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Everyone has that * One * movie that will stick with them forever. For some people, it's emotionally scarring flicks like Bambi or Lion King. Maybe it was an intellectually stimulating or provocative film that changed the way you understand the world around you, like Eternal Sunshine of Spotless Mind or Shawshank Redemption. No matter where you fall on this lasting impression spectrum, One Thing's for sure: no one ever forgets the first movie that scars the living daylights outta them. For us bona fide Horror fans, it's ghost movies or bust. Sure, chainsaws and maniacal sharks deserve their time in the sun, but come on, guys, GHOSTS! It's never clear if they come in peace and just want to hang out, or if they're seeking revenge because you happen to occupy the lovely carriage house where they grew up. Ghost movies tend to be the perfect scary-movie cocktail of otherworldly creepiness, jump-scares, and psychological trickery. So if you're in the mood to feel somethinganything!, And right now, being scar sh * t-less will do, then queue up one of these 37 scariest ghost movies of all time. I'm not saying you won't be able to sleep tonight, but I'm also not saying that. Sending you thoughts and prayers. True story: I watched this movie with my BFF and because it's film documentary-style, it's nearly impossible to tell whether the footage is real or script, and I couldn't even finish it because I was shaking so badly. Watching this movie is basically an exercise for your imagination to conjure up the worst possible Thing. I ended up leaving my friend all by herself halfway through the movie and had to sleep in the same bed as my parents. I was 16. And now I'm 23 and still not over it. Stanley Kubricks ' notorious adaptation of a Stephen King novel is arguably one of the scariest movies of all time. Frustrate writer by name of Jack Torrance moves his family to the remote Overlook Hotel for winter, where he accepted a job as off-season caretaker. As Jack begins to slide into violent insanity, his son starts having psychic visions of hotels ' horrific past. Then sh * t gets really real. REDRUM. Modern Horror movie is so good, It inspires an entire universe of future films, including two more Conjurings, Annabelle series, and Nun. T He original is still the best though. Conjuring is inspired by a real-life pair of Paranormal investigators, Ed and Lorraine Warren, who come to help a family whose farmhouse may be haunt. Skip Ryan Reynolds remake. Original Amityville, which stars James Brolin and Margot Kidder as a couple who move into a house with a violent history, is the first movie based on the real-life Amityville Horror. That chilling true story? In 1975, Lutz family moved into a house in Amityville, Long Island, where a man had murdered six members of his family just a year prior.

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30. Host (2020)

Release date: July 30 Cast: Haley Bishop, Jemma Moore, Emma Louise Webb Director: Rob Savage Why it's good: group of young friends gather on Zoom to hold fun little seance-only of course, they manage to wake something horrific, and can only watch as each member of the group is attacked by something unseen. Every once in a while, horror fans get a gimmick flick that transcends its gimmick by also being just a damn good film. Host is one of those movies. The visual hook of online seance haunting wouldn't amount to much without some interesting characters, solid acting, and some really good scares. Host has all that stuff. Where to watch it: Shudder

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29. Saw (2004)

It may not be one of the Horror greats that many people seem to make it out to be, but Saw is crafty and ambitious enough to warrant Horror buffs time. It is not a movie for everyone, but lovers of gore will find something to like in Saw despite its sloppy climax and mediocre acting. It has become such a horror icon nowadays, and I believe it will continue to be for a long time. While I wouldnt classify it as such, you ca deny Saw's impact on Horror movies. What are your thoughts on Saw? Why do you find Saw scary?

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24. Evil Dead 2

Low-budget cross between Exorcist and Friday 13, Evil Dead takes the prevailing horror trope of five teenagers under supernatural siege in a cabin in the woods to the goriest extreme imaginable. Bloody battle between students and demons they accidentally unleash when they find tape of ancient incantations in the basement of their holiday cabin-for Gods sake, never play tape of ancient incantations you find in the basement!-Is often played for laughs, but director Sam Raimis way with conjuring creeping dread makes it schlock horror classic. Scariest moment: tree assault scene is still one of the most disturbing in the slasher genre.

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23. The Babadook (2014)

Who brings into their Home kids book called Mister Babadook, crammed with drawings of scary toothy shapes peering around bedroom doors? The answer is leave deliciously vague in this slow-building, expertly unnerving Horror movie built around a broken Australian family. Amelia is a tired-looking carer in a nursing home and grapples with single motherhood in the wake of a car accident that killed her husband while he was driving them to the maternity ward. Samuel, surviving child, now six, is stick in his shouty phase, has hyperactive imagination and is obsessed with weapons. These are precisely the wrong people to be reading Dark bedtime stories, yet mysteriously, there is a book on the shelf. And there go your peaceful nights sleep. Actress-turn-debut-feature-director Jennifer Kent has storytelling balls to show her entire hand in the pop-up story contained in this freaky book and then make the US squirm as events come true. Even more impressively, Kent doesnt shy away from Amelia's off-putting mental state, internal battle between motherly love and obvious resentment. Young Sam will always remind her of her dead husband, and Babadook is female-centric in a way that other Horror movies rarely are. Its Tale in which real terror might have already happen. Parents, brace yourselves. Kent is a natural horror director. She favours crisp compositions and unfussy editing, transforming banal house into a subtle, shadowy threat. Youre not going to be spring out of your seat by overzealous sound designer. By the time the beast shows up, it is possible to be just as rivet by Daviss's mouse-turn-lioness performance, tearing into the register of fellow Aussie Cate Blanchett. If Kents goal is to steer Horror back toward rigorous, non-digital realm for serious artists, her work is do.

