While there are a large community of horror enthusiasts out there, there are equally many people who despise it. Some find these types of films to be intrusive and uninteresting due to their low production value or a low level of cheesy predictability. However, there are some fantastic, critically-acclaimed horror films out there.
So, here's a compilation of fantastic horror films that will help change the opinion of those self-proclaimed horror haters. These films in particular are objectively excellent films that were well received by both viewers and critics. Some are more terrifying than others, others are more suited for the faint of heart.
The Thing (1982)
The Thing is one of the greatest sci-fi horror films ever directed, and it was conceived by John Carpenter, the legendary filmmaker who directed The Thing. One of the main complaints in horror is stupid people who make stupid decisions, like jumping upstairs instead of out the front door.
It Follows is another film that was a disaster after its release. After a youngster (Maika Monroe) sleeps with her new boyfriend for the first time, she discovers a horrific curse that travels from victim to victim through sexual encounters. The film is equally terrifying on all levels, but it is also extremely difficult to fault.
Scream is a new horror film directed by Wes Craven, an iconic horror villain, horrific deaths, and an unfavorable plot twist. While the story sounds like any other ensemble slasher, Scream is completely self-aware. It is shocking, horrifying, and funny, making it the ideal starting point for your friends' fascination with the genre.
Silence of the Lambs
Silence of the Lambs is the most well-known film on this list, acclaimed by audiences and critics alike as a masterpiece. Its one of the few films that has won the Academy Award for Best Picture, including The Big Five, which is remarkable for any film, let alone a horror film. Hannibal Lector has become one of the most well-known and terrifying horror villains, along with the night-vision sequence, which is undoubtedly the most powerful in horror.
Shaun of the Dead
Shaun of the Dead is a fantastic zombie film that is simultaneously a great deconstruction of the zombie genre and a fantastic zombie film in its own right. At the same time, there are some funny and heartfelt scenes throughout.
The Others is one of the less well-known films on this list. Nicole Kidman is amazing as the film unfolds in a stunning and completely unexpected way. The Others begins with a familiar narrative of a single parent moving into a new house with her kids, and ends with you feeling equally as paranoid as Grace. The film is a slow burn that will make you feel gasp at every turn.
The Invitation, an underrated film, entices you into the film from the start, and leaves you hanging in perpetual suspense. While the pacing is slow, there is not a moment where it feels dull or uninteresting. The tension is palpable, and the worry will have your friends biting their nails down to the quick.
Ready or Not
Grace Weaving (Samara Weaving) marries into the Le Domas family's prestigious estate on their wedding night, but soon discovers the truth behind the family's twisted rituals. This film is a great night out for anyone who likes to laugh.
American Psycho has remained a popular cult horror film, while still being loved by many individuals outside the horror world. It's a fun film with an intelligent, humorous tone, but not overtly frightening. It's not a movie for those who like to watch it often, but its a must-see.
The movie Zambieland has remained a popular film ever since it was released. One of the reasons it still works so well is the fantastic characters (Woody Harrelson, Emma Stone, and Abigail Breslin) who play the monsters.
The Shining, a Stephen King novel adaptation, is one of the most well-known and well-known horror films out there. The hotel is where Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson) and his family stay for the winter as caretakers, but the environment becomes unbearable, and Jack begins to lose his sanity.
Jordan Peele is quickly becoming a household name among the masters of horror, all of which began with his film, Get Out. The story follows Chris (Daniel Kaluuya), a Black guy who is spending the weekend at his caucasian girlfriend's home and meeting his parents for the first time. The film is a refreshing breath of fresh air compared to many horror films out there, as it deconstructs systemic racism in a humorous way.