Top 10: Horror Movies of all time

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The Horror film genre aims to create a sense of fear, panic, alarm and dread for the audience. It relies on scaring the audience through a realisation of their own worst fears and nightmares.

SO… for those who know me best, I LOVE horror movies.

Not like the kind of love you have for your favourite toy or flavour of ice-cream. It is more like the dark and twisted mother’s love, akin to Norma Bates or Jason’s Mum. That is how much I love horror movies.

WARNING!!!

This list is not for the faint of heart. This doesn’t consist of mediocre horror movies like Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1992) or Childs Play series (Chucky).  This is a list of all time horror movies that managed to really redefine the genre of horror altogether.

As the Spirit of Halloween and October 31st draws closer, here is a list of the top 10 horror movies (in my opinion) that will be guaranteed to keep you awake all night long… so watch with a friend or by yourself, if you’re brave enough! 

The Conjuring series: 1 (2013) and 2 (2016)

The Conjuring Series blessed our local movie theatres back in 2013 with such controversy, that people who went to watch it reported getting possessed or haunted afterwards. That is a good sign to point to the fact that this movie will be something quite unforgettable. The sequel was just as good if not, in terms of storyline, better than the first. Truly embodying the fear that is associated with the supernatural genre.

Arny’s Scare Factor
Storyline: 9/10

Suspense/Mystery: 9/10
Gore: 7/10
Jump Scares: 8/10 (the first one had a lot!)

Insidious (2010)

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The first Insidious instalment was the best one out of the series, boasting an original script and storyline that is full of opportunities for tension, paranoia and jumpscares. The acting in this movie is sort-of a turn-off, as they don’t do enough to sell the supernatural theme of the movie, but lack of convincing is made up for the super creepy astrowalk scene midway and a great ending.

Arny’s Scare Factor
Storyline: 7/10
Suspense/Mystery: 7/10
Gore: 4/10
Jump Scares: 9/10

The Exorcist (1973)

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Although an old horror movie, it was the movie the paved the way for the overused possession scenes and features that are found in most supernatural/paranormal genres of horror films. This classic is a must see and should definitely be on the list of all top 10 horrors of all time. And if that doesn’t make you want to watch it then here is a fun fact: the scary girl meme is from this film… remember this one?

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Arny’s Scare Factor
Storyline: 8/10
Suspense/Mystery: 7/10
Gore: 8/10
Jump Scares: 8/10

 

The Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

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This one literally makes you contemplate the importance of sleep. Is it really worth it if in your dreams you get murdered, only to consequentially die in real life too? I don’t think so. This one is both gory and psychologically thrilling; not to mention better than the remake from 2016. Another “oldie but goodie”, as my grandma says. Also, who doesn’t think Freddy Krueger is a charm? I mean just look at him…

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Arny’s Scare Factor
Storyline: 7/10
Suspense/Mystery: 8/10
Gore: 8/10
Jump Scares: 7/10

 

Get Out (2017)

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Not only was Get Out directed by my all time favourite actor and comedian Jordan Peele, it is a very twisted and psychologically dark comment on the racism that is embedded in American culture. But political reasons aside, there is no doubt that this thriller is messed up and has a plot twist that you will never see coming. It has a few of its own sneaky jump scares, but the main source of horror is derived from the creepy and eerily squeaky clean suburban town.

Arny’s Scare Factor
Storyline: 9/10
Suspense/Mystery: 8/10
Gore: 7/10
Jump Scares: 6/10

 

Saw 1 (2004)

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If we’re honest the Saw series was mediocrity at it’s finest and just got worse every year they released a new one. But let’s forget about all the crappy sequels and focus on the rare gem that was Saw 1. The original, the predecessor, the best Saw (ironically). The story was original that took creepy voyeurism to the extreme, and a dash of psychopathic violence. The gore factor on this one is off the charts, so this is not one for the squeamish. Purely putting this one in because of its gore.

Arny’s Scare Factor
Storyline: 7/10
Suspense/Mystery: 7/10
Gore: 9/10
Jump Scares: 5/10

Life (2017)

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I remember watching this in the cinemas and immediately thinking; “I am pretty sure the premise of this story has the potential of coming true”. A group of scientists in space, testing the theory that there are other life forms in space, only for it to go so badly wrong; sounds like breaking news in 2025. The suspense, gore and storyline of this movie are brilliant. It is a depressingly, scary film that does an excellent job of falling nothing short of an alien thriller film.

Arny’s Scare Factor
Storyline: 7/10
Suspense/Mystery: 7/10
Gore: 9/10
Jump Scares: 5/10

 

Annabelle 2 (2017)

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I grew up watching Chucky on my tv screens since I was 3, so I never really liked being given dolls for my birthday and Christmas. Not only is the movie/prop doll scary as hell, but the story behind it in this sequel makes the doll even creepier. Rare that you see the sequel outshines the first one when it comes to horror movies, but Annabelle 2 had a much better storyline with an ending that really tied together the entire series (you’ll know what I mean when you watch it).

Arny’s Scare Factor
Storyline: 7/10
Suspense/Mystery: 7/10
Gore: 8/10
Jump Scares: 7/10

 

The Ring…(Japanese original)

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The English remake of the ring was just as good, but I think that the Japanese version captured the fear of the those who watched it much better. The actors in the Japanese version sold the movie more than their American counterparts. If you have not yet watched the original Ring then I guess this weekend is a good time to catch up with an old friend. Remember… don’t watch the video.

Arny’s Scare Factor
Storyline: 7/10
Suspense/Mystery: 7/10
Gore: 8/10
Jump Scares: 7/10

 

 

 The Fourth Kind (2009)

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This is another alien horror film but not the kind that Life, Alien, and Prometheus all have in common. The Fourth Kind explores Alien abductions and the deterioration of the human psyche. It makes you question whether there really are other life forms in space or perhaps they are already here. The film style is set out like a documentary where in real videos are shown side by side with re-enactments. The most surprising feature about this film is that it starts Mila Jovovich, known for her role as the protagonist in Resident Evil. Other less surprising but disturbing things about this film, it is “based on a true story”.

Arny’s Scare Factor
Storyline: 7/10
Suspense/Mystery: 8/10
Gore: 6/10
Jump Scares: 7/10

Let me know if you have seen any of these in the comments below, or if you think I have overlooked a certain movie!