The Best Horror Movies to watch on a dark, cold night....

Here's a list of my favourite horror movies. Horror has been one of my favourite genres for the last ten years so I've seen MANY. To be on this list they had to either be scary, disturbing, well written or left you exhausted after watching them. But not in a bad way. Horror movie buffs will know what I mean by this. Enjoy and please leave feedback or recommendations.
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1.
Martyrs (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A young woman's quest for revenge against the people who kidnapped and tormented her as a child leads her and a friend, who is also a victim of child abuse, on a terrifying journey into a living hell of depravity. (99 mins.)
Director: Pascal Laugier
“ Violent, gory, upsetting and French. One of those movies to watch if you want to challenge yourself to extreme cinema. ” - anhnguyen85
 
2.
Inside (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Four months after the death of her husband, a woman on the brink of motherhood is tormented in her home by a strange woman who wants her unborn baby. (82 mins.)
“ Another good foreign film. Difficult to watch as it involves taboo violence committed against a pregnant woman. Very violent and graphic. ” - anhnguyen85
 
3.
Insidious (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A family looks to prevent evil spirits from trapping their comatose child in a realm called The Further. (103 mins.)
Director: James Wan
“ Very good with the scare factor without using blood and gore, the 2nd half was disappointing but watch it for the first half. ” - anhnguyen85
 
4.
The Ring (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A journalist must investigate a mysterious videotape which seems to cause the death of anyone in a week of viewing it. (115 mins.)
Director: Gore Verbinski
“ Very scary film. Highly, highly recommended and a good remake of the Japanese original. ” - anhnguyen85
 
5.
The Ring Two (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  
Six months after the incidents involving the lethal videotape, new clues prove that there is a new evil lurking in the darkness. (110 mins.)
Director: Hideo Nakata
“ Not as good as the original but still scary enough to make the list. ” - anhnguyen85
 
6.
The Grudge (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
An American nurse living and working in Tokyo is exposed to a mysterious supernatural curse, one that locks a person in a powerful rage before claiming their life and spreading to another victim. (91 mins.)
Director: Takashi Shimizu
“ Comparable to the Ring on the scary factor, don't watch this one alone! ” - anhnguyen85
 
7.
High Tension (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Best friends Marie and Alexia decide to spend a quiet weekend at Alexia's parents' secluded farmhouse. But on the night of their arrival, the girls' idyllic getaway turns into an endless night of horror. (91 mins.)
Director: Alexandre Aja
“ Many people may not agree but IMO the twist towards the end made it better. Another well written and gory foreign film. ” - anhnguyen85
 
8.
The Uninvited (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Anna Ivers returns home to her sister Alex after a stint in a mental hospital, though her recovery is jeopardized thanks to her cruel stepmother. Her dismay quickly turns to horror when she is visited by ghastly visions of her dead mother. (87 mins.)
“ I prefer this to the original Japanese film The Tale of Two Sisters. Once again if you like films with with a twist, this is it and also creepy as well. ” - anhnguyen85
 
9.
Saw (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Two strangers awaken in a room with no recollection of how they got there or why, and soon discover they are pawns in a deadly game perpetrated by a notorious serial killer. (103 mins.)
Director: James Wan
“ The first time I watched this I had no idea of the great twist in the ending....highly recommended. ” - anhnguyen85
 
10.
Hostel (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Three backpackers head to a Slovak city that promises to meet their hedonistic expectations, with no idea of the hell that awaits them. (94 mins.)
Director: Eli Roth
“ Acting and script are only so so but the gore and tense atmosphere is worth watching. Good concept as well; too bad about the copycats to follow. ” - anhnguyen85
 
11.
Hostel: Part II (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  
Three American college students studying abroad are lured to a Slovakian hostel, and discover the grim reality behind it. (94 mins.)
Director: Eli Roth
“ More gory than the first IMO but worth watching if you liked Hostel. ” - anhnguyen85
 
12.
Turistas (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  
A group of young backpackers' vacation turns sour when a bus accident leaves them marooned in a remote Brazilian rural area that holds an ominous secret. (93 mins.)
Director: John Stockwell
“ A straight forward horror with good acting and script. ” - anhnguyen85
 
13.
The Ruins (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
A group of friends whose leisurely Mexican holiday takes a turn for the worse when they, along with a fellow tourist, embark on a remote archaeological dig in the jungle where something evil lives among the ruins. (90 mins.)
Director: Carter Smith
“ Really enjoyed this movie once again for the tension and atmosphere if the film without using extreme violence and bloody gore. ” - anhnguyen85
 
14.
Dark Water (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
A mother and daughter, still wounded from a bitter custody dispute, hole up in a run-down apartment building. Adding further drama to their plight, they are targeted by the ghost of former resident. (105 mins.)
Director: Walter Salles
“ Definitely a good scary movie. If you're looking for a good ghost story, this is it. ” - anhnguyen85
 
