Top 10 Scary Horror Films to Watch this Halloween

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As you may have seen in one of my earlier posts, I do enjoy exploring the paranormal. So I’m sure it comes as no surprise that I am actually a huge horror movie buff! In fact, I think it’s safe to say I’ve seen most of the horror films out there. Horror films come in all shapes and sizes. From your slashers to your zombie flicks, and even supernatural and psychological thrillers.

I’m setting out to do the impossible and list the top 10 scariest horror films! And whilst I don’t need an excuse to watch one, what better time to highlight some of my favourite horror films and just in time for Halloween. So get some popcorn on, turn down the lights and get comfy on the sofa…

1. Insidious (2010)


This paranormal thriller is directed by James Wan, with his classic mixture of tense music gradually building up to some top scares! Insidious keeps you on the edge of your seats and introduces you to some truly terrifying characters. The story unravels really nicely and the following movies from this franchise fit in really well to the overall storyline.

Scare rating: 👻👻👻👻👻


2. Houses That October Built (2014)

Houses that October Built

Don’t be put of by the lower scare rating, or the fact that you never heard of it when it came out, this film is still terrifying. The Houses That October Built is set around a group of friends out to find the best haunted house attraction. Whilst (for me) it’s not as scary as paranormal films, the film is set up to be quite realistic. So you can help but feel the rollercoaster of emotions that the characters go through.

Scare rating: 👻👻👻


3. Grave Encounters (2011)

Grave Encounters

This is another film you probably never heard of this film as it wasn’t much of a hit. But it did build up a bit of a cult following for horror movie buffs. Shot in lost footage style à la Paranormal Activity and The Blair Witch Project. It follows a production crew for a paranormal investigation show who set out to explore an abandoned psychiatric hospital. Prepare for some ultimate jumpy scares!

Scare rating: 👻👻👻👻


4. The Conjuring (2013)

The Conjuring

Another James Wan film, this was one of the most highly anticipated horror movies following Insidious. The Conjuring is based on the true story of paranormal investigators; Ed and Lorraine Warren. They were known for their involvement in the Amityville hauntings and other documented hauntings.

Scare rating: 👻👻👻👻👻


5. Sinister (2012)


I can honestly say that Sinister has to be one of the scariest films to come out in recent years. The scary scenes are truly chilling and the storyline is original and unique. Playing on our fears from when we were children, the boogeyman is brought back to life in this haunting thriller.

Without giving away too much, I would suggest that you don’t watch this if you have recently moved into a new house!

Scare rating: 👻👻👻👻👻


6. Shutter (2004)


There’s not much to say about this film except that you have to watch the original Thai version and it’s the sole reason why I can’t take a lift on my own…

Scare rating: 👻👻👻👻


7. REC (2007)


This has to be one of the best zombie films ever. Zombies have evolved in recent horror films to be a bit smarter and a hell of a lot faster! And REC doesn’t disappoint. Set in Barcelona, the story follows a TV production crew who find themselves locked in an apartment due to a recent outbreak forcing the local authorities to put them under quarantine.

Scare rating: 👻👻👻👻


8. V/H/S (2012)


This film is set up really well as it is initially about a group of people on the search for a particular video tape. It then takes you in different storylines through the various video tapes. All filmed in ‘found footage’ style, each segment is unique and

Scare rating: 👻👻👻


9. Train to Busan (2016)

Train to Busan

Whilst being a zombie horror film, the storyline is also incredibly beautiful. I don’t want to give away too much, but highly recommend you give it a watch.

Scare rating: 👻👻👻


10. Blair Witch (2016)

Blair Witch

This is one film that probably doesn’t need an introduction. But this latest movie is actually a sequel to the original and further explores the story behind the Blair Witch. I usually don’t like sequels more than the original, but this is the exception!

Scare rating: 👻👻👻👻


So that makes my top list of horror films. It was actually really hard to narrow it down to just 10 and there are many more that I would recommend. Have you got any more you think belong in this list? Let me know in the comments below.

