Top 50 Horror Movies
1. we have a ghost (2023).
PG-13 | 126 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family
Finding a ghost named Ernest haunting their new home turns Kevin's family into overnight social media sensations. But when Kevin and Ernest investigate the mystery of Ernest's past, they become a target of the CIA.
Director: Christopher Landon | Stars: Jahi Di'Allo Winston , David Harbour , Anthony Mackie , Erica Ash
2. Knock at the Cabin (2023)
R | 100 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
While vacationing, a girl and her parents are taken hostage by armed strangers who demand that the family make a choice to avert the apocalypse.
Director: M. Night Shyamalan | Stars: Dave Bautista , Jonathan Groff , Ben Aldridge , Nikki Amuka-Bird
3. M3GAN (2022)
PG-13 | 102 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
A robotics engineer at a toy company builds a life-like doll that begins to take on a life of its own.
Director: Gerard Johnstone | Stars: Allison Williams , Violet McGraw , Ronny Chieng , Amie Donald
Votes: 78,074 | Gross: $93.88M
4. Scream VI (2023)
R | 123 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
In the next installment, the survivors of the Ghostface killings leave Woodsboro behind and start a fresh chapter in New York City.
Directors: Matt Bettinelli-Olpin , Tyler Gillett | Stars: Melissa Barrera , Courteney Cox , Jenna Ortega , Jasmin Savoy Brown
5. The Menu (2022)
R | 107 min | Comedy, Horror, Thriller
A young couple travels to a remote island to eat at an exclusive restaurant where the chef has prepared a lavish menu, with some shocking surprises.
Director: Mark Mylod | Stars: Ralph Fiennes , Anya Taylor-Joy , Nicholas Hoult , Hong Chau
6. Infinity Pool (2023)
R | 117 min | Crime, Horror, Mystery
James and Em Foster are enjoying an all-inclusive beach vacation in the fictional island of La Tolqa, when a fatal accident exposes the resort's perverse subculture of hedonistic tourism, reckless violence and surreal horrors.
Director: Brandon Cronenberg | Stars: Alexander Skarsgård , Mia Goth , Cleopatra Coleman , Dunja Sepcic
7. Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey (2023)
84 min | Horror
After Christopher Robin abandons them for college, Pooh and Piglet embark on a bloody rampage as they search for a new source of food.
Director: Rhys Frake-Waterfield | Stars: Nikolai Leon , Maria Taylor , Craig David Dowsett , Chris Cordell
8. Haunted Mansion (2023)
Comedy, Drama, Family | Post-production
A single mom named Gabbie hires a tour guide, a psychic, a priest, and a historian to help exorcise their newly bought mansion; after discovering it is inhabited by ghosts.
Director: Justin Simien | Stars: Jamie Lee Curtis , Rosario Dawson , Winona Ryder , Jared Leto
9. X (II) (2022)
R | 105 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
In 1979, a group of young filmmakers set out to make an adult film in rural Texas, but when their reclusive, elderly hosts catch them in the act, the cast find themselves fighting for their lives.
Director: Ti West | Stars: Mia Goth , Jenna Ortega , Brittany Snow , Kid Cudi
10. Smile (V) (2022)
R | 115 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
After witnessing a bizarre, traumatic incident involving a patient, a psychiatrist becomes increasingly convinced she is being threatened by an uncanny entity.
Director: Parker Finn | Stars: Sosie Bacon , Jessie T. Usher , Kyle Gallner , Robin Weigert
11. The Pale Blue Eye (2022)
R | 128 min | Crime, Horror, Mystery
A world-weary detective is hired to investigate the murder of a West Point cadet. Stymied by the cadets' code of silence, he enlists one of their own to help unravel the case - a young man the world would come to know as Edgar Allan Poe.
Director: Scott Cooper | Stars: Christian Bale , Harry Melling , Simon McBurney , Timothy Spall
12. Scream (I) (2022)
R | 114 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
25 years after a streak of brutal murders shocked the quiet town of Woodsboro, Calif., a new killer dons the Ghostface mask and begins targeting a group of teenagers to resurrect secrets from the town's deadly past.
Directors: Matt Bettinelli-Olpin , Tyler Gillett | Stars: Neve Campbell , Courteney Cox , David Arquette , Melissa Barrera
Votes: 122,513 | Gross: $81.64M
13. White Noise (I) (2022)
R | 136 min | Comedy, Drama, Horror
Dramatizes a contemporary American family's attempts to deal with the mundane conflicts of everyday life while grappling with the universal mysteries of love, death, and the possibility of happiness in an uncertain world.
Director: Noah Baumbach | Stars: Adam Driver , Greta Gerwig , Don Cheadle , Madison Gaughan
14. The Outwaters (2022)
110 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Four travelers encounter menacing phenomena while camping in a remote stretch of the Mojave Desert.
Director: Robbie Banfitch | Stars: Robbie Banfitch , Angela Basolis , Scott Schamell , Michelle May
15. Barbarian (2022)
R | 102 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
A woman staying at an Airbnb discovers that the house she has rented is not what it seems.
Director: Zach Cregger | Stars: Georgina Campbell , Bill Skarsgård , Justin Long , Matthew Patrick Davis
16. Pearl (2022)
R | 103 min | Horror
In 1918, a young woman on the brink of madness pursues stardom in a desperate attempt to escape the drudgery, isolation and lovelessness of life on her parents' farm.
Director: Ti West | Stars: Mia Goth , David Corenswet , Tandi Wright , Matthew Sunderland
17. Nope (2022)
R | 130 min | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi
The residents of a lonely gulch in inland California bear witness to an uncanny and chilling discovery.
Director: Jordan Peele | Stars: Daniel Kaluuya , Keke Palmer , Brandon Perea , Michael Wincott
Votes: 204,727 | Gross: $123.28M
18. The Pope's Exorcist (2023)
R | Horror, Thriller | Completed
Portrayal of a real-life figure Father Gabriele Amorth, a priest who acted as chief exorcist of the Vatican and who performed more than 100,000 exorcisms in his lifetime. (He passed away in... See full summary »
Director: Julius Avery | Stars: Russell Crowe , Franco Nero , Ralph Ineson , Alex Essoe
19. American Psycho (2000)
R | 102 min | Crime, Drama, Horror
A wealthy New York City investment banking executive, Patrick Bateman, hides his alternate psychopathic ego from his co-workers and friends as he delves deeper into his violent, hedonistic fantasies.