15.
Mirrors (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
An ex-cop and his family are the target of an evil force that is using mirrors as a gateway into their home. (110 mins.)
Director: Alexandre Aja
“ Had me scared to look in mirrors for a couple of days! ” - anhnguyen85
 
16.
Splinter (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
Trapped in an isolated gas station by a voracious Splinter parasite that transforms its still living victims into deadly hosts, a young couple and an escaped convict must find a way to work together to survive this primal terror. (82 mins.)
Director: Toby Wilkins
“ Just goes to show that you don't need a Hollywood budget to make a good scary film nor does the main killer have to be psychopath. ” - anhnguyen85
 
17.
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
After picking up a traumatized young hitchhiker, five friends find themselves stalked and hunted by a deformed chainsaw-wielding killer and his family of equally psychopathic killers. (98 mins.)
Director: Marcus Nispel
“ A tense and scary film. Lots of blood and screaming from young teenagers. If you like that sort of stuff, this film is for you. ” - anhnguyen85
 
18.
Scream (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Sidney, attempting to cope with her mother's mysterious murder, and her horror movie-obsessed friends are stalked by an unknown killer who seems to have a hard time letting the past go. (111 mins.)
Director: Wes Craven
“ This has received cult status. One of the first films that attracted me to the horror genre. This is how a slasher film should be made. ” - anhnguyen85
 
19.
Final Destination 2 (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
When Kimberly has a violent premonition of a highway pileup she blocks the freeway, keeping a few others meant to die, safe...Or are they? The survivors mysteriously start dying and it's up to Kimberly to stop it before she's next. (90 mins.)
Director: David R. Ellis
“ Saw this before I saw Final Destination and IMO it's still the best one. Had me scared to use university elevators for a week. ” - anhnguyen85
 
20.
The Sixth Sense (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A boy who communicates with spirits that don't know they're dead seeks the help of a disheartened child psychologist. (107 mins.)
“ Its sad they don't make movies like these anymore. Anyone at the time that said they knew the twist in the end was lying! ” - anhnguyen85
 
21.
What Lies Beneath (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
The wife of a university research scientist believes that her lakeside Vermont home is haunted by a ghost - or that she is losing her mind. (130 mins.)
Director: Robert Zemeckis
“ Good ghost movie that will leave you with chills. Many horror movies have bathroom scenes but this one was definitely uncomfortable. ” - anhnguyen85
 
22.
Wrong Turn (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
Six people find themselves trapped in the woods of West Virginia, hunted down by "cannibalistic mountain men grossly disfigured through generations of in-breeding." (84 mins.)
Director: Rob Schmidt
“ A scary movie that you will bring up the next time you decide to take a road trip with some friends. ” - anhnguyen85
 
23.
The Hills Have Eyes (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A suburban American family is being stalked by a group of psychotic people who live in the desert, far away from civilization. (107 mins.)
Director: Alexandre Aja
“ Sort of like Wrong Turn but still holds its own in the scary factor. ” - anhnguyen85
 
24.
The Descent (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A caving expedition goes horribly wrong, as the explorers become trapped and ultimately pursued by a strange breed of predators. (99 mins.)
Director: Neil Marshall
“ My friend rate this movie highly being scared of tight spaces. I am not so although this is a scary movie, not the same effect if you're comfortable in tight situations. ” - anhnguyen85
 
25.
Devil (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
A group of people are trapped in an elevator and the Devil is mysteriously amongst them. (80 mins.)
“ No where near the same level as Sixth Sense but a good start to a positive come back for Shyamalan. ” - anhnguyen85
 
26.
28 Days Later... (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Four weeks after a mysterious, incurable virus spreads throughout the UK, a handful of survivors try to find sanctuary. (113 mins.)
Director: Danny Boyle
“ Another movie that had a unique concept for its time as well, good acting and story with a few tense moments. ” - anhnguyen85
 
27.
Quarantine (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
A television reporter and her cameraman are trapped inside a building quarantined by the CDC, after the outbreak of a mysterious virus which turns humans into bloodthirsty killers. (89 mins.)
“ Almost an exact remake of the Spanish version of REC, I didn't mind the remake at all so if you don't want to read subtitles, Quarantine is just as good. ” - anhnguyen85
 
28.
Dawn of the Dead (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A nurse, a policeman, a young married couple, a salesman, and other survivors of a worldwide plague that is producing aggressive, flesh-eating zombies, take refuge in a mega Midwestern shopping mall. (101 mins.)
Director: Zack Snyder
“ Good zombie movie that isn't silly but leaves you scared. ” - anhnguyen85
 
