Here is some more detailed information about each of the top 10 horror movies of all time:
The Exorcist (1973) -
Directed by William Friedkin, this classic horror movie tells the story of a young girl who becomes possessed by a demonic entity, and the attempts of a priest to exorcise the demon. The film is famous for its intense, realistic portrayal of demonic possession, and its use of practical effects to create some truly terrifying scenes.
The Shining (1980) -
Directed by Stanley Kubrick, this adaptation of Stephen King's novel tells the story of a family who become caretakers at an isolated hotel during the winter, and the father's descent into madness. The film is famous for its use of psychological horror and its iconic visuals, including the twins in the hallway and the blood-soaked elevator.
Psycho (1960) -
Directed by Alfred Hitchcock, this classic horror movie tells the story of a young woman who checks into a motel run by a disturbed young man and his mother. The film is famous for its twist ending and the iconic shower scene, which has become one of the most famous scenes in movie history.
Rosemary's Baby (1968) -
Directed by Roman Polanski, this movie tells the story of a young woman who becomes pregnant with the child of Satan, and the attempts of a coven of witches to protect the child. The film is famous for its slow-burning tension and its realistic portrayal of the occult.
Halloween (1978) -
Directed by John Carpenter, this movie tells the story of a masked killer who stalks and murders teenagers on Halloween night. The film is famous for its suspenseful score, its use of the "final girl" trope, and the iconic mask worn by the killer.
Alien (1979) -
Directed by Ridley Scott, this science fiction horror movie tells the story of a crew of astronauts who encounter a deadly alien creature on their spaceship. The film is famous for its unique creature design, its tense and claustrophobic atmosphere, and the strong performance of lead actress Sigourney Weaver.
The Silence of the Lambs (1991) -
Directed by Jonathan Demme, this psychological thriller tells the story of an FBI agent who enlists the help of a convicted serial killer to catch another killer who is still at large. The film is famous for its iconic performances by Anthony Hopkins and Jodie Foster, and for its exploration of the complex relationship between a criminal and a law enforcement agent.
The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974) -
Directed by Tobe Hooper, this movie tells the story of a group of friends who are hunted by a family of cannibals in rural Texas. The film is famous for its gritty, low-budget aesthetic, its iconic villain Leatherface, and its graphic violence.
Night of the Living Dead (1968) -
Directed by George A. Romero, this movie tells the story of a group of people who are trapped in a farmhouse during a zombie apocalypse. The film is famous for its portrayal of zombies as flesh-eating ghouls, and for its exploration of themes such as race and consumerism.
Jaws (1975) -
Directed by Steven Spielberg, this movie tells the story of a small town that is terrorized by a giant man-eating shark. The film is famous for its iconic score, its use of suspense and tension, and its portrayal of the dangers of the ocean.