Director: Mary Harron | Stars: Christian Bale , Justin Theroux , Josh Lucas , Bill Sage
Votes: 640,788 | Gross: $15.07M
20. Old (2021)
PG-13 | 108 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery
A vacationing family discovers that the secluded beach where they're relaxing for a few hours is somehow causing them to age rapidly, reducing their entire lives into a single day.
Director: M. Night Shyamalan | Stars: Gael García Bernal , Vicky Krieps , Rufus Sewell , Alex Wolff
21. Midsommar (2019)
R | 148 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery
A couple travels to Northern Europe 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.
Director: Ari Aster | Stars: Florence Pugh , Jack Reynor , Vilhelm Blomgren , William Jackson Harper
Votes: 338,383 | Gross: $27.33M
22. Scream (1996)
R | 111 min | Horror, Mystery
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: 352,014 | Gross: $103.05M
23. Tusk (I) (2014)
R | 102 min | Comedy, Horror
A brash and arrogant podcaster gets more than he bargained for when he travels to Canada to interview a mysterious recluse... who has a rather disturbing fondness for walruses.
Director: Kevin Smith | Stars: Justin Long , Michael Parks , Haley Joel Osment , Genesis Rodriguez
Votes: 57,173 | Gross: $1.82M
24. Skinamarink (2022)
Not Rated | 100 min | Horror
Two children wake up in the middle of the night to find their father is missing, and all the windows and doors in their home have vanished.
Director: Kyle Edward Ball | Stars: Lucas Paul , Dali Rose Tetreault , Ross Paul , Jaime Hill
25. Hereditary (2018)
R | 127 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery
A grieving family is haunted by tragic and disturbing occurrences.
Director: Ari Aster | Stars: Toni Collette , Milly Shapiro , Gabriel Byrne , Alex Wolff
Votes: 331,431 | Gross: $44.07M
26. Bones and All (2022)
R | 131 min | Drama, Horror, Romance
Maren, a young woman, learns how to survive on the margins of society.
Director: Luca Guadagnino | Stars: Timothée Chalamet , Taylor Russell , Mark Rylance , Kendle Coffey
27. Children of the Corn (2020)
R | 93 min | Horror
The film describes the events leading up to, and including, the massacre of the adults of a small town in Nebraska by their children, after the adults' irresponsibility ruins the crop and the children's future.
Director: Kurt Wimmer | Stars: Elena Kampouris , Kate Moyer , Callan Mulvey , Bruce Spence
28. Unwelcome (2022)
R | 104 min | Horror
Married couple Maya and Jamie escape their urban nightmare to the tranquility of rural Ireland only to discover malevolent and murderous goblins lurking in the gnarled, ancient wood at the foot of their new garden.
Director: Jon Wright | Stars: Hannah John-Kamen , Douglas Booth , Colm Meaney , Kristian Nairn
29. Get Out (I) (2017)
R | 104 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
A young African-American visits his White girlfriend's parents for the weekend, where his simmering uneasiness about their reception of him eventually reaches a boiling point.
Director: Jordan Peele | Stars: Daniel Kaluuya , Allison Williams , Bradley Whitford , Catherine Keener
Votes: 628,077 | Gross: $176.04M
30. The Invitation (II) (2022)
PG-13 | 105 min | Horror, Thriller
A young woman is courted and swept off her feet, only to realize a gothic conspiracy is afoot.
Director: Jessica M. Thompson | Stars: Nathalie Emmanuel , Thomas Doherty , Sean Pertwee , Hugh Skinner
31. The Black Phone (2021)
R | 103 min | Horror, Thriller
After being abducted by a child killer and locked in a soundproof basement, a 13-year-old boy starts receiving calls on a disconnected phone from the killer's previous victims.
Director: Scott Derrickson | Stars: Mason Thames , Madeleine McGraw , Ethan Hawke , Jeremy Davies
Votes: 155,711 | Gross: $90.12M
32. Evil Dead Rise (2023)
R | 97 min | Horror | Completed
A twisted tale of two estranged sisters whose reunion is cut short by the rise of flesh-possessing demons, thrusting them into a primal battle for survival as they face the most nightmarish version of family imaginable.
Director: Lee Cronin | Stars: Alyssa Sutherland , Lily Sullivan , Morgan Davies , Nell Fisher
33. Terrifier 2 (2022)
Not Rated | 138 min | Horror
After being resurrected by a sinister entity, Art the Clown returns to the timid town of Miles County where he targets a teenage girl and her younger brother on Halloween night.
Director: Damien Leone | Stars: Lauren LaVera , Kailey Hyman , David Howard Thornton , Jenna Kanell
34. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2022)
PG-13 | 126 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Doctor Strange teams up with a mysterious teenage girl from his dreams who can travel across multiverses, to battle multiple threats, including other-universe versions of himself, which threaten to wipe out millions across the multiverse. They seek help from Wanda the Scarlet Witch, Wong and others.
Director: Sam Raimi | Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch , Elizabeth Olsen , Chiwetel Ejiofor , Benedict Wong
Votes: 428,878 | Gross: $411.33M
35. Spoonful of Sugar (2022)
94 min | Horror
Millicent is taking a semester off from her studies to take care of Johnny, a sickly, mute child with severe allergies. His mother, Rebecca, is an author and his father, Jacob, is a carpenter.
Director: Mercedes Bryce Morgan | Stars: Morgan Saylor , Kat Foster , Myko Olivier , Danilo Crovetti
36. The VelociPastor (2018)
Not Rated | 75 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy
After losing his parents, a priest travels to China, where he inherits a mysterious ability that allows him to turn into a dinosaur. At first horrified by this new power, a hooker convinces him to use it to fight crime. And ninjas.