29.
Trick 'r Treat (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Five interwoven stories that occur on Halloween: An everyday high school principal has a secret life as a serial killer; a college virgin might have just met the guy for her; a group of teenagers pull a mean prank; a woman who loathes the night has to contend with her holiday-obsessed husband; and a mean old man meets his match with a demonic, supernatural trick-or-treater. (82 mins.)
“ Not a scary movie as such but the 3 short stories were so expertly weaved together that it was a great film to watch. ” - anhnguyen85
 
30.
Frozen (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Three skiers stranded on a chairlift are forced to make life-or-death choices which prove more perilous than staying put and freezing to death. (93 mins.)
Director: Adam Green
“ I don't know if this can be classified as a horror movie as such...but if you're looking for a film that will leave you tense and exhausted afterwards because it draws you into what the protagonists are feeling, this is it! ” - anhnguyen85
 
31.
Triangle (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
The story revolves around the passengers of a yachting trip in the Atlantic Ocean who, when struck by mysterious weather conditions, jump to another ship only to experience greater havoc on the open seas. (99 mins.)
“ This film should receive more credit because it has a good story line, good acting and what I like most, a good twist! ” - anhnguyen85
 
32.
Dead End (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Christmas Eve. On his way to his in-laws with his family, Frank Harrington decides to try a shortcut, for the first time in 20 years. It turns out to be the biggest mistake of his life. (85 mins.)
“ Another great low budget scary movie. Not on the same level as The Ring or even bloody in any way, just a good psychological thriller with ghostly effects thrown in. ” - anhnguyen85
 
33.
Drag Me to Hell (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A loan officer who evicts an old woman from her home finds herself the recipient of a supernatural curse. Desperate, she turns to a seer to try and save her soul, while evil forces work to push her to a breaking point. (99 mins.)
Director: Sam Raimi
“ Unexpected ending and there were definitely some moments that made me jump. Another good low budget film. ” - anhnguyen85
 
34.
Orphan (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A husband and wife who recently lost their baby adopt a nine year-old girl who is not nearly as innocent as she claims to be. (123 mins.)
“ I liked the concept of this one, some parts were hard to believe but overall, good film. ” - anhnguyen85
 
35.
Case 39 (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
A social worker fights to save a girl from her abusive parents, only to discover that the situation is more dangerous than she ever expected. (109 mins.)
“ Once again...don't know if I would call this a horror movie, a little disappointing towards the end but good acting and script nonetheless. ” - anhnguyen85
 
36.
The Others (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A woman who lives in a darkened old house with her two photosensitive children becomes convinced that her family home is haunted. (101 mins.)
“ By now you can probably tell I like movies with twists towards the end, this is another one and was done very well. ” - anhnguyen85
 
37.
Wolf Creek (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Three backpackers stranded in the Australian outback are befriended by a local who turns out to be a sadistic psychopath and will plunge them into a hellish nightmare of insufferable torture. (99 mins.)
Director: Greg Mclean
“ Saw this all by myself in a completely empty cinema. It was definitely a unique experience, watch it alone at night if you dare... ” - anhnguyen85
 
38.
Paranormal Activity (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
After moving into a suburban home, a couple becomes increasingly disturbed by a nightly demonic presence. (86 mins.)
Director: Oren Peli
“ Very scary film and different concept when it first came out. Sort of like Insidious but low budget and less Hollywood. ” - anhnguyen85
 
39.
The Strangers (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
A young couple staying in an isolated vacation home are terrorized by three unknown assailants. (86 mins.)
Director: Bryan Bertino
“ I'm in two minds about this one, I liked it because watching it does make you NOT want to be home alone but I felt like it was missing something towards the end. ” - anhnguyen85
 
40.
A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  
The spectre of a dead child rapist haunts the children of the parents who murdered him, stalking and killing them in their dreams. (95 mins.)
Director: Samuel Bayer
“ Some may disagree but I didn't mind this recent remake. The actors were good and the effects were more modern for today's audiences. ” - anhnguyen85
 
41.
Stag Night (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  
Four men out on a STAG NIGHT in New York prematurely exit an underground train after the soon-to-be-best-man begins to hassle two women... (84 mins.)
“ This should have received more exposure. Probably not the same level as Descent but still leaves you with that trapped horrified feeling. ” - anhnguyen85
 
42.
Boogeyman (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.1/10 X  
A young man tries to deal with the childhood terror that has affected his life. (89 mins.)
Director: Stephen Kay
“ A simple Hollywood scary movie. ” - anhnguyen85
 
43.
One Missed Call (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.9/10 X  
Several people start receiving voice-mails from their future selves - messages which include the date, time, and some of the details of their deaths. (87 mins.)
Director: Eric Valette
“ Watch this if you don't want to watch the better Japanese version. ” - anhnguyen85
 
