Picking out the best horror movies of all time is a tough pickle. You really have to find the scary elements in a horror film and not just settle for blood and gore. Some of the things you should look for should include elements that display the director’s as well as the actors’ brilliance.
Each of the three best horror movies we have below have been influential to later movies in the genre and thus deserve their slate. Each one has certain elements making them ingenious works of art.
This 1973 horror film is one that has achieved worldwide acclaim and a lot of attention from horror movie fans everywhere. It has garnered a couple of academy awards in 1974, which includes best sound and best screen play. Other than that, you can count the other 12 awards it raked in plus nominations numbering to about 14 making it one of the best horror movies of all time.
With all the awards and prestige the film has garnered, you’ll be left wondering who else has not seen this horror movie. William Friedkin’s directing and the cast’s masterful acting created quite a stir during its release way back in 1973. One of the fears people had then regarding the movie is the possibility that such a thing as a demonic possession could really happen to anyone.
Yes, The Exorcist is about young Regan MacNeil, played by Linda Blair, who gets possessed by evil spirits. A young priest named Father Damien Karras, played by Jason Miller, who is at the point of questioning his faith works with one of their church’s elders to exorcise the demon. The horror film, truly deserving a place as one of the best horror movies, is a brilliant masterpiece that has all the elements and effects to make a cinematographic work simply put – really scary!
This is one of Alfred Hitchcock’s best works and deserves to be numbered as one of the best horror movies of all time. Released in 1960, this horror flick has been talked about, spoofed, debated over, and still remains one of the masterpieces in this genre. It may not have all the flying arms, chopped and slashed bodies, large pools and splashes of blood, and crazy monsters and effects, Psycho ranks as one of the magnum opus of fine cinema.
The scene where Marion Crane, the first victim in the movie, was stabbed to death by a mysterious woman is one of the most famous scenes ever to be filmed. Even Looney Tunes’ Bugs Bunny even has a parody in homage to this great horror sequence. The movie is one of the greatest influences to horror films today. The camera angles, scream placement, theme, and sound effects are masterful works of art for any would be film maker to contemplate on.
Night of the Living Dead
This 1968 film started a whole new genre in horror film making and brought the honor of being zombie master extraordinaire to the film’s director George A. Romero. You can say that the rise of zombie mania has heavy roots here. As an added trivia, you will notice, after having watched the film, that no one in the entire movie ever called the living dead as zombies.
Elements of this film, including horrific shots of guts, gore, and blood can be seen in today’s horror films like 28 Days Later and Dawn of the Dead. Night of the Living Dead is truly one of the most moving and one of the best horror movies of all time.