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“When there is no room left in hell, the dead will walk the earth.”
( A dialogue from the movie called Dawn of the dead. )
She – Koi hai wahan?
He – Koun? Koi toh Nahi.
She – Mujhe darwaze ke pass koi dikhi.
He – Janu tumhara waham hai.
(Suddenly, the door opens, and the wind blows, the candle is blown out, and the room is pitch dark now.)
She – sshhhh…. koi hai…
Yes, you guessed it right! It’s a scary movie. Movies, especially of the horror genre, don’t only need ‘roll- camera- action’ and some special expressions from the actors. Expressions alone will not horrify the audience.
Good horror movies startle the viewers, though they elicit negative emotional reactions among the viewers. These movies generally deal with the viewer’s fears and terror of the unknown. Horror movies have made audiences skip their heartbeats throughout the different eras, even though they are supernatural and unreal.
Here in this list, I specify the top 5 scariest movies of all time-
William Friedkin directed this movie, and its producer was William Peter Blatty. It was incidentally an adaptation of the producer’s novel ‘The Exorcist.’ Other horror movies of its time seemed close but no cigar to The Exorcist. This movie is not all about scary setups and long dark corridors and the sudden doors opening. It’s a unique movie that has the imagery to scare the audience.
The work in Iraq stands out among all its work. How can one forget Regan McNeil walking down on all fours? Linda R. Hager performed the famous spider-walk scene, which was epic and mind-blowing. They introduced the concept at that time, but they did not implement it due to graphic issues. It returned as soon as they sorted out graphic imagery. From every angle, it is the best movie to hit the big screen to date, which is supported by the fact that a $12 million movie went on to make a whopping $44o million. Dare to watch this movie!!
As the name itself suggests, this movie was a symphony of horror. This silent horror movie was not an authorized adaptation of Bram Stoker’sDracula’. The names and details had to be changed later because this movie’s team could not get the rights. F.W. Murnau directed it, and its producers were Enrico Dieckmann and Albin Grau.
This movie is full of scenes that you will end up watching with your eyes shut. Max Schreck didn’t focus on the theatrical effects but played Dracula’s role to perfection. He didn’t play a human Dracula role; rather, he made it look like a deadly animal. The rotating head, which became famous and common at The Exorcist, is expected to have its root in this movie. This movie can be called the combo of body horror and zombie horror. Come hell or high water, and I can always easily say that this movie is the best silent movie of all time.
Produced by Debra Hill and directed by John Carpenter, this movie is the best movie among all horror movies, which are not adapted from any novel. Made with a meager budget of $300,000, it became a box office hit by amassing the $70 million mark.
This slasher movie stood on the base of a terrifying atmosphere created in its scenes by the well-placed direction of John Carpenter. A maniac stalking and killing a young woman seems to be the interesting plot of this movie which builds around the air’s suspense. The movie’s box office credit is given to the superb direction and classic camera work. Still, many tend to miss that moody music, which was equally responsible for Halloween’s major success.
Karl Hardman and Russell Streiner produced it. The director George A. Romero drew inspiration from horror and science fiction called “I am Legend,” written by Richard Matheson. In this movie, a group of disparate individuals seeks shelter in an abandoned farmhouse where they meet a group of corpses coming out of their graveyard in search of fresh human flesh to endeavor.
This movie is undoubtedly the best zombie horror movie of all time. It was made with a tiny budget of $114,000 but made $30 million in its journey to the theatre. If this is not enough to testify its status as the best zombie horror movie, I have another major proof to support my views, i.e., “The Library of the Congress” selected it for preservation in the National Film Registry as it was respectfully considered historically, culturally and aesthetically significant. Watch the movie on a lonely night if you can!!
This 1982 California-based movie was directed by Tobe Hooper and produced by Frank Marshall and Steven Speilberg. As the name suggests, this movie was a typical ghost movie moving around the noisy ghosts that invade the house of a middle-class family. This tightly scripted movie has an ability to scare its audience throughout its total 114 minutes consistently. This movie was a blockbuster considering that it invested in itself just $10.7 million but got a return of $121.7 million. Critics and audience equally appreciated it, and it went on to get nominated in three categories of Academy Awards.
I hope you enjoyed this list, and I really hope it gave you the chills. If you haven’t watched them already, go check them out right now.