Horror movies are an absolute delight because fear, in the absence of actual terror, leaves behind a wonderful cocktail of adrenaline that always leaves a smile on my face. There’s no bad day to watch a scary flick.

Our horror-loving family here at The Tempest pooled together our top picks of horror movies to watch. Get ready to settle in and don’t forget to thank us when these horror movies scare the crap out of you!

1. The Awakening (2011)

via StudioCanal UK
via StudioCanal UK

Supernatural myth buster, Florence Cathcart, sets off to an English boys boarding school after the death of one of the pupils coincides with sightings of a ghost. Despite proving the student passed away due to negligence, Florence finds there’s more to the boarding school than meets the eye. What follows is a harrowing tale of buried secrets and ghosts from the past. 

2.The Babadook (2014)

Screen Australia
Screen Australia

If you’re into psychological thrillers, then The Babadook will deliver. Six-year-old Sam is afraid of what his mother passes off as an imaginary monster, right up until she suffers from the same nightmarish encounters with a tall, pale, taloned being herself. Soon, mother and child are caught up in a terrifying cycle of slowly losing their hold on reality and being taken over by the sinister Babadook. 

3. The Conjuring (2013)

Warner Brothers
Warner Brothers Pictures Co.

After Roger and Carolyn Perron move with their five daughters into a farmhouse in Harrisville, Rhode Island, things begin to go awry. The clocks stop every night at 3.07 a.m., their dog dies, and birds keep flying into the windows. Carolyn enlists the help of paranormal experts Ed and Lorraine Warren and soon the family learns why moving into a house in the middle of nowhere is never a good idea.

 

4. Coraline (2009)

Focus Features
Focus Features

For a kid who is always on the hunt for adventure, Coraline was over the moon when she found a door to a better, parallel world right in her living room. Enter a cast of ‘Others’ who are supposedly better versions of the people from her world. Coraline can stay… for a price.

5. Don’t Breathe (2016)

Sony Pictures Entertainment
Sony Pictures Entertainment

Three young adults in Detroit – Rocky, Alex, and Money – make do by robbing wealthy homes. One day, Money gets a tip about a blind war veteran who’s sitting on $300,000 worth of cash in his home, a settlement the man won after his daughter was killed in a car accident. The trio break in thinking it an easy score but soon find themselves trapped in a horrific reality that they never saw coming.  

6. The Eyes of My Mother (2016)

Magnet Releasing
Magnet Releasing

Francisca’s quiet, farm life is disrupted one day by the gruesome murder of her mother. After what she believes to be an enlightening chat with the killer, Francisca descends into a spiral of controlled madness. The macabre of the film is further amplified by its use of black-and-white videography. 

 

7. Get Out (2017)

Universal Pictures
Universal Pictures

What seemed like an innocent trip out of town to meet his girlfriend’s parents, quickly devolves into a terrifying lesson for Chris as the community around takes more than a keen interest in him. 

8. Hereditary (2018)

A2K
A24

All families have problems but the Graham family’s issues lean toward the demonic. After Annie Graham’s elderly mother passes away, she joins a support group to share her fear of her family’s history of mental illness. Soon after, the Grahams are put through the paces as Annie’s dive into her ancestry reveals a terrifying secret.  

9. Insidious (2010)

FilmDistrict
FilmDistrict

When a fall in the attic lands their son Dalton in a coma, Josh and Renai Lambert soon realize there’s more to their son’s condition than meets the eye. After dealing with unidentified voices over the baby monitor, constantly tripping house alarms, and an alarming bloody handprint on their comatose son’s bed, the Lamberts call in demonology experts and find more than just one supernatural being in their home.

 

10. It (2017)

Warner Bros. Pictures
Warner Bros. Pictures

A year after the disappearance of his younger brother Georgie, young Bill rallies his friends to continue the search. Together, the group uncovers an ancient, shape-shifting evil that rests beneath the streets of their small town in Maine, one which has taken the form of a seriously creepy clown. 

