Top 10 horror movies of all time


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As Halloween season arrives, people partake in many traditions. However, horror movies are what truly give the season of Halloween meaning. Over the years some masterpieces have been released and some fail to live up to their pre-release billing. Today I will be giving you my opinion on what are my greatest horror films of all time. 

                                            10. The Invisible Man (2020)

Elizabeth Moss in “The Invisible Man”

Leigh Whannell’s complex sci-fi horror film The Invisible Man dares to make a woman’s pain from a toxic relationship into something unbearably physical, even though the abusive male himself may not be visible. Whannell’s brilliant genre entry magnifies the misery of its main character Cecilia Kass (Elisabeth Moss) at every turn, ensuring that her visceral scars are like our own. Charged by a persistent psychological dread that surpasses the pain of any apparent bruise, but occasionally, to a painful degree. Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92%



9. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

Jodie Foster in “The Silence of the Lambs”

It’s unsettling, engrossing, and frightening to watch The Silence of the Lambs. The key to “Silence” is that it enters the cannibal’s head through the eyes and thoughts of a young woman rather than beginning with him. Jodie Foster’s character Clarice Starling, an FBI trainee, is the focus of the film and the narrative primarily follows her throughout. The villainous yet nevertheless likable Dr. Hannibal Lecter lurks at the center of the narrative. He is likable because he likes Clarice and assists her. Clarice is in the middle ring, while Anthony Hopkins’ portrayal of Lecter is the sideshow. Rotten Tomatoes Score: 95%




                                                  8. The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)


One of the greatest horror films ever is The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. From start to finish, it is suspenseful, expertly written, and well-performed. Although I may not agree with its claims to be a factual narrative, that is a minor criticism of an otherwise excellent tale. Unquestionably one of the best slasher films ever made, this one may be the first. In addition, it is much better written and performed than its reputation or title may imply. In reality, there is a surprisingly large amount of political criticism in this film. Things that genuinely make sense rather than being tacked on to an excellent horror movie, as some movies might. Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%



 7. Alien (1979)

“Alien” starring Sigourney Weaver

One of those unique movies that has held up very well over time is Alien. Even now, almost 40 years later, everything still feels new. This is a genuine science fiction movie about “extraterrestrial life form,” and it explores time in space and a life form that wants to wipe out all of humanity in an intriguing and clever way. One of Ridley Scott’s all-time best movies, this is his masterpiece. The screenplay, the characters, the puppetry, the models, and the special effects related to the Alien design are all flawless in this movie. Rotten Tomatoes Score: 98%





                                                       6. A Quiet Place (2018)

Wife and husband, Emily Blunt and John Krasinski in “A Quiet Place”

What if there were monsters that hunted only by sound? The John Krasinski-directed film explores the complexities of a family that is proficient in using sign language and is required to keep as quiet as possible in order to survive. With his audience in the palm of his hand, Krasinski sets up each scene like a master filmmaker at the height of his craft, and then he manages to nail each moment with perfection, eliciting gasps, screams, and cries of horror from those watching. This film is an impressive example of how to create suspense and tension in a horror movie without resorting to blood and violence right away. Each scene is expertly crafted to evoke the most anxiety from the audience. A Quiet Place is a singular work that demonstrates that there are fresh ideas to be found in a field that sometimes seems to have run its course. It is a work of art and ought to be seen by as many people as possible. Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96%



5. IT (2017)

Bill Skarsgard as Pennywise in the remake of “IT”

This horrific clown movie, which is based on Stephen King’s 1986 novel, draws its dread from fear itself. In that regard, it is more comparable to television shows and movies like Stranger Things, Stand by Me, and The Goonies than it is to slasher films or jump scares. There are several sequences that might have been pulled from out of any typical summertime coming-of-age film, but director Andy Muschietti keeps things simple by focusing on the friendship between the misfit kids and by slickly blending actual and digital effects. It’s also quite evident from that initial fear that Muschietti isn’t kidding around. It doesn’t hold back on the gore, and the blood is most potent in the early going, when the majority of the violence is delivered by either other children or creatures that aren’t too far outside the bounds of reality. Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%


4. Get Out (2015)

“Get Out” starring Daniel Kayluua

Jordan Peele’s incredible directorial debut, Get Out, is a nail-biting thriller that combines tension from the horror, mystery, and racial genres. The former member of “Key & Peele,” a comedy combo, has discovered a way to honor and pervert the thriller and horror genres in a way that is unmistakably present. I was caught off guard by Get Out for a variety of reasons. The first is that I was left wondering what was actually happening. Just enough was present to heighten the ambiance and tension without giving away the surprise. And since everything was delivered so expertly and carefully, it really did unfold masterfully. You are aware of the problem. You are aware of a problem. But you’re having trouble identifying it. Rotten Tomatoes Score: 98%



3. The Shining (1980)

The iconic Jack Nicholson in “The Shining”

Jack Nicholson’s naturally wicked appearance in this movie, which nonetheless has a hint of charm to make him more appealing, making it a fantastic adaptation of the Stephen King novel. You want to believe him after hearing Wendy’s crazy assurances, but the twitch in his eye and the angle of his eyebrows make you feel as though someone had just walked over your dead corpse. It’s the ideal film for Halloween and any other time you want to watch genuinely excellent horror. Anyone who watches it will experience an endless roller coaster of horror that is skilled at making them feel uneasy. And of course, “Here’s Johnny!” Rotten Tomatoes Score: 82%




                                                    2. Us (2019)

Jordan Peele’s 2nd directorial movie, “Us”

The story revolves around doppelgangers that torment a family while they are on vacation while an unrest rises beneath the surface. With his second film, director Jordan Peele fully disproves the idea of a sophomore slump, releasing the first genuine, soon-to-be-iconic horror classic in a very long time. It’s a horror movie with a higher concept that really exploits the history of the genre as a platform for something new and original. And the scares are top-notch. Us is a full-on onslaught that will have you terrified the entire time but unable to turn away, Get Out largely supplied the shocks that appeared at random. Rotten Tomatoes Score: 93%





1. Halloween (1978)

Michael Myers in “Halloween”

With Halloween, which tells the tale of an escaped mental patient who preys on teenage babysitters on Halloween night, John Carpenter created the current slasher film genre. An astonishingly large audience was drawn in by the film’s low-budget thrills, refreshingly straightforward storytelling, and instantly recognizable villain. Freddy Krueger’s knife glove and permanent residency in the dreamscape are examples of gimmicks used by most slasher antagonists, while Michael Myers is the ideal adversary because he is basically a psychotic killer. His true self is hidden beneath a mask. He doesn’t say a word. The legendary music of Carpenter is a brilliant example of simplicity applied for dramatic effect. To make up for his silence, it seems like Michael Myer’s mind is speaking. It continuously emanates ominous sounds. The main theme is frightening, but the entire soundtrack is fantastic, from the eerie etherealism of “Laurie’s Theme” to the two-note sucker punch of “The Shape Stalks/Lurks.” Which is why this movie will go down as the greatest horror film ever made. Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96%