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10 Horror Movies to Watch

Updated on June 13, 2019
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I've written, contributed to several books on film, and worked in the film industry. I like to share the insights of the movie business.

1. The Prodigy

Just like every parent, she knows her child is a saint and tries to be a good kid. But, what happens when something takes over the child, and he no longer controls his intention.

Directed by Nicolas McCarthy, the horror movie is beyond creepy figures lurking in shadows. Sarah's only son Miles is acting up way too much, and it is beyond disturbing. It's a sign of evil with a supernatural force overwhelms him.

2. Anna and the Apocalypse

Anna and the Apocalypse is a musical horror movie were zombies roam in the backward town of Little Haven. The undead people are causing all sorts of crazy stuff. But, all that Anna and her friends do is dance and sing while trying to handle the Apocalypse. The worse part is that it is happening during Christmas time.

That's right. The movie is a horror, comedy, and musical. Watch the trailer, and you will see how much fun it is to watch.

3. The Possession of Hannah Grace

A father claims the life of his daughter while performing an exorcism on her to drive the demons out of body and soul. The daughter ends up in the morgue when it is Megan's shift. The body looks disfigured but is not dead. Megan is unaware of the young woman's condition until they are locked in the basement with just the two of them inside the corridors.

4. Slice

Slice movie poster says, "Dead in 30 Minutes or Less" and "A Way Out Alive." It is obvious the movie is not only a horror film but is a comedy as well. Austin Vesely wrote and directed this movie about a pizza delivery driver murdered on the job. The whole city is trying to find the culprit with the usual suspects such as drug dealers, ghosts, and a humiliated werewolf.

Did you recognize Joe Keery, from Stranger Things? His role is the photojournalist and he looks pretty good. Some other quirky cast members are Katherine Cunningham, Zazie Beetz, and Hannibal Buress.

5. Ganja & Hess

Ganja & Hess is a horror movie but filled with metaphor and allegory. Produced with a budget of $350,000, Ganja & Hess arrived in 1973 with accolades from the critics and won Critics’ Week choice during the Cannes Film Festival the year it was released.

Sam Waymon, Mabel King, and Leonard Jackson also star in the movie.

"The last thing I want to do is make a black vampire film... If I had to write about blood, I was going to do that, but I could not just make a movie about blood."

— Bill Gunn told a friend explaining why he didn’t make another black vampire movie like Blacula.

6. Unsane

The most injustice and scary situation anyone experienced is being involuntarily committed to a psychiatric hospital. If you ever find yourself in this situation, the Citizens Commission on Human Rights is your recourse.

It was hard for me to watch this movie because I felt vulnerable and trapped. It's how Soderbergh used the iPhone shooting each scene tight and sometimes with a wide-angle lens.

7. No Solicitors

John Callas writes and directs this eerie but campy terror of a movie. Political satire weaves through the storyline, yet horror fans only want the scary stuff and it is pretty cheesy. Still, it is a festival winner at both Scare-A-Con and Fright Night festivals.

Nobody told the real estate agent about no soliciting at the Cutterman’s home. They seem friendly and helpful but an invite to dinner means wicked under the table dealings. Drugging the invited guests tells the story of the horrific family business.

They soon undergo the horrific experience of slowly being eaten piece by piece. The family business is nothing but a farm for selling their internal organs.

8. Hostile

Written and directed by Mathieu Turi, Hostile is a creepy horror movie starring Brittany Ashworth, Grégory Fitoussi, and Javier Botet.

The story takes place after a worldwide epidemic has killed most of the population. The handful of those still alive struggle to survive by searching for shelter and food. A strange and creepy creature roams in the area.

Juliette finished her scavenging and heads back to camp. She is in a terrible accident and stranded in her car because of a broken leg.

She is right in the middle of a hostile desert. she must focus on surviving the danger of the post-apocalypse while the creepy creature lurks around the car.

The special effects are decent, and the story moves along with plenty of intense situations, and a backstory. The creature lurking around the car is too much for me, so horror fans need to see this movie.

9. Island Zero

Directed by Josh Gerritsen, who is making his directorial debut, Island Zero takes place in Maine. The story follows the people of a fishing island off the coast of Maine where a bulk of the movie is filmed. They are strangely cut off from the outside world and don’t know why or how it happened. The mystery starts after the island’s ferry abruptly stops coming.

Add to the mystery of it all, every phone on the island has gone dead. Added to the fact that each boat launched to the mainland never returns.

