Trust me when I say that I have seen some terrible movies in the quest to find the best horror movies of all time. Before you read my list, I would like to mention that I am more into psychological horror, and very turned off by too much gore and blood.
Without further ado, and in no particular order, here are the best horror movies:
Night of the Living Dead (1968): Zombies do not normally faze me, as they are normally poorly done. But this movie is the epitome of not only zombie movies, but scary movies. There are many disturbing moments in this movie.
Misery (1990): Fans are absolutely fantastic, but not when they turn psycho, kidnapping and torturing you until you produce another book. The psychological warfare in this movie puts it on my list.
It (1990): I watched this as a child, and have wondered if it's the reason why so many Americans seem to have a phobia of clowns?
The Exorcist (1973): What can I say about this movie? Absolutely horrifying, psychologically tormentingâ¦and based on a true story.
The Exorcism of Emily Rose (2005): I watched this in my first night in a new apartment. That was the first mistake. Once again, this is based on a true story and will scare the pants off of you as a young girl deals with being possessed and those around her watch the horror unfold.
The Amityville Horror (1979): This is based on a true story, which in and of itself normally ups the scariness in a movie. The father's slow demise into an evil man will keep you senses on the brink until the end.
Event Horizon (1997): A ship goes into space and practically disappears; a new ship is sent to see what happened, and slowly unravels the seventh circle of hell. I was terrified watching this for the first time.
Jaws (1975): One of the things that makes this movie very suspenseful is the fact that you hardly ever see the sharkâ¦you just see the killing and the aftermath. You may never look at the ocean the same way again.
The Shining (1980): Have you ever experienced cabin fever? How about in an old hotel on the top of a Colorado peak, when it is just you, your husband, and your child? Pair this together with creepy ghosts, and you've got a serious psychological thriller.
Seven (1995): Murders based on the seven deadly sins keep the suspense high in this movie. Seeing the corpses after each one makes my imagination run wild.
The Sixth Sense (1999): Nothing is creepier than a little kid who can see dead people. Watching how scared the poor little child is, and seeing him through to the twisted ending puts this movie on my list.
Halloween (1978): What is more scary than a murderer? A psychotic one making a rampage of killings on Halloween night. Did I mention that he also broke out of an institution? Scary stuff.
The Omen (1976): Anything that has to do with extreme evil rooted in signs from the bible sends chills up my spine.
Mothman Prophecies (2002): Perhaps this one is so eerie because many people around the world have reported spotting the mothman before or after a major catastrophe occurs.
Silence of the Lambs (1998): A cannibalistic psychiatrist? Sign me up.
Scream (1998): I saw this movie in high school, and the only seats left were literally right under the screen. Talk about scary, especially the opening scene when it becomes clear that you are only one phone call away (a wireless phone at that) from tragedy.