Without spoiling these popular films, here are 10 of the best horror films that one can binge-watch with friends.
Director: Andy Muschietti
If someone in your team has a fear of clowns, also known as coulrophobia, this film might not be one to watch. It tells the story of seven kids, The Losers’ Club, who faces a creepy being living inside a sewer. The film was a major hit of the year, earning over $700 million in the worldwide box office. Lead credits include Jaeden Lieberher, playing the role of Bill Denbrough, while Bill Skarsgård portrayed the role of Pennywise.
Director: James Wan
Looking for a movie with numerous jump scares? Well, this one is one of the best contenders. For starters, there are already four Insidious movies and the first one was released back in 2010. The initial Insidious film tells the story of a haunted family, especially the kid named Dalton who enters a comatose state for a mysterious reason. The film stars Patrick Wilson and Rose Byrne and directing credits goes to James Wan.
Director: Scott Derrickson
This scary movie tells the story of a crime writer and his family who moved to a house where an unfortunate event transpired without them knowing. He then found a box full of home movies that showed horrific crimes. The film did really great in the worldwide box office, despite the small budget of only $3 million, earning nearly $88 million. A profitable investment from the underrated movie genre indeed.
Director: John Carpenter
This 1978 film is breathtaking. It revolves around a mental patient who escaped from the sanitarium he was in for 15 years. He then stalks a female babysitter and her friends, while being chased by his psychiatrist. Actors credit featured established actors Donald Pleasence and Jamie Lee Curtis and was directed by John Carpenter.
THE RING (2002)
Director: Gore Verbinski
The iconic white lady that comes out of the television. Many have probably seen this movie, but re-watching it is always a great option. The Ring is a remake of the Japanese movie Ring, which was released back in 1998. It tells the story of a journalist and her investigation of a videotape where all of those who saw it would mean their demise.
THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE (1974)
Director: Tobe Hooper
This film stars Marilyn Burns, Paul A. Partain, and Edwin Neal, to name a few. It was one of the scariest movies of the ’70s, taking credit for numerous sequels, prequels, and remakes. This movie is about a group of friends who are visiting a vintage homestead and eventually become victims of a family of cannibals.
THE SHINING (1980)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
A clip or a screenshot of this film has been all over the internet as a meme but this was one of the movies that gave chills to various audiences. This film centered on the character Jack Torrance, whose sanity is deteriorating because of a supernatural influence. This led him to haunt his wife and people around, and take their lives. Credits to all the people involved in this film. In 2018, the United States National Film Registry Library of Congress chose The Shining to be preserved as it was “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.”
THE CONJURING (2013)
Director: James Wan
When it comes to scary movies, Director James Wan is one of the best. Aside from the Insidious series, he also made an investment in The Conjuring film series. The first film was released back in 2013, while the second and third were made available in 2016 and 2021, respectively. Patrick Wilson of Insidious was part of this film, but he was paired with established actress Vera Farmiga.
Director: Ari Aster
The most recent film on this list. It was released back in 2018, which starred Toni Collette, Alex Wolff, and Milly Shapiro, to name a few. Written and directed by Ari Aster, this movie tells the story of a family and how they grieved at the loss of the mother. The film was a huge success, earning $80 million worldwide, which is eight times its production budget of $10 million.
THE EXORCIST (1973)
Director: William Friedkin
For starters, this classic horror movie is just an adaptation of the novel with the same title. This R-Rated horror film revolves around a 12-year old girl who was possessed by a demon, alongside two priests struggling to exorcise the entity. According to Rotten Tomatoes, this takes the credit for being the first horror movie to get nominated at the Oscars for Best Picture and the highest-grossing film of its kind in history.
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