The production design alone is the stuff of a mad nightmare, Boris Karloff provides an unlikely soul to the creature stitched together with spare parts, and the film is laden with iconic moments that still manage to pack a wallop nearly 90 years later. Though chock-full of bloody good horror moments, director Tomas Alfredson's film works so well because it is acutely interested in its two lead characters: Oskar, the boy who is bullied at school and finds a protector in his new, nocturnal neighbor; and Eli, a beautiful little cherub who's actually not even a girl and certainly not a cherub. The Babadook John Francis T he Babadook relies heavily on this fact and centers on a recently widowed mom of a 6-year-old named Samuel who, after reading a pop-up book about a top-hat-wearing ghoul named Mister Babadook, spends the rest of the movie screaming bloody murder and attempting to convince his mom that the Babadook is real. While police use modern technologies to track him, an underworld of criminals being targeted by raids decides to bring the killer to justice. But no one was more knowledgeable than the killer or is that killers? Director: Dario Argento A musician David Hemmings and journalist Dario Nicoldi team up with lots of sexual tension to solve the whodunit mystery behind gruesome murders in Rome that involve childhood trauma.
The picture might seem over the top in some ways, but Argento proves masterful at creating an environment and a world that is uniquely its own thing. You'd start with a smaller carnival ride or mildly spicy sauce in order to prepare yourself for the really rough stuff. This most unusual of love stories is a Swedish film which hit it big internationally with its tale of a 12-year-old boy and his centuries-old vampire. Directed by a young John Carpenter coming off his first feature film out of film school, Halloween would spawn a huge franchise based around the masked killer Michael while launching the career of actress Jamie Lee Curtis. Suspiria follows tells the story of American ballet student Suzy Bannion who transfers to a prestigious dance academy in Germany, only to find out that it is run by a coven of witches. There are a lot of legitimate scares in It Follows that catch you by surprise but are still very subtle, which makes it feel refreshing, fun, and horrifying at the same time.
The films opening image of a woman being slowly tugged down by a shark in the moonlight is what made many people, including me, swear off nightswimming forever. Director: Brian De Palma A quiet high school loner Sissy Spaceck does what every quiet high school loner dreams of doing: she unleashes total hell on her abusive classmates at senior prom. Whether or not Oskar and Eli's relationship is an equal partnership, or Oskar is doomed to become the vampire's next Hakan the old and ill-fated human who takes care of Eli early in the film isn't clear. The Witch keeps you sweating and guessing until the last few minutes. Scene to watch with the lights on: Scream's opening scene is incredibly strong and scary, instantly grabbing the audience by the throat. Things go bump in the mind. The infamous spider walk scene where Regan descends the stairs in a contorted position was cut from the original movie.
Scene to watch with the lights on: American Werewolf's iconic transformation scene is a showcase for just how grotesque and painful the werewolf curse can be. And then about, say, halfway through, the movie becomes something else entirely. Director: Fred Walton A murderer Tony Beckley torments a babysitter Carol Kane over the phone. Don't say you haven't been warned. Of the trio, American Werewolf remains the most popular and well-loved.
Although probably best known for its truly creepy story involving a freaky doll much like 1977's Trilogy of Terror! After an initial effort which put the total at 50 movies, I'm bumping the number up to 75 total. Plus, yes, the titular creature is darkly wonderful, as is the creepy storybook in which he resides. Plus I actually like Friday the 13th Part 2 a little more. This one deals with racism, slavery, and oppression in a way that's bold and unique. The Babadook 2014 There are lots of horror films that deal with children, either as aggressors or as potential victims, but very few have been able to capture both of those ideas simultaneously as well as Jennifer Kent's endlessly fascinating The Babadook. And we'll probably be back next Halloween season to update the list to an even 100! But all of them will scare the living heck out of you.
