Top 5 Horror Movies

By on May 17, 2013

Everyone likes to be scared occasionally – it is why we go on roller coasters, do extreme sports, and watch horror movies. Some horror movies are scary because of the blood, guts and body count. Many recent horrors fall into that category (The Hostel franchise, for example). Others can be terrifying without the blood. Here are our top 5.


1. The Exorcist

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The Exorcist was released in 1973 and it looks dated. It is as terrifying as ever though. It is inspired by real events and is about a girl who is possessed by the devil. Two priests try to save her by performing an exorcism. The quiet and suggestive moments in the movie are some of the scariest, but the possessed, scarred face of that girl – and the voice – still prompt nightmares.


2. The Shining

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The Shining was released in 1980 and was based on the book of the same name by Stephen King. It was directed by Stanley Kubrick and starred Jack Nicholson as the off-season care-taker of an isolated and possessed hotel. Nicholson gave the performance of his life and frightened a generation.


3. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

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The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is a bloody slasher movie that first appeared in cinemas in 1974. It is about a group of young and attractive friends who fall victim to a inbred, chainsaw wielding maniac. It was made on a shoestring budget with a cast of unknown actors, but has since become a cultural phenomenon and part of film history. This is despite the fact that it was initially banned in several countries.


4. Paranormal Activity

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This is the most recent movie on our top 5, having been released in 2007. It is an excellent example of a movie that can terrify without being filled with blood and gore. It is about a young couple who are trying to find out who, or what, is haunting them by setting up video cameras to record when they are asleep or out of the house. The home video style makes this movie all the more haunting.


5. The Thing

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The Thing is a 1982 movie by one of the best horror movie directors of all time, John Carpenter. He also directed Halloween, which just missed out on making this list. The Thing stars Kurt Russell and is about a parasitic alien that takes over the bodies of the people it kills.

About Damien McGinley

Damien is a professional writer, qualified journalist, father, husband, expert jam-on-toast spreader, rugby fan, and experienced player of games involving dressing up like a knight and building forts. Hails from Belfast.

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