Scream is yet another slasher film on our list of best Hollywood horror films of all time. This is also the film that introduced us to Ghostface, one of the most dreadful serial killer characters in the Hollywood history. Directed by Wes Craven, the film follows the life of Sidney Prescott, portrayed by Neve Campbell, who becomes the target of a mysterious killer wearing a scary mask and is identified as Ghostface because of the mask. The film was a successful attempt to blend comedy and “whodunit” mystery combined with the ruthlessness of the slasher genre to change the cliché set by popular horror films like Halloween and Friday the 13th.
Paranormal Activity is a 2007 independent found footage horror film written and directed by Oren Peli. The film marks the debut of the Paranormal Activity film franchise. Basically, the film revolves around a couple, Katie, and Micah, who feel the presence of supernatural activity in their home. To understand what’s haunting them, they decide to film everything by setting up cameras in their bedroom to document the happenings while they are asleep. The film is showed in the found footage format and is undoubtedly one of the scariest films I have ever watched.
Primarily a prequel/spin-off to the famous “The Conjuring Series”, Annabelle is a 2014 horror film directed by John R. Leonetti and written by Gary Dauberman. Being the first film of the Annabelle film series, it becomes a must watch if you want to understand the plot behind the Annabelle film franchise as well as some events of The Conjuring film series. The film is in fact inspired by the story about a doll named Annabelle narrated by Ed and Lorraine Warren, the real-life paranormal investigators.
Oculus is an interesting psychological horror film directed by Mike Flanagan that keeps you confused and startled throughout the film. Based on another short film by Flanagan, Oculus: Chapter 3 – The Man with the Plan, the film is centered up on a mirror that is believed to be haunted that’s causing chaos in the lives of the Russell family. Set in parallel with two different times set apart by 11 years, the film follows the life of Russell family who has moved into a new house. However, things start getting ugly and scary when Alan, the head of the family, purchases an antique mirror to decorate his office without any knowledge that it is malevolent with the capability of inducing hallucinations. The aftermath of these hallucinations is drastic as the effects are even active after 11 years when the Russell kids have grown up and decide to end it once and for all.
It Follows is a 2014 supernatural psychological horror film directed by David Robert Mitchell. The film is about a girl who is pursued by a supernatural entity that follows her after a sexual encounter with her boyfriend. The film introduces us to a new Urban Legend with a pinch of sex in it. The film stars Maika Monroe as Jay, who is the victim targeted by some unknown supernatural entity, along with Keir Gilchrist, Olivia Luccardi, Daniel Zovatto, Jake Weary and others in supporting roles.
The Thing is the first science fiction Horror film on our list of greatest horror films of all time. Directed by John Carpenter, the film is based on the John W. Campbell’s novel Who Goes There? The film is primarily about a parasitic extraterrestrial lifeform that assimilated and takes the form of its victims. The Thing infiltrates the Antarctic research station and starts taking appearances of the researchers, hence, creating paranoia within the group. The film stars Kurt Russell in the lead role.
The Evil Dead
The Evil Dead is a 1981 American supernatural horror film directed by Sam Raimi. The film follows the vacation of five college students in an isolated cabin in the woods. After playing a strange unknown audio tape, they release a legion of demons and spirits with the group suffering from demonic possession creating chaos. The success of this film and its legacy can be witnessed by the fact that there was 2 sequels and reboot released in the Evil Dead film franchise as well as several video games, comic books, and a TV series.
Another horror franchise film that makes it to our list of best Hollywood horror films is the 2011 American supernatural horror film Insidious. The film is about a couple played by Patrick Wilson and Rose Byrne, whose son goes into a comatose state and becomes a vessel for ghosts in an astral dimension who wants to take over his body to live once again. However, the father Patrick Wilson takes the help of demonologists to get his son back by using his ability to astral project. Whether he is successful to save his son or not forms the rest of the film.
The Sixth Sense
The Sixth Sense is a supernatural horror film that would keep you in the secret until the end. And, when the suspense is finally out, you will be shocked to death to see the secret and main surprise element of this horror film. Directed by M. Night Shyamalan, the film is about a boy Cole Sear, played by Haley Joel Osment, and the child psychologist Dr. Malcolm Crowe, played by Bruce Willis. Cole is able to see and talk to the dead which frightens him, while Dr. Crowe is fighting his own demons. Both the child and the psychologist form a bond that helps each other counter their fears. However, a big truth is about to be revealed that will shock everyone at the end.
Lights Out is yet another great horror film on our list that is based on a short film of the same name. Both Lights Out and the short films were directed by David F. Sandberg. The film is about a family that’s haunted by a supernatural apparition that is visible in the dark but disappears in the light. Being a vengeful ghost, Rebecca, the stepdaughter of Paul’s who is the head of the family and has already been killed by the ghost must find a way to get rid of it to save her family. The film stars Teresa Palmer in the lead role as Rebecca, while Gabriel Bateman, Maria Bello, Emily Alyn Lind, Alexander DiPersia, Billy Burke and others play supporting roles.
The Mist is the film adaptation of Stephen King’s novel of the same name. Directed by Frank Darabont, The Mist is the second science fiction horror film on our list of best Hollywood horror films. Unlike other films that portray ghosts or supernatural entities as antagonists, The Mist is very different and unique entry in this genre. The theme of the film revolves around a group of people in the small town of Bridgton, Maine who find themselves under threat from otherworldly monsters as an unusual mist spreads across the town after a huge thunderstorm. Now, the group must unite to survive the attack by all means.
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