The Daily Swig is giving our readers a list of the best horror movies of all time with the winter nights closing in.
We’ve chosen to split our Top 10 list between genre classics and some suggestions for the left field, covering titles that only include horror in the broadest sense of the word.
We chose to run an online poll instead of rating these movies ourselves. After a shortlist of 16 to four finalists was narrowed down, we had a second vote… And the findings are in!
Without further ado, here are the Top 10 Best Horror Films of All Time from Hollywood:
Hollywood’s Top 10 Best Horror Movies
10. Grave Encounters (2011)
Grave Encounters is a 2011 Canadian found footage supernatural horror film. The footage follows the crew of a paranormal reality television program who lock themselves in a haunted psychiatric hospital in search of evidence of paranormal activity as they shoot what ends up becoming their final episode.
Written and directed by Colin Minihan and Stuart Ortiz, the film premiered on April 22, 2011 at the Tribeca Film Festival and received mostly mixed reviews. The film was released on August 25, 2011 in select theaters using the Eventful Demand It and Video on Demand via Comcast. The film premiered internationally in Italy via distributor Eagle Pictures under the title ESP Fenomeni Paranormal on June 1, 2011. The trailer for Grave Encounters is considered a viral sensation, generating over 30 million views.
Despite its mixed reviews, the film was a box office hit, spawning a sequel in 2012.
9. Rec. (2007)
Rec is a 2007 Spanish found-footage horror film co-written and directed by Jaume Balagueró and Paco Plaza. The film centers on a news reporter and her cameraman covering a firefighter intervention at an apartment building in Barcelona. What began as a routine emergency assignment escalates into something far worse as a deadly virus spreads among the building’s occupants, turning them into bloodthirsty cannibals; escape is impossible as the government has surrounded the building to prevent the virus from spreading beyond it, and the pair continue to record the events that unfold inside, of which the film itself is the final result.
The film was a commercial and critical success. It is now recognized as one of the early successes, and one of the best films in the found footage genre. Rec placed at number 60 on Time Out‘s list of the top 100 best horror films.
The film spawned the Rec film series, and was followed by three sequels: Rec 2 directed by Balagueró and Plaza in 2009, Rec 3: Genesis directed by Plaza in 2012, and Rec 4: Apocalypse directed by Balagueró in 2014 as the final installment in the franchise. The film was remade in the United States under the name Quarantine in 2008.
8. A Nightmare On Elm Street (1984)
A Nightmare on Elm Street, written and directed by Wes Craven, and produced by Robert Shaye, is a 1984 American supernatural slasher film. It is the first installment of the film series A Nightmare on Elm Street and stars Heather Langenkamp, John Saxon, Ronee Blakley, Robert Englund in his film debut as Freddy Krueger, and Johnny Depp. The plot involves four teenagers living on one street in the fictional town of Springwood, Ohio[N 1], who are invaded and killed in their dreams, hence kii
7. Don’t Breathe (2016) & Birdbox (2018)
Don’t Breathe, co-produced by Sam Raimi and Robert Tapert, and co-written by Álvarez and Rodo Sayagues, is a 2016 American horror thriller film produced and directed by Fede Álvarez. Jane Levy, Dylan Minnette, Daniel Zovatto, and Stephen Lang are the movie stars, focusing on three friends who get stuck inside the house of a blind man while breaking into it. Ghost House Pictures and Good Universe produced the film and distributed it through Sony Pictures Releasing.
6. Wrong Turn Series
Wrong Turn is a series of American horror films directed by Alan B. McElroy. The series is made up of six movies, with a seventh in the making. The films concentrate on different families of deformed cannibals who use a combination of traps and weaponry to hunt and kill people in West Virginia in horrific ways. Just Three Finger has appeared in six films out of the three main cannibals in the series.
5. The Ring (2002)
The Ring, directed by Gore Verbinski and starring Naomi Watts, Martin Henderson, David Dorfman, Brian Cox, and Daveigh Chase, is a 2002 American supernatural horror film. It is a remake of the 1998 Japanese horror film Ring, based on Koji Suzuki’s novel of the same name. Watts portrays a journalist who investigates a cursed videotape that, seven days after watching it, apparently kills the viewer.
On October 18, 2002, the Ring was released theatrically and received mostly positive reviews, with
4. A Quite Place (2018)
A Quiet Place is an American horror film directed by John Krasinski in 2018 and starring him. The story revolves around a father (Krasinski) and a mother (Emily Blunt) who struggle to survive and raise their children in a post-apocalyptic world populated by blind extraterrestrial monsters with an acute sense of hearing, written by Bryan Woods, Scott Beck and Krasinski.
Beck and Woods started creating a plot that would lead to the film while in college. In July 2016, Krasinski read their spec script and was hired in March the following year to direct and rewrite the script. Other films, including Alien, No Country for Old Men, and In the Bedroom, influenced the film. In May 2017, Krasinski and Blunt were cast in the lead roles. From May through November 2017, filming took place in upstate New York.
3. Paranormal Activity (2007)
Paranormal Activity, made, written, directed, photographed and edited by Oren Peli, is a 2007 American supernatural horror film. It focuses on a young couple who are haunted by a supernatural presence in their home (Katie Featherston and Micah Sloat). To record what is haunting them, they then set up a camera. The film uses found-footage conventions which were mirrored in the series’ later films.
2. The Conjuring (2013)
The Conjuring is a 2013 American supernatural horror film written by Chad Hayes and Carey W. Hayes and directed by James Wan. In the Conjuring Universe franchise, it is the debut film. Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga star as Ed and Lorraine Warren, paranormal investigators and writers connected to influential haunted events. Their apparently real-life stories inspired the story and film franchise of The Amityville Horror. The Warrens are helped by the Perron family, who experiment with the Perron family.
1. The Exorcist (1973)
The Exorcist is an American media series stemming from the 1971 horror novel of the same name by William Peter Blatty and most notably featuring in a 1973 film adapted from the novel, as well as several later prequels and sequels. All of these installments concentrate on fictitious accounts of persons owned by Pazuzu, the series’ chief adversary, and on the actions of religious officials to fight this ownership.
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