The top 10 rated horror movies scare film fans with serial killers, demonic monsters and large shark. Wes Craven, John Carpenter and George Romero made their name with a career in horror while mainstream directors like Steven Spielberg and Stanley Kubrick paid the genre visits, creating some of the scariest movies of all time. Whether the movies are frightening or creepy, here are the top rated horror movies of all time.
- “The Shining” – Stanley Kubrick’s adaptation remains the top rated horror movie based on a novel by Stephen King. Jack Nicholson stars in the 1980 film about a haunted hotel that possesses its caretakers, leading to murder and mayhem. Who can forget about the classic line “Here’s Johnny!”
- “Psycho” – Alfred Hitchcock started the slasher genre with this 1960 top rated horror movie about a motel owner with serious mommy issues. Hitchcock creates some amazing visuals in the movie including the classic shower scene. He also pushed the boundaries of horror movies by killing the most famous actress in the film in the first half.
- “The Thing” – John Carpenter remade the classic sci-fi film “The Thing from Another World” in 1982. He took the movie and created an inventive, gory horror film that remains one of the top rated horror movies of all time. Kurt Russell stars in the movie about a shape-shifting monster attacking scientists in the Antarctic.
- “The Exorcist” – Pea soup and vulgar language remain present in the greatest exorcism movie ever made. William Friedkin directed this top rated horror movie in 1973, based on a novel by William Peter Blatty. The movie follows a young priest who attempts to perform an exorcism on a possessed young girl.
- “Alien” – In 1979, Ridley Scott created a movie with the tag line “In space, no one can hear you scream.” What resulted was a movie that started a major franchise in horror film history. The movie is part haunted house story and part alien monster movie as a mother alien hunts a group of space pirates on their space ship.
- “Halloween” – Michael Myers hunted baby sitters, setting the table for slasher movies in years to come. Without “Halloween,” one of the top rated horror movies, there would not be a “Friday the 13th” or “A Nightmare on Elm Street.” John Carpenter owes his success to this low budget movie that made him a star.
- “Jaws” – People knew Steven Spielberg for family oriented movies like “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” and “E.T.” but he helped create the summer blockbuster with his top rated horror movie “Jaws.” People were scared to go into the water after this movie, a sign of how successful Spielberg’s tale was.
- “Dawn of the Dead” – George Romero created the modern day zombie in his movie “Night of the Living Dead.” The movie changed the landscape of horror but it is the second movie in his zombie franchise, “Dawn of the Dead,” that is one of the top rated horror movies in cinema history. The movie is a sharp look at consumerism as survivors of a zombie apocalypse fight for their lives in a shopping mall.
- “An American Werewolf in London” – John Landis, the mastermind director behind “Animal House” and “Blue’s Brothers” took a step into the realm of horror movies and created a comic horror film that remains one of the top rated horror movies of all time. A werewolf attacks two hikers crossing Europe, killing one and infecting the other.
- “A Nightmare on Elm Street” – Wes Craven developed his niche in the filmmaking world as a horror director and his masterpiece is this top rated horror movie. After a lynch mob kills child murderer Freddy Krueger, he returns from the dead as a mass murderer killing people through their dreams.
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