Though 2019 belongs to the horror genre, some of the greatest horror films have been made in the past 50 years in Hollywood.
Picking the 10 best in the category is surely a task, we have it simplified for you.
Read below to find out which films land in our list of the 10 greatest horror films of all time. Get ready to get spooked:The Shining (1980)
Stephen King once used to be an alcoholic novelist. It was his visit to the 'The Stanley Hotel' in 1974 which inspired him to come up with his first bestseller 'The Shining' in 1977. Only three years later, the novel was adapted into a film by the same name, 'The Shining' has remained at the top of the critics' list since then.
Jack Nicholson plays Jack Torrance, a struggling writer and recovering alcoholic, who puts his wife (Wendy) and son's (Danny Torrance) lives in danger as he goes insane. The supernatural element in the film is the quintessential representation of the horror genre. 'The Shining' is an avant-garde example of Stanley Kubrick's masterful storytelling. The film is a representation of pop culture and makes the modern day viewer get a good taste of psychic terror.
We have to mention here that Kubrick made the actors work extremely hard after a year of indulging them into the film. And maybe this was the reason why we saw the madness coming out of Jack. We simply can't get over the 'Here's Johnny' bathroom scene in the film.Psycho (1960)
During the beginning of the 60s, master storyteller Alfred Hitchcock redefined the narrative around Hollywood films. 'Psycho' turned out to be huge and became not only one of the greatest horror films of all time but one of the greatest films ever made.
The infamous story of the Bates Motel later inspired many film-makers to revive what Hitchcock created. Viewers have not only seen and rated the film on the basis of the terror it offers, but also for the fact that 'Psycho' happened to be a cinematic marvel. It inspired generations of directors and writers to come up with something that matches the craft of the virtuoso.
Starring Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, John Gavin, Vera Miles, and Martin Balsam, 'Psycho' remains a film unravelled and a phenomenon of its kind.The Exorcist (1973)
William Friedkin's 'The Exorcist' is a film recommended by every horror lover. The very phenomenon of exorcism became a subject matter for many films after 'The Exorcist' was released. The film is adapted from the 1971 novel of the same name by William Peter Blatty.
'The Exorcist' is well constructed and chronicles the story of a possessed girl, her troubled mother and two priests who ultimately carry on the exorcism, while one of them dies during the process. It scares you to the core and can be compared to the 'Exorcism of Emily Rose'.
'The Exorcist' happened to be the first film that was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture in the horror genre. It remained the highest grossing horror film till 2017, when 'It' took its position. The air about the film's sets being cursed gave it much hype during the time of its release. The film has got all the elements that make it an unusual horror film.Halloween (1978)
'Halloween' is a movie that truly falls in the must-watch list especially on every Halloween. This film completely redefined the career of Jamie Lee Curtis (the babysitter) who later went on to appear in multiple films in the 'Halloween' series, the latest one being 'Halloween' (2018).
The film depicts the story of how resident boogeyman popular as Michael Myers causes terror and killings in the neighbourhood leading to lifelong trauma to Laurie Strode, who escapes his attacks.
The nerve chilling slow paced story of the film is so gripping that one can't avoid digging into what happens in the subsequent parts. John Carpenter's tour de force remains a classic in the horror genre.Get Out (2017)
'Get Out' is too good to be ignored for the list of 10 best horror films of all time. When Jordan Peele's directorial debut swept the Oscar for the Best Adapted Screenplay in 2018, it left the fans with excitement as the turnout for 'Get Out' was highly positive.
Daniel Kaluuya's stint as an African-American man becoming the victim to extreme horrors has received positive reviews from the critics, earning him his first Oscar nomination. 'Get Out' was not a regular horror film, it contained brutal aphorisms and gave the audiences some bloodcurdling moments. The film reformulated horror genre and took it to an all new level.Hereditary (2018)
Toni Collette's feat of strength made 'Hereditary' an unforgettable horror saga so powerful that it can give you creeps in daylight.
Director Ari Aster carved the film into a tale, profoundly haunting. 'Hereditary' depicts the story of a mourning daughter who begins to face unusual incidents, ultimately leading to the death of her family members. Her children and husband succumb to the cult established by the dead matriarch of the clan.
The film has been nominated for two Critics Choice Awards this year. If you plan to get scared to the core, there is no better modern day movie other than 'Hereditary'.It (2017)
What can one expect from the highest grossing horror film of all times? 'It' has got it all – A good story, utopian direction, and most importantly Stephen King's involvement. The evil clown Pennywise stirred intense fright amongst kids and adults too.
The conviction portrayed by the members of the 'Losers Club' is something that makes the soul of the film, as the journey of finding Georgie unfolds, Pennywise (played by Bill Skarsgård) keeps coming back in diabolical forms.
Though the clown finally disappears, leaving the children, the end credits of the film says 'It: Chapter One' thus hinting to one more chapter from Stephen King's novel. 'It: Chapter Two' is finally coming to the screens this year with more twists and turns and the film is highly awaited.Rosemary's Baby (1968)
The 1968 film directed by Academy Award winner Roman Polanski is one of the most talked about horror films in the world. The cast features Mia Farrow, John Cassavetes, Ruth Gordon, Sidney Blackmer, Maurice Evans, Ralph Bellamy, Angela Dorian, Clay Tanner, and Charles Grodin.
The film is centred on the life of Rosemary Woodhouse who during her pregnancy discovers shocking truths about her husband and family.
Rosemary's baby ultimately gets snatched from her and her husband turns out to be a follower of the devil. In 2017, a similar film titled 'Mother' was made, however it failed to create an impact.Poltergeist (1982)
Tobe Hooper's 'Poltergeist' has remained one of the highly notable films in the horror genre. A moving story by Steven Spielberg turned out to be huge for stars JoBeth Williams, Craig T. Nelson, and Beatrice Straight as the film earned three Academy Award nominations.
This is a story of a house that ultimately scares the shit out of its residents as they discover it to be possessed. There are a good number of special effects in the film, excellent for the audience of the 80s. The film offers many spine-chilling moments and keeps the viewers bound to their seats.The Witch (2016)
This is the last film in our list and the one that makes your blood run cold. Unnerving and jaw-dropping, 'The Witch' leaves the audience gripped in fear as they slowly process the dread that follows majorly in the second half.
Set in the 1630s, the period piece runs slow and once it takes its full form, it scares you to death. 'The Witch' by all means may be thoroughly dark, as it revolves around the lives of a farmer's family and the lost baby.
Director Robert Eggers promises to leave you with a pounding heart and a very sinister image especially that of the last scene in the film.