To quote Ghostface, “What’s your favorite scary movie?” If it reflects the realms of the supernatural, the evil, the slasher, or even the meta, grab the popcorn and settle in for a night of fright.
While horror movies first terrified audiences decades earlier, some of the most iconic films in the genre — Psycho, The Exorcist, The Omen, Halloween — hit the silver screen in the ‘60s and ‘70s. These films made slasher movies possible.Friday, the 13th, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Texas Chainsaw Massacre) and helped cement the “haunted kids” trope (as seen in The Shining, Poltergeist, The Ring).
The ’80s and ‘90s saw a continuation — or formation — of the classic “serial killer comes after teens” story line, with Michael Myers, Freddy Krueger and Jason Voorhees leading the pack. The ScreamAndI know what you did last summer movies soon followed suit, all culminating in the early ‘00s Scary MovieThe franchise that parodies the whole genre.
In movies like “Jump-Scare” in the mid-2000s, there was a resurgence of jump-scare popularity. The Ring, The Grudge, Paradise ActivityThere are many more. The Conjuring franchise, which began with the inaugural film in 2013, put a new spin on the supernatural, while 2018’s Hereditary gave a different meaning to the phrase “family film.” MidsommarIt is, for its part. Florence PughIt was not only a major attraction, but it also sparked a renewed interest among horror fans around the world in creepy cults.
While not every scary movie can be included on the list — honorable mentions go to The Babadook, Candyman,Saw, A Quiet Place, Jaws,The Strangers, 28 Days Later, Night of the Living Dead — the below are 14 of the most frightening films viewers will ever come across (in Us Weekly‘s humble opinion).
Instead of getting involved in a séance, crossing a serial killer, being trapped inside with no escape or getting possessed by the devil, let the movies’ characters handle all of that. With horror icons such as Jamie Lee Curtis, Jack Nicholson, Toni ColletteAnd Daniel Kaluuya coming face to face with such monstrosities, all audiences need to do is sit back and relax — if you can.
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