30 Best Horror Movies of All Time

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.

  1. 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.

  1. Rosemary’s Baby – 1968

Rosemary is raped by a demonic spirit and conceived a baby, who is now being sought by a satanic cult.

  1. The Exorcist – 1973

Believing that her teenage daughter is being possessed by demons, a mother asks for help from two priests.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. Halloween – 1978

Escaping from the asylum, a psychotic murderer now stalks a bookish teenage girl as well as her friends.

  1. Alien – 1979

A deep space mining ship lands on an unknown planet where they found a large nest of eggs.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. Poltergeist – 1982

A young girl is being followed by ghosts, who soon haunted her family’s house.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. The Others – 2001

A mother with two photosensitive children believes that her home is haunted by ghosts.

  1. The Ring – 2002

A movie about a mysterious tape and whoever watches it dies.

  1. Saw– 2004

Two men are trapped by a serial killer and they must play his games to survive.

  1. Paranormal Activity – 2007

Following the method used in the Blair Witch Project, the haunting of a young couple is documented.

  1. 1408 – 2007

A skeptic is visiting haunted places and he comes to the hotel room 1408 and experiences terrifying things.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

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