October is here, which can only mean one thing— it’s time for horror movies. While there are dozens of horror movies that everyone should see, you might also be interested in the best rated horror movies.
Inspired by IMDb’s 10th Annual Movie Awards, we compiled a list of the top rated horror films of all time.
Here are some horror movies are discussed-
1. The Shining
In this movie, Jack Nicholson plays a writer who takes up an isolated hotel to work on his next novel. He soon encounters a family of ghosts and spirals out of control in an attempt to survive the harrowing ordeal.
The Shining is considered as one of the best haunted movies ever made, with a well justified 98% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Steven Spielberg’s Jaws was both praised for its terrifying relatable characters in one of the first blockbuster hits for both Spielberg and Universal Pictures, as well as criticized for its unrealistic shark shots and bad effects.
Overall, Jaws received a massive 96% rating from Rotten Tomatoes critics, as well as an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay.
3. The Conjuring
The Conjuring follows the Perrons, a family who move into a newly constructed farmhouse, only to be terrorized by an unseen force.
The film has a 96% rating from Rotten Tomatoes users and was loosely inspired by real-life demonic possession cases.
4. The Silence of the Lambs
It’s no surprise that this is one of the top rated horror movies. In Jodie Foster’s Oscar winning performance as Clarice Starling, this movie forces you to consider what it would be like if you were targeted by Buffalo Bill in real life, as she must face many different challenges in order to try and solve his plot.
The Silence of the Lambs has a 96% rating from Rotten Tomatoes critics and managed to win Best Picture at the 1992 Oscars.
5. The Exorcist
Widely considered as one of the best horror films ever made, The Exorcist is based on a book of the same name and follows a family who asks for help from two priests, who are struggling against their own personal demons, to save their daughter after she becomes possessed by an evil demon.
This film has an amazing 94% on Rotten Tomatoes and managed to win Best Adapted Screenplay at the 1975 Oscars.
Screenwriter Lawrence D. Cohen’s mesmerizing adaptation of Stephen King’s horror novel is a remake of the 1973 film, and stars Sissy Spacek as Carrie White, who goes on a murderous rampage after her cruel high school bullies take out their frustrations on her.
The film also stars Piper Laurie who plays Carrie’s mother, and Brian Cox as the monster-obsessed father of the two bullies.
This has an amazing 92% rating from Rotten Tomatoes critics and managed to win both Best Adapted Screenplay at the 1976 Oscars as well as Best Actress at the 1976 Oscars for Spacek.
7. The Fly
The Fly is one of the most visually disturbing films of all time. In this film, a scientist’s attempt to combine human and insect DNA goes horribly wrong. Directed by David Cronenberg, the film stars Jeff Goldblum as a brilliant scientist who slowly changes into a creature with many of the characteristics of both man and fly, and his love interest Geena Davis. The Fly has an amazing 92% rating from Rotten Tomatoes critics and won Best Make-up at the 1986 Oscars.
Poltergeist is a horror film directed by Tobe Hooper and written by Steven Spielberg. Poltergeist follows a family whose home is haunted by evil spirits that abducts the youngest daughter of the family in the middle of the night.
The film was released in 1982 and has an amazing 91% rating from Rotten Tomatoes users. This film also won Best Visual Effects at the 1983 Oscars.
9. The Silence of the Lambs
The Silence of the Lambs is one of my personal favorite horror movies, and it’s not just because Jodie Foster won her first Oscar for this one (although she did give a great performance).
This movie tells the story of a young FBI trainee named Clarice Starling who must track down a serial killer known as Buffalo Bill, and help him into bringing him to justice.
The film is based on the story by Thomas Harris and is the first installment in his Hannibal Lecter series. The Silence of the Lambs has an amazing 91% rating from Rotten Tomatoes users.
This movie introduced many horror movies, including Jigsaw’s Traps and Fake-out Traps, which allows for you to “win” by surviving, but not always in a way you might be expecting. This movie also introduces us to Jigsaw’s psycho puppet master, Mark Hoffman, played by Cary Elwes.