1. Nightmare Before Christmas
Released in 1993, this is a Tim Burton classic and a beautifully made stop-motion film. Jack Skellington, the Pumpkin King of Halloweentown, goes on a quest to a find another holiday as the one celebrated in his town has become much too dull for him. By mistake, he arrives in Christmas Town and becomes captivated with the new holiday. However, his dark version of Christmas is not quite right.
2. It Follows
Like many other horror movies, It Follows draws on the consequences of young people having sex. This indie film, however, takes things to a whole other level and crosses over into the supernatural. The frightening possibility of an STD is transformed into a deadly force that will never stop chasing you no matter how hard you try to escape.
Coraline, voiced by Dakota Fanning, is not your everyday happy animated character. After moving to a new place with her parents, she is left frustrated by her new surroundings and tries to find an escape. Much to her relief, she does just that. But, she will soon come to realize that she may have made a terrible mistake.
4. Edward Scissorhands
Tim Burton’s imagination knows no boundaries and that is a true blessing in disguise, for us viewers anyway. Edward Scissorhands, played by Johnny Depp, lives alone in an abandoned mansion when he is forced to enter a world very unfamiliar to him: American suburbia. One of the moms in the neighborhood takes him under her own roof and he will soon find that he could find much more than expected in this alien world.
5. The Blair Witch Project
This was a trailblazer and it set the course for a number of movies to come. Many tried to replicate the style of The Blair Witch Project, but very few succeeded. The “recovered footage” was revolutionary for its time and caused audiences to be left in a state of sickness and absolute shock by the end of movie.
6. Sleepy Hollow
Cold dark evenings of October are surely the ideal time to cuddle up and watch this Gothic horror film. It’s another successful collaboration between Tim Burton and Johnny Depp, immensely improved by the appearances of Christina Ricci and Christopher Walken. This is a wonderful take on one of the greatest haunted legends of all time.
It started in 1978 and over the years it has become an institution and a must-see on every horror fanatic’s list. Halloween is the movie that will make you want to turn on every light in your house and check every lock and key twice. The reason for this might just be that its events are so realistic and could very well happen in real life. A murderer who kills his brother and sister while still a child, gets locked up in a mental facility, escapes, and comes back more vengeful than ever? Yep, it’s scary because it sounds true.
8. The Ring
Sixteen years later this one is still terrifying AF even though the possibility of the videotapes existing is as low as possible. However, you’ll still think twice before answering your phone during and after watching The Ring; nevermind, that it’s probably your 10th time watching this flick.
9. The Shining
This Stephen King classic adapted by the genius of Stanley Kubrick is a supreme combination of blood-spilling gore and mundane family troubles. The 1980 film has become a staple in pop culture and its hair-raising moments are not for the faint of heart. And, if after watching it you’re left craving for more, you can check out the 2012 documentary Room 237. It discusses the different interpretations on the movie and it can be a great party addition for your other horror addicted friends.
10. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
If you manage to get past the way Leatherface and his family of cannibals look like, you will probably realize how funny and ridiculous some of the murders are. After all, who’s to say the group of friends did not deserve their fate after all? They broke one of the first rules of horror right at the beginning when they picked up a hitchhiker.
11. Nightmare on Elm Street
Wes Craven had many strokes of genius along the way, but with this one, in particular, he hit the horror genre jackpot for a few simple reasons. The most important one is that you’ll never be able to go to sleep the same way again; you’ll be too you might end up in a dream you cannot escape. Also, Johnny Depp makes his film debut, even if his appearance in the movie is not a long one.
12. The Exorcist
This is a prime example of the kind of horror that you will never forget. You’ll be relatively alright after a few weeks, but if you are unlucky enough to remember its plot at night, chances are you’ll sleep with the lights on again. Some might expect it to be cheesy and not scary enough, just because it was made in the ‘70s. But, if you dare, you’ll see that there is nothing quite like The Exorcist.
13. The Babadook
This spooky Australian thriller works on so many levels. It’s practical yet metaphorical. The Babadook is the sinister monster that we’ve all been afraid of at least once during our childhood, but for this movie, in particular, it also takes the role of a think-piece on the difficulties of raising a child as a single parent.