17 Horror Enthusiasts Share Their Absolute Favorite Horror Film, Both Old And New

1. Misery

“Misery, because you realize you know someone like Annie Wilkes. There is no supernatural element. She’s a real person. She has motives that you can begin to understand. She’s terrifying because you could meet someone like her on the street and think she’s just some nice, lonely lady.

You know what the really scary part is, though? It could be you. And you wouldn’t think you were crazy. You’d believe that you were making rational decisions.”

2. The Thing

The Thing. That weird moan that Bennings doppelganger gives before they torch him/it really creeped the hell out of me. While it has it’s BOO!/Gotcha scares, and gross-out scenes, what really makes a great horror movie for me is a profound feeling of doom or dread. Even better if that feeling follows me to bed.”

3. The Descent

“I recommend ‘The Descent‘ for anyone whose claustrophobic. Especially if you’re like me and live near caves. Ignoring the action packed second half, the concept of being trapped in the matter the characters find themselves in is terrifying to say the least.”

4. Rec

Rec. The original film, not Quarantine, which was the American remake. I watched Rec with dubbed over English and it is absolutely horrifying.”

5. I Saw The Devil

“It’s rare for a horror movie to scare me after the credits are over, but I Saw the Devil still gets me. It is an incredibly unsettling thing to watch, mostly because it (or something similar) is something that could actually happen. It’s a Korean movie about a man who seeks revenge on a serial killer/rapist who rapes and kills his wife. It sounds like it would be awesome seeing an awful man get some justice, but really no one wins in this movie. The idea of being raped, abused, and murdered is already unpleasant, however, watching this film just sparked a genuine fear that I have never gotten from another movie, and has actually carried on with me. It’s not the kind of movie that you can simply say ‘it’s a just a movie, nothing like this could ever happen,’ because, things like this have and do happen all around the world.”

6. The Orphanage

“The Orphanage. Awesome execution, the mystery and whole atmosphere is great.”

7. A Tale Of Two Sisters/Shutter

A Tale of Two Sisters (Korean Horror) or the original version of Shutter (Thai Horror), these two movies gave me nightmares especially the ending to Shutter.”

8. It Follows

It Follows stuck with me for way longer than any other horror movie I’ve seen. I couldn’t stop thinking about the tall man scene every time I would walk somewhere in the dark.”

9. Paranormal Activity

“People shit on what Paranormal Activity became, and I’ll definitely agree. Pretty much every PA movie after 2 was a steaming pile.

The first movie was such a tense, horrifying movie that got the correct way to build tension. The concept of movies that have a monster in it, isn’t inherently new, or fresh. But when you’re trying to scare us and you show the monster multiple times, it loses it’s terrifying nature over time.

Where as with PA, you never saw it, you didn’t know what it could or couldn’t do. The unknown was the horror in that movie.”

10. Audition 1999

Audition 1999 was one of the few horror movies I found intense as an adult.”

11. The Witch

“Exceptional acting, writing (if you can understand the dialogue), great score, beautiful cinematography.

It’s a movie of remarkable quality, and would be well received in any genre. It just so happens to be a horror movie, and in that vein it earns extra points from me for not replying on conventional horror tropes, instead using tension to establish a pervasive sense of alien dread that kept me wondering in fear (and slight discomfort) for the majority of the film. It’s by no means perfect, and definitely a niche movie, but it’s obviously made by a gifted director with care, and it succeeds in both uniqueness in the genre as well as being a charming and authentic period piece.

There’s also a goat called Black Philip and he’s metal as fuck.”

12. Candyman

Candyman is one of those movies that has never lost its power to me. I still feel the tension and dread every time I watch it. It’s such a well made and atmospheric film without slipping into exploitation territory.”

13. Last Shift

“It took its lack of budget and made it a strength.

Only have enough money for one small building? Use the shit out of that one building. Every room is a new opportunity for something horrible.

It was so perfectly paced, too. It struck an amazing balance between the weird, off putting stuff that you might write off as coincidence or the wind while it built up that tension, and then it dumped you face-first into the weird, freaky stuff and never let up on the ignition.”

14. Eden Lake

“It’s the one movie that’s actually stayed with me for a while. I went to see it in the cinema with my GF at the time. It was moderately busy. Normally, when the movie ends, there is the general buzz of conversation as people leave the screen.

Coming out of Eden Lake was the only time I’ve seen a group of people leave the cinema in silence.

It’s not scary per-say, it’s more… unsettling. The gradual progression is entirely believable, and I have lived in towns where kids act and behave like the characters in the movie.

If you’ve not seen it, it’s a must watch for me. I guess for American Audiences it might be a bit different, but if you’ve ever spent some time in the UK, then it’s a great movie.”

15. Insidious

“There is a movie theater in my town that has really cheap matinees. I went to see Insidious based on a really good review because I figured for $5, it wouldn’t kill me if it actually sucked. There were maybe ten other people in the theater with me. We are all spread out around the theater. The scene where Barbara Hershey sees something just behind Patrick Wilson caused a woman behind me to literally scream out loud, which made the rest of us scream out too….like scream as if the devil was in the theater with us. Popcorn was flying and an old man was cursing. The woman was so freaked out she left and didn’t come back. That movie, and that scene still freaks me out.”

16. Session 9

“As someone who lives in Massachusetts, it bums me out that I never got to check out Danvers state hospital before it was mostly torn down and turned in to condos. I did, however, get to check out the outside of Metropolitan State Hospital in Waltham before it was converted to condos. And by check out, I mean walking around the grounds, dodging rentacops. Never went inside, because that’s how many horror movies get started.”

17. Antichrist

Antichrist really isn’t terrifying so much as horrifying. Most horror movies I can enjoy the jump-out-of-my-seat moments and the tension, walk away laughing, and move on with my day. Antichrist, I was huddled into the corner of the couch most of the way through, and had trouble getting it out of my head to go to sleep.

Compared to just about any other horror film, it was like the difference between riding a roller-coaster, and being involved in a highway accident.” Thought Catalog Logo Mark


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