Director: Brendan Steere | Stars: Greg Cohan , George Schewnzer , Janice Young , Daniel Steere
37. Alien (1979)
R | 117 min | Horror, Sci-Fi
The crew of a commercial spacecraft encounter a deadly lifeform after investigating an unknown transmission.
Director: Ridley Scott | Stars: Sigourney Weaver , Tom Skerritt , John Hurt , Veronica Cartwright
Votes: 893,174 | Gross: $78.90M
38. The Shining (1980)
R | 146 min | Drama, Horror
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: 1,035,808 | Gross: $44.02M
39. Scream 4 (2011)
R | 111 min | Comedy, Horror, Mystery
Ten years have passed, and Sidney Prescott, who has put herself back together thanks in part to her writing, is visited by the Ghostface Killer.
Director: Wes Craven | Stars: Neve Campbell , Courteney Cox , David Arquette , Lucy Hale
Votes: 154,811 | Gross: $38.18M
40. It (I) (2017)
R | 135 min | Horror
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: 559,999 | Gross: $327.48M
41. Prey (I) (2022)
R | 100 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
Naru, a skilled warrior of the Comanche Nation, fights to protect her tribe against one of the first highly-evolved Predators to land on Earth.
Director: Dan Trachtenberg | Stars: Amber Midthunder , Dakota Beavers , Dane DiLiegro , Stormee Kipp
42. Split (IX) (2016)
PG-13 | 117 min | Horror, Thriller
Three girls are kidnapped by a man with a diagnosed 23 distinct personalities. They must try to escape before the apparent emergence of a frightful new 24th.
Director: M. Night Shyamalan | Stars: James McAvoy , Anya Taylor-Joy , Haley Lu Richardson , Jessica Sula
Votes: 510,459 | Gross: $138.29M
43. Bodies Bodies Bodies (2022)
R | 94 min | Comedy, Horror, Thriller
When a group of rich 20-somethings plan a hurricane party at a remote family mansion, a party game turns deadly in this fresh and funny look at backstabbing, fake friends, and one party gone very, very wrong.
Director: Halina Reijn | Stars: Amandla Stenberg , Maria Bakalova , Rachel Sennott , Chase Sui Wonders
44. Gerald's Game (2017)
TV-MA | 103 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller
A couple tries to spice up their marriage in a remote lake house. After the husband dies unexpectedly, the wife is left handcuffed to their bed frame and must fight to survive and break free.
Director: Mike Flanagan | Stars: Carla Gugino , Bruce Greenwood , Chiara Aurelia , Carel Struycken
45. A Serbian Film (2010)
NC-17 | 104 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
An aging porn star agrees to participate in an "art film" in order to make a clean break from the business, only to discover that he has been drafted into making a pedophilia and necrophilia themed snuff film.
Director: Srdjan Spasojevic | Stars: Srdjan 'Zika' Todorovic , Sergej Trifunovic , Jelena Gavrilovic , Slobodan Bestic
46. Men (2022)
R | 100 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror
A young woman goes on a solo vacation to the English countryside following the death of her ex-husband.
Director: Alex Garland | Stars: Jessie Buckley , Rory Kinnear , Paapa Essiedu , Gayle Rankin
47. A Quiet Place (2018)
PG-13 | 90 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi
In a post-apocalyptic world, a family is forced to live in silence while hiding from monsters with ultra-sensitive hearing.
Director: John Krasinski | Stars: Emily Blunt , John Krasinski , Millicent Simmonds , Noah Jupe
Votes: 541,412 | Gross: $188.02M
48. Renfield (2023)
R | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror | Completed
Dracula's henchman and inmate at the lunatic asylum.
Director: Chris McKay | Stars: Nicolas Cage , Nicholas Hoult , Awkwafina , Shohreh Aghdashloo
49. The Meg 2: The Trench (2023)
Action, Adventure, Horror | Post-production
Plot unknown. Sequel to the 2018 film 'The Meg'.
Director: Ben Wheatley | Stars: Jason Statham , Jing Wu , Sienna Guillory , Cliff Curtis
50. Last Night in Soho (2021)
R | 116 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery
An aspiring fashion designer is mysteriously able to enter the 1960s, where she encounters a dazzling wannabe singer. But the glamour is not all it appears to be and the dreams of the past start to crack and splinter into something darker.
Director: Edgar Wright | Stars: Thomasin McKenzie , Anya Taylor-Joy , Matt Smith , Diana Rigg
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The 200 Best Horror Movies of All Time
The wind forces open the curtained window. Candles snuff out in darkness. And a shiver cascades down your spine. Nope, it’s not just your imagination. Something is stalking on your screen, primed to to kill all your free time: The big, boo-tiful list of Rotten Tomatoes’ 200 Best Horror Movies of All Time!
The wonders of seeing the unknown has always been the luring temptation of movies, and so horror feels especially close to this medium, a genre that exposes audiences to beyond normal, and into death. So we’re pulling from 100 years of movie history, from those early days of German expressionism ( Nosferatu , The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari ) and Universal monsters ( Dracula , The Wolf Man ). Creature features ( King Kong , The Fly ) nestle with Best Picture nominees ( The Exorcist , Get Out ). Slashers ( Scream ), zombies ( Dawn of the Dead ), vampires ( Let the Right One In ) abound with terror of the more psychological persuasion ( Don’t Look Now , The Innocents ). Or so it would seem.
And we honor the recent stabs and strides made by female horror directors ( A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night , The Babadook , The Invitation ) and directors abroad ( Under the Shadow , The Wailing ). Each of these best scary movies thrown into our bubbling cauldron had to have at least 20 reviews with a Fresh rating, before being sorted by our ranking formula, which accounts for a movie’s number of reviews and year of release.
New additions for this year’s update include His House and Candyman , and classics like Dario Argento’s Creepers creepin’ in.
Ready to settle in for dark nights of Fresh fear? Then flip the switch on The 200 Best Horror Movies of All Time…it’s alive! It’s alive!!