At the water’s edge, dead bodies float up, and the resilient group of remaining islanders investigate who, or what is killing them off.

The promotional line for the movie is “Everything needs to eat.”

The horror movie cast includes Laila Robins, Adam Wade McLaughlin, Teri Reeves, and Matthew Wilkas. The screenplay is by Tess Gerritsen.

10. Greta

Neil Jordan directed Greta, and his credits include Interview with a Vampire, The Crying Game, The End of the Affair, and Mona Lisa. The story is an idea by Ray Wright, who co-wrote the screenplay with Jordan.

It focuses on Frances, a young woman who becomes friends with a widow. The widow tricks and manipulates Frances to the point of her life being in danger. The movie trailer is worth watching because it tells most of the story.

© 2018 Kenna McHugh

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    • Kenna McHugh profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenna McHugh 

      8 months ago from Northern California

      Zia, Hostile is the one to since its unique and not mainstream.

    • aziza786 profile image

      Zia Uddin 

      8 months ago from UK

      I was a big horror movie fan years ago. Used to watch Freddy and Jason flicks on videotape and I still have those.

      The Hostile movie seems quite tempting to watch. Thanks for sharing.

    • Kenna McHugh profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenna McHugh 

      9 months ago from Northern California

      Rochelle, That is what I thought. I am not into the gory stuff either.

    • Rochelle Frank profile image

      Rochelle Frank 

      9 months ago from California Gold Country

      Ok, I liked mystery movies and most Alfred Hitchcock’s stuff, but paranormal, gory stuff I can do without. Nightly news has mhore than enough horror.

    • Kenna McHugh profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenna McHugh 

      9 months ago from Northern California

      Rochelle, I get it. I am sure there are some horror movies you like that are haunting. Which makes me think I should differentiate them more. You have your horror movies like Psycho, It, and Halloween. But there are those movies that are called horror movie but are more haunting like The Little Stranger, Six Sense, and The Haunting.

    • Gregory DeVictor profile image

      Gregory DeVictor 

      9 months ago from Pittsburgh, PA

      I forgot all about Psycho. I will add it to my list. I see that is available too on Amazon Prime.

    • Kenna McHugh profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenna McHugh 

      9 months ago from Northern California

      Gregory, Hitchcock is the best. Psycho is a timeless horror movie. Some of his later stuff like Frenzy is true to his form. Psych has a pretty surprising ending, love it.

    • Rochelle Frank profile image

      Rochelle Frank 

      9 months ago from California Gold Country

      Interesting hub, and well written as always, but I personally cannot understand why people find his genre entertaining.

    • Gregory DeVictor profile image

      Gregory DeVictor 

      9 months ago from Pittsburgh, PA

      Kenna, that sounds great! Up until now, I have been periodically watching some of Alfred Hitchcock’s shows either on late-night television or on YouTube. I really enjoy his stuff. I especially enjoy the surprise endings!

    • Kenna McHugh profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenna McHugh 

      9 months ago from Northern California

      Gregory, Awesome! I have plans to add to the list and have about three more movies to add.

    • Gregory DeVictor profile image

      Gregory DeVictor 

      9 months ago from Pittsburgh, PA

      Kenna, I have bookmarked your article because it is a terrific source of information. I see that I can watch some of these films via Amazon Prime.

    • Kenna McHugh profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenna McHugh 

      11 months ago from Northern California

      Linda, Thank you for visiting my newest article on horror movies. I agree. Hostile looks good. I am in touch with the director via Twitter. I hope to get a direct quote from him and add it to the article. Did you notice Claire Foy (The Crown and First Man) is in Unsane?

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      Linda Crampton 

      11 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I generally don't watch horror movies, but it was interesting to read the plot descriptions that you've shared. The stories certainly sound scary! The movie that I'd most like to see from your list is "Hostile".

    • Kenna McHugh profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenna McHugh 

      11 months ago from Northern California

      Thank you for visiting! Yes. Island Zero is a good horror movie to watch. It is pretty graphic about floating bodies along the shore. If you do see Island Zero, let me know if you liked it. I like horror movies that are haunting. The Little Stranger, which opened in the theaters last week, is haunting and I mention it in my article "15 Best Horror Movies." The Little Stranger is very unsettling on the nerves without dead bodies and blood everywhere.

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      Dred Cuan 

      11 months ago from California

      Wonderful list of horror films here. I seldom watch this kind of movie, but I enjoy how my emotions build up everytime I'm watching one. I might try watching the island zero. It sounds interesting to me. Thanks for sharing!

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