Top 15 Horror Movies That Send Chills Down One’s Spine

Movies are something we cannot go without; Netflix and chill is now a part of our life. It’s quarantine season right now. So here is the list of horror movies that will surely give you nightmares. The horror genre can be difficult to watch but surely provides us with some kick in our lives.

1. Orphan

Orphan
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IMDb ratings: 6.9 / 10                                                                                 

It is a psychological thriller. The movie plays well with the surprise element. The movie begins with a couple played by Vera Farmiga and Peter Sarsgaard. The couple has recently lost their baby, so they make up their mind for adopting a child. They finally adopted a nine-year-old but she brings a lot of darkness in their lives.

The movie had made a tremendous collection of $78.8 at the box office despite the controversies by the adoption groups due to twisted plot revolving around the orphan. This movie is a must-watch as its twisted and unique plot will strike fear in the heart of the viewers.

2. Hounds Of Love

Hounds Of Love
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IMDb ratings: 6.5/10

The story takes us back to 1987, where a homicidal couple John and Evelyn wanders around the streets of  Perth, Australia. One day fate crosses their path with Vicki Maloney who has snuck out from her home to go partying. The couple’s interaction with the teen will surely give you nightmares.

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The movie is a great example of how sometimes human beings can be scarier than ghosts. Its an intense and frightening tale topped by outstanding performances that’s gives the movie a real dramatic weight. The movie is known for reaching unexpected psychological depths.

3. The Others

The Others
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IMDb ratings: 7.6/10

The others starring Nicole Kidman is a gothic horror. The story is about our female lead Grace who has moved into a fresh house with her two children in Jersey. Both of her kids are photogenic. The family experiences a chain of puling events which leads to grace believing that their house is haunted.

The theme might be blurry towards the start but the plot twist during the climax will make it clear. The flick reminds us that a movie doesn’t need to be expensive and require tons of special effect to be creepy. The movie’s twists and turns will keep you on the edge of your seat. The movie is nothing short of cinematic genius.

4. It

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IMDb ratings: 7.3/10

Back in 1986 when ‘IT’ the book released people had gone crazy reading it. To date, it is considered a classic. The movie is an adaptation of the same. The story is about seven kids that come together due to their common element of being bullied. Later when the movie moves ahead we see how Pennywise the clown brings their worst nightmare alive.

The situational comedy in the movie is like the cherry on the cake. It is one of the best horror movies of all time. The movie is perfectly packed with action, humor, drama, and of course horror. The movie endures happiness in one moment and sadness at the next. It’s truly amazing.

5. The Conjuring

The Conjuring
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IMDb ratings: 7.5/10                                      

The narrative is about the Perron family moving into a new farmhouse for the fresh start in life. But their bright start quickly turns dark. However, they consult demonologists duo, Ed and Lorraine Warren, to help them get rid of the evil spirit haunting them.

The movie is a supernatural horror flick directed by James Wan. James Wan is a common name when it comes to horror movies. He is titled as the purveyor of horror in Hollywood. The movie is based on true events which make it, even more, horrific. The movie is without a doubt a scare-fest, it will haunt you as soon as you turn the lights off. The movie without fail will send shivers throughout your body.

6. Sinister

Sinister
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IMDb ratings: 6.8/10

The tale is about a true-crime writer Ellison Oswald has reached a new low. He hasn’t had a best seller in more than a decade and is becoming eagerly craving for a hit. When he finds out about the existence of a snuff film resembling the deaths of a family, he commits to crack the enigma. To do the following he shifts into the house of the victim with his family. However, his work adds up to the theory of the presence of a ghostly force, Ellison gains an understanding that living in the house may cost lives.

Sinister fluctuates between crime mystery and scary material. The movie has a magnificent use of mystery that will surely bring you on the edge of your seat and along with mystery, you will also experience fear that will without question scare the bejesus out of you.

7. The Cabin In The Woods

The Cabin In The Woods
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IMDb ratings: 7/10

The motion picture recites the story of five college buddies arriving at a remote forest cabin for a little vacation, little do they expect the horrors that await them. One by one, the youths fall target to zombies from the wilds.

Along with frightening, the movie is also exceptionally clever and entertaining. The movie is smart and interesting with twists thrown in that you will never see coming. It is very unique and intense and very smartly portrayed. Also, the characters are extremely strong and interesting that will surely make you love the movie even more. This film can link all horror films together in one big universe which seems to be a thing these days.

8. Insidious

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IMDb ratings: 6.8/10

The movie is regarding Josh and Renai moving into a new house, seeking a fresh start. Things get worse when their son, Dalton, mystifyingly enters into a coma, and abnormal events start to appear in the house. 

