I love horror films. There’s nothing like genuinely being scared at the movies.
It’s like riding on a roller coaster: You’re terrified to ride it but in the end you’re always happy you did.
Note: Except the rides that spin. Those shouldn’t exist.
Many non horror fans complain that most horror films are too gory or pointless. That the stories are never good. They say that characters only exist so the killer can fold them in half.
I agree that some horror films are like that. They simply don’t give you a chance to connect to the characters before they meet their gruesome end. Stories merely exist to get you from one kill to the next.
However, there are fantastic horror movies out there that have incredible stories to back up the thrills. That’s why this post exists.
Here are my top 10 horror movies with great stories:
Every once in a while a movie comes along and does things differently. There are so many ‘messed up demon kid’ stories out there. (Some are classics) The Ring came along and put a modern spin on it and scared the crap out of me. Something about that horse going crazy still gives me the creeps.
You can’t make a list like this and not include one of the greatest horror stories of all time. I saw this movie for the first time in college simply because I avoided it until then. Needless to say, it still terrified me but it was the story that resonated… Okay I’ll admit that girls messed up face did as well.
So many people adore this film. Horror fans especially. How can you not be pulled into a story featuring a crazy Jack Nicholson and made by the legendary Stanley Kubrick?
Alien is a phenomenon. Those acid filled jerks have terrified millions of people for years and inspired so many films since it’s release. Alien made the list for pairing a great story with one of the scariest creature designs in movie history.
When I was asking around for people’s ideas on this list, many turned their noses up at Scream. I think they’ve blended all three together in one film. I told all of them to think about how much fun it was to watch the original for the first time. I didn’t know who the killer would be. Did you? The mystery was also wrapped up in countless movie references and nods. Scream deserves to be on this list.
The Exorcism of Emily Rose
This movie stuck with me long after I left the theater. Films that deal with this subject have always fascinated me and this one stood out because of it’s court room premise. It’s a horror movie but also a drama that forces you to choose who you believe. Audience participation in a horror film. Genius. Also, when she speaks as 6 different people at once I almost cried. Just saying.
Silence Of The Lambs
Arguably the best film on this list with Uncle Oscar backing it up. Who knew delving into the mind of a psychopathic killer would be so much fun. It’s truly fascinating to watch the exchanges between Anthony Hopkins and Jodie Foster on screen. They are filled with intensity and fuel the horrifying scenes to come. Brilliant flick.
I’ll be honest. When I made this list, I completely forgot about Jaws and then kicked myself for my lack of respect for one of the greatest movies ever made. People who haven’t even seen the movie are afraid of it. That’s how powerful the story is. Thankfully, I smartened up before posting and avoided any hate mail it may have caused.
The moment the big ‘twist’ is revealed my face dropped and I actually yelled “What!” in the theater. Normally that’s rude but people around me were just as shocked. All of the sudden the death traps, gore and mayhem meant more than just the usual ‘horror candy’ we love. This movie is on this list purely because of how much fun I had watching it and learning about Jigsaw’s world.
The Sixth Sense
Speaking of incredible twist endings. This film was ruined for me and yet I was still captivated by the story. It’s a shame that M. Night Shyamalan is too afraid of being type cast as I would gladly welcome his talent back into the genre. He’s not making too many friends in the other genres anyways. Come back Night!