Top 10 Most Popular Horror Movies Ever

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Nothing Says Halloween Like Dimming The Lights And Scaring The Pants Off Ourselves With A Good Horror Flick. And That Might Be More Popular Than Ever During This Year Of Social Distancing. But Which Horror Films From Years And Decades Past Deliver The Most Jumps And Jolts? If You’re Ready For A Scare, These 10 Horror Films Have Been Shown To Get The Heart Racing.

Here Are The Best Horror Movies Of All Time, Ranked By Critics.

10. IT (2017)

IT (2017) (Source:Google)

It, Retroactively Known As It Chapter One, Is A 2017 American Supernatural Horror Film Based On Stephen King’s 1986 Novel Of The Same Name. Produced By New Line Cinema, Katzsmith Productions, Lin Pictures, Vertigo Entertainment And Distributed By Warner Bros. The Fear Of Clowns Is A Very Real Thing, Even If It’s Become So Commonplace To Announce It That It Feels Disingenuous. If You Needed Any Further Evidence, We Direct You To The Box Office Haul Of 2017’s It, Based On The Stephen King Novel Of The Same Name, Which Went On To Beat The Exorcist’s 44-year Record As The Highest-grossing Horror Film Ever. In The Summer Of 1989, A Group Of Bullied Kids Band Together To Destroy A Shape-shifting Monster, Which Disguises Itself As A Clown And Preys On The Children Of Derry, Their Small Maine Town. 

9. INSIDIOUS (2010)

INSIDIOUS (2010) (Source:Google)

Insidious Is A 2010 American-canadian Supernatural Horror Film Directed By James Wan, Written By Leigh Whannell, And Starring Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, And Barbara Hershey. It Is The First Installment In The Insidious Franchise, And The Third In Terms Of The Series’ In-story Chronology. The Story Centers On A Couple Whose Son Inexplicably Enters A Comatose State And Becomes A Vessel For A Variety Of Entities In An Astral Dimension Known As ‘The Further’ Who Want To Inhabit His Body. 

8. SINISTER (2012)

SINISTER (2012) (Source:Google)

Sinister Is A 2012 Supernatural Horror Film Directed And Co-written By Scott Derrickson. The Film Stars Ethan Hawke, Juliet Rylance, James Ransone, Fred Thompson, And Vincent D’onofrio. The Plot Revolves Around True-crime Writer Ellison Oswalt (Hawke) Whose Discovery Of Super 8 Home Movies Depicting Grisly Murders Found In The Attic Of His New House Puts His Family In Danger. 

Sinister Was Inspired By A Nightmare Co-writer C. Robert Cargill Had After Watching The 2002 Film The Ring. Principal Photography On Sinister Began In Autumn Of 2011 With A Production Budget Of $3 Million. The Film Was A Co-production Between The United States, Canada, And The United Kingdom. 

7. HALLOWEEN (1978)

HALLOWEEN (1978) (Source:Google)

Halloween Is A 1978 American Slasher Film Directed And Scored By John Carpenter, Co-written With Producer Debra Hill, And Starring Donald Pleasence And Jamie Lee Curtis In Her Film Debut. The Plot Tells About A Mental Patient Who Was Committed To A Sanitarium For Murdering His Teenage Sister On Halloween Night When He Was Six Years Old. Fifteen Years Later, He Escapes And Returns To His Hometown, Where He Stalks A Female Babysitter And Her Friends, While Under Pursuit By His Psychiatrist. 

The Film’s Legacy Is Also Fairly Untouchable: Michael Myers’ Mask Has Become The Stuff Of Legend, And The Giant, Unstoppable Killer And The “Final Girl” Have Become Ingrained In The Horror Lexicon. There’s A Reason The Franchise Is Still Going After More Than 40 Years. 

6. THE RING (2002)

THE RING (2002) (Source:Google)

The Ring Is A 2002 American Supernatural Horror Film Directed By Gore Verbinski And Starring Naomi Watts, Martin Henderson, David Dorfman, Brian Cox, And Daveigh Chase. It Is A Remake Of The 1998 Japanese Horror Film Ring, Based On The Novel Of The Same Name By Koji Suzuki. Watts Portrays A Journalist Who Investigates A Cursed Videotape That Seemingly Kills The Viewer Seven Days After Watching It. It Is The First Installment Of The American Ring Series, And Is Followed By The Ring Two And Rings, Which Were Released In 2005 And 2017, Respectively. 



The Texas Chain Saw Massacre Is A 1974 American Slasher Film Directed By Tobe Hooper And Written And Co-produced By Hooper And Kim Henkel. It Stars Marilyn Burns, Paul A. Partain, Edwin Neal, Jim Siedow And Gunnar Hansen, Who Respectively Portray Sally Hardesty, Franklin Hardesty, The Hitchhiker, The Proprietor, And Leatherface. The Film Was Marketed As Being Based On True Events To Attract A Wider Audience And To Act As A Subtle Commentary On The Era’s Political Climate; Although The Character Of Leatherface And Minor Story Details Were Inspired By The Crimes Of Murderer Ed Gein, Its Plot Is Largely Fictional. 