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21. A Quiet Place (2018)

I've seen a lot of horror movies, likely more than your average person. But few of those films have ever set up situation as tense, or as simple, as one with nails in Quiet Place. It begins with Evelyn being home alone while Lee and Marcus are out fishing. Heavily-pregnant Evelyn is doing laundry in the basement of a farmhouse, and as she makes her way up rickety wooden steps, her giant laundry bag catches on edge of nail and wrenches it from the wood, sharp-side up. It's one hell of Chekhov's gun when everyone in a movie is barefoot 24 / 7. Anyway, the movie continues on for a few scenes, but it's hard to focus on anything but nail. When is she going to step on it? Will Regan return home and finally take her chance to sneak into the basement her father forbid her from earlier in the film, stepping on it herself? Of course, nails finally come back into play at the worst possible moment: as Evelyn is going into labor. To her immense credit, she doesn't scream as she puts her full weight down on it going down stairs, but she does drop the glass frame that shatters on the basement floor.

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20. Paranormal Activity (2007)

List of deaths

NameCause of DeathKillerOn ScreenNotes
Micah SloatStabbed with kitchen knifePossessed Katie FeatherstonFound dead, cause of death revealed in Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones

In 2006, Katie and her boyfriend, Micah, are a young couple who recently moved into a two-story tract house in suburban San Diego, California. Katie claims that an evil presence has haunted her since childhood and believes that it has followed her to their new home. Each night, Micah mounts a video camera on a tripod in their bedroom to record any Paranormal activity that might occur while they sleep, in hopes of solving the problem himself. On first night, only thing they catch are footstep noises. Katie hires a psychic, Dr. Fredrichs, who assesses that she is being haunted not by a ghost, but by a demon. He says the demon feeds off negative energy, and its intent is to haunt and torment Katie no matter where she go. He advised them not to taunt or communicate with demon, and to contact demonologist Dr. Johann Averies for help. Though Katie seemed interested and engaged in the situation, Micah did not take it seriously. The camera captures several supernatural phenomena which remain minor at first, such as a bedroom door moving by itself during Night 3. During Night 5, however, Katie wakes up from nightmare and it is revealed that something was whispering to her in her sleep. Micah begins to taunt demons and the phenomena worsens; during Night 13, they are awake by an otherworldly screech and loud thud. They go downstairs to investigate and find the chandelier moving by itself. On Night 15th, Katie awakens and spends several hours standing by bed staring at Micah while he Sleep, before going outside to sit on the backyard swing. Micah awakens and tries to convince her to come inside, but she refuse, her voice dreamlike and detach. When Micah goes inside to get her blanket, he finds the TV turned on in the bedroom, and is then startled by Katie, who follows him inside but says that he wake her up. Katie remembers nothing the next day. Katie, already irritated by Micah's flippant response to the situation, becomes irate when Micah brings home Oujia board despite Dr. Fredrichs' warnings. Two went out of the house that evening, leaving an Ouija board in the living room. Curtains and plants start to blow around and the Ouija board's planchette moves on its own. A small fire erupts on board, but it extinguishes itself before they get home. It seems that the board has left them unrecognizable and unreadable message. On Night 17, Micah sprinkles talcum powder in the hallway and when the couple is awake by noises, they find non-human footprints leading to the bedroom from the attic. In attic, Micah finds a burnt photograph of young Katie, which was previously thought to have been destroyed in an unexplained house fire. Next night, light turns on and off and the bedroom door slams shut. Loud banging is heard, as something is apparently trying to get in.

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It Comes At Night (2017)

