The Scariest movies are one that aims to induce terror in its viewers for entertainment purposes. Originally influenced by the novels of writers such as Edgar Allan Poe, Bram Stoker, and Mary Shelley, horror has been a film genre for more than a century. The macabre and the occult are common themes. Horror will also combine with fantasy, supernatural fiction, and mystery genres.
Scariest movies also attempt to invoke the visions, fears, revulsions, and anxiety of the unknown. Plots within the horror genre often include the intrusion of the evil, incident, or character into the everyday world. Prevalent features include aliens, extraterrestrials, mutants, werewolves, angels, Satanism, evil clowns, vomit, terror, vicious animals, dark witches, aliens, mutant aliens, zombies, cannibalism, jihadists, natural, geological or man-made disasters, and mass killers.
A few of the horror movie sub-genres include humor horror, folk horror, corpse horror, footage discovered, holiday horror, psychiatric horror, science fiction horror, slash, mystical horror, gothic horror, natural horror, zombie film, and teenager horror.
So which are the scariest movies ever created? Check these out if you intend to…
1. The Omen (1976)
The sharp, nihilistic sound of the 70’s horror hit its height in this unremittingly eerie plot of biblical prophecies, and the devil-child Damien, shielded from all efforts to kill him by satanic sects and dark powers. The threatening choral soundtrack on its own was very disturbing without the self-sacrificing nannies, the stabbed priests, and the hidden scalp 666s.
Scary instant: It might be pretty intense to the standard of the special effects of today, but the death of photographer Keith Jennings is taunted and so masterfully depicted that it remains one of the most unforgettable deaths in horror history.
2. The Exorcist (1973)
If The Exorcist would still cringe at the thought of its original 1973 audiences decades later, there is evidently something possessive of this film — based on the current documented Catholic-sanctioned exorcism in the U.S.
3. The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is remarkably light on the gore-count by contemporary standards, but its grainy realism and sheer brutality as a bunch of teenage chainsaw-fodders fell afoul of Leather’s face and his butcher family sparked Empire to call it “the most gruesome horror movie ever made.”
4. The Shining (1980)
Over a brief winter, the many remaining ghosts of the Overlook steadily transform writer-turned-caregiver Jack Nicholson into a bathroom door-axing psychopath in Stanley Kubrick’s adaptation of Stephen King’s haunted hotel classic. From the eerie hallway of twins to the decaying woman in the water, and the scrawl of ‘REDRUM’ on the bedroom door, Kubrick’s elegant eye for the chaos was never more concentrated.
5. Alien (1979)
The gradual stalking and slaughtering of the Nostromo team by a slimy alien git with explosive piston-penis teeth are undoubtedly the biggest ever master lessons in ratcheting suspense and less-is-more gore. In a vacuum, everybody is now concerned about indigestion.
6. Ring (1998)
The Japanese version of the yarn about the cursed videotape – watch it, get a phone conversation to tell you to have a week to live, let somebody else watch it, pub – trumps the US reboot due to its even more creepy Sadako, the kid stuck in a well was out for supernatural retribution.
7. Funny Games (1997)
By cracking the fourth wall to explore the audience’s perceptions of a horror film and rewinding sequences that don’t go according to their torturous wishes, the friendly home-invasive psychos holding the middle-class holiday family hostage to Michael Haneke’s initial Austrian Funny Games lure the audience to their wicked schemes. The planned, random, and useless essence of their killing spree renders it an unbearably terrifying watch.
8. The Blair Witch Project (1999)
The captured video technique in terror dates back to the less-than-pleasant Cannibal Holocaust in 1980, but the Blair Witch Project made us think, at least for a second, that we could be watching a real-life internet snuff video that someone had discovered in the bush. Who knew that looking at someone’s snotty nose while a runner darts his tent would be among the scariest video encounters ever made? Unexpectedly, all those CGI disembowelings appear overpriced.
9. Paranormal Activity (2007)
Among the flood among discovered-footage movies released in the aftermath of The Blair Witch Project, Paranormal Activity was the most disturbing, mainly because it was like the Blair Witch had broken into your home. Every night, CCTV cameras capture an increasing sequence of poltergeist events haunting the new house of the Sloat family – doors slam, bedsheets shoot around the floor, and Ouija boards catch fire. It was the suspense that had soiled the chairs.
10. A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
Based on the simplistic premise of dreams that literally destroy you, the psychological connexion between sleep and death, the tons of blood, and the hideous vision of old Edward Razor hands himself, Freddy Krueger, collaborated to make the actual Elm Street a film that would torment and horrify a century.
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