In case you happen to be a horror movie enthusiast then it must be known to you that these movies can be really scary. However, some of these movies inject a sense of humor in between for the audience to catch their breath. In other cases, the fright factor is maintained throughout the film. It is entirely up to you which movies you prefer, and here, we have highlighted the top 10 horror classic movies you dare to see.
1. The Shining (1980)
This one is a psychological horror movie which has been directed and produced by Stanley Kubrick. The film is actually based on a novel written in the year 1977 by Stephen King. Actors such as Jack Nicholson, Scatman Crothers, Shelley Duvall, and Danny Lloyd have acted in this movie. The central character of this movie is Jack Torrance, an ambitious writer plus a recovering alcoholic, who is gifted with psychic abilities which allow him to see into the horrific past of the hotel where he is a caretaker. The Shining had been released on 23rd May 1980, in the US, and on 2nd October 1980, in the UK.
2. Rosemary’s Baby (1968)
Rosemary’s Baby is actually an American psychological horror movie which has been directed and written by Roman Polanski. Actors including John Cassavetes, Mia Farrow, Clay Tanner, Maurice Evans, Ruth Gordon, Angela Dorian, Sidney Blackmer, Ralph Bellamy, and Charles Grodin have performed here. The story is centered on a young and pregnant woman in Manhattan who is of the notion that her neighbors belong to the Satanic cult and are planning to use her infant for their rituals. This movie deals with themes associated with women’s liberation, paranoia, Christianity, as well as the occult. Rosemary’s Baby succeeded in winning quite a few awards and nominations over the years.
3. Carrie (2013)
This movie happens to be an American horror film which has been directed by Kimberly Peirce. The producer of this film is Kevin Misher along with a screenplay by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Lawrence D. Cohen. Actors who have performed in this movie include Chloë Grace Moretz in the role of Carrie White and Julianne Moore in the role of Margaret White. The cast likewise features Portia Doubleday, Ansel Elgort, Judy Greer, Gabriella Wilde, as well as Alex Russell. The movie talks about a shy girl who has been outcast by her friends and provided shelter by her mother. Carrie was released in the US by Screen Gems and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer on 18th October 2013.
4. Cabin in the Woods (2011)
This is an American horror comedy movie which has been directed by Drew Goddard and produced by Joss Whedon. Amongst the notable actors who have performed in this film, mention may be made of Kristen Connolly, Chris Hemsworth, Richard Jenkins, Fran Kranz, Anna Hutchison, Jesse Williams, and Bradley Whitford. The story is centered on some college students who visit a remote forest cabin and are attacked by backwoods zombies. Cabin in the Woods has been applauded for its special effects, special makeup, as well as monster costumes.
5. The Thing (1982)
The Thing happens to be a science fiction horror movie which has been written by Bill Lancaster and directed by John Carpenter. It tells a story regarding a team of American scientists in Antarctica who come across the “Thing” which is actually a parasitic and extraterrestrial life-form that is going to assimilate and then imitate other organisms. Kurt Russell has acted in this movie as the helicopter pilot, along with other actors such as David Clennon, Richard Dysart, Keith David, Richard Masur, Charles Hallahan, Peter Maloney, Joel Polis, Donald Moffat, and Thomas G. Waites.
6. The Birds (1963)
This is an American horror-thriller movie which has been directed and produced by Alfred Hitchcock. The story is centered on a sequence of unexplained and sudden bird attacks in California for several days. The main characters in this film have been played by Tippi Hedren along with Jessica Tandy, Rod Taylor, Suzanne Pleshette plus Veronica Cartwright. The screenplay has been performed by Evan Hunter who was informed by the director to create new characters as well as an elaborate plot while maintaining the idea of violent assaults by birds.
7. The Haunting (1999)
This particular movie is a supernatural horror film that has been directed by Jan de Bont. It has starred Catherine Zeta-Jones, Liam Neeson, Lili Taylor, and Owen Wilson in the leading roles. The Haunting happens to be an actionized reimagining of the novel “The Haunting of Hill House” written in 1959 by Shirley Jackson. After being premiered on 20th July 1999, it was released on 23rd July 1999, in North America. In spite of getting some negative reviews, it was able to gross $180 million globally.
8. Final Destination (2000s)
This one happens to be an American horror franchise consisting of 5 movies, 9 novels, and a couple of comic books. The focus of all 5 movies is on a small team of individuals who succeed in escaping death when one person certainly notifies them that all of them are going to die in a terrible accident. In spite of avoiding their demises, the survivors are eventually killed in bizarre mishaps one by one by an invisible force. Final Destination is claimed by many critics to be one of the best horror films ever produced.
9. The Omen (1976)
The Omen is actually a supernatural horror movie which has been written by David Seltzer and directed by Richard Donner. A global co-production of the UK and the United States, the movie stars Harvey Spencer Stephens, Lee Remick, Martin Benson, Gregory Peck, Patrick Troughton, David Warner, Billie Whitelaw, and Leo McKern. The plot of the movie follows a young child whose name is Damien Thorn and who has been replaced by an American ambassador at his birth following the death of his biological child. Despite receiving mixed reviews, this movie was a commercial success and was able to gross more than $60 million.
10. An American Werewolf in London (1981)
This particular movie happens to be a horror-comedy film which has been directed and written by John Landis. An American Werewolf in London has the distinction of starring actors such as Griffin Dunne, Jenny Agutter, David Naughton, and John Woodvine. The plot of the movie follows a couple of American backpackers, Jack and David, who are assaulted by a werewolf in England. The movie was released by Universal Pictures in the US on 21st August 1981, and had been a commercial and critical success. It has turned out to be a cult classic ever since it was released.
There are lots of other awesome horror classic movies for individuals to watch and enjoy. However, these titles mentioned above will be enough to make you shiver in fright when you are alone in the house.