The 10 Best Horror Movies (According to IMDb)
Although they will always be known for movies like Frankenstein and dracula, recent films like Jordan Peele’s no prove that Universal Pictures is still one of the main sources of horror entertainment. The industry and its audience have undergone significant changes since the 1930s, but the desire for monsters, madmen and mayhem has certainly not died down.
Because Halloween Horror Nights is such a famous annual tradition for legions of fans and several timeless entries into the realm of horror cinema, Universal has scary movies down to a true science and continues to churn out terrifying content on a regular basis. From slashers to sci-fi, the studio has more than a healthy palate to work with.
10 Tremors (1990) (7.1)
Giant sandworms with a hunger for human prey may seem ridiculous for a successful horror film, but with a series spanning over six films, something has to work. This horror comedy starring the legendary Kevin Bacon surrounds a group of scientists and workers who deal with giant underground creatures living in the Nevada desert, and the results are definitely hilarious.
Fans of kaiju movies like it Godzillaand King Kongwill understandably love this 90s horror gem and Graboids on trembling movies sure are scary. They’re not quite the sandworms of dune, but they are definitely some of the most destructive creatures to grace the big screen.
9 The Invisible Man (2020) (7.1)
A 2020 techno horror adaptation The invisible man It’s certainly a different kind of scary. While the original starring Claude Rains may have gotten silly with age, the modern adaptation is downright chilling in every aspect. With an added element of realism brought to life through the themes of violent relationships and stealth technology, this is definitely the biggest upgrade to the Universal Monsters series.
Quite literally, the scares in this film come more from what the audience doesn’t/can’t see than from what’s right in front of them. It’s a slow-burning twisted spiral that will keep viewers guessing every second until the credits roll.
8 Dawn of the Dead (2004) (7.3)
George A. Romero’s sequel to the legendary Night of the Living Dead revolutionized the zombie genre, but there’s certainly something to be said for Zack Snyder and James Gunn’s 2004 remake. The idea of zombies in a shopping mall might seem a little silly at first, but this adaptation doesn’t skimp on the guts and gore.
Those expecting the stereotypical clumsy, mindless undead are in for something of a shock, as these zombies are far more athletic and agile than those in the original production. Like its predecessor, its influence can certainly be felt in numerous examples of other zombie media, such as Living Dead.
7 Split (2016) (7.3)
M. Night Shyamalan’s films have been labeled with a kind of stigma in recent years, but films like Split are what keep him in business. This psychological thriller tells the story of two kidnapped teenagers who fall into the hands of a man with multiple personalities, some more deadly than others.
The film’s main selling point is the phenomenal performance of James McAvoy, who not only plays the film’s fascinating antagonist, but also eight of his 23 different personalities. Kevin can go from adorable to chilling in an instant depending on which person is in the driver’s seat, and the results are truly chilling. It’s worth noting that the film depicts a real medical condition in an unrealistic and potentially offensive way, but there’s also no denying the film’s positives.
6 Dracula (1931) (7.4)
There probably wouldn’t even be a Universal Monster franchise if it weren’t for the original Dracula. Bela Lugosi not only brought the iconic vampire from the page to the stage to the screen, he set the bar for all adaptations and all vampire movies that followed.
As one of the most iconic monster movies in cinema, the film now comes with something of a great adaptation. From its castles, bats and madhouses to its romantic elements and melodramatic performances, this is gothic horror in its purest form.
5 Get Out (2017) (7.7)
Before Jordan Peele gave viewers No, go away was the Oscar-winning horror thriller that introduced him to the horror genre. It is a terrifying psychological thriller with a subtle social commentary that has struck the audience with its suspense, shock and fear.
A bit of a slow burn, but an absolute nightmare once the illusion of normalcy dissolves. It’s not the most traditional entry in the genre, but that doesn’t mean the thrills and chills are any less valid. Needless to say, moviegoers may never look at a cup of tea the same way again.
4 Frankenstein (1931) (7.8)
Dracula may have planted the seed that would grow into the Universal Monsters franchise but Frankenstein cemented the studio’s reputation for legendary horror films. At the time, Universal’s adaptation of Mary Shelley’s novel was revolutionary simply because no one had ever seen the iconic monster outside the pages of a novel. The results were nothing short of iconic.
Boris Karloff’s portrayal of the creature practically became the face of the monster movie genre. The film was a staple of the genre for its time and continues to be watched and reviewed even decades later.
3 Jaws (1975) (8.1)
To Steven Spielberg Jaws practically invented the summer blockbuster, as well as making countless viewers terrified of the ocean. The iconic adaptation of Peter Benchley’s novel of the same name is just as frightening now as it was then, and it still manages even with the malfunctioning shark.
Suspense is the name of the game in this legendary horror film, and with every beat of John Williams’ sensational soundtrack, it just keeps building and building until someone gets eaten. Simply put, it has all the makings of a solid monster movie with an added chill in the atmosphere.
2 The Thing (1982) (8.2)
While some may credit Halloween As John Carpenter’s landmark horror film, some would call this sci-fi monstrous masterpiece his scariest work. With an isolated team of scientists battling a shape-shifting alien bent on devouring the planet, this ’80s classic is matched with plenty of physical and psychological scares.
The film is a brilliant blend of science fiction, horror and mystery as scientists hide out in a base in the Arctic Circle with an alien with deadly appetites. In a scenario where everyone is a suspect and the fate of the planet is at stake, the intensity and horror is positively palpable.
1 Psycho (1960) (8.5)
Horror fans wouldn’t even have the slasher genre as they know it if it weren’t for this legendary Alfred Hitchcock film. Where Jaws made viewers terrified to return to the ocean, Psycho made them afraid to step into the shower. From the eerie exterior of the Bates Motel to the screeching strings of the iconic death scene, this was a triumph in horror history.
Norman Bates is one of the most terrifyingly compelling characters in horror cinema, and his dual identity was a twist that would forever shape the genre. Without this contribution to the genre, fans wouldn’t have iconic bodies like Halloween or The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.
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