I Watched The Best Horror Movies According To IMDB & Loved These 8
Are you afraid of the dark? Or feel like you're being watched in what appears to be a completely empty room? Horror movies have a tendency of introducing us to stories about monsters, sprits, and sometimes the unexplainable. Our mind runs wild with these stories and makes us paranoid to the reality that everything is okay.
And yet, watching the right horror movie, especially in the dark, can bring up all your bottled fear on things that go bump in the night. After watching these movies, some rating as the best horror movies on IMDB, you’ll be sure to be double checking under your bed, in the closet, and over your shoulder.
Recently released, “Us” starring Lupita Nyong’o, is a horror film that brings up a fear that no one can escape: Yourself. While most movies may have you wondering who the masked killer has been all along, “Us” quickly introduces the monster as the dopplegangers of the protagonists. Wouldn’t that be a turn of events? The thing you’re most afraid of looks exactly like you. Written and directed by Jordan Peele, “Us” follows the Wilson family on what is supposed to be a calm family vacation that soon turns into a fight for their lives.
What I like to consider an American classic, Alfred Hitchcock's “The Birds” will have you looking up at the sky and running if even more than a few things seem like they are flying in your direction. Tipi Hedren stars in this film as Melanie Daniels, a young socialite following her recent beau to his Californian hometown. Sooner rather than later, things start to get weird.
First, Melanie is attacked by a single seagull and then the movie culminates with her being attacked by hundreds of birds that fight their way into the barricaded home where she has sought refuge. The bird attacks go unexplained throughout the film. Released back in 1963, “The Birds” remains on the top of my horror movie list as well as IMDB’s, where it received a 7.7 out of ten star rating.
Imagine living alone in the middle of nowhere, unable to call anyone for help, and you are being hunted by someone trying everything in their power to mentally and physically break you down. “Hush” is about a deaf and mute woman who must try to find a way to either survive the night, or find a way to communicate for help. Unable to hear her friend Sarah banging on her door, Madison doesn’t see her neighbor being stabbed to death at her entryway.
The masked assailant sneaks into the house, steals her phone, and continues to taunt Madison from the outside. Eventually he reveals his face to her after she pleads to be left alone. Madison comes to the conclusion that there’s no way out and she is going to be killed. Or will she? “Hush” is a terrifying game of cat and mouse that will have you evaluating how you would escape a similar situation.
Starring Natalie Portman as Lena, a biologist, “Annihilation” follows a group of women who attempt to explore “the Shimmer,” a quarantined area where plants and animals begin to mutate after a meteor falls in Blackwater National Park, Florida. Lena is married to Kane, Oscar Isaac, who after coming home from a covert mission falls unconscious and on life support.
Lena eventually finds out that his mission was to explore “the Shimmer” and he was the only person to ever make it out. She joins an all female expedition into “the Shimmer” made up of an anthropologist, a psychologist, a surveyor, and a linguist. Lena hopes the quarantined area will offer her answers about her husband's condition. But with only one way in and and no apparent way out, will the group fall prey to the monsters that lurk within?
“Cucuy: The Boogeyman”
Growing up in an Hispanic family, you’re bound to be threatened with the story of the Cucuy. Playing too long outside in the dark, you better watch out or the Cucuy will come for you. Don’t run far away from your mother’s watchful eye or the Cucuy will steal you away into the dark.
I’m not sure if others used the boogeyman to keep their kids in check, but my family for sure used the legend of “El Cucuy” to keep me from doing anything I shouldn't be doing. “Cucuy: The Boogeyman” was released in 2018 and received a 4.8 out of ten rating on IMDB. I don’t necessarily agree with the rating, the cover art for the film alone sent a shiver down my spine.
The legend goes that the Cucuy only preys on naughty kids, so as long as you behave you should be safe. But in this movie, the boogeyman begins to attack anyone, brat or not. With the adults too busy looking for a person, one teen will come to the conclusion that the stories from her childhood may not just be fictional afterall.
“Before I Wake”
Whenever I was scared of something I thought I saw move in the shadows, I would just cover my head with my blanket and pretend like nothing was there until I eventually fell asleep. However, nightmares are something you can’t escape from while asleep.
“Before I Wake” introduces us to Cody, portrayed by young actor Jacob Tremblay, whose dreams become all too terrifyingly real. It comes to the point where Cody is too afraid to fall asleep in fear of what his imagination will ponder up next. His new foster parents believe he is just having a natural fear as a kid. But, soon after, they realize something mysterious is happening when their dead biological son appears in their living room. What she thinks is a gift, Cody’s foster mom Jessie, drugs him with sleeping pills so that she can see her dead son again. When he reappears he soon becomes a deadly nightmare. Will Cody ever escape his nightmares and the monster he calls “the Canker Man?”
I’m sure we all know about the Chernobyl nuclear disaster that happened in 1986 in Soviet Ukraine. We’ve read and seen pictures of the abandoned nearby town of Pripyat whose only inhabitants seem to be gangs of wild dogs. To this day, the area is off limits due to levels of radiation...unless you are on an official guided tour. In 2012, the film the “ Chernobyl Diaries” was released and explored the disaster zone in modern day.
The movie follows a group of friends on vacation in the Ukraine. Before they can head home from their European adventure, they decide to hire an extreme tour guide who claims can get them past security and into the abandoned town of Pripyat. They successfully explore the ghost town and after an encounter with a wild bear, decide it’s time to head home. However, their vehicle begins to have some issues and it seems they’ll be spending the night in the disaster zone. Sooner rather than later, they come to the conclusion that the ghost town of Pripyat, Ukraine isn’t abandoned after all.
“28 Days Later”
In my opinion, no horror movie list is complete without mention of a zombie outbreak type film. My recommendation: “28 Days Later.” Released in 2002, the film is a British post-apocalyptic horror movie that follows four survivors. The first we are introduced to, Jim, wakes up in an abandoned hospital in London. He wanders the streets searching for answers before finding a safe place with people who can offer him help.
If you are a fan of the show “The Walking Dead,” you’ll find it interesting to see how the opening scene of Rick waking up in the hospital completely unaware of the outbreak that has turned most of society into “walkers,” resembles that of the “28 Days Later” opening scene. “28 Days Later” is “credited with reinvigorating the zombie genre of horror film.”
If you enjoy what you watched and care enough, I highly suggest either buying the DVD or searching the internet for the alternate endings to the film. Really, if you haven’t watched this early 2000s classic, I beg you to watch it. If you love it as much as I do, a sequel titled “28 Weeks Later” was released in 2007 and is just as good. In 2017, “28 Days Later” was ranked as the 97th best British film ever.
I know not everyone is jumping at the opportunity to watch another horror film. Like I said before, they can cause our minds to run wild and bring back all the fear that we have buried deep. But just remember that after watching a scary movie, you can watch something a little more PG to calm your mind before bed.
Whether you like a good scare or you enjoy a nice laugh from watching your friends fall victim to jump scares, I hope you check out one of the best horror movies on IMDB listed above.