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  1. 22nd October 2017 / 5:23 pm

    oh wow, great list! I’ve only watched about half, but love a good scary film in my life. Will check Netflix asap x

  2. 22nd October 2017 / 9:50 pm

    The Conjuring and Sinister are two of the creepiest films I’ve ever seen.

  3. 22nd October 2017 / 10:52 pm

    I love horror movies and there’s a few on your list that I haven’t seen, so this is exciting for me:-) my Halloween movie night is sorted!

  4. 23rd October 2017 / 5:41 am

    V/H/S!!! Absolutely loved that one….I keep on creeping out my friends by looking at them and saying “I like you”.
    Good list!!! I have “Train to Busan” on my “Too Watch” list….

  5. 23rd October 2017 / 5:25 pm

    I loved Insidious, The Conjuring and Sinister, but I can’t believe (other than the Blair Witch Project) I’ve not heard of or seen the rest! Sending this list to my husband to pick from for our next movie night, thanks! 🙂

  6. 23rd October 2017 / 7:01 pm

    I love Halloween but find most films too scary to watch on my own!

  7. Katrina
    24th October 2017 / 11:06 am

    These are some of my fave Halloween type films I really want to see the new IT too

    • arcasela
      25th October 2017 / 1:36 pm

      I like IT. Clowns don’t scare me so it wasn’t really scary for me but it was filmed very well and the delivery was very good! Highly recommend!

  8. 25th October 2017 / 8:04 am

    Oh gosh, I don’t think I’ll be watching any of these. Nightmare Before Christmas and Hocus Pocus are about my limit for terror!
    C x

  9. 25th October 2017 / 8:58 am

    I’m not sure I’d sleep after watching some of these!

  10. 25th October 2017 / 9:54 am

    I’m going to admit I’m not the biggest fan of horror movies and I’ve not seen any of these x

  11. 25th October 2017 / 4:59 pm

    I love horror movies. That’s a great selection I think I’ve seen most of them. I plan to see the new version of IT.

  12. 26th October 2017 / 11:09 pm

    These are fantastic movies! I love them all, Insidious is one of my personal favourites x

  13. Laura H
    26th October 2017 / 11:43 pm

    Not sure I’d be brave enough to have a go at a lot of these but hopefully one day I’ll pluck up the courage!!

  14. 28th October 2017 / 4:13 pm

    I’ve been obsessed with horror films since childhood and though I’ve mostly seen old 70’s and 80’s films I’m really enjoying some of the new films like The Conjuring.

  15. chichi
    28th October 2017 / 8:02 pm

    i am really scared of horror movies, but this is a great list!

  16. 29th October 2017 / 9:41 pm

    Ooh! Thank you so much for this fantastic list! That’s the second time I’ve seen someone recommend Insidious today – so I’ll definitely have to give it a watch! I love that it’s a James Wan film too! xx

  17. 30th October 2017 / 9:52 pm

    Fantastic list! I love a good scary movie! These are all great choices, and I didn’t find VHS scary but I really loved it! It’s so different!

  18. 30th October 2017 / 11:04 pm

    Insidious and Sinister are actually two of my favourite horror movies. I love that they create suspense as opposed to just blood and gore!

  19. 31st October 2017 / 8:28 am

    This is such a great selection of films. Can’t wait to watch something scary this evening.

  20. Michelle Murray
    3rd November 2017 / 6:29 am

    I am such a wimp when it comes to scary movies. I’ve not seen any of these.

  21. 3rd November 2017 / 8:28 am

    I used to love horror films when I was younger but don’t watch them these days. I do enjoy the walking dead and american horror story though

  22. 4th November 2017 / 2:38 pm

    REC is one of my all time favourite movies! An Insidious and Conjuring are both amazing. I’d also recommend looking at the original Japanese version of Dark Water!

  23. 4th November 2017 / 6:52 pm

    Can’t bear horror films. Not my genre at all – sorry!

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