No horror film list is ever complete without the mention of Psycho. Alfred Hitchcock’s psychological horror flick has become a classic and hailed to be his best film.
The Exorcist (1973)
Adapted from the 1971 novel by William Peter Blatty, The Exorcist follows the story of a mother’s efforts to bring back her 12-year-old daughter from a demonic possession with the help of two priests. Consistently named the scariest horror film of all time, this is one you shouldn’t watch at night.
The Shining (1980)
The blend of Jack Nicholson’s frightening genius, Stanley Kubrick’s vision and Stephen King’s imagination can only create horror like you’ve never experienced. The Shining follows struggling writer and alcoholic Jack who takes up the job of an off-season caretaker of a hotel with a gruesome past. Soon enough, things begin to go awry and it’s impossible to look away.
The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
Psychological horror does not get better than this. Jonathan Demme’s classic starred Anthony Hopkins as the iconic Dr. Hannibal Lecter and Jodie Foster as Clarice Starling, considered one of the strongest female characters in Hollywood cinema. The two form an unlikely pair to apprehend Buffalo Bill, a serial killer who skins his victims.
The Blair Witch Project (1999)
The fictional story of a documentary shoot gone wrong, The Blair Witch Project is scary without resorting to stereotypical gimmicks. Made on a budget of $60,000 the film went on to earn a whopping $250 million.
The Ring (2002)
One of the most popular and scary films of the 21st century, The Ring follows an urban legend, a videotape, and a chilling phone call. Gore Verbinski’s horror flick will leave you creeped out long after the credits have rolled.
Paranormal Activity (2007)
This was the first film ever to be shot entirely on cellphone cameras and is also the most profitable film ever made. The jumps are abundant and terrifying, perfect for the fright fan.
The Witch (2015)
Set in 17th century England, it is guaranteed to keep you creeped out for days afterward. The Witch leaves you thoroughly unsettled without resorting to cheap scare tactics.
On release, the film received widely polarized reviews, some lauding it for its cinematography and the director’s vision others went so far as to wonder if this was the worst movie of the century. See for yourself but be warned, it’s not for the weak of heart.
Get Out (2017)
Jordan Peele’s award-winning film is a chilling take on race issues. Even with a “happy ending”, the implications of what might happen afterward is nothing happy and no less horrifying than what has happened.