Horror films to watch to give goosebumps

The peak of horror is barely starting


Edited by Kenaih Ruiz.

The horror genre stands on the corner of a rooftop where at any moment it can fall and become a bland genre or save itself and become one of the remaining genres with originality. From psychological to comedy horror, this list comprises a good amount of about everything that can possibly become one’s favorite horror films to watch during Halloween. 

An obvious film to be expected on any list, but it’s worth every second. What makes it memorable is how much the atmosphere sucks the viewer in this cruel situation for an hour and 20 seconds. The more thought put into it, the more disturbed the viewer will be. 

A horror film truly fails at being horror when it can’t achieve its own atmosphere. Stanley Kubrick’s classic film masters at directing the atmosphere from the first frame. The soundtrack compliments the tone of the overall film as well. 

The title tells the audience everything to know about the film. Besides the famous werewolf transformation scene and its other amazing practical effects by Rick Baker, this film is a genuine perfect horror-comedy. It was ahead of its time by not taking itself seriously while being hilarious in every aspect a viewer would see in a werewolf movie. 

One of the best modern psychological horror films to be released by A24, who had a record of releasing the best modern horror. The cinematography especially is astounding on how much it hooks viewers into this messed-up situation. The performance given by Toni Collete shows how horror and drama are meant to be. 

Sam Raimi is a horror-comedy genius, and his “Evil Dead” series proves him to be the best in his field. Yes, this is a sequel, but one really doesn’t have to watch the previous one as this one works as a sort of soft reboot to the original. The slapstick comedy never misses a beat as it’s flawlessly performed by Bruce Campbell

Enjoyment, sadness, disgust, etc., this movie balances every emotion one could think of and it works as filmmaker Edgar Wright never fails to disappoint. The comradery from Simon Pegg and Nick Frost simultaneously are the definition of charm. Anyone who watches the movie can take away any aspect and fall in love with them. 

Nothing will get more meta than “Cabin in the Woods.” The many typical flaws that appear in a lot of horror films audiences hate are made fully aware in this film. Read the title and go into the film completely blind.  

The movie redefined the apocalyptic subgenre by having the supposed “zombies” not being zombies but a virus that better suits the reasoning behind certain zombie tropes. Danny Boyle’s direction is pure genius by taking characters and actually making them useful and likable. This is definitely the most intense apocalyptic film that certainly deserves more attention. 

Mockumentaries aren’t really well known to the public, but they should be and here is a great start. Anyone familiar with filmmaker Taika Waititi knows his charismatic style. This movie is truly self-aware of itself and isn’t afraid to be fun. 

Found footage horror films are fairly known in the genre as bad. While they’re convenient to make since they require little cost, a lot lack explaining countless aspects such as the reasoning for recording a horrible situation. “REC” explains reasons like these and which even makes the film more engaging. 

David Lynch is no stranger to the mixture of surrealism and horror, but his feature-length directorial debut is his magnum opus. What makes this film stand out is its surrealness as a lot of the film is odd but yet funny, charming and smart. A lot is left up to interpretation, but that’s the fun of it as it’ll lead to interesting conversations. 

The latest horror film in this list, produced by A24, once again proves the numerous potential horror surrealism has yet to explore. This nails every single thing. Anyone is far better going into this film without knowing anything about it. 

Gaspar Noé’s films are usually always anxiety-inducing, which is no surprise as it’s one of the many tropes he repeats. In the situation of “Climax,” all his tropes work better than ever. While it might not come off as horror, it’s mostly up to the viewer’s imagination for it to be that way. 

Unlike “What We Do in the Shadows,” this mockumentary is more dark comedy-esque and vastly deserving of attention. Its satirical writing is extremely enjoyable and leaves many other enjoyable moments. It wasn’t afraid to be bold and risky with what it shows the viewer. 

Horror thrillers always focus on the victim while the killer is chasing them, but imagine a horror film that focuses on the killer. “Angst” is nothing but pure disturbance. The camerawork done to show the rawness of the whole circumstance will leave viewers speechless. 

John Carpenter’s masterpiece wasn’t well-received when it first released, but over time it built up a cult following, now being well known as one of the greatest horror films of all time. Along with being incredible, it also has the best use of practical effects ever. “The Thing” is a remake of a ‘50s film that adapted a novella in that manner; it’s also one of the greatest remakes of all time.