If you glanced at what's come out in the past 20 years, you might think it's the amount of diced body tissue flying around the screen. Today, that connection seems different, if only because everything has been sterilized by being parsed out through various streaming services. Expect to be scared silly by this creepy horror flick, which has been making audiences afraid to sleep alone for more than forty years. The humor didn't hurt either, particularly with the brilliantly demented nightmare sequences. Or as master and slave? But what's more unsettling is her relationship with Sam. Hostel is less a spine-tingling chiller than an endurance test for ick along the lines of E! Scene to watch with the lights on: When The Babadook pays Amelia a visit one night, all she can do is throw the covers over her head while she listens to the inhuman sounds it makes. It was something to talk about on the playgrounds and in the aisles of your local video shop.
Scream 1996 It's safe to say that the horror genre needed a real shot in the arm by the time the mid-'90s rolled around. The Orphanage 2007 Long before he graduated to Jurassic Park sequels, Spanish director Juan Antonio Bayona made a big splash with his directorial debut, a wonderfully classy, refined, and straight-up terrifying tale of a haunted, abandoned orphanage. Hellraiser 1985 True, the 1980s were sometimes infamous for producing some really lame horror flicks, but there's lots of fantastic buried treasure to be found in this decade, and Clive Barker's directorial debut is most assuredly one piece of that treasure. Also, check out our interactive Suggestion Tool at : Special thanks to our users c64audio, Seania Fox, Waynoidz, ian hille, Ian Macari, Ciaran Boylan, Jake Qualls, Awesome One and Carlos Cervera for submitting this idea through our Suggest Tool at Check out the voting page here, If you want to suggest an idea for a WatchMojo video, check out our interactive Suggestion Tool at : We have T-Shirts! Here are the 12 scariest horror movies of all time. Director: Tomas Alfredson A 12-year-old boy falls in love for the first time, and it's with a child vampire.
Director: Bernard Rose Sadly one of the few horror movies interested in exploring black culture, Candyman follows a graduate student Virginia Madsen researching the legend known as the Candyman Tony Todd , who's supposedly the reincarnation of a black man killed by a lynch mob now taking out revenge on residents of Chicago's projects when they say his name three times in the mirror. Even seven years later, it's painfully clear that Amelia hasn't successfully grieved and moved on with her life. With all due respect to The Sixth Sense, this is the scariest turn-of-the-millennium ghost movie with a twist ending. Frankenstein 1931 James Whale's tragic adaptation of the celebrated Mary Shelley novel was the gold standard for decades -- even if it did generate a sequel that turned out superior in nearly every regard -- and it's not hard to see why. Especially if you have friends and a mind-altering substance of some kind nearby.
Things are about to get scary. Along with being credited as pioneering the slasher-horror genre along with Halloween and several other films, there are also aspects of the film that anticipate the more recent torture-horror sub-genre. The Babadook belongs firmly to a genre that understands the power of restraint and terror of the unseen. If you've seen one horror film in which an awkward outcast takes revenge against their tormentors in brutal and horrific fashion, then you've seen the powerful influence that Carrie left on the horror genre. Amazon iTunes Director: Danny Boyle Cillian Murphy wakes up fully naked on a hospital bed a month after a virus has infected humanity and finds that all of society has collapsed. Scene to watch with the lights on: Don't even bother turning the lights off, since the film gets right to it with a double murder early on that sees one young lady staring out a window into the dark, only to suddenly realize that a pair of eyes are staring back. I may play this one on Halloween night.
Because no matter the time nor the medium, these films will scare you. But just because it's the second, third or thirteenth film in a franchise, that doesn't mean it can't be great. This visceral gut-punch of a horror film pulled itself from obscurity to become an unlikely cult classic to horror fans over the world. Although there are certainly some modern horror films looming that are likely to overtake some of these features in the future, for now, these 10 films remain the staples of a genre that continues to be one of the most popular among movie-goers. WatchMojo is a leading producer of reference online video content, covering the People, Places and Trends you care about. Also like Scream, this movie makes one point crystal clear: If you're going to poke fun at something, make sure it's something you actually like. The offbeat tone and sensibility of the film is established early on, and as it goes on, The Cabin in the Woods begins to add more and more fascinating elements.