11. It Follows (2014)

RADiUS-TWC
RADiUS-TWC

After having sex with her boyfriend, Hugh, Jay finds a shapeshifting entity stalking her. Turns out, Hugh passed on a supernatural STD to unsuspecting Jay who is now in a race against time to figure a way out without passing on the curse. 

12. Mama (2013)

Universal Pictures
Universal Pictures

Children Lilly and Victoria vanish the day their parents die, prompting their dad’s brother, Lucas, to start a search that doesn’t come to fruition until five years later. Lucas takes in the girls with his girlfriend Annabeth but soon meets with an accident himself. As Annabeth juggles the stresses of a loved one in the hospital along with caring for two young girls suffering from abandonment, she realizes that there’s someone – something – else taking care of them as well. 

 

13. Midsommar (2019)

A24
A24

As Dani Ardor tries to deal with the loss of her family, her relationship with her boyfriend, Christian, begins to deteriorate to a point where he plans a summer trip abroad without her. Angry, the two argue and Christian reluctantly invites her to the pagan festival he and his friends wish to attend in Sweden. Let’s just say, they end up getting a bit more pagan than they bargained for. 

14. A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

New Line Cinema
New Line Cinema

For any fans of the slasher genre, this 1980s film is a great throwback to the establishment of tropes that have defined today’s horror movies. It follows the story of four high school students haunted in their dreams by a disfigured man in rags and a blade-fixed work glove, Freddy Krueger. The line between dreams and reality soon becomes blurred as the teens learn the truth about Krueger and his desire for vengeance. 

15. The Omen (2006)

20th Century Fox
20th Century Fox

After Robert and Katherine Thorn lost their son in a stillbirth, Robert decides to adopt an orphaned newborn. The years pass in ignorance of their adopted son Damien’s heritage until disturbing, biblical events begin to take place. What follows is a classic tale of good versus evil. 

 

16. A Quiet Place (2018) 

Paramount Pictures
Paramount Pictures

A powerful story told through imagery alone, A Quiet Place is set in a post-apocalyptic world where a family survives in absolute silence as the world is ravaged by creatures that hunt by sound.

17. Raw (2016)

Focus World
Focus World

During her first week at vet school, strict vegetarian Justine falls victim to a hazing ritual and partakes in eating raw meat. Her body’s reaction to it awakens something primal inside of her.

18. The Ring (2002)

Paramount Pictures International
Paramount Pictures International

“Seven days,” is all Rachel hears from an ominous phone call she received after watching a disturbing tape that supposedly claimed the life of her teenage niece. As Rachel sets out to demystify the imagery on the tape, she uncovers a long-buried secret surrounding the death of a young girl called Samara.

 

19. Train to Busan (2016)

Next Entertainment World
Next Entertainment World

What list of horror movies is complete without at least one zombie flick thrown in? Train to Busan tells the tale of what was to be a simple father-daughter train ride to visit Su-an’s mother. Instead, in stumbled a convulsing young woman with a suspicious wound on her leg – then chaos ensued. 

20. Under the Shadow (2016)

Vertical Entertainment
Vertical Entertainment

Following the aftereffects of the Iran-Iraq war, a mother and daughter are plagued by superstition as unexplainable events begin taking place in their home. Shideh has no choice but to confront her fears and disbelief as she attempts to save her daughter, Dorsa, from malevolent spirits. 

 

21. Us (2019)

 Universal Pictures
Universal Pictures

Towing her husband, son, and daughter with her, Adelaide Wilson returns to her beachfront childhood home. After a troubling encounter on the beach, the already shaken-up family receive an even more disturbing visit at night… from themselves. 

Honorable mentions:

The Orphanage (2007), Psycho (1960), The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975), Rosemary’s Baby (1968), Saw (2004 – 2017), Scream (1996), Sinister (2012), Suspiria (2018). The Village (2004), and The Woman in Black (2012).


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Sana Panjwani

By Sana Panjwani

Senior Now+ BEYOND Editor // Assistant Pop Culture Editor