With Halloween coming up, I thought it’d be fun to share a list of some of my favorite horror movies. I started watching horror when I was around twelve years old, and it quickly became one of my favorite genres.
My taste in a nutshell
I prefer more recent releases, as the older ones seem too fake to me and have never scared me much. (I have no time for movie snobs, so if you’re here to tell me I’m not a ‘real horror fan’, get out.) I like when a movie does something different, which is why there are a few movies on this lists that have that unique aspect to them. Gore is not my thing at all, but I can tolerate it in some movies. I prefer psychological & supernatural over slashers & sci-fi, and jump scares are fine with me as long as they don’t happen too often and the movie doesn’t completely rely on them.
Some horror flicks that are still on my watchlist: It Follows (2014), Ringu (1998), Creep (2014), and Unsane (2018).
I’m not going to give too much away (this is a spoiler-free zone!) because I think it’s best to go into these movies somewhat blindly. I’ve added the trailers so you can get a feel of the movies, but please stop watching them as soon as you’re convinced. Most trailers give too much away.
In no particular order, here are some of my favorite horror movies.
Get Out (2017)
Just because you’re invited, doesn’t mean you’re welcome.
Starting off with one of the most hyped horror movies of recent years: Get Out is a clever, funny, and terrifying movie that deserves all the hype and raving reviews that it gets. The scares are much more subtle than your average horror, and the
I’d recommend this to everyone, whether you like horror or not. It’s more of a thriller than a horror movie anyway.
Live or die. Make your choice.
Saw was one of the first horror movies I ever watched, but I didn’t fully appreciate it until I re-watched the whole series last January. I don’t love it because of the gore, but because of the complicated timeline, ingenuity of the traps, and backstory of the franchise’s villain Jigsaw.
As Above, So Below (2014)
The only way out is down.
A strong female protagonist, the mix between horror & adventure, and unpredictable twists make this a must-watch if you’re into thrilling movies. As Above, So Below had me on the edge of my seat the whole time. I can’t wait to re-watch this soon.
What’s your favorite scary movie?
It’s a horror movie about horror movies. I know, how meta.
Scream is the perfect mixture of scares and laughs.
Even if you’ve never seen a Scream movie, you would probably recognize images from the iconic scene with Drew Barrymore. I wouldn’t recommend this unless you’ve already seen a few slashers before, so you get all the jokes and clichés.
Don’t Breathe (2016)
Now you’re gonna see what I see.
This has to be one of the most terrifying & tense movies I’ve ever seen. I almost forgot to put it on this list until I remembered that reveal near the end. Stephen Lang gives a terrific performance as The Blind Man. Also, Thanksgiving is canceled.
Silence can be killer.
Like the opposite of Don’t Breathe.
If you’re looking for more of a thriller than a straight-up horror, this is the movie for you this October. I definitely double-checked my locks for weeks after watching this for the first time.
The Visit (2015)
No one loves you like your grandparents.
The scariest thing in this was the white boy’s rapping (it still haunts my dreams), but the rest was good too. I love the documentary style filming of it, reminds me of Document Your Life, but with fewer creepy old people.
Anyway, I’m never visiting my grandparents ever again.
Eight legs. Two fangs. And an attitude.
The premise: a rare and highly deathly spider from South America accidentally gets transported to a small town in the United States, mates with a domestic house spider, and creates thousands of killer baby spiders.
Although it is marketed as a ‘comedy thriller’, this movie scared the shit out of me as a child, and is the cause of my lifelong fear of spiders… If you weren’t terrified of spiders before watching this, you will be after. THEY JUST HAVE TOO MANY LEGS.
Annabelle: Creation (2017)
“Forgive me, Father, for I am about to sin.”
I’m kind of over the Conjuring franchise but for some reason, Annabelle: Creation really stood out to me. If you like horror with jump scares and loud noises, this one is for you. If you’ve seen Annabelle (2014) and thought it was just okay, give this one a shot because it’s much better than the first one (or second, since this is a prequel?).
I don’t remember much from this movie so I will just quote my favorite Letterboxd review of it: “Damn! This is good shit! That doll is an asshole!”
The Boy (2016)
Every child needs to feel loved.
This isn’t the scariest of horror movies, but there’s some good tension there. I didn’t expect the plot twist at all, but that means nothing because I’m never able to predict anything in fiction ever. Also, Lauren Cohan is hot.
Rather watch a TV show? Check out Slasher, Dexter, Supernatural (the early seasons), Dark Tourist (documentary series), and Scream: The TV series.