18 Best Classic Horror Movies of All Time

Things are pretty scary right now with everything that is currently happening in the world and we’re all looking for some sort of distraction to get our minds off it, even just for a little while. Instead of doomscrolling social media, why not get scared about something outrageous as opposed to something all too real? If you’re looking to find the perfect scary movie to watch tonight, our list of must-see classic horror movies will help guide you.

Psycho (1960)

When Marion Crane runs off with stolen money and retreats to the run-down Bates Motel, the deranged motel owner pays her an unwelcome visit.

The Exorcist (1973)

When a young girl becomes possessed and starts to behave in disturbing ways, her mother seeks out help from a local priest but things take a deadly turn as soon as he arrives. 

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)

When a family goes to visit their grandfather’s grave, they end up falling victim to a family of cannibals.

Jaws (1975)

There is something lurking in the water off Amity Island. When a great white shark unleashes a series of attacks, it’s up to the sheriff, a marine biologist and a seaman to make the beach safe again.

Carrie (1976)

Carrie is the girl in school that everyone makes fun of. During prom night, the school tries to prank her, but she takes revenge and no one is laughing by the end of the night.

The Omen (1976)

After a politican’s son dies at birth, he takes another baby from the hospital to raise as his own. As the child, Damien, begins to grow into a young boy, a series of deaths start happening. Little do his parents know that Damien is the son of Satan.

Alien (1979)

A crew in space decides to investigate a distress call that they receive from an alien vessel. Soon, they discover a nest of eggs inside the ship that wreak havoc on the lives of the crew.

The Shining (1980)

After writer Jack Torrance goes to an isolated hotel with his family to help with his writer’s block, his son begins to see horrific forebodings. Soon after, Jack becomes manic, leading the family into heightened fright.

Friday the 13th (1980)

A group of college students go missing when taking a trip to Camp Crystal Lake, a site with a history of murders. Weeks later, a young man named Clay Miller goes into this eerie forest in search of his sister and confronts the ruthless killer, Jason Voorhees.

Poltergeist (1982)

Five-year-old Carol Anne begins communicating with ghosts through her television screen. It all seems innocent until the ghosts and their demon leader kidnap the toddler, leaving her family in shambles trying to save her.

A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

Known for his gloves with knife blades, Freddy Krueger is out to terrorize a group of teenagers by visiting and killing them in their dreams.

Child’s Play (1988)

For a young boy’s birthday, his mother gifts him a popular toy, a doll named Chucky. Little do they know that Chucky possess an evil spirit and begins to terrorize and kill.

The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

When there is a serial killer on the loose, a young F.B.I. cadet gets help from a manipulative cannibal killer behind bars to capture him.  

Bram Stoker’s Dracula

Did Winona Ryder and Keanu Reeves really get married on the set of this epic vampire movie? We may never know the truth, but this Francis Ford Coppola film is still worth a watch for horror fans.

The Blair Witch Project (1999)

Three film students are intrigued by the Blair Witch legend and head into a Maryland forest to film a documentary. They never return, but their terrifying footage was eventually found.

Insidious (2010)

After a family moves into a new home and their son falls into a coma, they realize that something dark is lurking in the house. They will have to fight off the evil spirits that are trapping the young boy.

The Conjuring (2013)

A family seeks out help from demonologists after witnessing strange paranormal activity when moving into an old home in Rhode Island.

Get Out (2017)

Praised for its social critiques in thriller movies, a young Black man goes to meet his white girlfriend’s parents and discovers an unsettling secret upon arriving. 

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