What Kind of Fear Is Your Favorite Horror?

by Breumaster | created - 12 Jan 2018 | updated - 12 Mar 2018 | Public

There are many kinds of horrors to fear at the movies. Unholy, kinky, gory - What's your sweetest horror-obsession?

What kind of fear at the movies is your favourite?

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1. Paranormal Activity (2007)

R | 86 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

68 Metascore

After moving into a suburban home, a couple becomes increasingly disturbed by a nightly demonic presence.

Director: Oren Peli | Stars: Katie Featherston, Micah Sloat, Mark Fredrichs, Amber Armstrong

Votes: 213,625 | Gross: $107.92M

The fear of unknown powers

2. The Rite (2011)

PG-13 | 114 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

38 Metascore

American seminary student Michael Kovak (Colin O'Donaghue) travels to Italy to take an exorcism course.

Director: Mikael Håfström | Stars: Colin O'Donoghue, Anthony Hopkins, Ciarán Hinds, Alice Braga

Votes: 88,099 | Gross: $33.05M

The fear of demons or hellish creatures

3. Insidious (I) (2010)

PG-13 | 103 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

52 Metascore

A family looks to prevent evil spirits from trapping their comatose child in a realm called The Further.

Director: James Wan | Stars: Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Ty Simpkins, Lin Shaye

Votes: 265,390 | Gross: $54.01M

The fear of a hidden sinister realm

4. Annabelle (I) (2014)

R | 99 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

37 Metascore

A couple begins to experience terrifying supernatural occurrences involving a vintage doll shortly after their home is invaded by satanic cultists.

Director: John R. Leonetti | Stars: Ward Horton, Annabelle Wallis, Alfre Woodard, Tony Amendola

Votes: 132,937 | Gross: $84.27M

The fear of creepy dolls/puppets

5. Falling Down (1993)

R | 113 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

56 Metascore

An unemployed defense worker frustrated with the various flaws he sees in society begins to psychotically and violently lash out against them.

Director: Joel Schumacher | Stars: Michael Douglas, Robert Duvall, Barbara Hershey, Rachel Ticotin

Votes: 162,037 | Gross: $40.90M

The fear of getting killed by a hobo with a shotgun / nazi / robber / streetpunk /etc.

6. Scream (1996)

R | 111 min | Horror, Mystery

65 Metascore

A year after the murder of her mother, a teenage girl is terrorized by a new killer, who targets the girl and her friends by using horror films as part of a deadly game.

Director: Wes Craven | Stars: Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, David Arquette, Skeet Ulrich

Votes: 272,525 | Gross: $103.05M

The fear to be randomly chosen by an evil psychopath, not knowing how his evil game turns out.

7. Dawn of the Dead (1978)

Unrated | 127 min | Horror, Thriller

71 Metascore

Following an ever-growing epidemic of zombies that have risen from the dead, two Philadelphia S.W.A.T. team members, a traffic reporter, and his television executive girlfriend seek refuge in a secluded shopping mall.

Director: George A. Romero | Stars: David Emge, Ken Foree, Scott H. Reiniger, Gaylen Ross

Votes: 107,012 | Gross: $5.10M

The fear of a Zombie-Apocalypse.

8. Buried (2010)

R | 95 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

65 Metascore

Paul is a U.S. truck driver working in Iraq. After an attack by a group of Iraqis he wakes to find he is buried alive inside a coffin. With only a lighter and a cell phone it's a race against time to escape this claustrophobic death trap.

Director: Rodrigo Cortés | Stars: Ryan Reynolds, José Luis García Pérez, Robert Paterson, Stephen Tobolowsky

Votes: 144,069 | Gross: $1.03M

The fear of being buried / trapped

9. The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)

R | 83 min | Horror

75 Metascore

Two siblings and three of their friends en route to visit their grandfather's grave in Texas end up falling victim to a family of cannibalistic psychopaths and must survive the terrors of Leatherface and his family.

Director: Tobe Hooper | Stars: Marilyn Burns, Edwin Neal, Allen Danziger, Paul A. Partain

Votes: 128,339 | Gross: $30.86M

The fear of cannibals.

10. The Hitcher (2007)

R | 84 min | Crime, Thriller

28 Metascore

A serial killer pins his crimes on two college students who gave him a ride.

Director: Dave Meyers | Stars: Sean Bean, Sophia Bush, Zachary Knighton, Neal McDonough

Votes: 39,575 | Gross: $16.47M

The fear of the stranger, who seems to be nice at the beginning, but later reveals to be a real hateable sc**bag. (Stranger or strangers)

11. The Witch (2015)

R | 92 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

83 Metascore

A family in 1630s New England is torn apart by the forces of witchcraft, black magic, and possession.

Director: Robert Eggers | Stars: Anya Taylor-Joy, Ralph Ineson, Kate Dickie, Julian Richings

Votes: 177,771 | Gross: $25.14M

The fear of spending time in nature near to a wicked witch / being endangered by a wicked witch.

12. Outbreak (1995)

R | 127 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

65 Metascore

Army doctors struggle to find a cure for a deadly virus spreading throughout a California town that was brought to America by an African monkey.

Director: Wolfgang Petersen | Stars: Dustin Hoffman, Rene Russo, Morgan Freeman, Kevin Spacey

Votes: 109,542 | Gross: $67.82M

The fear of diseases and/or being erased by dumb and/or unlawful decisions.