The movie is for the ones who love the Ouija boards and believe in the dark world. This movie will bring chills down your spine when it comes to the jumpscares. It brings that feeling of anxiety and apprehension throughout the movie because of the level of detail in every scene. Even more, the screeching violins and goosebump-inducing demonic entities suggest, maybe, this flick’s biggest and most repulsive scare.

 9. Suspiria [1997]

Suspiria [1997]
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IMDb ratings: 7.4/10

It is a tale of young Suzy traveling to Germany to attend ballet school. As one the student gets murdered and Suzy herself experiences strange incidents. She hears noises and often feels ill. As more people die, Suzy comes across a terrifying unknown history of the place.

Not only is “Suspiria” a treat to the eyes with its bright neon colors but the most surreal movie experience ever. It is a twisted fairy tale of nightmares with a fantastic soundtrack. No other horror movie is presented in such an interesting and unique way like this. On a technical side, it’s masterful. The eye-popping colored lights can be considered as characters even more frightening than the witches and jump scare.

10. The Conjuring 2

The Conjuring 2
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IMDb ratings: 7.5/10

The movie recites the story of a single mother seeking the help of occult investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren when she and her children witness strange, paranormal events in their house.

This movie is proof that horror films can be sweet, surprising, and even charming. Even ones with demonic nuns. Fear quadruples at the mere thought that the events in the film have happened to real people even with its glitches, The Conjuring 2 gets one thing right; it scares the hell out of you. The Conjuring 2 is properly stuffed with Wan’s element making it a must-watch. After watching this movie you will surely be unable to sleep alone in your bed. So BEWARE!!!

11. Hereditary

Hereditary
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IMDb ratings: 7.3/10

The horror launches when the matron of the Graham family dies, her daughter and grandchildren begin to untangle mysterious and deeply terrifying secrets about their hereditary, trying to walk away from the sinister fate they have fallen heir to.

Different from most horror films where it feels like you are in a middle of a horror-themed amusement park of people in costumes bounces at you, there is a climate of creepiness built-in Hereditary and elegantly maintained that will make you feel uncomfortable. It’s brilliantly horribly — cruel to the point of invasiveness. When you will look at its demonic apparatus, you’re left with the most intractably nightmarish arena of all: hearth and home.

12. The Babadook

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IMDb ratings: 6.8/10

The motion picture is concerning a single mom, disturbed by the violent demise of her partner, struggles with her son’s fear of a monster skulking in the house, but very soon she realizes a sinister existence all around her.

The weirdness starts with the film name itself – what does ‘Babadook’ even mean? Is it a term made by a toddler for a monster hiding beneath the bed or lurking in the shadows at dawn? NO Babadook is much more than just that. If you get off on seeing stuff go bump in the dark– and who doesn’t? – then The Babadook is a must-see for you. After watching this fright you will surely be left sitting in the dark shivering, reassured there are still some directors who can leave us well and truly creeped out.

13. The VVitch [Witch]

The VVitch [Witch]
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IMDb ratings: 6.9/10

The film takes us back to New England of the 17th century, a banished Puritan family sets up a farm by the edge of a huge, remote forest, where no other family lives. But sinister forces then start haunting them.

In a category that frequently depends on tired cliches and jump-scares, The VVitch is solitaire for them. The VVitch is truly a present-day horror classic and one of the most petrifying movies in recent times. Films like these are out of the ordinary that captures our mind, and any devotee of horror should watch this one without fail. Like any excellent horror film, its true impact is recognized once the credits have rolled and it stays hidden under our skin, it will appear before us once in a while to remind you of its insidious power.

14. Paranormal Activity [2007]

Paranormal Activity [2007]
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IMDb ratings: 6.3/10

The plot is about Katie and Micah, a youthful duo, move into their new residence and they eventually develop feeling the presence of evil forces. They install cameras that capture all the incidents, noises, and evil occurrences in the house.

It’ll keep you pinned to your screen and will make you wonder what might happen the next moment, particularly when that the bedroom cam turns on again. Its movie is effective as hell and the key model of how to win your viewers over and keep their attention in a highly unnatural, claustrophobic element in the most unpredictable way possible. Next time you overhear something go thwack in the dark, there’s a possibility  — just a rare one — that your thoughts will transform themselves into that static bedroom and a indicate of something moving.

15. The Exorcist

The Exorcist
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IMDb ratings: 8/10

The plot is dealing with an actress noticing dangerous changes in the behavior and physical make-up of her 12-year-old daughter. At the same time, a young pastor begins to mistrust his faith while struggling with his mother’s illness.

The Exorcist isn’t just a typical “girl is possessed” film. It’s much more involved and deeper than that. If you like jump scares and predictable music then this movie is NOT for you! If you like buildup, characterization, and dialect then this is the movie for you! Never in the history of film making has there been a horror movie nominated for 10 Oscars. And The Exorcist did this miracle for 10 astonishing reasons. It won’t scare you the way movies as conjuring did, but it will surely leave your mind blown.

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