Multiple Attempts Have Been Made To Breathe New Life Into The Franchise — And We Have Another One On The Way — But None Have Equaled The Original In Sheer, Over-the-top, Power Tool-inspired Terror. 

4. THE SHINING (1980)

THE SHINING (1980) (Source:Google)

The Shining Is A 1980 Psychological Horror Film Produced And Directed By Stanley Kubrick And Co-written With Novelist Diane Johnson. The Film Is Based On Stephen King’s 1977 Novel Of The Same Name And Stars Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Scatman Crothers, And Danny Lloyd. The Film’s Central Character Is Jack Torrance (Nicholson), An Aspiring Writer And Recovering Alcoholic Who Accepts A Position As The Off-season Caretaker Of The Isolated Historic Overlook Hotel In The Colorado Rockies. Wintering Over With Jack Are His Wife, Wendy Torrance (Duvall), And Young Son, Danny Torrance (Lloyd). Danny Is Gifted With “The Shining”, Psychic Abilities That Enable Him To See Into The Hotel’s Horrific Past. The Hotel Had A Previous Winter Caretaker Who Went Insane And Killed His Family And Himself. After A Winter Storm Leaves The Torrances Snowbound, Jack’s Sanity Deteriorates Due To The Influence Of The Supernatural Forces That Inhabit The Hotel, Placing His Wife And Son In Danger. 

It’s Rightfully Considered One Of The Greatest Horror Films Ever Made, And It Ranked Fourth In Our Poll. 


THE CONJURING (2013) (Source:Google)

The Conjuring Is A 2013 American Supernatural Horror Film Directed By James Wan And Written By Chad Hayes And Carey W. Hayes. It Is The Inaugural Film In The Conjuring Universe Franchise. Patrick Wilson And Vera Farmiga Star As Ed And Lorraine Warren, Paranormal Investigators And Authors Associated With Prominent Cases Of Haunting. Their Purportedly Real-life Reports Inspired The Amityville Horror Story And Film Franchise. The Warrens Come To The Assistance Of The Perron Family, Who Experienced Increasingly Disturbing Events In Their Farmhouse In Rhode Island In 1971. Together, Wan And His Co-leads Found Fresh Terror In Familiar Genre Tropes, And The End Result Is A Sprawling Cinematic Universe That Only Continues To Grow. 

A Sequel, The Conjuring 2, Was Released On June 10, 2016, With The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It Scheduled For Release On June 4, 2021. 

2. HEREDITARY (2018)

HEREDITARY (2018) (Source:Google)

Hereditary Is A 2018 American Supernatural Horror Tragedy Film Written And Directed By Ari Aster, It Stars Toni Collette, Alex Wolff, Milly Shapiro, And Gabriel Byrne As A Family Haunted By A Mysterious Presence After The Death Of Their Secretive Grandmother. 

When Her Mentally Ill Mother Passes Away, Annie (Toni Collette), Her Husband (Gabriel Byrne), Son (Alex Wolff), And Daughter (Milly Shapiro) All Mourn Her Loss. The Family Turn To Different Means To Handle Their Grief, Including Annie And Her Daughter Both Flirting With The Supernatural. They Each Begin To Have Disturbing, Otherworldly Experiences Linked To The Sinister Secrets And Emotional Trauma That Have Been Passed Through The Generations Of Their Family. 

Suffice It To Say Hereditary Struck Such A Nerve With Moviegoers That It Instantly Turned Aster Into A Director To Watch And Shot Up To Second Place On Our List. 

1. THE EXORCIST (1973)

THE EXORCIST (1973) (Source:Google)

The Exorcist Is A 1973 American Supernatural Horror Film Directed By William Friedkin And Produced And Written For The Screen By William Peter Blatty, Based On The 1971 Novel Of The Same Name By Blatty. The Film Stars Ellen Burstyn, Max Von Sydow, Lee J. Cobb, Kitty Winn, Jack Macgowran (In His Final Film Role), Jason Miller And Linda Blair. It Is The First Installment In The Exorcist Film Series. 

A Visiting Actress In Washington, D.C., Notices Dramatic And Dangerous Changes In The Behavior And Physical Make-up Of Her 12-year-old Daughter. Meanwhile, A Young Priest At Nearby Georgetown University Begins To Doubt His Faith While Dealing With His Mother’s Terminal Sickness. And, Book-ending The Story, A Frail, Elderly Priest Recognizes The Necessity For A Show-down With An Old Demonic Enemy. Its Dramatic Pacing And Somewhat Dated Effects May Seem Quaint Compared To Some Contemporary Horror, But There’s No Denying The Power The Film Continues To Have Over Those Who See It For The First Time. 

Please Don’t Dwell Too Much On The Actual “Rankings,” Though It’s Always Fun To Argue Out The Top Ten On A List Like This. As Always, The Suggestion Box Is Open If You Think I’ve Gotten It Horribly Wrong, Or Horrifically Right. 🙂


















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