Top 10 Best Theatrical Horror Movies of All Time

Happy Halloween! Let’s take a look at some of the BEST horror movies that made it into theaters!

The Top Ten

1 The Shining

Only one bad thing about this movie the actor who played Johnny's wife was horrible... so horrible that it hurts. But everyone else did a good solid performance.

"I'm not gonna hurt ya. I'm just gonna bash yer brains"

I can't believe this was nominated for Worst Director Razzie Award. - Tia-Harribel

The Shining is a flawless horror film! There is nothing bad about it! I actually didn’t watch this movie until last year. I wish I watched it earlier because it is so good! It’s the definition of a great horror film! It is legitimately scary! Jack Nicholson gives such a scary performance to the point where we actually believe he is insane! It even has one of the most memorable scenes in film history. I just love that “Here’s Johnny” scene. The delivery of that line is what makes it so amazing! There’s also the scene with the two girls saying “Come play with us” which I thought was really creepy. The movie doesn’t rely on jump scares, which are a type of scare that I am not a fan of. The scares in this movie mostly come from the imagery and the intensity! The reactions of the characters are what make it seem very scary! They show a lot of fear in their expressions! This movie has been parodied in a lot of shows and some other movies. It certainly is a very memorable ...more - MegaSoulhero

2 It (2017)

Love this movie!

Yeah, it's great

I can’t add the original IT to this list since it is not a theatrical movie or a movie at all. Even if it was, I still wouldn’t add it because it sucks! But the recent 2017 adaptation was actually really good! I was surprised because it didn’t look like it would be good from the trailers. It’s a good thing I don’t judge things just by looking at a trailer. I don’t say I hate something without actually watching it. I mean, who does that? Please note that this statement isn’t directed towards any specific person. It’s directed towards most of the internet. Anyway, the movie mostly focuses on the character development. And it does a great job at it! The relationship between the characters seem very real and we end up caring about them. I wouldn’t exactly say the movie is scary, but it’s creepy. Whenever a balloon appears, it lets you know that something creepy is gonna show up. The CGI is crap, but they do a pretty great job with some of the creepy scenes. I’m so ...more - MegaSoulhero

3 Jaws

I LOVE Jaws! But then again, who doesn’t? This is a masterpiece of a film! It does everything right! Great cinematography, great acting, great intensity, everything about it is great! They do a great job of making it feel very terrifying! The acting makes it seem like they are in real danger! Even the music gives it an intense feel! That Jaws theme still creeps me out to this day. The movie is very intense and it all feels real! That’s why this is one of the greatest movies ever made! As for the sequels, those are just awful! Because this movie was a success, they decided to cash in on its success and make more than one sequel. And I hated all of them! They did not need to happen! Very unnecessary! But the original is still a great classic. - MegaSoulhero

Who doesn’t love this film?

Answer: Me. - DCfnaf

4 The Silence of the Lambs

As much as I love this movie, I wish it didn’t win Best Picture. You know why? Because that’s the same year Beauty and the Beast got nominated! And that should’ve won! Why couldn’t they release one of these movies a year later? Regardless, Silence of the Lambs is phenomenal! There is quite a lot of suspense and it really keeps you on the edge of your seat! There are a lot of memorable moments! A lot of memorable lines of dialogue! This is a very quotable film! It has a great story! It has great characters! This is a great classic! The fact that it was nominated for Best Picture is really incredible! I still wish it didn’t win though. - MegaSoulhero

5 Saw

I don’t get what critics have against this film. I think it’s awesome. I put this on my list of good movies with bad Rotten Tomatoes scores. I still think it deserves more positivity. Sure, it has kind of developed a fanbase over time, but I’m surprised that it got a lot of negative reviews when it came out. The sequels, however, deserve the amount of hate they get. Especially Saw 3D! Which is on my list of worst theatrical horror movies. I haven’t seen Jigsaw but I’m kind of skeptical about it. Anyway, Saw is one of my favorite horror movies! This is actually the movie that kind of got me interested in horror films. The character of Jigsaw is legitimately creepy. He has a very monotones voice which makes him sound like someone you don’t wanna mess with. He even has an overall creepy appearance. The movie is frightening because the characters are put in danger with the risk of dying by Jigsaw’s traps. It doesn’t rely on stuff jumping out at you. This is a great horror ...more - MegaSoulhero

The first Saw was solid. Then it just was pretty much gore porn after that. - cjWriter1997

6 Halloween (1978)

It’s Halloween-lo-ween everybody! If you get that reference, you’re awesome. This movie is the original Halloween film! Not the 2007 Rob Zombie film. This one is far better! Michael Myers is terrifying! He’s my favorite horror movie icon! I think it’s really clever how they don’t completely show the character. He always seems to be in the shadows. Which makes it a lot scarier. The cinematography also manages to give the movie a dark feel to it. There’s a lot of dark lighting and some camera work that really sets the mood. I love this movie and a lot of others seem to do as well! Which is why it got seven sequels, a remake, and a sequel to the remake. And there’s another Halloween film coming out next year. At least it will Jamie Lee Curtis in it. - MegaSoulhero

7 The Conjuring

The Conjuring is awesome! The Conjuring 2 is great! And there is gonna be a third Conjuring movie which I will definitely see! This movie does scares correctly! It’s very suspenseful and perfectly captures true terror! It’s not just a great horror film, it’s a great film in general! The acting is incredible! The story is creative! It is perfectly shot and edited! This is from the same guy responsible for Saw. He really seems to know what he’s doing when it comes to horror movies. I absolutely appreciate the amount of work that went into this film! As great as Conjuring and Conjuring 2 are, I’m sure Conjuring 3 will be great as well! - MegaSoulhero

8 The Exorcist

Ah yes. I remember the first time I watched the Exorcist. I used to think this movie was just okay. But the more I watch it, the better it gets! This is a truly memorable film! Every actor does such a great job! There was also a lot of effort put into the make-up! A lot of people say this is one of the scariest movies of all time, and I can kind of see why! It really is pretty frightening! The movie was so good that it got a sequel. But unfortunately, the sequel sucked. And there were movies after that, but they must’ve been pretty forgettable since I don’t remember them. Still, the first Exorcist movie is fantastic! - MegaSoulhero

9 Psycho (1960)

It’s impossible to talk about the best horror films and not mention this one. It’s the first horror film that actually tried to be scary! It took risks and succeeded! Everyone ended up loving it! Of course, the best scene in the movie is the shower scene. Such an iconic scene. Sure, the effects don’t look good compared to today’s movies, but they still look decent. And it’s still pretty scary and intense. I highly recommend it if you haven’t seen it yet! - MegaSoulhero

10 Alien

Hey! They made a movie about my sister! I’m kidding. This movie is both a horror film and a sci-fi film. The effects to this day still hold up! The scenery is fantastic! The music is brilliant! They did an excellent job with the set designs! It all looks so real! The movie isn’t as great as Star Wars, obviously, but it definitely is a great sci-fi film. I refuse to watch Alien: Resurrection by the way. - MegaSoulhero

The Contenders

11 Seven
12 A Nightmare on Elm Street
13 Scream


14 Get Out

A modern masterpiece. - Tia-Harribel

15 Carrie (1976)
16 Friday the 13th
17 Goosebumps
18 Hellraiser
19 Aliens

Better than Alien. That movie is still good though - Gangem

20 Child’s Play
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