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Top Five Best Horror Films Of All Time

Updated on July 1, 2014

The best in the business

Exorcist the 1973 version is one of the scariest movies of all time. A classic because it tends to scare people every time they watch it. The part in the movie where she spits up the green vomit, is a scene that will linger in your mind for years to come. However, the fact of the matter is, that it was merely pea soup. Thanks to the aid of sound effects and the appearance of the material we're scared out of our minds. Sound effects play a major part in this film from the rocking of the bed,to the different languages and voices the demon speaks. It heightens our element of belief, these things coupled with the fact that the film is based on a true story. The exorcism was an actual event that happened,except it was a young boy and not a girl, like portrayed in the movie.Is this a movie you think you can watch on your own? I bet you can't! Sit back and enjoy one of the highlights from the movie, brace yourself this is not for children!

This one will make you a believer!

The second film that we will explore is Amityville Horror,the original version from 1979. This movie is also based on a true story, the house that is mentioned in the movie actually existed. This movie scares us because it has creepy images, as well as ear piercing sound effects.The house itself looks as if it has an evil face complete with eyes, and nose. Unexplained things happen in the house leaving the family tormented and afraid. As well as a spirit trying to take over the head of the house. It was said that anyone that inhabited the house eventually was possessed and killed their own family members. Goes to show that it pays to check the history of the house, how old it is and if anyone died in it prior.The little girl in the movie has a connection with one of the spirits in the movie, and can also see her presence. Her mom dismisses it as an imaginary friend but that was not the case. It helps to listen to your children when they've said they have seen something, they have a six sense that most adults lose after a certain age.When the mom did realize there might be something wrong with the house, she attempted to have it blessed. When the minister arrived he was sent packing by the demon. The minister heard with his own ears the demon say these words. "Get Out" .Spine chilling to hear that and then see the terror in his face, The black ooze that seeps from the walls is a vision you could have nightmares about for days. True horror fans always list this movie as one of their favorites of all time. What do you think? Watch the clip and see if you don't get a chill or two.

I bet you were afraid to sleep.

Children were not safe awake or sleep in this third selection Nightmare on Elm Street. This movie was released in 1989. The movie is about a horribly burned pedophile who was burned alive for molesting little children. The parents found out and took matters into their own hands by burning the man responsible. They didn't expect the spirit of the man to come back to haunt and kill the children in their dreams. This movie plays with your head, how can you sleep when someone is terrorizing your dreams and there is risk of possibly dying while you sleep. The image of the killer Freddy Kruger is very disturbing his burned skin and razor blade knife fingers haunts us. What ways would you use to avoid sleep? Most of the kids used sleep aids and tons of caffeine, some even resorted to burning themselves as seen in later sequels of the movie. This is definitely a fan favorite and there were nine made including the newest version released in 2010. However, nothing compares to the original The creepy children's song that is repeated in these movies is one that you will never forget once you hear it. Here is a clip, take a look and see if you agree.

Satan's done wait'n!

Who really wants to go to hell?

Hellraiser comes in at number four released in 1987. Talk about gory,this movie is loaded with disturbing and shocking imagery from start to finish. It depicts what would happen if you open Pandora's box but it's actually a direct portal to hell. A story of a woman willing to do anything for her lover,even if it means bringing him back from hell. She must kill as many people as possible so that he can eat them and grow new skin on his skinless body. That's the only way he can appear human again and walk among people. This movie is one that will give you extreme nightmares. It's loaded with so much blood and brutal killings. It also makes you curious about the gold box, most people play with it not knowing what it is. Once the creatures are summoned from hell there is no stopping what comes next and souls will be lost in the process. Check out this hair raising clip, What scares you the most about it?

Halloween will never be the same!

In 1978 thriller Halloween was released coming in last but not least. Every Halloween a masked murder terrorizes the neighborhood looking for his next victim. Usually his victims are unsuspecting high school students. The music in this movie stands out the most,its haunting and stops you in your tracks. Your held in suspense while this slow walking killer makes his victims run for their lives. Where to hide is the number one goal in this movie,but usually the victims never choose the right places.There were also many sequels to follow this brilliant movie, eleven including this one.Viewers of this movie long to see what is underneath the mask,but it's never revealed. Another interesting thing about this movies is,the killer never dies. He can be pushed from a window and it may look like he's dead, and then as soon as you look, he's gone. Walking around,ready to terrorize you again, he's been stabbed and shot repeatedly but nothing kills him. I guess that's why the makers of this movie were always able to make a sequel,because this killer is impossible to kill.Take a look at this clip and see if you aren't sleeping with the lights on tonight!

Pick your favorite horror film!

Out of these top five,which one scared you the most?

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    • rainpurplewine profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from ATLANTA,Ga

      Thanks so much Cherrycrime26 nice to have a fellow fan! Yes, Exorcist is a class.

    • rainpurplewine profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from ATLANTA,Ga

      Clearly the times have changed from these movies mentioned to movies that are being made 2000 behind. I don't agree that there all slasher films but they are my top five based on my opinion. I went with the movies that I grew up on and that have scared me the most throughout the years. "Wait until Dark" Is way before my time,but I'm always looking for my next best scare. Thank you Chrisnstar and FatFreddysCat for commenting.

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      January Moon 

      5 years ago from NY, Now Living in Atlanta Ga

      These are some of the best Horror Films ever, def my top 5, and the clips take me back to be a frightened little girl under girl under the covers! If I had to choose, I would have to say exorcist!!

    • chrisnstar profile image


      5 years ago

      This woman has seen them.

    • FatFreddysCat profile image

      Keith Abt 

      5 years ago from The Garden State

      ^^ The dude above me has obviously never seen "Exorcist," "Hellraiser" and "Amityville Horror" because none of them are 'slasher' films... Just sayin'.

    • chrisnstar profile image


      5 years ago

      These are all slasher films. I think one of the best horror films of all time was "Wait Until Dark" with Audrey Hepburn and Alan Arkin. And Alfred Hitchcock made some of the best horror films of all time. Today's films are just about slashing and blood, they don't develop the plot line and suspense like true horror films did.


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