A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987) 72%
Phenomena (1985) 76%
Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992) 78%
Hellraiser (1987) 70%
It's Alive! (1974) 70%
Jacob's Ladder (1990) 72%
Open Water (2003) 71%
The Mist (2007) 72%
The Ring (2002) 71%
Phantasm (1979) 74%
Frailty (2002) 75%
Dog Soldiers (2002) 81%
Basket Case (1982) 77%
Eden Lake (2008) 80%
Candyman (1992) 79%
Oculus (2013) 75%
Land of the Dead (2005) 74%
Night of the Comet (1984) 79%
Wes Craven's New Nightmare (1994) 79%
Trick 'r Treat (2007) 81%
The Lost Boys (1987) 76%
The Lodge (2019) 74%
Scream (1996) 80%
Southbound (2015) 81%
Lights Out (2016) 75%
The Platform (2019) 79%
The Brood (1979) 83%
The Cat o' Nine Tails (1971) 81%
Mute Witness (1995) 83%
You're Next (2011) 79%
Videodrome (1983) 80%
Thirst (2009) 81%
Audition (1999) 83%
Three...extremes (saam gaang yi) (2005) 83%.
Dead Ringers (1988) 84%
Scream 2 (1997) 82%
1408 (2007) 79%
A Tale of Two Sisters (2003) 85%
Ouija: Origin of Evil (2016) 83%
Pontypool (2008) 84%
The Shallows (2016) 78%
Shadow of the Vampire (2000) 81%
The House of the Devil (2009) 85%
Tucker & Dale vs Evil (2010) 85%
Dracula: Pages From a Virgin's Diary (2002) 87%
The Others (2001) 84%
Creature From the Black Lagoon (1954) 80%
Tremors (1990) 88%
Creep (2014) 90%
Carnival of Souls (1962) 87%
Rec (2007) 90%
Paranormal Activity (2007) 83%
The Conjuring 2 (2016) 80%
Ginger Snaps (2000) 90%
Goodnight Mommy (2014) 85%
Julia's Eyes (2010) 90%
Sisters (1973) 85%
Cargo (2017) 87%
Slither (2006) 87%
House on Haunted Hill (1959) 78%
Poltergeist (1982) 88%
The Girl With All the Gifts (2016) 85%
The Thing (1982) 84%
Dead Alive (1992) 89%
Freaks (2018) 88%
The Tenant (1976) 83%
The Descent (2005) 86%
Better Watch Out (2016) 89%
An American Werewolf in London (1981) 89%
Doctor Sleep (2019) 78%
The Omen (1976) 84%
Creepy (2016) 90%
Come to Daddy (2019) 87%
Crawl (2019) 84%
The Exorcist (1973) 84%
The Invitation (2015) 89%
Hounds of Love (2016) 88%
1922 (2017) 91%
The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971) 88%
Martin (1978) 90%
House (1977) 90%
Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1986) 89%
Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale (2010) 89%
Candyman (2021) 84%
The Orphanage (2007) 87%
The Dead Zone (1983) 88%
Bone Tomahawk (2015) 91%
Duel (1971) 89%
House of Usher (1960) 84%
The Blair Witch Project (1999) 86%
The Devil's Candy (2015) 92%
Gerald's Game (2017) 91%
28 Days Later (2002) 87%
Prevenge (2016) 91%
Demon (2015) 92%
Horror of Dracula (1958) 90%
Fright Night (1985) 82%
The Wicker Man (1973) 90%
Nina Forever (2015) 93%
The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974) 88%
The Conjuring (2013) 86%
Misery (1990) 91%
Village of the Damned (1960) 93%
Color Out of Space (2019) 86%
Let Me In (2010) 88%
Halloween (2018) 79%
Theatre of Blood (1973) 88%
Attack the Block (2011) 90%
Eraserhead (1977) 91%
The Devil's Backbone (2001) 93%
Housebound (2014) 95%
We Are Still Here (2015) 95%
The Bird With the Crystal Plumage (1970) 85%
The Phantom of the Opera (1925) 90%
The Wolf Man (1941) 90%
Dawn of the Dead (1978) 93%
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931) 91%
Shaun of the Dead (2004) 92%
The Endless (2017) 92%
Don't Breathe (2016) 88%
Re-Animator (1985) 94%
Zombieland (2009) 89%
It Comes at Night (2017) 88%
The Shining (1980) 82%
Dracula (1931) 94%
Deep Red (1975) 93%
The Fly (1986) 93%
A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) 95%
The Mummy (1932) 89%
The Host (2006) 93%
The Cat and the Canary (1927) 93%
Train to Busan (2016) 94%
Island of Lost Souls (1933) 88%
Revenge (2017) 93%
Suspiria (1977) 94%
The Ring (1998) 98%
I Walked With a Zombie (1943) 85%
The Love Witch (2016) 95%
Harpoon (2019) 97%
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978) 92%
The Innocents (1961) 95%
The Loved Ones (2009) 98%
Evil Dead 2 (1987) 95%
Raw (2016) 93%
The Evil Dead (1981) 95%
La llorona (2019) 96%
Nosferatu (1979) 95%
Creep 2 (2017) 100%
Green Room (2015) 90%
Carrie (1976) 93%
Midsommar (2019) 83%
The Fly (1958) 95%
House of Wax (1953) 93%
Drag Me to Hell (2009) 92%
A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014) 96%
His House (2020) 100%
Ready or Not (2019) 88%
Tigers Are Not Afraid (2017) 97%
Mandy (2018) 90%
It (2017) 86%
Don't Look Now (1973) 94%
Cat People (1942) 92%
The Birds (1963) 94%
The Wailing (2016) 99%
Dead of Night (1945) 93%
Under the Shadow (2016) 99%
Host (2020) 99%
10 Cloverfield Lane (2016) 90%
Peeping Tom (1960) 95%
The Witch (2015) 90%
The Cabin in the Woods (2011) 92%
Repulsion (1965) 95%
Eyes Without a Face (1959) 96%
Rosemary's Baby (1968) 96%
Halloween (1978) 96%
The Silence of the Lambs (1991) 95%
The Invisible Man (1933) 94%
Aliens (1986) 98%
Night of the Living Dead (1968) 96%
Freaks (1932) 95%
It Follows (2014) 95%
Let the Right One In (2008) 98%
Hereditary (2018) 90%
Vampyr (1932) 98%
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956) 98%
The Lighthouse (2019) 90%
Frankenstein (1931) 94%
The Babadook (2014) 98%
Jaws (1975) 97%
Bride of Frankenstein (1935) 98%
A Quiet Place (2018) 96%
The Invisible Man (2020) 92%
The Night of the Hunter (1955) 93%
Nosferatu (1922) 97%
King Kong (1933) 96%
Alien (1979) 98%
Us (2019) 93%
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1919) 96%
Get Out (2017) 98%
Psycho (1960) 96%
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Highest Rated Horror Movies According to Rotten Tomatoes
Rotten Tomatoes compiled the highest-rated horror movies of all time, and it's a wide-ranging collection of masterpieces. Here are some of the best.
