Have you ever wondered what the best horror movies are? Well, you’ve come to the right place. Of course, everyone’s a critic, and we’re sure you have your own thoughts on this matter. Still, time and time again, many horror movies keep showing up on people’s favorites. The best ones have intelligent writing, break new ground for the genre, and, of course, find clever ways to create tension and scare people out of their seats. So, pull out your tub of popcorn and get comfortable, here are the 25 Best Horror Movies Of All Time.
The Cabin in the Woods
At first glance, The Cabin in the Woods might seem like the most unoriginal horror movie of all time, but it’s actually quite the opposite. Using a meta-narrative concept, Drew Goddard and Joss Whedon cleverly critique horror cliches while also creating likable characters and truly terrifying horror scenes in the process.
Let Me In
Written and directed by Matt Reeves, Let Me In is about a boy who becomes friends with a girl. Oh, and she’s also a vampire. The film deftly explores their deepening friendship with all the terrifying tension and manipulation that comes with it. And since it’s a vampire flick, you can be assured there’s a fair amount of gore and violence.
While it’s hard to say if IT will stand the test of time, it does a great job adapting a part of the beloved novel by Stephen King. By keeping the heart and soul of The Losers intact and effectively making Pennywise the Clown a terrifying force, the movie is certainly worth the watch.
By taking its time and gradually building tension without showing the monster, The Conjuring accepts that less is more. It’s a creepy and well-crafted haunted house horror that knows exactly what it’s doing every step of the way.
Yeah, the gimmick got really old over time, but the first Paranormal Activity was a surprisingly effective and simple horror film about a ghost haunting a married couple. By using the found-footage method, Oren Peli depended more on the imagination of his audience rather than over-the-top special effects.