This is turning out to be quite a year for horror movies. Pure coincidence, of course. And while the genre waxes and wanes like the moon over creepy old house, it is unlikely to disappear as long as we have fears that need purging. It the nature of those fears that tend to shift over time, from social to psychological, from supernatural evil to human depravity, from what is out there to what is in here. It come At Night, rigorous and astute film written and directed by Trey Edward Shults, plays outside-in dialectic beautifully. Initially, premise looks like one weve seen plenty of times before: epidemics have wiped out lot of the population; food and water are scarce; survivors barricade themselves against contamination from sick and competition from healthy. All of that is established quickly and obliquely. No zombies come shambling through the woods, and Mr. Shults doesnt jolt the audience with false scares or showy plot twists. He builds up dread with ruthless efficiency and minimal gimmickry, relying on and refreshing some of the oldest techniques in the book. Cameras glide down long, dimly lighted corridor. The soundtrack pulses with dissonant chords and heartbeat rhythms. Daylight is scarce, and shadows are long. Paul and Sarah, with their 17-year-old son, Travis, and dog named Stanley, have turned rambling country house into a fortress and sanctuary. Grieving after the death of Sarahs father, they cling to a routine that they hope will keep them safe. Before long, they are joined by another family, younger, less somber mirror image of themselves: Will, Kim and their little son, Andrew. Needless to say, visitors bring complications as well as companionship. There is sexual tension between Travis and Kim, and masculine rivalry between Paul and Will. Mistrust simmers and occasionally breaks into the open. The Forest, meanwhile, is full of strange sounds and movements. And the house is full of guns. What happened is both shocking and, in retrospect, brutally inevitable. It At night is pretty terrifying to sit through, but it may be even scarier after it is over, when you sift through what youve seen and try to piece together what it may have mean. Travis, who is plagued by nightmares, tries to do just that, and serves as the viewers ' surrogate. His perspective seems to be the only one we can trust, and he seems relatively sensitive, decent and innocent. Not that anyone else is all that terrible. Two sets of parents are surely doing their best. But when Paul asks, Do you know what people are capable of when theyre desperate? It isnt exactly a rhetorical question. Rather, its problem Mr. Shults has set out to investigate, with precision that is all the more unnerving for being fundamentally humane. Mr. Shultss's first feature, Remarkable Krisha, was a family drama that often felt like a horror movie. It comes at night is reverse.

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Under the Shadow (2016)

S ixteen years ago, with movies such as Audition and Ring, we saw the birth of J-horror: horror from Japan. And who know? Maybe this smart, claustrophobic picture will herald the beginning of I-horror: scary movies from Iran. Babak Anvaris Under Shadow is an extremely disturbing ghost story set in Tehran during the 1980-88 Iran-Iraq war: parable of supernatural invasion that has something to say about national vulnerability and women's condition under veil. Shideh is a wife, mother and former medical student who is forbid to resume her studies due to former association with a secular left political group. This ruling is particularly painful, as being a doctor was her mother's dearest wish for her-and her mother died recently. Shideh has western tastes: she secretly works out in leotard to Jane Fonda tape on her VCR and hurriedly pulls on the veil to answer the door. Her doctor-husband is unsupportive and questions her fitness as a mother to their young daughter, Dorsa. When he has to leave a military hospital posting, Iraqi bomb blows a hole in the roof and Dorsa is convinced that djinn has get in-ghost in form of a cloaked woman. This chilling story has something of Polanski and Lynch, and scenes showing uneasy relations with neighbours look like something by Asghar Farhadi. It is elegantly shot and very well act.

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Lake Mungo (2008)

Lake Mungo was there in the wake of find footage wave. Joel Andersons 2008 Aussie Festival Film has all the visceral thrills of contemporaries like Paranormal Activity and REC, but also emotional depth few Horror films so skilfully grasp. Anderson aped format Of Ghost Hunters doc series to tell the story of the Palmer family. Teen daughter Alice drown. But her parents and brother tell off-camera interviewers that Alice is not go, scouring photos and camcorder footage for proof of her presence. Like the photographer in Michelangelo Antonionis Blow-Up, family searches grain for shapes, shadows and any indication of Ghosts. In these scenes, Anderson makes expert use of static, white noise, vibrations and even thick sound of air, all for unsettling effect. Lake Mungo succeeds where recent trends in elevated Horror so often do not, marrying jump scares to genuine emotion and revelatory insight. What makes Lake Mungo so painful and harrowing is that the Palmer family eagerly want to be haunt. They rummage through the past, searching for caverns of fraught relationship, to keep Alice present. It is a chilling movie about yearning for someones warmth. Radheyan Simonpillai Lake Mungo is available on Amazon Prime in the US and for rent in the UK

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The Witch (2015)

An early example of find footage genre, Blair Witch Project, has been aped and parody by everyone and their grandma, but there is something unsettling about it that hasnt quite go away. Most of the film is improvise; actors are really filming scenes themselves, working from the loose outline of the plot, but without prior knowledge of what half scares were going to be. That ambiguous ending lets you make up whatever explanation you like for the events of the film, which means whatever scariest thing you can think of is, that what the film is about.

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The Haunting (1963)

Not to be confused with the remake of 1999, this retro gem not only features some classic sequences of spooky happenings, but a philosophical take on paranormal. As John Markway say, preternatural is something we dont have any natural explanation for right now but probably will have someday-preternatural of one generation become natural of next. Scientists once laughed at the idea of magnetic attraction; they couldnt explain it, so they refuse to admit it exist. Dr. Markway is investigating the mysterious Hill House, whose inhabitants often die in odd circumstances. With him he has Luke, cynical heir to home, psychic Theo and Julie Harris as Eleanor, who has some ghosts of her own but figures free stay in mansion is as close to a holiday as she is going to get. Markway is pleased ladies have done any research into the bad reputation of House so much better. You should be innocent and receptive. This is a great, character-driven story with a dry sense of humor, and a mysterious heroine who feels oddly at home with supernatural.

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