The story of Rotten Tomatoes is a strange one. The website was created by Senh Duong in 1998 as a way to chronicle and organize reviews of Jackie Chan's films; Duong was a huge fan and sought to honor him after Rush Hour brought Chan to Hollywood. Now, it's one of the top 600 most-visited websites in the world and one of the top 300 in the United States. All of this means that whatever Rotten Tomatoes says about movies has great traction with moviegoers, and when they rank a list of the top horror films, horror fans read it .
In this case, the review aggregator has compiled a list of " The 200 Best Horror Movies of All Time ," which includes a wide array of horror films ranging from the familiar to the obscure, yet all essential. These are scary movies that each horror aficionado should explore, from old Universal classic monsters to masterful modern feminist frights.
Updated December 3rd, 2022: If you're interested in the best-reviewed horror movies from Rotten Tomatoes, then take a look at this curated article, updated for quality and content.
It is, of course, important to separate the Rotten Tomatoes 'adjusted score' from its regular Tomatometer score. Many of the top 200 horror films may seem to be out of order based on their percentage of 'freshness,' but the website uses a comprehensive system for compiling lists which span decades of time. The adjusted score "takes into account the number of reviews, the year of release, and the average Tomatometer scores of other films released contemporaneously," according to their website . There is also a natural prejudice towards current films; the internet simply has more published critical reviews of newer films. The individual Tomatometer scores will be included with these, the highest rated of Rotten Tomatoes' Top 200 Horror Movies.
His House (Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%)
Remi Weekes' terrifying and thought-provoking horror thriller His House offers a heartrending look at the journey of a refugee couple from South Sudan as they attempt to assimilate to their new environment in a small English town, unaware of the various forms of evil that await them. Tackling heavy topics like racism, deportation and grief, the gripping film also utilizes its fair share of tension, thrills and chills and nerve-wracking suspense, beautifully establishing itself as a frightening haunted house hit. Critics and audiences alike agreed that Weekes' directorial debut was a bold take on the horror genre and provided stirring commentary on the refugee crisis.
The Lighthouse (Rotten Tomatoes Score: 90%)
Robert Eggers’s The Lighthouse is a different kind of horror. The film’s creepiness comes from the mania of isolation and the psychological aspects of the main characters, two lighthouse keepers (played by Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson) in the 1890s on a deserted island on the edge of sanity. Seeping into your bones, this 2019 movie shown in black and white feels like peeking inside the mind of a madman.
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The Babadook (Rotten Tomatoes Score: 98%)
Jennifer Kent's emotionally grueling Australian picture creates horror less from monstrous apparitions than from the emotional trauma of a woman blaming her son for her husband's death. While the evil lurking within a single mother's home certainly does have a Victorian-era creepiness to it, Kent is able to manifest fear and discomfort better through her excellent actors and their portrayal of guilt and stress. The cathartic process of a mother learning to grieve and love her son makes The Babadook one of the most emotive and poignant horror films ever made.
Jaws (Rotten Tomatoes Score: 97%)
Released in 1975, Steven Spielberg’s classic Jaws led millions of viewers to fear going into the ocean and proved that the real monster is scarier than a fictional one. When the film about an insatiable great white shark terrorizes a small US coastal resort at the height of its tourist season premiered, it was a booming success. Nowadays, Spielberg’s shark movie still holds up as one of the most terrifying films ever made.
The Bride of Frankenstein (Rotten Tomatoes Score: 98%)
James Whale's 1935 sequel to his Frankenstein has one of the best reputations of all classic horror films for good reasons. The gothic setting and cinematography are first-rate compared to many of its contemporaries, and the film has a strange sense of humor while still retaining its haunting mood. According to the adjusted Rotten Tomatoes score, this is one of the rare sequels which surpasses its predecessor, thanks in no small part to the iconic portrayal of The Bride by Elsa Lanchester. It's simply one of the greatest horror movie remakes of all time.
King Kong (Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96%)
Though it may be considered silly and amateurish today, one must remember just how groundbreaking and frightening King Kong was at the time. The film's cinematic innovations regarding stop-motion animation, matte painting, rear projection, and miniature models would go on to influence decades of special effects work and inspire creative dreamers for years. The Beast himself remains popular, with 2021's Godzilla Vs. King Kong earning positive reviews and having the largest turnout of any film at the time once theatres had re-opened from the pandemic.
Nosferatu, or A Symphony of Horror (Rotten Tomatoes Score: 97%)
F.W. Murnau's creepy German classic set the bar for vampire films and scarred a generation with its genuinely disturbing portrayal of the bloodsucking Count Orlok. Played by the strange and mysterious actor Max Schreck, who fully inhabits the role long before method acting went mainstream, this brief but brilliant terror has been an excellent introduction to silent cinema for moviegoers for decades.
The Invisible Man (Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92%)
Maybe the most delightful cinematic surprise of 2020 was this remarkable update of the classic Universal horror franchise, which turns the titular The Invisible Man into a wealthy, toxic sociopath. Elizabeth Moss is brilliant as the man's escaped ex, attempting to survive away from her abuser without realizing that he has the technology to stalk her invisibly. Leigh Wannell does something completely different here than the usual Saw and Insidious films he wrote for, creating an exciting, edge-of-your-seat feminist masterpiece.
