.
Week 8: Night of the Living Dead (1968)
George A Romero's Night of the Living Dead is a low budget film that was able to frighten the viewers with flesh eating zombies. The main character is smart and likable. Zombies rise from the dead and start eating whatever it encounters and the only way out is through them.
Week 9: Dawn of the Dead (1978)
10 years later, George A Romero directs his second zombies movie. Dawn of the Dead includes human evisceration, exploding heads, and gruesome flesh eating Zombies. This movie was released unrated in the US due to fear of it being rated X. This could very well be the goriest movie of all times. Four survivors seek refuge in a shopping mall struggle to escape the flesh eating zombies and the incoming murderous bandits. Their chances of survival are minimal!
Week 10: The Exorcist (1973)
A little girl got possessed by the devil and the only way to save her is through exorcism. This movie strives to be a different kind of horror movie and it works out great. The story telling is great and it makes you believed everything from beginning to end. After seeing this movie, people actually believed the event can actually happen in real life.
Week 11: Halloween (1978)
Halloween is the greatest slasher movie of all time. John Carpenter created a terrifying, suspenseful, and creepy movie that will leave you breathless with fear. 15 years ago, 6 year old Michael Myers mercilessly killed his 17 years old sister, now he is back!
Week 12: Planet Terror (2007)
Planet Terror is among the best horror movies due to it scripts and hysterical plot. It fits in the horror category because there are zombies and gruesome blood. There are fake rated R movie trailers that are so freaking funny. This movie isn't so scary, but it is definitely a good movie and need to be on the list because of it zombies genre.
Week 13: Any of the Movies Below
- The Descent (2005)
- Friday the 13th (1980)
- Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
- The Ring (2002)
- Poltergeist (1982)
- It (1990)
- Pet Sematary (1989)
- Saw (2004)
- Wrong Turn (2003)
- The Hills Have Eyes (1977)
- The Grudge (2004)
- 28 Weeks Later (2007) & 28 Days Later (2002)
- The Strangers (2008)
- American Werewolf in London (1981)
- The Evil Dead (1981)
- The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)
- Suicide Club (2002)
What are your favorite horror movies of all time? List those movies and explain why you think they are the best. Please note that we all have differences of opinions and there is no right or wrong in expressing your points of view. This list is not based on my opinions alone, but the opinions of many viewers who love the horror genre.