We all like a good scream, which is why horror movies are pretty much a staple in our movie watching list. Many times, people watch horror movies because they need a good outlet to vent their frustrations, while others watch for purely entertainment reasons.
Here are the best horror movies of all time, arranged chronologically.
- Psycho – 1960
Stealing a huge amount of money, a secretary meets a motel proprietor who has been dominated and ruled over by his mother all his life.
- Rosemary’s Baby – 1968
Rosemary is raped by a demonic spirit and conceived a baby, who is now being sought by a satanic cult.
- The Exorcist – 1973
Believing that her teenage daughter is being possessed by demons, a mother asks for help from two priests.
- The Texas Chainsaw Massacre – 1974
A killer encounters 5 friends who were visiting their grandfather’s old house. The chainsaw wielding killer along with his family hunts people for food.
- Carrie – 1976
Carrie is a shy young girl who is always the center of teasing and jokes in her school; until the cruelty became intolerable and Carrie unleashed her terrifying telekinetic powers.
- Halloween – 1978
Escaping from the asylum, a psychotic murderer now stalks a bookish teenage girl as well as her friends.
- Alien – 1979
A deep space mining ship lands on an unknown planet where they found a large nest of eggs.
- The Shining – 1980
In an isolated hotel, the father of the vacationing family is ruled by a demonic presence into doing acts of violence. In the meantime, his son who is a psychic sees terrifying visions of things past and will happen.
- Friday the 13th – 1980
A child drowned in a summer camp years ago and it was eventually reopened, but an unknown murderer is killing the camp counselors one by one.
- Friday the 13th Part 2 – 1981
A neighboring camp near the camp where people were murdered and a child was believed to be drowned is haunted by an unknown murderer.
- The Thing – 1982
In an Antarctic expedition, a group of scientists uncovers an alien, who is able to change shapes by assuming the people that it murders.
- Poltergeist – 1982
A young girl is being followed by ghosts, who soon haunted her family’s house.
- Nightmare in Elm Street – 1984
A murderer, Freddie Kruger, was killed by a mob and he revisits the children of his killers, killing them in their dreams.
- Nightmare in Elm Street 4: The Dream Master – 1988
Freddie Kruger revisits the dreams of the Dream Warriors including the young woman who has discovered a way to initially defeat him.
- It– 1990
This miniseries tells the story of 7 young kids fighting a demon who looks like a clown than 30 years later, they have to come back to fight it again.
- The Silence of the Lambs – 1991
An FBI agent has to ask the help of a known killer in order to catch another serial killer from skinning another victim.
- Dracula– 1992
The lord of all vampires seeks his reincarnated fiancé in England and wreaks havoc in the lives of the people close to her.
- Scream– 1996
Teenagers were being killed by a killer called Ghostface and a girl and her friends are forced to think of the so-called rules in horror films for they find themselves living in one.
- The Blair Witch Project – 1999
Long before the full blown advent of the internet, this seemingly documentary of a real witch hunt has terrified not only its 3 crew members but all who see the movie.
- Thirteen Ghosts – 2001
A wealthy eccentric leaves his nephew and his family all his fortune including his glass house, which contains ghosts of the evilest nature.
- The Others – 2001
A mother with two photosensitive children believes that her home is haunted by ghosts.
- The Ring – 2002
A movie about a mysterious tape and whoever watches it dies.
- Saw– 2004
Two men are trapped by a serial killer and they must play his games to survive.
- Paranormal Activity – 2007
Following the method used in the Blair Witch Project, the haunting of a young couple is documented.
- 1408 – 2007
A skeptic is visiting haunted places and he comes to the hotel room 1408 and experiences terrifying things.
- Let the Right One In – 2008
A 12-year-old boy who is constantly bullied forms a romantic attachment to a young girl who turns out to be a bloodsucking vampire.
- Scream 4 – 2011
A girl who has recovered from her ordeal with Ghostface has now become a writer and came to revisit her old town, but to her horror, Ghostface is once again killing people.
- The Cabin in the Woods – 2011
Five friends soon discovered that the cabin in the woods is no ordinary cabin and they must discover the mystery behind the killings in order to survive.
- The Innkeepers – 2011
Before the more than a hundred-year-old inn closes down for good, the innkeepers play amateur ghost hunting hoping to find out the truth about the most haunted hotel in New England.
- Sinister – 2012
A writer of true crimes is researching a murder with an 8mm cache of a snuff film that he found. He will soon realize that he is on the trail of a serial killer that has been killing since the 1960s.