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The Night of the Hunter (Rotten Tomatoes Score: 93%)
Received negative reviews at the time of its release and ignored for years, the 1955 film noir The Night of the Hunter is now considered an undisputed classic. It is a chilling visual poetry and the first and only film the great actor Charles Laughton directed. The plot follows one of the worst movie villains , Robert Mitchum's sinister self-proclaimed preacher with 'love' tattooed on the one hand and 'hate' on the other, holding nefarious motives for marrying a fragile widow.
A Quiet Place (Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96%)
John Krasinski had made a career out of dead-panning to the camera in The Office and directing indie sleepers, so he surprised everyone when he broke box-office records with a bona fide horror hit. Krasinski and his wife, Emily Blunt, play parents keeping their kids safe in A Quiet Place during a silent apocalypse while hunted by creatures with advanced hearing. The stillness and quiet of the film works wonders at building tension and emotional resonance, so it's no surprise that this went on to launch a franchise.
Alien (Rotten Tomatoes Score: 98%)
Ridley Scott’s breakthrough sci-fi horror Alien remains one of the most terrifying movies of all time. Even now, after more than 40 years since its release, the film about the crew of a spacecraft who discover a deadly lifeform and know, "In space no one can hear you scream," still feels contemporary. The success of Alien has spawned a franchise , including three sequels, two prequels, and two crossover films.
Us (Rotten Tomatoes Score: 93%)
Yes, Jordan Peele has taken two of the top five spots on Rotten Tomatoes' list. This doesn't necessarily mean that his films are 'better' than the rest; if anything, it merely reveals how passionately analyzed and discussed these two movies have been in the recent American sociopolitical climate (and how potentially overrated he is as a director).
Us is a deeply layered, metaphorically rich film which belongs near the top of horror lists and demands repeat viewings for full appreciation. It's a film that loves horror movies and references them constantly, yet is smarter than most of them. It's less interested in gore than it is the actual horrors that society commits against its most vulnerable and marginalized people.
Psycho (Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96%)
Alfred Hitchcock's notorious film Psycho helped usher in a new wave of horror movies, something more violent, sexual, and psychological than the creature-features of the '60s. Hitchcock's cinema is timeless, and his mastery of the craft is on full display as he leads us into the twisted world of motel manager Norman Bates. The film is permanently engrained into the cultural lexicon, and yet still remains startling to newer audiences of each generation.
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The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96%)
While not traditionally frightening, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari is still arguably the first horror masterpiece, and the film's importance can't be understated. Its influential set design reflected the expressionistic art of the 1920s, and every twisted, bizarre frame is aesthetically innovative; the thematic content reflected the post-war concern over authoritarianism and control; the moody, dreamlike narrative would influence surrealists from Salvador Dalí to David Lynch. Robert Wiene's film can still teach cinephiles quite a lot.
Get Out (Rotten Tomatoes Score: 98%)
Jordan Peele's directorial debut seemed to come from nowhere, announcing the well-liked comedian and improviser's sudden presence as a new maestro of horror . It's hard to quantify just how much was either caused or effected by this film – as Black Lives Matter protests gained more support, the wildly popular film captured the cultural imagination during the divided Trump era. Get Out critiqued mostly liberal hypocrisy and racism in its depiction of a wealthy white group preying on a young black man.
Yes, it's undoubtedly overrated (with the script for Get Out being named the greatest of the 21st century for some reason; it's great, but calling the horror-comedy the best-written film of the past 22 years ignores some much better films). Both funny and frightening, Get Out is essential viewing for most Americans, not just horror connoisseurs.
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When the movie was over, did it stick in your head? Or was it done and gone, like your ex? If your brain was chewing on itself for days afterward, bump this up. Highly disturbing movies include The Exorcist and The Ring . Non-disturbing movies include Zombieland and Bambi.
This category records your stress level during the movie. Did you feel like someone could die at any time? How long did it take you to un-burrow out of your chair? Movies with high levels of suspense include The Shining and The Strangers . Movies with low levels of suspense include Tucker and Dale vs. Evil .
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Some teens just love to be scared. Check out these hand-picked movies for some jump-out-of-your-seat moments that steer (mostly) clear of gore. Some of these top-rated titles are more mature than others, so be prepared to discuss the way violence is portrayed. Make sure you read the reviews to help you choose the ones with just the right scream factor for your family -- some of these movies are very, very scary. And if you're looking for something a little tamer for younger kids, try our Scary (but Not TOO Scary!) Halloween Movies list!
Classic Hitchcock horror film still gives the chills.
One of the all-time great haunted house movies.
Vampires vs. the Bronx
Teens protect their neighborhood; violence, language.
A Quiet Place
Gripping monster movie has lots of tension, some blood.
A Quiet Place Part II
Skillful monster horror sequel has blood, peril.
Exceptionally simple, smart, scary monster movie.
Violence, racial slurs in message-based horror movie.
Brutal slavery horror pic has cool twists but lacks depth.
The Beach House
Eerie, chilling, timely zombie/pandemic movie.
Black as Night
Vampire violence, social commentary in teen horror movie.
Stephen King's disturbing prom horror classic.
The Dark Red
Tense psychological thriller has violent horror elements.
Creepy horror tale has disturbing violence, animal cruelty.
Exceptionally scary flick is too intense for younger teens.
The Invisible Man
Clever, tense sci-fi horror remake has blood, gore.
Thriller about vampires has lots of blood but doesn't suck.
Terrifying evil clown movie based on Stephen King classic.
British horror mystery has suicide, child murders, language.
Dark horror-comedy is bloody, funny, and tasty.
Powerful, tense chiller about inequity and parenthood.
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25 best pg-13 horror movies (& where to stream them).
The best PG-13 horror movies not only deliver many of the same kind of jump scares and horrific monsters of R-rated movies, some are horror classics.
When film fans want to find the scariest horror movies of all time, they typically go straight for the most visceral and graphic choices. However, the best PG-13 horror movies not only deliver many of the same kinds of jump scares and horrific monsters of R-rated movies, but some of them are also even counted as the most iconic examples of the genre. Genuinely scary PG-13 movies aren't as rare as some may think they are, so much so that some film fans' favorite horror movies ever might have significantly lower ratings than they had assumed.
