I do not watch many horror movies, but I do enjoy them when I do! However, I do not think the movies on my list are overly scary, I would class most of them as thrillers. But they are still good nonetheless.
One of my favourite series of horror films is the Insidious movies. The storylines are good, they have a good amount of jump scares in them and to me are overall enjoyable!
Second on my list comes the movies based on Ed and Lorraine Warren, two real-life paranormal investigators. Although these movies are not based 100% on true stories, they do have elements of truth in them, based on cases that the Warrens have encountered during their time as investigators. The movies include The Conjuring, Annabelle, Annabelle Creation and Annabelle Comes Home. These are all very good horror films that I would happily watch again! The storylines keep you on the edge of your seat and the jump scares are brilliantly timed.
Lorraine and Ed Warren are well known for the Amityville Haunting as they were two of the very first investigators to check out the scene! I would definitely recommend reading up on the true stories and the lives of the Warrens. Sadly neither Ed or Lorraine Warren is alive today. Ed passed away in 2006 at the age of 79 and Lorraine passed away earlier this year at the age of 92.
Third, on my list is Orphan. This is one of my favourite movies. A psychological thriller with a great plot twist. This movie follows a young orphan girl who is adopted into a lovely home. But as time goes by, her adoptive mother starts to discover that she is not as sweet as she comes across. But her husband thinks that she is going crazy and that their new adopted daughter is just your typical young girl…
A great movie, definitely worth watching! I have seen this one multiple times and I enjoyed it every single time.
Fourth on my list is Mama. I watched this one at the cinema with my mum when it first came out and we both very much enjoyed it. The storyline turns out to be quite heartwarming, despite the jump scares and the scenes that had me on the edge of my chair. I would definitely recommend this movie.
And last on my list is Split. The acting in this movie is incredible by James McAvoy as he plays a character with a split personality disorder. Now, I know that this film was critiqued for how it portrayed mental illness in a negative light and some may say that it attempts to make people with mental health disorders come across as if they are dangerous in some way or another. But I have to admit that I saw past this and I fully enjoyed the way that this movie was put together and it was difficult not to appreciate the raw talent of James McAvoy.
It is important to understand that this movie is not just based on mental illness, the main character is possessed by some supernatural being… I will not go into too much detail as I am sure there are still many people out there who have not seen this movie. The film is about a mentally ill man who kidnaps three young girls and holds them hostage. It shows him coming in to talk to them, and each time he has a different personality, a different voice, different characteristics and different beliefs… yet all of the personalities are connected in one way or another, and they all talk about one person in particular… the one personality that is above all the rest… the one to be feared the most…
I narrowed my list down to five parts as I realised that a couple of them are sequels/prequels so they are also a part of this list of must-watch horror movies.
What are your favourite horror films? Are you a fan of the old classics, the new remakes or the new, original movies? Let me know in the comments below and if I have not seen them already, I will be sure to check them out!