44.
Daybreakers (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
In the year 2019, a plague has transformed almost every human into vampires. Faced with a dwindling blood supply, the fractured dominant race plots their survival; meanwhile, a researcher works with a covert band of vamps on a way to save humankind. (98 mins.)
“ An intelligent vampire film. ” - anhnguyen85
 
45.
The Blair Witch Project (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Three film students vanish after traveling into a Maryland forest to film a documentary on the local Blair Witch legend, leaving only their footage behind. (81 mins.)
“ Definitely a unique concept for its time. I was younger upon first watching it so remember being caught up in hype and being scared but compared to others, it somewhat mild. ” - anhnguyen85
 
46.
The Haunting in Connecticut (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
After a family is forced to relocate for their son's health, they begin experiencing supernatural behavior in their new home, and uncover a sinister history. (92 mins.)
Director: Peter Cornwell
“ A very satisfying ghost film. No gore, just your good decent scares. ” - anhnguyen85
 
47.
Reeker (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  
Strangers trapped at an eerie travel oasis in the desert must unravel the mystery behind their visions of dying people while they are preyed upon by a decaying creature. (90 mins.)
Director: Dave Payne
“ Another one of those on the open road movies with a good twist. ” - anhnguyen85
 
48.
Reincarnation (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
A Japanese actress begins having strange visions and experiences after landing a role in a horror film about a real-life murder spree that took place over forty years ago. (96 mins.)
Director: Takashi Shimizu
“ A good Japanese film with scary moments. ” - anhnguyen85
 
49.
The Unborn (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  
A young woman fights the spirit that is slowly taking possession of her. (88 mins.)
Director: David S. Goyer
 
50.
Seconds Apart (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
Seth and Jonah are twins with a dangerous ability: telepathy. Things start to spiral out of their control... (89 mins.)
Director: Antonio Negret
“ Don't know why this one didn't get more exposure. It was well acted and tense in certain moments. The ending was refreshing and beautiful. ” - anhnguyen85
 
51.
Frontier(s) (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
A gang of young thieves flee Paris during the violent aftermath of a political election, only to hole up at an Inn run by neo-Nazis. (108 mins.)
Director: Xavier Gens
“ Lots of blood and gore and good foreign film. I hope they don't make a remake of this as this is the best it can possibly be for a film. ” - anhnguyen85
 
52.
Evil Dead (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Five friends head to a remote cabin, where the discovery of a Book of the Dead leads them to unwittingly summon up demons living in the nearby woods. (91 mins.)
Director: Fede Alvarez
 
53.
I Spit on Your Grave (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
A writer who is brutalized during her cabin retreat seeks revenge on her attackers, who left her for dead. (108 mins.)
 
54.
The Purge (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
In the future, a wealthy family is held hostage for harboring the target of a murderous syndicate during the Purge, a 12-hour period in which any and all crime is legalized. (85 mins.)
Director: James DeMonaco
“ Not really a horror I know, but scary nonetheless because it doesn't look like this reality is too far away ” - anhnguyen85
 
55.
The Conjuring (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren work to help a family terrorized by a dark presence in their farmhouse. (112 mins.)
Director: James Wan
 
56.
V/H/S (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
When a group of misfits are hired by an unknown third party to burglarize a desolate house and acquire a rare VHS tape, they discover more found footage than they bargained for. (116 mins.)
“ Will not be everyone's cup of tea but I enjoy short stories that still manage to deliver in a short expanse of time. ” - anhnguyen85
 
57.
Sinister (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Washed-up true-crime writer Ellison Oswalt finds a box of super 8 home movies that suggest the murder he is currently researching is the work of a serial killer whose work dates back to the 1960s. (110 mins.)
“ Have not had a movie stay with me like this for a couple of years now...well worth it! ” - anhnguyen85
 
58.
Mama (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
A young couple take in their two nieces only to suspect that a foreboding evil has latched itself to their family. (100 mins.)
Director: Andy Muschietti
“ Good beginning, lost its way a little towards the end ” - anhnguyen85
 
59.
[Rec] (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A television reporter and cameraman follow emergency workers into a dark apartment building and are quickly locked inside with something terrifying. (78 mins.)
 
60.
Grave Encounters (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
For their ghost hunting reality show, a production crew locks themselves inside an abandoned mental hospital that's supposedly haunted - and it might prove to be all too true. (92 mins.)
“ A low budget horror that will deliver. Will not disappoint and will definitely give you that sense of dread ” - anhnguyen85
 
61.
The Descent (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A caving expedition goes horribly wrong, as the explorers become trapped and ultimately pursued by a strange breed of predators. (99 mins.)
Director: Neil Marshall