The best PG-13 horror movies prove that terrifying scenes are the product of skillful direction and great acting, not gore or any other kinds of explicit material that are prevalent in R-rated slasher movies like Friday the 13th . As the old saying goes, the most frightening things to a person exist in their own imagination and these movies stimulate that imaginative part of the viewer's brain. Whether they’re taking a comedic approach to the genre or telling a story that's deadly serious, these PG-13 horror movies never sacrifice quality to hit their rating.
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25 Signs (2002)
Available to stream on hbo max.
An intimately dramatic sci-fi horror film about one family's experiences on a secluded farm as the world begins to realize that an alien invasion is coming, Signs is packed full of jump scares and monstrous frights but all of them work because the audience is able to invest itself in the characters. Writer and director M. Night Shyamalan slowly raises the tension throughout most of the film until the invasion begins in the third act, bringing every simmering plot point to a boil before tying it all together beautifully in the final scene.
24 Carriers (2009)
Available to stream on pluto tv and paramount+.
Chris Pine shines in this post-apocalyptic road movie about a small group of survivors trying to evade a deadly virus that has already wiped out most of civilization. As the chaos of the world ending exposes the darkness lurking within humanity, the plot of Carriers develops into an interesting PG-13 vehicle for the conventions of zombie movies, delivering a lot of the same kind of social commentary and survival scenarios seen in shows like The Walking Dead but with significantly less blood.
23 The Mothman Prophecies (2002)
Available to rent or purchase on amazon prime video.
A film that is ultimately just as enigmatic as its subject, The Mothman Prophecies revolves around sightings of a mysterious figure known only as the "Mothman" as a reporter (Richard Gere) is drawn into the inexplicable events that surround his chilling appearances. Elevated by its central performance from Gere and strong support from veteran dramatic actors Laura Linney and Will Patton, the film is a haunting meditation on the uncertainty that surrounds death, with its brazen lack of answers making the experience feel all the richer.
22 The Woman In Black (2012)
It would be a mistake to assume that The Woman in Black skimps on the darkest aspects of ghost stories just because of the story's theatrical roots and the inclusion of Daniel Radcliffe in the lead role, even if he was fresh off of his run as fantasy hero Harry Potter at the time of making it. The Woman in Black may not reinvent the ghost story, but it plays all the hits of the format and goes for maximum creepiness in its scares without hesitation, dealing with some dark ideas in its story of a struggling lawyer (Radcliffe) and the haunted house that he's sent to put in order.
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21 Arachnophobia (1990)
One of the best horror comedies of 1990s, Arachnophobia revolves around a sinister species of spider that overruns a sleepy little town. A father who's deathly afraid of spiders (Jeff Daniels) must protect his family when a deadly Amazon spider crossbreeds with a brown recluse, producing a spawn that makes the town's unsuspecting citizens their prey. There are definite notes of Joe Dante's Gremlins –the film which famously helped to inspire the creation of the PG-13 rating–in this creepy-crawly creature feature, blending practical-effects-based horror with old-fashioned slapstick comedy.
20 Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark (2019)
Available to stream on pluto tv.
Guillermo del Toro is the undisputed champion when it comes to modern monster movies, and there are few better PG-13 monster movies than this adaptation of Scary Stories To Tell in the Dark , which he produced. Based on the children's books of the same name from author Alvin Schwartz and directed by André Øvredal, the movie takes not just the overall ideas for the monsters from the page, but the horrifying illustrations as well. The film manages to be scarier than the books while maintaining a PG-13 rating and barely spilling a drop of blood, although many of the movie's kills are worse than a bloody mess.
19 The Exorcism Of Emily Rose (2005)
When movie fans hear the word exorcism, they immediately think of one of the best horror films of all time, William Friedkin’s The Exorcist , so any horror movie featuring even a reference to exorcism in the title automatically has a high standard to live up to. Scott Derrickson's horror drama The Exorcism of Emily Rose is based on the real life case of Anneliese Michel, who died during an exorcism, and follows both a traditionally horror-like narrative thread, depicting the exorcism itself, and a more thoughtful legal drama thread, also showing the trial of the priest involved. Woven together, they both make for a uniquely interesting approach to the genre.
18 Devil (2010)
Available to stream on starz.
Based on a story by M. Night Shyamalan, Devil follows a group of strangers as they are trapped in an elevator, with the audience having to guess which character in the group is the supernatural killer picking the rest of them off one by one in the style of a classic Agatha Christie murder mystery when the lights go out. The film's story has a very interesting concept that encourages engagement from the viewer and also aims for a fairly uncommon degree of theological depth for what is–for the most part–a claustrophobic thriller movie.
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17 Lights Out (2016)
Before David F. Sandberg directed the acclaimed DC superhero movie, Shazam! , he directed the hit horror movie Lights Out , which was based on his highly popular short film of the same name. The central concept of the movie revolves around a deadly specter that can only exist in the dark. Dealing with heavy themes involving chronic illness, both physical and psychological, Lights Out has a more conceptually complex story than is first apparent, so it's a much more thematically intriguing film than most PG-13 horror movies while still focussing on crowd-pleasing jump scares.
16 The Final Girls (2015)
Much more a comedy movie than a horror movie in terms of tone, but pure horror in terms of setting and subject matter, The Final Girls sees a young woman (Taissa Farmiga), still emotionally processing the sudden death of her mother (Malin Åkerman), sucked into an old 80s slasher movie that her mother starred in. It's a fun deconstruction of the frequently-picked-apart slasher subgenre in the spirit of Wes Craven's Scream films and the even more meta New Nightmare , but its emphasis on emotional catharsis sets it apart from most films that satirize the horror genre, which tend towards bleaker endings.
15 Insidious (2010)
James Wan created his second successful horror movie franchise–after Saw but still before The Conjuring –with this supernatural chiller. Patrick Wilson, who plays Ed Warren in the Conjuring movies, and Rose Byrne are excellent as the scared but determined parents of a young boy who's beset by evil spirits. Though the film is in many ways a proto-version of the interconnected supernatural universe of the Conjuring movies, the suspense and gradually ramped-up intensity of the horror help the original Insidious movie attain the feel of an R-rated classic without the gore that usually comes with them.
