Halloween is here, knocking at the door, and before you open it; it is time to explore some of the best horror films of all time that are enjoyed by every horror movie fan.
It is that time of the year again when seeing someone across the street with a blood-drenched suit is completely normal as the celebration of Halloween has already started. Well, it is definitely not real blood but can still enjoy the real essence of spooky and eerie Halloween with some of the best Horror Movies which is more than just a lame ghost doing ‘Boo!’.
Halloween is the best time to turn off the lights and enjoy your favorite horror movies. Whether it is the season of celebration or just appreciating good movies, horror movies have always been an integral part of the film industry and it is time to find out the top 10 among them that can put a chill in your spine.
- THE VVITCH (2015)
The Witch or THE VVITCH (as the stylized typography of the movie title suggests) is one of the remarkable creations by Eggers that offer a strange atmospheric world to get lost in. The director has done a wonderful job in depicting a 17th-century cautionary tale that shows the dangers of goat ownership. Indie actress Anya Taylor-Joy made sure the audience’s eyes were hooked to the screen with her amazing performance. Eggers won the Spirit Awards for Best First Screenplay and Best First Feature, back in 2016.
- Writer and Director: Robert Eggers
- Starring: Anya Taylor-Joy, Ralph Ineson
- Where to Watch: Max, Kanopy, Direct TV
- THE VAST OF NIGHT (2019)
This movie is one of the widely acclaimed horror movies which is also one of the best low-budget debuts in the recent era. It is not required to say that director Andrew Patterson made a perfect justification for this spooky sci-fi thriller. The story develops in in 1950s New Mexico, where a couple of radio station employees experience a strange and mysterious radio frequency which is perhaps extraterrestrial. If you like creepy UFO classics, this movie should be up on your menu. Patterson won the Best First Screenplay nod at the 35th Film Independent Spirit Awards.
- Writer & Director: Andrew Patterson
- Starring: Sierra McCormick, Jake Horowitz
- Where to Watch: Amazon Prime
- GET OUT (2017)
It is not just a horror movie, but one of the most culturally and commercially important movies of the late 2010s that everyone should watch. The movies shed light on the sensitive and weighty issues of the fetishization of Black culture to the commodification of Black bodies, a remarkable job done by Peele that helped him gain Spirit Award wins for Best Feature and Best Director in 2018.
- Writer & Director: Jordan Peele
- Starring: Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams,
- Where to Watch: Netflix, Fubo
- BONE TOMAHAWK (2015)
If you like brutal Western stories then Zahler’s gory 2015 directorial debut, Bone Tomahawk is the best thing to watch. This film earned the Best Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor at the Spirit Awards in 2016. The movie is chaos and offers a transgressive mash-up of ‘The Searchers’ and ‘The Hills Have Eyes’.
- Writer & Director: S. Craig Zahler
- Starring: Kurt Russell, Patrick Wilson
- Where to Watch: Roku, Tubi, Hoopla, Pluto TV
- HEREDITARY (2018)
Some films are not just visually gore but have a deep impact mentally and Aster’s Hereditary is one of the finest examples of that. The emotional brutality in the movie is truly bone-chilling along with remarkable cinematography. The story revolves around an upper-middle-class suburban family that deals with the shocking death of the youngest child.
- Writer & Director: Ari Aster
- Starring: Toni Collette, Alex Wolff, Milly Shapiro
- Where to Watch: Max, Kanopy
- SUSPIRIA (2018)
No one thought Luca Guadagnino would come up with such a cinematic masterpiece after Call Me by Your Name. Suspiria dives deeper into the horror of politics along with a societal context that depicts tensions between East and West Germany. Visually compelling and conceptually engaging; this move is of a kind.
- Director: Luca Guadagnino
- Starring: Dakota Johnson, Tilda Swinton, and others
- Where to Watch: Amazon Prime
- THE LIGHTHOUSE (2019)
Another cult work by Eggers that influenced other directors, The Lighthouse is one of the most compelling horror movies in the industry as well as an example of Dafoe and Pattinson’s remarkable acting skills. The story of two men on a distant lighthouse where loneliness reaches the depths of madness and the spirit world of zombie seagulls and a witchy mermaid; this film is must watch.
- Writer & Director: Robert Eggers
- Starring: Willem Dafoe, Robert Pattinson
- Where to Watch: Fubo TV, Paramount+, Showtime, Kanopy
- MANDY (2018)
If you want a blend of thriller, action, and horror; well Mandy is all you need. This film was nominated for Best Cinematography in 2019 and its absurdist nightmare imagery makes it worthy. Starting from apocalypse bikers, and woozy drug trips, to chainsaw fights; this movie offers everything along with an angry Nicolas Cage searching for revenge!
- Writer & Director: Panos Cosmatos
- Starring: Nicolas Cage, Andrea Riseborough
- Where to Watch: Shudder, Tubi, Hoopla, AMC+
- IT FOLLOWS (2014)
It Follows is considered one of the most original scariest indie films that shook the audience. In the story, the protagonist has to always stay one step ahead of a mysterious shape-shifting being that is passed on from one carrier to another through intercourse. The film has been nominated in three categories for the 2016 Spirit Awards, namely Best Cinematography, Best Editing, and Best Director.
- Writer & Director: David Robert Mitchell
- Starring: Maika Monroe, Keir Gilchrist
- Where to Watch: Fubo TV, Paramount+, Showtime
- THE LAST EXORCISM (2010)
The Last Exorcism is going last long among the top charts as this cult movie is one of the biggest sleeper hits of 2010 that is still enjoyed by horror-lovers. The movie is shot in the found-footage style which makes the experience more immersive. With only a budget of $1.8 million, the movie grossed more than $67 million which makes it one of the most successful horror movies of all time.
- Director: Daniel Stamm
- Starring: Patrick Fabian, Ashley Bell
- Where to Watch: Hulu, Peacock, Amazon Prime
Some of the other spooky mentions include, Orphan, Bones and All, Paranormal Activity, Us, Mother, and the list goes on. Binge these movies and enjoy a spooktacular Halloween!