13. Cube (1997)

R | 90 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

61 Metascore

6 complete strangers of widely varying personality characteristics are involuntarily placed in an endless maze containing deadly traps.

Director: Vincenzo Natali | Stars: Nicole de Boer, Maurice Dean Wint, David Hewlett, Andrew Miller

Votes: 200,584 | Gross: $0.50M

The fear to make a wrong decision.

14. Apocalypse Now (1979)

R | 147 min | Drama, Mystery, War

94 Metascore

A U.S. Army officer serving in Vietnam is tasked with assassinating a renegade Special Forces Colonel who sees himself as a god.

Director: Francis Ford Coppola | Stars: Martin Sheen, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall, Frederic Forrest

Votes: 574,707 | Gross: $83.47M

The fears of war.

15. Alien (1979)

R | 117 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

89 Metascore

After a space merchant vessel receives an unknown transmission as a distress call, one of the crew is attacked by a mysterious life form and they soon realize that its life cycle has merely begun.

Director: Ridley Scott | Stars: Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, John Hurt, Veronica Cartwright

Votes: 748,110 | Gross: $78.90M

The fear of extinction by some interstellar predators / xenomorphs.

16. The Terminator (1984)

R | 107 min | Action, Sci-Fi

84 Metascore

In 1984, a human soldier is tasked to stop an indestructible cyborg killing machine, both sent from 2029, from executing a young woman, whose unborn son is the key to humanity's future salvation.

Director: James Cameron | Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Michael Biehn, Paul Winfield

Votes: 766,406 | Gross: $38.40M

The fear of extinction by artificial intelligence.

17. The Shining (1980)

R | 146 min | Drama, Horror

66 Metascore

A family heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where a sinister presence influences the father into violence, while his psychic son sees horrific forebodings from both past and future.

Director: Stanley Kubrick | Stars: Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Danny Lloyd, Scatman Crothers

Votes: 840,411 | Gross: $44.02M

The fear of telepathic occurrences.

18. It (I) (2017)

R | 135 min | Horror

69 Metascore

In the summer of 1989, a group of bullied kids band together to destroy a shape-shifting monster, which disguises itself as a clown and preys on the children of Derry, their small Maine town.

Director: Andy Muschietti | Stars: Bill Skarsgård, Jaeden Martell, Finn Wolfhard, Sophia Lillis

Votes: 425,508 | Gross: $327.48M

The fear of clowns or mimes.

19. Piranha 3D (2010)

R | 88 min | Comedy, Horror

53 Metascore

After a sudden underwater tremor sets free scores of the prehistoric man-eating fish, an unlikely group of strangers must band together to stop themselves from becoming fish food for the area's new razor-toothed residents.

Director: Alexandre Aja | Stars: Elisabeth Shue, Jerry O'Connell, Richard Dreyfuss, Ving Rhames

Votes: 83,665 | Gross: $25.00M

The fear of animals

20. Final Destination (2000)

R | 98 min | Horror, Thriller

36 Metascore

After a teenager has a terrifying vision of him and his friends dying in a plane crash, he prevents the accident only to have Death hunt them down, one by one.

Director: James Wong | Stars: Devon Sawa, Ali Larter, Kerr Smith, Kristen Cloke

Votes: 219,824 | Gross: $53.33M

The fear of your death coming soon.

21. The Visit (I) (2015)

PG-13 | 94 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

55 Metascore

Two siblings become increasingly frightened by their grandparents' disturbing behavior while visiting them on vacation.

Director: M. Night Shyamalan | Stars: Olivia DeJonge, Ed Oxenbould, Deanna Dunagan, Peter McRobbie

Votes: 107,376 | Gross: $65.21M

The fear of old or deranged people.

22. Dead Alive (1992)

R | 104 min | Comedy, Horror

54 Metascore

A young man's mother is bitten by a Sumatran rat-monkey. She gets sick and dies, at which time she comes back to life, killing and eating dogs, nurses, friends, and neighbors.

Director: Peter Jackson | Stars: Timothy Balme, Diana Peñalver, Elizabeth Moody, Ian Watkin

Votes: 88,745 | Gross: $0.24M

The fear of getting into irritating troubles no one would know about. ... and the consequences! ;)))

23. The Purge (I) (2013)

R | 85 min | Horror, Thriller

41 Metascore

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 legal.

Director: James DeMonaco | Stars: Ethan Hawke, Lena Headey, Max Burkholder, Adelaide Kane

Votes: 193,008 | Gross: $64.47M

The fear of being hunted.

24. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931)

Not Rated | 98 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

Dr. Jekyll faces horrible consequences when he lets his dark side run wild with a potion that transforms him into the animalistic Mr. Hyde.

Director: Rouben Mamoulian | Stars: Fredric March, Miriam Hopkins, Rose Hobart, Holmes Herbert

Votes: 11,912

fear of monsters created by atomic radiation or a mad scientist's experiments.

25. Open Water 2: Adrift (2006)

R | 94 min | Adventure, Drama, Horror

When a group of friends fail to lower the ladder of their boat, they find themselves stranded in the surrounding waters and struggle to survive.

Director: Hans Horn | Stars: Susan May Pratt, Richard Speight Jr., Niklaus Lange, Ali Hillis

Votes: 16,907

The fear of open water or wide areas.



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