14 Mama (2013)
It director Andy Muschietti struck a chord with another gothic coming-of-age story spun around a deadly supernatural force. Mama follows a musician (Jessica Chastain) who embraces an uncharacteristic maternal role after the nieces of her partner (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) are discovered alive after being presumed dead for years, having lived feral in the woods for some time. The girls claim that a protective presence that they call "mama" saved them, and this malevolent maternal force follows the pair back to their new lives. The family drama makes for an interesting dynamic between the characters and the horror strikes an interesting balance between modern ghost stories and dreamlike fantasy.
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13 1408 (2007)
Available to stream on the roku channel.
Adapted from a short story by the prolific horror icon Stephen King, 1408 is one of the more underrated movies made from King's work and delivers a huge amount of variety from what may initially seem like a very limited setting. The plot follows a skeptical writer (John Cusack) who, after checking into the titular New York hotel room, finds himself trapped in an endless realm of ghosts and ghoulish tricks. The movie extracts a smorgasbord of scary scenarios as the dark history of the room comes to life before him, and it plays with his own guilt and regret.
12 The Skeleton Key (2005)
One of the most underrated supernatural horror movies of the 21st century, The Skeleton Key has a story that may seem conventional enough at first but incorporates complex historical subtext. The Southern Gothic style story follows a care nurse (Kate Hudson) who takes work at a secluded former plantation in Louisiana to care for a man paralyzed by a stroke (John Hurt). A hidden room within the house reveals a history of hoodoo ritualism, however, and themes of aging and guilt blend with deeper plays on identity and transformation. It's certainly a prime example of a movie that needs to be seen twice to fully appreciate all of its nuances.
11 What Lies Beneath (2000)
Much more well-known for his adventurous comedies like the Back to the Future movies, director Robert Zemeckis broke type for this relatively small-scale–but still big-budgeted–haunted house story. What Lies Beneath hasn't quite retained the level of pop-culture prominence that it once held but remains a methodically slow-burning approach to the genre with plenty of detail to chew on and an uncommon degree of star power from leads Michelle Pfeiffer and Harrison Ford. Pfeiffer stars as a woman who slowly unravels the mystery behind the haunting of her picturesque home, which naturally leads to a killer third-act twist when the truth is unearthed.
10 Cloverfield (2008)
Available to stream on amazon prime video, the roku channel and paramount+.
This rollercoaster ride of a found footage horror movie follows a group of friends as they try to get out of New York City before it is totally destroyed by a monster of gigantic proportions. Even though the story offers no explanation as to what is happening or why it is happening, the movie's almost non-stop mayhem and destruction successfully keep the audience from caring too much. Considering that Cloverfield is a found-footage horror film with a high kill count, the fact that it didn't receive an R rating may seem surprising, but the language is subdued, and the violence, though bloody at times, isn't dwelled on.
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9 A Quiet Place (2018)
Available to stream on paramount+.
To sit in a theater in total silence is an experience that most moviegoers relish, but to sit in total silence when the movie is low on dialogue is an uncomfortably unusual feeling for many, which worked very much in A Quiet Place 's favor when it was first released. The movie is about a family who is forced to live in silence because the world has become overrun by sightless monsters that hunt and kill anything they hear. The real-life husband and wife team of John Krasinski and Emily Blunt star as the struggling parents fighting for the survival of their children, and it makes for a very authentic experience.
8 Tremors (1990)
Available to stream on tubi.
One of the most beloved horror comedies of all time, this monster movie began its own long-lasting franchise of sequels and prequels thanks to some memorably endearing characters and a fun take on the blockbuster Jaws formula. In Tremors , the monsters move quickly underground and snatch their prey from below, turning a sleepy Nevada town into a battleground between the inhabitants and an unseen foe. The film has some gruesome kills in it but, all in all, it's too enjoyably silly to warrant anything higher than its original PG-13 rating.
7 The Sixth Sense (1999)
Available to stream on peacock and paramount+.
The Sixth Sense is the film that made the line “I see dead people” part of cinematic history and made M. Night Shyamalan an iconic figure within the industry. The plot of the movie follows a psychologist (Bruce Willis) as he tries to help a young boy (Haley Joel Osment) who claims that he can communicate with ghosts. The Sixth Sense doesn't rely on special effects or jump scares to make its horror work and instead makes audience members think along with it, slowly building the suspense towards a powerful ending that entices everyone to watch it again to see the hidden clues that were missed.
6 Drag Me To Hell (2009)
Sam Raimi brought a classic kind of horror to the modern multiplex with Drag Me to Hell . Mixing the technical wizardry of a modern comic book blockbuster and the suspense thrills of the Evil Dead movies, Drag Me to Hell lives up to Riami's most famous achievements . The plot follows a bank worker (Alison Lohman) who denies an elderly woman (Lorna Raver) a loan, leading to them being cursed to be terrorized by a demon for three days before it takes them to Hell. It's a fiercely intense movie with an interesting level of subtext that fans have explored in the years since its release.
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Top 50 Horror Movies ; 1. We Have a Ghost · | 126 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family ; 2. Knock at the Cabin · | 100 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller ; 3. M3GAN · | 102
Every Horror Movie of 2022 Ranked Best to Worst · Hellbender (2021) 97% · The Innocents (2021) 96% · Sissy (2022) 96% · Saloum (2021) 96% · A Wounded Fawn (2022) 96%.
The 200 Best Horror Movies of All Time · 1408 (2007) 79% · 1922 (2017) 91% · 28 Days Later (2002) 87% · 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016) 90%.
Highest-Rated Horror Movies, According to IMDb · 10 What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? · 9 Rosemary's Baby · 8 The Blue Elephant · 7 Les Diaboliques.
Highest Rated Horror Movies According to Rotten Tomatoes · His House (Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%) · The Lighthouse (Rotten Tomatoes Score: 90%).
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