Wicked Mike's 13 Best Horror Moviesby wickedmikehampton | created - 27 Sep 2019 | updated - 04 Oct 2019 | Public
No need to set yourself on fire. These scary movies will burn your senses. No horredy (comedy horror) here - only films to jump your pulse and light your mind
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1. The Orphanage (2007)
R | 105 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror
A woman brings her family back to her childhood home, which used to be an orphanage for handicapped children. Before long, her son starts to communicate with an invisible new friend.
Votes: 147,853 | Gross: $7.16M
I'm unashamed that 'The Orphanage' made hairy-chested me scared. I danced in those goosebumps, praising the director for having encouraged me to explore foreign language films. These ghosts brought joy to my life.
2. The Others (2001)
PG-13 | 104 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
A woman who lives in her darkened old family house with her two photosensitive children becomes convinced that the home is haunted.
Votes: 341,003 | Gross: $96.52M
The classiest ghost story of all time. Fantastic twist and Nicole Kidman's finest.
3. As Above, So Below (2014)
R | 93 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
When a team of explorers ventures into the catacombs that lie beneath the streets of Paris, they uncover the dark secret that lies within this city of the dead.
Votes: 79,984 | Gross: $21.20M
It was hard leaving 'Blair Witch' off this list as it made "found footage" horror popular. Nevertheless, time moves on to where 'As Above So Below' is my favourite in the genre.
4. Saw (2004)
R | 103 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Two strangers awaken in a room with no recollection of how they got there, and soon discover they're pawns in a deadly game perpetrated by a notorious serial killer.
Votes: 382,537 | Gross: $56.00M
The bad people of our world need a lesson. 'Saw' and its sequels are timeous. What makes them more effective is that we've all done something we deserve to be punished for.
5. Midsommar (2019)
R | 148 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery
A couple travels to Scandinavia to visit a rural hometown's fabled Swedish mid-summer festival. What begins as an idyllic retreat quickly devolves into an increasingly violent and bizarre competition at the hands of a pagan cult.
Votes: 211,622 | Gross: $27.33M
Whereas 'Get Out' was fun, 'Midsommar' is disturbia. It must be further worshiped for its originality... and for the fact that the wooden mallet sent someone else's head into yours.
6. 30 Days of Night (2007)
R | 113 min | Action, Horror, Thriller
After an Alaskan town is plunged into darkness for a month, it is attacked by a bloodthirsty gang of vampires.
Votes: 165,976 | Gross: $39.57M
'30 Days of Night' was like taking Marilyn Manson out of 'Antichrist Superstar' to drink the blood of Alaska.
7. The Descent (2005)
R | 99 min | Adventure, Horror, Thriller
A caving expedition goes horribly wrong, as the explorers become trapped and ultimately pursued by a strange breed of predators.
Votes: 203,584 | Gross: $26.02M
Minimalism makes every fright a gem. The rocks are thirsty...
8. The Poughkeepsie Tapes (2007)
R | 81 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
In an abandoned house in Poughkeepsie, New York murder investigators uncover hundreds of tapes showing decades of a serial killer's work.
Serial killer movies often try to be too intelligent whereas this was an unsettling that lingers longer. Director John Erick Dowdle is the master of the small budget packing a big punch that delivers a knockout profit. I've enjoyed all his movies which makes him a rarity.
9. Candyman (1992)
R | 99 min | Horror, Thriller
The Candyman, a murderous soul with a hook for a hand, is accidentally summoned to reality by a skeptic grad student researching the monster's myth.
Votes: 71,574 | Gross: $25.79M
From the opening overhead shot of the city, 'Candyman' felt different. In its entirety, it was menacing, ahead of the teen and gore scares of its era. The mind of writer Clive Barker threw horror upside-down.
11. Martyrs (2008)
R | 99 min | Horror
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.
Twisted, sick, deranged, cruel - keep adding metaphors that will turn your guts inside out. This wasn't about being scared, it was about being disturbed.
12. The Exorcism of Emily Rose (2005)
PG-13 | 119 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller
A lawyer takes on a negligent homicide case involving a priest who performed an exorcism on a young girl.
Votes: 120,734 | Gross: $75.07M
'Sinister' was the later smash hit for Director Scott Derrickson but I was more drawn to this exorcism tale. It just pipped 'The Conjuring' and 'Hereditary'to make this list.
13. The Autopsy of Jane Doe (2016)
R | 86 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
A father and son, both coroners, are pulled into a complex mystery while attempting to identify the body of a young woman, who was apparently harboring dark secrets.
Norwegian director André Øvredal (Trollhunter) makes a creepily successful step into English.