Don’t let the age of Nosferatu fool you–no top 10 horror movies list is complete without it. In this highly influential silent horror film, the mysterious Count Orlok (Max Schreck) summons Thomas Hutter (Gustav von Wangenheim) to his remote Transylvanian castle in the mountains. The eerie Orlok seeks to buy a house near Hutter and his wife Ellen (Greta Schroeder). After Orlok reveals his vampire nature, Hutter struggles to escape the castle.
9The Blair Witch Project (1999)
Found video footage tells the tale of three film students (Heather Donahue, Joshua Leonard, Michael C. Williams) who’ve traveled to a remote town to collect documentary evidence about local murderer the Blair Witch. Over the course of several days, the students interview townspeople and gather clues to support the tale’s truthfulness. But the project takes a frightening turn for the youngsters when they find themselves unprepared for nightfall in the woods. They lose their sense of direction, and begin hearing terrifying sounds coming from the darkness.
8A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
Our top 10 horror movies list continues with Wes Craven’s classic slasher film A Nightmare on Elm Street. Several Midwestern teenagers fall prey to Freddy Krueger (Robert Englund), a disfigured midnight mangler who preys on the teenagers while they’re sleeping. Think of him when you’re asleep and dreaming, and you will not wake up the next day. After investigating the phenomenon, Nancy (Heather Langenkamp) begins to suspect that a dark secret kept by her and her friend’s parents may be the key to unraveling the mystery.
#7 on our top 10 horror movies list a perennial member. Generally speaking, movie sequels don’t do as well as their original counterpart. Halloween is an American horror franchise that consists of ten films, novels, and comic books–sidestepping the sequal curse. The string of pictures focuses on Michael Myers (Will Sandin/Tony Moran) who was placed into a medical treatment center as a child for the murder of his older sister, Judith Myers (Sandy Johnson). Many years later he escapes to hunt down and murder the people of Haddonfield, Illinois. The fear inducing mask and the body tingling music, will keep your eyes peeled to the screen.
6Rosemary’s Baby (1968)
Rosemary’s Baby defines classic horror. Several signs cause a young mother to become convinced that something is gravely wrong with her newborn. Rosemary (Mia Farrow) and her husband Guy (John Cassavetes) move to a New York City apartment building with a gloomy reputation and off-kilter neighbors Roman (Sidney Blackmer) and Minnie Castavet (Ruth Gordon). Rosemary’s pregnancy felt isolated and strange, but it soon pales in comparison to what is eventually unveiled about her infant child.
5Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)
In the middle of nowhere, anything can happen. Our protagonist Sally (Marilyn Burns) learns that her grandfather’s grave has quite possibly been desecrated. So she sets out with her paralyzed brother, Franklin (Paul A. Partain), and a couple of friends to find out for certain. The search actually leads them to their family’s old farmhouse and a group of demented outlaws living next door. Not only are Sally and her friends tortured by these freaks, but they are also butchered one by one by the chainsaw-wielding Leatherface (Gunnar Hansen).
4The Exorcist (1973)
One of the most profitable horror movies ever made, this exorcism tale is based loosely on actual events. When young Regan (Linda Blair) starts acting odd–levitating and speaking in tongues–her worried mother Chris (Ellen Burstyn) seeks medical help. With no luck, due to the outrageous symptom examples given, she turns to the church. The local priest (Jason Miller) is certain the young girl is possessed by the devil. Father Karras believes an exorcism is the key to saving Regan and together with the evil spirits pro Father Merrin (Max von Sydow), they try to save her.
In deep space, the crew of the starship Nostromo is awakened from their cryo-sleep capsules halfway through their journey home to investigate a distress call. The terror begins when the crew encounters a nest of eggs inside the alien ship. An organism from inside one of the eggs leaps out and attaches itself to one of the crew members–causing him to fall into a coma. The alien kills him and begins hunting the crew down one at a time. The perfect horror/sci-fi movie.
2The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
Only three movies have ever won Oscars for best picture, actor, actress, director, and screenplay: It Happened One Night (1934), One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975), and The Silence of the Lambs (1991). Clarice Starling (Jodie Foster) is a promising young FBI trainee. She is selected to interview prisoner Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins), a highly intelligent psychiatrist who happens to be violent sociopath. The FBI needs help solving a missing persons case, and they need Dr. Lecter’s help. Starling’s boss Jack Crawford (Scott Glenn) hopes that by sending an attractive women in to question him, Lecter may lend his psychological expertise to the case.
The Exorcist, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Rosemary’s Baby, Halloween, and so many more owe Mr. Alfred Hitchcock. The famed director created the very template for horror. Our #1 horror movie centers around secretary Marion Crane (Janet Leigh) who has hightailed it out of town after relieving her employer of forty thousand dollars. Her plan is to run off with the cash, and later meet up with her boyfriend Sam Loomis (John Gavin). Marion has planned the runaway perfectly, but things turn problematic as she finds herself on a remote back road during a thunderstorm, and nowhere to stop but the seedy looking Bates Motel.