The Best Around: 15 Of the Greatest Horror Films

For anyone who loves to be scared, there is nothing like watching a good old fashion horror film to get your blood curdling. They can leave you with goosebumps, a racing heart, and terrible nightmares. Horror movies can be about anything from a crazed lunatic to the supernatural. The only element that is mandatory is the ability to scare whatever audience is watching.

Some movie buffs point to the silent short Le Manoir du Diable as the first horror film ever made, produced in the 1890s. These movies have come such a long way since then.

If you are a horror film fanatic, read on. Below is a list of 15 of the greatest horror films ever made.

15. Night of the Living Dead (1968)

Directed by George A. Romero, Night of the Living Dead followed eight characters trapped in a farmhouse in rural western Pennsylvania during a zombies outbreak. This independent film is a horror classic, watched and adored by many still to this day.

A lot of people remember falling in love with this flick as it was played over and over on television around Halloween. This was because there was no copyright on the film, which meant anyone and everyone could play it. It also helped spawn North America’s obsession with zombies, which has grown in popularity since.

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14. Psycho (1960)

Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 classic horror film had many people terrified of taking a simple shower. The plot centers around an encounter between Marion Crane and crazier-than-crazy hotel owner Norman Bates. Crane goes to the motel after stealing money from her boss and has to deal with Bates’ eerie and disturbing ways.

Critics not only consider Psycho one of the best when it comes to the horror genre, but also one of the greatest movies of all time. It set a new standard in American films when it came to the level of violence, sexuality, and deviance shown.

13. Scream (1996)

Directed by Wes Craven and written by Kevin Williamson, Scream helped revive the popularity of slasher films in the late 90s. Mixing horror with a little bit of comedy, the story was set in the fictional suburb of Woodsboro, California and followed Sidney Prescott and her high school buddies as they were terrorized by a mysterious killer who donned an eerie ghost mask.

The movie had an in-your-face quality because the characters openly mocked some of the best horror flicks of all time and, interestingly, discussed the killing clichés used in film that soon turned into reality for them. The movie’s popularity not only produced three sequels, but a parody as well.

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