10. The Ring - Gore Verbinski
This remake of the Japanese horror movie Ringu is downright terrifying. I remember walking out of the theatre with my friends and being psychologically traumatized. Everything around me seemed ready to jump and attack. This movie still makes me cringe to this day.
9. The Shining - Stanley Kubrick
It's almost become a cliché to include this movie in Top Ten lists of horror movies, but it really is scary. The creepy child, the demonic visions, the frigging man in a dog suit. Everything about this movie screams scary. Jack Nicholson is completly believable in the role of a crazed psychopath. If you haven't watched this movie...watch it!
8. Child's Play II - John Lafia
This freak of nature doll scared the living crap out of me when I was a kid. Asked me then if I ever would be a fan of horror movies, and I'd probably have cried. My sister had some strawberry doll with red hair. What do you think I dreamed of at night....yeah, murdering doll in the next room!
7. The Exorcism of Emily Rose - Scott Derrickson
This movie made my skin crawl. And then to learn that Jennifer Carpenter, who portrays Emily Rose brilliantly, did all the stunts herself just blew my mind away. What really solidified this as a classic is the way the story weaves between science and supernatural. What really happened?
6. 1408 - Mikael Hafström
I don't recommend you watch this movie alone. Watch it in daylight, with loads of people around you. I am not a big fan of hauntings and possession. It scares the living f*** out of me. Ignore the worst actress ever a.k.a the girl that plays his daughter.
5. The Strangers - Bryan Bertino
What makes this movie so scary is the subtle terror that goes on around the Hoyt residence. The agressors toy with the couple and the tension rises up until the tragic ending. Watch for Liv Tyler who is unbelievably convincing in the role of Kristen Mckay.
4. Haute Tension - Alexandre Aja
The title describes the feel of this movie perfectly. From start to finish you are left cringing at the horror unfolding before you. The narrative is brilliant and it unwinds all the way down to a terrific (yet confusing) ending. If you like indie french horror films like I do, then watch this!
3. The Descent - Neil Marshall
Even people who don't suffer from claustrophobia will be left breathless while watching this movie. The Descent centres around Sarah and June and their fight to survive in uncharted caves. What makes this one stand out from the rest is the reality of the situation. The performance by all of the actresses are remarkable and Neil Marshall really goes deep with this one. If you liked Dog Soldiers, you will like The Descent.
2. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003) - Marcus Nispel
I was skeptic at first when I heard they were remaking the movie because I actually didn't like the original. But then they came out with the trailer and I was sold. It's one of those movies you have to watch in theatres to really appreciate the scares and the psychological trauma. The remake surpasses the original tenfolds; from the storyline, to the devellopment of the Hewitt clan, to the cinematography, and most certainly the acting. The entire cast, protagonists and antagonists alike, really commit to their character from start to finish and R. Lee Ermey steals the show as Sheriff Hoyt.
1. Martyrs - Pascal Laugier
If you want to live the complete WTF factor, you have to watch this movie by french director Pascal Laugier. It starts off as a revenge movie, turns into a monster flick, then switches around into a psychological thriller all without losing consistency and continuity.
You think the trailer was crazy? Wait until you watch the mobie. sorry, i'm sick right now. ;)
Other Scare Flicks that are worth watching:
Paranormal Activity - Oren Peli
À L'intérieur - Alexandre Bustillo
The Hills have Eyes - Alexandre Aja
Poltergeist - Tobe Hooper
Dead End - Jean-Baptiste Andrea
Agree or disagree? What was your favourite horror movie? Post a comment!
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