1. The Exorcist
he Exorcist is a classic horror movie, and for a good reason.
This story of an innocent little girl possessed by an evil demon has been captivating audiences since the movie’s release in 1973.
You won’t forget the image of the child’s possessed face, or her unnatural body positions, including the famous revolving head scene.
The claustrophobic nature of the setting – an ordinary family home – adds to the creepiness of the situation. It also helps that the acting is superb.
Expect to be scared silly by this creepy horror flick, which has been making audiences afraid to sleep alone for more than forty years.
“The Exorcist” is based on the terrifying novel by William Peter Blatty that has spawned a total of five movies. However, none can compare to the original which was nominated for 10 Academy Awards.
Even without the help of special effects, the film is thoroughly convincing and contains some truly heart-stopping moments that terrify even the toughest horror fans.
The infamous spider walk scene where Regan descends the stairs in a contorted position was cut from the original movie. This was because the strings holding the actress up were clearly visible onscreen. The strings were removed using computer software later on, and the scene was included in the film’s rerelease.
Another classic creepy horror movie is Poltergeist, which was released in 1982.
If you have not already seen this movie, then you need to add it to your watch list.
You might not think that a movie where the evil is completely faceless could be so terrifying, but in reality that only adds to the scare factor.
You are sure to share in the family’s fear as ordinary household objects start to turn against them. Just make sure you have company when you watch this movie. Watch it alone, and even the normal environment of your home could start to creep you out.
The Freeling family live in an idyllic community in California named Cuest Verde. Their peaceful lives are disturbed when strange occurrences begin taking place in their home. The Poltergeist franchise is said to be cursed due to the amount of real life deaths that occurred during the making of the films.
The actress who plays the eldest daughter Dana was murdered at the age of 22 by her abusive boyfriend. The youngest daughter Carol Anne was the main character in the show and was played by Heather O’Rourke who died at the age of 12 after complications arising from surgery.
3. The Blair Witch Project
When it was released in 1999, The Blair Witch Project had audiences flocking to the movie theaters to see what all the fuss was about.
As with so many of the creepiest films, the director has realized that showing the fear of the main characters can pull on the audience’s scare strings more than putting any amount of vampires, ghouls, serial killers or werewolves on screen.
It is difficult to describe exactly why this film is scary, but you will almost certainly get caught up in the fear that is playing out in the eyes and voices of the characters on screen.
The hype surrounding the movie reached a fever pitch after it was claimed that the events on camera actually did transpire.
At the start of the movie, the audience is told that they are witnessing actual footage that was discovered in a forest in the US. Many fans got caught up in the excitement and fell for the clever marketing strategy.
Real or not, the movie is a terrifying experience that puts the viewer right in the thick of the action. It’s almost impossible not to feel sympathy for the terrified characters onscreen that are being stalked by a sinister presence hiding out in the woods.
4. A Nightmare on Elm Street
Serial killer Freddy Krueger stalks this Midwestern neighborhood, bringing terror and even death to teenagers while they thought they were safe in their beds.
Featuring a young Johnny Depp, this movie spread fear across America when it was released in 1984.
The movie was recreated in 2010, but in many ways the original is creepier. The sight of Krueger’s deformed face will have you shuddering and disbelieving that such horror can be created using just makeup.
No matter how tired you are after watching this horror movie, you won’t want to go to bed. What could be scarier than the thought of a monster that comes for you while you sleep?
The movie has become a horror classic and continues to terrify audiences regardless of its age.
Freddy tops almost every list of scariest movie villains ever made and has become a symbol of terror for many people growing up during the 80s.
The children of Elm Street all begin to experience the same nightmare featuring a terrifying figure with razor sharp fingers. After one child is murdered whilst sleeping, the parents slowly begin to realize that a terrible secret from their past is coming back to haunt them through their children.
5. The Sixth Sense
Cole sees dead people, and this unusual ability is tormenting the poor child to breaking point.
Can Dr. Crowe help this scared little boy to control the spirits that are using him as a connection point to the world of the living?
Can Cole ever be normal again? Like the exorcist, the use of a small child as a channel for great evil massively increases the creep factor of this movie.
The Sixth Sense was released in 1999 and enjoyed great success with fear-seeking audiences worldwide. Bruce Willis takes on the role of Dr. Crowe, a child psychologist who is going through marital difficulties.
His wife feels that Crowe puts his work before everything else in their lives and barely acknowledges his presence in their home. A disturbed former patient of Crowe’s breaks into their home and accuses Crowe of failing him as a young boy.
The patient shoots Crowe in the abdomen before committing suicide in the doctor’s house. Several years later, Crowe is suffering from self-doubt as he tries to help Cole get to the bottom of his terrifying hallucinations.
Get a buddy to watch this film with you, because it will almost certainly creep you out.
Hellraiser is a weird movie. The main character is a skinless man who is accidentally returned from the dead by his brother.
He convinces the beautiful young woman who loved him in life to bring him the blood he needs to restore himself fully to life.
She obliges by luring men to the house and then murdering them. Once her creepy undead boyfriend is restored to life, that’s when the movie gets really strange.
You will need to watch it to find out exactly what that means. Give yourself a stack of cushions to hide behind during the scariest bits. The movie opens with a character named Frank purchasing a mysterious puzzle box from a dealer in Morocco.
The box turns out to be far more than he anticipated. Frank is drawn into a nightmarish world that soon begins to affect other members of his family.
The film was directed by English artist Clive Barker and adapted from his novel “The Hellbound Heart.” The original film has spawned nine other movies. In 2013, Clive Barker announced to fans that he was working on a reboot of the first film that was going to be even darker than the first attempt